Brilliantly Black

Brilliantly Black

iHeartMedia Chicago presents, The Brilliantly Black Podcast hosted by Jasmine Bennett. We're putting the spotlight on Chicagoland's Growing Black Businesses.


February 20, 2024 17 mins
Dr. Chakika Williams of SkyRose loves to pour into her clients, as they frequently pour right back into her -- putting an emphasis on the rejuvenation part of SkyRose.

Dr. Williams is a Licensed and Dual Board-Certified Family and Psych and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with certifications as an Advanced Practice Aesthetic Nurse Injector, Microneedling, Dermaplaning, Body Contouring, Weight-loss management, and much more.

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Tara Robertson of PupStars Pet Care stops by to share all about their one-stop pet shop. Tara has been working in the animal care field for over 20 years, so her and her fantastic team are ready to take great care of you AND your pet.

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Erica Howard of She Is Undefeated Inc. is all about educating, uplifting and serving the community!

Founded in 2018, She Is Undefeated Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to resources that empower and uplift individuals in our community - strongly committed to ending world hunger and poverty through financial literacy programs, community outreach and more.

Find out how to get involved in this amazing nonpro...
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CEO and owner of Blissful Art & Design LLC, Te'Resa Thomas, is here to sprinkle a little magic onto your next project!

Blissful Art & Design LLC. is a leading Graphic Design Studio based in Chicago - with clients across the United States specializing in providing luxury design services with artistic flair. From book design, to branding to printing - Te'Resa has you covered!

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Diana Anfield, owner of Drinks on the Rocks, is all about the experience! Unique and catered to you. Her mobile bartending service lives by this motto: “You mingle while we mix”!

Drinks on Rocks will provide service to any and all occasions including weddings, corporate events, launch parties, private in home events, kid parties, and more.

To book with Diana and find more information, visit!
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Ashley Anthony started The A Word Cosmetics to help make others feel confident, and beautiful. Even if you have to start from square one in your personal beauty journey! Inspired by her uncle, she created The A Word Cosmetics to keep the legacy going.

To shop her beauty products or find more information, visit The A Word Cosmetics!
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Christina Campbell is the owner of Malea's Closet!

Preciously named after her daughter, Malea's Closet specializes in custom party favors for DIY Parties and custom keepsakes. Their main goal is to provide their customers with memories and preserving those memories with custom keepsakes. After starting in 2015 creating balloon designs, they have since branched out into so much more! Malea's Closet is located on the south side of Ch...
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Getting a little luxurious with Opulence Gallery in this dazzling episode! This family-owned business is comprised of four women with several years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience.

Owners Mykhail Willis and Lauren Daniels share more about their two beatiful southside locations (one is new!) and the origin story of Opulence. Opulence Gallery is a contemporary multi-use space for social events, life celebrations, corporat...
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Dante Royster of Epic Mortgage stops by to share his experiences and knowledge in the mortgage and financial services industry.

His goals include developing future business leaders and creating life-long business partners that prosper from each other's success. Dante’s licenses include Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan,Virginia and Texas Mortgage Originator Licenses.

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The word of the day is theatre...Definition Theatre that is! Tyrone Phillips and Neel McNeil wear their passion for theatre on their sleeves.

The mission of Definition Theatre is to celebrate stories created with, inspired by, and intended for people and communities of color. Through the act of making, Definition expands perspectives, stewards resources, and bridges the possibility found at the intersection of art, innovation, and ...
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Lauren Grinage, owner of Bucketz Game Zone, talks in-depth with Jasmine about the one-of a-kind kids' party space located on Chicago's south side.

Bucketz is the private party spot you're looking for! In addition to the NERF battle zone, Bucketz has video gaming systems with the newest games, and an interactive virtual playground that everybody can enjoy no matter the age, from adults to kids. The virtual playground promotes social ...
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Brianna "Bri" Hairlson is the owner of Bri's Dance Place in Merrillville, IN. Her love of dance called her to open her own studio, to classes of all ages.

The mission of Bri's Dance Place is to positively impact the lives of individuals through dance by providing discipline, character development, confidence, and integrity through age appropriate choreography, music, & costuming from the best instructors in the industry and exp...
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Two brothers from Chicago, Joe and Ted, created PlayPen Vodka after a family celebration on one 4th of July.

Shortly after, they got to work and made their idea, their dream--become a reality! Inspired by Chicago's brief, yet beautiful summers, PlayPen Vodka captures the spirit of fun times enjoyed within the iconic Playpen of Lake Michigan, along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

PlayPen is a premium vodka (gluten-free, sugar-free) disti...
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One of the most influential journalists in Chicago, Veronica (Vee) Harrison, stops by to discuss her inspirational book "Hood Healing" with Jasmine.

Vee is a Chicago change agent, setting the stage for new voices in Black media. "Hood Healing" sounds the alarm on what it means to be “woke” by boldly challenging young people to disrupt and dismantle their own trauma and encouraging its readers to embark upon a journey of self-healing...
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Dr. McGee of Premier Urgent Care is all about spreading awareness in the Black community of better and more affordable health care on Chicago's southside. Their Premier Health Network center offers exceptional urgent care, primary care, and occupational medicine.

They strive to make urgent care services quick and convenient for all patients, and they even have an open door policy, where no appointment is needed and you can walk-in ...
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Welcome to episode 50! Jasmine talks with Next Man Up Spa owner Marva Cooksey about the importance of self-care, especially with our African-American men in the community.

Located in the historic district of Bronzeville in Chicago, IL, Next Man Up, LLC (NMU) a Black owned spa, is the ultimate spa experience and destination for men. The grooming experience consist of haircuts, massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, rain sho...
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Chicago natives Rich, Zach and Greg dared to be different and start their very own brewing company. Black-owned beer companies are rare, and these guys were determined to make themselves known--and represent our culture in the best way possible (down to the art on the actual cans!)

Listen as the owners take you on their personal journey to success, and you can find Funkytown Brewery in several bars in the city, or even during a game...
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Co-creators Mallory Babatunde & Christina Wilborn are all about women empowerment. One of the many ways they uplift others is through their mutual love of dance. They dreamed of building a movement, now known as WomxnVIBE, that would help encourage, empower, and give women a space to network.

VIBE dance class was created to remind women that taking up space is necessary to develop the stronghold in our individual powers. Learn ...
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Lisa Marsh, CEO of Ms. P's Gluten Free, shares the inspiring story of how she took her personal health journey and baking gluten-free products in her the shelves at Whole Foods (and Mariano's very soon)!

Ms. P’s Gluten Free is an ode to her mother, Mrs. Youlos Patterson-Brown. Since the launch of Ms. P’s Gluten Free in 2015, it has become a family business with everyone pitching in to contribute their unique talents. Li...
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"Delivering unforgettable, revenue-hungry video content" for their clients, INDIRAP is the #1 video production and content marketing agency in the Midwest!

Being in business for more than 10 years, founder Julian Tillotson is an all-around media and video content guru. If you are looking to brand your business and take it to the next level, this is a can't miss episode.

INDIRAP Productions is a full service video production and vide...
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