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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Loren Walton, a young African-American ballet dancer living in Austin.

Walton talks about being a dancer, his experience with the PNB School and obstacles he's had to overcome. 

Poet Kaveh Akbar shares his poem Being in This World Makes Me Feel Like a Time Traveler, from his collection "Calling A Wolf A Wolf." He also talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about how he came to poetry, appreciating the lyricism of poems and the value of reading widely.

Also, check out Akbar and the poet he mentions on the show, Caroline Bird, on The BBC's Echo Chamber.

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"It's really a collaborative [project]," says artist Ethan Azarian of his latest outdoor mural. "The nice thing about it is, the kids are so... they're already artists. They're not afraid to make a mark. I really like working with young people, because I like the enthusiasm and I like the fact that they're just not afraid to make a mark. It's exciting for me -- I really enjoy the whole process."

"We wanted to do an improvised telenovela, but we wanted to take ourselves outside of stereotypical roles," says Latinauts producer and performer Lili Lopez. "We didn't want to be maids or pool boys or ..."

"Landscapers," fellow producer/performer Carlos LaRotta suggests.

"Landscapers. Nannies," Lopez continues. "We talked about it [and] asked ourselves how we can take it out of this world. And we took it out of this world."

Specifically, they took the concept off planet Earth entirely and into outerspace, creating the improv show Latinauts, which chronicles the comedic adventures of the Starship Edward James Olmos.

From Austin Bat Refuge, this month's Get Involved spotlight organization:

Austin Bat Refuge, at its core, is two long-time volunteer wildlife workers dedicated to promoting respect for bats and their place in the environment through education, conflict resolution, rehabilitation and release. We have been rehabilitating bats and assisting the community for 10 years; becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in early 2016 has allowed us to fundraise to expand our education and rehabilitation capacities and to better assist local bats in trouble.