On this episode we speak with Pittsburgh-based critically acclaimed activist and eMCee, Jasiri X on the role of community-based alternative media, the inspirations and directions in his music, and the development of his critical media justice organization, 1Hood. On the second half of the show we welcome TRGGR family, Rosa Clemente, for a multi-pronged discussion including recent news of Chicago school closings, homophobia in Lauryn Hill’s new song “Neurotic Society”, and the recent commencement addresses by President and Mrs. Obama and why they seem to only speak in condescending terms when addressing African American audiences. Enjoy!
What would it look like to infuse the board game Monopoly with social justice economic principles? Well, our guests had the presence of mind, or the insanity as it were, to not only ask, but answer that very question. Their answer is the board game CO-OPOLY, which was featured a few months ago in the Valley Advocate. Joining us to talk about their game and the other exciting projects they’re working on are Andrew Stachiw and Brian Van Slyke. This and more on this new episode of the ONE & ONLY TRGGR RADIO!!!!!!
In our first show of the new year, we return to coverage of Charles Wilhite’s case. He was recently granted a retrial that is currently underway. We are joined by Shelley Alcott and Dan Keefe, members of the Justice For Charles collective. Tune in to hear about the case, followed by delicious beats by host Chris Tinson as he tries to get his chops back after a long hiatus from the show. Enjoy!
For additional coverage of Charles Wilhite’s retrial, go to:MassLive.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.