WBEZ | Kyra Kyles http://www.wbez.org/tags/kyra-kyles Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Looking back on community reactions to election of Mayor Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/RS4132_848 Post Election2011_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As part of a special encore presentation of <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> producer Katie O'Brien revisited the milestones that marked 2011. Local sports teams and franchise players often become part of a city’s identity. When a team’s star leaves for—let’s say South Beach or to live out a childhood dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player—dynasties crumble. And yes, that’s the type of language most sports fans use. But they’re not the only ones who build dynasties around a star player.</p><p>For more than 20 years, the franchise player in Chicago politics was Mayor Richard M. Daley. So when he announced he would not seek re-election, the free-agency frenzy began. But before the city crowned its new king, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> bid a fond farewell to "Da’ Mayor."</p><p>In February, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel won more than 50 percent of the vote—avoiding any chance of a runoff against any of the other five mayoral candidates. The morning after the election, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> hosted a live community forum in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio to discuss the results. The show was joined by WBEZ listeners, community organizers, academics, pundits and personalities—the room was packed! Helping <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> field audience questions and concerns was the <em>Chicago Tribune’s</em> Rick Kogan, former alderman and political scientist Dick Simpson and local pundit Kyra Kyles. Before hearing from the panelists, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy began by taking the temperature of the room.</p><p>WBEZ has been keeping tabs on the Emanuel administration with <em>Eight Forty-Eight's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">First 100</a></em> series and continued coverage from WBEZ's City Room.</p><p>Listeners can find that content and related coverage from WBEZ's stellar cast of bloggers at <a href="http://www.wbez.org" target="_blank">WBEZ.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 Assessing the state of Chicago's black media http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-25/assessing-state-chicagos-black-media-93454 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-25/3747586597_5a3aeb97ed_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The rough-and-tumble economy was not kind to either large or small publications. Recently, one of the country’s oldest and most influential black-owned newspapers hit another rough patch.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a> reported that the <a href="http://www.chicagodefender.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Defender</em></a> laid off a sixth of its staff this week, including its remaining editors. The <em>Defender</em> once claimed a large national audience but circulation fell in recent years. To cut costs a few years ago, the paper switched from daily to weekly publication.</p><p>Are the <em>Defender’s</em> woes a sign of the times for black media in general?</p><p>Cultural commentator and <em><a href="http://www.ebonyjet.com/" target="_blank">Jet</a></em> contributor Kyra Kyles spoke with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to assess the state of black media in Chicago.</p></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-25/assessing-state-chicagos-black-media-93454 Sampling the black community's opinion of President Obama's performance http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/sampling-black-communitys-opinion-president-obamas-performance-92842 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/110408_obama_elected_800 AP.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would not run in the 2012 presidential election. Many thought the Garden State governor was the GOP’s best chance to win the White House. But Republicans might have taken heart from some recent polls, which showed President Obama’s approval rating just above 40 percent. Poll results can be abstract – or just plain wrong. So to gauge personal opinions of the president’s performance, WBEZ’s Richard Steele headed out to <a href="http://www.valoisrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Valois</a> in Hyde Park. The black community came out in record numbers during the 2008 campaign. <a href="http://wvon.com/personalities/salim-muwakkil.html" target="_blank">WVON host</a> and <a href="http://www.inthesetimes.com" target="_blank"><em>In These Times</em></a> senior editor Salim Muwakkil joined him along with local journalist <a href="http://www.hrtheseries.com/" target="_blank">Kyra Kyles</a> for a roundtable discussion with some of Valois’ lunchtime crowd. Richard began by asking everyone at the table for their current take on the president.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-05/sampling-black-communitys-opinion-president-obamas-performance-92842 Chicago's post-Oprah star power http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-25/chicagos-post-oprah-star-power-87011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-25/Oprah Getty Daniel Boczarski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For 25 years, legions of celebrities have found their way onto, or on top of, <a href="http://www.oprah.com/index.html" target="_blank">Oprah’s</a> couch. Now that Chicago’s most famous attraction is moving on, what does that mean for the Windy City’s celebrity status?</p><p>To answer that question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to <a href="http://blogs.redeyechicago.com/kyles-files/" target="_blank">Kyra Kyles</a>; she keeps an eye on pop culture for the <em>Chicago Tribune’s RedEye</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Sharples, "Big Show Theme", from the CD Ren and Stimpy Production Music, (N/A)</em></p></p> Wed, 25 May 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-25/chicagos-post-oprah-star-power-87011 What's next in Chicago's new city council? