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    In The News

    2018 Highlights

    PRWeek Embraces New Ideas at Chicago Conference

    Q3 money race — CHANCE THE RAPPER holds City Hall presser — VALLAS’ econ plan — SUMMERS out

    DWA Presents Ultimate Events, October 2018 Edition

    Building on Chicago’s Legacy of Community Development Banking

    Chicago Ideas Week speakers will include David Hogg, Amber Tamblyn, John Kerry

    Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 10-Sunday, September 16, 2018

    October 2020 events calendar for Chicago

    #TimesUp: What's Next? Chicago Ideas Week Conversation Discusses the Next Steps for the Movement

    Morning Spin: Preckwinkle touts mayoral bid backing from two progressive Democrats

    56 Things to Do in Chicago in October

    Our Favorite Words of Wisdom from Chicago Ideas Week 2018

    John Kerry, Amber Tamblyn, Boots Riley among Chicago Ideas Week speakers

    The John Williams Full Show 10.11.18: Movies that made you cry, Baby Trump, Hurricane Michael, Chicago Ideas Week, a job fair

    Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Oct. 19-21

    A Conversation on the Future of the Highest Court in the Land

    Chicago Ideas Week in Review: Radical Creators and Tackling Taboos

    Latinos in the United States: Do We Really Know Our Power?

    Letter From the President: November 2018


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    Still No Proof #MeToo Has Changed Hollywood, Says Writer Who Challenged Letterman

    Nell Scovell Talks About Surviving Hollywood Boy's Club in New Book

    Chicago Comedy Spotlight for Monday, March 26-Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Chicago Humanities Festival Gets 'Graphic!' With New Year-Long Theme

    2017 Highlights

    Chicago Tribune: Kanye West returns to Chicago, joins Kid Cudi at Aragon show

    Mintel: 3 Key Takeaways From Chicago Ideas WeeK

    Michigan Avnenue Magazine: The Most Inspiring Things We Heard At Chicago Ideas Weel 2017

    DNA Info: Meet The 'Lost Soul' Faces Artist From The Violet Hour Wall

    Windy City Times: Black women leaders headline Chicago Ideas Week event

    Univision: Concerts, festivals, Ideas Week and lots of halloween this weekend in Chicago

    Austin Business Journal: Whole Foods CEO still gushing about Amazon

    Chicago Tribune: Teen Vogue editor in Chicago: Don't give Trump too much credit for our success

    Chicago Tribune: Why lend your own big brand to Uber? Bozoma Saint John seeks out the heat

    ABC 7 Chicago (Windy City Live) : Walking Dead' star Ross Marquand gives best celeb impressions

    ABC 7 Chicago: Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue on breaking barriers

    Chicago Sun-Times: SNEED: A cheerful Eddie Johnson says he is ‘back in the saddle’

    WCIU: Two Newcomers to the Chicago food scene have been named Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America 

    Chicago Tribune: Cybersecurity is becoming a problem people can't ignore, hackers say 

    Chicago Inno: Whole Foods CEO on Amazon: It Was Love at First Sight

    Chicago Tribune: The night Justices Scalia, Ginsburg and Kennedy sang karaoke with Renee Fleming

    Time Out: Check out the first trailer for Lena Waithe’s ‘The Chi’

    Splash: 5 Questions With: Bobbi Brown 3 Ways to Run a Coworking Space Like WeWork

    Thrillist: Everything You Need To Do In Chicago This Weekend

    ABC 7 Eyewitness News Online: Chicago Ideas Week explores history of activism in Chicago

    WTTW: 10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 19-22

    Chicago Tribune: Chicago Ideas Week How is editing DNA like working your way up the ladder? Adapting. 

    WTTW: Aasif Mandvi: ‘We’ve Turned Our Government into a Reality Show’

    Yahoo! Sports: Chicago Ideas Week explores history of activism in Chicago

    FanSided: Warren Sapp believes children should not play tackle football

    Forbes: From The Inside Out: Bobbi Brown On Entrepreneurship, Beauty and Health

    Time Out Chicago: The three things you need to know today in Chicago: Tue Oct. 17 

    Chicago Now: More stand-by tickets released for The Daily Show in Chicago, plus your weekly spotlight for Monday, October 16-Sunday, October 22, 2017

    ABC 7 Chicago (Windy City Live) : Charles D. King talks about diversity in Hollywood

