Art & Community

A series of podcasts and interviews focused on the work and the people that inspire us!

Topeka K. Sam on decriminalizing women and girls of color

Topeka K. Sam, has been fighting for the dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls of color since her release from federal prison in 2015. In this episode, we were blessed to have this great lady share eye opening information on incarceration as it pertains to young women. Take a listen to learn more about Topekas tireless advocacy and why it is so vital.

You can support Topeka’s work by visiting The LOHM. 

WGRL/Nessa Scholarship Interns

This interview is part of the Girls Club Nessa radio journalism internship program, where high school girls learn the basics of journalism, discuss important social justice issues, and book and record an interview with a guest of their choice.
In 2020 instead of cancelling our in person classes, Nessa and her crew graciously transitioned our sessions online. Every week our little team met virtually in the midst of the fear of COVID-19, isolation, and amplified racial terrorism of 2020.  In addition to a space of learning from seasoned professionals, our virtual classroom became a safe haven to connect, listen deeply and support each other during this traumatic time.
This episode of “The QuaranTeen Sessions” was conducted by Kaitlyn Ruiz, as always under the guidance and mentorship of our number one big Sister and advocate, Emmy award nominated Nessa!

 

Love Letter to Bonsai Kakigori

Part of what makes NYC special is the proliferation of small independent businesses, each unique and special to us and reflecting the incredible diversity of the city.
Small businesses are in extreme distress right now, and with months of no income combined with little to no federal help we are in danger of losing these important community gathering spaces. Restaurants and shops where you can actually share a conversation with the owner, and the taxes they pay actually stay in the community they serve.
We are extremely sad to see our neighbors and supporters Bonsai Kakigori close up shop and are sharing this WGRL intimate in-store experience so you can get an idea of how magical this small (and delicious) space was.

Follow @bonsai for info on summer pop-ups.

ASMR Queen Gibi!

During these extremely stressful times we thought we’d post some comforting content from our WGRL archives.
Tune into our Skype interview with the Queen of ASMR, the wonderful Gibi!
She inspired us so much we incorporated ASMR as part of our classroom experience.
Thanks Gibi for all you do to make this world sound and feel better!

It’s in the cards! A convo with visual artist Courtney Alexander

Our Artist-in-Residence, Courtney Alexander, focuses her work on representation in tarot cards. For the past few months, she has been working with us to create a tarot card deck and altar for The Girls Club’s Art on Paper display. Through this, she hopes girls will get a chance to honor and learn more about themselves.

We sat down with Courtney in the studio for an intimate chat on her work, the hustle of being an independent artist and why representation is important. We learned a lot from this thoughtful, talented artist!

 

Catching up with Kaash Paige

We were so excited to have Kaash Paige stop by our WGRL studios recently. In addition to having a hit single out, Kaash did radio as a teen as well so she made us totally comfortable behind the mic with some pro journalism tips.

Thanks Kaash for a great interview!

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!

Halloween Exclusive! Behind the Scenes at Blood Manor!

 

Check out our Halloween video exclusive BTS at Blood Manor, New York’s scariest haunted house!

Special thanks to all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts who made this terrifying interview possible.
Tune in if you dare!

Acapella Magic with Madison McFerrin

Earlier this year soulful songtress Madison McFerrin swung by the WGRL studios  to demonstrate her unique approach to music and opened up about her journey in the music industry.
So grateful to Madison for sharing her magical music and story with us!

 

 

Essential Self Love in Critical Times with Aicha Sacko and Cleo Wade

The first in our series of interviews conducted and edited by our 2019 interns in our radio mentor and big sis Nessa’s scholarship program at HOT97! In this episode Aicha Sacko and Cleo Wade discuss how self love sets the foundation for how we successfully navigate the world.

In this radio journalism intensive, each of Nessa’s interns chose a guest and topic they were passionate about, composed questions, conducted the interview and then edited the final podcast using professional audio editing software.

In Aicha’s words:
“The peak of the Nessa internship was definitely interviewing one of my good friends, author Cleo Wade, on the importance of self love and self care. A lot of times we forget what it means to love ourselves and take care of our bodies while we are busy working, studying and trying to make a difference in the world. In this interview I learned that it is okay to step back and put yourself first. As Cleo would say – I love you. ”

Enjoy this excellent and informative interview!

Wunmi! The Nigerian Fashion, Singing and Dance Sensation

It was an incredible treat to welcome Nigerian born artist Wunmi into the studio with us to elaborate on all the cool stuff she does – music, dance and incredible style and fashion.
Thank you Wunmi for sharing your culture, artistry and energy with us!

Girl Power with Dai Burger

Our fave music superhero Dai Burger stopped by the studios for an interview on music, life as an independent artist and created a brand new WGRL theme song with us!

Ms. Leona Tate of the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

One of the highlights of our Civil Rights trip to New Orleans and Montgomery, Alabama last year was meeting Mrs. Leona Tate, one of The McDonogh Three.
Ms. Tate was one of three African-American girls, who, at the age of six, were the first black students to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans!
We met Mrs. Tate at the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum, where she is a board member continuing the activism and work for her community that she started as a small child.