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VICE News Trauma Center story

more coverage of the fight for a trauma center on the Southside of Chicago, and J.Kwest’s role as pastor of University Church in that effort. If you haven’t seen the Crain’s Chicago Business report yet, do that.

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Crain’s Chicago Business (report on Trauma Center)

As pastor, J was part of the effort to bring a Level One Trauma Center to the Southside of Chicago. University Church – where he pastors – was the first church to sign onto the effort, and he brokered a series of meetings between University officials and the community organizers. This story represents amazing progress…

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JET Magazine Interview

Interview from feature in Jet Magazine… http://www.jetmag.com/entertainment/giving-gospel-jkwest/#.Vux33tIrK70 Pastor, rapper, and activist Julian “J. Kwest” DeShazier is telling his story in an effort to change the bullying game. A former victim of bullying, the Chicago-bred and Jesus-fed leader of University Church recently released the video for his latest hit, “Don’t Push Me.” Inspired by countless stories…

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On WINDY CITY LIVE (ABC7 Chicago) performing “Don’t Push Me”

You can read the story of my own history with bullying HERE, and it all amounts to a song called “Don’t Push Me,” with the incomparable Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago and Karees Brown. Things move fast…not one week after recording “Don’t Push Me,” we performed on Windy City Live! (Chicago, ABC7)…

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Featured in WTTW11 docfilm “Violence in Chicago”

***JK was interviewed for this, and it highlights some of the work happening at University Church*** Program Description: Violence in Chicago: Responding with Faith is an hour-long documentary produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, which will premiere Thursday, May 28th at 9PM on WTTW Channel 11. The documentary highlights the city-wide cost of violence for all…

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INTERVIEW + VIDEO: “Ministry Matters”

SALT Project brought me back for another one…this time, to talk a bit about my call and how I understood “ministry” as a kid. Hopefully we can return to a place where we see ministry as the greatest honor! It went so well the Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) decided to…

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STRANGE FRUIT wins EMMY!!!

[UPDATE #2: WE WON AN EMMY!!! “Strange Fruit” won in the “Best Historical/Cultural” category. Thank you all for your support. Continue to share it! Sadly it’s still too relevant] [UPDATE #1: just got word that “Strange Fruit” was nominated for an Emmy (Lower Great Lakes region). The ceremony will be June 27, 2015. Stay tuned!!!]…

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DNAInfo Chicago Profile

Click the link below for a really good profile on Pastor Kwest. Love the phrase “double life” (that has meant worse things before). Guess I really am BATMAN! Thanks and s/o to Sam from DNAINFO.com He’s a really good writer and this is a great profile I think. Let’s you in a bit. Also some…

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Radio Interview from Sirius 124 POTUS

A radio interview from 2-15-13 with Lee & Slade from “Politics Powered by Twitter” (SIRIUS 124 – @PoliticsRadio – follow them!)…discussing Chicago’s violence problem and some creative solutions. Listen in!

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ABC7 Chicago Profile

Very thankful for these opportunities. The link below will take you to a story Frank Mathie, reporter at ABC7 Chicago, did on J.Kwest – the “Pastor Rapper.” Tell a friend, tell again…   http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/mathie&id=8999022  

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Featured in THE LINE Documentary (watch full)

Produced by Sojourners, World Vision, OxFam, Bread for the World, and Christian Community Development Association, this short film documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. Across America, millions are struggling every day to make it above The Line. It was my honor to interview for the film, and…

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Interview “Rhymes & Reasons” podcast

This is my favorite interview to date. They went deep and wanted to know the 3 hip hop records that have influenced me the most. Which ones did I pick? 1. 13th Floor/Growing Old – Outkast 2. Retrospect for Life – Common 3. Triumph – Wu Tang You’ll have to listen to see why. Super…

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Medill News Profile

Always thankful for an opportunity to share what is sitting deep inside me. Thankful for Medill News Service for seeing something. Check out the story yourself! http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=217150

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Trackstarz Podcast: “J.Kwest vs. Kanye West” (video)

The “Field Trackstarz” have a radio show down in ATL, where they big-up Christian artists doing their thing. Honored to be featured. They sent this segment to me and I was more humbled, and shocked. ‘Ye is one of my favorites EVER. He represents a lane of vulnerability and genuine creativity that helped inspire the…

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Fox News Chicago Profile

Every step is a step closer. In the words of a mentor of mine: “Fox did something right. Whaddya know?” Here’s the link for you to enjoy. Please share. http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/special_report/chicago-pastor-rapper-julian-j-kwest-deshazier-university-church-hyde-park-20110608 JK        

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