Yesterday (October 16, 2017) I had the extraordinary pleasure of being able to go to a taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah at the Athenaeum Theater in Chicago. The tickets were only standby, so we got there early and we were ready and willing to wait hours for the chance to get in. We arrived at 11:30am and were 14 & 15th in the standby line. The kind and generous producers checked on the line several times throughout the day (also security was sizing us up) to see if we had questions. My greatest hope was to not only get in, but to get Born A Crime, by Trevor Noah, signed for a colleague. Although that did not happen, we were encouraged to think of a question because there would be a Q & A before the show where Trevor Noah would take a few questions. Since I had plenty of time, I came up with the best question (in my not so humble opinion).
“You have a broad platform that you have utilized to address social and systemic injustices, what advice and encouragement do you have for those working for social and systemic change that don’t have that same platform?”
Despite jumping up when it was question time, I did not get called on. It was sad, AND I had still gotten in to the taping. In perspective, I was fully prepared to wait for hours and not get in. I went ahead and sat back down. Two failures: no signature and no question. I do feel vindicated though because the subject of my awesome question was actually the subject of the show.
The Daily Show was highlighting the systemic injustices present in Chicago in a productive and energizing way. They included the incredible work of CeaseFire that uses this model. The guest was also Common. His interview highlighted exactly what my question was!!!