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About Us

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Some of our past live radio segments hosted by Sena “Alinco” include topics like the ones listed below:

  • Navigating Court Proceedings with Judge Debra Seaton, Circuit Court Judge.

  • Time With The Secretary of State - Jesse White.

  • Merritts Selection of Judges – Judge Shapiro, Circuit Court Judge.

  • Expungement: Clearing Your Criminal Record” with Honorable Dorothy      Brown, Clerk of Cook County.  

  • Ending Slavery in Mauritania with The Abolition Institute.

  • Stop Slavery In Libya" with The Global African Chamber of Commerce.

  • Police and Civilian Relations with Glen Brooks Jr. Chicago Police Department.

  • Career Development with Hallie Belt, Author, Editor & 5 Star & Best Resume Writer 2018, 2019 Illinois.

  • Black vs. Black: Building Bridges Between Africans & African Americans”  

  • Africans Outside Africa: Opportunities, Challenges & Achievements

  • Cultural Shock: Navigating Intercultural Relationships

  • Restoring Sanctity in West Africa - The Case for Cameroon

  • The Voices of East Africa" - Seena D. J. Peter Magie & Alpha.

  • The Southside" -  Revin Fellows. Dr. Frazier. Dr. Margaret King

...building Our Community

THE PROGRESSIVE MINDS SHOW

The Progressive Minds Show is a 501c3 nonprofit online radio show and media organization dedicated to building our community. We encourage and promote diverse perspectives as a way of stimulating unity and respect. Our dialogue style engages with respected subject matter experts to educate, empower, and engage a global audience. As cultural advocates, they support initiatives dedicated to helping youth, the voiceless, and the disenfranchised. Our passion is to stand for cultural identity. Our style is unique as we consistently engage multiple analytical and expert views on each of the weekly topics. 

Over the years, The Progressive Minds Radio Show has covered a number of topics pertaining to socio-economic challenges, health crises, business aspirations and many other areas within the realm of things that impact our communities in the Black Diaspora. Alinco has been very keen on incorporating many diverse persons of gender, race, nationalities, and the youth on community based conversations.

About Sena Alinco

 

Positive Vibes or Progressive Minds were the two most favorite phrases that will always jump at me anytime I reflect on life.  It was a late afternoon when I finally settled on the latter title as the vision that I wanted to impact our society. My passion has always been centered around the well-being of people and community growth advocacy but had been temporarily placed on hold due to me chasing the American dream.

 

The Progressive Minds Show was officially founded in Oct 2016 and have now become a household name. We are a committed radio show that has an interest in our community's growth at the core of our hearts.

 

It is our firm belief that ideas, solutions, and human resources abound so much that when we are able to harness all of these in a collective and constructive dialogue, we will be able to bring positive results to many of the issues that we struggle with daily.

GUESTS OF HONOR

We have been honored to have had such success in gaining global exposure through our Chicago based platform.  Some of our highlight features and special guests include Secretary of State, Jesse White, Honorable Dorothy Brown, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, State of African Politics, Congressman Danny K. Davis, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia, Mayoral Candidate and Global Business Leader Dr. Willie Wilson, The Deputy Commissioner of Chicago Housing & Planning Bureau” Anthony Simpkins, Commissioner – Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection, Monthly Featured Shows, Business Promotion Forum & The Intellectual Forum.

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How We Do It

THE PROGRESSIVE MINDS SHOW is committed to effecting positive attitudes within our society through engaging dialogue. We acknowledge the urgency to our wellbeing is in finding the balance between old and new. We seek to connect the cultures within the Black Diaspora. We organically examine these ideas while advocating for good health, community growth and unity. We have covered a wide range of topics that impact our communities including social, economic, health, and business. “Alinco” has been very keen on incorporating many diverse persons of gender, race, nationality and disability who have direct impact on our community and the society at large. 

To whom much is given, much is required!
 

Our Approach

Changing mindsets in the diaspora and in Africa. Building our communities through dialogue while effecting positive attitudes.

Our Mission

To serve as a positive factor in the minds of people globally.

Our Vision

CORE VALUES

BUILDING

the community by engaging community members in very important dialogues.

REPRESENTING

the voiceless in deprived geographical locations far and near.

ACKNOWLEDGING

our differences as a society of diverse people with a common goal for a better future.

BRIDGING

 the gab between Africans, Caribbeans, African Americans and Latinx.

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a.k.a - Alinco

Sena

 
 

...loves God, family, people, nature, music and sports.

