Why did you become a Vocalo Storyteller? You can feel people’s humanity when they tell you a story. Audio/radio makes us listen, really listen. I wanted to explore this medium to transmit the stories of my community.
Your piece in 20 seconds: You can’t actually “see” the gang borderline in Little Village, so how do we know it’s there? Five individuals from different parts of the community talk about the border mentality.
Why did you tell this story? Many communities, our young men especially, have to be aware of gang borders for their safety. Even though it’s normalized, we never actually ask each other how we feel about it, and nobody asks us either. Our real voices don’t appear in the media; we’re just numbers in their stories. This piece takes another approach.
How are you better storyteller and producer? I feel empowered to approach anyone and ask them a question. I guess holding a recorder makes people feel that you probably do care for what they have to say. Thanks to this workshop I’ll have the tools to produce more stories if a situation demands.
3,000 listens within 48 hours! A record for Vocalo.
TwoSix/Latin Kings “territorial boundary” in Little Village, according to Chicago Police Department files/WBEZ.