Since debuting in September, 2011, Marshall Titus and John Gress’ groundbreaking “I Will” music video has racked up more than 9,000 YouTube hits, sparked a dialogue about HIV acceptance and ruffled more than a few feathers.
The drug, a synthetic form of estrogen called DES, or diethylstilbestrol, was prescribed in the 1940s until 1971 under more than a dozen different brand names to pregnant women experiencing everything from miscarriages to nausea. Fast-forward 40 years later, and some of the daughters of those pregnant women are now adult women getting breast cancer at greatly elevated rates.
Recently I had the pleasure of illustrating an architectural tour of Chicago for the online newspaper The Daily. Playing tourist in the city I have called home for nearly 8 years was actually kind of fun.
Our ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI WillÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â music video has continued to garner rave reviews and attention from people in all walks of life. The nearly full capacity crowd cheered on Titus as his voice soared and the live television audience was almost certainly inspired by his inspirational words.
Recording artist Nehemiah Akbar is heating up the Chicago music scene with his debut single “Gonna Make My Move.”