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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Chicago Reader Cover Story

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

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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LEMONADE now available!!!

LEMONADE Let’s you and I call it the album of the year, and later on, somebody else will 🙂 I appreciate the support. GOAL Numero Uno is getting more eyes and ears on it, please share lyrics, video of you JAMMING, or anything! Your support means the world to me. I’m excited about this album,…

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Laquan and Woodrow Wilson: A Case for Horrific Images

***ORIGINALLY POSTED on HUFFINGTON POST on 11.25.15*** Note: This post contains graphic imagery that may be disturbing to some readers. Two seminal moments have happened almost concurrently within the past couple of days; so fast is the news cycle that we almost didn’t notice. Both were huge victories and both instantly created polarizing opinions and heated…

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When Pastors Become Janitors: Tyshawn Lee and Beyond

***Originally posted on Huffington Post on 11.11.2015*** Tyshawn Lee’s funeral was this past Tuesday. He was nine years old, and gunned down on the Southside of Chicago on November 2, execution-style, allegedly by his father’s rival gang. Depending on your news source, some say his death was not random, but he was lured into the…

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Trackstarz Interview: Chicago Violence, Critics +++

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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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Don’t Push Me: My Bully Story

I wrote “Don’t Push Me” because I remember — too well — going to school and being called “blockhead”… …being super light-skinned and having a nice round head, and basically having my name changed to “Casper”… …or my first bully, Shermar, from 6th grade. Every time he saw me, he would push me out of…

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VIDEO: “I Woke Up!”

The first single from “LEMONADE” – the album upcoming. Chicago summers are the best in the world. This is proof. Enjoy and Share! “I Woke Up” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody…all of them. So please add to your playlists, drop a dollar if you can, and remember – no matter what is happening…

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MUSIC: “I Woke Up!”

The 1st single from LEMONADE…love. every. single. second. you. have. SUPPORT ON iTUNES <– THANK YOU! SUPPORT ON BANDCAMP (for non-iTunes users) Bandcamp: [bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=203524319 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=de270f tracklist=false artwork=small]   Soundcloud: Youtube link: (Prod by Redd Lettaz – @reddlettaz)   **send email to talk2j@jkwest.com for acapella/instrumental**   LYRICS Respect life, put the…

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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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“Deep Cover” Freestyle

Testify!

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MUSIC: “Thirty Tru” (2 tracks!)

Every year, like we always do about this time…special guest on Pt. 2 pt. 1 – Jake One (“Renee”), prod pt. 2 – Redd Lettaz, prod

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