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

Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg
Sunday, September 9th
Host and KYW Newsradio community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about healing communities following trauma. Homicides are up about six-percent in Philadelphia and there have been more than 800 shootings city wide this year. But many for 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. Many times the victims and perpertrators of violence are from the same community and, in some cases, the same family. Panelists this week include Dr. 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 Healing Center. This weekend Songster is hosting a community healing titled, "Ubuntu Philadelphia," brining together those who have committed acts of violence with families of victims.

The Newsmaker of the week is the Dixie Humming Birds. 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 endured Jim Crow, de-segregation, do-wop, disco and more to become a major influence on R&B and beyond. The Grammy winners have been named a "National Treasure" and are featured in the Smithsonian Museum of African American History, Art 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.

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 non-profit mentors young artists, poets and musicians. This month they will hold a fundraising concert. Scholarship recipient, mentee and concert performer Katelyn Cryan speaks about their upcoming event. For tickets CLICK HERE.

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