A monologue about a young black man encouraging his friend to pursue higher education starts a conversation about black male engagement. Featuring a conversation with "The Tribe," four young black men whose bond helped them thrive at Philadelphia's academically rigorous J.R. Masterman School.
On April 15th, 18-year-old Dubois Stewart was on his way home from community service. A police car pulled up behind him. He was stopped and frisked.
“I was terrified.” Dubois said in an interview with Mouthful for our episode on community policing. “I’d never been stopped and frisked before. I seriously thought I wouldn’t go away unharmed because of all the cases I’d recently heard of police brutality between black young males and police officers in general.”
For today’s episode of Mouthful, we’re doing something different. We’re revisiting our conversation with Dubois and his mom, Vashti, in the wake of the stop and frisk.
In Vashti’s words, “We can’t normalize injustice and by telling people the story we keep the conversation going.”
A monologue about a young black woman who is expelled from school for standing up to racism starts a conversation about the high expectations and double standards imposed on students of color in majority-white institutions. Featuring an interview with Angela Antoinette Bey, whose life growing up in Southwest Philadelphia looked very different than the private high school she attended, and an honest conversation with two mother/daughter duos who share the experience being de facto representatives of diversity in mostly white spaces.
A monologue about a Latina woman who is confronted by the police in her home starts a conversation about community policing and law enforcement. Featuring conversations with a young Afro-Latina woman who channels her Puerto Rican father's stories about law enforcement into her writing and activism, Michael J. Chitwood, a police chief with a 53-year career in law enforcement, and Vashti Dubois and Dubois Stewart, a mother and son in the wake of a stop and frisk.
A comedic monologue about a young man faced with the prospect of losing his virginity after a date starts a conversation about masculinity and the expectations we put on boys. Featuring conversations with Alex, a 17 year old high school senior who finds humor in stereotypes of men as sex-hungry animals, and Steve Bandura, father of a teenage son who is more widely known as a coach to hundreds of inner city boys (and girls!) at the Marian Anderson Rec Center in South Philly.
A monologue about a young woman with an eating disorder begins a conversation about who is at risk, what to look out for, and how to get better. Featuring conversations with a young Latinx female, whose personal experience with an eating disorder challenges harmful stereotypes about who is at risk, and clinical therapist Dr. Samantha DeCaro.
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A sneak peek at a new podcast that puts young people at the center of important conversations. Every week, we dig deep into the experiences and perspectives of a teen, using dramatic monologues they've written and shared on stages across Philadelphia as our starting point. Then, we go out into the community to talk to teens, adults, experts: anyone who can broaden the conversation. Part performance, part interview, part conversation, we’ll touch on issues from race and diversity to eating disorders, gender identity, community policing, sexual assault, and immigration. Produced by Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Yvonne Latty, Mouthful officially launches April 13th.