Posts tagged "Richard Steele"

Barber Shop Show: Chicago media legend Merri Dee on surviving gun violence

Merri Dee has overcome abuse, a gunshot to the head, and a bevy of racism and sexism in media to become a Chicago broadcast legend and a philanthropist. She calls her life both tragic – and full of miracles. Dee has a memoir out – Merri Dee, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness and Grace –... Read more »

Barber Shop Show review: Mid-Month Mash Up on gay marriage, demographic changes, and more

Each month, the Barber Shop Show features local journalists, bloggers and media personalities to get their take on the news of the month. For June’s Mid-Month Mash Up, the guests were Yolanda Perdomo, a host and producer with WBEZ; Jen Sabella, senior Chicago editor at DNAinfo Chicago; and myself representing The Chicago Reporter. The conversation... Read more »

The Barber Shop show: Strong feelings on both sides of the gun rights debate

On the issue of gun rights, people on either side of the debate have strong feelings. Pamela Bosley takes on gun violence because it was an illegal gun that was used to kill her son on an early April evening in 2006. For Colleen Lawson, a close brush with burglars left her feeling vulnerable. But... Read more »
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Fame, stereotypes and Vera Stark - Barbershop show review

Fame, stereotypes and Vera Stark - Barbershop show review
Groundbreaking fame – but at a price. That was the trade-off for Vera Stark, a fictional African-American actress who made her career in the 1930s playing roles that in some cases perpetuated negative stereotypes of people of color. Now, a new play that recently ended its run at the Goodman Theater, “By the Way, Meet... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media

The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media
Felony or misdemeanor? How a 17-year old is charged with a crime in Illinois makes a big difference. Charged with a misdemeanor and they go to juvenile court and, if convicted, do time in a juvenile facility. But charged with a felony, and they’re automatically transferred to adult court and may end up doing time... Read more »

Barber Show Show review: Chicago talks about police misconduct

Barber Show Show review: Chicago talks about police misconduct
Ever been roughed up by a cop? Been the victim of an illegal search or a false arrest? Chicago spends millions each year settling cases where victims allege the police have abused their power. That’s what we talked about on Friday at Carter’s Barber Shop with reporter Angela Caputo and director of Chicago’s Independent Police... Read more »
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Watch here: Barbershop Show on how remapping Chicago wards changes our political landscape

Have you ever wondered what it would like to have a front-row seat at the Barbershop show? Radio is great, but sometimes you miss the arched eyebrows and sideways glances that come with some of the controversial topics that The Chicago Reporter discusses. Check out the videos below for a front-row seat on the show... Read more »

What does MLK's legacy mean to you?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means many things, to many people. While out taping our weekly radio show at Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale last Friday, The Chicago Reporter spoke with guests, hosts, producers and listeners about King’s legacy and what it means to them. Richard Steele, host and correspondent for WBEZ: Bert Downing, owner... Read more »