LaToya “Moneyball” Smith joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams to discuss the round-up in sports: Germany’s World Cup win against Argentina, the latest in major moves in the NBA with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and our eagerness for American Football to start.
With the recent violent uprising in the Middle East, tensions have significantly flared between the Israelis and the Palestinians following revenge murders done by both sides. Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to figure out a solution before ground attacks spark and he is turning to Hilary Clinton based on her previous experience with mediating that region. AMp co-host Molly Adamsand guest host Luis Antonio Perezwere joined by the Good Doctor Coya Paz to discuss the most recent developments of this crisis and what roll the United States should take on during this sensitive time.
This week on the Council of Feminist Thought, Britt Julious joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams. We kicked it off by talking about Inland, her new publishing venture that will explore Midwestern culture and identity. We put a little “constructive disliking” (not hate!) on coastal media. Take a listen!
Our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza joined us by phone to give his live review on Ab-Soul’s third album. It is currently the second hip-hop release this year from Top Dawg Entertainment. Take a listen to what he has to say about it, and this week’s critic for a minute!
Almost nine out of every 10 kids who spend time in Illinois youth prisons end up going back to prison within three years of their release. Now a program in Cook County that aims to keep kids free by taking a more holistic approach is going statewide, but Patrick Smith of WBEZ reports on how it is not always successful. Patrick joined the AMp’s Brian Babylonand Molly Adams to discuss his findings.
WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as she shares audio postcards from Chicago’s Nigerian community and also discussed how soccer can unite people scattered by conflict and Chicago’s role as the headquarters of US Soccer. Take a listen!
With the World Cup Fever kicking up, and the Olympics not too far from view, we are once again reminded of impoverished communities that exist in urban populations that host major international events. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by the good doctor Coya Paz to discus the stigma behind the homeless internationally and locally. Take a listen!
Writer and historian Jacqui Shine joined the Council of Feminist Thought to talk about how the prison realities that men and women face are nothing like the entertainment we create about the justice system. Yes, they talked about the hit Netflix show, Orange is the New Black. Take a listen!
Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendozashared his review of 50 cent’s first album in 6 years, and first album off Interscope, Animal Ambition. The album features production from Dr. Dre, Jake one, and a ton of new producers. Guest spots include spots from Prodigy, The Lox, YO Gotti and Trey Songs. Let’s see what his verdict is!
Chris Pegula is the author of a new expecting parent book, From Dude to Dad, geared toward men. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams talked to him about the growing market of products aimed specifically at fathers while society expects them and they expect themselves!) to be more than breadwinners in families.
Tarell Alvin McCraney is currently a Steppenwolf Ensemble member and recipient of the 2013 MacArthur Fellowship “Genuis Grant”. He joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone since he is in town as a keynote speaker for the Arts Alliance Illinois Benefit Luncheon. He discussed what it’s like winning that grant, the racial divide in the creative arts world, and more. Take a listen!