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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley & Andy Coco

Mar 24, 2023

I always enjoy talking with candidates running for elected office against,”Status quo,” especially when it’s an effort to bring positive change, to a distressed disadvantaged black city.—— 

Such was the case a couple of nights ago when I had the opportunity to speak with, “Team Franklin,” a determined group of East St. Louis residents, who have had enough, of watching their once proud city, continue its slide into despair. ——-

The team is lead by community organizer, Marie Franklin, whose energy and determination is infectious, she is a candidate for mayor, of East St. Louis. ------ 

Lorenzo D. Savage, architect and founder of the, “I Am East St. Louis” magazine, is also a candidate for a council seat, along with Paris Grimmett, a young educator, with a special interest in uplifting the youth in  his troubled city. ———

Stating the need to improve educational opportunities, for black children in district 189, the slate features two young women candidates, for seats on the district school board. ———

Kianna Grimmett and Jennifer Chike round off an impressive group for,” Team Franklin,”on the April 4th ballot, in East St. Louis. ———