Marc Steiner’s guests offer their review and analysis of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article.
The guests are Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Lenny McAllister, Republican strategist, former congressional candidate, and host of NightTalk: Get To The Point on the Pittsburgh cable news channel and Get Right with Lenny McAllister on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA in Pittsburgh.
Marc Steiner begins the show with an important event in our community, seeking positive shifts in policy in light of the anger and protest. A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities (ABC) and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships, joins us in-studio to talk about From Protest to Policy, an event sponsored by ABC, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Baltimore Racial Justice Alliance. The discussions and analysis continues with community leaders around yesterday’s events and looking ahead to where we go from here with a roster of guests, including: Taylor Evans, independent filmmaker and Morgan State University student; Tim Wilson, co-director of On Our Shoulders; Rev. Kevin Slayton, Pastor of New Waverly United Methodist Church and former civil rights lobbyist; David Miller, Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute and creator of Dare To Be King, LLC; Clayton Guyton, Executive Director of the Rose Street Community Center and former correctional officer; and Dante Wilson, CEO and founder of Reclaiming Our Children and Community Project, Inc.; Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist and co-host of “No Hooks” for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA; and Baynard Woods, Managing Editor of the Baltimore City Paper.
Marc Steiner hosts a discussion and debate about race and class in the U.S. with Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies; and A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.
March marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, and Marc Steiner takes time to reflect upon the events of March 1965. His first guest was Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP.Then his guests consider the history of the Selma march in relationship to the current state of voting rights. With: Andrew Aydin, Digital Director and Policy Advisor to Congressman John Lewis and co-author with Lewis of the New York Times best-selling graphic memoir trilogy, March (illustrated by Nate Powell); Dr. Barbara Harris Combs, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Southern Studies at University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture and author of From Selma to Montgomery: The Long March to Freedom; A.Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and journalist Brentin Mock, who writes regularly for Grist about environmental justice issues.
Marc and his guests discuss Art-Part’heid: Bridging the Gap of Disparities in the Baltimore Art Scene, a panel discussion and community dialogue on race, power, privilege, exclusion and shared wealth.
With: Mia Loving Curator and Founder of Invisible Majority, a creative community incubator; Michelle Gomez, independent curator who works collaboratively with under-represented audiences on community-focused exhibitions in Baltimore; Sophia Mak, artist, dancer, performer, educator, activist, Program Manager at 901 Arts, a youth community arts organization and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action; and Abdu Ali, musician and writer.
Marc and his panel turn their attention to Dr. King’s economic policies and the Activities of the Poor People’s Campaign. Guests for this segment: A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Robert Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King, and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.
Marc Steiner and his guests take a look at The Whiteness Project, an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify themselves as “white” experience their ethnicity. Guests include Whitney Dow, Founder of Two Tone Productions and Director/Producer ofThe Whiteness Project; Marco Williams, Associate Arts Professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film & Television, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Initiative for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Sarah Tooley, member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action.
Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc as host to round up all things newsworthy, including a discussion on the changing landscape of public education and analysis of emerging pandemics, with: A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Greg Kline, attorney, co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, who hosts the Conservative Refugee podcast and co-hosts Red Maryland Radio.
Black Women in Media and on TV: Shonda Rhimes, How to Get away with Murder, and the “Angry Black Woman” Stereotype
In light of the controversial article by Allesandra Stanley in the September 18 issue of the New York Times, in which Stanley suggests that Shonda Rhimes – producer of TV shows Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder– and her characters are “angry black women,” we take a look at portrayals of black women in the media and on TV.
With: Dr. Lisa N. Williams, Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore City Public Schools and member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a project of Fusion Partnerships; Dani McClain, contributor toTheNation.com and Fellow with the Nation Institute; and Dr. Kaye Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award for her book, Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis.
Marc Steiner and his guests consider Baltimore in the context of the events of Ferguson. With: Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Diana Butler, Tyrone West’s aunt; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; St. Louis recording artist Tef Poe; and the Rev. Kevin A. Slayton, Sr.
Marc Steiner takes an in-depth look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by the police last week. The issue will be addressed from the perspectives of police/community relations, the culture of policing, and the militarization of police departments nationwide.
Our panel of guests for this discussion will include: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Nadra Enzi, community policing activist in New Orleans and member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; Jacqui Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; and author Kristian Williams, whose books include Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy and Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.
Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University, sits in for Marc Steiner as guest host.
The guests focus on the killings of Michael Brown and Renisha McBride. Renisha McBride was the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face last year by Theodore Wafer after her car broke down and she walked onto Wafer’s porch seeking help. Wafer was recently convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting. Michael Brown is the teenager who was fatally shot by police in a suburb of St. Louis last Saturday; all accounts state that the young man was holding his hands in the air while police shot him multiple times.
The panel of guests includes: Carla Murphy, reporter and blogger for Colorlines.org; Dr. Margaret Flowers, organizer with PopularResistance.org and co-host of the Clearing the FOG Radio Program; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America.
Dottye Burt-Markowitz, senior consultant for Baltimore Racial Justice Action, calls in to address negative comments from a white caller, questions about what can we do, historical facts about structural racism and BRJA’s August 13th event on reparations.