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/whats-next-chicagos-new-city-council-84818 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/City Hall Flickr snoopoz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Turnout for Tuesday's runoff election was low. But there were some exciting stories among the outcomes. Four incumbent aldermen appear to have lost. Those seats represent just a portion the turnover in the council. That means a lot of fresh faces at City Hall, assuming the election results hold. And let’s not forget that Chicago will have a new mayor as well.<br> <br> <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to two journalists who have had their eye on the change taking place at city council and city hall. Sam Hudzik is WBEZ’s political reporter. Kyra Kyles is a columnist for the<a href="http://blogs.redeyechicago.com/kyles-files/" target="_blank"><em> Chicago Tribune’s </em>Red Eye</a> edition.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Japanese Popstars, "Arena", from the CD Tron Legacy Reconfigured, (Walt Disney Records)</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-06/whats-next-chicagos-new-city-council-84818 Month in Review: Chicago elects a new mayor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/month-review-chicago-elects-new-mayor-and-residents-fight-weather-woes-8 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/mayor-elect emanuel Getty John Gress_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Citizens spent the first half of the month digging out&nbsp; and Politicians spent the last half digging in. No doubt about it, everywhere in Chicago this February, someone was shoveling something. A historic election topped a month where Chicago not just generated a lot of news but generated a lot of national attention as well.<br /><br />WBEZ's Jason Marck fills in for a vacationing Alison Cuddy to get behind the headlines.<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> invited a panel of esteemed journalists to talk about the news of the month of February 2011: <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/" target="_blank">Kyra Kyles</a> is a columnist for the <em>RedEye</em>, <a href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/" target="_blank"> Lester Munson</a> writes for ESPN and Ethan Michaeli is the executive director of <a href="http://wethepeoplemedia.org/" target="_blank">We The People Media</a> and founder of <em>Residents&rsquo; Journal</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Botany, &quot;Agave&quot;, Feeling Today (Western Vinyl)</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/month-review-chicago-elects-new-mayor-and-residents-fight-weather-woes-8 Year in Review: A look back at the headlines from 2010 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/year-review-look-back-headlines-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/AP Photo Charles Rex Arbogast Daley_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before getting too far into 2011, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; wanted to wrap up highs and lows of 2010 for its <em>Year in Review</em>. Over the last year Chicagoans saw local politicians rise and fall and step to the side.</p><p>Illinois residents also saw major victories in some camps &ndash; a Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks and civil unions for same-sex couples.</p><p>Environmentalists tried to close the door on the migration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes while backers of overhauls and expansions at McCormick Place and O&rsquo;Hare Airport tried to keep others open.</p><p>The constants in 2010 were high unemployment, a steady flood of foreclosures and a depressed housing market.</p><p>The year gave a lot and it took a lot away. So how will 2010 look in the rearview? What stories were most significant, most bizarre and most troubling?</p><p>To find out, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; invited a panel of experts tio the studio. You&rsquo;ve heard from&nbsp; them all before: ESPN.com&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>, Kyra Kyles is a columnist with the Chicago Tribune's RedEye where she writes &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/" target="_blank">The Kyles Files,&quot;</a> Mick Dumke from the <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/" target="_blank">Chicago News Cooperative</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button:&nbsp; RJD2, &quot;Giant Squid&quot;, from the CD The Colossus, (RJ's Electronical Connections)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/year-review-look-back-headlines-2010 Kyra Kyles on why Tyler Perry's 'For Colored Girls' is irking some audiences http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/kyra-kyles-why-tyler-perrys-colored-girls-irking-some-audiences <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/For colored girls resize.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many folks have weighed in on &quot;<a href="http://www.forcoloredgirlsmovie.com/" target="_blank">For Colored Girls</a>&quot; since it opened last week. The film has gotten its share of praise and director Tyler Perry seems well on his way to another box office success. But there has been lots of controversy over how the film depicts black men and conveys the original play&rsquo;s feminist message.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Perry carries a lot of baggage to any film he makes and black audiences in particular are divided over whether his films provide good roles for black actors or traffic in harmful stereotypes.</p><p>To learn more about reaction to the film Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Kyra Kyles. Kyles is a columnist with The Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s RedEye.&nbsp; She writes &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/kyles-files/" target="_blank">The Kyle Files</a>,&quot; which examines issues through the prism of pop culture.</p></p> Fri, 12 Nov 2010 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/kyra-kyles-why-tyler-perrys-colored-girls-irking-some-audiences