ATR 61 – Do we need Black History Month? – 02/26/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Mat Johnson in this episode. Born and raised in Philly, Mat Johnson grew up in the Germantown and Mount Airy sections of the city. As an adult, he has lived elsewhere. His first novel, Drop, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time Out-NY. Mat Johnson currently teaches at Bard College. And his latest novel The Great Negro Plot, is out now in stores.

Mat will be doing readings in New York City and Washington D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for more info.

On this episode, Mat and Carmen talk about Black History Month. What are some of the criticisms of Black History Month? Should we change the way the month is celebrated? Does it still serve a purpose?

This episode features the song “NV” by J. Dilla, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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Duration – 45:44
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ATR 60 – Anti-racist parenting – 02/19/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Jason Sperber. Jason Sperber is a former stay-at-home-dad living in California’s Central Valley. Currently a writer, blogger, and online community manager, he taught high school social studies in a former life and has a background in ethnic studies and education for social justice. He writes the blog “daddy in a strange land,” coordinates “Rice Daddies,” the group blog by Asian American dads, and is a columnist for New Demographic’s own Anti-Racist Parent.

They discuss anti-racist parenting, specifically, how parents need to consider the diversity of their environment when raising kids.

This episode features the songs “Crash Test Dummies” by Loer Velocity courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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Duration – 48:27
File Size – 44.5 MB
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ATR 59 – Self-Hatred on Tyra Show and MTV reality – 02/12/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Corbin Laedlin. Corbin is a sophomore at Rutgers University – New Brunswick where he is majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science. In the summer of 2006 he was an intern for Addicted to Race and since then he has done some outreach work for New Demographic.

They discuss a recent episode of the Tyra Banks Show, all about people who hate their own race. They also talk about MTV’s reality programming and how they handle race and diversity.

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Duration – 40:37
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ATR 58 – Shilpa Shetty, Ghetto Parties, Superbowl – 02/05/2007

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Liam McGrath in this episode. Liam is a long-time listener of the show, and is the man responsible for the voiceovers in our intro and outro.

They discuss the recent rash of “ghetto” or “gangsta” parties on college campuses, as well as the phenomenon of both Superbowl teams having black coaches this year. Carmen also interviews Sarita Malik, author of the book Representing Black Britain: Black and Asian Images on British Television about the recent controversy surrounding the UK reality show Celebrity Big Brother.

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Duration – 1:11:12
File Size – 66.8 MB
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