ARTSPEAK RADIO celebrates Dia de los Muertos!

Maria welcomes Chato Villalobos, Miquel Morales, Rodolfo Marron, Maria Chaurand and Tim York live in the studio to share their Dia de los Muertos stories, memories, and music.

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened and the spirits of all deceased children (angelicas) friends and family members are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 1 and November 2, the spirits come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

Many families create beautiful altars (ofrendas) in their home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, Nov. 1. On Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

Special Masses and the cleaning of cemetery tombs are part of the traditional activities in Central and Southern Mexico where the colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on.


Haiti in crisis with a Kansas City connection: Maison de Naissance.

Haiti finds itself confronted with another crisis caused by natural force. This time it was Hurricane Matthew racing across Haiti causing destruction of crops, people and infrastructure over the whole island.

Jim Grant , Executive Director of Maison de Naissance along with Abbey Masonbrink, MD talked about their work with a maternal Hospital in Haiti and about how the Hurricane has devastated the Island.

De Black and Jean Paul both Haitians , share their thoughts on what is taking place in Haiti. De Black is a musician and performs locally. Live from Haiti Global Roots was joined by Daphne who lived through the Hurricane and is experiencing the aftermath of its rampage.

The stories and roots of Kansas City’s Refugee Soccer team!

Coach Foday Kamara is a proud resident of the Historic Northeast neighborhood in Kansas City, MO where people from all over the globe live. Kamara who hails from Sierra Leone saw a need to engage the youth who are refugees here in Kansas City’s Northeast area and decided a good way to this was to have a youth refugee soccer team. So the teens having come here from all over the world found commonality in their love for soccer as refugees in a strange land. You will hear the voices of the teens speaking about their experiences as refugees and the journey that brought them here.

Public Integrity and Vote Fraud vs. Voter Suppression

Host Spencer Graves will discuss what we know of the positions of the political parties in the Kansas City area on public integrity and the question of vote fraud vs. voter suppression. Kansas got an F and Missouri a D- in the 2015 state integrity investigations initiated by the Center for Public Integrity. Graves asked all the political parties with offices in the 6-county primary KKFI listening area to comment on these issues as well as candidates who appeared at “Meet and Greet” events sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Johnson County and the candidates for Governor and Secretary of State of Missouri. He will discuss what he knows about this. The Republican National Committee has been under a Consent Decree since 1982 to cease and desist from attempts in 1981 to remove people living in predominantly minority communities from voter rolls. This consent decree has been renewed several times and is still in effect because of new violations. This practice may have cost Al Gore the presidency in the 2000 US presidential election, because African-Americans accounted for 88% of people removed from the lists of registered voters but were only about 11% of Florida’s voters.

What Starts in the Streets, We Must Finish in the Voting Booth

Errol Louis: “What Starts in the Streets, We Must Finish in the Voting Booth”

Award-winning journalist Errol Louis spoke at the annual banquet of the Johnson County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He said, “What starts in the streets, we must finish in the voting booth.”

He gave 4 examples:

Chicago, IL: On October 20, 2014 in Chicago, IL, Laquan McDonald was shot by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez eventually yielded to community pressure and prosecuted Van Dyke but failed to get a conviction. On March 15, 2016, she lost the Democratic Primary Election for Cook County State’s Attorney to Assistant State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — 29 to 58 percent.

Cleveland, OH: On November 23, 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was playing with a toy pistol when Police Officer Timothy Loehmann killed him. Under pressure from the community Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty eventually brought the case to a grand jury, which failed to find probable cause to prosecute Loehmann. McGinty also lost a primary March 15, 2016 to Michael O’Malley.

Jacksonville, FL: On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin. State’s attorney Angela Corey failed to convict Zimmerman and lost her primary re-election bit on August 30, 2016 to Republican challenger and former Nassau County prosecutor Melissa Nelson, who received almost twice as many votes as Corey.

Brooklyn, NY: In 2013 challenger Ken Thompson beat incumbent DA Charles Hynes with three quarters of the vote.[1] Hynes had served as DA for 23 years, but was unseated after a string of scandals including “50 Possibly Troubled Cases”.[2] This included Jonathan Fleming, whose conviction was obtained by concealing from the jury a receipt showing the Fleming had been in Florida five hours before a murder in Brooklyn and could therefore not possibly have committed the crime.[3] Hynes did not prosecute that case but staunchly defended to attorney who did.[2]

Louis concluded, “Like never before our lives do matter, and our votes do count.”

This talk was recorded Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at the annual banquet of the NAACP of Johnson County, KS.


[1] Will Bredderman, “Challenger crushes incumbent in DA race — for the second time”, Brooklyn News, Nov. 6, 2013 (

[2] Joaquin Sapien, “Charles Hynes, Scandal-Plagued Brooklyn District Attorney, Faces Verdict At The Polls”, Huffington Post, 2013-09-06 (

[3] Stephanie Clifford, “New York City Settles Wrongful Conviction Case in Brooklyn for $6.25 Million”, New York Times, June 23, 2015 (accessed 2016-10-24).


Trans Talk: Featuring, Carmen!

Hello everyone! We begin this month’s Trans Talk edition of the Tenth Voice speaking with Haley Bridges, the Director of TrueGender, which is a new local organization working to tackle the problem of high medical costs for transgender families. Next we will continue our Transgender Kaleidoscope series, speaking with Carmen Xavier, a transgender woman with a wonderful outlook on life and local political aspirations to help the community.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio!