Around The Way Girl: DJ Rae Chardonnay

I like to make people dance. People are in a much better place when they’re dancing, they’re not thinking about much, except for dancing, which is perfect because sometimes we just need that release. Meet one of the baddest girlboss DJs in Chicago,  Westside’s finest: Rae Chardonnay. The 28-year-old Lawndale native has been providing the Chicago party scene with good vibes and energy for some time now, and continues to build her resume with her latest events Party Noire and AfroFuturistic Dance Party. Being a creative at heart, Rae knew her life path would involve music and community work from the moment she left University of South Florida and transferred to Columbia College where she received her degree in Art & Entertainment Media Management. That one decision helped set the stage for her blossoming career as a DJ.  Continue reading

Around The Way Girl: Lizette Garza

I realize I’m not going to change every single student, but if I just have that one, I know that this is what I should be doing. This is what makes my work so rewarding and powerful. Lizette Garza is a 6 year veteran with ElevArte Community Studio in Pilsen working as their Youth and Events Manager. Graduating from Columbia College with a BA in Music Business in 2012, Lizette hasn’t forgotten her roots and the community she came from. She truly is a great Youth Advocate while managing many of the events with ElevArte and keeping these kids involved within their community. Being a hip hop lover at heart, read the jump for all this Around The Way girl does for youth and the impact she has had on her students without noticing her power.

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