On Saturday, December 28, 2019 The Black Star Project and Know 1 Radio hosted a Kwanzaa Celebration and Business Showcase at 3509 S. King Drive - 2nd Floor.  Revin Fellows and Sis. Afrika Porter served as master and mistress of ceremonies.  Families and friends enjoyed celebrating Kwanzaa traditions, cooperative economics, good food and honored ancestors and community.



The Black Star Project has had several Public Policy Luncheon Series dedicated to the improvement of the African American Community. Speakers in this series are from the worlds of business, academia, government, technology, law, community development, medicine, workforce development, faith and other associated areas that contribute to the uplift and well-being of marginalized communities.

Some of our past speakers have included: 

George Wright – Historian, Economic Strategist, Researcher

Baron Waller – Owner/Manager, 4 Culver’s Restaurants

Williams Towns – Executive Director, Benefit Chicago

James Montgomery – Attorney and Principal, James D. Montgomery and Associates, LTD

Dr. Terry Mason – Chief Operating Officer, Cook County Dept. of Public Health

John Rogers – Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments

The speakers’ remarks are modeled after the popular “TED Talks” format. Approximately 30-50 attendees pay a modest admission fee with some of the proceeds supporting a selected charity or community organization.   Additionally, college students attend free of charge.

The sessions are videotaped and featured on cable television. Promotion is done through The Black Star Project’s WVON radio show, press releases and social media.

Past topics have included: Medicine, Law, the Economy, Investments and the work of Foundations. Call 773-285-9600 for more information.



The Black Star Project is a Chicago-based organization that offers tutoring, mentoring, parent engagement, and workforce development programs to primarily low-income, Black and Latino communities in Chicago. We also provide services to schools and host special events to further support our mission. With a wide variety of resources, we aim to educate, empower and encourage excellence from all of our students. 

Academic Programs

Saturday University 

Parent Programs 

Mentoring Programs

Young Black Men of Honor   

Special Events

School Services

The Black Star Project 501 (c)(3) is an action based non-profit. Our focus is to improve economic and academic prosperity in the African-American and other minority communities. 
The Economic Empowerment Forum morphed from community event teaching financial literacy. The Forum is a three fold initiative; economic luncheon series, black business expositions, and directly supporting other minority owned business in the local economy. 


The Black Star Project has provided services for youth and parents at over 200 schools in Cook County since its founding in 1996. We have an expanding variety of programs to help improve your school. Our services are all subsidized by corporate and foundation grants, but there are some costs associated with their operation. We will do our best to work with whatever funds you have within your budget. You can also call Gloria Smith at 773.285.9600 for more information on bringing our programs to your school.