Podcast: Schools or Prisons?

In some neighborhoods, public schools feel more like prisons than schools. In this episode, former social worker and attorney Helen Higginbotham discusses the policing of children in schools with BLACK AND CUBA director Robin J. Hayes.

Written/Directed/Produced by:
Ariana Arancibia
Phyllis Ellington
Echo Sutterfield

Executive Produced by:
Dr. Robin J. Hayes

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Podcast: What’s Art Got to Do With IT?

Can art help to erase racism? In this episode of BREAKING DOWN RACISM, dancer, choreographer and activist Paloma Mcgregor discusses how artists can be effective activists?

Produced/Written/Directed by: Crista Carter, Johanna Galomb and Benjamin Jackson

Host/Executive Producer/Series Creator Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Recorded at The New School in New York City

PICTURED Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, “Revelations” 2012 courtesy Alvin Ailey Theater

Podcast: Black Moms

In this episode of “Breaking Down Racism,” blogger and author GaBrilla Ballard opens up about how the challenges of discussing race with children and pushing aside stereotypical assumptions of what it means to be a Black Mom.

Produced by Azra Samiee
Directed by Chris Stafford
Written by Caroline Batzdorf
Host/Executive Producer Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Recorded at The New School in New York City.

Pictured Chicago mother and child. 1973. photographed by John H. White for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Greatest

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                           Muhammad Ali (l.) and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (r.) in Louisville                                 (AP Photo via The Nation)

“Like Muhammad Ali puts it, we are all—black and brown and poor—victims of the same system of oppression.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali! Mainstream media continues to revere him for his extraordinary achievements as an athlete and his influential oratory style (How many of us have alleged to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”?).  However, Ali is beloved to the progressive community and the African diaspora for his candid criticism of racial discrimination and poverty as well as his refusal to be inducted in the US Army during the Vietnam War due to his religious beliefs.  Ali could have exercised his class privilege, entered the army and fought entertaining exhibition bouts without ever being in any physical danger.  Instead, he chose to take a principled stand which in the short run cost him millions of dollars and some of his peak years as a boxing champion.  In the long run, Ali’s example made him a legend.

To learn more about Muhammad Ali, see the Academy Award-winning film When we Were Kings, or read this Dave Zirin article in The Nation.

Podcast: Diversity vs. Inclusion

When will race no longer be a barrier to educational success? In this episode of BREAKING DOWN RACISM, a former Deputy Director of Prep for Prep–a leadership development and educational access program for young people of color–discusses his take on the future of equality in private education. Could your school do a better job with diversity and inclusion? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Writers: John Dumey, Layla Nunez, Noemi Morales
Director: Layla Ninez
Producer: John Dumey, Noemi Morales
Featured Guest: Peter Bordonaro
Host/Executive Producer/Series Creator: Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Production Assistant: Enrique Prieto Mancia

#TIBH: George Washington Carver

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George Washington Carver (front row, center) with faculty colleagues at the historically Black Tuskegee Institute 1906. Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Today in Black History, George Washington Carver was born into slavery in Missouri in 1864 (or possibly 1861). A pioneering American scientist, Prof. Carver encouraged the diversification of crops in the South using alternatives such as peanuts and soybeans.  He invented over 100 uses for the peanut including gasoline and nitroglycerin. Although Carver never legally married, he was survived by his longtime companion, fellow scientist and Tuskegee professor Austin W. Curtis, Jr.

Dance Theater of Harlem

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Dancers from the Dance Theater of Harlem’s 2015-2016 Season

Today Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1969 to bring ballet and its allied arts to Mitchell’s beloved community.  The Dance Theater of Harlem continues to educate young people and diversify the art form of dance.

#TBT Podcast: Black or African American?

In this throwback to season 1 of the podcast series Breaking Down Racism, millenials ask: Why do some people prefer the term Black or African American do define their racial identity?

Produced by Javarius Jones
Executive Producer/Series Creator Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Directed by Dante Bailey
Written by Danielle Tascone

pictured actress/talk show host Raven-Symone who prefers to be identified as “American” rather than African American.

Come Together in Unity

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The founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus (1971).   Standing L-R: Parren Mitchell, Charles Rangel, Bill Clay, Ron Dellums, George W. Collins, Louis Stokes, Ralph Metcalfe, John Conyers, and Walter Fauntroy.  Seated L-R: Robert N.C. Nix, Sr., Charles Diggs, Shirley Chisholm, and Augustus F. Hawkins. Photo courtesy U.S. Congress.

On January 4, 1969 the Congressional Black Caucus was founded first as the “Democratic Select Committee.”  This group of US legislators of African descent aims to “achieve greater equity” for Black people and counts improving educational access and health care for all among its priorities.

The Congressional Black Caucus was founded during a time in American history when  the Black Power movement’s calls for self-determination

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Podcast: Segregation Education Nation

In this episode of Breaking Down Racism, a former PTA president of an East Village, New York City school speaks candidly about inequality in New York City’s public school system.  What do you think about segregation in public schools? Tell us in the comment section below.

Produced/Directed/Written by: Alina Baboolal, Nicole Moore and Phuong Nguyen

Hosted/Executive Produced by: Robin J. Hayes, PhD

Recorded at The New School in New York City.

Students at Public School 188 in Manhattan 2009 by Annie Tritt courtesy The New York Times

 

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