“The Chi” Actress Yolonda Ross Helps Feinberg Foundation Donate $100,000 to Serve Women of Color Living With Breast Cancer

Yolonda Ross plays single mother “Jada” on the hit Showtime series by trailblazing showrunner and Chicago native Lena Waithe, “The Chi,” recently renewed for its fifth season. | Mallory Talty

Yolonda Ross, star of the ground-breaking Showtime series The Chi, today announced with Rhonda Feinberg, a special donation of $100,000, funded by The Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation, to three grassroots organizations serving women of color who are living with breast cancer.

Based on personal life experiences and in tandem with her performance as “Jada” on The Chi (a single black mother diagnosed with breast cancer), Ross was inspired to get involved in Chicago’s WOC breast cancer survivor community and collaborate with three remarkable Chicago organizations that support women’s health.

On the show, Ross famously shaved her long, beautiful hair on camera, as her character embarks on her breast cancer journey.

Ross conducted extensive research to understand her character’s experience and cancer journey.

As a result, she got involved in the WOC breast cancer survivor community with an introduction to Dr. Melissa Simon, vice-chair of research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University, who connected Yolonda to three Chicago not-for-profit organizations that she chose for the gift – The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), Equal Hope, and the Tatisa C. Joiner Foundation.

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SOURCE: The Black Chronicle, Black America Web