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Tiffani Jackson

Tiffani Jackson is a reporting intern at WGLT and a student at Illinois State University's School of Communication. She started working at WGLT in summer 2019.

Ways to Connect

Women at event
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When Memuna Lee moved to Bloomington-Normal in 2008, she felt out of place.

Kyana and Bridgetta
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Kyana Wilkinson says it’s a scary time to be a nurse.

Woman shakes Dietz's hand
Illinois State University

Illinois State University’s graduating seniors are grappling with a double dose of bad news this week: They won’t be able to finish out their final semester on campus, and they’re now entering a job market that’s a lot shakier than it was a few weeks ago.

Janessa and Linda
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Four years ago, black voter turnout declined in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years for a presidential election. Aiming to make a comeback starting with Tuesday’s primary, black voters in Bloomington-Normal say they’re adamant about educating themselves on the issues, hoping to make strategic selections that will result in progressive policymaking in the future.

Christian Johnson and Tatiana Walker
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Discovering your true identity is one of life's greatest quests. History plays a role in connecting the dots, but for African American students, the lack of information taught on their culture could leave some starving for a sense of self.

Eugenia Cheng with Colbert
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While playing a game of superheroes with her best friend at 7 years old, Eugenia Cheng had one of her first introductions to gender roles.

Arthur and Laurie pose
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The West Market Street Council has taken another step toward ending the food desert in west Bloomington by revealing preliminary architectural drawings of its new grocery store and plaza.

Angela Rye speaks
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With an unapologetic call to action, political strategist Angela Rye urged the crowd at Friday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner at Illinois State University to stop talking about his legacy, and be about it.

Two Bloomington-Normal teenagers will be awarded for their commitment to making the town a better place at the 44th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon on Saturday.

Olivia Butts speaks
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As the holiday season arrives, Black Lives Matter BloNo is calling for volunteers to help monitor McLean County courtrooms as part of its ongoing efforts to reunite families with loved ones who can't afford bail.

Census officials seated at table
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The Bloomington-Normal NAACP is working to debunk misconceptions about the census and encourage all residents to be counted as the once-a-decade headcount moves online for the first time.

Aaron and Gil
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The U.S. has a long history of identity-focused media outlets. Telemundo is one of the most established, serving Hispanic audiences. Among the newest is the Black News Channel, which launches Jan. 6 in an estimate of  33 million homes.

Thanksgiving trinket
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Everyone has a holiday horror story. But it's not easy to keep controversy away from the holiday, not perhaps even advisable.

Olivia Butts
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A leader with the local Black Lives Matter chapter is urging the Bloomington City Council to allow cannabis sales as a form of reparations for the drug war’s injustices against people of color.

Jacob and Justin
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The music industry is highly competitive. Those who have talent can get overlooked.

Jacob Hoffman, founder of Basement Bars Records, says he can change that.

Marquell, recipient, and Carla
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Amid continuing police-involved shootings of black Americans and renewed focus on racism at Illinois State University, two local groups have teamed up to show solidarity—and make 50 kids very, very happy.

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“After you get your life taken away for a little while, the way you value it if given a second chance becomes a passion.”

Kyana and Bridgetta
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Race and healthcare have a dark history together.

The 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis experiment is perhaps the most infamous example, when over 100 innocent black men were infected with the disease and died from its effects.

Jamel and Willie
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Scholarship recipients from Central Illinois on Friday will hear from a leader of color who embodies the type of success that the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet wants to cultivate.

Linda Foster
Tiffani Jackson

When Linda Foster moved to Bloomington-Normal in 1977, she noticed a lack of equal opportunity for minorities. Raised in a family of visionaries and problem solvers, Foster followed the same path and made bringing change a priority by joining the NAACP.

Dortch walks in
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Thomas Dortch Jr., a community activist and national chairman of the 100 Black Men of America organization, brought his call for unity to Bloomington as he made a guest appearance at the local chapter’s 10th annual excellence gala.

Mary, Erick, and Karen
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Erick Howard was only 12 when his mother realized he had an eye for precision.

Kid getting a haircut
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In the wake of mass shootings across the country, a fear to leave home and resume daily tasks has impacted many families.

Gloria Hursey
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After nearly three decades of fulfilling her calling, residential services director Gloria Hursey said her goodbyes to the Bloomington Housing Authority last week as she officially retired.

Kids pose with certificates
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When Alicia Lenard heard about an award ceremony for minority students in Bloomington-Normal, she made sure her fifth-grader, Christina, was there.

YouthBuild members Amarion Cleveland and Megan McClure
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When Megan McClure and Amarion Cleveland attended public school, they felt the environment didn’t support their goals. Feeling out of place and overlooked, they decided to take an alternative route to success and found safe haven ‒ plus a trip of a lifetime to Washington D.C. ‒ through a program known for shaping future leaders: YouthBuild McLean County.

Dollar Tree sign
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Julie Catey of Broadwell loves shopping at the Dollar Tree store in neighboring Lincoln.

Andrew Held
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Andrew Held decided to devote his life to youth outreach after witnessing two troubling incidents in Bloomington during 2011.

Stop the Violence Project truck
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We’ve all heard that it takes a village to raise a child. Still, there’s another African proverb about community: The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.

Tameka and Goldrick
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Every week or so on GLT's The Leadoff podcast, we'll bring you the story of an unsung community servant who's making Bloomington-Normal a better place. It's a feature we call More of That, Please. Subscribe to The Leadoff on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also suggest local people we should feature.

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