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The Current

Current Media & Magazines presents three monthly magazines that strive to bring the best of our communities to light. We cover the culture of our lives. We highlight each of our neighborhood's uniqueness in art, music, and business by showing you the people, triumphs, and history never covered by mainstream media. We invite you in to collaborate and contribute to our editorial. We hope you leave our pages more informed, more inspired, and proud of who we are in Chicago.

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Meet the Team


Stephen "BlackButterfly" Carter

Managing Editor

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Sonja Gushiniere

Assistant to the Publisher


Ellis Anthony Taylor

Production Assistant

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Production Assistant/Illustrator

Mia Dawn Taylor

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Digital and Web Developer

Deontae Moore

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Samuel E. Adams

Contributing Writer


Current Visual Communications Group, Inc.

Graphic Design


Beverly Phillips

Contributing Writer

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Lisa Dawn Taylor

Lisa DAwn Taylor


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Contributing Photographer

Lisa Dawn Taylor is the publisher of The Current Magazines and owner of the parent company, Current Visual Communications Group, Inc. She is a Chicago native and graduate of Columbia College, where she studied Graphic Design, Advertising, and Creative Writing. She has been in the publishing field for over 30 years holding positions of Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Editor-in-Chief for many independent publications such as The Gospel Tribune, The African American Tribune, and the N’Digo Magapaper. In 2014, Taylor co-founded the South Shore Current Magazine. Today, she is the sole publisher of what has grown into a trio of free to the public print magazines distributed in Chicago’s primarily Black communities. 

We Are 8 years strong

South Shore Current was conceived and created from a youth training program in August of 2013 and published its first issue in November 2014. Two years later, The West of the Ryan Current was launched in November 2016 through a Safe Chicago Grant which provided training for the development phase. The West Side Current has been publishing since early 2020, part of the new direction created by Lisa Dawn Taylor as she took the helm as sole publisher. We bring consistent, informative, and entertaining content. Our covers introduce you to up and coming as well as seasoned talented artists, illustrators, and photographers. We are proud to say we are in our 7th year and excited because there is much more to come!


Focusing on the Good News that reflects love, pride and honor, invigorates our neighborhoods, attracts business and engages the values of the communities we serve.


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South Shore Current Magazine

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West Side Current Magazine

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West of the Ryan Current Magazine

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