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Complicating the Narrative is a podcast series produced by Authors and staff at ConTextos with the goal of adding context beyond misconceptions commonly associated with people living in communities facing poverty and barriers to economic development due to racism, violence, and trauma.

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    • 4.5 • 4 Ratings

Complicating the Narrative is a podcast series produced by Authors and staff at ConTextos with the goal of adding context beyond misconceptions commonly associated with people living in communities facing poverty and barriers to economic development due to racism, violence, and trauma.

    Open Circle with Kelema and Bijou

    Open Circle with Kelema and Bijou

    This season we have been focusing on the theme of Resilience by checking in with participants in the various programs offered by ConTextos. One of the programs we launched just as the pandemic began to take hold was an online version of Authors Circle called Open Circle. In this episode, Bijou and Kelema, two of our youngest Open Circle participants, join Mariah and Tatiana to talk about the experience of writing with ConTextos during these Open Circle sessions. Open Circle is still open to all at 3PM on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For more information and to register for future Open Circle sessions, visit contextos.org/es/open-circle. We look forward to seeing you there! 

    • 18 min
    Authors Circle Alumni

    Authors Circle Alumni

    In our third season of Complicating the Narrative, ConTextos alumni Mariah and Tatiana are back to bring us stories of resilience. Each episode this season will explore resilience in the context of one of our ConTextos Authors Circle programs.

    In this episode Eugene, a published ConTextos Author and graduate of the IMAN Green Reentry program, joins Mariah, Tatiana, and Dimitri to talk about his involvement in ongoing alumni programming with ConTextos. Eugene is also a member of the founding cohort of Into a Black Beyond (https://contextos.org/IABB/), which launched this month.

    This episode opens with a poem by Tug, who is also a published ConTextos Author. Unfortunately, Tug lost his connection to our call after sharing his poem. We hope to have him back as a guest for future conversations. 

    Be sure to visit ConTextos.org for more information about ConTextos programs and our work in Chicago and El Salvador. 

    • 17 min
    Authors Circle and IMAN Green ReEntry

    Authors Circle and IMAN Green ReEntry

    In our third season of Complicating the Narrative, ConTextos alumni Mariah and Tatiana are back to bring us stories of resilience. Each episode this season explores resilience in the context of one of our ConTextos Authors Circle programs. In this episode, Jamelle, a ConTextos Author and participant in the IMAN Green Reentry program, joins Mariah, Tatiana, and Johnny Page to talk about his experiences with Authors Circle in 2020 as well as his writing and upcoming book of poetry.

    Check out His Story by Jamelle on the ConTextos YouTube channel ( https://youtu.be/yyO9tgv4XTk )

    Watch Dear Chicago: The Men of IMAN Speak on the ConTextos YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0q-l4geBg4 )

    Learn more about IMAN Green Reentry at https://www.imancentral.org/atlanta/green-reentry/

    • 24 min
    Authors Circle and the MAAFA Redemption Project

    Authors Circle and the MAAFA Redemption Project

    In our third season of Complicating the Narrative, ConTextos alumni Mariah and Tatiana are back to bring us stories of resilience. Each episode this season will explore resilience in the context of one of our ConTextos Authors Circle programs.

    In this episode Delshaun, a ConTextos Author and participant in the MAAFA Redemption Project, joins Mariah, Tatiana, and Dimitri to talk about his experiences with Authors Circle and life in Chicago. The MAAFA Redemption Project is a nine-month program focused on improving quality of life for at-risk young adult men through housing, employment, educational opportunities, and social services. Find out more about MAAFA Redemption Project at www.maafachicago.org and learn more about ConTextos' programs at Contextos.org/chicago/programs. 

    • 20 min
    Dear Chicago: Youth Telling Their Truths

    Dear Chicago: Youth Telling Their Truths

    In our third season of Complicating the Narrative, ConTextos alumni Mariah and Tatiana are back to bring us stories of resilience. Each episode this season will explore resilience in the context of one of our ConTextos Authors Circle programs. 

    We're kicking off this season with an episode that features Dear Chicago: Youth Telling Their Truths, a six-week program ConTextos developed in partnership with Chicago Public Schools in the Summer of 2020. Twenty CPS students met online daily with Authors Circle facilitators Dr. Moore and Dimitri to create video letters from themselves to Chicago. Check out one of those video letters by CPS student Michelle here.

    In this episode, Tatiana and Mariah (both former students of Dr. Moore) talk with Dr. Moore and Dimitri about the experience of working with young people as they explored and shared what their lives were like during a summer that was unprecedented in so many ways. 

    • 42 min
    Feel Me, Then Heal Us

    Feel Me, Then Heal Us

    In this episode Charles elaborates on his Chicago-Sun Times op-ed, in which he tells his story, describes the need for healing in his community, and proposes steps that can lead to solving the problems he identifies. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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DanDansMistress ,

PBS interview

I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet but I just heard Charles speak on PBS and you did such a great job relaying the message of the podcast I had to come subscribe. Bless you and can’t wait to start listening.

MDeGenova ,

On Chicago, From Chicago

I heard about this podcast through reading about Charles in the Sun Times. Props to boosting the voices and perspectives of folks actually living south of Garfield. As a north sider, I’m tired of hearing about the south side from City Hall, WGN, the University of Chicago, or anyone who thinks they know what’s best for the city despite never going south of Cermak. You can’t love Chicago without loving ALL of Chicago, and you can’t love ALL of Chicago without hearing from everybody. Keep preaching.

Dimitri246 ,

Authentic Voices

I love that the hosts are free to express their thoughts as only they could from authentic perspectives and in authentic voices.

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