Each week Dialogue features interviews people across the region along with in-depth stories from the IPM News team about education, health, politics, arts, and more as it relates to local Black communities. Dialogue airs Saturdays at 11 am and Tuesdays at 7 pm on Illinois Soul FM 101.1 and streams live at illinoissoul.org and can be heard Wednesdays at 8 pm on WILL-AM 580.

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A Dialogue On Mental Health in the Black Community

Join us this week as Dialogue takes a deep dive with experts on mental health in the Black community. Then, an in-depth conversation about how depression affects young Black men and women. Finally, host Kennedy Vincent talks with Dr. Stephanie Cockrell, founder of The Well Experience. 

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A Dialogue with Univ. of Illinois’ DEI leader and why a Black Illinoisan who helps migrants faces an immigration struggle herself

On this episode of Dialogue, we hear from Vice Chancellor for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Sean Garrick. Then we learn more about a video game about housing discrimination and woman from the North Side of Chicago who's one of the first advocates to help migrants when they were sent to police stations. And finally, we meet Major General Rodney Boyd, the 41st adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard.

Kennedy Vincent

Kennedy Vincent is a host and producer from Las Vegas with West Indian roots. Specializing in news writing, audio, and video production work, she has earned her degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Now based in Illinois, Vincent is focused on surrounding her work with collective BIPOC stories, universal rights, and community healing. Kennedy seeks to form deeper connections in her community through her work. She continuously pushes boundaries and reshapes how audio is viewed and believes sharing meaningful stories globally is what will unite us intentionally.

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees news reporting, The 21st talk show, IPMnewsroom.org, and occasionally hosts and produces episodes of Dialogue. Reginald came to IPM in 2019 after serving as News Director at WKAR at Michigan State University. Before that, he had a long career as a local newscast producer and manager at the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth, where he earned seven Lone Star Emmy awards and multiple honors from the National Assn. of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald was adopted and grew up on the Eastern plains of Colorado. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado.

Nidhi Shastri

Nidhi Shastri is a podcast producer based in Chicago, IL. She is the host of Model Minority: Uniquely American, an award-winning podcast centered on the Asian, African and Middle Eastern American diasporas. She is also a 2021 AIR New Voices scholar, and her pieces have been featured on NPR, WBEZ, MIT, at the University of California - Berkeley. Her work seeks use podcasting as a medium for educating and creating social change. Her most recent podcast production, Track Change, can be heard here.