    Chicago Tribune: A Google-owned Whole Foods? CEO John Mackey says he was open to such a deal

    Chicago Tribune: Fashion counterfeiter turned design icon Dapper Dan: Rappers gave me bouncing checks

    Chicago Tribune: From idea to action, here's how these influencers bring concepts to life

    Chicago Tribune: Designer Zac Posen: New York trash has gone downhill

    Chicagoist: 13 Of Our Favorite Events In Chicago This Week

    Time Out Chicago:Things to do in Chicago today

    Univision: 'Chicago in a Minute': Univision will participate with laboratory and conference at Chicago Ideas Week

    WGN Radio: The Opening Bell 10/16/17: What $15 Gets You At Chicago Ideas Week

    ABC 7 Chicago: Chicagoans go behind the scenes with Blue Man Group

    ABC 7 Chicago (Windy City Live) : Jason Mayden creates high-tech shoe for kids

    ABC 7 Chicago (Windy City Live) : Instagram star, yogi Jessamyn Stanley in town for Chicago Ideas Week

    ABC 7 Chicago: Chicago Ideas Week kicks off

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Bobbi Brown On How Her Midwest Upbringing Influenced Her Enntreperneurial Spirit

    ABC 7 Chicago: Chicago Ideas Week gets underway Monday

    Forbes:Fewer Trophies, More Mistakes: Flywheel Sports CEO Sarah Robb O'Hagan On The Entrepreneurial Spirit

    WTTW: The Aspirations of Chicago Ideas Week

    Univision:Two conferences and a laboratory at Chicago Ideas Week that you can not miss

    Univision: Univision Chicago presents ‘a guide to civic engagement’ during Chicago Ideas Week

    Windy City Media Group: Five Worth Finding: Monteverde, Chicago Ideas Week and more

    Chicago Tribune: The slacker's guide to Chicago Ideas Week 2017

    ABC 7 Chicago: Dating expert on how to improve your online dating profile 

    Univision: Chicago Ideas Week: The power of citizenship to transform the world

    Chicago Reader: Chicago Ideas Week wants to help you solve civic and personal problems 

    The Bolder Sister: Chicago Ideas Week 2017 Inspires Bold and Positive Conversations

    Univision Online: Everything you need to know about Chicago Ideas Week 2017

    Time Out Chicago: 55 exciting openings in Chicago in October

    Chicago Now: Chicago comedy spotlight for Monday, September 25- Sunday, October 1, 2017

    Power 92 Chicago Online: Kim Kardashian Scheduled to speak at Chicago Ideas Week

    ABC 7 Chicago: Kim Kardashian West, Lena Waithe to speak at Chicago Ideas Week

    Time Out Chicago: See Kim Kardashian West in conversation with Robin Givhan at Chicago Ideas Week

    ABC 7 Chicago: Tickets on sale for October's Chicago Ideas Week

    Chicago Tribune: Posen and Adjaye among headliners at upcoming Chicago Ideas Week

    Time Out Chicago: 8 talks you need to see at Chicago Ideas Week 2017

    Curiosity Series Highlights

    MIT Media Lab (Facebook):Joi Ito dropped out of U. of C. to DJ. Now he rewards others for disobedience.

    Time Out Chicago: Alec Baldwin joins Chicago Ideas' Curiosity Series lineup

    Chicago Tribune Print / Online: Alec Baldwin heads Chicago Ideas Week's spring series

    Chicago Now: Chicago comedy spotlight for February 1-5, 2017

    Redeye Print: All about Alec

    Chicago Tribune Online: Watch Alec Baldwin host 'SNL' this weekend, then nab tickets to see him in Chicago this spring

    3CR: It’s Not All Talk at Chicago Ideas Curiosity Series 2017

    Chicago Reader: Reimagining Prison

    Chicago Reader Online: Chicago’s Creative Identity: Getting Weird With Joi Ito

    Chicago Tonight - WTTW: Chicago Ideas Asks Panel, Audience to ‘Reimagine Prison’

    Chicago Now: Chicago comedy in the news

    Chicago Reader Online: Roxane Gay, the Climate Change Conference, and more things to do in Chicago this week

    Chicago Tribune (Blue Sky Innovation): Joi Ito dropped out of U. of C. to DJ. Now he rewards others for disobedience.

