Resita Cox has spirit, and she wants to share it. In her two and a half years in Chicago, the poet and story-shaper has built relationships and collaborations that have resulted in some of the most compassionate and engaging new spaces in the city, from the People Say open mic at Trap House Chicago to the documentary about development and revitalization in East Garfield Park that she's currently directing as an IVOH fellow. She holds on as Damon and Daniel bounce around between media and the civil rights movement, damage-based versus desire-based journalism, the majesty of an Anton, and some of AirGo's best jokes ever. Plus, an extraordinary story at the end that's well worth sticking around for.
Stacey Sutton spends her time figuring out why our systems of capital work the way they do, their effects, and what some better, more human ways of creating industry and cities could be. She is a professor of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois-Chicago, a long-time organizer, and, according to Damon, the best-dressed person in Chicago’s social movement community–what a claim to fame, huh? She helps us understand what we mean when we talk about co-ops, what worker co-operatives around the country and world look like, and how we can cooperatively reshape our economic systems today and in our future.
Tonika Lewis Johnson is a photographer, organizer, space-maker, and city thinker. She’s the creator of the Folded Map Project, a brilliant, humanizing arts project and advocacy tool that connects neighbors at mirror-image addresses of Chicago’s grid system. She’s also the cofounder of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.), and a fierce advocate for her block, neighborhood, and city. She comes through to talk about how photography can change eyes and opinions, the ways that housing segregation defines Chicago, the ways in which Chicagoans challenge that segregation, and much more.
Schenay Mosley is singer, songwriter, and pianist whose most recent, excellent project Lotus is available now. The Dayton, Ohio native has been in Chicago for years now, and just got off a wildly successful tour with Smino. She talks disaster plans, Myspaces, finding herself through adversity, and more!
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Davon Clark is a photographer, poet, graphic designer, and cutie pie. A Philly native, he is approaching a year in Chicago, and has spent the time setting the foundation for a vibrant creative career and life. He performs at poetry readings across the city, hosts a monthly open mic at Build Coffee, is a graphic designer for the Chicago Reader, and holds AIrGo down as the Associate Producer handling our social media. Did we mention he's a cutie pie?
Enjoy AirGo's first live show in the city of Chicago, featuring J. Bambii & greenSLLIME! Recorded 5/16/19 at the Cards Against Humanity Theater.
Thanks to Cards Against Humanity, WHPK, Windmill Ginger Brew, Rosie Fitz, Ellen Mayer, and Jennifer Pagan for making the show possible!
Ashley Battle knows her craft, and is figuring out what do with it. She's a filmmaker, director, DP, and music producer who has worked extensively on both the commercial and indie sides of the Chicago film and TV industry, and has directed or DPed a few projects alongside Damon and Daniel including the web series Signal Flow (www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFHLM5g0rxs). She talks about figuring out where to direct her craft, working toward both inner peace and a '67 Chevelle, the different roles on a film set, and much more. If you're interested in working in the film industry, this is a must-listen!
Andy Clarno is an Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago, who has developed a research collective model in collaborations with local radical organizers. He has recently been heavily involved in the Erase The Gang Database campaign (http://erasethedatabase.com), and is the author of Neoliberal Apartheid, a book focusing on the overlaps of oppression and resistance in South Africa and Palestine. In short, he's about the work. Get learned on this one!