08 / 11 / 14
Sandra Castro Carrera discusses the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park

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This weekend sees the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park, in Chicago bringing together salsa, sonero, jazz, Afro-Cubano, and songo music traditions from across the Caribbean. Festival co-founder Sandra Castro Carrera joined The Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in studio to talk about Cuban culture in the Midwest and what kinds of fun things will be at the festival this year!

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07 / 25 / 14
Exploring Chicago's Physical Theater Scene

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What is Physical Theatre? It’s a style of theatre that uses body language and mixes the crafts of mime, circus arts and choreography. Some of it may have some dialogue that borders on the absurd. Links Hall with Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost will present the first annual Physical Festival Chicago, a nine-day celebration of physical theater, July 25 to August 2, 2014 plus two evenings highlighting work by local artists including Silent Theater Company and a scratch night with various artists. They joined the AMp’s guest co-hosts Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez to discuss this weekend’s festivities.

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07 / 11 / 14
Barber Shop Show 172: Funky Turns 40

barbershopshow:

On this week’s Barber Shop Show, show, host Richard Steele was joined by Loreen Williamson and Pamela Thomas, co-curators of a new exhibition at the DuSable Museum called Funky Turns 40.

The exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of popular 1970s Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive Black characters for the first time in television history. Characters like Fat Albert empowered a generation of children, while showcasing a multicultural appeal.

We were also joined by Miguel Renteria, an alum of Free Spirit Media, a youth media program that builds media making skills for youth of color. We heard some recent work from youth who participate in the program, and we also discussed the importance of positive media portrayals to youth.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. We also air a rebroadcast on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5fm

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06 / 11 / 14
Practically Speaking 54: To be a Chicano
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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with three guests about the Chicano Civil Rights Movement that came forward in the late 1940’s. They discuss the different complex communities in the US, race and authenticity, Mexican immigrants, and much more. She spoke with:
-Juan Carlos Hernandez, Author, Filmmaker, and Producer
-Pancho McFarland, Associate Professor at Chicago State University
-Gaylon Alcaraz, Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund

Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

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06 / 09 / 14
Practically Speaking 53: Real Talk About Race
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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with four guests about race, diversity, and identity. She spoke with: 
-Elisabeth Lindsay-Ryan, Part time faculty at Depaul University’s School for New Learning
-Sunny Nakae, Director of Diversity at Northwestern’s School of Medicine 
-Yan Searcy, Interim Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University
-David DuBois, Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Plus, four young men of different backgrounds sat down with Alex Thibodeau to talk about Race in Chicago. They pull no punches as they talk about invisible dividing lines, words that are “forbidden fruit”, and more.

Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

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05 / 30 / 14
Barber Shop Show 166: The New Black

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Recently, music producer and singer Pharrell appeared on “Oprah’s Life Lessons”.  One statement Pharrell made during the interview drew a lot of attention. He stated:
"The ‘new black’ doesn’t blame other races for our issues, The ‘new black’ dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation, it’s a mentality; and it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on."

On this show we were joined by:
• Freelance journalist Lenox Magee, who wrote an editorial for RedEye about Pharrell’s comments
• Quaraysh Ali Lansana, Author and Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Chicago State University, and
• avery r. young; poet, singer, and visual artist

We also talked about the lasting legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou, and our host, Richard Steele shared excerpts from his interview with her.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. We also air a rebroadcast on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5fm.

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05 / 12 / 14
Practically Speaking 50: Harvest for the World
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This week, Practically Speaking is celebrating its 50th episode! To celebrate, host Audra Wilson checks in with the subject of one of her most talked-about episodes: Vocalo – Ps-11 
We talk to Dr. Jifunza Wright Carter of the Black Oaks Center in Pembroke Township, IL. The Carter family made a commitment to bring information to black communities about ecologically sustainable living. That means living “off-the-grid” while building healthy food systems and sustainable energy pathways.

Tune in Fridays at 11am for fresh episodes
vocalo.org/ 89.5fm & 90.7fm with a rebroadcast on Saturday at 11am, too.

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03 / 06 / 14
Practically Speaking 45: Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?

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On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson was joined by Andrew Johnson, Executive Director of the American Indian Center (a Cherokee). She was also joined by one of the founders of the Center, Susan Power (a Lakota). They break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity and histories within Native American cultures.

