Recruiting ex-felons to jobs, performer Rhodessa Jones talks about her latest play, local rapper Micah Tron talks about overcoming obstacles in her life, and local musicians Duniya Dance and Drum Company.
Angel Barerra has a felony conviction. He thinks that’s kept him from finding work. In order to give people like Barerra a better chance, some California counties have implemented “Ban the Box” – they’ve made it illegal for employers to ask about felony charges on job applications.
Bay Area artist Rhodessa Jones has been described by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee as "an artistic powerhouse whose work has transformed and saved lives." The teacher, singer, writer, and activists took theatre to places it seldom goes – producing theatre for female prison inmates, and HIV positive women.
Her current performance, “The Resurrection of SHE”, chronicles her life through storytelling, dance, song, and visual imagery. “SHE” dives into the realities of being black and female in America today, while reaching deep within her history and telling her own story. Rhodessa Jones joined KALW’s Hana Baba studio to talk about her life and "The Resurrection of SHE."
Micah Tron is a rapper born and raised in San Francisco. She’s a queer woman of color, but the hurdles she has faced go even beyond her race, sexual preference, and gender. She lived in a shelter after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina and a few years into her twenties, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But she hasn’t let this stop her from pursuing her music career – she says it actually motivates her. After her nephew was born deaf, she learned sign language, and her latest dream is to make music for the deaf community. She spoke with reporter Lo Benichou about her story.