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(Darren Laws, left, and Isam Keith Smith at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ‘The Mission’

Three years ago, Darren Laws (left) started The Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving young people in Chester, Pa.

02/12/2013

(Marcus Allen, CEO of ACHIEVEability, outside one of the nonprofit group's residence projects.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ACHIEVEability

AchieveAbility was founded more than 30 years ago with a mission of a providing housing for single, homeless parents. The group now helps families permanently break the cycle of poverty through education, parenting classes, financial literacy, and more.

02/11/2013

(Suzzette Ortiz rehearses with her concert choir at the Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, in Camden.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Suzzette Ortiz

Musician and teacher Suzzette Ortiz is changing the game for her students in Camden, NJ, one song at a time.

02/08/2013

(Raymond Gant co founder of the ray of hope project, standing in front of his clean up truck "Felix" Credit Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: The ‘Ray of Hope’ Project

“We just went in there and started cleaning it up,” says Raymond Gant, who grew up in North Philadelphia. “We started cleaning up the neighborhood, cleaning up the community.”

02/07/2013

(The Philadelphia chapter of "Black Girls Run" holds a "Run 2 Vote" event to promote voter participation.  Photo provided)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ‘Black Girls Run’

With mantras like “Preserve the Sexy” and “Leave No Woman Behind,” Black Girls Run is changing the game on black women’s health, one race at a time.

02/06/2013

(Members of Ready Willing & Able are advised how to keep a job and how to save money.  Photo provided)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Ready Willing & Able

Also known as the “Men in Blue,” Ready Willing & Able is all about opportunity.

02/05/2013

(Kindergarteners get books at a West Philadelphia school library manned by WePAC volunteers.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

CBS Philly celebrates Black History Month with these profiles of notable Philadelphia “gamechangers,” making a difference in the lives of the city’s African-Americans.

02/04/2013

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NAACP To Hold ‘Black Love Experience’ Conference On Relationships

The Philadelphia Branch of the NAACP is taking a new approach to fighting violence in the community by holding a conference on love and relationships.

02/24/2012

(Curt Chambers.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Curt Chambers

Known as “Philly’s Rock Star,” Curt Chambers is a singer, Grammy-nominated songwriter, and musician.

02/08/2012

(Kristin Haskins Simms.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Kristin Haskins Simms

Once a contestant on the TV show “Project Runway,” graphic designer Kristin Haskins Simms is the founder and designer of the fashion line Strangefruit.

02/08/2012

("DJ Diamond Kuts."  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Tina (‘DJ Diamond Kuts’) Dunham

Tina Dunham, a.k.a. “DJ Diamond Kuts,” has toured with artists like Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj, is a DJ on Philly’s Power 99, and a host on BET’s, “The Deal.”

02/08/2012

(KeVen Parker.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

KeVen Parker

Entrepreneur KeVen Parker is most known for his soul food establishment “Ms. Tootsie’s,” is branching out with a lifestyle boutique and a hotel of lavish, extended-stay suites.

02/08/2012

(Vidal Davis.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Vidal Davis

Vidal Davis is one-half of the dynamic, Grammy-winning producing duo Dre & Vidal. The pair has played a significant role in keeping Philly’s name on the musical map.

02/08/2012

Black History Month Events Guide

Since 1976, the United States has set aside February as Black History Month. Here’s where to take part in the celebration of African American history, culture and heritage in the Philadelphia area.

02/01/2012

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