The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuitis a theater conservatory and their mission is to offer affordable classes and workshops to assist community members in creating and preserving their own stories. Sydney Chatman, the founder, visits Studio 11 to discuss their play “Take it From Me, Violence Just Don’t Understand” going up at The Greenhouse Theatre this Saturday afternoon. She, along with one of the peers, joined the AMp guest co-host Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez
The AMp’s Brian Babylon and guest co-host Luis Antonio Perezwere joined by WBEZ South Side Bureau Chief Natalie Moore to share her recent reports on condo investments and fraud in traditionally rental neighborhoods. Do you have a story of a good or bad investment you made during these trying economic times?
The book Factory Man explores the widespread ramifications of globalization through the story of John Bassett III, the inheritor of Bassett Furniture who revived it through a major decline in American manufacturing. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams spoke with author Beth Macyabout the history of factory towns and the true cost of American made goods.
LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams to discuss the round-up in sports: Germany’s World Cup win against Argentina, the latest in major moves in the NBA with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and our eagerness for American Football to start.
Jessica Disu is a humanitarian rap artist, educator, youth advocate, mentor, and co-founder of The Peace Exchange: Chicago - Asia. In addition to her impressive resume, she serves on the Brain Trust for Chicago Ideas week. She joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams as she shared her perspective on this year’s violent 4th of July weekend, her vision in creating the the Peace Exchange program, and her program’s urban planning heal the neighborhoods of Chicago.
With the recent violent uprising in the Middle East, tensions have significantly flared between the Israelis and the Palestinians following revenge murders done by both sides. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to figure out a solution before ground attacks spark and he is turning to Hilary Clinton based on her previous experience with mediating that region. AMp co-host Molly Adamsand guest host Luis Antonio Perezwere joined by the Good Doctor Coya Paz to discuss the most recent developments of this crisis and what roll the United States should take on during this sensitive time.
Morning AMp’sBrian Babylon and Molly Adamsspoke with Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant (Shampoo) about her new autobiography and the years she spent on the Hollywood Blacklist for refusing to testify at the House Committee on Un-American Activities against her husband.
Chicago Aldermen are suggesting that the city raise it’s minimum wage to $13/hr by 2018. Of course they won’t vote on the measure until after the November elections and state lawmakers work on the issue. How do you think this wage increase will effect workers, small business owners, and the city’s economy? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discuss.
Three Israeli teenagers who live on settlements in the West Bank were kidnapped last month and found dead on Monday. Wednesday morning, a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and found dead a few hours later, in what is likely an act of vigilante “justice.” The AMp co-host, Molly Adams, feels Israeli PM Benjamin Netenyahu is talking out of both sides of his mouth, asking his citizens not to take the law into their own hands, while calling the unknown murderers of the Israeli teens “beasts” and “animals.” With the help of our listeners, we discussed the back and forth that war creates and how fear keeps authority in power. Take a Listen!
Our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza joined us by phone to give his live review on Ab-Soul’s third album. It is currently the second hip-hop release this year from Top Dawg Entertainment. Take a listen to what he has to say about it, and this week’s critic for a minute!
Mikki Kendall joined Morning AMp hosts, Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, to talk about recent mugshots in the media (no, not just Jeremy Meeks’). The Council of Feminist Thought also discussed the heartbreaking mugshot of Shanesha Taylor, the Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her children in the car during a job interview.
“Can we, as a country, agree to stop being outraged by unverified tales of woe from the internet?”
A commenter making a perfect point about this story of a Mississippi family that allegedly fabricated a story about their 3-year-old getting tossed from a KFC for “disturbing customers” with her facial scars from a pitbull attack. The family sticks by their story while the local KFC franchise completes an investigation. But in the fallout, Victoria has had surgery costs donated to her and the Wilchers have called attention to many other children in need on their Facebook page. So… Who loses?