WBEZ | Rita Coburn Whack http://www.wbez.org/tags/rita-coburn-whack Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Writer Rita Coburn Whack reflects on wisdom of her mother http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/writer-rita-coburn-whack-reflects-wisdom-her-mother-86154 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-06/Mom in 60&#039;s.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many folks will be celebrating Mother's Day on Sunday. But the mother-child bond can be a complicated relationship, one that waxes and wanes over time. In anticipation of this Mother’s Day, writer Rita Coburn Whack reflected on her mother’s wisdom and the many stages of their relationship.&nbsp;</p><p>Rita Coburn Whack is a writer in Chicago.</p><p><em>Adulture's Music Button: Scott K &amp; Cole Medina vs. James Brown, "I'm Satisfied," I'm Satisfied 12" (Phonica Records)</em></p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/writer-rita-coburn-whack-reflects-wisdom-her-mother-86154 For writer Rita Coburn Whack the rain brings memories of a quirky neighbor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/writer-rita-coburn-whack-rain-brings-memories-quirky-neighbor-84699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/carwash.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It is spring but in true Chicago style the warm weather keeps coming in fits and starts. But those April showers are on track! For writer <a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/author/32937/rita%20coburn-whack" target="_blank">Rita Coburn Whack</a>, the rain always brings back memories of an old neighbor. As a child Coburn-Whack thought the neighbor was strange. But now her behavior doesn’t appear quite so crazy.</p><p><br> My sister and I considered one of our childhood nemesis, our next door neighbor whom we called Old Biddy Hen. Even I knew at 9 years old, that having someone watching you from one driveway away, was nerve wrecking. “Late to school, late to school,” she would say when I was in fact, late to school. Lord. Old Biddy was quirky too. Once, we over heard her in our kitchen complaining about a ticket she had gotten for running a red light. “It was orange, it was orange,” she yelled to my mother. My father walked from the kitchen down the hall mumbling a couple of expletives. My sister and I quietly laughed ourselves limp.<br> <br> Whenever it would rain, Old Biddy would don a rain scarf, the kind they give you at the beauty shop, clear plastic with white trim and a sort of hood that comes over the forehead. There she’d be outside with a bottle of dishwashing liquid and a rag, scrubbing her car.&nbsp; She’d wait for the rain to administer a rinse and then return to dry her car. This too irritated my father and sent him realing…string of expletives to follow. So, whenever it rained, we’d check to see when the homemade car wash would open, then make an announcement and listen to my father’s color commentary.<br> <br> For some odd reason this story was with me recently as the winter weather offered temperatures in the low 50s and a rainy reprieve. So for no reason that I can think of, other than, I am older now, probably as old as Biddy Hen was then - I drove my well-soaked snow and salt covered car into the garage and soaped it down. My plan was to take it back into the rain…Old Biddy style. But when I raised the garage door, the rain was barely a drizzle. I had no choice but to hose my car down, pull it back into the garage and dry it with towels.<br> <br> Perhaps I too am becoming a bit of a Biddy. Later, my husband came home and exclaimed with a quizzical look on his face. “It rained and you finally got a car wash?” I decided against telling him the whole story, but I thought about it, at least twice.</p><p><em>Music Button: Eric Cunningham, "Goofy A-Go-Go", from the CD Kitschorama, (Swell Records)</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/writer-rita-coburn-whack-rain-brings-memories-quirky-neighbor-84699 Writer Rita Coburn Whack remembers Margaret Burroughs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/writer-rita-coburn-whack-remembers-margaret-burroughs-81898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Margaret Burroughs Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Margaret Burroughs died late last year the arts community lost a giant. Burroughs co-founded the<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dusablemuseum.org/"> DuSable Museum of African American Art</a> but she was more than a curator and administrator. She was also a teacher and practicing artist. For writer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/ritacoburnwhack">Rita Coburn Whack</a>, Burroughs had another great quality &ndash; she was someone always willing to lend a hand.<br /><br />Coburn Whack is also the producer of <a target="_blank" href="http://mayaangelouonpublicradio.com/">Maya Angelou&rsquo;s Black History Month Special</a> which will on WBEZ on Feb. 20.</p></p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-07/writer-rita-coburn-whack-remembers-margaret-burroughs-81898 History of the Black Arts Movement in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/history-black-arts-movement-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/south side community art center.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many people are still reeling from the death of Margaret Burroughs, the founder of the <a href="http://www.dusablemuseum.org/" target="_blank">DuSable Museum of African American History</a>. Borroughs was an artist and activist who had such a passion for art that she brought it into her home, literally.</p><p><a href="http://www.sscac.net/home" target="_blank">The South Side Community Arts Center</a> was a haven for many of Chicago&rsquo;s black artists and the precursor to the DuSable Museum. It was one of 110 art centers established nationwide as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/new_deal_for_the_arts/useful_arts3.html" target="_blank">Work Projects</a>.</p><p>In 2005, WBEZ&rsquo;s Steve Edwards talked with Eight Forty-Eight's longtime contributor, Rita Coburn Whack, about a documentary she produced about the center. Rita says the black artist movement began at the turn of the century. To get a better sense of the contributions of Margaret Burroughs and her contemporaries, Eight Forty-Eight revisits that conversation.</p><p>Whack produced the documentary, &quot;<a href="http://wn.com/curators_of_culture" target="_blank">Curators of Culture</a>,&quot; for <a href="http://wn.com/WYCC" target="_blank">WYCC</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Brad Goode, &quot;Nightengale&quot;, from the CD Tight Like This, (Delmark) </em></p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/history-black-arts-movement-chicago