ABC 7, Chicago’s Number One station for news, will present BLACK OWNED, a series of LIVE interviews spotlighting Chicagoland’s diverse Black-owned business community the week of July13-17 on the station’s 11 AM newscast. Anchor Terrell Brown will lead daily discussions with Black business owners representing businesses that include a theater group in Uptown, dentist in Woodlawn, syrup maker in South Holland, a clothing designer in Merrillville, Indiana, and winemaker in South Shore. Terrell Brown and Tanja Babich anchor ABC 7 Eyewitness News in the Morning and at 11 AM. BLACK OWNED will be exclusively streamed live on abc7chicago.com and ABC 7’s connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
According to Jennifer Graves, Vice President of News, ABC 7, “We wanted Black-owned business owners to have a platform to talk to our viewers about their successes and challenges, to tell their stories and offer insight on the push for racial equity along with the impact COVID has had on their businesses.”
The following is the list names/locations of businesses featured during the series, BLACK OWNED:
Monday, July 13: Black Ensemble Theater, Uptown: Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor started the performing arts center in 1976, eradicating racism through arts
Tuesday, July 14: Dr. Ogbonna Bowden, dentist, Woodlawn: Dr. Bowden stayed open during pandemic for dental emergencies. He also offers hundreds of hours of free dental care to children and families in need.
Wednesday, July 15: Michele’s Syrup, South Holland: Michele Hoskins had a huge increase in business since the Aunt Jemima name change. Overnight, she says her life changed because of the increase in demand. She started the company 35 years ago.
Thursday, July 16: Rockablock Design, Merrillville, Indiana: Rockland Page was about to shut down his custom design t-shirt shop during the pandemic. He designs and makes the shirts, but in June and July he’s had more orders than he can handle. He is hoping to go full-time in the very near future.
Friday, July 17: Love Cork Screw Wine, South Shore: Chrishon Lampley loves wine, and decided to make a career out of it. She became a wine producer in 2014 and has since expanded into Chicago grocery stores and other states as well. The bottles are known for their sleek design and affordable price.