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Vocalo's Barber Shop Show

Looking Back and Looking Forward

On this week's Barber Shop Show, we heard Richard Steele speak with Chicago Defender Executive Editor Kai El’Zabar about an exhibit called “Journey to Empowerment” that’s celebrating 110 Years of the Defender. That exhibit closes this weekend in the Special Collections Exhibit Hall on the 9th floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. The exhibit shares images and memorabilia from the newspaper's first 110 years. It is a glimpse into the history of news making in America and the impact of journalism on the African American community. We also heard from Dr. Theon Hill, a communications prof who specializes in race, rhetoric, speechwriting, and the speeches of Obama and MLK, about the significance of eulogies, including President Obama’s eulogy for Sen. Clementa Pinckney (pastor of Emmanuel AME). Lastly, we were joined by Audra Wilson, host of Practically Speaking on Vocalo. She gave us a preview of her interview with Joe Varisco, curator behind the artist showcase “Queer Ill, and Okay” They talked about stigmas around chronic illnesses such as HIV that can be compounded in the LGBTQ community. She also spoke with a doctor from Howard Brown Health Center, as well as artists who participated in last year’s showcase. 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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