The Koch Brothers Vs. God
In December 2016, hundreds of Richmond's black residents gathered for what they thought was a gospel concert. What many in the crowd didn’t know was that they were the target of a massive propaganda campaign by the Koch Brothers. Now, black churches in Virginia are fighting back.
DACA Diares: Introducing the Lives & Uncertain Futures of Immigrant Youth
As the fight over immigration reform heats up in Washington, PRI presents #DACADiaries: a look into the lives of immigrant students whose futures hang in the balance. By the numbers and their individual stories, the DACA program has given people just starting their adult lives a lifeline.
#BLKinMKE (Black in Milwaukee)
What's it like living in "the worst city to be black in America"? For the first time in three years, I travelled back to my hometown and talked with several black men about living in Milwaukee following the fatal police shooting of Sylville Smith in August 2016. Take a look at what they said.
The Virality of Black Death: Police Shootings, Twitter and Trauma
When graphic videos of police killings go viral, it can create PTSD-like trauma for people of color. I talked with doctors, activists and everyday people about their experiences with race-based trauma, how exposure to these videos affect their mental health and the importance of seeking professional help or engaging in self-care. We also discussed whether publicizing videos of death in police custody do more harm than good.
When America Abandoned Its Own: Puerto Ricans & Virgin Islanders After The Storm
While Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands clean up after Hurricane Irma, many residents of these US territories say the challenge of storm relief is not just the devastation, but neglect from their fellow Americans in the continental US.
Dear Gwen: A Tribue to A Journalism Giant
Following her untimely death, female journalists of color share their personal letters of gratitude to The PBS NewsHour's beloved co-host Gwen Ifill. For many, Ifill was a "beacon of hope" for would-be female journalists and reporters of color in an industry that hasn't always been inclusive.
Climate Change Threatens the Small Islands of the Caribbean
Following a tropical storm that cased catastrophic damage on the island of Dominica, I explored the disproportionate impact of climate change on the Caribbean. Stronger storm intensity, shore erosion and water scarcity are making the region's 40 million residents particularly vulnerable.
Unpacking the Attack on Voting Rights in America
America doesn’t make it easy to vote. A citizen can be disenfranchised for a typo, a scrawled signature, or for a felony. Then there are the politicians who tout “voter fraud” when it’s a proven myth. “Shut Out," a three-part podcast series, examines why we should be worried about the weakening of our democracy with 2020 on the horizon.
We Ain't Going Nowhere, Welcome to D.C.: Chocolate City Battles Gentrification
For 25 years, one thing hadn’t changed in the heavily black Washington, D.C.: Go-Go, a funk-like music unique to the district, blasting from the MetroPCS on the corner of Florida & Georgia Avenues. That was until a noise complaint from a white new resident threatened to shut it down.
From Military to Civilian Life: A Fight for Dreadlock Acceptance
The Army tried to ban her dreadlocks. But just like when they attempted to restrict other styles of black women, Cpt. Whennah Andrews fought back. She won, and now this soldier is taking the battle for acceptance from the military to the civilian world.
Black in America: Exploring Milwaukee's Racial & Generational Divide
Milwaukee consistently ranks as one of the worst places to grow up black. But why? I break down the historical implications for Brew City's bitter racial divide and pattern of police violence. Solutions to tackling Milwaukee's problems within the black community reveal a rift that's just as much generational as it is racial.
Fighting for Cultural Acceptance Is a Military and Civilian Battle
First Lt. Whennah Andrews of the U.S. Army National Guard tries to hide her braces while showing off her smile. But four years since first advocating against grooming regulations that barred soldiers from wearing natural hairstyles, her smile hints at relief over one of the final steps in the fight for acceptance.
How the Orlando Shooting Exposes the Risks of Being Latinx & LGBTQ
With most of the victims being Latino, and nearly half of Puerto Rican descent, the June 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando shed light on LGBTQ communities of color. I talked with members of Orlando’s Latino LGBTQ community about what it’s like to be marginalized both for your race and sexual identity. In the wake of the shooting, they shared their experiences of being a part of two minority groups that don't always see eye-to-eye, and what’s next for a community in need of healing.
Future of Black Immigration Under the Trump Administration
The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will terminate temporary protections for Haiti beginning Jan. 1, 2018, followed by an 18-month grace period. That means that nearly 60,000 Haitians will have until July 22, 2019, to leave the country they call home.
Latinos Are Vicitims of Police Brutality
Why aren't more people talking about Latinos killed by police? As videos of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — two African-American men shot and killed by police – went viral and their names became hashtags, many called out a lack of media attention for Latinos who were killed by officers that same week. I talked with organizations raising awareness of police use-of-force in Latino communities.
Culture in the Classroom: For White Teachers Who Teach in the Hood
How important is cultural competency in the classroom? For educator Chris Emdin, a lot of white teachers in urban classrooms are getting it wrong. I chatted with him about his latest book For White Teachers Who Teach in the Hood: And the Rest of Y'all Too and what more can be done to embrace a pedagogy that incorporates students' diverse backgrounds.
The Blackness of Nola through the Sounds of Big Freedia & Beyonce
She's fierce and in your face. After wowing the world with her appearance in Beyonce's hit song Formation, Big Freedia talks about her music, reality show and how New Orleans is the perfect city to serve as a backdrop for artistic inspiration.
Haitian Discrimination in The Dominican Republic
Following a court ruling that stripped citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian descent and the government beginning deportations of its own people, I explored the deep racial divide between the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti that has many calling for a boycott of the popular tourism destination.
#BlackGirlMagic: Meet the Creative Gunning to Bring Black Movie-Streaming to the Diaspora
By 2015, Spencer had gotten so frustrated at not finding media that reflected the diversity of the African Diaspora that she decided to act. Then she learned more about the hardships black filmmakers face getting their content picked up by streaming services. She quickly realized that there wasn’t a lack of content, but a void of platforms. So she figured: Why not create one? Soon after, KweliTV was formed.
Cut The Noise, A Pilot News Weekly
In a podcast world full of gabfests and partisan takedowns, hosts Wajahat Ali, as well as HuffPost's Amanda Terkel and Lauren Weber aim to cut the noise, and get to the news. This is a pilot episode for a HuffPost original news and politics podcast. Production ended in the pilot stage.
Undocumented and White: How immigration policy privileges Europeans
What does an immigrant look like? Our preconceived notions can mean many European and Canadian immigrants go unnoticed while black and brown communities are targeted for enforcement. I talked with white DACA recipients who are using their ability to "blend in" to challenge anti-immigrant bias and call for immigration reform.