Recently, music producer and singer Pharrell appeared on “Oprah’s Life Lessons”. One statement Pharrell made during the interview drew a lot of attention. He stated: "The ‘new black’ doesn’t blame other races for our issues, The ‘new black’ dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation, it’s a mentality; and it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on."
On this show we were joined by: • Freelance journalist Lenox Magee, who wrote an editorial for RedEye about Pharrell’s comments • Quaraysh Ali Lansana, Author and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and • avery r. young; poet, singer, and visual artist
We also talked about the lasting legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, and our host, Richard Steele shared excerpts from his interview with her.
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.
The toys you buy your kids can have long lasting impact on personal images of gender, race, and class. They might even shape a child’s views of art and God! This morning, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Homeroom crew, Jamie Kazay, Seth Vanek, and TinTim Jone Yelvington in studio tand disscussed their upcoming salons, Barbie 101 and Hulk 101. These will explore the long tail impact of a single action-figure.
"The “mommy wars” in lower-income brackets are about survival, not about competing with each other for praise or status. Fighting with school systems that lack supplies, that are overcrowded and understaffed, to get quality education for children is a battle that grows more serious by the day. Millions are struggling to retain access to healthcare, or fighting to afford food — whether it be via SNAP benefits or a living minimum wage. Some are denied the right to have children, to keep the children they have, and to choose when to have children."
On this week’s Practically Speaking, we explore what happens when we come together (despite a society bent on keeping us apart). Alex Thibodeau brings us a piece on identity. He’s biracial (Jamaican/White). His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”
We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that our differences can make our relationships stronger.
Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.
Practically Speaking is a radio program based in Chicago that is hosted by Audra Wilson and produced by Ayana Contreras. Our goal is to talk about issues that meet at the intersection of race, culture, and class in fresh and meaningful ways.
Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Saturdays at 1pm CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit http://vocalo.org and press play.