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‘It’s All Good’ Episode 9: Neighbors Helping Neighbors And The Power Of Pride

Today's two-part episode features Chicagoans who went above and beyond during COVID-19 and an organization fighting for Black trans women.

Earlier this month, multidisciplinary artist Sam Kirk unveiled “Fce,” a pride mural celebrating global culture within the LGBTQ community, on the corner of 18th Street and Ashland Avenue in Pilsen.
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Block Club Chicago’s “It’s All Good” is out with Episode 9!

The two-part episode starts by highlighting Chicago neighbors who helped each other during the pandemic. Reporter Hannah Alani describes the extraordinary efforts of Jacqueline Ingles, who prepared more than 1,200 meals for Chicagoans facing food insecurity — while finishing law school.

“I’m not going to sit there and watch people go hungry if there’s something I can do about it,” Ingles tells host Jon Hansen.

Credit: Jacqueline Ingles / Provided
As of Saturday, May 1, 2021, Ukrainian Village resident and Loyola law student Jacqueline Ingles donated 1,000 lunches for Chicagoans in need.

Also pitching in were hundreds of Chicagoans participating in Lasagna Love, an organization pairing up neighbors to cook trays of lasagna to alleviate the stress of food preparation during the pandemic.

“This is real impactful. This is a real social movement,” said Martin Diaz, one of Lasagna Love’s volunteers. “This is a real investment in our community and in our city.”

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Erin Hallett, from Wicker Park, is one of the volunteers for the nonprofit Lasagna Love.

Part 2 of the episode shifts focus to this weekend’s Pride events. Despite the official parade moving to October, reporter Jake Wittich talks about other events, and he recaps the Drag March for Change earlier this month.

Wittich also introduces listeners to Molasses, a grassroots collective of Black and transgender nightlife artists who provide spaces for performances.

“Molasses creates spaces to convene, come together and appreciate Black trans artistry, and to pay Black trans artists,” said Zola, a creator of the organization. “A space to uplift them to be seen and heard, which is so rare.”

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(From left) Choya, Zola and Onyx co-founded Molasses in March 2019 with Lucy Stoole and Cae Monae.

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