Flashpoint: Survivors of trauma, Dixie Hummingbirds at 90, legacy of Danny DeGennaro

Flashpoint
September 09, 2018 - 2:31 pm
From far left: Kempis Songster, co-founder of The Redemption Project; Chantay Love, founder of Every Murder is Real (EMIR) Healing Center; and Ted Corbin, co-creator of Healing Hurt People at Drexel University.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about healing communities following trauma. 

Homicides are up about 6 percent in Philadelphia, and there have been more than 800 shootings citywide this year. But for many of those who survive the violence, there can be scars that are both visible and invisible. Trauma from violence can change a victim's brain, causing post-traumatic stress disorder. Oftentimes, the victims and perpetrators of violence are from the same community and, in some cases, the same family.  

Panelists this week include Ted Corbin, co-creator of Healing Hurt People at Drexel University; Kempis Songster, co-founder of The Redemption Project; and Chantay Love, founder of Every Murder is Real (EMIR) Healing Center. This weekend, Songster is hosting a community healing event — called Ubuntu Philadelphia: Towards Healing Justice — bringing together those who have committed acts of violence with families of victims.

The Newsmaker of the week goes to the Dixie Hummingbirds. Band manager and bass singer Ira Tucker, Jr. discusses the history and the future of the groundbreaking group. Founded before World War II, the group experienced Jim Crow and desegregation into an era of doo-wop, disco and more, which led to them becoming a major influence on R&B and beyond. 

The Grammy winners have been named a "national treasure" and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Tucker discusses the group's 90 years on stage and the next generation of gospel rock stars keeping the torch aflame. They are part of a year-long celebration that kicked off last month.

Dixie Hummingbirds band manager and bass singer Ira Tucker, Jr. discusses the history and the future of the groundbreaking group.

Finally, the Changemaker of the week is the Danny DeGennaro Foundation. Founded to honor the legacy of the late Danny DeGennaro, a songwriter and musician from Bucks County, the nonprofit mentors young artists, poets and musicians. This month, they will hold a fundraising concert. Scholarship recipient, mentee and concert performer Katelyn Cryan speaks about its upcoming event. 

Scholarship recipient, mentee and concert performer Katelyn Cryan speaks about the Danny DeGennaro Foundation's upcoming event.

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