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Based on headlines, the Chicagoland south suburb of Harvey, Illinois, does not seem like a place where stars are born. However, it has birthed many talents, including  Syleena Johnson, Keke Palmer, and more recently, “Chicago P.D.” actor LaRoyce Hawkins. Since 2013, Hawkins has been a regular in NBC’s “Chicago” TV dramas, which include “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire,”…

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LaRoyce Hawkins is humble. The 28-year-old actor is firm in describing himself as “just a kid from Harvey”; however, the millions of viewers who tune in to see him play a cop on “Chicago P.D.” see him a bit differently. Growing up in Harvey, a suburb south of Chicago, wasn’t easy for Hawkins. Like similar…

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Lupe Fiasco and his M.U.R.A.L (Magnifying Urban Realities and Affecting Lives) foundation recently hosted its second annual bake-off event in celebration of the nationwide initiative #GivingTuesday. Held at the chic Soho House Chicago, the bake-off pitted Team Lupe featuring acclaimed pastry chef Malika Ameen of the television show Top Chef Desserts, Cyrus Rab (M.U.R.A.L. board chair), and Mama…

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Renowned actor and director Bill Duke recently signed on to direct a biopic about gospel great Mahalia Jackson. “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Duke, who most recent projects were the documentaries Dark Girls and Light Girls. Written by Ruth L. Ratny, The Mahalia Jackson…

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