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14 February 28 - March 13, 2018 Black Owned Ride-Sharing App With the immense success of companies like Uber and Lyft, r i d e - s h a r i n g t e c h n o l - ogy has boomed into a multibillion dollar industry within the past decade. Now a new platform is looking to stake its claim in the marketplace. Moovn is a ridehailing mobile application founded by Godwin Gabriel. The app currently operates in 7 U.S. cities (Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY) and 1 city in Africa (Dar-Es-Salaam, TZ), with plans to rapidly expand in both Western and emerging markets. In a recent interview with UrbanGeekz, Gabriel explains how he taught himself how to code, in Derrick A. Riley, CEO order to launch the beta version of his app. Saying his beta launch was “amateurish at best,” he goes on to explain how the platform transformed into what it is today: “It wasn’t until we received investor backing that I was able to hire and collaborate with a team of seasoned developers to transform the platform into what we have today.” When asked what his biggest challenges are, he says, “The market, for the most part, is currently being dominated by Uber and Lyft with these companies enjoying the benefits of having first mover advantage with the transportation technology space. However, we’re confident that the global market remains sizable enough for all of us to fit in and play.” Considering the rise of smartphone usage across the continent of Africa, operating there seems to be a good business strategy. It’s also a market that hasn’t been explored by the big brands in the industry. Chicago Street Journal The City will be partnering with the Center for Economic Progress, Ladder Up and City Treasurer’s Office again this year to provide the free service for eligible residents. Tax Prep Chicago with the City of Chicago are marking Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day and the official start of tax season by reminding residents to take advantage of the City of Chicago’s free tax assistance program. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working families with low to moderate income. Last year, Tax Prep Chicago helped over 20,000 families and individuals receive nearly $30 million in tax refunds and credits. “The EITC program has a proven record of uplifting people communities across the country and across our City. I am proud to partner with these organizations that are strengthening the outreach of these free resources to make them more accessible across the City of Chicago for its residents to access them,” said City Treasurer Kurt Summers. “We need to be investing more in EITC resources because it helps working families here in Chicago with additional money to support their local n e i g h b o r h o o d e c o n o m y. ” EITC day is a nationwide effort to alert millions of low and moderate -income workers who may be missing out on this significant tax credit. In 2017, 963,000 Illinoisan workers received more than $2.4 billion in EITC refunds. Volunteer tax preparers, certified through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will assist residents with federal and state income tax returns for the 2017 tax year and in many cases, can help with prior -year returns and amendments. Volunteers will also help taxpayers filing for or renewing an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Taxpayers, who qualify for the EITC and/or the Additional Child Tax Credit, will receive refunds after February 15, so residents are encouraged to file early. Residents are also urged to be cautious of predatory lenders and stick with people you trust. Cook County homeowners may also take advantage of several valuable property-tax-saving exemptions. There are currently four exemptions that must be applied for or renewed annually: The Homeowner Exemption, Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption, Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption, and the Home Improvement Exemption. For more information, contact the Cook County Treasurer's Office at www.cookcountytreasurer.com/ exemptions.aspx. The deadline for filing taxes is A p r i l 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 . Tax Prep Chicago is an initiative of the City of Chicago that enables qualified Chicagoans to access free income tax return services at sites located throughout the city. Two nonprofit partners, the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, train hundreds of volunteers each year to provide free preparation and e-filing of Federal and Illinois returns for eligible families and individuals. For more information about how to access free tax assistance or for a complete list of EITC locations: Visit the City’s tax assistance w e b s i t e a t www.TaxPrepChicago.org Call the City’s 311 helpline Visit the Center for Economic P r o g r e s s a t www.economicprogress.org or call (312) 252-0280 V i s i t L a d d e r U p a t www.goladderup.org or call (312) 409-4719 Visit the IRS at www.irs.gov Chicago Street Journal Advertising Sales Rep This is an outstanding opportunity, selling advertising (print, online): • Initiate sales and marketing calls to prospective or current clients and documents sales efforts • Develop advertising leads for ad sales by using a variety of lead sources, Qualifications: Our ideal candidate must be a self-motivated overachiever with a strong desire to succeed. • Prior sales experience, developing both new accounts and servicing existing accounts is preferred. • Highly disciplined, independent, entrepreneurial, confident, well organized self-starter • Compensation, Base Salary Negotiable. 773 595 5229
Chicago Street Journal February 28 - March 13, 2018 15 (Continued from page 1) DePaul University’s Blair Davis discusses Marvel’s latest movie CHICAGO — Part of the reason Marvel’s “Black Panther” has seen so much success is because it came along at the right time both culturally and politically, said Blair Davis, an associate professor of media and cinema studies in DePaul University’s College of Communication. His latest book, “Comic Book Movies,” will be available April 19 through Rutgers University Press. Davis has spent his career researching comic books, classic Hollywood cinema, B-movies and African-American cinema and has written three other books on film topics. In this Q&A, he explains what makes “Black Panther” a cultural phenomenon, how it’s different from other comic book movies and the promising future of the genre. Q: What makes “Black Panther” such a highly anticipated comic book movie? A Davis: Audiences are treating “Black Panther” like an “event” movie for several reasons. Marvel used the character's first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” as a way of launching a spin-off film in a way that its previous films haven't. Marvel characters usually get their own films first, and then appear in the Avengers films. Marvel handled “Black Panther” much differently, using him as a central focus of “Civil War,” which was itself an event Blair Davis, an associate professor of media and cinema studies in DePaul University’s College of Communication Director, Ryan Kyle Coogler and Aaron Covington screenwriter film. This raised the bar for audiences much more for a “Black Panther” solo film than if they hadn't already come to know and love the character. This is also an “event” film because of its significance as a blockbuster superhero film with a predominantly black cast and a black director. In our current cultural and political moment in which questions about diversity are at the forefront of discussions about race and the media, a big-budget film aimed at mainstream audiences in which black characters play a central role rather than just a supporting one is noteworthy. Add the fact that celebrities like Octavia Spencer bought up blocks of tickets to give away for free so that black children can see a hero on screen who looks more like them than a Norse god or blond super soldier does and you have a film that resonates much more strongly on a cultural level than the typical blockbuster. For example, on the night the film opened I did a panel as part of Black History Month about the history of black comics characters for the Chicago Bar Association, so “Black Panther” is being seen as a cultural milestone for a wide range of institutions. Q: How might this movie be different from other comic book movies that are set for 2018 or have come out in recent years? A Davis: Beyond the important cultural differences in how audiences are approaching this film, one big difference is in the way that director Ryan Coogler was allowed to make the film. Marvel's films have had a fairly standard look and tone to them, on the whole. The producers call the shots and expect their directors to adhere to the Marvel “house style.” Coogler is a talented director who fought to make “Black Panther” his own film, rather than just the producers' film. Early word from audiences is that the film has much more depth and heart than other Marvel films, thanks to Coogler. Q: Do you think there is or could be a saturation point with comic book movies? A Davis: I actually do not think we're approaching a saturation point for comic book movies yet. If anything, things will keep building further. It's like the western in the 1950s, it's full steam ahead right now. And with “Logan” earning an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay, there's a shift in the critical status of these films going on as well. Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles 3947 S. King Drive, Chicago IL 60653 Tel: 773 - 536 - 3300 Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles II 543 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302 Tel: 708 - 524 - 3300 Specializing In Intimate Gourmet Dinners—Business Luncheons Birthday Parties—School Events—Weddings—Banquets— Meetings—And More