Tag: Barber Shop Show

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ
Little Village is just across from where “The Barber Shop Show’s” airs its weekly broadcast in North Lawndale. It’s primarily an immigrant neighborhood that’s home to both the Cook County Jail and the street known as the other Magnificent Mile. Now, Little Village will be home to one of WBEZ’s neighborhood bureaus and staffed primarily by... Read more »

A slice of Little Village on “The Barber Shop Show”

What makes up for the days you just want to quit? It’s the kids, says, Victor Rodriguez, a coach with the Chicago Youth Boxing League and pastor of Little Village Community Church. Rodriguez and the other guests on last week’s “Barber Shop Show” work in Little Village, a vibrant immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side... Read more »

How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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: the power of the Latino vote and this month's news

We may not have heard very much about immigration in the presidential debates or even the election, but hold on to your seats, America. Just hours after President Obama was re-elected, Republicans started talking about how we have to find a real solution to the problem of immigration, one that may even involve a path... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Section 8 vouchers and analyzing this month's news

On our last episode of the Barber Shop Show, we talked about our latest investigation into discrimination against Section 8 subsidized housing voucher holders in suburban Cook County. Joining us in the studio was a tenant who chose to remain anonymous in name, but agreed to talk on video about the triumphs and pitfalls of... Read more »