You can listen to my show at http://vocalo.org, on 89.5fm, and now on 90.7fm in Chicago on Thursdays from 8pm-10pm CST.
Below are my Show’s Archives (featuring music plus interviews),
I also produce audio about our city and our people (and stuff like that). jive on.
“Vernita on the Changes to the Dorchester Community”
above, “Vernita on the Changes to the Dorchester Community”. Created during my stint at Resident Artist at the Dorchester Projects (which is a local Residence/Community Archive, and a brainchild of Theaster Gates). 2011.
“Shacks & Shanties: a Temporary Art Project”
The “Shacks & Shanties” project is a South Side Chicago installation initiative organized by Faheem Majeed. Shacks were constructed as platforms for artistic performances and installations. I attended one such installation/performance, titled “Ghana Must Go” after the infamous plaid patterned tote bags that are so prevalent in West Africa. I talked to Faheem Wajeed as well as Abbéy Odunlami, the artist behind “Ghana Must Go”. We talked about community engagement, fashion, and appropriation. 2013.
“Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery on the Other Side of Buying Black”
above, “Stephanie Hart of Brown Sugar Bakery on the Other Side of Buying Black”. Brown Sugar Bakery on 75th Street in Chicago’s Chatham Neighborhood is known for their Caramel Cake. Owner Stephanie Hart lets us in on other lesser known facts about her business (including why she chose to build her business on the South Side) This clip is hosted by Audra Wilson for the Vocalo program titled “Practically Speaking”. 2011.
“Essay: Parisian Warpaint”
March 7th, 2012
Today, the mood is anxious, and instead of talk of Paris Fashion Week, talk of political unease is on the lips of many Parisians. France’s Muslim population (many of whom hail from former French colonies) have been alienated by recent policy banning prayer on the streets of Paris and President Sarkozy making the labeling of Halal Meat into an election issue.
Many of these immigrants came to France believing the Mother Country would offer them the opportunities not available in their homelands. What they found was a much more bitter pill to swallow.
In France, brightly painted graffiti hints at what festers just beneath the surface of picturesque views: wounds that still remain years after riots in Paris’ suburban slums that pitted immigrants against the police, and an unsure future…