Around Town with Gabe Mendoza & DL Hopkins with Jahmal Cole

Special guest J. Cole—local author and motivational speaker, not the chart-topping rapper of Born Sinner fame—a.k.a. Jahmal Cole reports on his new Kickstarter web series, My Block, My Hood, MY CITY, which captures the author and motivational speaker’s visits to Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. After the interview, stay put for a quick run-through of the weekend’s best events including insight on changes at this year’s 55th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show and word on Vocalo Presents: The Phenomenal Rap Show. Links to other cool functions mention on this week’s Around Town hosted by Vocalo’s senior hip hop correspondent Gabe Mendoza and D.L. Hopkins, are listed below. Click the triangle. Spread the word. Thank you for listening.


South Shore Summer Festival

Support area South Shore businesses and get down to New Jack Swing with 1980s and 1990s hip hop-soul acts Guy, SWV, Dru Hill and Al B. Sure. Old school singers The Blue Notes are on the bill, too.

Family Fun Fest in Southeast Chicago

They had us at snow cones. Top off summer vacation at this carnival hosted by homegrown comedian Lil’ Rel.

Taste of Austin

Take a trip to the Far West Side and Chi-Town’s largest ‘hood by population for a block party (Friday), car show (Saturday) and bike show (Sunday) at Columbus Park. Power 92 DJ Frankie Robinson mans the turntables.


Black Sabbath at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre

Ozzy Osbourne is in town. Enough said.

19th Black Harvest Film Festival

From now through August 29, watch dozens of films related to black culture and the African diaspora. Among the weekend highlights is Canadian director Sudz Sutherland/s Home Again, a feature tackling immigration from three different perspectives. Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)


~ by @WeekendGabe on August 16, 2013.

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