Stories by Ari Mejia
Mayadet Patitucci Cruz focuses their work on bringing resources to LGBTQ+ youth around the city.
Starting in the 1980s, Executive Sweet was a traveling party that focused on Black lesbians. Two of its longtime organizers say they aren’t finished yet.
Daisy Zamora is a proud Latinx Chicagoan focused on bettering her community. She’s a volunteer doula, who also works to create healing among young people.
Multimedia artist Tony Smith uses his experiences to teach students at the Hyde Park Art Center how to have their own voice through art.
Ennis Martin is an illustrator, painter and science fiction fanatic. He tells his story as part of Vocalo’s “Chi Sounds Like” series.
Paige Taul says her journey started when another Black person told her she wasn’t Black.
Beatrice Scescke was raised in Chicago but always dreamed of connecting with nature. She shares more in Vocalo’s series “Chi Sounds Like.”
Jeanine Valrie Logan saw a need for women of color in maternal health when she struggled to find a Black midwife during her own pregnancy.
Poet, playwright and performer Kimberly Dixon-Mays knows the power of words. She shares more through Vocalo’s series “Chi Sounds Like.”
Hazel says she often thinks about “the way that cultural preservation is directly linked to how we understand what is valued in society.”