ABC 7 Chicago presents a Special Edition of “Heart & Soul,” hosted by Charles Thomas and Evelyn Holmes, Saturday, August 10th at 6 P.M.

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ABC 7’s Charles Thomas and Evelyn Holmes will host the next installment of HEART & SOUL, a series of specials that tap into Chicago’s vibrant African American community; airing Saturday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.  Cheryl Burton and Jim Rose also contribute reports to this edition.  An encore presentation will air Sunday, August 18th at 4:30 pm on ABC 7.

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

HEART & SOUL shines the spotlight on a budding “Mahalia Jackson,” who at the tender age of 12 has all the talent to become a star, according to her voice instructor.  Bronzeville’s own Mae Ya Carter Ryan was just an 8-year-old girl singing around the house when her mother realized there was something sensational about her daughter’s voice.  Mae Ya has sung at the Chicago Theater, DuSable Museum and even at this year’s Inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C.

Next up, a Downer’s Grove native said that she, like so many young girls, took ballet; but she never dreamed she could make a living at it.  Fast forward to the present.
Erica Lynette Edwards is one of the most senior dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.  HEART & SOUL looks at Erica’s amazing journey from ballet class to ballerina with a premier ballet company.

Then HEART & SOUL tracks the path of salesman turned champion of inner-city children.  Hear the story of Dwayne Bryant who left his corporate job to work with kids.  As founder of Vision International, Byrant not only serves as a motivational speaker for adults but helps implement intensive year-long programs to help students at many of Chicago’s toughest schools.

Jackie Taylor is known throughout Chicago’s arts community as the person who rose up and out of Cabrini Green housing projects to become a successful director, producer, actress and playwright.  Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theater with the goal of diminishing racism.  HEART & SOUL will profile Jackie Taylor’s amazing story and give viewers a behind the scenes experience of performances from this acclaimed theater company.

Neal Sales-Griffin and Mike McGee started out as roommates at Northwestern University but kept their relationship and ideas going after graduation.  They are the brains behind The Starter League, one of the most successful ‘tech training programs’ around.  HEART & SOUL talks to this dynamic duo about how their concept manages to inspire the least tech-savvy person and transform their ideas into viable apps and websites.

Finally, HEART & SOUL highlights a group of five artists from the South Side who came together in 1968 to form AFRICOBRA in an effort to artistically promote Black pride.  H &S viewers get a chance to look at their new exhibition at the DuSable Museum of African American history.  Arlene Turner-Crawford, one of the members of AFRICOBRA whose work is on display at DuSable, talks about the impact of the art.

HEART & SOUL is featured on-demand at abc7chicago.com.
HEART & SOUL is produced by Holly Grisham and Rubye Wilson Lane.

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