Saturday, October 9, 2021


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The Hidden Biases of Search Engine Algorithms
'2021 MacArthur Fellow Dr. Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Gender Studies and African American Studies and she’s also the author of a best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. In her research, she has extensively detailed the negative impacts that come from rarely having women of color, particularly Black women, programmi
'Invisible Child' Chronicles How Homelessness Shaped the Life of Dasani — from Childhood to Today
'In 2013, the story of a young girl named Dasani Coates took up five front pages in The New York Times . The oldest of eight kids, Dasani and her family lived in one room in a dilapidated, city-run homeless shelter in Brooklyn. Offering a rare look into how homelessness directs the course of a life, New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Andrea Elliott was allowed to follow Dasani's fami
Fannie Lou Hamer's Enduring Message
'Award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author Keisha Blain joins The Takeaway to discuss her new book, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America and the relevance of the civil and voting rights icon today. '
Soundcheck: Vijay Iyer Trio's Music Evolves Every Time They Play
'Pianist Vijay Iyer , bassist Linda May Han Oh , and drummer Tyshawn Sorey , wear their composer and collaborator hats simultaneously in new music by Vijay Iyer, who reminds us that “the most turbulent music may contain stillness, coolness, even wisdom,” ( Uneasy liner notes .) They share the joy in hearing each other together in a room creating something collaboratively based on something put on
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: The Songwriting and Production Duo You Know, but Don't
'You might not know the names Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis right away – but you've almost definitely heard their work. The songwriting and production duo are behind a ton of R&B hits. Starting in the '80s, they co-wrote and produced Janet Jackson 's 1986 breakthrough album Control , and they've had hits with Usher , Boyz II Men , Mariah Carey , Mary J. Blige ... the list goes on and on. And before t
How Black Women Feel About Going Back to the Office
'As companies begin to transition to working in person, many Black women are feeling the stress of returning to a space that never felt safe to them. Natachi Onwuamaegbu first reported this story for our partners at The Washington Post . Here & Now hears from some of the women she spoke to.'

OCT 07

Filmmaking on the South Side
'Filmmaking is flourishing in Chicago, including across neighborhoods on the South Side. Join CHF and our local partners from Sisters in Cinema, South Side Home Movie Project, and the Chicago South Side Film Festival for a conversation about the development of community-based film resources and infrastructure on the South Side. Panelists Michelle Kennedy , Yvonne Welbon , Justin D. Williams , and
Philadelphia Pottery Artist Roberto Lugo
' Roberto Lugo grew up in a North Philadelphia neighborhood better known for poverty and crime than for pottery. Yet the 40-year-old artist's ceramics, featuring the faces of his personal heroes, put a modern spin on classic teapots. CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Serena Altschul talks with Lugo, whose work is on display at some of the country's leading museums and galleries, about how he is sh
What A Detective Novel And A Memoir Both Have To Say About Black American Life
'At first glance, journalist Dawn Turner 's book Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood and detective novelist Walter Mosley 's Down The River Unto The Sea don't have a ton in common. The former takes place in Chicago and focuses on the tough childhoods of Turner, her sister and her best friend; the latter takes readers to the streets of New York, w
James Suzman | Why so many people work “bullshit jobs”
Chris Frazer Smith/The Observer 'Our society is fixated on working. Some of us work 80 hours per week at jobs that don’t fulfill us simply for work’s sake. Expert anthropologists, such as James Suzman , even go as far as to say that many of the jobs we work could be considered “bullshit jobs” – a complex job that is not entirely needed in the workforce. These jobs are created and executed because
“Becoming Abolitionists”: Derecka Purnell on Why Police Reform Is Not Enough to Protect Black Lives
' Derecka Purnell draws from her experience as a human rights lawyer in her new book Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom , to argue that police reform is an inadequate compromise to calls for abolition. Since the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville in 2020, many states have passed laws aimed at reforming police, but congressiona

OCT 06

Janet Jackson Once Had 'Control' of the Charts. We Don't Give Her Enough Credit
'In 1986, Janet Jackson released an album that changed the course of her career, and of pop music. Control took over radio, reinvented the playbook for Black artists crossing over into pop and ushered in a whole new sound for R&B. For more than a decade after , Jackson released hit after hit and No. 1 album after No. 1 album, alongside her production and writing partners Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The Trailblazing Black Football Players that History Books Forgot
'You've likely heard the names of Ruby Bridges , Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall — the first African Americans to desegregate public schools, baseball and the Supreme Court. But do you know the names of Kenny Washington , Woody Strode , Marion Motley or Bill Willis ? Unless you're a football fan, you likely haven't. And that's what Keyshawn Johnson is trying to rectify in his book The Forgo
Black & Highly Flavored: Black Women Brew with Atinuke Diver
'SoulPhoodies Tamara Celeste and Derek Kirk speak with Atinuke Diver about This Belongs to Us , her documentary chronicling the stories of Black women brewers in the American south, and their journeys of reclamation and revival as they navigate the predominantly white- and male-dominated landscape of beer in America.'
The Once And Future 'Karen'
'If you've been paying attention to the news over the past couple years, you know what a so-called 'Karen' is: a white woman who uses her race and gender to wield power over someone more vulnerable. But long before most people became familiar with the term Karen, Black folks have been calling out Karen-esque behavior. So on this episode of Code Switch , we're tracing the lineage of the modern Kar

