As if the Jon Stewart Show got hijacked by revolutionary people of color from Chicago’s working-class communities, The Hoodoisie is a bi-weekly live and live-streamed news show that aims to delivers “block-optic” and radically politicized takes on news and current events. Roundtables featuring activists and comedians, interviews with local politicians and activists, and musical guests aim to infuse and old form with new mission and local flavor. 

The Hoodoisie was launched on January 20th, 2017 by award-winning artist and activist Ricardo Gamboa as a response to the Trump administration. The Hoodoisie is an accessible and entertaining attempt to center the experience and perspectives of everyday people—particularly people of color, queers and women of color, and working-class people—and encourage them to engage the discourse  and events that shapes their lives but from which they’re often excluded.

In 2017, The Hoodoisie delivered 19 shows in over a dozen neighborhoods, drawing hundreds of Chicago residents and audience members to participate in the unique forum the Hoodoisie provides. Special guests for The Hoodoisie included significant local political figures like Alderman Carlos Daniel Rosa, Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, and mayoral candidate Amara Enyia; monumental artists and activists like internationally seminal performance artists Karen Finley and former Puerto Rican political prisoner and now queer activist Ricardo Jimenez; innovative and groundbreaking intellectuals such as Dr. Roderick Ferguson, Dr. Rachel Havelrock, and Dr. Jessica Krug; and local radical heros like the founders of Freedom Square and transactivist LaSaia Wade. Additionally, the Hoodoisie spotlighted dozens of activists and artists of color on our roundtables and as featured and musical guests while covering issues as varied as immigration and water scarcity, dance and fashion, and police brutality and youth.

In 2018, The Hoodoisie returns and we need your help. This year The Hoodoisie is delivering 24 new shows and enlisted over a dozen new members. Additionally, The Hoodoisie will be broadcasting/live-streaming these shows, plans to bring special guests in from places like Detroit, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and will be creating original viral video to provide block, progressive and radical perspectives on pressing matters and local and national elections to help inform voters. Although we offer our show to thousands of Chicagoans and our online audience for free--doing what we do isn't free! In fact, we are trying our best to compensate everyone and our projected budget for 2018 is $12,000. We're hoping to raise a quarter of that, $3,000, with crowdfunding. 

Support for this will allow us to deliver high quality and consciousness raising programming that our audiences affirm as transformative for their lives.


Ricardo Gamboa
Chicago, IL

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