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Bassem Youssef on Being Called the 'Jon Stewart of the Middle East,' American Politics & Chicago

    Chicago Now: Chicago Ideas hosts Bassem Youssef, the "Egyptian Jon Stewart," and his best advice is …

    2016 Press Highlights

    Curiosity Series Highlights

    Huffington Post: Guys, Gwyneth Paltrow Is in on the Joke

    Getty Images: Food For Thought At Chicago Ideas 2016

    DNA Info: Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Food, Film And Feminism At Chicago Ideas Week

    Chicago Eater: Prince Tributes Planned At Many Chicago Bars & Restaurants [UPDATED]

    Chicago Ideas Week Highlights

    Speaker Lineup Announced for 2016 Chicago Ideas Week

    The Huffington Post: Why Police Reform Needs To Be An Inside Job

    EDGE Media Network: Abby Wambach To Take Stage at Chicago Ideas Week

    Time Out Chicago: Who To See At Chicago Ideas Week This Fall

    Chicago Inno: Chicago Ideas Week Announces Speaker Lineup

    Chicago Tribune: In Chicago Ideas job, Mel Safford's on the hunt for innovators

    Forbes: Campaign 2016: Seven Potent Ways To Spark Innovation

    Voice of America: US Nonprofit Tackles Big Problems With Data Science

    Curve Magazine: FIFA World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins Chicago Ideas Week Lineup

    Paper Blog: Meet Strangers Across the Globe at the Golden Portal in Daley Plaza

    These Days: Chicago Ideas Week 'Hip-Hop Talk' To Feature Ghostface Killah

    Yahoo! News: 6th Annual Chicago Ideas Week

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    BizTech: Chicago Ideas Week 2016: How Will AI Impact Business and Society?

    Afar Magazine: Chicago October 20–26: The Halloween Gathering & The Burials


    Essence Magazine: How to Manifest Love and Improve Your Relationships with the Law of Attraction

    Univision Chicago: Ya se acerca la Chicago Ideas Week

    WTTW "Chicago Tonight": Chicago Ideas Week Announces 2016 Lineup High-Tech Golden 'Portals' In Daley Plaza Will Let You Talk To Mexico, Myanmar & Afghanistan

    Make It Better Magazine: 7 Can’t-Miss Events at the 6th Annual Chicago Ideas Week

    Crain's Chicago Business: 10 Things To Do: Expo Chicago, 'Wonderful Town,' a major photo exhibit and more

    Time Out Chicago: A 'portal' to the world will open in Daley Plaza in October

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Letter from the Publisher: Late Fall 2016

    Time Out Chicago: Bryan Cranston, Bob Saget, Alicia Garza and more added to Chicago Ideas Week lineup

    The Morning Shift - WBEZ-FM-NPR: Program Offers Teens a Chance to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

    Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Vault: A portal in Daley Plaza can take you to Rwanda during Chicago Ideas Week

    Orlando Sentinel: Bryan Cranston takes center stage at Ideas Week 5 Must-See Sessions at Chicago Ideas Week 2016


    WGN Radio: Chicago Ideas Week: The WGN Food Edition

    Built In Chicago: 5 Chicago tech events you want on your calendar this week

    Chicago Reader: Chicago Ideas Week, Jacqueline Woodson, and more things to do in Chicago this week

    WBEZ: You Don't Have To Go Far To Get A Sense Of Gaza This Chicago Ideas Week

    Chicago Tribune: Chicago Ideas Week Police experts tell a tale of two Constitutions

    Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Vault: Can you predict the future? Here's how to build a business around it

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Chicago Ideas Week Roundtable with David Brancaccio

    WCIU, The U: Phoebe Robinson Talks on being an Oprah Fan, Her Podcast and Her New Book

    93XRT - CBSLocal: Peter Himmelman Gets Caught Napping By Lin Brehmer [Watch]

    City of Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week 2016

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Chicago Ideas Week Roundtable with Admiral Mike Mullen

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Chicago Ideas Week Roundtable with Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: Chicago Ideas Week Roundtable with Dr. J. Craig Venter

    Washington Times: Caterpillar expands digital operations with first permanent office in Chicago

    WGN Radio: Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician Peter Himmelman wants to unlock your creativity

    WGN Radio: Bob Saget plays “News Or Ruse” and things get weird…

    Windy City Live - ABC7 Chicago: Touré Stops By To Talk Chicago Ideas Week

    Chicago Tribune: You're a visionary but can't find qualified women? She's not buying…

