Back in 1979, President Jimmy Carter decreed that June would be Black Music Month. On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele talked about the evolution of the observance, as well as a local event that will celebrate what is now known as African-American Music Appreciation Month. For that conversation, Richard was joined by:
• Olu Shakoor, African drummer and organizer of the Drum Village for the African Festival of the Arts
• Olu's son, Idris (who is also a drummer), and
• Josh Babcock, Assistant Director of Communications at the Logan Center
Then, we heard about Catalyst Chicago’s Story Slam for teachers. At that event, teachers will share 5 minute true stories performed live on the stage. Richard was joined for that discussion by:
• Linda Lenz, publisher and founder of Catalyst Chicago
• Eve Ewing, educator, phD candidate, and MC for the Story Slam
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. In addition, the show broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5FM.
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