Exclusively for CAC members • Join hip-hop artist, community organizer, teacher and writer Che “Rhymefest” Kweku on a virtual tour to places that changed the course of his life and career, in Chicago’s Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods.
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PROGRAM SPEAKER: CHE “RHYMEFEST” KWEKU
As an artist, humanitarian and global citizen, Che “Rhymefest” Kweku has shattered countless negative stereotypes in hip-hop. Che won a Grammy for co-writing Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks.” He also won a Soul Train, Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar for co-writing Common and John Legend’s “Glory.” As the co-founder of the Chicago non-profit Art of Culture, Che mentors, teaches writing classes and exposes youth to various career options in music and business. Recently, he co-starred in the motion film “The Public” and was the subject of the Showtime and Break Thru Films documentary “In My Father’s House,” about reconnecting with his estranged, homeless father. Che was named co-chair of the Year of Chicago Music, an initiative by the city to highlight Chicago’s vibrant music scene. His newest project, “Love Lessons Pt. 1 & 2” is a memoir and album that details the last two years of Che’s personal and professional life, from processing and healing from a recent divorce, tenuous relationships with his hip-hop peers and how he let the spirit of love light his path.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: ERICA MYLES
Erica Myles, CAC docent class of 2019, is a native Chicagoan who traces her enduring love of Chicago architecture to an opportunity she received as a high school student in 1990. The CAC (which was then the Chicago Architecture Foundation) partnered with Chicago Public Schools to offer a class on the fundamentals of architecture. Erica participated in that class at the iconic Monadnock Building and recalls the excitement of her weekly trips downtown. She would take a bus and a train from Morgan Park High School and go on big adventures to view historic buildings firsthand. It changed the course of her life, turning her into a lifelong explorer who enjoys visiting countries around the world. Today, Erica works at an academic library in Chicago and volunteers as a docent at the CAC to ensure the continuation of potentially life-changing educational programs for the young people of Chicago.
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