Elgin Bokari is a multidisciplinary artist, creator, and Program Director for Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy, an organization that teaches writing and creative arts at the Cook County Juvenile Detention facility. A St. Louis native, he DJs, produces, raps, and makes visual art. He is a member of the Elephant Rebellion creative collective.
The Stitch Gawd is here. Emma Mckee is a cross-stitch artist whose work has blessed the sleeves and jackets of pretty much every rapper and singer you know and love from the city of Chicago. She breaks down her craft, talks getting kicked out of Canada, her love for Pivot Gang, North Korea vs. Mormons, and more. She has a mixtape featuring many of the hottest acts in the city coming soon.
Jorge Mikell is a true veteran of the Chicago Renaissance. He just released Soliloquy, his debut full-length album, which is available literally everywhere. He is also deep in the Chicago urban agriculture game, facilitating all types of programs through his role at the Experimental Station to connect Chicagoans with affordable, delicious, fresh food.
Terrence Thompson is a filmmaker and Chicago native who's been documenting, shaping, and retelling stories throughout the city. His most recent film, "Drive Slow," just premiered through the Chicago Track program, an initiative of Free Spirit Media and DCASE. It also stars one of your favorite podcast cohosts (it's Damon).
Rachel Leider understands momentum. She's a central organizer for the Chicago chapter of IfNotNow, a national community of young American Jews committed to erasing American Jewish support for the Israeli occupation. She stops by the show to talk movement-building, Jew stuff, and more.
This week, we're doing something a little different–an AirGo doubleheader featuring two one-on-one interviews. Daniel's back in New York for the week talking with an old friend, while Damon holds down the on-air slot. Enjoy all of the conversation!
Daniel sits down with Zohran Kwame Mamdani, a rapper and old friend back in New York. The son of acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair and postcolonial radical scholar Mahmood Mamdani, he is one of Daniel's oldest friends. The two talk family, Uganda, social media, and growth.
Back in Chicago, Damon sits down with Ayinde Cartman. Ayinde is a poet, organizer, and caretaker, who actually was featured with a live performance all the way back on AIrGo Episode 11. They chop it up one-on-one, live on WHPK.
greenSLLIME may have been traveling around the world for the past couple years as Mick Jenkins' DJ, but his style stays lowkey, homemade, hilarious, and fly. In addition to spinning for Mick, he's the host of SLLIME's Broke Ass Low Budget Show, a brilliantly, bluntedly surrealist talk show that has featured Joseph Chilliams, Sharkula, Dally Auston, Qari, Smino, and AirGo alums Jean Deaux and theMIND. He also has more than his fair share of bars for you.
LaSaia Wade is the forceful, brilliant voice at the front of the movement for trans liberation in the city of Chicago. She's the director of Brave Space Alliance, a "grassroots funded initiative created by trans people of color, for trans people of color, to generate opportunities to engage in healing, community building and the creating of kinship." She's also a member of the Chicago's Trans Liberation Collective, and owns Mystical Bee Hive, a South Side-based beehive.