Category: Lives

Village People: Kelauni Cook, 29, is Creating a Black Tech Nation

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Kelauni Cook, a tech social innovator from Maywood. | Courtesy Kelauni Cook 

Earlier this year, I spoke with Maywood native and Proviso East grad Kelauni Cook, who last year transformed herself, within a span of a few months, into a leading advocate for diversity in the nation’s tech industry.

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Village People: Janis Curtis, 65, From Maywood to Harvard

Monday, November 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Update: 11/28/17

Featured image: Janis Lynn Curtis, who was born in Maywood, went to Harvard and is now a leading medical research expert at Duke University in North Carolina. 

Over the summer, I had a long interview with Janis L. Curtis, a 65-year-old Maywood native who was visiting from out of town. Curtis went from Proviso East to Harvard’s graduate school of public health before eventually becoming the associate director of Clinical Data Research Networks at Duke University in North Carolina, where she currently lives.

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Village People: Shantiah Watt, Triton’s President for a Day

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Shantiah Watt, who was Triton College’s president for a day. | Courtesy Triton College 

Shantiah Watt, a student at Stevenson Middle School, 1630 N. 20th in Melrose Park, was selected to be Triton’s President for a Day on Nov. 13 after winning an essay contest that called for students to write about leaders they admire.

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Village People: James Harrison Weathers, An Army Veteran, Looks Back on Vietnam

Saturday, November 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

James Harrison Weathers, of Broadview, (photographed in the feature image), recently sat down to write about his experience serving in the armed forces. This is what he remembers, in his own words:

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A Kennedy Comes to Maywood

Friday, November 10, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Rory Kennedy | Lyndie Benson

Rory Elizabeth Kennedy, the 11th and youngest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, was invited to say a few remarks during an Oct. 21 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Maywood Park District, which was celebrating the renovation of its exterior grounds.

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Village People: Mike Rogers Wants Public Housing to Be Remembered Right

Sunday, November 5, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Not everyone was born and raised in the suburbs. Some current suburbanites, like Maywood resident, former village trustee and retired architect Mike Rogers, were formed in the pressure cookers of the projects (which were more than the chaotic, crime-filled havens many people would reduce them to). Most of Chicago’s public housing projects have been torn down, but, thankfully, the memories of those places didn’t get razed with them.

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Village People: Tandra M. Rutledge on Mental Health in Communities of Color

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Tandra M. Rutledge, the director of business development at Riveredge Hospital, spoke recently to a small crowd during Village Free Press’s monthly business reception, held at the hospital on Oct. 18. Below is an excerpt of her insightful talk:

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