Wednesday, November 18, 2020

AIA Chicago Announces 2020 Design Excellence Winners

 

                       

 

 

AIA CHICAGO’S DESIGNIGHT GOES VIRTUAL FOR 2020 DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Online award program honors 36 projects by Chicago architecture firms found locally and worldwide

 

 For the first time in the event’s 65-year history, the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA Chicago) Design Excellence Awards was conducted in an online format honoring the city’s outstanding architectural projects at Designight 2020. The annual celebration, attended virtually by hundreds of architecture, engineering and construction industry leaders, was presented by Chicago television personality, producer and WTTW host, Geoffrey Baer.

 

“Against the backdrop of a chaotic year punctuated by global and local upheaval, the unwavering impact of design and its power to understand, uplift and unify the people that it serves is felt deeply. It is important to honor the meaningful achievements and advancements of Chicago’s dynamic A&D community as they anticipate and provide for what the future holds,” said AIA Chicago Vice President of Honors and Awards, Jennifer Park, AIA.

 

This year, 39 awards were presented to projects in three categories: Distinguished Building, Divine Detail and Interior Architecture.

 

Nine nationally renowned architects acted as jurors, evaluating hundreds of entries before selecting the winning projects. Each winning project received a specific distinction with its award. Honor Awards denote AIA’s highest distinction, emphasizing that Honor Award projects embody all elements of excellent design. Citations of Merit denote accomplished projects where the jury may have been divided, while the Special Recognition category is bestowed by juror nomination, in which a project is recognized for a specific strength or accomplishment.

 

“This year’s entries represented a return to community-first ideas, spurred by the lessons this tumultuous year has quite uncompromisingly taught. Environments across both the commercial and civic fields have committed to empathetic, human-centered spaces, with firms prioritizing enduring and intuitive projects that are not only beautiful but conscientious,” noted the jury.

 

Among these community-centric designs are, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Chicago Architecture Center (Citation of Merit, Interior Architecture Award), ; Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture’s Wolcott School (Honor, Distinguished Building Award); Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)’s Arizona State University, Tooker House (Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award).

Other awards recognized projects ranging from flagship restaurants and transit to student dining halls and libraries, including:

  • EXP’s CTA Garfield Elevated Station Renovation (Chicago, IL):
    Honor, Interior Architecture Award, and Special Recognition for Public Art Integration, Distinguished Building Award 
    The Garfield Elevated Station is one of the oldest transit stations in the country. The Gateway Renovation project creates a new iconic gateway to the Washington Park community in Chicago’s South Side with the restoration and re-purposing of the original historic stationhouse as a community-based arts facility, and major renovation of the active station to benefit 475,000 riders, bicyclists and pedestrians, while supporting the ongoing revitalization of the community.

  • Gensler’s Columbia College Student Center (Chicago, IL):
    Honor, Distinguished Building Award and Citation of Merit, Interior Architecture Award
    The new 114,000-square-foot student center is the second purpose-built building in Columbia College’s 130 year history. It was designed to both provide an emphatic center to the disparate campus and to magnify the energy and creativity found within it. As an arts building, it was designed to “connect” rather than “collect,” creating visual awareness and opportunities for spontaneous interaction within the building thus allowing students to sample a multitude of distinct perspectives.

  • John Ronan Architects’ Independence Library and Apartments (Chicago, IL):
    Honor, Distinguished Building Award and Divine Detail Award
    This LEED Gold hybrid library/affordable housing project in Chicago combines a 16,000 square foot branch library with a 44-unit affordable apartment complex for senior citizens. The two-story library element abuts the property line, while the residential block is set back from the street, creating an entry courtyard for both uses. Using color as a unifying detail in the interiors and exteriors, the building creates a sense of individuality for residents.

