October 2, 2019
Special Episode: We speak with the founders the Unmaking Hampton Roads Series.
Unmasking Hampton Roads is a three-part learning series designed to help residents of the region take off their masks, be candid with each other about race and racism, and work together to make our communities more equitable and inclusive spaces for everyone.
The series is inspired by the poem “We Wear the Mask” by African American writer and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.
#UnmaskingHR will take place in Hampton Roads twice this fall:
Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 19 – Norfolk and Virginia Beach
Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 – Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk
Unmasking Hampton Roads is free to attend, but registration is required. Details on the unmaskinghr.org.
June 25, 2019
When self-proclaimed gentrifier John Raymond Mireles decided to use the fence of his Logan Heights home (a neighborhood in the San Diego area) as a canvas, he knew he had to do create with intent. His work sparked conversation and connection from Nebraska to New York, but it didn't stop there. John continues to use his public art displays to invite people of all walks of life to get closer to civility and empathy as well as the hard truths in American history preventing us from exercising both. In this episode, John chops it up about his own history and path to social justice through public art and why he decided to provide non-white people with the opportunity to buy white privilege.
Navigate the pod:
What's good- 1:15
Convo with John- 4:50
From the pod:
How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood
June 4, 2019
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Lies. Lies. Lies. The stick is the oldest toy in history of the world and language is the oldest murder weapon. In this episode, we chop it up with Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, about the one thing that has provided access to power in its many forms as well as granted many people permission to murder and disenfranchise an entire race of people: language.
Navigate the Pod:
What's good in the hood: 00:33
Convo with Dr. Jamila: 05:39
From the pod:
Black Appetite. White Food.
Dr. Jamila's TEDTalk
May 29, 2019
PSA: I never call my Grama (pronounced Grah-ma)until after The View (CST). When I do make time to chop it up with her, it is always about current events and the happenings of the world. She has walked this earth for 84 years (that never cease to amaze me). Her paradigm on where we are culturally and racial is very different from mine even though, as I've learned, we face many of the same challenges. In this episode, you will get to listen to one of my phone calls with my Grama aka Gramama (pronounced Grah-ma-muh). She will talk to us about growing up in Arkansas, Memphis and Chicago, school, government and life as a brown chile.
May 15, 2019
When Bad Gal RiRi made the decision to start her foundation line @Fenty, the makeup industry was not ready for the discrimination awakening they were about to receive. Women like Krystal (@acondria), an albino woman that found her perfect match in one of the 40 shades the brand has to offer, were realizing how left out they were in the world of make up. Diversity and inclusion is often not addressed until it effect profits. But, thanks to people like Rihanna with influence, capital and humility, the world of marketing, fashion and entertainment is being challenged to step up or get stepped on. We talk about cultural mistake @Fenty made and how they over came it as well as the rise of Asian culture in main stream through shows like 13 Reasons Why, @Neflix To All The Boys I Ever Loved and Fresh Off the Boat.
Navigate to Pod:
What good in the hood- 00:38
Chopping it up- 12:43
From the Pod:
The Fenty Beauty Effect: How Rihanna Started a Major Spring Makeup Trend by:@spanych (Sophia Panych)
May 8, 2019
A Reddit user asked, did the breeding of Black people make them better at sports? And so, we decided to try and find an answer and talk about the question itself. Is the question racist? Is it ignorant? Or asked out of curiosity? Who knows? We dive into this and the intelligence of athletes based on race and the distinct differences in the way the media reports on White and Non-white athletes. This conversation is so layered. It lead us to talk about everything from the 2019 NFL Draft to Lebron James to bull riding to transgender participation in sports.
Navigate the pod:
What's good in the hood: 00:37
Chopping it up: 11:03
From the pod:
Sports Gene by David Epstein
April 30, 2019
1. able or likely to cause harm or injury.
"a dangerous animal"
2. likely to cause problems or to have adverse consequences.
"it is dangerous to underestimate an enemy"
menacing · threatening · treacherous · savage · wild · vicious · murderous · desperate · minacious
In this episode, we discuss what it means to be dangerous and how nature and nurture can contribute to people being dangerous. In our own opinions, we answer the burning question, "Are White People inherently dangerous?"
April 24, 2019
Why do so many white men people find it extremely uncomfortable or unimportant to talk about race? Why do some feel like there is no point of showing up? There is an array of feelings about being a member the most oppressive group of people in our known history especially when your values don't align with the sins of the past. Join us as we talk about white men in race conversations.
April 16, 2019
Let's be real, when the Virginia Blackface scandal swept around the world, all kinds of people were silent, outraged and flabbergasted. Meanwhile, Black legislators in the Virginia House of Delegates were provided the opportunity to speak at each session, ya know because it was Black History Month. It didn't get real on the floor until February 22nd when Freshman Delegate Jay Jones made the tough decision to "Take it to the house," Join us to find out why Jay chose not to dodge the uncomfortable and necessary race conversation (2:02), the two Virginia he sees (3:39) and why millennials are not lining up for public service (20:45). Jay digs into the personal experiences of his father, a former state legislator (5:57) and grandparents in a segregated Virginia (8:40). He tells why he is no stranger to code switching (14:30) and the struggles attached to the perception of not being black enough or black at all (11:45). Jay leaves us with nuggets on why the 2020 census and these conversations are important for everyone (24:31).
From the Pod:
Del. Jay Jones's Speech
April 10, 2019
Who is missing from the race conversation? What is the hardest topic for the media to tackle about race? When will children join the conversation? We are so used to the media providing us with a story, but what about their story. In this episode, we chop it up with Barbara Hamm-Lee, host of Another View. She explains why Another View exist and answers the who, what, why and when of racism. We talk about bias, privilege and simple truths.