Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith is said to have an old soul filled with a lifetime of experiences of laughter.
He is the 2015 Winner of The Nationwide Shaq Allstar Comedy Competition. His latest credits are featured roles in “Watchdogs” (Ubisoft’s latest video game guaranteed to change the video game industry forever), Xfinity’s commercial “Defender” with Defensive Lineman Brian Urlacher, Tostitos’ “Inspired to Dip” national commercial and in Shaq's newest release of the Shaq Allstar Comedy series called "I'm Still Laughing" hosted by Comedy Legend Bill Bellamy . This young man exhibits the true essence of versatility by captivating a wide range of audience types.
He has done live comedy and improvisational shows for our troops stationed in Frankfort, Germany, starred in several national commercials, performed at The Second City Training Center in Chicago, IL., remains a five-time winner of Showtime at the Apollo, a frequent host of many church events; birthday parties; and other corporate events.
Brian also took the time to go back to college and receive his Bachelor's Degree in Business Communications and a certificate from The Illinois Media School located in Chicago, Illinois. Brian’s goals are centered on following his dreams without compromising morals, standards, or family values.
One of his favorite quotes remains “Think outside the box, or enjoy living in one”, so when you hear the name Brian Smith think of words such as professionalism,… determination,… and just the right amount of craziness to balance things out.
Afrika Porter (Queen Of Hyde Park
Affectionately known as Sista Afrika and The Queen of Hyde Park, Afrika Porter is the youngest of six children born to Rev. Dr. Kwame John R. Porter and June Porter. Both very educated, and civically involved for well over 60 years. Her father, Dr. Porter, is a retired Pastor, Educator and has authored over six books. Her mom, June Porter, who recently retired from educating adults at Literacy Chicago, teaching them how to read and loving it. They are both very socially active as well, and have consistently served through the years in various capacities; SCLC Chapter President for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Founder of the Will Feed Community Organization, President of the Ida B. Wells Civic Organization, and multiple programs both locally and internationally to name a few.
Sista Afrika is a great example of the apple not falling too far from the tree. She is an Activist, Educator, Home-Schooling Expert, Natural Hair Consultant, Writer, Community Developer, Jewelry Designer, Redemptionist, Public Speaker, Respite Therapeutic Mentor, and has a marketing and promotions as well as music production background. Sista Afrika has studied Communications, Journalism, Education, Psychology and Film Studies at various Institutions including Bennett College for Women In Greensboro N.C., Rust College in Holly Springs Mississippi, and the University of Chicago. She plans on furthering her educational goals and pursuing a Doctoral degree in Anthropology, traveling all seven continents to capture human beings of all ethnicities and real humanity in the age of acute increasing violence for a documentary film.
Sista Afrika has taught many classes and workshops for children and adults on making your home the best school in the city, peer proofing your child, instilling character and values in your children, family first in a world gone wild and the ABC’s of Positive Parenting. She uses positive creeds and poems by the likes of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Marva Collins and Dr. Mirimba Ani. She also uses mindfulness activities to get children and parents alike to think about positive relationship building as well. As a long time educator, Sista Afrika has traveled to many states speaking on improving the lives of school aged children by supporting and empowering their parents.
Sista Afrika is the CEO of Afrika Enterprises, a full service Public Relations and Consulting Company where she has clients in various fields, from Actors, Entertainers, Authors, Artist, CEO’s, Directors, New Business Start Ups, as well as Existing Businesses. She has worked with President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Common, Rhyme Fest and old school artists such as KRS 1, and others on music development, Community Development, having them speak to our youth etc.. She is currently a Producer of a Daily Radio Show on Urban Broadcast Media with topic ranging from Education, Politics and Entertainment.
Sista Afrika is the Co - Founder of Indigo Nation Homeschoolers Association with Dr. Asantewaa Oppong Wadie and the Co-Founder of the Dr. Amos N. Wilson Institute with Kamm Howard. She has also Co - produced the one and only GURU, Oprah Winfrey's OWN produced television show, starring Iyanla Vanzant, "Fix My Life". She was also the lead director, producer and organizer for a three part series on VICELAND TV and FILMS focusing on solutions to the violence In Chicago with Chicago's top Activists, Organizers, Politicians, Business Owners, Educators and Street Organization Leaders. She has been featured in the Wake Up News, the Final Call Newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, and is a recipient of the Temple of Mercy Association Black Heritage Award, named for Dr. Barbara Sizemore, the Public Allies Award, Imani Pearl AKA Sorority Award and the Black Star Project Parent Award to name a few.
Sista Afrika served as a Powerful voice both on Radio and TV on Urban Broadcast Media. She has hosted shows with National Director of Young Leaders Alliance and Activist, Pastor Jedidiah Brown and CEO of the Black Mall and Sol Designs, Cassiopea Uhuru. They united to do a show after doing activism together in Chicago for some time. Rallying, protesting and structurally organizing tons of people to come together to stop the violence is how they actually first met. Black lives matter is real for them. They have one of the fastest growing shows on Internet radio. Their show is centered around Black Lives Mattering. That is why their show is titled, “Power To The Village!” Their guests have included Mayoral Candidates, Politicians, Artists and Entertainers as well as Scholars, Authors and Youth as young as 6 years old having challenges in school and youth in their 20’s dealing with being Black in America every day.
Sista Afrika sits on many Boards and has volunteered countless hours with many wonderful organizations to date including Kids off the Block, Black Star Project, Simba/Simsa Rites of Passage, SistaStrong Rites of Passage, The Temple of Mercy, Shekinah Chapel, The Alfreda Wells Duster Club, Mocha Moms, The Love Foundation, 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, Illinois Libraries, Team Englewood, The Ronald McDonald's Charities, The Marcus Garvey Institute, National Homeschoolers Association, The United Methodist Church, Literacy Chicago, The Emmett Till Players, National Action Network, The National Rainbow PUSH Coalition, The DuSable Museum of African American History and many other organizations that promote humanity, positive family structures and economic rehabilitation.