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Darnysha Mitchell

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Darnysha Mitchell is an Illinois State University student and reporting and social media intern at WGLT.

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Many know March Madness as a college basketball tournament, but among the Bloomington-Normal community, it’s also a philanthropic opportunity to care for those in need.

Chi Omega at Illinois State University will host its 45th annual March Madness competition on April 11 to benefit Make A Wish Illinois.

Make A Wish Chairwoman Trisha Fischer said the dance competition among different Greek organizations raises money to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

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A children's literature expert says a publisher's decision to stop issuing several Dr. Seuss books over concerns about racism is a normal part of societal change.

Bill Kemp / McLean County Museum of History

The events of the past year have encouraged the nation to acknowledge notable moments in Black history and in Bloomington-Normal, as in many places, that can be uncomfortable. 

McLean County Museum of History Librarian Bill Kemp said the museum has taken steps to educate the community on Black history in the Twin Cities to better understand the community's growing pains in recognizing a lack of racial equality. 

Kemp said this past summer's unrest regarding police brutality and racism has changed how the community approaches Black History Month this year.

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Crews braved zero-degree weather on Sunday to extinguish a fire that broke out in the debris of a major freight train derailment near Uptown Normal.

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In a time when employment and opportunities appear dim, YWCA Strive of Bloomington-Normal offers hope for those determined to seek redirection toward purpose.

Many people face employment or underemployment hurdles that block economic security. YWCA Strive is a free program to them people break down those barriers. Strive helps participants develop professional habits and skills for the workplace.

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As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, many people slated to receive their shots later say they look forward to a more normal version of life—college students, for instance.

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Chestnut Family Center and Molina Health Care are teaming up to help families with food insecurities this holiday season.

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The John M. Scott Commission has announced a $485,000 wellness grant to assist health service agencies in McLean County.

Fraudulent unemployment claims are skyrocketing across Illinois as scammers try to access jobless benefits using employees' Social Security numbers.

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Family means togetherness, especially during holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. But as college students head home to be with their families, the pandemic is forcing them to navigate different options to celebrate.

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With the viral videos, images, and murals that capture defining moments of 2020, one Illinois State University professor is examining what these visuals reveal about contemporary culture.

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The Bloomington-Normal NAACP and the McLean County chapter of the League of Women Voters are teaming up to encourage the community to vote.

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The McLean County chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense is mourning the shooting death of a 20-year-old man Monday afternoon in west Bloomington.

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Thanksgiving will look quite different this year due to the pandemic, and nonprofits across Bloomington-Normal are asking for the community's help for families in need.

Dog owners who often wonder what's going on in the minds of their furry friends can now find some answers.

Illinois Wesleyan Psychology Professor Ellen Furlong has a new audiobook available on Amazon’s online audiobook platform Audible called, "Decoding Dogs: Inside the Canine Mind". Furlong recorded the audiobook at The Great Courses headquarters in Virginia. 

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A 4-year-old green jobs law is helping four Bloomington-Normal nonprofit organizations get solar power systems for their buildings.

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The NFL season has returned, and on Sunday a former Illinois State Redbird will be taking the field.

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Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

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Testimonies, tears, and teamwork highlighted Friday's Illinois State University student-athlete-led march through the university’s Quad.

A long-running effort to make the life of Abraham Lincoln more accessible to the public has reached a new milestone.

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Venise Lashon Keys

Art is a visual language used to captivate an audience and tell stories. For intersectional artist Venise Lashon Keys, her art illustrates stories that aim to empower, elevate, and educate all feminine identifying individuals and the Black community.

Illinois State University faculty and staff asked public health experts their lingering COVID-19 questions during a live webinar Friday on the eve of the fall semester.

Joel Johnson is a Normal resident, New Orleans native, an object-oriented developer and owner of Silky Soul Entertainment. He's lived in Bloomington-Normal for decades, is a married father of two daughters and loves his family, faith, and exploring entrepreneurial ambitions.

Elisha Coffrin is an Eastern Illinois University graduate and owner of Coffrin's ATA Martial Arts in Bloomington-Normal along with her husband, Corey.

Lissette Hall grew up in both Chicago and Bloomington-Normal and is a graduate of Parkside Junior High, Normal West high school, and Heartland Community College. She studied at Columbia University, UIC, and ISU before becoming the first person to earn a bachelor's in comedy writing and performance with a minor in arts in healthcare at Columbia College Chicago.

Leon Jones
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Leon Jones is a Bloomington High School graduate and a Bloomington native.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

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Brandon Thornton is a teacher at Bloomington High School and is a graduate student (B.S. '11, M.S. '16, Ed.D '22) at Illinois State University.

He spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Janine Peacher is a professor at Lincoln College. This year, she became the first tenured Black professor at the college.

She spoke with Darnysha Mitchell for the WGLT series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

Bloomington native Dashea Crockett is a leader at Illinois State University's Impact Ministry, a Grayslake North High School graduate, and community activist with the Next Gen Initiative group. John Findley, Dashea's grandfather, has called Bloomington home after living on a farm with his family in Tupelo, Mississippi, and coming north during the Great Migration. 

They spoke with student reporter Darnysha Mitchell for WGLT's series Living Black in Bloomington-NormalContact us if you'd like to be featured in the series.

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Bloomington-Normal Youth Activists along with 50 community members took to the streets in Downs on Wednesday to peacefully protest racism and police brutality.

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