    Chicago Sun Times: Kapos: Sam Zell on what really makes America great

    Michigan Avenue Magazine: 11 Inspiring Things We Heard at Chicago Ideas Week 2016

    Third Coast Review: Hip-Hop is American Art: A Talk with a Critic, an Audio Engineer and a Rapper at Chicago Ideas Week

    Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Vault: Ink Factory graphic artist shows that yes, doodling can be your career


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    WGN Radio 720 - The Voice of Chicago

    2015 News Highlights Chicago Hip Hop Artists – Including Common – Band Together to Fight Gun Violence

    November 27th, 2015

    People: Music has often been blamed for glorifying and inciting gun violence – but can it inspire people to put the guns down, as well?

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    Chicago Sun-Times: Rap video asks young people to put down the guns, but can it be an effective deterrent to violence?

    November 17th, 2015

    A rising number of fatal shootings on the West and South sides has made Chicago almost synonymous with violence.

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    Huffington Post: Finding Voices to End Gun Violence

    November 10th, 2015

    We are at a cultural boiling point in the outcry against gun violence. Even from within the segmented world of popular culture, a powerful call for political and societal change is going out.

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    Fusion: Why America’s top mental health doctor is moving to Google

    October 26th, 2015

    After 13 years as the director of the National Institute for Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel is starting a new job next week.

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    Examiner: You can mini-meditate anywhere anytime

    October 23rd, 2015

    Chicago Ideas Week presented what anybody who exists in a noisy environment needs: A class in how to meditate amidst distractions. It was held outdoors so participants could truly practice this concept.

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    Chicago Business: Here's how Chicago can move from ideas to innovation

    October 23rd, 2015

    We just wrapped up Chicago Ideas Week, an event that brings great minds together in our city to brainstorm, problem-solve and create. But to me, this event was so much more than famous speakers and banners on Michigan Avenue. It was a reminder that all Chicagoans need to push past our comfort zones and challenge ourselves to think more openly.

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    Chicago Tribune: YWCA's McWhorter on insight, inspiration and #FindingDorri

    October 22nd, 2015

    As CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Dorri McWhorter has worked to modernize the 139-year-old social service agency into a social enterprise relevant for the Digital Age.

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    Fusion: How beekeeping jobs are giving ex-cons in Chicago a second chance

    October 22nd, 2015

    When VonKisha Adams first raised the lid of the white box containing 50,000 bees, she almost screamed as they swarmed around her.

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    Chicago Defender: Common Weighs in on Art, Music and the End of Violence

    October 22nd, 2015

    For the past three years, Chicago Ideas Week has produced a week of special discussions that revolved around sharing ideas, inspiring action and igniting change to positively impact society.

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    Yahoo: Chicago trains become rolling libraries

    October 22nd, 2015

    In Chicago, the ‘L’ Train could very well stand for ‘library.’

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    23 Inspiring Things We Heard During Chicago Ideas Week, From Michael Strahan, Beverly Johnson & More

    October 22nd, 2015

    Last week, some of the most impressive and inspiring people in the country descended upon Chicago to share their stories during Chicago Ideas Week. Celebrities, athletes, and entrepreneurs took the stage to talk about everything from adversity and failure to happiness and defying the odds. Here are just some of the most unforgettable things we learned from Michael Strahan, Tom Arnold, Beverly Johnson, and more.

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    Better nutrition now can make you and your family’s future generations healthier

    October 20th, 2015

    Chicago Ideas Week presented “Food as Medicine,” a panel discussion moderated by Monica Eng, producer at WBEZ and featuring Geeta Maker-Clark, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Integrated Medicine at the Universtiy of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Rebecca Katz, chef, author of several cookbooks and founder of The Healing Kitchens Institute and Michel Nischan, chef and founder & CEO of Wholesome Wave.

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    Keeping The Peace: Music, Art And The End Of Violence

    October 20th, 2015

    On Tuesday, Chicago Ideas debuted “Music Vs Gun Violence” at It’s a social movement that aims to prevent gun violence through music.

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    A psychologist is leading the largest jail in America—and helping rethink incarceration and mental health

    October 20th, 2015

    Home to about 10,000 inmates, Cook County Jail takes up a huge swath of land on Chicago’s southwest side. It’s the largest single jail in America, and because about a third of its inmates are mentally ill, it also doubles as the largest mental health institution in the country.

