ATR 104 – Inauguration and Black Female Bodies

Why did the mainstream media act as if President Obama’s inauguration was a moment that only African-Americans could celebrate? Now that we have a black family in the White House, who will be able to translate black vernacular and cultural phenomena to non-black folks? And finally, why the ongoing fascination with black women’s behinds?

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Andrea (AJ) Plaid runs The Cruel Secretary, where she blogs about race, gender, and sex. Andrea has been quoted in the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune regarding the decline of the NAACP, African Americans’ protectiveness toward Senator Barack Obama, and the rift between white feminists and feminists of color in defending Michelle Obama against racist and sexist media attacks. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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ATR 103 – Oscar Grant, Che Guevara, Middle East, Inauguration

Were the outbreaks following Oscar Grant’s killing in Oakland, CA really race riots? What lessons can activists learn from the new Che Guevara biopic? What’s the connection between black radical politics and what’s going on in the Middle East? And finally, where will you be for the inauguration?

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Guest co-host R. L’Heureux Lewis, also known as Dumi Eyi di yiye (Eddie-yi-yay), is a Assistant Professor at the City College of New York – CUNY in the Department of Sociology and Black Studies Program. He researches, writes, and does activist work on schools, youth of color, and mental health. His recent blogging can be found at www.uptownnotes.com and his professional work can be found at www.professorlewis.com.

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