The Barber Shop Show: Youth fighting violence and Chicago's black poetry scene

On last week's Barber Shop Show, we touched on a timely topic here in Chicago: youth violence. Photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz from the Too Young To Die project joined us at Carter's Barber Shop, along with students from the Columbia Links youth journalism program who write about the violence they see happening around them.

Here's Ortiz and student Diamond Trusty sharing their own experiences about why they've gotten involved in trying to raise awareness and combat  youth violence:

On today's Barber Shop Show, we're taking on the city's black poetry scene. Joining us in studio will be Haki Madhubuti of Third World Press, Young Chicago Authors poet Malcom London, and poet and educator Avery R. Young.

Tune in to the Barber Shop Show on Fridays at noon on Vocalo 89.5 FM or 90.5 FM WRTE, or stream it online at If you miss the show, you can always catch a rebroadcast on Saturdays from 12 to 1 p.m. or download our podcast.


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