(image of Sioux chief High Horse, Rosebud Sioux Reservation circa 1900)


Then, contributor Alex Thibodeau explores the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture.
Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am and Saturdays at 11am(CST) on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (NWI)

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03 / 04 / 14
Practically Speaking 43: The Fight to Love
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On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. State of Virginia. It’s the 1967 case that made it legal for Richard and Mildred Loving (and interracial couples throughout the United States) to marry.

Then, we revisit Alex Thibodeau’s story of finding identity while growing up biracial in Detroit. His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”

We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that sometimes our differences can make our relationships stronger.

Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.

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02 / 26 / 14

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On the next Practically Speaking, we explore the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture. We also break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity within Native American culture.

Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (Nwi)

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02 / 06 / 14
Practically Speaking 41: Is Gay The New Black?

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C.C. is a self-proclaimed “P.K.” (“preacher’s kid”), an academic, a writer and, in her own words, “a Black who happens to be lesbian.” She is founder of POW WOW, an organization that has provided resources to the Black LGBT community.
On this installment of Practically Speaking, C.C. talks about marriage equality, what it means to be “queer,” and why gay isn’t “the new Black.” Also, we explore anti-gay sentiment in the Caribbean with activist Maxim Thorne. He offers his own opinion on whether Gay is the New Black.
Plus, we talk to Cultural Anthropologist Clinton Nichols. He talks about the roles of Blacks in the early Gay Rights Movement, and the roles of Gays in the early Civil Rights Movement.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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01 / 14 / 14
Practically Speaking 38: What's in a Name Part II

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On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson breaks down “ethnic” names and the perceptions that come along with them. We explore the history of African and African-American names in the US, and hear personal stories of people from around the globe who have had to explain (and sometimes defend) their names.

Also, we explore Black identity outside the U.S. with Nathalie Etoke, professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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11 / 25 / 13
What's Hip? umm... Hipsters!

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'Morning AMp' intern and comedian Tim Barnes joins hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the current state of hipsterdom in his weekly segment ‘What’s Hip?’

Tim suggests that the hipster culture has become a part of main stream American culture, given the current trends in dress and the success of shows like ‘The New Girl’ and ‘Portlandia.’

Brian and Molly argue about what defines a hipster, and a few insightful callers chime in as well.

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10 / 09 / 13
vocaloreclaimedsoul:

This week on Reclaimed Soul, we welcome visual artist/spoken word artist/poet/vocalist avery r. young. He will be talking about his new album project:  “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid”. A part of his artist residency though the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, he engaged the Washington Park community though a series of open rehearsals as part of the recording process.
we’ll preview a few tracks, and listen in on the rehearsal process.
For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)
You can also check out vocalo.org/reclaimedsoul for more on the show.
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vocaloreclaimedsoul:

This week on Reclaimed Soul, we welcome visual artist/spoken word artist/poet/vocalist avery r. young. He will be talking about his new album project:  “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid”. A part of his artist residency though the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, he engaged the Washington Park community though a series of open rehearsals as part of the recording process.
we’ll preview a few tracks, and listen in on the rehearsal process.
For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)
You can also check out vocalo.org/reclaimedsoul for more on the show.
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vocaloreclaimedsoul:

This week on Reclaimed Soul, we welcome visual artist/spoken word artist/poet/vocalist avery r. young. He will be talking about his new album project: “booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid”. A part of his artist residency though the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, he engaged the Washington Park community though a series of open rehearsals as part of the recording process.

we’ll preview a few tracks, and listen in on the rehearsal process.

For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)

You can also check out vocalo.org/reclaimedsoul for more on the show.

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10 / 01 / 13
Practically Speaking 28: Unpacking Afrofuturism

practicallyspeaking-vocalo:

This installment of Practically Speaking, artist and educator D. Denenge Akpem helped us to unpack Afrofuturism. Afrofuturism is a cultural movement that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentricity, in order to critique present-day dilemmas of people of color. It also tries to remix and re-examine the historical events of the past. For more about D. Denenge Akpem, including a link to her blog, “The Afro-Futurist”, visit: http://denenge.net/

We also heard from avant-garde musician and composer David Boykin. He expressed his opinions of the new cultural movement. For more about David Boykin, visit: http://sonichealingministries.com

Plus, host Audra Wilson profiles visionary Science Fiction author Octavia Butler.

Practically Speaking airs fresh installments Fridays at 11am on http://vocalo.org 89.5fm (NWIndy) and 90.7fm (CHI).

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