Activism

Activism and citizen journalism by our Girls Club members.

Growing Abolition with Joseph Capehart

Joseph Capehart is a poet and educator pushing the needle when they can and flipping the table when they must. Black, queer, and concerned with freedom, they are the founder of The Garden, an abolitionist bookstore and community well in Brooklyn. This conversation is part of a collaboration with our mentor, artist and instigator  jackie…

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Growing Abolition with Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn based visual artist who has dedicated her life’s work to exposing the stories and experiences of individuals who are striving to overcome the injustices they face. This conversation is part of a collaboration with our mentor, artist and instigator  jackie sumell and MoMA PS1 which resulted in an exhibition at…

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Growing Abolition with Timothy James Young

Timothy James Young is a poet, writer, abolitionist and wrongfully convicted man who is currently incarcerated on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison. He has not seen a tree in 24 years due to his incarceration but the students at UC Santa Cruz cultivate a garden with Tim in partnership with Solitary Gardens. Join…

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Growing Abolition with Mariame Kaba

Mariame Kaba is an abolitionist thinker, writer, curator, and organizer based in New York City. Her clarity, passion and love for liberation work resonated deeply with us. We are grateful for this generous conversation in which we take on everything from a discussion of the children’s book “Noodlephant” to the constant “Law & Order” marathon…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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