  • Perkins + Will’s Lisle Elementary School (Lisle, IL): 
    Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award
    Lisle, Illinois is known for its lush greenery, so the intent for its new school was a collaborative learning environment that prioritizes sustainability while fitting within the environmental context. With climate resilience and safety top of mind, designers chose environmentally responsive solutions that optimize transparency, daylighting, and security.

  • Wheeler Kearns’ Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Expansion (Chicago, IL): Citation of Merit, Distinguished Building Award and Honor, Divine Detail Award
    After decades of sharing a small, inconspicuous entrance with their partnering synagogue, BZAEDS expanded to establish an identity and entrance of their own—unifying an existing assemblage of dark masonry buildings with a tall, singular glass and brick volume that floats above the ground floor. Timeless Jewish principles are woven and thoughtfully placed throughout; underfoot, wrapping the head, framing eyes, and shaping the heart of the school.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Phillip Craig Johnson, FAIA. A mentor, firm leader and trailblazing architect, Johnson has 44 years of experience in a variety of architectural areas prior to and since co-founding the firm, Johnson & Lee, Ltd. In 2005, Johnson was elevated by the American Institute of Architects to the College of Fellows and has served on the Board of AIA Chicago and as an advisor to the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (INOMA).

 

All Design Excellence Award-winning projects will be featured in Chicago Architect magazine and highlighted in a presentation that includes all awards submissions on the AIA Chicago website, where you can also watch the awards presentation.

 

ABOUT AIA CHICAGO

The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) is the largest chapter of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within AIA Illinois, and the second largest AIA chapter in the country.

 

AIA Chicago offers lectures and continuing education courses; numerous award programs; specialized, issue-specific Knowledge Communities; advocacy for architects; daily communications online and through its in-house magazine, Chicago Architect; and help for consumers looking for an architect.

 

As a resource for its members in service to society, AIA Chicago promotes positive change through the power of design

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Chicago Scots Kick off 175th Anniversary Milestone with Longest Running Black Tie Event in Chicago, Saint Andrew’s Day Gala “Feast Of The Haggis”

 

THE CHICAGO SCOTS KICK OFF 175TH ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE WITH LONGEST RUNNING BLACK TIE EVENT IN CHICAGO, SAINT ANDREW’S DAY GALA “FEAST OF THE HAGGIS”, HOSTED VIRTUALLY

Officially the first not-for-profit in the state to celebrate such a monumental milestone, the Chicago Scots have never failed to host this annual event since 1845, overcoming The Great Chicago Fire, Two World Wars, The Great Depression, the 1918 Pandemic, and now COVID-19
 

 The Chicago Scots, the first and oldest non-profit organization in Illinois, is thrilled to officially kick off their historic 175th anniversary year by hosting the 175th Annual Saint Andrew’s Day Gala, “The Feast of the Haggis”, on Monday, November 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event, held annually, even in times of war, depression, and pandemics, will be hosted virtually for the first time since its inception to keep the safety of all patrons and participants of the utmost importance. During this tremendous celebration of tradition, all participants will have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive Feast of the Haggis in A Box, specially curated by Award Winning Chef Gary Maclean, who will take purchasers through how to recreate various Scottish delicacies in the safety of their homes, as well as live entertainment including bagpipers and Highland Dancers, special awards presentationsand much more. 

This annual festivity first began in 1845, when Chicago’s population was just 12,000. A group of immigrant Scots gathered at the city’s finest hotel, the Lake House, to celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day. There, they established Illinois’ first and still oldest charity, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and adopted a simple mission: “Relieve the Distressed.” Since then, despite crises like the Civil War, Great Chicago Fire, the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the 1918 Pandemic, the Society (known today as the Chicago Scots) has never failed to host their “Feast of the Haggis.” On Saint Andrew’s Day, November 30, 2020, the Society will officially become the first 501c3 not-for-profit in Illinois to celebrate this milestone and kick off its 175th anniversary year.

