Community Voices

Everything But The House

Aug 7, 2012

Most of us find it difficult to grieve the passing of a loved one.  When our parents die it can be especially difficult, leaving us with regrets, guilt and other unresolved feelings.  We expect it.  But what about their stuff? The tangible objects our parents have accumulated over a lifetime?  What happens to all of it?  Community Voices Producer Mark Babb visited with Everything But the House, an online estate auction company in Cincinnati, as they sorted through the possessions of a recently deceased couple, to try to find out what we leave behind and what it says about us.

During the 1970’s, a new genre of music called funk was making its way into the American mainstream and Dayton, Ohio was at the epicenter. Community Voices Producer Basim Blunt says that more funk bands came from Dayton, than any other place in the world. This story is about the world famous funk bands that hailed from the city’s West Side, and one community’s attempt to honor their legacy before the music fades.

Refugees Find A Place To Grow In Dayton

Jul 24, 2012

On a warm spring morning, a group of Burundian refugees gather on a Jefferson Township farm for the first day of planting. They work in pairs, turning the soil and tossing seeds into the earth. They’ll plant beans, corn, onions, tomatoes and various greens on the two acres, one of the largest community gardens in Montgomery County.

Dayton Sacred Harp Singers

Jul 17, 2012
Photo by Alan Staiger

It’s the human voice that’s the sacred harp.  When a group of voices get together and turn up the volume, it can rattle the walls and make you feel like you’re on the inside of a musical instrument.

Local Filmmaker's Homage to the 80's Slasher Film

Jul 10, 2012

Recently released on VHS, The Sleeper is a new slasher film by local filmmaker Justin Russell. Justin created The Sleeper as an homage to a genre that peaked in popularity before he was even born: slasher films.

Slasher films are those horror films from the 1980’s where a maniac offs a group of attractive young people with a machete, or a pair of garden shears, or a shish kabob skewer.

Dayton Knockout VIP Fight Night

Feb 19, 2012
Amelia Robinson

More than a dozen people who love the Dayton community have been beating each other up at Drake's Downtown Gym to support Dayton History and AIDS Resource Center Ohio. Dayton Knockout is a first-time charity event and VIP fight night. Boxers and Community Voices Producers Amelia Robinson and Kristen Wicker report.

Spoken Word Profiles: Latesa Slate Williamson

Dec 11, 2011

For Latesa Slate Williamson, being a poet is more than being an entertainer and a writer.  Here Williamson speaks with Community Voices producer Caressa Brown about living what she writes and the role of poets in society.  She also shares her signature piece, "Redemption."

 

Spoken Word Profiles: Jay Martinez

Nov 13, 2011

Spoken word artist Jay Martinez has been performing in Dayton for 10 years and has a book of poetry called An Orator's Declamation of the Ghetto.  Martinez recently launched a national tour, and Community Voices producer Caressa Brown spoke with him about hip hop influenced his unique poetry and style.

The sixth annual Downtown Dayton LGBT Film Festival starts next Friday, September 23rd . And this is the only time many of these films will be screened in Ohio. Festival founder and director Jonathan McNeal sat down with WYSO Community Voices Producer Liz Cambron – to talk about some of his personal favorites.

A Blue Sky Summer

Sep 16, 2011

The question “What did you do this summer?” Is the topic of many a back-to-school essay. Forty area students will answer “I was a Blue Sky artist”. Community Voices producer Susan Byrnes follows the experience of a few of those students who participated in the Blue Sky Project, one of Dayton’s most unique summer arts programs. The results of their participation can be seen at the Blue Sky Project Final Exhibition, on display for Urban Nights, September 16th , at 8 North Main St. in downtown Dayton.

 

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