Radio Jaguar Launch and Annual Fall Conversation on Equity and Inclusion in the Media: Radio Edit (11/2/23)
Join us for an afternoon of music and conversation!
Launch of Radio Jaguar, Gov State’s student-run radio station
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hall of Governors
Reception, moderated panel discussion, and audience Q&A on Equity and Inclusion in Radio
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Engbretson Hall
Moderated by Dr. Cherise Stone-Thompson with special guest panelists Ayana Contreras,
Content Director for Vocalo Radio Chicago, Anna DeShawn, founder of E3 Radio, and SashaAnn Simons, host of Reset on WBEZ Chicago.RSVP now
Dr. Cherise Joy Stone-Thompson
Dr. Cherise Joy Stone-Thompson who goes by the moniker – Joy Storm – is a multi-talented
singer-songwriter, actress, activist, and educator. In addition to her passion for music, Dr. StoneThompson teaches college composition and literature classes. She is a three-time graduate of
Governors State University, with a Master of Arts in English, MBA, and a doctorate in
Interdisciplinary Leadership. In July 2022, she released her debut album, A Tempest a Piece of
Joy. Dr. Cherise Joy Stone-Thompson and her husband, author Lance D. Thompson, Jr. (Poetic
Justice) founded CMI Radio, an internet-based radio station. CMI Radio believes in giving all
artists, particularly marginalized independent artists, a platform to be heard worldwide.
SPEACIAL GUEST PANELISTS
Ayana Contreras is a cultural historian, memory worker, radio DJ and archivist. An avid
collector with over 8000 vintage vinyl records, she hosts the Reclaimed Soul program on WBEZ
and Vocalo Radio in Chicago. She is also a columnist for DownBeat magazine, and her writings
have been published in The New York Times, Chicago Review, Oxford American and
Bandcamp Daily among other publications. Her book on Post-Civil Rights Era cultural history,
titled Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago, was published December
2021 through University of Illinois Press.
Anna, pronouns anything respectful, is a multi-award and Ambie award
winning podcast producer and host. She is also a Chicago-born social entrepreneur who builds
streaming platforms which center & celebrate BIPOC & QTPOC creatives. Media has always
been her passion and in 2009 she turned that passion into a reality when she founded E3 Radio,
an online radio station playing Queer music & reporting on Queer news with an intersectional
lens. She expanded her media reach when she co-founded The Qube, a podcast production
company and curated platform to discover the best music & podcasts by BIPOC & QTPOC
creatives. Most recently, Anna was announced as part of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame 2023
induction cohort. Anna is determined to ride media into its next era by utilizing digital media
streams to tell the stories and play the music that deserves to be heard. Learn more about her
Sasha-Ann Simons is an award-winning journalist and the host of WBEZ's Reset. She comes to
Chicago from Washington's NPR station WAMU where she was a program host, regularly
behind the mic on newscasts and talk shows. Sasha-Ann was also a national reporter, focused on
issues of race, identity and economic mobility. Her accolades include an Edward R. Murrow
award and a radio feature award from the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2022, she
received a Peter Lisagor award for health and science reporting from the Chicago Headline Club.
Sasha-Ann has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University and
studied film and television production at American University.
Date: April 20, 2023
Time: 6 p.m.
Cheer on our six finalists as they tell their stories about a time when the mask came off. They’ll be competing for cash prizes.
Date: April 6, 2023
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Lakeside Lounge
Theme: When the Mask Came Off
Share your story or come to listen.
All GSU students are invited to share a story on the theme for the day or come to cheer on your favorite storytellers at this storytelling competition. Six finalists will move on to the Grand Slam on April 20 to compete for cash prizes. For questions or more information, contact Kerri Morris or Novia Pagone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special guest host to be announced soon.
This panel discussion, moderated by Jelena Radovic-Fanta, celebrated the official launch of the Center for Community Media on September 22, 2022. We were joined by the following special guests:
Author of How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America
Author of Drug Cartels Do Not Exist: Narcotrafficking and Culture in the US and Mexico