activism

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…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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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!…

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Confronting Criminal Injustice

This Fall, we were blessed to work with longtime Girl’s Club collaborator and A Blade of Grass Fellow Jackie Sumell on her Solitary Gardens project in a larger event sponsored by ABOG. Big shout out to all the collaborators and ABOG for a fantastic evening – you can catch the full panel here hosted by…

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Sowing Seeds of Hope with Jackie Sumell

Jackie Sumell is an incredible artist, activist  and compassionate friend of the Girls Club. Her work seeks to expose and change the abuses perpetrated by the criminal justice system in America. We caught up with Jackie in her home town of New Orleans, at her Solitary Garden project. What resulted is more of a discussion…

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Shine On! with Reese Witherspoon, Elaine Welteroth, and Cleo Wade

“The Best Thing about Girl Power is over time it becomes Women Power” – Cleo Wade. We were thrilled to be featured in Reese Witherspoon’s new series “Shine On with Reese Witherspoon” from her women-centric media production company Hello Sunshine! on the DirectTV platform. We also got a chance to sit down with Reese and…

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