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27 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Why give thanks during a pandemic?
Much of life in America, and across the globe, grounded to a near halt due to COVID-19. The shutdown in America came as a national resignation that the virus has taken hold and hijacked normalcy, replacing it with fear and uncertainty. The sounds of clapping, cheers, and banging pots and pans from streets, windows and rooftops were public displays of gratitude to thank healthcare workers and first responders. The Rev’s will talk about the importance to pause and give thanks during a pandemic as it’s still with us.
27 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
What Does It Mean to be Black and Free?
In a post-George Floyd era, there is broader recognition of Juneteenth, the holiday celebrated by many African Americans acknowledging the day enslaved Black people were freed. How is the holiday being received today, by a new generation and will it bring Black Americans closer to true liberation and freedom or is this another example of the commodification of Black pain? The Revs, Emmett G. Price III and Irene Monroe break it down in this episode.
30 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Tulsa Massacre: An American Dream Decimated
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, the Revs reflect on this moment and what it means for people in America today, and the remaining survivors from that horrific day 100 years ago. What lessons can be learned and what about reparations?
28 minutes | May 19, 2021
Blackness and Cultural Appropriation Pt. II
After rave reviews and high opinions, The Rev’s decided to follow up the May 5th episode with a continued version. Again they ask, “appreciation or appropriation?”
30 minutes | May 5, 2021
Blackness and Cultural Appropriation
“Whew Chile,” “Slay” and “Yass” are common terms in the media amongst many people, especially white Americans. Ironically, terms that are commonplace in African American Vernacular English were once viewed as a pejorative, but now they are being added to mainstream dictionaries. Cultural appropriation is nothing new especially when Black Americans are the victims – but now that elements of Blackness are into the mainstream, what can Black people do to reclaim the culture we curated and cherish? In this episode, The Revs talk about the history of cultural appropriation, and how oftentimes it’s people who are not Black taking Black culture for their own pleasure.
27 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Black Sexuality: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
Discussing one’s sexuality within the Black community can be taboo. Of course, the man creeping with several women is often a topic of conversation but those who engage in infidelity or who may be LGBTQ can be taboo subjects. The Revs will explore an aspect of our culture that is often left unspoken.
27 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Black Parenting: The joys and challenges
Parenting is tough. Parenting through George Floyd’s murder brings ongoing challenges due to the prevalence of racism. Media, social scientists, and the government have weaponized how black parents raise their children. However, the joys of raising black children-shaping minds and future generations- are invisible. The Revs will talk about the intersectional ancestral ethos of the joys and challenges of black parenting- past and present- highlighting the African proverb, “it takes a village.”
32 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Imagine a world where the impossible becomes possible. Imagine a world where Black and brown people are not burdened with an institution woven with racist fabric. Within the history of African American struggle against racism that often verges on dystopia, a hidden tradition has depicted a transfigured world. Daring to speculate on a future beyond white supremacy, Black utopian artists and thinkers offer powerful visions of ways of being that are built on radical concepts of justice and liberality. This craved paradise has often been reserved for the big screen in the forms of “Zamunda” and “Wakanda.”
26 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
How we live our lives, one year later
A year into the pandemic, the Revs ask, “how are we adapting to this new reality?” People are forced to find their inner strengths to navigate the intersection of faith, culture, and politics during this extended season of disruption.
28 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
The Black Church: Reimagining Our Story and Our Song
Inspired by Henry Louis Gates’ recent 2-part, 4-hour documentary on the history, resilience, vitality and future of the Black Church, the Revs discuss how we might reimagine the future of post-COVID The Black Church. They will share their dreams, visions and hope as well as their fears, concerns and the challenges. Join them for this special episode of the All Rev’d Up Podcast brought to you with support from The Corporation For Public Broadcasting.
29 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
This IS who we are
On the ___ birthday of Martin Luther King, the Revs look at Dr. King’s words reminding America, “this is who we are”. As the new year begins, the two different Americas continue to persist. From police treatment towards rioters at the Capitol to a another Black teenager falsely accused of criminality, Black people are experiencing a redux of white supremacy.
29 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Why Representation [Still] Matters
Why does Black representation matter so much to Black communities not just in government but on the big screen too? In this changing landscape where race rests at the forefront, the Revs discuss the value of seeing Black faces in prominent roles in front of and behind the camera.
28 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Surviving the COVID Seasonal Blues
Holiday season is upon us, but this year will be different. Spending time with family is different. Holiday spending will be limited due to economic hardship. Staying safe is prudent this year. Although ‘the COVID seasonal blues’ may hit harder this year, how can Black people keep their faith through this rough period?
29 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Reclaiming Our Time
As we move forward beyond a contentious election, how can Black people reclaim what was lost over the last four years? As The Revs continue forging a path to reclaim Black agency, award-winning columnist, Renee Graham of the Boston Globe joins the conversation.
28 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Where Do We Go from Here, Redux
Following a stressful election, The Revs address the daunting question, ‘Where do we go from here?’ invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King. Despite who wins, there will be a call for healing a divided nation, and The Revs offer a sense of hope and direction.
25 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
As we head into the final days of the 2020 Election, which has monumental impacts, The Revs discuss the history of voter suppression and how it’s still going on. The Revs also discuss how Black people have often been the target of voter suppression efforts.
26 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Should Black people trust medical trials?
Vaccination trials for COVID-19 are being conducted by HBCU medical schools, and some of them are asking for more Black participation, but will Black people be trusting enough of the medicine to try it? Black people are not largely anti-vaxxers, but they understand the history of medical experimentation done on Black bodies. Also, the pandemic has exposed the disparities in America’s healthcare system that has disproportionately affected the Black community.
23 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Grieving During a "Twindemic"
The COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest have upended our daily lives and routines, creating uncertainty and anxiety, and grief. How we grieve and mourn and the practices and rituals that normally bring comfort aren't readily accessible during this incredibly isolating and challenging period. The Revs will talk about how the unique styles of black funerals "home goings" have functioned as both a form of pastoral care and celebration for its bereaved community.
31 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Black Agency and Influence
As the nation continues to confront the ills of systemic racism and oppression, the Black community is using its agency and influence to fight back. The Revs take a look at the power of Black culture in a riveting discussion about athletics, music and faith.
29 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Kamala Harris, First Black Woman
Kamala Harris makes history as the first Black woman on a presidential ticket. As we pay homage to Shirley Chisolm, Reverends Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III take a look at how Harris' selection is being received from the Black community.
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