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.
Amidst headline-grabbing violence in Chicago, we’re talking to people working to rebuild communities. We were originally scheduled to be joined by Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church here in Chicago. He was going to talk about “Brothers on the Block”, his new program to help curb violence through mentorship. He wound up having to cancel, to be at the bedside of a shooting victim.
We were joined by Carter’s Barber Shop neighbor and former State Rep. Art Turner. The Barber Shop is in his former district. He lives blocks away. He talked about some of the root causes of violence in the community, as well as some solutions. We also spoke with one of the barbers, Vaughan Allison, Sr. Almost a year ago exactly, Vaughan lost his son, Vaughan, Jr., to gun violence. At the time, father and son were in Barber College together. They were planning to open a barber shop together. Vaughan, Jr. was 20.
We also spoke with: • Mattie Butler of Woodlawn East Community and Neighbors (via phone) and • Kevin Jackson of the Chicago Rehab Network. They spoke about affordable housing, another facet to rebuilding strong, safe communities.
The Barber Shop Show airs every Friday at 12pm CST on Vocalo.org, 90.7 FM, and 89.5 FM. The show also rebroadcasts on Saturdays at Noon on Vocalo, and on Vocalo’s sister station, WBEZ 91.5 FM on Sundays at 3pm.
We continue our conversation about everyday violence faced by women and girls when we are going by Sangheetha Ravichandran and Larrinita Starks, a staff member and youth leader with A Long Walk Home. ALWH uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help girls heal from violence and to seek ends to it.
From Steubenville to Maryville, national media’s coverage of rape and assault cases are frequently focused on questioning victims’ credibility instead of the evidence of brutal treatment. Why is violence against women an everyday norm and what does it say about our definitions of masculinity? We are joined by organizer Alice Kim and activist Claudia Garcia-Rojas by phone to preview a panel on the subject happening Thursday, 12/12.
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep 85 - Chris Brown was sexually abused, The Food Stamp Challenge, Border Mentality
In this episode: Recently, The Guardian published an interview with singer Chris Brown where he admitted to losing his virginity when he was just 8 years old. Responses to his comments have varied but few have explored the possibility of sexual abuse. “Chris Brown didn’t lose his virginity at age 8. He was raped,” is a recent article by Jezebel.com News Editor, Erin Gloria Ryan. She joined The MusicVox host Jesse Menendez to discuss the article and how societal stereotypes of masculinity sometimes distort how men process being victims of sexual abuse.
Then, When we talk about food subsidies in this country, many of the talking heads don’t know what it is like to actually live on $5/day for food. WBEZ producer and food policy reporter Monica Eng joined Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams and shared her findings when she gave it a try last month - when people are encouraged to see what the experience is like before getting all opinionated about it. Monica also gave some useful advice when it came to discussing what to look for when shopping at a fresh produce market and local farms.
Also, How do gang boundaries define lives? Vocalo contributor Jacqueline Serrato brings us her story - The Border Mentality - an inside out view from the La Villita neighborhood and the real life stories of growing up divided.
We close the show with one of our favorites - DJ Charlie.
Comedy impresario Mikey Oquendo takes a turn into the serious with his documentary film, For the Love of Mom, which captures the intimate stories of two mothers dealing with their children’s deaths from gun violence. Mike joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams and talked about what inspired him to create this documentary, the reactions he has gotten from young adolesent people, and sampled a scene from the movie for us to listen to exclusively.
Target: Police: Chicago Police issued an officer safety alert warning for cops patrolling the West Pullman neighborhood. When officers respond to calls, they are actually the ones being targeted. We discuss the “hit” on those meant to serve and protect us, the 41 incidents where people got…
Supermax prison inmates and Shakespeare usually aren’t two things that occupy the same sentence. But for Dr. Laura Bates, professor of English at Indiana State University, they go hand in hand. She goes into prisons and teaches Shakespeare to prisoners who are in solitary confinement. She found that introducing Shakespeare actually helps these prisoners understand their own character and why they may have committed crimes in the first place.
Luis and Shantell talk with Bates about her experience and why Shakespeare works in this setting. Interested in more? Read her book Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years In Solitary with the Bard.
Voices from Around the Way:Today is the last day to file your state and federal tax returns. A couple of weeks ago, we heard some useful advice from Charles Schwab’s Brennan Miller on how to make the most of your refund. Today voices from around the way tell us what they will do with the…
In this episode: Stand-up comedy can be a male-dominated world, but one group in Chicago is making sure funny women have their voices heard. The Feminine Comique is a beginners course in stand-up comedy exclusively for women. The course was created by Cameron Esposito and classes are taught by Chicago comedian Kelsie Huff. Kelsie joins hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio to talk about the challenges of starting out in comedy and the boys-club world of open mic nights.
Also, Dr. Carl Bell is the Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Bell talks with Luis and Shantell about the violence among youths in communities and the factors that contribute towards it. According to Dr. Bell, the issue goes far beyond easy access to guns and alcohol; there are a myriad of psychological, sociocultural, biological, and developmental factors that may contribute contribute towards the manifestation of anger and violence.
Chicago’s rock trio Mutts, is known for dirty, grungy guitar distortions and loud in-your-face blues rock. But on their newest album, Object Permanence, you’ll hear none of that. Mike Maimone’s guttural vocals take the center of attention, delivering poignant social commentary over stripped down, unplugged arrangements. The band joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the new songs and the change of sound.
Lastly, DJ Sadar Bahar throws it down on 1’s and 2’s with a deep disco, underground house, and Afro Beat mix.
Man About Town: We take a break from talking about parties and learn a bit more about our man about town Terrence Chappell. Chicago Pride’s nightlife and society columnist talks about his latest article "My South Side."
Dance 4 Peace: Vershawn Sanders is the Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance. She along with student ensemble member Tevin Rice stop by to talk about the company and their upcoming event "Dance 4 Peace" which showcases and celebrates some of the city’s best youth dance groups in the Chicagoland area.
Story from Around the Way: This week, Brooke tells us a story about risky behavior. The story is brought to us by "Grown Folks Stories" a monthly story-telling event hosted by Cara Brigandi.