All proceeds of the event will benefit Chicago Scots and its principal charity, Caledonia Senior Living and Memory Care.  Around the world there are many societies that celebrate Scottish culture, but there is only one that has developed an elder-care community as a defined charitable purpose. For more than 110 years, generations of families have turned to and trusted the Chicago Scots to provide loving care at their five-acre campus nestled in the forest preserve, just west of downtown Chicago. 

During this uniquely Scottish evening, the Chicago Scots will recognize achievement of excellence and contributions to Society by presenting their Distinguished Citizen Award, to Peter Georgeson, Founder of Scot Forge. The Chicago Scots have also created a new prestigious award to commemorate the 175th anniversary, the Makar’s Medal, which will be presented every five years to the seated Scots Makar – the poet laureate of Scotland. 

This year’s 2020 Distinguished Citizen will be presented to Peter I. Georgeson, Founder and owner of Scot Forge, who has impacted Caledonia Senior Living as its most generous donor spanning more than four decades, and which continues to this day. Peter has been an influential figure at Chicago Scots throughout the 1980s-1900s. Peter is the ‘Man of Steel’ who led the enormous expansion of his family’s forging business into what is now a successful employee-owned company Scot Forge, a global industry leader. Peter and his wife were named Kinsman and Kinswoman of the year in 1986 in recognition of their volunteer efforts and generous support. Throughout the years, Peter’s generosity continued, gifting to build the 22-bed Georgeson Wing which expanded elder care services at Caledonia’s historic building the Scottish Home, as well as leading the gift for the Reimagine Tradition Campaign to help refurbish the interior of the Scottish Home, which to this day has raised over $4 million to refresh the 110-year old Home. 

This inaugural Makar’s Medal Award will be presented to Jackie Kay, a critically acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist. Considered a poet of the people and the literary figure reframing Scottishness today, Jackie was born in Edinburgh in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father, adopted by a white Scottish couple who also adopted her brother two years prior. Her Memoir, Red Dust Road, was published in 2010 and was awarded the prestigious Scottish Book of the Year, the London Book Award, and was also shortlisted for the Jr. Ackerley prize. It was also selected among 20 books for the World Book Night in 2013. Her first collection of poetry The Adoption Papers won the Forward prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council prize. Kay was appointed the third Makar in March 2016, was awarded a CBE medal, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in 2019, and is now a Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. 

To prepare for this year’s Feast of the Haggis, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase a Feast of the Haggis in A Box for $175 that serves two, specially curated by Award Winning Chef Gary Maclean, who will take viewers through how to recreate a couple of Scottish dishes and desserts in the safety of their homes. The Feast in a Box will include an event program, recipe cards, and a curated list of contents to help prepare your own Feast, including: two Chicago Scots etched whiskey glasses, two Chicago Scots cloth napkins, Caledonian Kitchen Highland Beef Haggis, Cold Smoked Scottish Salmon, Tracklements Wiltshire Beer Mustard, Mull of Kintyre Mature Scottish Cheddar, Highland Oat Crackers, Aegean Fig Chutney, and Scottish Highlands Heather Honey. Also included within the box is a photobook with memorable Feast of the Haggis pictures spanning the 175 years of the event’s history for all patrons to reminisce. 

As one of the world’s largest Scottish cultural organizations, The Chicago Scots are dedicated to nourishing Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration. Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $250 to $50,000 to be a premier Sponsor. Participants can purchase a “virtual table” and have the Feast in the Box sent to their guests.  For more information on sponsorships, please email Dawn Miller at DawnMiller@ChicagoScots.orgDonations of any kind are also very welcome. For more information about the Chicago Scots’ 175th Anniversary kick off, or to purchase tickets to the 175th Annual St. Andrew’s Day and “Feast of the Haggis, please visit EventbriteKilts for the virtual event are optional, but as always highly encouraged! 

