Practically Speaking

Practically Speaking airs on Vocalo 89.5/90.7 FM Fridays at 11am and a rebroadcast can be heard on Saturdays at 11am.

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On Saturday’s Installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with Ami Gandhi of the South Asian American Policy & Research Institute and  Tanvi Shah of the Indo-American Organization. They talk about changes in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago (known as a stronghold of Indian and Pakistani culture) that are drawing in immigrants of various backgrounds, including Africans. The image above was taken on West Ridge’s Devon Avenue by Sally Ryan

They also talk about the damage that the myth of a “Model Minority” can do, and how communities of color can come together, despite deeply ingrained stereotypes.

Speaking of stereotypes, we also hear African-American artist and activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph talk about how he had to face stereotypes about African culture while on a trip to Senegal. He also talks about the responsibility of Hip-Hop as a global ambassador.

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