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The Good Seeker Podcast
37 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 8: A Good Seeker Interview with Green Star Movement
When it comes to public art in Chicago, we traditionally reference well-known works like the Picasso at Daley Plaza or Cloud Gate ("The Bean") in Millenium Park. But, do we ever consider the building exterior of restaurants like Dia de Los Tamales on 18th St in Pilsen or the Berwyn underpass off of Lake Shore Drive? If not, we should. The mosaic murals that make-up many of a Chicagoans daily commute, are created by students and community members who participate in Green Star Movement. A Chicago based, non-profit program that has produced over 100 mosaic murals located throughout the city of Chicago. In this Good Seeker interview, I make my over to Chicago’s West Side for an interview with some of the organizations teaching artists. I sit down with Michal Taylor, Program Coordinator, and Jamie Porto, a Project Manager for the organization, to discuss the mosaic murals that continue to impact and inspire students and communities generation after generation.
61 minutes | 3 years ago
Episode 8: A Good Seeker Interview with Sista Afya
Our country has a serious mental health crisis. According to a 2014 study in Newsweek, it is reported that 1 in 5 American’s suffers from mental illness. Conversations surrounding it have become more crucial in the most recent months, with an astronomical amount of mass shooting and a turbulent political climate. What has even become a more necessary conversation is what mental health looks like for people of color. In most recent years, we have seen conversations surrounding mental health and wellness in shows like Empire and Insecure, with a predominantly black cast. Ya’ll remember when Andre finally admitted to being bipolar and Issa told Molly she needed to get some therapy. We have even witnessed behavior from celebrities publicly acting, speaking, and admitting to dealing with some form of a mental health issue. Sure silver screens and social media conversations bring the issue to light, but beyond that what other discussions are there? Organizations like Sista Af-(e)-ya founded by Camesha Jones are certainly trying to ignite the conversations on mental health, especially as they pertain to African-American women. In this episode of the Good Seeker, I sit down with the radical social worker, activist, and founder of the health and wellness resource Sista Af-(e)-ya as we discuss the culturally taboo topic of mental health and what we can do as a people and a generation to help overcome it.
41 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 7: A Good Seeker Interview with I Am We
In the early 2000's Latisha Thomas moved her and her family from their comfortable and vibrant home in a bustling Northside Chicago neighborhood to a neighborhood known as Woodlawn on Chicago's Southside. Within that same time, she found a problem that needed to be addressed within her new community and set out to solve it. What was the problem? Unity. Latisha decided that the best way to unify her neighborhood and similar disadvantaged communities was to start an organization that focused on uniting and empowering the people, especially, "young folk" who live and dwell in the area. On this episode of the Good Seeker podcast, Latisha shares the importance of S.T.E.A.M. based programs, creating organic spaces for the youth in Chicago, and how her organization I Am We is using the arts as a catalyst to engage the community.
38 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 5: A Good Seeker Interview with Gray Matter
On this episode of the Good Seeker, I interviewed Brittney Robbins, founder, and CEO of the Gray Matter, an entrepreneurial experience program for African-American high school students in the city of Chicago. In our conversation, the recent honoree of Essence magazine WOKE 100 Women! Issue and I discussed her personal journey into entrepreneurship, the need for teens in Chicago to have positive programming, and when you say you want to do something, just do it!
32 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 4: A Good Seeker Interview with Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative
In this episode, I interview Liu Jones, the Director of Mentoring for Chicago Youth Opportunities Initiative. An organization that holistically approaches the developmental and transferable skills of foster children across the city of Chicago. In our conversation, we discussed creating value for society, CYOI programming, and how Millennials are more involved with engaging and changing the community now, more than ever.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 3: A Good Seeker Interview with IMPACT Chicago
I recorded this interview on inauguration day January 20th, 2017, and let me tell you, the timing, was too incredible! On this episode of the good Seeker I sit down with Molly Norris, an instructor at Impact Chicago. An organization that is committed to teaching young women and girls self-defense in the effort to stop gender-based violence. In our very open discussion, we talked about the changing landscape of female empowerment, using one's voice in hostile situations, and why all women, no matter race, shape, or creed, deserve every right to be defended.
36 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 2: A Good Interview with Girls in the Game
Girls from Chicago are different. I know a few. I call them my friends. They are tough, resilient, loyal, unapologetic and strong.They are the definition of g.r.i.t., true g.r.i.t. These are the same girls who have made up over 40,000 young girls who participate in Girls in the Game. On episode two of the Good Seeker, I interview two women who are shaping the lives of young girls in the city of Chicago. Encouraging leadership, health, and physical activity by providing after school and summer programs centered around sports. These girls are equipped with skills that prepare them for life. No matter what type of game that lies ahead.
51 minutes | 4 years ago
Episode 1: A Good Interview with XMO: Excuse Me Officer
In this episode, we learn about the visionaries behind the revolutionary platform for police accountability and transparency, XMO Excuse Me Officer. In this conversation, Channing Harris and Mike Shaw share their most memorable experiences with police officers, community trust issues, and how they are well on their way to earning a nobel peace prize.
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