radioplasma : voices + ideas

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Celebrating Black History Month during February, we welcome scholar, artist, and community organizer, Erika Slocumb. Currently, she is doing a research on the Wistariahurst archives, with the purpose of cataloging, document, and uncover the stories of the black community in Holyoke, from the 18th Century to the present. This project is titled Black Holyoke: Uncovering the History of the Black Community in the Paper City.

On this episode, we talk about the project, its importance for our community, the experiences so far, and the invitation to the community to help to build the content of this historical archive, on a collection day scheduled for Saturday, February 24th from 10am to 1 pm at the Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St. Holyoke, MA. There will be a collection of documents, records, memories, photographs, and oral stories (captured on audio or video).

You can find more information about the Collection Day at the Wistariahurst’s website:




Theresa Cooper-Gordon and Damany Gordon are mother and son, and they are the founders of Genuine Culture LLC, an organization committed to educate and connect with the community through Hip-Hop, music, arts, curated events and workshops, in the most genuine way of edutaintment (educational entertainment).

On this session, we talk about the mission and experiences of Genuine Culture LLC on their first year of existence, the upcoming plans, and the invitation to celebrate one year of cultural engagement.

The Genuine Culture LLC 1st anniversary celebration is scheduled for February 10th in Easthampton.


You can follow all the activities and events by Genuine Culture LLC on their website and also on Facebook



HOLYOKE SOUP – SPARK, with Tessa Murphy Romboletti


[UPDATE Feb 7th, 2018]: Due to a snowstorm, SPARK re-scheduled the Holyoke SOUP event for Thursday, February 15th of 2018 at the same time and location.

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, Director of SPARK, supports businesses in development to connect, learn, and thrive, through a series of courses, and access to tools and resources they need to be successful. One of these initiatives is Holyoke Soup, a community gathering to know and support new emerging local businesses. The first Holyoke Soup event of 2018, also is taking place at a new venue, The HCC Culinary Arts Institute. We talk about it and the plans for SPARK in 2018.


The Holyoke Soup event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th Thursday, February 15 of 2018, starting at 5:30PM, at the HCC Culinary Arts Institute, located in CUBIT Building, 164 Race Street, in Holyoke, MA.

SPARK also will be announcing soon the creation of a new collaborative workspace in Downtown Holyoke. Stay tuned with Radioplasma for more information on this.

You can follow all the activities of SPARK on their website,



The Holyoke Hummus Company is celebrating the first year anniversary of their restaurant located at 285 High Street in Holyoke, MA. this January 17th, 2018. The Holyoke Hummus Cafe is not only a local place to get great falafel, hummus, and other delicious food but is also becoming a social hub for community engagement. Listen to this conversation with John L. Grossman and Dawn Cordeiro, about the experiences over the past year, and how this family business is the connector with many local resources, and also an inspiration for other businesses.

HolyokeCafeLogoJoin the celebration, visit the Holyoke Hummus Cafe, follow their activities for the next Food Truck season, and now you can order your hummus and falafel for delivery:

You can also follow Holyoke Hummus on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram



2018 Holyoke Inaugural Ceremony


The first official event of 2018, is the Inaugural Ceremony, where elected officials get sworn in. Mayor Alex Morse, will serve his fourth term and for the very first time, also this will be a four year term for a Mayor in Holyoke. This ceremony also sworn in the City Clerk, members of City Council, and School Committee.

You can listen to the full event, that took place at the Holyoke City Hall Auditorium, at 10:01 on January 2nd, 2018. This is a co-production of radioplasma and Holyoke Media.

Video of the event will be available once Holyoke Media publishes it.

Lesley Birk – The Boy Scouts in Holyoke



2nd Community Dinner at Kelly School


Chris Medina, Israel “Izzy” Rivera, and Justin Chavez “Extraordinaiire”, are our guests and the organizers of the Second Community Dinner at Kelly School, an event open for everybody to join and share as a big family, where food, music, entertainment, and activities for children, families, will be available, for free.

This Community Dinner will be at Kelly School, 216 West St. in Holyoke, MA, on December 6th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.


Puerto Rican Flag Raising

The Puerto Rican Flag Raising at Holyoke City Hall was dedicated to Carmen Ocasio, President of the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association for her active work as a community leader. This event was held on November 6th, 2017.

This is the moment the Puerto Rican Flag was raised.




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