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The Morning AMp discusses the film “Little White Lie” about an African-American girl raised as a middle-class Jewish girl with dark skin. Emily who also saw the film called with a defferent perspective.

Film synopnsis:
Until she was eighteen, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up as a white middle-class Jewish girl whose darker skin and black hair were attributed by her parents to a mysterious olive-skinned Sicilian ancestor. In time, she uncovers the lie that haunted their marriage and made her the secret that was hiding in plain sight. Embracing her African American heritage, Schwartz begins the journey to reconcile her past and her present.

Co-producer of The Chicago Westside Music Festival Michelle Geddes called in The Morning Amp to talk about the festival with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon. It covers everything from R&B to soul and Hip Hop. The festival’s happening tomorrow from noon to 8 pm in Garfield Park and features artists including 112, Kenya Simone and Brownstone.

The Morning AMp talked with Rain Pryor the daughter of comedy great Richard Pryor about “That Daughter’s Crazy” the documentary about her that is screening at the 2014 Black Harvest Film Festival.

WBEZ reporter Chip Mitchell joins the Morning AMp to talk about the fallout from the Evans case and other instances of CPD using excessive force.

Two weeks ago our colleagues at WBEZ found that while it was recommended Harrison District Commander Glenn Evans be removed from his post after DNA confirmed an excessive force complaint, he never was. Then last week, using unreleased data, WBEZ found he had at least 45 excessive-force complaints between January 1988 and December 2008.

New York Times Bestselling author, James McBride joined Brian and Luis to discuss his latest book The Good Lord Bird.

McBride is best known for his autobiography entitled, “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother” which has sold over 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 16 languages in more than 20 countries.

In The Good Lord Bird, McBride juxtaposes fiction and history. Through the memoir Henry Shakleford, a fictional runaway slave, this novel presents a different take on the stories of famed radical abolitionist John Brown and his friend Frederick Douglass.

McBride chats with the Morning AMp about his ability to find humor in tragedy, as well as the challenges that have come with his novel being made into a Hollywood movie (Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith signed on).

A few laughs and some great insights are shared during this conversation, take a listen…

A haiku by Max Grinell:
Baby in the air
Below Chicago bustles
Why not?
A hot dog

The Morning AMp’s senior urbanologist correspondent, Max Grinell, joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams for a little Chi-Town history lesson. Grinell explained why the Chicago City Seal consists of a baby in a shell floating above a tall ship, wheat stalks, and an anonymous Native American! Take a listen!

Photo courtesy of Max Grinell.

This weekend sees the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park, in Chicago bringing together salsa, sonero, jazz, Afro-Cubano, and songo music traditions from across the Caribbean. Festival co-founder Sandra Castro Carrera joined The Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in studio to talk about Cuban culture in the Midwest and what kinds of fun things will be at the festival this year!

Peace Prize Thursday with Dr. Coya Paz. Brian, Molly, and Coya discuss Rep. Stephen King’s awkward confrontation with an undocumented Dreamer and gentrification on Chicago’s Humboldt Park.

Jamie Masada, the founder of The Laugh Factory in Chicago and Los Angeles, joined The Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon and discussed how he started his famous comedy club when he was only 16 years old. Masada also shared some of his fondest memories of the late Richard Pryor.

WBEZ Eductaion reporter Becky Vevea joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon in the studio. She came with a Chicago education round-up, from controversies over teaching a common core lesson plan to the lack of librarians in Chicago Public Schools.