Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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10:46am

Wed May 1, 2013
Cops & Courts

Dispatches from the Inside: An interview with inmate Richard Gilliam

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation

For over a year, inmate Richard Gilliam has regularly sent us dispatches from prison as part of our Dispatches from the Inside series, to give us a lens into the prison infrastructure housing about 120,000 people in California. During this time, Gilliam has told us about the arbitrary nature of enforcement of the rules, race relations, and watching a cell mate wait too long for critical health care.

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6:41pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Video art project to asks tough questions of African American males

Older generations often want to teach lessons to those that follow. Sometimes, though, those discussions break down and younger generation are left to fend for themselves. Chris Johnson found this to be a particular struggle for black men.

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6:29pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Question Bridge: Do Black men compromise for success?

Older generations often want to impart lessons learned to those that follow, but one Oakland-based project doesn't want to leave that exchange up to chance. Question Bridge: Black Males is a video art installation that features over 150 black males from eleven American cities and towns. The men of all ages, classes, and sexual orientations, take turns asking and answering questions on big life topics, such as love, family, and violence. The project aims to promote constructive dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation, but also to break down limiting stereotypes about black male identity. In this first of five installments, participants Tony Brown, Julian O'Connor, Alex Morgan, and Ronald Porter answer this question, posed by Anthony Trochez: does success require a compromise when you’re a black male.

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5:45pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Question Bridge: Why didn't you leave us with a blueprint?

A group of artists have been hearing questions from the black male community for a while – and they decided to find over 150 black men from around the country who were ready to give thoughtful and difficult answers on some of life’s biggest issues. The result was a video art installation called Question Bridge: Black Males, now on display at theOakland Museum of California. The project aims to promote constructive dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation, but also to break down limiting stereotypes about black male identity. In this second of five installments, participants answer this question, posed by young New York hip-hop artist, Robert Edwards: “Why didn’t ya’ll leave us with the blueprint?”

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5:37pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 30, 2013

"Question Bridge: Black Males." A video art installation that seeks to promote dialogue between black men and the rest of the nation. Plus local musicians The Pacific Boychoir.

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