Activism and citizen journalism by our Girls Club members.

Venus X – the transforming power of authenticity

Venus X is a Ecuadorian/Dominican DJ, Producer, Fashion Designer, Gardener and Activist by way of Washington Heights.
In this inspired conversation with Aminata Sall, one of our WGRL/Nessa program interns, Venus X talks on the power of community building and staying true to self and to the people.
An inspiring and uplifting listen for all!

Martha’s Place – Civil Rights and home cooking In Alabama!

During our trip to Montgomery, Alabama earlier this year we got a special treat when we stopped by the roadside restaurant Martha’s Place.

The owner, author and chef, Martha Hawkins, opened up to us about marching with Dr. King, her personal struggles and her ultimate triumph starting her own restaurant.

We had a great interview and a delicious meal!

Please make Martha’s Place your go-to spot when in Montgomery and support this amazing woman and get a real taste of the South!

Talking Education Reform with Maria Bautista

As the final interview of the Nessa scholarship in radio journalism for the class of 2019, our young reporter Nylia Chiquito, an aspiring educator herself,  reached out to Maria Bautista, Campaigns Director for The Alliance for Quality Education. 

One of the most important steps we can take in creating change is the education of our youth. We spoke to Maria about her vision and some of the challenges in implementing policies that could impact our world in a positive way.

“The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code. Combining its legislative and policy expertise with grassroots organizing, AQE advances proven-to-work strategies that lead to student success and ultimately create a powerful public demand for a high quality education.
Founded in 2000, AQE quickly became New York state’s lead community-based organization in the fight for high quality public education.”

Nick Cannon at Know Your Rights Camp — On Community Building

A huge shout-out to our friends and supporters at the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC) and of course our big sisters in journalism Nessa and Katrina B who made it possible for us to spend a few minutes with Nick Cannon this spring.

Nick was supporting the KYRC movement in Baltimore when our WGRL reporter Shandra Rogers had an insightful exchange with him on positive change for the community.

Thank you Nick Cannon for a thoughtful and inspiring conversation and thank you to Know Your Rights Camp Baltimore for an incredible day with youth — the heartbeat of the city of Baltimore.

Photo courtesy Tony Ng, @djtonedef


Patricia Robinson — Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

In this second of our series done by our HOT97 Nessa show interns, we interview the unstoppable Ms. Patricia Robinson of Emmis Communications and The Know Your Rights Camp.

Ms Pat, as she is affectionately known, is proof positive that superheroes don’t always wear capes — sometimes they sport 6-inch stiletto heels and leopard print!

Patricia Robinson is a trailblazing leader who is highly recognized for her contributions in the media industry, community and social activism engagement.

We are so proud of LESGC member Zipporah Najar for taking the lead on an informative interview on career, community and making those difficult life decisions.

Patricia Robinson (C) and Patricia Robinson Girls Club members attend The Lower East Side Girls Club Spring Fling at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York, NY on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest)

National Record Store Day!

Music is a great way to relieve stress and since National Record Store Day is right around the corner on April 13th, we decided to find out all about this Holiday.

What is a record? Why are records so cool they deserve a Holiday? Do people actually listen to records in 2019? Tune in to find out!

Ralph from the Good Dog Foundation

We were so excited to interview Ralph from the Good Dog Foundation to talk about all the benefits of therapy dogs. Since Ralph is a dog his owner Anne Cohen did most of the talking. 🙂

As the largest certifying animal-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast of the United States, Good Dog currently operates in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and at disaster sites around the country. Their work encompasses the fields of Health Care, Education, and Wellness, Research, and Disaster Response.

When Ralph and Anne were certified in Feb 2014, they tried a number of programs—older people with dementia, kids with serious neurological issues, teens with psychosocial issues, people with mental illnesses, and Gilda’s Club—but many of those opportunities were only on a monthly basis, and they wanted to go someplace more often, where they could be part of the community.

So eventually they ended up at Mount Sinai, where they’ve gone once and usually twice a week since Sept 2014.

Their regular visits are to the Pediatric ICU and to a women’s health floor. They are often asked to stop by and visit other patients as well.

Enjoy this conversation with Ralph and his human Anne Cohen!

Breaking It Down with Bellevue Hospital Doctors

This Fall we had the unique opportunity to sit down with doctors at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States!

It was a fascinating interview and a must-listen for anyone interested in the field!
We appreciated the honest and direct conversation about the field of medicine, and we learned some fascinating facts about the hospital itself.

Thanks to everyone at Bellevue for making this happen and helping to take some of the mystery out of the medical profession.


Talking Herstory with FM Supreme and Chicago Teens

It was amazing to meet the women and teens of Chicago’s HerStory and learn about what they do, the challenges teens face there and the work they are undertaking in the neighborhoods.
We hope to one day visit them in person and see first hand the incredible difference young girls are making in their community!

Music – Still Believe from FM Supreme

AJ Silver – Cowboy from the Bronx!

AJ Silver, trick rider and cowboy dropped by the studio to break up some Bronx stereotypes!
He even brought his lasso and bullwhips so we all got a chance to cowgirl a little at Girl’s Club.
Yippee Ya Yo Ka Ay!

Strange! Odd! Bizarre! A Visit to Obscura Oddities and Antiques

Join us for a super creepsville field trip to New York City’s oldest oddity emporium located in a former funeral parlor!

Obscura Oddities and Antiques was equal parts fascinating and horrifying! They carry medical, scientific, natural history, fraternal, circus/sideshow, and all things unusual.

The shop had it’s own successful series on the Discovery/Science channel for several seasons. We were lucky enough to catch owner Mike Zohn at the shop who gave us some great behind the scenes info and assured us that the scariest thing about the shop was doing the tax paperwork each year! 

Lauren Duca – Teen Vogue’s Thigh High Political Columnist

Journalist Lauren Duca is someone we have long admired for speaking truth to power. We appreciate her using her platform to advocate for young women who may not have yet the opportunity to vote but stand to lose so much in this current political landscape.
We were thrilled to have a chance to sit down with this courageous individual to get first hand knowledge of how she navigates the tough and misogynistic world of political journalism.