Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Between screening Black and Cuba and working on my new multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, I’ve spent some time this summer thinking about the Black woman’s image. Of course in one way or another I’ve been thinking about it my entire life by looking in the mirror and beholding the relentless glamour of my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. In creating films that center Black women’s perspectives and – frankly- a lifetime of struggling to valorize my own, I’ve come to realize the most empowering and aesthetically beautiful representations of Black women are the ones we create ourselves.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on September 1, 2016
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.
Executive Produced by:
Dr. Robin J. Hayes
Recorded in New York City at
Posted by Progressive Pupil on February 1, 2016
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
Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 11, 2016
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
Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 4, 2016
Happy New Year!! In this episode from Season 1 of Breaking Down Racism, Sudanese rapper Oddisee, Afro-Dominican singer Fanesha Fabre, Ethiopian journalist Hanna Giorgies and others discuss the diversity of the Black community and the meaning of diaspora today.
Written by: Regine Nehy
Produced by: Regine Nehy and Ladin Awad
Executive Producer: Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Directed by: Tsige Tafesse and Sequana Williams
Edited by: Ladin Awad
Breaking Down Racism is brought to you by Progressive Pupil, which “makes Black studies for everybody.” The series was created by Robin J. Hayes, PhD.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on December 31, 2015
Unfortunately, the United States military continues to struggle to address its history of segregation and exclusion. In this episode of BREAKING DOWN RACISM, veteran Gari Harvey reflects on his experience being #BlackintheMilitary.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on December 28, 2015
Does true selflessness exist? Is the non-profit sector doing more harm than good in communities of color? Black and Cuba director Dr. Robin J. Hayes sits with human rights activist Chitra Ayar – director of the Sadie Nash Project in Queens – to discuss how to fundraise with integrity this holiday season.
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Pictured Philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 Courtesy Forbes magazine.
Recorded at in New York City.
Pictured: philanthropists Dr. Priscilla Chan (l.) and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (r.) 2012 courtesy Forbes magazine
Posted by Progressive Pupil on December 21, 2015
#BreakingDownRacism New from Progressive Pupil
Progressive Pupil released all season 1 episodes of its first podcast series Breaking Down Racism on Soundcloud. With topics ranging from “What is White Liberal Guilt?” to “Am I Black or African American?,” these upbeat podcasts provide accessible information related to everyday experiences of race. Each episode answers a frequently asked question about race with the help of commentary from today’s grassroots activists in addition to rarely heard speeches and interviews by inspiring historical leaders. The series is hosted by Black studies professor, human rights advocate and filmmaker Dr. Robin J. Hayes. It is brought to you by Progressive Pupil, a nonprofit that makes “Black Studies for Everybody” by creating documentary films and interactive media.
Comment below or while streaming the series on Soundcloud with your feedback and requests for future topics. Follow Breaking Down Racism for updates on Season 2.
Season 1 Episodes
What is White Liberal Guilt?
Why do I Care About Intersectionality?
Where is the African Diaspora?
Black or African American?
*Music of Black and Cuba (Bonus Episode)
Posted by Progressive Pupil on June 5, 2015