ABOUT CHICAGO SCOTS, CELEBRATING 175 YEARS  
In 1845, when Chicago’s population was just 12,000, a group of immigrant Scots gathered at the city’s finest hotel, the Lake House, to celebrate Saint Andrew’s Day. There, they established Illinois’ first and still oldest charity, the Illinois Saint Andrew Society and adopted a simple mission:“Relieve the Distressed.”Since then, despite crises like the Great Chicago Fire, the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the 1918 Pandemic, the Society (known today as the Chicago Scots) has never failed to host their “Feast of the Haggis.” On Saint Andrew’s Day, 30 November 2020, the Society will officially become the first 501c3 not-for-profit in Illinois to celebrate a milestone and kick off its 175thanniversary year. Relying on their strong roots to stay true to their values, the Chicago Scots continue their mission in support of their principal charity, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care, where their record of safety throughout the crisis our times, COVID-19, is impeccable.   

Around the world there are many societies that celebrate Scottish culture, but there is only one that has developed an elder-care community as a defined charitable purpose. For more than 110 years, generations of families have turned to and trusted the Chicago Scots to provide loving care at Caledonia Senior Living, a five-acre campus nestled in the forest preserve, just west of downtown Chicago. 

The Chicago Scots welcome everyone who is Scottish by birth, by heritage or simply by inclination. To strengthen the enduring bonds of friendship between Scotland and North America, the Society hosts events that educate, entertain and promote Scottish culture. In response to 2020’s pandemic, the Chicago Scots pivoted their cultural events to become virtual including hosting the first virtual Scottish Festival & Highland Games in the U.S. and a Kilted Classic Golf Scramble Around the World.  The Chicago Scots also support initiatives like the Scottish History Forum, Scottish Genealogy Society and the world's only Scottish North American Museum and Hall of Fame to tell the stories of Scottish journeys to and experiences in North America.  

For 175 years, the Chicago Scots have delivered life’s most important things: home, family, and love. The Society is guided by four key principles, their “Ways of Being” that define and inform everything they do and aspire to be: We Create Home, We Relieve Stress, We Extend Family, and We Reimagine Tradition.  

FILM NEWS: MR. SOUL! WINS CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD BEST FIRST FEATURE FOR FILMMAKER MELISSA HAIZLIP! - MR. SOUL! UPDATE - HELD OVER AGAIN!

 

MR. SOUL! WINS CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FOR FILMMAKER MELISSA HAIZLIP!

MR. SOUL! UPDATE - HELD OVER AGAIN!  NOW INTO OUR 3RD MONTH! WITH OVER 30 SCREENS.

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The award-winning documentary - MR. SOUL! directed by MELISSA HAIZLIP is now in its 3rd month in over 30+ virtual cinemas.  Audiences across the nation are continuing to experience MR. SOUL!

This inspirational and entertaining film will continue to spread love and happiness, as Al Green would sing, this week and through next week when we will celebrate the start of 2nd month on September 28!  We started with 3 cinemas who joined us in late July and we opened in 70+ cinemas, grew to 90+ and now as we start month 2 - we are still holding with 60+ cinema partners.  During this pandemic time, people keep discovering Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. Soul and some come back to watch it again. As Ellis would say: Black Seeds Keep on Growing!

Your reviews now and your what to watch and even a feature story is most welcome for this monumental documentary. 

In addition MR. SOUL! was recently featured on ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA  with director Melissa Haizlip presenting clips and photos from this important film.

LINK TO GOOD MORNING AMERICA INTERVIEW

MR. SOUL! was also featured in THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE in the GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN  section. 
https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/movies/mr-soul

Eight weeks ago on our opening weekend,  MR. SOUL! made history with a live virtual meeting of the minds in what we call the MR. SOUL! PREMIERE KICKBACK which was hosted by Comedian/Actress/Producer Amanda Seales.  This KICKBACK was historic, as it featured Black Legends and Black Icons who are examples of Black Excellence.  
Comedian/Actress/Producer Amanda Seales hosted! And included
•Director - Melissa Haizlip
•Executive Producer - Blair Underwood
•Legendary Director/Producer - Stan Lathan
•Composer - Robert Glasper
•Author/Poet - Nikki Giovanni
•Poet/Scholar - Sonia Sanchez
•Grammy winner - Lalah Hathaway

