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Data engineer Lorena Mesa recommends Chi Hack Night, PyLadies, and Python Software Foundation for data and tech lovers. (WTTW News)

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8) had a theme of “Choose to Challenge,” and data engineer Lorena Mesa wants to challenge your career aspirations. Here, she gives us the last word on Latino representation in tech.

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Rachel Allison Hall gives Black Voices the last word. (WTTW News)

The Chicago-based comedian and actor talks about making the most of a year spent at home.

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Anyiné Galván Rodríguez (WTTW News)

From Cuba to the Dominican Republic to right here in Chicago, millions of Afro Latinos speak their culture through their language and wear their African heritage on their bodies, especially in their hair texture.

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Rafael Esparza (WTTW News)

Chef Rafael Esparza has worked in some of Chicago’s most storied kitchens. As part of our series, he gives us the last word on how works of mutual aid give cover to failures of public policy.

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Jermaine Anderson (WTTW News)

The founder of a nonprofit that mentors young men in the Chicago area tells us what it means to be a gentleman.

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Elizabeth Morales (WTTW News)

The founder of an arts organization in Little Village gives us the last word on how adversity can spark creative solutions.

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Jean-Paul Coffy and Yakini Ajanaku-Coffy (WTTW News)

Married musicians and educators Jean-Paul Coffy and Yakini Ajanaku-Coffy share their thoughts on giving back to the community.

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C. Spike Trotman (WTTW News)

As 2020 comes to a close, the events of this unprecedented year have devastated Chicago’s small businesses. Why it’s more important than ever to support neighborhood shops.

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Vashon Jordan Jr. (WTTW News)

The protests that swept across Chicago this summer had plenty of cameras on them, but who was behind the camera?

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Dr. Evelyn Figueroa (WTTW News)

Why our motivations for helping those in need matter just as much as how we help them.

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Tiara Hughes (WTTW News)

Chicago gets a lot of attention for its soaring skyscrapers and ornate downtown buildings, but there’s more to Chicago architecture than what’s in the Loop. 

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Miguel Ruiz (WTTW News)

Librarian Miguel Ruiz has the last word on why supporting the work of public libraries is so important.

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Thad Smith (WTTW News)

Beekeeper Thad Smith offers his thoughts on honeybees, native bees and working together as part of our new feature on “Black Voices.”

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Alice Setrini (WTTW News)

The executive director of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute has the last word on closing the health disparity gap for Latinos.

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Educator Ray Salazar has the last word on the unprecedented challenges facing Chicago teachers and students during the coronavirus pandemic.