WBEZ | justice http://www.wbez.org/tags/justice Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hip hop group BBU dish on social activism and their new mixtape http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-02/BBU-9.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>From the very beginning, the members of Chicago hip hop group <a href="http://www.itsbbu.com/">BBU</a> have been passionate activists: both in community organizing and in their music. Combining danceable beats with social commentary, the group has been generating buzz in underground circles and dance clubs alike. Their new Mixtape, <em>bell hooks,</em> is filled with songs exposing chauvinism, sexism and institutional racism. MCs Epic and Jasson Perez joined Jesse Menendez on Vocalo's <a href="http://www.vocalo.org/musicvoxblog">MusicVox</a> to talk about their songs, and what sparked their passion and dedication to social activism.</p></p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 02:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-hip-hop-group-bbu-dish-social-activism-and-their-new-mixtape-96929 Singled Out: A community conversation about the juvenile justice system http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/singled-out-community-conversation-about-juvenile-justice-system <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IYC-Joilet-130.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>African-Americans make up 18 percent of Illinois&rsquo; youth population, but they represent over half of Illinois kids who are locked up.<br /><br />That discrepancy is called Disproportionate Minority Contact.</p><p>Members of the <a target="_blank" href="http://insideandout.chicagopublicradio.org/"><em><u>Inside and Out</u></em></a> team gathered some 200 people into a building on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side to talk about the issue.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s Steve Edwards moderated the open forum at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.experimentalstation.org/">The Experimental Station</a> while Richard Steele and Alison Cuddy worked the crowd.</p><p>Steve kicked off the conversation by asking the crowd what they thought caused Disproportionate Minority Contact.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/singled-out-community-conversation-about-juvenile-justice-system