•R&B Group - Black Ivory
•Poet/Activist - Felipe Luciano
•Poets/Musicians - The Last Poets
... and even COMMON dropped by

HERE'S THE LINK TO THIS HISTORIC MOMENT! Take a look.  This gathering was phenomenal.
https://youtu.be/bUnI4VhxjWw

Let me know if you'd a link to the film for your review and if you would like to interview filmmaker Melissa Haizlip and Executive Producer/Voice of Ellis Haizlip - Blair Underwood, we can try and arrange that.
But do let me know...

 

MR. SOUL! WINS CRITICS CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD BEST FIRST FEATURE FOR FILMMAKER MELISSA HAIZLIP!

MR. SOUL! UPDATE - HELD OVER AGAIN! NOW INTO OUR 3RD MONTH! WITH OVER 30 SCREENS.

BEFORE OPRAH, BEFORE ARSENIO...
THERE WAS MR. SOUL!

DIRECTED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP, HER AWARD-WINNING FIRST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Mr. SOUL!

NOW IN ITS THIRD MONTH IN OVER 30+ VIRTUAL CINEMAS ACROSS THE NATION
CELEBRATING THE 52ND ANNIVERSARY OF "SOUL!" AND BRINGING LOVE & HAPPINESS TO ALL!

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On the set of SOUL!, Host Ellils Haizlip (middle) is surrounded by members of the J.C. WHITE SINGERS after their moving performance 
in a scene from 
MR. SOUL! – A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP.  PHOTO BY ALEX HARSLEY

SHOES IN THE BED PRODUCTIONS
PRESENTS

Mr. SOUL!

WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MELISSA HAIZLIP
MUSIC COMPOSED BY ROBERT GLASPER
VOICE OF ELLIS HAIZLIP BY BLAIR UNDERWOOD

 Today the Broadcast Film Critics Association honored MR. SOUL! and director Melissa Hailzip with the Best First Feature Documentary Award as part of this year’s Critics Choice Documentary Awarrds 2020.  The film led this year’s awards pack with five nominations including Best Documentary Feature, Best First Feature, Best Narration, Best Archival Documentary and Best Historic/Biographical Documentary.

The award-winning film - Mr. SOUL! - directed by Melissa Haizlip continues to wow audiences across the nation in virtual cinemas this week and is held over once again with over 30+ virtual cinemas across the country as this crowd pleasing film in its third month!! This monumental film is a tribute and an important look at America's first "Black Tonight Show" that aired directly from New York on public broadcasting from 1968-1973 at the height of the Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.

Aptly titled SOUL!, this groundbreaking show was produced and hosted by Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. SOUL!  He was hip, smart, innovative, political and gay. In his personal fight for social equality, he ensured the revolution would be televised. And that Revolution was his TV show SOUL! - an incredibly unique weekly television show that aired on public television from 1968 - 1973 celebrating Black American culture, art, life, love and community, which he shared with households across the nation in their living rooms every week. 

The film's distributors Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF are proud to announce the continuing virtual cinema release in over 30+ cinemas celebrating its third month in release!  This September also marked the 52nd anniversary of the beginning broadcast of SOUL! on September 12, 1968.  From that day forward, Ellis Haizlip and his amazing crew of producers, directors, crew and guest artists made history every week.  And now, through this film, Ellis still continues to inspire and instill pride into new generations of fans. As he states in the film, "Black seeds keep on growing," the time now is most important.

