Buzzfeed writer Alison Vingiano joined Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to trace the history of the term “trigger warnings.” Different media platforms warn you of graphic content in their own ways, from ratings on movies to verbal cautions on radio or TV news. But the rise of “trigger warnings” on the Internet, cautioning against racist language, snarling dogs, or even food has spilled into academia and created its own enemies who feel that “TWs” limit free thinking.
Lori Armstrong joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share her analysis of the LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling's recorded racism. We know you've been waiting all weekend. Should the players have played? Should the NBA act faster? Should Clippers fans check out? Does any of it even matter?
Tim Barnes looks at the elevated population that is living in a world without racism and tells us how you can join them. Also, Tim talks with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about millennials’ effect on this new trend. Then the three discuss race in television from past to present.
It was an all-star gathering on this week’s Council of Feminist Thought. Veronica Arreola of Viva La Feminista,Cassandra Gaddoof the Step Up Women’s Network, and Jamie Nesbitt Golden of Hood Feminism all joined AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon. We spent a bunch of our time discussing the verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis. We also talked about #DangerousBlackKids and the way gun violence has become an increasingly normalized reaction to fear.
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson breaks down “ethnic” names and the perceptions that come along with them. We explore the history of African and African-American names in the US, and hear personal stories of people from around the globe who have had to explain (and sometimes defend) their names.
Also, we explore Black identity outside the U.S. with Nathalie Etoke, professor of French and Africana Studies at Connecticut College.
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Earlier this week, the nation took time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Thousands gathered on Capitol Hill the acknowledge the efforts of our heroic civil rights leaders to put an end to racism.
University of Chicago fraternity prank involving a series of offensive packages leaves mail carrier as victim.
A racist, homophobic prank involving a University of Chicago fraternity and an African-American mail-carrier incites a demand for repercussion. A series of 79 packages were delivered to the fraternity house addressed to “Reggin Tolaf”, an anagram for one racist and one homophobic slur. While the fraternity insists it is the victim of a prank, the groups involvement is being investigated. Although officials say no crime has been committed, the mail carrier is seeking punishment for the guilty party.
“My hope was that there was going to be a certain interrogation of the whole legacy that surrounds the Jungle Book…that is apparently not the case.” -Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director at Silk Road Rising Theatre
With the arrival of a new Mary Zimmermanadaptation of The Jungle Book at the Goodman (a production which may head to NYC eventually) we ask how to adapt material that, while a cultural touchstone, exists in a history of oppression or uses dated racist imagery. Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising Jamil Khoury joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss his essay critiquing the Goodman’s production.
Later, Dr. Coya Paz shares her insights on the issue as a theatre professional. Growing up, Coya absolutely loved watching West Side Story, but looking back, was able to see the problematic racial elements of the way the movie was staged.
Protesters Threatened: Dartmouth College cancelled classes after sexual assault protesters received rape threats on campus. The students organized the rally in protest of how the college was handling sexual assault, racism and homophobia. We discuss.
Vocalo Overdrive Extra - April 18, 2013 Peace Prize Thursday
These are the stories we couldn’t get to today.
-Fertilizer Plant Explosion near Waco, Texas “An explosion Wednesday evening at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a rural town north of Waco, has killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, according to early estimates, the Associated Press reports. The massive explosion sent a pillar of smoke and flame hundreds of feet into the air; the force of the blast registered as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale”
(CNN) — President Barack Obama traveled to Boston on Thursday, three days after the bombings at the famed marathon to reassure the city and the nation that their spirit remains strong.
“Everyone of us stands with you… Boston may be your hometown — but we claim it, too… We come together to pray and mourn and measure our loss. But we also come together today to reclaim that state of grace — to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted and the spirit of this country shall remain undimmed.”
“Across the Washington area, black students are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students, creating disparities in discipline that experts say reflect a growing national problem… “
“Experts say disparities appear to have complex causes. A disproportionate number of black students live below the poverty line or with a single parent, factors that affect disciplinary patterns. But experts say those factors do not fully explain racial differences in suspensions. Other contributing factors could include unintended bias, unequal access to highly effective teachers and differences in school leadership styles.”
Dissing Jamie Foxx: Jamie Foxx has been receiving some racially charged comments regarding a shirt he wore with Trayvon Martin and the children of the Newtown Connecticut massacre on it. We discuss the backlash about his choice of dress.
Freedom Through Shakespeare: Chicago native Laura…
Luis and Shantell have an extended discussion on Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s most recent collaboration track, “Accidental Racist,” a song which attempts to start dialogue about racism in America. The song has started a passionate debate among Americans about the meaning behind the song and the many issues it attempts to tackle regarding race relations. Many callers join the discussion with Luis and Shantell and provide thoughts on the artists’ attempt. The conversation about “Accidental Racist,” continues tomorrow, April 11th, on Peace Price Thursday on the Vocalo Overdrive, with Luis and Shantell.