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Host of The Morning AMp Jill Hopkins spoke with Mike McGee, Vocalo’s senior tech correspondent, for another conversation from their respective homes. In this edition of AHWTH, Mike McGee shared his opinions on the tech world’s response to recent events, specifically the addressing of issues brought to light by the Black Lives Matter movement. We have seen […]

Shasta “Keva Knox” and Tierney “TRUTH” Reed sit down with Jill Hopkins to share their experiences & latest album Saturn Return.

Ross Golan is a multi-platinum pop songwriter whose credits include “Same Old Love” with Selena Gomez and “My House” with Flo Rida. His own solo project is a one-man concept album about a man who’s been wrongfully accused of a crime.   Ross has been traveling around the country performing this album in living rooms […]

Five favorite skate jams for the Feminist Friday Skating Party. Friday July 13th at Union Park from 6pm-10pm

Gabriella Hirsch, Program Coordinator, and Britt Julious, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, joined Jill Hopkins in the studio to talk about the Girls Rock! Carnival, as well as their week long Girls Rock! Camp.

Terrence Chappell joined Jill Hopkins this Feminist Wednesday to talk about his article and how he has mixed his personal experience with his knowledge of Black Feminist Theory both illustrate Intergenerational Trauma and expand his understand of the topic as a whole. Growing up, Chappell had arguments with his mother, but they always got over […]

L.A. born / Brooklyn bred R&B singer sings farewell to Chicago and hello to London on new EP.

Ness Heads is the name of the genre-blending project of Vanessa Ortiz whose mix of Electronic, Pop and Hip Hop has been catching attention in Chicago and beyond.

Ness grew up on the West Side and attributes the noise, the backyard parties and the overall chaos of the area to shaping her into an artist she is today. Her latest Single “Paper Town” explores a softer, dreamy side of the rising MC, and features gliding vocal melodies over acoustic guitar and subdued beats. Jill Hopkins spoke with Ness about her Chicago upbringing and eclectic sound.

Chicago actress Sydney Charles talks about her titular role in the play, “Nina Simone: Four Women”. 

Abi Sanchez is one of Chicago’s rising comedic talents. He is recording his first comedy album, “A.B.I.: A Bad Idea”.