Posts tagged "vocalo"

Playing the blues at the Barber Shop Show

Playing the blues at the Barber Shop Show
Ain’t no blues like the blues played live, on air, from a barber shop on the West Side. Last week, the Barber Shop Show brought you just that. Rick Stone from the Black Ensemble Theater came to the shop with guitar player Oscar “Joose” Brown Jr. Stone plays the lead in the theater company’s production... 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 »

On the Barber Shop Show: ‘Speedy removals’ of immigrants (video)

The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation, “Speedy Removal,” revealed that thousands of immigrants bypass the due process of immigration court and are deported after signing stipulated orders of removal. That’s part of a troubling trend in U.S. immigration enforcement, says Mark Fleming, litigation coordinator at the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, because rushed removal proceedings don’t... Read more »
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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 »

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: Schools closing around the shop

The Barber Shop Show: Schools closing around the shop
With 129 Chicago Public schools on the potential closings list, many are wondering if their local school is going to be shut down. Chicago’s South and West sides  are bearing the brunt of the school closure list. And in North Lawndale, in the few miles around the home of The Barber Shop Show, Carter’s Barbershop,... Read more »
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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... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Looking at gay marriage through the lens of racism and this month's news

You might not think about the connection between racism and gay marriage, but our guest on last week’s Barber Shop Show, Vernita Gray, shows us the ties. As she points out, laws banning interracial marriage were only overturned in 1967 with the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia. “I think, ‘OK, America changed,’” said... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Wrongful convictions and our holiday re-runs

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show broadcast live from Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale, we invited local journalist to join us for our Mid-Month Mash Up, including blogger Jessica Young. Here’s Jessica giving us a run down of her favorite stories from this week’s show: We’ll be taking these... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Poll: Should 17 year-olds be charged as adults or minors?

This week on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio on Vocalo 89.5 FM, we’re talking about 17 year-olds in the criminal justice system. Currently, if a 17-year-old commits a felony in Illinois, they’re automatically charged as adults. That means they spend time in adult jail, get adult sentences and sent to adult prison. But... Read more »