RadioACTive: November 19, 2020

  • November 19, 2020
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Black Bold and Brilliant: Blax-sasperation, with the Changing the Narrative Team, Utah Film Center and Utah Convos

On Tonight's Show:

A Changing the Narrative Special:


BBB is a virtual panel conversation where important passages in black centric films are used to spark conversations. Our guest speakers and moderators share their perspectives and reflect on lived experiences. Click here to watch the Zoom event

BLAX-SASPERATION: That feeling in the black experience when all exasperation is exhausted. It’s “sick and tired, of being sick and tired” - tired.  It’s the same struggle, endured day in and day out.

Organizers Statment: "In the second installment of BBB, Clips of Spike Lee Joints, Do The Right Thing and BlacKkKlansman serve as the conversation starters, as our panel discuss that feeling of exasperation, the state of the nation, and how black folks can endure blax-sasperation as we wrap up 2020 and move forward through this pandemic, fight for racial justice, and post-election state of affairs, what's next, and what is our path to opportunity, power and self-reliance."

Emceed by Franque Bains

The Panel:

  • Moderated by Aja Washington and Billy Palmer
    • Panelist, Dr. LaShawn C Williams, LCSW is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work program at Utah Valley University. Her research is centered on race, parenting, and faith from the lens of Relational Cultural Theory. She is frequently requested locally, regionally, and nationally to speak on issues of anti-racism and religion and has co-founded multiple professional and cultural spaces working for the uplift and nurturing of Black communities such as The Black Clinicians and The Black LDS Legacy group. She owns Relational Spaces in Orem, Utah where she works as a therapist, educator & consultant to create change across differences where connection matters most.
    • Panelist, Meligha Garfield (he/him) is the inaugural director for the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Utah—a center that works to holistically enrich, educate, and advocate for students, faculty, staff and the broader community through Black centered programming, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Garfield holds a B.A. in Government, with a minor in colonial Latin American history and Africana studies and a Master of Public Administration from New Mexico State University (NMSU) where he was previously the Programs Coordinator for the Black Programs Department. He has implemented outreach and retention services, served as coordinator and advisor in Black programs, and managed numerous departmental programming and events while at NMSU – many of which he hopes to start at the U. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.
    • Panelist, Russell Roots is the User Experience Manager with Utah Film Center and manages diverse community engagement groups while building support, capacity, and awareness of Utah Film Center’s curated film, media education, development events, and fundraisers. He has a background in journalism, radio, media literacy, and has participated on the boards of other arts organizations. Russell had the pleasure of co-producing a fundraising concert last year and focuses his studies on the intersections of marginalized groups in cinema and the rise of white nationalism and other intolerance in the United States.

Views, thoughts, or opinions shared by guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, 90.9fm KRCL. Tonight's RadioACTive team included:

  • Assoc. Producer/Host: Billy Palmer
  • Exec. Producer:  Lara Jones