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    Culture Dash: Inside Caterpillar and Uptake’s data-driven race to solve heavy equipment’s tech dilemma

    October 19th, 2015

    It’s no secret that, among owners and operators in the construction industry, there’s a healthy amount of distrust of or flat-out disinterest in a lot of the technology heavy equipment manufacturers are now loading onto their machines. - See more at:

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    Chicago Ideas Week takes visitors to tour Lagunitas Brewery

    October 18th, 2015

    “Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three,” are the famous words that Gene Wilder uttered before he delved into performing “Pure Imagination”s — the most iconic song from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

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    Chicago Ideas Week is beautiful; Matthew Hoffman is beautiful; you are beautiful

    October 18th, 2015

    This past week, Chicago Ideas Week brought to us artist-in-residence Matthew Hoffman to talk about his art. You’ve likely seen his art around town or elsewhere, and you may be familiar with his “you are beautiful” campaign.

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    Utilties Should Become Energy Services Providers

    October 18th, 2015

    “When you think about the supply chain for utilities, whether gas or electric, we have influence over almost every aspect of the supply chain, but the one we have the least influence over, the least understanding of, is the customer.

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    Utilities Running Out Of Time To Adapt To Energy Revolution

    October 18th, 2015

    First of two stories. Across North America, utility executives know they’re running out of time to plan for an elusive future, yet many are still waiting for that future to tell them what to do.

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    In which Emily brings the science

    October 17th, 2015

    Hey everybody, in about two hours, I’ll spend 12 minutes at Chicago Ideas Week explaining responsive desire and why Flibanserin is bogus.

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    'Is There Time?' Is Not the Right Question to Ask

    October 17th, 2015

    Time is inevitable. It goes by quickly when we’re having fun, and slowly when we’re bored. It is the one honest disappearing act; once it’s gone, it’s truly gone forever. There are no trapdoors one can use to make it reappear.

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    Take That, Ageism! “Mature Adults” Lead Technology Innovation at Chicago Ideas Week

    October 17th, 2015

    Maybe in the future instead of “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” you could shout into your empty house “I’ve fallen now get me up.”

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    Chicago Ideas Week

    October 16th, 2015

    Earlier today, Marc Malnati hosted an event at our Gold Coast pizzeria in conjunction with Ernst & Young for Chicago Ideas Week.

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    In Photos: Chicago Ideas Week

    October 16th, 2015

    Chicago Ideas Week kicked off a week of events Monday with 3D-printed body parts, batteries, creativity, “frictionless commerce” and a State of the Union talk.

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    The Friday Exit: Chicago Ideas at the edges of the universe

    October 16th, 2015

    Chicago Ideas Week makes for a blur at Blue Sky, captured in our daily dispatches and in some great photos, but this stood out:

    “Our view is that you don’t have to just take the death of your body as the absolute limit.

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    October 16th, 2015

    Last year at this time, I was determined to experience Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), having missed the event a few years in a row. I made sure my butt was in a good seat at the Cadillac Theatre for the opening panel discussion, Politics: Beyond the Headlines, where I got to listen to a passel of personal heroes. I was hooked. I returned again and again that week, absorbing the electric energy of the different speakers and soaking up their generosity through the stories they took care to tell.

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    October 16th, 2015

    Chicago Ideas Week, a collaborative week of events designed to share ideas, inspire people and transform our world, presented by a broad spectrum of well-known people, wraps up this weekend.

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    Koplovitz on secrets to being a media echelon

    October 16th, 2015

    USA Network founder Kay Koplovitz tells MSNBC’s Alex Wagner how she changed the game for sports programming and why lifting up women entrepreneurs is important in her second act while in town for the Chicago Ideas Week.

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    Media mogul Koplovitz’s second-act

    October 16th, 2015

    USA Network founder Kay Koplovitz made her way to the top as the first female network president in television history. She reveals her secrets to MSNBC's Alex Wagner while in town for the Chicago Ideas Week.

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    Beverly Johnson on Cosby allegations, aging gracefully and inspirations

    October 16th, 2015

    At Chicago Ideas Week, Beverly Johnson gives insight on how she broke the mold as the first black supermodel, why she almost didn't come out about the Bill Cosby abuse allegations, and the women that inspire her.

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