Recently Terrence and I connected for after-work coffee and as we discussed future collaborations, projects and goals; I was reminded of the universal beauty that resides within the urban sophisticates of Chicago. Terrence’s intriguing allure resides in the fact that this gentleman posses a depth that goes far beyond the mere pomp of social life. Although he’s often photographed with the likes of society doyenne, Candice Jordan and philanthropist Jerry Azumah, his true passion is in areas outside the snapping pictures and fancy hors d’oeuvres. Terrence is setting new standards for the enterprising, urban sophisticates and I am impressed.
Born and raised in Chicago’s Auburn-Gresham community, Terrence attended Brother Rice all-boys high school located in Beverly. Terrence majored in magazine journalism at Missouri School of Journalism and is now an Edgewater resident. Although he currently lives on the North Side, he admits he will always be a “Southsider” at heart. I was fascinated to learn, Terrence was introduced to Nichiren Buddhism at age 23 and has been a Buddhist member of the Soka Gakkai international Buddhist center in the South Loop ever since. Currently, Terrence serves as the editor-at-large for ChicagoPride.com, the Midwest’s largest LGBT entertainment and news website. As ChicagoPride.com’s editor-at-large, Terrence has interviewed community leaders including charity heads, activists, business owners as well as other community influencers. Terrence has effortlessly brought in a signature lineup of contributors, and has overall created a presence for the site among mainstream audiences in the city. He also authors the site’s premiere nightlife and society column, Chappell Confidential, where he profiles people and happenings of interest in the city and beyond. On behalf of his column, Terrence has covered events ranging from the charity scene of Michigan Ave. & NYC Fashion Week to boutique openings and live DJ sets in Wicker Park and everything in between. Terrence also serves as the event chair for the Joffrey Auxiliary Board where he spearheads the board’s events in support of the Joffrey Ballet. He is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and was a reoccurring on-air guest for 90.7FM where he offered listeners a weekend roundup of “can’t miss” events. Most recently, Terrence was tapped as one of Windy City Times’ 30 Under 30. Terrence is a fan of electronic music. His favorite artist is JUSTICE but surprisingly he also adores gangsta rap.
Terrence accolades could fill two columns but most importantly. He’s a real cool dude. This Fall we will attend Cupcakes & Champagne with the Joffery Auxiliary Board, an event designed to engage board members while welcoming potential new members. Terrence sits on the Board of Ambassadors for the AIDS Legal Council and will be attending the Lost in Space: ALCC’s Summer Party held at Sidetrack on August 14th. Terrence influence has been felt beyond the scope of his peers as he was selected by NPR for a special documentary on growing up gay and black in Auburn Gresham. Terrence is one of those unique individuals whose energy is always an asset to have around. I am excited to see what this gentleman has in store for the upcoming year and he has the unmitigated support of The Flyy-Life…Cheers!!!