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Written by on June 21, 2013

Follow up on the Diane Tran case and mobilizing forward to other cases

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Amazing girl. Happy ending. Props. Still, this story bothers me. It bothers me because I know that this is only one case, that this sort of thing happens to people of color all the time. She was lucky that her story happened to go viral and she happened to get help, but there are so many other cases that do not happen to capture the attention of the public and the media. Part of the appeal of the Diane Tran story is how neatly the story fit into the Asian American model minority stereotype. If she had been a different ethnic minority or a teen mother or an average student, would she have gotten a second glance?

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Written by on June 4, 2012

Music as Migration, Music as Sacred: Interview with Gerard Edery

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Gerard Edery, born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York City, is the essence of a global musician. Composer and performer, he sings in numerous languages, and his focus is on Sephardic music – the music that traveled with the Jews across the globe after their flight from Spain. Here he talks about […]

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Written by on November 4, 2011

Afro-Latin Retro Show playlist

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Many of you asked, now here it is… download the aug30-chicagoistheworld-playlist for today’s show featuring classic Afro-Latin Cumbias, Champeta and more. Although my trip to Cartagena, Colombia is still a few months away, I started digging through my music library–thinking about starting my research while I’m out there. I realized that I had some fabulous […]

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Written by on August 31, 2011

The Soul of Yemen Blues: Interview with Ravid Kahalani

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Ravid Kahalani, is a 30-year-old Israeli whose family came from Yemen and who grew up wanting to keep the traditional of the language and music of his family. And so, he sings here in Arabic. But his music is a wild mixture from everywhere. He mixes Yemeni rhythms with music from West and Central Africa […]

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Written by on August 10, 2011

ARCHIVE: 2011 Chicago Colombian Music Festival

Listen to the Chicago is the World 2-hour special on the upcoming 2011 Chicago Colombian Music Festival, hosted by Leo Suarez. Includes music by this year’s headling group Chocquibtown. Air date: June 7, 2011. Chicago is the World, WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago

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Written by on June 7, 2011

We are not alone: Images of Hope

Photos and stories by Carlos Javier Ortiz Members of the bright star church in Chicago released balloons in memory of teenage victims of gun violence throughout the city. Many members of bright star gather often to pray in front of high schools that are threatened with gun violence, neighborhood violence and gang violence. The church […]

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Written by on November 10, 2010

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