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Friday, October 13, 2017

A World of Black Writers: A. Igoni Barrett



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This Week: Crystal Davis of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews A. Igoni Barrett about Blackass (Graywolf Press)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

A World of Black Writers: Patricia Bell-Scott



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This Week: David Whettstone of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews Patricia Bell-Scott about The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice, (Alfred A.Knopf)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

A World of Black Writers: Sjohnna McCray



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This Week: Natalie Hopkinson of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews Sjohnna McCray about Rapture (Graywolf Press)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A World of Black Writers: Jacqueline Woodson



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This Week: Crystal Davis of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews Jacqueline Woodson about Another Brooklyn (Amistad)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

A World of Black Writers: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib



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This Week: David Whettstone of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about The Crown Ain't Worth Much (Button Poetry)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

A World of Black Writers: Gary Younge



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This Week: David Whettstone of the Hurston/Wright Foundation interviews Gary Younge about Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books)

 About A World of Black Writers podcast:

A World of Black Writers by the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation
 invites readers and writers to explore the vast literary landscape created by Black writers and to learn about the skill, resources and paths they used to develop their work. A World of Black Writers gives authors not only an occasion to spotlight their work, but also gives avid readers and future writers an opportunity to further understand and enjoy both the content, creativity, and diversity of their work.

About the Hurston/Wright Foundation:

The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the programs of the foundation preserve this legacy and work to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce. The Hurston/Wright Foundation ​is a literary education institution committed to the development, dissemination and preservation of literature with a focus on the contributions of African American writers. By preserving and honoring African Americans in literature, the Foundation ensures this vital part of American literature will continue to remain available to all readers. For more information, email us at info@hurstonwright.org and visit us on the web at http://www.hurstonwright.org/.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Solidarity Is This



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This month: Deepa Iyer and guest, Miriam Zoila Pérez of the Oxalis Collective, discuss the impact of trauma in social justice spaces, and how activists can sustain themselves for the long haul.

About the Solidarity Is This podcast:

Solidarity Is This is a podcast created and hosted by Deepa Iyer who is with the Center for Social Inclusion and a 2017 Soros Equality Fellow. Each month, we explore how individuals and institutions are experimenting with and exploring multiracial solidarity. We will learn how to practice transformative solidarity in a rapidly transforming racial landscape and in the midst of heightened discrimination targeting communities of color. For more information check out: http://www.solidarityis.org/

About Deepa Iyver:

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer. Deepa is currently the Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion where she provides analysis, commentary and scholarship on equity and solidarity in America’s changing racial landscape. In November 2015, The New Press published Deepa’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. Scholar Vijay Prashad has written that Deepa “brings the head of a lawyer and the heart of a community activist to bear on her remarkable book…It is a window into the struggles of the margins that allow the mainstream to remain humane.” Deepa’s book was selected by the American Librarians Association’s Booklist magazine to be one of the top 10 multicultural non-fiction books of the year. For more information check out: http://deepaiyer.com/

Friday, September 8, 2017

SchoolHouse: Equity in Education



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This Week: CJSF’s Allison R. Brown is joined by Eva Paterson, Founder and Director of the Equal Justice Society. They discuss the historic victory a group of civil rights organizations won when they settled a bias case against Kern H.S. District in Bakersfield, CA.

 About the SchoolHouse: Equity in Education podcast:

SchoolHouse is a podcast created by the Communities for Just Schools Fund and hosted by Allison R. Brown. SchoolHouse shares stories about how young people, their families and communities, and other advocates and activists are working in and around schools to make them healthy, safe, and equitable places for children to be. In SchoolHouse, we will learn together about the global implications of local movements for change in our schools.

About CJSF:

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a nationally-focused donor collaborative. CJSF provides resources in support of community-led organizations that are working to ensure positive and supportive school climates that affirm and foster the success of all students. CJSF’s community partners organize young people, parents and caregivers, educators, and other community members to advocate on behalf of students who are disproportionately impacted by the over-use of exclusionary school discipline practices, including suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools. They organize community members to stand up for positive, healthy, and supportive school climates that produce better academic and social outcomes for the students who enroll than school climates with a heavy police presence, zero tolerance school discipline policies, and over-reliance on exclusionary discipline methods. CJSF’s community partners educate students, parents and caregivers, school officials and teachers, police departments, and community leaders on highly beneficial alternatives to suspension, expulsion, and school-based arrests. For more information, email us at info@cjsfund.org and sign up for our newsletter at www.cjsfund.org.

Friday, September 1, 2017

SchoolHouse: Equity in Education



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This Week: Is the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville symptomatic of America’s addiction to racial hatred? CJSF’s Allison R. Brown explores the illness that is addiction with psychiatrist and addiction expert Dr. Nzinga Ajabu.

 About the SchoolHouse: Equity in Education podcast:

SchoolHouse is a podcast created by the Communities for Just Schools Fund and hosted by Allison R. Brown. SchoolHouse shares stories about how young people, their families and communities, and other advocates and activists are working in and around schools to make them healthy, safe, and equitable places for children to be. In SchoolHouse, we will learn together about the global implications of local movements for change in our schools.

About CJSF:

The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a nationally-focused donor collaborative. CJSF provides resources in support of community-led organizations that are working to ensure positive and supportive school climates that affirm and foster the success of all students. CJSF’s community partners organize young people, parents and caregivers, educators, and other community members to advocate on behalf of students who are disproportionately impacted by the over-use of exclusionary school discipline practices, including suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in schools. They organize community members to stand up for positive, healthy, and supportive school climates that produce better academic and social outcomes for the students who enroll than school climates with a heavy police presence, zero tolerance school discipline policies, and over-reliance on exclusionary discipline methods. CJSF’s community partners educate students, parents and caregivers, school officials and teachers, police departments, and community leaders on highly beneficial alternatives to suspension, expulsion, and school-based arrests. For more information, email us at info@cjsfund.org and sign up for our newsletter at www.cjsfund.org.