TED Talks are wonderful ways to learn a lot in a little time. We recommend these:
Bryan Stevenson on our justice system:
In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society:
Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
PODCASTS/Radio Broadcasts Here are a few podcast recommendations; click on the name to access their websites and information.
If there is one episode of a podcast you should listen to, it's this one: Jen Hatmaker's podcast "For the Love," featuring Lisa Sharon Harper, titled: White Women's Toxic Tears
Click on the link above to listen. ----- Idaho Public Radio is doing a series on "Idaho's Racist History". Here is part one of the broadcast:
"The Next Question" "The TNQ Show engages leading voices on critical topics of racial justice in America. Created by best-selling author Austin Channing Brown, Season 1 is now available featuring Nikole Hannah Jones, Andre Henry, Brené Brown, and more."
1619 "A New York Times podcast on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling."
Codeswitch (NPR) "We're a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting."
Yo, Is This Racist? (Earwolf) "Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist."
Inverse Podcast "Inverse Podcast belongs to the ones who are disatisfied with the Bible being used to justify hatred."
Here is a sampling of great songs, past and present, that try to capture the frustration, hope, pain, and exhaustion of being Black in America. Please note, the originals may have had *language*. To the best of our knowledge, the links here are to non-explicit versions.
The Black National Anthem, and a beautiful hymn:
Billie Holliday's haunting rendition of "Strange Fruit."
The classic Marvin Gaye song from 1971 is catchy, but also heart-breaking if you listen closely.
A classic: Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."
This colloboration between John Legend and the rapper Common was written for the movie Selma (a link to which you can find under "Films".
We can't list great music without having Beyonce! This song, from her album Lemonade, features the rapper Kendrick Lamar.
2Pac Shakur is a controversial artist, but a very gifted one. Turn on 'closed captions' to catch the words, but note that this is a 'cleaned-up' version and there are some blanks in the lyrics.
White Privilege II by Macklemore. While we try to center Black voices as much as possible, we also need to hear from other white people as they process, learn, and grow.
If you're truly brave, Spotify has a playlist called "Black Lives Matter." We can't guarantee lyrics on this one so please click at your own risk! Any song with an "E" beside it contains graphic language. Please click on those at your own risk. Black Lives Matter Playlist