Our friends at the AARP have put together an online resource dedicated to answering anyone’s questions about what the Affordable Care Act. Edna Kane-Williams, VP of multicultural engagement, also joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to talk about how the ACA is of particular help to older African-Americans.
Morning AMp intern and ‘The Whiskey Journal’ contributor Tim Barnes debuts his new segment “What Is Hip?” by explaining to hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams how slavery is the newest trend in Hollywood. Tim described the success of films like ‘The Help’ and ‘Django Unchained’ as a sign to movie producers that there is money to be made by tackling civil rights issues in theaters. He also interviewed moviegoers before and after watching the new release ‘12 Years a Slave’ which depicts the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was forced into slavery.
In this installment of Practically Speaking, we talk to Cultural Anthropologist Clinton Nichols about the larger social implications of celebrities (like Frank Ocean) who have decided to come out. He also talks about what it means to be Black and Gay in America.
We also talk about the legacy of Bayard Rustin, an African-American Civil Rights-Era activist who organized the March on Washington. But, he was pushed out of the spotlight because he was also Gay.
Plus, we revisit an interview with Pastor Phil of the Lawndale Christian Church.
Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Saturdays at 1pm CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. You can also catch a re-broadcast Fridays at 11am. Visit vocalo.org and press play.
45 Years Ago Today:Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed while standing on the balcony of a Tennessee motel forty-five years ago. We have a conversation about past and present civil rights leaders in the context of unity, achievement and continued strides for equality.
Today on Practically Speaking, we explore the world of people who have trailblazed the world of classical music. What struggles do black opera singers, composers, and musicians face? Do black experiences lend a different filter to traditional classical work?
Host Audra Wilson talks to dance legend Joel Hall and Alan Marshall, the librettist of a new Civil Rights opera called “The March”.
Plus, from “Proper” to “Patois”, we discover Slang that’s Lost in Translation. Audra talks with Omar (a student) and Clinton (a Cultural Anthropologist) as we unpack the hierarchy of language.
Audra also reviews the impact of Shirley Chisholm, a trailblazing woman of color who ran for president back in the 1970s.
Also featuring music by Emily King and Sister Nancy.
Today at 1pm on Practically Speaking. Vocalo.org 89.5fm and 90.7fm
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep 54 - Women on Gun Ownership, K.Flay, DJ Kid Cut Up
We know the reasons people own guns can vary as much as the opinions over what to do about gun violence. So it’s important to get as many perspectives as possible. In this episode we present a clip from WBEZ’s “Our Guns” series that looks at women who own guns for their own protection. Team Vocalo’s Molly Adams and Brian Babylon discuss the story and also hear from two listeners who share their thoughts on the gun control debate.
Also, rapper K.Flay is known for her electronic tinged brand of introspective Hip Hop. She’s currently on tour and had a show in Chicago this past week. Before her performance, she stopped by and spoke with Jesse Menendez about her new mix tape, West Ghost, her place in the Hip Hop continuum, her thoughts on feminism in music and more.
We conclude the episode as usual with an awesome DJ set. This time from Vocalo DJ Collective member Kid Cut Up. Tune in!
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 49 - Martin Luther King Jr., Family Inc., Sidewalk Chalk
In this episode: We commemorate the great thinker and civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. with Luis and Shantell discussing one of his greatest speeches and pondering what he would be fighting for today if he were still alive.
Also, Author Caitlin Friedman found that with her busy home life with twins she was more at peace and comfortable at work. So she sat down with her husband Andrew, who was also stressed out by their household, and figured out how to run their family like a small business. She joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon by phone to talk about the ways office management in the kitchen and living room has freed up time for fun with her family.
Also, Chicago’s very own live Hip Hop collective Sidewalk Chalk share some live tunes (recorded in our performance studio) and talk to Jesse Menendez about their unique sound.
Finally, DJ Eves closes the show with a soulful mix.