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Episode 36 - DeRay McKesson

Givens Foundation | Black Market Reads

Release Date: 11/09/2018

Episode 57 - Morgan Jerkins on her debut novel Caul Baby show art Episode 57 - Morgan Jerkins on her debut novel Caul Baby

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Essayist, memoirist, and, now, novelist Morgan Jerkins sits down with Lissa Jones. She discusses her inspirations for this story, both from her past (as a teenager she worked in her father's OB/GYN practice) and present (she tells us her character Amara was inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris). Though Caul Baby is a work of fiction with hints of magical realism, it is deeply rooted in the experiences of Black womanhood.

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Episode 56 - Poet Javon Johnson show art Episode 56 - Poet Javon Johnson

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Javon Johnson, Ph.D. is a poet, performer, professor and recipient of numerous awards. According to poet Rudy Francisco, Dr. Johnson is “is one of the most brilliant writers in the world”. His new poetry collection, Ain't Never Not Been Black (Button Poetry, 2020).

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Bonus: Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice  show art Bonus: Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice

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Listen to audio of poets reading their work from Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Poems in the wake of racial injustice.

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Episode 55 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James show art Episode 55 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop with Mary Moore Easter and Bernard James

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In this episode, Lissa speaks with Mary Moore Easter, editor and poet, and Bernard James, a poet who lives near the intersection now known as George Floyd Square. They discuss their poetry chapbook in response to the murder of George Floyd. The collection is titled Can't Stop Won't Stop the Rain Taxi Chapbook : Poems in response to the murder of George Floyd (copies can be found on Rain Taxi's website).

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Episode 54 - Claudia Rankine show art Episode 54 - Claudia Rankine

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Launching season six of Black Market Reads, Lissa interviews author Claudia Rankine about her latest work Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020). For highlights from the interview, and to listen to past episodes visit www.blackmarketreads.com.

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Episode 53 - Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III show art Episode 53 - Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III

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Author and scholar Dr. Frank B. Wilderson, III on his latest work, Afropessimism. From his youth in Minneapolis to Apartheid South Africa, Dr. Wilderson is a committed activist for radical social change. His creative, scholarly, and critical work has been published internationally. He is the author of several books, including Incognegro: Memoir of Exile and Apartheid. And Red, White and Black. Dr. Wilderson is a professor of Drama and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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Episode 52 - Carolyn Holbrook show art Episode 52 - Carolyn Holbrook

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Author Carolyn Holbrook discusses her latest work, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, a collection of essays published by the University of Minnesota Press (2020). She is the author of several works including Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys, as well as co-author of Hope in the Struggle the memoir of Dr. Josie Johnson. She now leads More Than A Single Story, a series of community conversations for people of color and indigenous writers and arts activists, and teaches at Hamline University. 

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Episode 51 - Darren Walker show art Episode 51 - Darren Walker

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In this episode, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker discusses his new book From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth, in which he grapples with the paternalistic roots of American philanthropy and envisions a new approach that seeks to address the causes of inequity, rather than the consequences. He discusses the current state of extreme wealth inequality in America and how this inequality is both the result of systemic racism and a contributor to racial disparities. 

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Episode 50 - Justin Phillip Reed show art Episode 50 - Justin Phillip Reed

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In this episode, Lissa speaks with poet and essayist Justin Phillip Reed about his new poetry collection, The Malevolent Volume (2020). His debut collection, Indecency (2018) won the National Book Award for poetry.

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Episode 49 - Mapping Black Identities and Sounds of Blackness show art Episode 49 - Mapping Black Identities and Sounds of Blackness

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In celebration of Black History Month, Black Market Reads participated in an exciting live event hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, featuring stunning performances from the Grammy Award-winning musical group Sounds of Blackness, an interview with Esther Callahan and Keisha Williams, members of the curatorial team responsible for the Mapping Black Identities exhibit now on display at MIA, and Lissa's interview with the iconic Gary Hines, musical director and producer of Sounds of Blackness.

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Education, justice, innocence, and public policy on this very special episode.

First, Lissa speaks with civil right activist, and now author, DeRay Mckesson about his new book On the Other Side of Freedom: the Case for Hope. Then we revisit our interviews with Dr. Artika Tyner and Alexs Pate discussing their work toward greater equity and justice in education.

 

(0:00) DeRay Mckesson became a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement during the 2014 protests in Ferguson, MO when he used social media to document and share with the world what was happening there. He is a civil rights activist and community organizer advocating for victims of police violence and an end to mass incarceration. Mckesson is the co-founder of Campaign Zero – a policy platform to end police violence – and is the host of the award-winning podcast Pod Save the People. He has been named one of Time magazine’s 30 most influential people on the Internet and was #11 on Fortune magazine’s world’s greatest leaders list. This episode was recorded at Shir Tikva Synagogue in Minneapolis.

(16:13) Dr. Artika Tyner is an educator, advocate and author of several books for adults and children, including The Leader's Journey and Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire. In this excerpt she discusses how her early career as a K-12 educator, and the deep disparities she encountered there, inspired her to become a civil rights attorney. She also reads from her children's book, Justice Makes a Difference, and teaches us about the great Paul Robeson.

(32:13) Alexs Pate is the author of many books, including Amistad and Losing Absalom, he also edited the 2015 anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. In this excerpt he reads a piece from his newest work for children, Being You, and describes his project Innocent Classroom which focuses on shifting the paradigm in K-12 education to one in which black children are seen as innocent.