03 / 28 / 14
Lupita's Buzz & HBCUs: The March Edition of Contemporary Black History Talk


On the last Thursday of the month, we review the most recent developments in contemporary black history. This time the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Claudia Garcia-Rojas and Curtis Shaw Flagg. From Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win and what it portends for the ingenue and the roles black actresses will be offered to the decimation of Morris Brown College’s student body and what it indicates for the future of HBCUs.

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03 / 07 / 14
Reggie Ponder: Blown over films of the past week

Reggie Ponder chimes in with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the films that were looked over from the past week because of the Oscars. In this segment, Reggie gives his thoughts on the upcoming 300 sequel, Son of God, Liam Neeson’s new action thriller and more. Also Reggie chimes on Lupita Nyong’o and her win of an Oscar with the question being raised how impacting is it still that African Americans win Oscars?

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03 / 03 / 14
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 95 - Oscars Real Talk, The Tanning of America, DJ Charlie

In this episode: The Academy Awards aired last Sunday. Team Vocalo members Brian Babylon and Molly Adams gathered their favorite movie critics prior to the ceremony to rant, rave, and of course make predictions about what will happen. You’ll hear our friend Alison Cuddy, who you can catch on WBEZ, Matt Fagerholm, the associate editor at Ebert Publishing, and Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic, who kicks off the round table with his general thoughts about this year’s nominees.

Also, Steve Stoute is the author of The Tanning of America, which was recently adopted into a VH1 documentary of the same name. Jesse Menendez spoke with Steve about Hip Hop’s impact on society, about his belief that hip hop culture has created a generation of individuals who no longer see things in terms of race.

Finally, DJ Charlie closes the show with his mix. Tune in!

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03 / 03 / 14
Oscar Buzz with Reggie Ponder


Molly Adams and Brian Babylon chime in with movie critic Reggie Ponder to disccus last night’s biggest Hollywood event, The Oscars. They talk about how race interplays with film using the example of now Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Also, the three discuss the voting system and how social circles can be impactful to nominees.

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02 / 27 / 13
Jan Lewis Jewelry Designer and Shantell - Wise Woman of the Week: Jan Ramsey


For this week’s segment, Shantell spoke with internationally-known jewelry maker Jan Lewis. lewis shares the story of how her bangles ended up in the gift bags of this year’s Oscar nominees, how she met and fell in love with famed jazz/radio legend Ramsey Lewis and offers advice for aspiring jewelry makers and dreamers.

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02 / 25 / 13

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The Not-So-Funny Host? Seems like the Oscars was full of not-so-funny humor. Like Host Seth McFarlane’s “We Saw Your Boobs” tribute to some of the leading actresses in Hollywood. Did he cross the line? We discuss.

The Onion is Crying: The Onion Newspaper, known for its satire is coming…

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02 / 24 / 13

The Oscar is probably the most recognizable and iconic award in all of entertainment — close your eyes and it’s easy to picture that shiny, golden, angular-featured little guy. And, as it turns out, that much-coveted statue owes his dashing good looks to a real human being — Emilio Fernández.


02 / 22 / 13

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Man About Town: Terrence Chappell, nightlife and society columnist for Chicago Pride joins us on-air to discuss a kick ass Oscar Party curated by the Center on Halsted.

Meteorites Explained:Last week, we brought you the story of the meteorite that injured hundreds of Russians just…

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