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CHICAGO, IL – ABC 7’s Karen Jordan and Hosea Sanders will host the next installment of HEART & SOUL, a series of specials that taps into Chicago’s vibrant African American community; airing Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 pm.  Evelyn Holmes, Leah Hope, Charles Thomas, and Val Warner also contribute reports to this edition.  An encore presentation will air Sunday, December 21st at 2:00 pm on ABC 7.

HEART & SOUL is the winner of a Chicago Emmy Award and an Illinois Broadcasters Association’s “Best Public Affairs Program” award.

HEART & SOUL shines the spotlight on founder and choreographer of Red Clay Dance Company Vershawn Sanders Ward. Ms. Sanders Ward holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from New York University and was the first to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Red Clay Dance Company is an all-female dance troupe that also teaches children to dance in the Bronzeville community  — hoping to inspire the next generation of performers.

HEART & SOUL sits down with former model Tondalah Stroud who founded the cosmetic line F.O.G. – which is sold online and inside the company’s flagship location at the River Oaks Mall, in Calumet City. The show takes an intimate look at how Stroud is growing her line of cosmetics all while giving deserving women an opportunity to transform themselves inside and out through her non-profit organization “Beauty for Ashes.”

Actor, producer, musician, heartthrob and Chicago native Mel Jackson is back in town and Heart & Soul catches up with him to talk about his new sitcom.  The Hyde Park High School Alum gives viewers a look behind the scenes during filming of the Chicago-based sitcom.  Jackson and his creative partner Angela McGee (Sister Sister, Living Single), talk about their Purposed One Entertainment company and how they have teamed up to bring Hollywood back to Chicago with their new collaboration.

Next up — HEART & SOUL takes a trip to the Chicago History Museum for the, “Inspiring Beauty:  50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair” exhibit. The exhibit spotlights the phenomenal fashions brought to life thanks to the late Producer and Director Eunice Johnson.

Then, HEART & SOUL takes a look at one of the people behind the special events in Chicago, from the Taste of Chicago to the Columbus Day Parade.  Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, helps orchestrate the almost 2,000 programs and events Chicagoans and visitors alike have come to enjoy.   Bonne gives details of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new Chicago Cultural Plan which is destined to become the most significant art program enhancement the city has seen in 25 years.

Photographer John H. White has accomplished so many things in his life, but his road to success started at 13 when he received his first camera. After serving his country with the U.S. Marines and rising to the rank of Sergeant, all while taking photos, White then worked as a photographer for both the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. HEART & SOUL offers a glimpse of the life and work of Chicago’s legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer.

What did the Peninsula hotel, St. Charles Country club, the Tower Club, and the Chicago Yacht Club all have in common? Chef Kristopher Murray. Murray, who combined his love of food and academia, sits down with HEART & SOUL to talk about the Washburne Culinary Institute and his new position as Executive chef and Executive Director. The Washburne Culinary Institute, located in the disadvantaged Englewood neighborhood, has a student kitchen and restaurant, where his mostly African American students, have an opportunity to learn the business. Murray’s goal for all 225 students is to push them to excel in high-end kitchens like his other successful alums.

HEART & SOUL is featured on-demand at abc7chicago.com.

HEART & SOUL is produced by Holly Grisham and Rubye Wilson Lane.

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