Afro State of Mind: Coming to the Air Waves
As you can imagine, I’ve been super busy over the past few weeks. In addition to getting used to having a new born around, getting our son acclimated to elementary school and adjusting to life as a work at home mom, I have also been working on additional Afro State of Mind projects.
One project in particular is a new radio show that airs Sunday mornings on the iartistradio.com network. My show, (surprisingly) named An Afro State of Mind, provides a critical analysis of issues and current events impacting the Black community.
I’m super excited about this project for a number of reasons. There are so many issues that our community is dealing with right now that it is imperative that we create spaces to really substantively dig into the details. Long time readers already know that I love the ability to explore topics in depth—and sometimes it takes more space than a blog post allows to really dive into an issue.
This show will allow me to talk with news makers and experts in their field about any number of subjects and challenges facing Black folks here in the US and abroad. In addition to the topics I deal with in this blog, I am looking forward to also discussing topics specifically dealing with race, politics, identity and culture. And of course I invite you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions for topics you would like to have covered.
The show airs on Sundays at 10 am on iartistradio.com. After the initial airing, the show will be available for on demand listening via my show page and on this website.
Last week I focused on laying the foundation for the program—explaining how our perspective shapes our ability to analyze issues dealing with race. I also discussed various ways that the government shut down and the roll out of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obama Care”) impact and intersect with the needs of the Black community. You can listen to that episode here.
This Sunday, October 20, 2013, I will be speaking with long time community organizer Lumumba Bandele about the NYPD’s stop and frisk program. There have been a number of changes to the framework of legislation related to stop and frisk and some major upheavals dealing with the law in general. I invite you to listen in to learn more about the intersections of race and policing—and how these two issues collide.
So remember: Sundays at 10 am on iartistradio.com. (And available on demand thereafter!) See you on the air!
And if you’re looking for more thoughts from an Afro State of Mind, check out my book “Afro State of Mind: Memories of a Nappy Headed Black Girl now available on Amazon.com in paper back or e-book! And if you want to stay connected follow me on Twitter, “like” Afro State of Mind on Facebook or catch up on my latest youtube videos!