07 / 11 / 14
Barber Shop Show 172: Funky Turns 40


On this week’s Barber Shop Show, show, host Richard Steele was joined by Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas, co-curators of a new exhibition at the DuSable Museum called Funky Turns 40.

The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of popular 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history. Characters like Fat Albert empowered a generation of children, while showcasing a multicultural appeal.

We were also joined by Miguel Renteria, an alum of Free Spirit Media, a youth media program that builds media making skills for youth of color. We heard some recent work from youth who participate in the program, and we also discussed the importance of positive media portrayals to youth.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. We also air a rebroadcast on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5fm

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03 / 06 / 14
Practically Speaking 45: Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?


On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson was joined by Andrew Johnson, Executive Director of the American Indian Center (a Cherokee). She was also joined by one of the founders of the Center, Susan Power (a Lakota). They break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity and histories within Native American cultures.

(image of Sioux chief High Horse, Rosebud Sioux Reservation circa 1900)

Then, contributor Alex Thibodeau explores the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture.
Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am and Saturdays at 11am(CST) on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (NWI)

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02 / 06 / 14


On tonight’s Reclaimed Soul, we’ll be featuring lost 1970s interviews with Herbie Hancock, Ernie Watts, and Merle Saunders talking about the musician’s life, the nuts and bolts of playing jazz, and their artistic process. It’s a Masters Class spun on wax. Plus music from Idris Muhammad, and much more.

Tonight at 8pm (CST). tune in. get down. http://vocalo.org/

Tonight… and tune in on Thursday nights for fresh installments of Reclaimed Soul with host Ayana Contreras. 89.5fm (NWI) / 90.7fm (CHI)

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01 / 22 / 14
Practically Speaking 39: Black Veterans- Then and Now


Ray has been an activist since the 1960s. He organized lunch counter sit-ins and participated in the March on Washington. When he was drafted to fight in Vietnam, he took his activism overseas with him. Unlike Ray, Bill enlisted in Vietnam and served 4 years. He now works with veterans in need.
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the triumphs and challenges of Black veterans, including those who have given their lives for a country that has not always respected them or their contributions.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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12 / 11 / 13
Practically Speaking Episode 35: Afro Latin@ Perspectives


On this installment of Practically Speaking, we explore the unique historical, political and social experiences of AfroLatin@s and people of African descent throughout the Americas.
Dr. Sherwin Bryant, professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, gives us a history lesson. Later, Catalina Maria Johnson, Latin music journalist and host of Beat Latino on #vocalo, shares how music is a significant marker of the African presence throughout Latin America.

Tune in Fridays at 11am and Saturdays at 11am to fresh episodes of Practically Speaking on vocalo.org/player | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5fm (INDY)

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09 / 27 / 13
Barber Shop Show 139: Pullman Porter Blues


On this week’s installment, we were joined by Tosin Morohunfola, Francis Guinan and Senuwell Smith, members of the cast of “Pullman Porter Blues.” The play just opened at the Goodman Theatre and takes a look at the lives and legacies of the Pullman Porters through music and drama.

Also, Dr. Lyn Hughes, founder of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum gives us a glimpse of the history and lives of Pullman Porters, as well as their connections to Black Chicagoans.

The “Barber Shop Show” airs on Fridays at noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at www.vocalo.org.

(Photo courtesy of The Goodman Theatre).

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02 / 26 / 13
Davey D on Black History and Music


Davey D is a journalist, a Hip Hop activist and he teaches a class on Hip Hop culture and politics at SF State. He is also the curator of one of the oldest hip hop sites, Davey D’s Hip Hop corner. He joined Music Vox host, Jesse Menendez on the line to talk about his recent article, Hip Hop Songs You Should Know As We Celebrate Black History, which looks at songs that promote self-awareness and acknowledgment that Black History is World History.

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01 / 07 / 13
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 47 - Django Unchained Controversy, DJ Steve Miggedy Meastro

In this episode: We begin our 2013 season of the show with discussions surrounding the new Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. Many have praised this film as one of Tarantino’s best, while equally as many have denounced the film for the way it plays with slave history, and its excessive use of racial slurs and violence.

The second part of the show is an extended mix by legendary DJ Steve Miggedy Maestro.

Tune in!

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