In 1996, author Brooke Stephens’ released her book, Talking Dollars and Making Sense: A Wealth Building Guide for African-Americans. She noted that the lifespan of a dollar in the Asian community is 28 days, and in the Jewish community it's 19 days. Shockingly, the dollar is circulated in the Black community only for a few hours. That's right. A dollar in the African-American circulates for only 6 hours.
When you hear these jaw-dropping statistics, you know that something has to be done.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "This day we must declare our own Emancipation Proclamation." Well, that's exactly what we plan to do.
In August 2021, I launched Chicago Southsider on Facebook's Bulletin Platform. You're probably wondering "who are you?"
Great question! I'm Charlene Rhinehart and I'm from the South Side of Chicago -- Englewood and Auburn Gresham to be exact. I attended Garrett A. Morgan Elementary School, graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School, and obtained a dual degree in Acccounting and Finance with a minor in Community Service Studies from DePaul University.
While in college, I spent my summers at Big Four Accounting Firms and banking. During the school year, it was a different story. I traveled to Englewood 3-4 times a week to tutor students as an Americorps leader. But I knew there was more that needed to be done. I developed an Adopt-A-School program, and recruited DePaul students to paint college logos all over the walls at Libby Elementary School. I also served as a commencement speaker at 8th grade graduations on the South Side and worked with nonprofits in the community to advance their economic agenda. Little did I know, that was only the beginning of my work on the South Side of Chicago.
In 2015, I represented Chicago in the Ms. Corporate America pageant held in Orlando, Florida. After bringing the crown back home to Chicago, I made over 300 appearances at community organizations, conferences, and colleges. My platform was "Diversity in Business" and I made it my mission to share stories of women all over the world.
Then, I went on a journey to share the stories of hidden heroes on the South Side of Chicago. I wanted to inspire our community to reach new heights. So, I interviewed millionaires, real estate moguls, community leaders, and certified public accountants who were showing others what was possible.
That's when I knew I had to launch Chicago Southsider so I could capture the stories and opportunities that would elevate our community like never before.
Chicago Southsider is on a mission to transform the narrative of Chicago's South Side and bring wealth back into our community. Here's what you will receive as a subscriber.
Every month, we will highlight an entrepreneur, business, or historical figure from the South Side of Chicago. We will triple the rewards during Black History Month! In January, we paid tribute to James Hill, Jr. He was a long-time CPA and founding member of the National Black MBA Association.
Every Saturday, you will receive the Chicago Southsider calendar of events delivered straight to your inbox. Here's our latest list of events and activities.
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There's more that needs to be done to change the narrative on Chicago's South Side, but we can't do it alone. Every investment in this newsletter allows us to hire more people and produce more quality content. We ask that you help us build up local entrepreneurs by getting an annual subscription. The monthly membership price is $9.99 — or roughly 1/2 of what you’d pay for a week of coffee.
Many researchers credit Mahatma Gandhi for saying, "We Must Be the Change We Want to See in the World." I'm willing to be the change. Are you? I'm willing to push aside all doubts to make a difference. Are you? I'm willing to invest in the South Side of Chicago. Are you?
Every contribution to Chicago Southsider helps. By becoming an annual subscriber, you will help us build a sustainable platform and share the untold stories in our community.
Here are some goals we aim to accomplish:
Publish Chicago Southsider's Inaugural '40 Over 40' recognition
Train and hire more individuals on the South Side of Chicago
Provide internship opportunities for students seeking to build their resume and learn digital skills
Showcase more entrepreneurs and small businesses on the South Side of Chicago
Develop guides that showcase the best of Chicago's South Side
Share more job opportunities and resources that will allow us to reinvest in our community
Go behind the scenes and memorialize the history of Chicago's South Side
What is your vision for the South Side of Chicago? Comment below and let us know!
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