Archive for June, 2012

During this episode of TRGGR Rec and Harmonie spoke with Anonymous 127 a music producer out of Springfield, MA. In honor of fathers day he used his talents to pay homage to the many loving and dedicated fathers through music. Anonymous 127 kept his his true identity hidden from the listeners to emphasis his work with the music and to promote the positive aspects of fatherhood. Having no children of his own, Anonymous 127 credits the inspiration behind the lyrics in his song to the strong influential male figures in his life, as well as his mother.

Later in the show Harmonie and Rec were joined by the Futuristik Boys, a young up and coming hip-hop duo out of Lawrence, Ma. The group showcased their latest single Melancholy Mode for the first time on radio airwaves. During the interview the Futuristik Boys talked about some of the challenges they faced transitioning from being two solo artists to working together as a duo. They also spoke about some of their recent performances including their scheduled performance Sunday June, 17th at Centro Night Club in Lawrence Ma, opening up for Recording artists 2 Chains.

Towards the end of the show Rec and Harmonie were joined in the studio by longtime dream team member and founder of Jointed Creativity Jose Cotto. In addition to his good vibes, Jose brought the latest update to The Sneakers for Success Sole Connections Event taking place June 28th, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY.

Image credit: Susan Willmarth (Thanks Lois!)

Since the late 1990s, the rate of women’s incarceration nationally has doubled that of incarcerated men. In 1980, there were roughly 14,000 women incarcerated nationally; by 2008 that number was well over 200,000. Although the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has the lowest rate of women imprisonment in the country (currently at 13 out of every 100,000 people), its population of incarcerated women and mothers is growing.

As of 2010, over 60% of “women in prison in the Commonwealth had been found guilty of nonviolent crimes such as drug and property offenses.” Currently there is a Bill before the Massachusetts legislature (H 2234) that “would establish minimum standards for the treatment and medical care of female inmates to promote safe, healthy pregnancy outcomes, prohibit shackling during childbirth, and ensure that release planning includes child custody and basic family planning information and services.”

According to the Bill’s Factsheet, “Nearly two-thirds of women in prison are mothers, and 77% of incarcerated mothers report providing most of the daily care for their children before incarceration. Further, according to the Bureau of Justice in 2007, 5% of women who enter into state prisons are pregnant, and 6% of women in jails are pregnant.”

The backgrounds, experiences, and needs of these women pre- and post-incarceration require our attention if we are to reverse these trends. Groups such as the Rebecca Project, the National Women’s Law Center, and locally the Prison Birth Project and The Real Cost of Prisons, among numerous other groups, have been crucial in bringing to public light the range of issues facing incarcerated women. A newly formed Boston-based organization, Families for Justice as Healing, seeks to “organize and mobilize families of those incarcerated for drug related offenses to join the movement toward creating criminal justice legislation that heals and rebuilds families and communities.” Joining us on the phone to talk about their work is the organization’s founder, Andrea James.

In part two of the show we speak with Vera Cage of the Justice for Charles Wilhite campaign based in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Part 1: featuring Andrea James

Part 2: Charles Wilhite updates, Juneteenth Celebration, Race and Politics

After months of working in the studio along side Chris and Rec the newest member of the TRGGRadio family Harmonie, has officially produced and hosted her first solo episode of TRGGRadio this past Friday. Harmonie first came to TRGGR during her fall 2011 semester at UMass Amherst. She quickly transitioned from an interested onlooker to a an active participant of the show. Harmonie began to intern with TRGGRadio during her Spring 2012 semester, contributing to each weekly broadcast. During this episode Harmonie spoke of what she referred to as “TRGGR musical chairs” as throughout the summer Chris, Rec, and herself will be rotating hosts on the show. Harmonie hopes to bring a new sound to TRGGR with an array of local and underground hip-hop and R&B artists streaming through her play-lists, as well as a unique lineup of guests ranging from musical talent, activists, and young entrepreneurs making commendable moves in today’s society. During the middle part of the show Harmonie shared a conversation she had with Brother Chris about her mixed racial background and how she identified herself racially. Through the conversation Harmonie became much more aware of the struggles she faces as well as the priviliges she has due to her mixed racial background. Harmonie prompted listeners who either come from mixed racial backgrounds or simply have insight on the topic to share their stories and or views with her through email at Harmonie hopes to use this information to develop a future segment on individuals of mixed race for the show. The show concluded with a musical sample from the Futuristik Boys, a hip-hop group out of Lawrence, Massachusetts Harmonie is currently doing a documentary on. Continue to listen while Harmonie progresses with TRGGRadio over the summer. To find out more about Harmonie and the projects she is working on, follow her on Twitter @harmoniechar.

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