What's Ray Saying?
Raymond Christian's storytelling is born out of his own life experiences: inner city poverty, race relations, military, family, travel, and adventure.
info_outline EP 19 Black Leadership Part 3 Challanging Authority 08/06/2019
EP 19 Black Leadership Part 3 Challanging Authority Ray explores Black Leadership from the 40's to present its challenges and its legacy
info_outline EP 17 Black American Leadership Part 1 Sources and Origins 06/14/2018
EP 17 Black American Leadership Part 1 Sources and Origins In this episode Ray explores the origins of Black influence and authority in America
info_outline Ep 11 The Storytellers Journey Part 2 04/17/2017
Ep 11 The Storytellers Journey Part 2 In this episode Ray continues to explore his storytelling journey after the Risk show. He talks about his appearance on the Moth Radio hour, a story in Readers Digest and his performance on Snap Judgment, the impact of this story and his reflections on storytelling.
info_outline Ep 10 The Storytellers Journey Part 1 03/29/2017
Ep 10 The Storytellers Journey Part 1 This episode traces storytelling in African American culture, from its roots in Africa, through the Middle Passage and slavery, and continuing through time until today. Ray touches on interesting topics like which stories White people hear and which stories are just for “family.” The episode concludes with Ray’s reflections on his introduction to the art and the first steps in his own journey.
info_outline Ep 9 An Imaginary Past 01/08/2017
Ep 9 An Imaginary Past In this episode Ray looks at the origins of a false narrative of Black American History, its racist origins, the founder of revisionist history regarding the Civil War and Reconstruction, along with its influence on American society today
info_outline Ep 6 Dying While Black 07/26/2016
Ep 6 Dying While Black What happens after death? Not in the metaphysical, existential sense. But quite literally, what happens after death? The history of the handling of bodies of Black decedents has been filled with interesting twists and turns, from blatant desecration to unusual rituals. Explore this topic with me in this episode of What's Ray Saying?
info_outline Ep 5 Line of Departure 07/18/2016
Ep 5 Line of Departure This special episode marks a dividing line between the old and new, where you were and where you're going, what was and what will be. Follow the journey from "seasoning" of slaves, to the life of a domestic worker in the 60's to current questions of assimilation and acculturation.
info_outline Ep 2 Complexion 04/21/2016
Ep 2 Complexion This episode is a literal discussion of skin color- the range of visual nuances of appearances that we consider "Black", how those divisions came to be and their many implications. From the paper bag test and one drop rule to Rachel Dolezal, who is Black and why?
info_outline Ep 1 Life After Slavery 04/02/2016
Ep 1 Life After Slavery In this premiere episode, Ray details the hardships that Blacks experienced after slavery and explores the themes and patterns of struggle that continued through the generations and into his own life. This episode contains special music by Beej Gordy Brooks and cameo "appearances" by Kevin Allison and Kristina Wong.