WBEZ | 2013 http://www.wbez.org/tags/2013 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Indy Finals http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-indy-finals-106060 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/badge.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image ">The 2013 Individual Poet Finals, took place Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm at Chicago Cultural Center&#39;s Preston Bradley Hall.&nbsp; The top individual poets in the city worked to earn a spot on the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb All-Star Team.</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83013596&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Indy Finalists:</p><p><strong>Antoine Funches</strong>, Simeon Career Academy</p><p><strong>Gerardo Duran</strong>, Little Village North Lawndale High School</p><p><strong>Mariah Starks</strong>, Simeon Career Academy</p><p><strong>Emma Coleman</strong>, Northside College Preparatory High School</p><p><strong>Mia Harris</strong>, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy</p><p><strong>Jada-Amina Harvey</strong>, Kenwood Academy High School</p><p><strong>Camara Brown</strong>, Oak Park and River Forest High School</p><p><strong>Kyle Morshita</strong>, Maine West High School</p><p><strong>Joseph Faragio</strong>, Parker School</p><p><strong>Tanya Smith</strong>, Kuumba Lynx</p><p><strong>Sejahari Villegas</strong>, Kuumba Lynx</p><p><strong>Taylor Robinson</strong>, Phoenix Military Academy<br /><br />The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, which took place at various venues around Chicago beginning February 16 and continued through to the finals on March 9, 2013. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-indy-finals-106060 Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Semi-Finals http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-semi-finals-106059 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/logo_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image ">The Louder Than a Bomb 2013 Semi-Final bouts featured the top 12 individuals vying for a spot in the Indy Finals and the top 16 teams competed for a slot at Team Finals.</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83009394&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Whitney Young High School, Little Village North Lawndale High School, Simeon Career Academy, Evanston Township High School</p><p>Individual Poets: Olivia Shine (Nicholas Senn High School), Dawn Smith (Bowen High School), Diana Sarfo (St. Ignatius College Prep), Amanda Villaronga (Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83010628&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Homewood Flossmoor High School, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Kenwood Academy High School, Noble Street Charter High School</p><p>Individual Poets: Nora Engel-Hall (InVerse), Kayla Polo (Mather High School), Emma Coleman (Northside College Prep High School), Christian Rivera (Roberto Clemente Community Academy)</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83011579&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Oak Park and River Forest High School, New Trier High School, Jones College Prep, Maine West High School, Francis W. Parker School</p><p>Individual Poets: Doktor Germz, Nathalie Irmer, Jasmine Jones</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83012422&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Competing Teams: Percy L. Julian High School, East Leyden High School, Phoenix Military Academy, Kuumba Lynx</p><p>Individual Poets: Jordan Hurst (Providence Saint Mel School), Michael Hargrove (Westinghouse College Prep), Charles Davis (Urban Prep-Bronzeville High School), Megan Vinson (Merrillville High School)<br /><br />The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago&rsquo;s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, this year which took place at various venues around Chicago beginning February 16 through to the finals on March 9, 2013. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/louder-bomb-2013-semi-finals-106059 Chicago activists speak out against school-closings at D.C. hearing http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo1.jpg" style="height: 258px; width: 620px;" title="(Becky Vevea/WBEZ)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F76688512" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Chicago isn&rsquo;t the only city looking to close a large number of its public schools&mdash;and it&rsquo;s not the only place people are upset.</p><p>A group of activists from Chicago boarded a bus to Washington, D.C. Sunday. They gathered at the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, which helped organize the trip.</p><p>Aquila Griffin is a junior at Dunbar Career Vocational Academy. As a freshman, she went to Dyett High School, which district officials decided to phase out last year &ndash; a process in which a school stops admitting new students but remains open until there are none left.</p><p>&ldquo;Freshman year, I didn&rsquo;t know anything about this stuff,&rdquo; Griffin said as she helped round up the group going to D.C. on Sunday.</p><p>&ldquo;I was just going to school and I was wondering, like, why do they have this and we don&rsquo;t?&rdquo; she says in reference to inequities she&rsquo;s seen as a student in Chicago Public Schools.</p><p>People with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization and other activists are meeting up with people from 18 different cities to speak out against school closings.</p><p>People from some of the cities, including Chicago, have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, charging that closing schools disproportionately impacts minority students.</p><p>&ldquo;Everywhere, it&rsquo;s the same stories that can be told over and over again,&rdquo; Griffin said. &ldquo;So it&rsquo;s not just in Chicago. It&rsquo;s not just in Witchita. It&rsquo;s in New Orleans. It&rsquo;s in L.A. It&rsquo;s in New York. It&rsquo;s in Newark. It&rsquo;s everywhere.&rdquo;</p><p>The coalition will bring its complaints to a hearing with national education officials on Tuesday.</p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-activists-speak-out-against-school-closings-dc-hearing-105168