Marc Steiner speaks with Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. We talk about a 30-year study in which Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20′s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.
Marc then discusses the findings with Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.
Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio, examines the stereotype of Asians as a “Model Minority” that outperforms other minorities. Guests are: Imara Jones, who wrote an article for Colorlines titled “The Economic Truth About the ‘Model Minority;’” Sine Hwang Jensen, an Advisory Board member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and member of Moonroot Collective; and Suey Park, writer and activist based in Chicago who created the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick on Twitter.
Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio begins with a look at Dr. King’s lesser-known speeches, reflecting upon a side of him that is often not remembered, with: Keith Snipes, actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator; A. Adar Ayira; project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and senior analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Robert E. Birt, author of The Liberatory Thought of Martin Luther King Jr.: Critical Essays on the Philosopher King and assistant professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University; and Dr. Jeanne Theoharis, professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks.
Marc Steiner, 88.9 FM Radio, hosts a cultural roundtable, where the topics ranged from racist Halloween costumes to art, film and music. Guests included: Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Initiative for Associated Black Charities and senior facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Michelle Antionette aka LOVE the Poet, poet, performance artist, and musician; and Amrita Kaur Dang, better known as Ami Dang, a South Asian-American musician from Baltimore.
Dottye Burt-Markowitz is one of the founding members of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and a facilitator of training. She says the training offered helps white participants examine how they have been afforded certain rights and privileges because of the skin color they were born with. But Burt-Markowitz says more importantly, participants’ personal experiences are connected to the larger issue of structural racism. Laura Stolle-Schmidt is an apprentice facilitator who participated in WARN training in 2012. “I started to learn these things that kind of shocked me. I have special privileges because I’m white?” she said. “It’s a hard idea to get used to.” Listen to Dottye and Laura on WYPR 88.1 FM as they join host Tom Hall to discuss white privilege.
Individuals who want to get used to the idea of acknowledging their own privilege and learn more about structural racism, can register for WARN’s Fall 2013 “Building Racial Justice in Baltimore: A Workshop for White People.” The 6-week training starts on October 6. Registration closes on September 22.
Listen to Marc Steiner’s two-hour special on the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. A jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges related to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Marc discusses what this decision means, especially with regard to race and the justice system with A. Adar Ayira, Project Manager for More in the Middle Initiative at Associate Black Charities and senior consultant for Baltimore Racial Justice Action; Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor in the Department of American Studies at UMBC, and a host of others.
On the June 28th segment of WYPR’s The Lines Between Us Sheila Kast listens to an essay about white-led nonprofits working in Black communities, then talks to Angelo Solero of the Latino Providers Network, and A. Adar Ayira and Dianne Lyday of Baltimore Racial Justice Action about their reactions to the essay.
Marc Steiner looks at workshops in Baltimore on racism, racial equity and social justice, conducted this summer by the Baltimore Racial Justice Action (BRJA) and Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS). Guests: LBS Director Dayvon Love; Adar Ayira, Project Manager of Associated Black Charities’ “More in the Middle” initiative and trainer for BRJA; and Dianne Lyday, member of the BRJA Advisory Board. 6/24/13
BRJA member Dianne Lyday, and Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and also a member of BRJA, joined Anthony McCarthy on the 2nd hour of the May 21st Anthony McCarthy Show to discuss Can Minorities Be Racist? (Podcast no longer available.)
Listen to BRJA member A. Adar Ayira on this segment of the May 29th, 2013 Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM. Also on the panel: Lea Gilmore, singer, activist, and Center for Emerging Media cultural correspondent; dream hampton, writer, filmmaker and co-author of the New York Times best seller Decoded; and Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Associate Director of the Honors College at UMBC and former faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies there.
Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and original member of BRJA, joined the Marc Steiner Show on March 28, 2013 on WEAA 88.9 FM to discuss her book.
Dr. Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America, joins Dr. Rhonda Williams, author of The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality and Executive Director of Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Institute; Roque Barros, Director of Community Building at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA; and Gus Newport, former mayor (1979-1986) of Berkeley, CA. to explore models of equitable and sustainable development on the March 5th, 2013 broadcast of the Marc Steiner Show, WEAA 88.9 FM.
A. Adar Ayira, BRJA facilitator/analyst and Project Manager of the More in the Middle Initiative at Associated Black Charities, joined Dough Colbert, University of Maryland Law School professor and co-chair of the Society of American Law Teachers’ (SALT) Access to Justice Curriculum Project; Michael Higginbothan, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, and Maegan La Mala Ortiz, freelance mediamaker and publisher of lamamitamala.com and vivirlatino.com on the Marc Steiner Show to discuss “institutional racism.”
Sarah Tooley, member of the white people’s affinity group of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, joined a host of other panelists, including Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, to discuss the Facing Race Conference, a national conference held in Baltimore earlier in the month. Hosted by ARC (Applied Research Center), the three day event served as a platform for racial justice leaders, educators, and artists.
Podcasts for Partner Organizations
Marc Steiner Show WEAA 88.9 FM
Maryland Morning with Tom Hall on WYPR 88.1 FM
Anthony McCarthy Show WEAA 88.9 FM
Marc Steiner Show WEAA 88.9 FM