ICYMI! Urban Agenda Media at the Twin Cities Book Festival 2020!

Tune in for interviews with Dr. Yusef Salaam (Exonerated Five) and author Ibi Zoboi, about their book, ‘Punching the Air’! Following that dynamic conversation, I facilitated a panel with National Book Award Finalists Pamela Sneed (Funeral Diva), Frank Wilderson (Afropessimism), and Adam Smyer (You Can Keep That To Yourself) on personal narrative as political struggle!Continue reading “ICYMI! Urban Agenda Media at the Twin Cities Book Festival 2020!”

“If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids!”

This headline in the ‘Education Post’ grabbed me. What? To better education outcomes for Black students, schools need to change how they teach White students? I dig it! Please join me in this segment of ‘Urban Agenda’ with my guest, Nahliah Webber, the Executive Director of the Orleans Public Education Network, to critically examine andContinue reading ““If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids!””

“I Can’t Breathe….Again”

Mr. George Floyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota May 26, 2020 George Floyd told them he couldn’t breathe, and for nine minutes, the Minneapolis police kept their literal knees on his neck. Even with knees on his neck, his life being stolen from him, he still chose respect, to use the word officer. I’m struck by this, stuckContinue reading ““I Can’t Breathe….Again””

From the 3/5 ‘Compromise’ to the 2020 Census: African Americans and the Myriad Realities of Being Counted

“They (incarcerated people) are a dream constituency. You don’t have to build them any roads, or schools, or develop any new infrastructure to support them….and they can’t vote you out.” – Andrew Virgen, Director of Census Operations and Engagement, State of Minnesota Incarcerated people are counted in the facilities in which they are imprisoned, notContinue reading “From the 3/5 ‘Compromise’ to the 2020 Census: African Americans and the Myriad Realities of Being Counted”

More Than A Single Story: Transracial Adoptee Voices

A definition: Transracial or transcultural adoption means placing a child who is of one race or ethnic group with adoptive parents of another race or ethnic group. In the United States these terms usually refer to the placement of children of color or children from another country with Caucasian adoptive parents. https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/f_trans.pdf Another definition: TransracialContinue reading “More Than A Single Story: Transracial Adoptee Voices”

Smiling is not Resilience

Author Aundria Sheppard Morgan has just released her latest book, ‘Smiling is not Resilience, an Unfinished Memoir’, an invitation to walk with Aundria as she meets pain, heartache, illness, and unimaginable loss with such deep honesty as to compel me, as a reader, to examine my own grief. In this work, Author Sheppard Morgan alsoContinue reading “Smiling is not Resilience”

The Black Family Blueprint!

Join me in studio with Ayo and Adrian Mack, Co-Founders of The Black Family Blueprint. How are Black relationships impacted by the disruption of enslavement? How is Black love marketed to Black people? Who shapes the expectations for Black love? Join us to learn more about how “Black love is Black wealth”! (Wisdom shared fromContinue reading “The Black Family Blueprint!”

The Black Press Sees Black People!

“We didn’t exist in the other papers. We weren’t born, we didn’t get married, we didn’t die, we didn’t fight in any wars, we didn’t contribute anything of significant achievement.. we were truly invisible.. unless we committed a crime. The Black Press! The Negro Press! We did get married! They showed us our babies beingContinue reading “The Black Press Sees Black People!”