THE FOUNDER

Nathaniel Sena Amenyo aka Alinco was born and raised in Ghana. He worked briefly for WAPCO (West Africa Gas Pipeline 2006 -2007 and then migrated to the U.S after completing a Bachelor’s degree from Central University College 2006. He co-founded and organized for more than 7 years Save The Dance, a yearly event that involved all high schools in Ghana in a dancing competition that aimed solely at creating Awareness and Prevention of HIV/AIDS, STD’s & Malaria Diseases among the youth. By 2012 I had completed my MBA – Healthcare Administration from Argosy University - Chicago. I pursued a career at Enova International, Yawsoft Technologies, BMO Harris, Legends Media Network Group, and Walgreens Headquarters. I have the privilege to serve my community here in Chicago in many aspects. I volunteered at Calvalry Church Naperville as a youth leader from 2008 – 2010, founded and coached a local soccer team for the youth at CCH (Christ Center of Hope) which engaged in several local soccer tournaments.


Sena is a community guy first and foremost and an IT professional with a specific focus in Data modeling. Creator and Founder of The Progressive Minds Show in Oct. 2016. He has successfully interviewed great and important dignitaries like the Secretary of State Jesse White, Clerk Of Cook County Court Dorothy Brown, Judges Shapiro, Robyn D. Shoffner, Judges Seaton, Amara, Paul Vallas, Dr. Willie Wilson, Juliana Stratton Deputy Illinois Governor, The Abolition Institute, CEO’s, community activists Alderman James Cappleman, Medical Doctors and many more. He has on two occasions treated the divide between Africans and African Americans, a show on the South & Westside Of Chicago highlighting the positives in these communities. In 2017, he was part of a team that marched for Stopping Slavery in Lybia at the Daley Center and later joined Reverend Jesse Jackson for a press conference on the subject.


Sena has also spearheaded events aimed at bringing peace, unity, and love to our communities and curbing crime and gun violence in Chicago during his time as General Manager at Wghc 98.3, a Ghanaian radio station on the northside. He received an award in 2018 at Loyola University from The Abolition Institute for his work and support for the fight against Slavery In Mauritania. He founded The Exchange Foundation in 2019. An event aimed at connecting, celebrating, and embracing the different cultures within the African/Black Diaspora starting Chicago marking a historic year of 400 Years of Slavery in America in the Year of Return. He also founded The African Diaspora Summit Series (TADSS). A continuous gathering of people of the Afro decent communities engaging in conversations that will lead to an understanding of the culture of The African/Black people. He is also the Founder & CEO of 105Xchange Radio.
 

Michelle O’Kennard is the Founder and CEO of MCO Designs, Inc., a full-service event production firm located in Chicago. For several years, Michelle has provided her clients with strategic marketing and branding management, and film production guidance.

She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and continued her education at Governor’s State University, where she earned her Master’s degree in Health and Human Services, focusing on Addiction Studies. Currently, Michelle is a graduate business student at DePaul University, earning her second Master’s Degree in Marketing Science.

As a Film Production Specialist, Michelle provides creative direction to her filming clients on-site, providing her clients with filming schedules, storyboards, venue/site selection, and the marketing campaign strategy for every filming project she is assigned to.

Michelle’s specialties include Film Production Management, Public Relations Strategizing, Digital Marketing, Global Brand Management, and Event Production and design. She is also skilled in the area of Google analytics, Primary and Secondary Marketing Research, and Marketing Trend Analysis.

With multiple experienced years of international Brand Management, Michelle has created and run successful, bi-lingual digital marketing campaigns, reaching 20 + countries worldwide, helping to grow and scale her client’s businesses.

As an experienced Event Production Specialist, Michelle specializes in building teams to seamlessly execute strategically planned events that deliver unique experiences for her client’s target customers, while engaging and maintaining her client’s current loyal customer base.

Michelle is a 2018 40 Under 40 inductee and member of the Young Women’s Professional League. Michelle currently serves as the Brand Manager for WDB Marketing Group, overseeing the creative branding process and day-to-day marketing activities for WDB Marketing and its small business clients.

 

To reach Michelle O’Kennard, you can email her directly at: mokennard@mcodesigns.com. You may also follow Michelle

on Facebook and Instagram @MichelleOKennard.

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Michelle O' Kennard

 

Film Production Specialist | Global Brand Manager | Marketing Strategist | Event Enthusiast

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