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WCIU “You & Me” Morning Show Appearance

By Julian Deshazier | December 7, 2016

Talking bullying and how we can better help our kids on Chicago’s “You & Me” morning show. For the performance of “Don’t Push Me” on the show, HERE YOU GO!

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VICE News Trauma Center story

By Julian Deshazier | May 17, 2016

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)

By Julian Deshazier | May 17, 2016

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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Chicago Reader Cover Story

By Julian Deshazier | May 16, 2016

A feature-length profile of J.Kwest in the Chicago Reader, March 3, 2016… http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/jkwest-julian-deshazier-lemonade-christian-rap/Content?oid=21248477

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JET Magazine Interview

By Julian Deshazier | May 16, 2016

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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Trackstarz Interview: Chicago Violence, Critics +++

By Julian Deshazier | October 16, 2015
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On WINDY CITY LIVE (ABC7 Chicago) performing “Don’t Push Me”

By admin | October 14, 2015

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”

By admin | July 2, 2015

***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”

By admin | October 22, 2014

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!!!

By admin | February 25, 2014

[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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J.Kwest's new handle on all platforms is @PureKwest FYI #StayWoke