Chicago, IL. – 25 years ago the city of Chicago decided to demolish Cabrini Green Housing project, which was once home to over 15,000 residents. The now newly gentrified area is referred to as “River North” and there is slim to none evidence of what was once Cabrini Green. However, three Chicago natives are working to change that. Tanikia Carpenter, Resheida Brady and Allyson Scrutchens recently launched the “Cabrini Green Forever” campaign in an effort to raise money for their pilot “Cabrini”.

“During our research we discovered that mostly White men has lead the narrative when it comes to telling the story of Cabrini Green. Our script was written by Black women (from Chicago) and features Black women as lead characters. Sadly, most communities that become gentrified mutes the voices of the residents who are affected the most. Our series “Cabrini” will tell the story through the lens of real women and men who lived in the community through its many phases leading up to gentrification.” 

Brady is currently the Story Editor for “Godfather of Harlem”, starring Forrest Whitaker. She’s also written for Being Mary Jane and Good Trouble to name a few. Scrutchens is the Founder and CEO of Forward Planning and a trailblazer for economic development. Carpenter is a writer and actress. She is also the founder of Sunday School Productions and Black Owned Chicago.

They hope to raise $45k in 45 days.

Their goal is to film the pilot in Spring (2020) and enter it into Sundance (2021). They also plan to pitch the pilot to a variety of networks.

Click here to donate to the “Cabrini Green Forever” campaign.

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  1. Stephen Carpenter

    This is awesome!! Got my full support!!