Featuring rare live performances and interviews from the legendary Al Green, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni, The Last Poets, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ashford & Simpson, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Preston, Black Ivory, The Delfonics, Bill Withers, Sonia Sanchez, Wilson Pickett, Odetta, Merry Clayton, Mandrill, Kool & the Gang, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Cleaver, Betty Shabazz, Stokely Carmichael, Mrs. Georgia Jackson, George Faison, Patti LaBelle,  Roberta Flack, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and many more, SOUL!  was the first national show to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great rarely seen archival clips, Mr. SOUL!  captures that critical moment in our nation’s cultural rise, and whose impact would continue to resonate across generations and cultures. 

"It's been beautiful to see and hear from viewers around the nation who are both entertained and uplifted by our film, as well as inspired as they discover Mr. SOUL!," says director Melissa Haizlip, who is also Ellis Haizlip's niece.  "Sharing my uncle's story and the legacy of his groundbreaking show is super important right now.  As we head into our third month in release, what an incredible gift -- it allows more people to discover Ellis Haizlip's life and the impact that SOUL! had on our country, both then and now, during this pivotal moment. And now, to be honored with this Critic’s Choice Documentary Award, I am humbled and full of gratitude to these journalists who were moved by his story. This continues to be an amazing journey for the film."

Mr. SOUL!  world premiered at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL where audiences embraced it with standing ovations and sold out screenings. Mr. SOUL! went on to win a number of awards on the festival circuit playing over 30 film festivals, including HOT DOCS, AFI Docs, BFI London, Woodstock Film Fest, Pan African Film Festival, Urbanworld, Los Angeles Film Festival and more. The film has won over 17 awards including the International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Music Documentary; the Finalist Award for the Inaugural Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize For Film; AFI Docs Audience Award; Woodstock Best Documentary; and many more. 

Mr. SOUL! is directed, written and produced by Melissa Haizlip, featuring music composed and performed by Grammy® winning musician/composer Robert Glasper, with the voice of Ellis Haizlip by Grammy® / Emmy® winner Blair Underwood - one of the film’s Executive Producers. The virtual cinema release run is presented together by Shoes In The Bed Productions and Open Your Eyes & Think MF. The purchasing of virtual cinema tickets continues to help support independent cinemas across the nation and this amazing independent filmmaker and film.  

Tickets and more information are available on the website:  www.mrsoulmovie.com.

More events will be announced through the film's website, Instagram, Twitter and
Facebook pages at @mrsoulthemovie and the hashtags #mrsoulthemovie, #ellishaizlip and #virtualcinema





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Creator and Host of the monumental show SOUL! - Ellis Haizlip (aka Mr. Soul!) - takes a moment in a scene from the film
MR. SOUL! - Directed by Melissa Haizlip.  Photo Credit: Ivan Curry/Shoes In The Bed Productions


SEE OUR TRAILER:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bLjXSFR7o
https://youtu.be/ydtHeCtXAjw


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On the set of SOUL!, original director Stan Lathan stands with the cameraman filming a segment featuring Ellis Haizlip (host) with
special guest filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadassss Song) in a scene from MR. SOUL! - A FILM BY MELISSA HAIZLIP - 
Photo by Chester Higgins/Mr. Soul!

PEOPLE LOVE MR. SOUL!

“A rich and illuminating piece of cultural history”
- The Hollywood Reporter

“Revives An Extraordinary, Revolutionary Piece Of Black History”
- Forbes

"A fascinating film"
- Time Out New York

"MR. SOUL! chronicles Haizlip's journey ensuring
the revolution would be televised."
- Deadline Hollywood

"...Enthralling and entertaining..."
- The New Yorker

Interviews with director Melissa Haizlip and select subjects are available via request.
Screening link for your editorial consideration and review is also available
.



FOR PHOTOS AND OTHER PRESS MATERIALS:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1GjfpI1oIIC61rr21EnDeIRaOCjss7UCT?usp=sharing

HERE'S THE LINK TO THIS HISTORIC MOMENT OF THE MR. SOUL PREMIERE KICKBACK!
Take a l
ook.  This gathering was phenomenal.
https://youtu.be/bUnI4VhxjWw
 

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