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The AMp’s Brian Babylon and guest co-host Luis Antonio Perez were joined by WBEZ South Side Bureau Chief Natalie Moore to share her recent reports on condo investments and fraud in traditionally rental neighborhoods. Do you have a story of a good or bad investment you made during these trying economic times?

Today we spoke with Mark Anthony Grimaldi author of The Money Compass who warned us about pitfalls of investing in a post-recession economic climate; Brian Babylon and Luis Antonio Perez shared their lucky breaks investing in stocks (SOFO-2000, ITHAX-2007) as well as sharing their personal economic advice with the help of Mark Anthony who made excellent suggestions for beginners delving into their finances.

The Morning AMp’s Luis Antonio Perez and our guest-host Susie An (later joined by Brian Babylon and a call-in guest) discussed the weekend headline out of Daytona Beach, Florida where a father found a family friend sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son. The father beat the assailant and described him as “nice and knocked out” for police to apprehend. Take a listen to what our hosts had to say!

Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of the Soul Group, Floetry is out of Philadelphia has since gone solo and released 2011’s Late Night & Early Mornings. Friends & Lovers (2014) is her 2nd solo album featuring Dr. Dre & Charlie Wilson. She was signed to Aftermath during the Mid 2000’s and worked on music from Dr. Dre, The Game, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. This explains the random Dr. Dre feature.

This week, our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza shared his thoughts on her latest album and discussed how he doesn’t believe in the R & B genre. He also touched base on how the merger of hip hop and soul music has created dope artists like Marsha Ambrosius but also created weak singers rocking over rap beats.

Gabe also shared his Critic for a Minute on his excitement for this year’s Chicago Bulls following a week of trades and decisions in the NBA.

Every Friday, we take phone calls from listeners to let them rant and critique on the happenings of their work week. But during this particular Critic for a Minute Friday, we had caller Maxine from Lakeview tell us about a community project her children created. For her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration, rather than a huge blow -out party, her daughter wanted to team up with a Bronzeville church to build a playground for local children. They are now in the process of fundraising and are looking for the community to help. If you would like to read more about this project and would like to contribute, you can visit their website.

Resident Vocalo film critic Reggie Ponder joined hosts Brian Babylon and Brianna Baker to talk about the state of the box office, the racial implications of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers and what went wrong with Sex Tape.

The entertainment industry is updating some characters by changing their race. Today Morning AMp host Brian Babylon is joined by Sonya Jackson and Dr. Coya Paz to discuss race in entertainment. Will this lead to a more racially sensitive society?

Have we gotten too over-protective? One of our regular guests, Josh Eisenberg, thinks “Because of media and the internet everyone thinks everything happens all the time. How many kidnapping cases or child disappearance cases have you heard where the mom turned away for a minute and her kid was gone? You can be at a playground and that can still happen.”

Morning AMp hosts, Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, were joined by Mikki Kendall and Jamie Golden for the Council of Feminist Thought which discussed the recent arrest of a South Carolina mother, Debra Lynn Harrell, who was arrested by the North Augusta “Department of Public Safety” and charged with unlawful neglect toward a child when someone reported that her nine year old daughter had been playing by herself at a park for a few hours.

It was a day at the races today on The Morning AMp. The Chicagoist’s Editor-in-Chief Chuck Sudo joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to offer analysis on the race after Toni Preckwinkle dropped out and Karen Lewis formed an exploratory committee. Does anyone stand a chance at taking down the Rahminator?

“When the mayor was talking about the shootings last weekend and how frustrated he was [by them] and started asking ‘where’s the community?’ He should know where the community is… He’s in these neighborhoods and people who live in them are getting a sense of what are you doing besides photo ops, besides media ops, besides trying to assuage people on the Northside that violence is being curbed.” -Chuck Sudo

Chicago Mayor’s Race: We’re a little over seven months away from the Mayoral election in the city and yesterday showed how drama hungry the press is (and maybe the voters are) for a showdown between Rahm Emanuel and another big name, any big name. Toni Preckwinkle announced hse is officially out while Karen Lewis formed an exploratory committee. We got to the races with Chuck Sudo, editor-in-chief of Chicagoist.

Council of Feminist Thought: Mikki Kendall and Jamie Golden join us to talk about raising free-range kids and the ways other parents can interfere in your life, corporate culture and sexual harassment cover-ups, and why we all need feminism.