OCT 05

Successful Black American-Owned Business Leaders Unfairly Targeted by Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
| @DrBenChavis | NewBlackMan (in Exile) ( NNPA NEWSWIRE ) — There is an old African proverb that captures one of the challenges that too many financially successful Black-owned business leaders face today in America. That proverb is “Your earned riches may engender envy and jealous criticism but be not dismayed by the foolishness of the envious.” Across the nation as business owners are attempti
Trumpeter Lee Morgan Channels Coltrane's Splashy Style in 'Live at the Lighthouse'
'In 1970, Lee Morgan recorded three shows at the Lighthouse jazz club in Hermosa Beach, Calif. A new box set captures Morgan and his band putting their own spin on Coltrane's trance-like repetitions. Fresh Air Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says it finds a great trumpet player in fine form with a band to match.'
Enter the 'Splinternet': How Competing Visions for the Internet Could Shape Cyberspace
'The whistleblower who exposed internal documents from Facebook has gone public . It's since given new fuel to old debates about the nature of the internet, like how should it be regulated and who ultimately should be in charge of how it's run. Four Internets: Data, Geopolitics and the Governance of Cyberspace is a new book tackling these questions. Here & Now host Scott Tong speaks with Kieron O

OCT 04

Local Governments Can Lead in Public Safety Movement by Ben Jealous
| @BenJealous | NewBlackMan (in Exile) Negotiations on a federal police reform bill have collapsed because Congressional Republicans are willing to stand in the way of lifesaving changes to policing. It is time for state and local governments to take the lead in reimagining public safety. And it is time for all of us to support local leaders who are willing to show leadership and take risks to m
Adopting Black Children: An Act of Love—And Self-Love
'What do actors Hill Harper and Viola Davis , and Mayors Kecia Lance-Bottoms and Muriel Bowser , have in common? All have adopted children. Adoption advocate and mother Deborah Olivia Farmer joins Black Enterprise to share the Black Adoption Matters mission of encouraging more Black women and men—regardless of marital status—to adopt Black children.'

OCT 03

Afropop Worldwide; The Gorgon, The Originator, and The Dub Master
'During the last 60 years, Jamaican music has constantly reinvented itself, a handful of innovators pioneering distinct musical genres such as ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall, as well as shorter-lived subgenres. But Jamaica's musical trendsetters did much more than just shake up the island's music scene. At crucial intervals, their inventiveness has dramatically changed or even spawned a r
Climate Change Is a Racial Justice Issue
'Climate disasters have erupted around the world. In the US alone, we’ve seen wildfires in the west, tornadoes in the midwest, and hurricanes pummeling the Gulf and East Coasts. The environments we live in have become hostile to our health, our livelihood, and our community. Many have been forced to leave their homes and some will never be able to return. Globally, nearly 24 million people have b
LARB Radio Hour | Cynthia Cruz’s 'The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class'
' LARB Radio Hour hosts Kate Wolf and Medaya Ocher are joined by author Cynthia Cruz to discuss The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class . A mix of memoir, cultural theory, and polemic, Cruz’s latest work addresses the personal and social consequences of the marginalization of America’s majority population, its working class. Cruz speaks about what inspired her to write the boo
'Black Girl Songbook' – Chapter 19: The Blue-Eyed Soul Black Girls Love
' Danyel Smith talks blue-eyed soul and musical segregation of the past and the present and how it affects artists’ legacies. She also talks about the difficulty of reckoning with this truth as it relates to being a fan of talented white artists like Madonna and Adele. Later, Danyel is joined by her sister and friend of the show, Raquel Smith , to discuss Raquel’s all-time favorite, Teena Marie .

OCT 02

Music or Noise?: The Story of Go-Go in a Gentrifying Neighborhood in D.C.
'On a corner in a historically Black neighborhood in Washington D.C., just a few of blocks away from Howard University, a Metro PCS phone store is famous for loudly bumping go-go — a funky, hip-hop music rooted in Black culture which was born in D.C. The store sits on the corner of “Chuck Brown Way,” named after the godfather of go-go himself Chuck Brown. The Shaw neighborhood has seen its fair s
Rita Dove's 'Playlist for the Apocalypse'
'Rita Dove , Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry and former Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress and the State of Virginia, joins All Of It to discuss her newest collection of poems, Playlist for the Apocalypse .'

OCT 01

The Importance of Mentoring for Black Girls
' Susan L. Taylor founder and CEO of the National Cares Mentoring Movement and Dr. Monique Morris , CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, joined The Takeaway with to discuss the importance of mentoring young Black girls at the individual level and at the community level to provide the proper foundation for them to succeed.'
Esperanza Spalding's 'Songwrights Apothecary Lab'
' Esperanza Spalding ’s new album, Songwrights Apothecary Lab , is named after the roaming creative workshop into which she invited musicians, neuroscientists, ethnomusicologists, and other specialists. Six of the twelve

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