In November 2021, Illinois Public Media launched News, Brews & Beatz. Community Coalition facilitator, Tracy Parsons, co-hosts these quarterly community conversations focused on serving the Black community. News, Brews & Beatz strives to always provide a space for diverse voices to engage in breakthrough conversations regarding pressing community issues and allow for realistic solutions to be identified. The inaugural year of events focused on the gun violence crisis here in Champaign-Urbana, and much of the solution-based work discussed at these events could be applied to communities across the country. News, Brews & Beatz also works to highlight the diverse and impactful work of Black artists throughout our region.