If you are awarded a grammy, you are considered to be the best artist among your peers. The problem is, the Grammys is a white-dominated organization and while it has long "included" non-white people, specifically Black people in the music business, the industry continues to support, promote and reward music that is harmful to black people in general and black women and girls specifically.
Wednesday, July 15th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika. Dr.Kumanyika is an artist, scholar and an assistant professor in Clemson University’s department of communication studies. He also holds a professorship in the College of Architecture, Art and Humanities. He recently described his participation at a Charleston vigil for the victims of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church. Dr. Kumanyika was asked to take the hand of the person standing next to him. He was seated next to a White woman, and couldn’t bring himself to embrace her hand. He described being unable to shake the feeling that: “When black people and white people clasped hands in the arena that night, the comfort wouldn’t be evenly distributed. The healing wouldn’t flow both ways.” We’re excited to hear his thoughts on the removal of the Confederate flag as well as how South Carolina has evolved in the month since Charleston massacre.
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