Someone You Need To Know with Rashanah Baldwin

Someone You Need To Know with Rashanah Baldwin

Meet the latest trendsetters, tastemakers, societal change agents, and special someone you need to know with award-winning TV/Radio Journalist Rashanah Baldwin. She captures the stories often overlooked by the mainstream media, explores the untold stories of everyday people making a difference in their communities, the good news in the neighborhood, and the stories of exceptional leaders changing the world through their respected fields. Follow @RashanahBaldwin everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Want to see the showcase of Someone You Need To Know? visit www.rashanahbaldwin.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rashanah-baldwin/support

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March 21, 2022 19 min

In this week's episode, Rashanah revisits a conversation from 2020 when COVID was just beginning to spread throughout the U.S., she chats with Corey Mays, a retired NFL linebacker turned angel investor and motivational speaker about life after professional football, business strategies for entrepreneurs, small business owners to stay connected, and business tips for how entrepreneurs can pivot during COVID-19. Corey Mays is an ...

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In this episode of Someone You Need to Know, Rashanah reflects on the memories and life of Harold Lee Rush.

Harold Lee Rush was a radio personality, Chicago legend, and historian who passed away on Jan 1. 2022

Harold was my mentor, teacher, and trusted advisor. He saw appreciation for my work and mission to change the negative narrative about Englewood into a positive one when I was only blogging about the Good In Englewood and sha...

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In this episode, Rashanah chats with Danielle Perry who serves as the Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer (CROO) for Illinois. They explore the challenges of the Illinois Cannabis industry, the licensing process, how many minorities have been granted licenses, and the new policies implemented to make improvements in the process ensuring that the social equity component addresses the communities impacted by "The War On Drugs&#...

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In this week's episode, Rashanah revisits Spring 2020 when Cornavirus was fairly new to the United States and each state was handling mandates differently and many industries were forced to adapt. In May of (2020) Rashanah chatted with international film director, producer, and writer Mark Harris on what the new normal will become for the film industry as the world deals with the pandemic of COVID-19.

Mark Harris is the owner o...

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Rashanah revisits a conversation with Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of Men4Choice. Men4Choice organizes male allies in the fight for reproductive freedom in support of the leaders of this movement – which are the women and individuals impacted by the anti-abortion movement’s constant and growing attacks.

In this present time of November 2021, the supreme court is considering cases regarding states like Texas...

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In this week’s episode, Rashanah revisits a conversation with Ted Williams, III who explains why the then 2020 presidential election is more important than any other U.S. election. A year later and it seems our democracy is still up for grabs.

It’s now October 24, 2021, and the Democrat-led Freedom to Vote Act has failed to pass Congress as the bill was filibustered by Republicans. The bill is aimed at strengthening voting rights a...

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In this recent episode of “Someone You Need To Know”, Rashanah chatted with Emmy Award-winning veteran journalist Harry Porterfield. Porterfield is a well-respected journalist, attorney, violinist, and retired WBBM-TV anchor who has worked in broadcast since 1955. Porterfield shares how the award-winning TV series “Someone You Should Know” came into fruition.

Porterfield shares how the award-winning TV series “Someone You Should Kn...

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Rashanah revisits her conversation with Kanesha Baynard, who is a professional and personal certified life coach, educator, facilitator, blogger, crafter, and inner wellness author featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

There is no shock that COVID-19 has impacted everyone's mindset and mental health, affected business, impacted relationships, and, most importantly, relationships with self.

Kanesha teaches her clients the importance of s...

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In this week’s episode of “Someone You Need To Know”, Rashanah discusses the Black agenda for the Biden/Harris Administration, economic empowerment, political engagement, and social activism with Dr. Barbara Ransby, Historian, UIC Professor, Activist, and Author.

For years Dr. Ransby has been doing notable work not just nationally but internationally around social justice. “She was apart of the anti-Apartheid/ Free South Africa mov...

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In this week's episode of #SomeoneYouNeedToKnow, Rashanah revisits the conversation from the Summer of 2020 with Menia K. Johnson, Assistant Vice President of Lending at Renovo Financial. As the economy became unstable due to COVID-19, questions and concerns arose around community development, finances, and real estate investing.

In this episode,  Menia shares financial tips and best practices for real estate investors looking ...

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In this week's episode of "Someone You Need To Know", Rashanah chat's with entrepreneur and Chicagoan Chrishon Lampley who shares her experience of turning losses into wins by founding Love Cork Screw Wines and how she was able to pivot during COVID-19 in 2020 and now in 2021 expanding her wine brand nationally. Many businesses and specifically Black-owned businesses were forced to close their doors after the econom...

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In May 2020, Rashanah caught up with 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez of Chicago to discuss the state of his ward, the temperament of Chicago, and how he was governing his ward during COVID-19.  During the interview, Rashanah and Alderman Lopez discuss very prominent events of how protestors stormed the U.S capital with A-K 47 guns to demand the reopening of the government and their fight for the protection of their 1st amendment r...

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This past summer Rashanah caught up with Trez V. Pugh, III of Sip & Savor Chicago for a coffee chat, they explored pivoting in entrepreneurship, keeping your business afloat during a pandemic, and the impact of worldwide protests to end racial injustices against Blacks. Trez V. Pugh, III is the Founder & CEO of Sip and Savor Chicago, Inc., a company that owns and runs high-end coffee houses on the Southside of Chicago. Pugh...
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In May of 2020 COVID-19 cases in the U.S. had begun to increase since first seeing signs of COVID-19 appear as early as March. Cities around the country begun the "shelter at home order" and many businesses started to close, Rashanah chatted with two prominent dentists, Dr. Alexandra Jundt and Dr. Kenya McCaleb owners of Smile Theory at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to explore the new normal for business owners and th...
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Keeping the faith is one way to navigate the challenges the world faces in 2020 with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and recent national civil rest in the United States. This past summer Rashanah caught up with her dear friend and fellow Englewoodian Pastor Jonathan Brooks of Chicago on how he is keeping the peace in his home community of West Englewood, how residents are expressing their frustrations holistically through community...

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Civil unrest and the aftermath of a global pandemic forced Chicago Community Loan Fund to show-up for small businesses, communities of color across Chicago, and community organizations like never before.   During a recent chat with Wendell Harris, Vice President of Lending Operations, they discuss how CCLF is helping to keep mom and pops shops operating, why Black & Brown representation matters in Investments, and how CCLF is b...
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December 16, 2020 2 min
Welcome to the Podcast "Someone You Need To Know" Rashanah Baldwin is an award-winning TV/Radio Journalist, Chicagoan, and Millennial. "Someone You Need To Know" explores the personal stories and journeys of trendsetters, tastemakers, societal change agents, and industry leaders.  Follow @RashanahBaldwin everywhere – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Want to see the showcast of “Someone You Need To Know”? Visit www....
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Unstoppable! is one way to describe actor Harry Lennix, a native Chicagoan by way of the South Shore neighborhood. He is A-List Hollywood actor who currently is in not just one but two hit TV series in 2020 and is not stopping anytime soon. Lennix can be seen in roles in the TV series "The Black List " and "Billions" (airs via Netflix, NBC, and Showtime). Plus the upcoming Netflix series, “Army of the Dead" by Z...
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