Keisha Howard is founder of Sugar Gamers a community that aims to encourage women’s involvement in video gaming, tech, and geek culture. She stopped by the studio to talk with Luis about how she became a geek, what she thinks about the objectification of female characters in geek culture, and her favorite game of all time.
Chicago Public Media HR team member George Lara and Veronica Arreola, blogger for Feminista and head of UIC’s Women’s Research Center, join the Council of Feminist Thought to talk tech. A Twitter brouhaha at the PyCon tech conference in California earlier this month has captured the ways online interaction heightens sexism and racism in the male-dominated tech world.
George has the backstory and the council discusses what’s appropriate to discuss online regarding work. Caller Arich from Andersonville shares his thoughts as a man in the field.
In this installment of Practically Speaking, we talk about localism and entrepreneurship in communities of color.
First, host Audra Wilson sits down with Stephanie Hart, owner of Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago’s Chatham/Grand Crossing area. Ms. Hart talks about her struggle to build her business in an area that is underserved by banks… and why she stays.
Then Audra speaks with Emile Cambry, one of the founders of Cibola, a creative entrepreneurship incubator in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. They are helping to build the city’s next generation of business owners and tech entrepreneurs of color.
Last, we hear about the seldom-discussed history and significance of African-American names.
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