Click here to listen to pastor Corey Brooks full interview with TJMS
Chicago pastor Corey Brooks is serious about stopping violence in Chicago, which is quickly approaching a record number of homicides for the year. Just this past weekend, nine people were killed and 37 wounded in gun violence. It seems like every big city has its turn and this year, Chicago is leading so far in homicides. Brooks has already lived on the roof of an abandoned hotel across the street from his church in the violence-plagued Woodlawn neighborhood in order to raise funds to buy it to create a recreation center. With a $98,000 boost from Tyler Perry, he did, but he still needs funding to create a new space on the spot.
Now Brooks is walking across the country from New York City to Los Angeles with his two sons, 11-year old Cobe and 22-year-old Desmond, the pastor with a mission is H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) and committed to creating a safe haven amongst the turmoil in Chicago.
"One of the things that I'm finding out is America is a very compassionate place,” he told Fox News in Chicago when he reached Pennsylvania in June. “We're reaching a lot of people and talking to a lot of people and it seems as if every city we go into, once they talk to us and hear our cause and hear our story, they're more than willing to take us in," Brooks said.
Brooks flew back to Chicago in August to attend the funeral of murder victim Tony Dunn, 19, who police witnessed being killed in his own Southside neighborhood, ironically enough, on King Drive.
The shooter opened fire on police, who wounded him before he fled the scene. (The suspect was later apprehended.) This was the fourth homicide Brooks has flown back since he started his cross-country trek.
A 2012 Hoodie Award recipient as Best Community Leader, Brooks was awarded a 2013 Ford Fusion for his work. He has already walked over 2,000 miles since he started in June. He expects to reach Los Angeles in October. You can donate to Brooks’ cause here to give a $10 donation. You can also follow his progress on Twitter @CoreyBBrooks or Facebook . His projected upcoming schedule is as follows:
September 1, 2
September 21, 22
October 6th & 7th
Long Beach, CA
Beverly Hills, CA
Los Angeles (Staples Center)
October 12th & 13th
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (10/15-10/21)
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1. Just a NY girl with BIG dreams....
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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4. Glam on point!!!@makeupbymotoko & @shaylinjoneshair #easybreezy @lifetimetv #beachesmovie #january2017 😘
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5. ✨True love ✨📸: @jessiemarrerophotography
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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9. West coast get ready for #RockyHorror. I will be live tweeting again. #letsdothetimewarpagain
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10. #THEKEYS pre order yours now ... Available everywhere #NOV22 #WeTheBest 🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑🔑
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11. We about to ROCK at #KCABlackBall!! All for our life-changing effort to end 🌎 AIDS.
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12. Today's #SNAPJACK is brought to you by @yazzthegreatest 😂😂😂💋💋💋
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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15. #FBF Naviyd & URV "LIL MONSTERS"
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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19. Check out my interview on @essence facebook live. #inmyownwords #nycpromo #day2
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20. #She💋 #tbt #TheCoveAtTheAtlantis #DawgPawsAndAll
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21. Bae #retailtherapy
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22. Why me and @coryhardrict got the same pose... and notee... new mouth #naked
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23. When my husband is my personal 'hype-man'! it kills me every time! 💜😂 #WHATNOW #lostfiles📷
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24. Diggy Simmons
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25. Hand full of @jacquieaiche 💙💎💍 @esnail_la 💅🏾
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26. SuperSoulers! You can watch my interview with Carl Lentz live from my Facebook page, tomorrow at 11a ET| 8a PT. #SuperSoulSunday
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27. 💋 .. When the friendship is easy like Sunday morning. ☀️
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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29. #huggar16 #hellohuggars
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30. My gym is everywhere!.. #RnBMoney #TheGeneral 📸: @twelvepastseven
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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