The Barber Shop Show: the roots of Chicago's black poetry and February news

Friday's Barber Shop Show spanned the generations across Chicago's black poetry scene. Joining us at the shop was Haki Madhabuti, noted poet, who talked about those who inspired and mentored him, like Gwendolyn Brooks and Claude McKay. Madhabuti has spent his life giving back to younger poets, like our other guests  Paul Avery and Malcolm London, encouraging them to explore their craft and the roots of Chicago's black poetry scene.

Take a look at what they had to say:

This week's Barber Shop Show is our mid-month mash up, where we discuss the month's news in a roundtable full of Chicago's best journalists. What news story do you think we should be talking about? Leave us a comment here or tell us your thoughts on Facebook or twitter.

And don't forget to tune your radio dial to 89.5 or 90.5 FM at noon on Friday, or stream the show live on If you miss the show, you can always catch a rebroadcast on Saturdays at noon or download our weekly podcast.

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