Culture & Community News

Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller, What’s the Matter with Kansas?, visits Write On! Radio on January 24th to talk about his new book, Pity the Billionaire. Frank will also discuss how the “Right” has managed to frame the debate about economic policy in a way that benefits the rich at the expense of everyone else.

Thursday, July 15, 9 AM on KFAI Radio’s Catalyst:politics & culture (NEW DAY.NEW TIME), we kick off a series of reports from the US SOCIAL FORUM (in June n Detroit). ELI MEYERHOFF, a U of MN grad student and activist, talks about a growing student movement for acess to college and upholding multicultural and ethnic studies.

Tune in to Catalyst:politics & culture at a new time THURSDAY July 8, 9 AM, to as Lydia Howell interviews Twin Cities Indigenous/Native American playwright, RHIANA YAZZIE, about her new play ADY (premiering JULY 9-25 at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis). Cast members will also perform excerpts from the play. Ms.

TUYNE in to KAI’s Art Matters Thur.May 6, 7pm tp hear artist-curators TINA and XAVIER TAVERA talk about the exhibition Independence & Revolution 1810/1910/2010 (through May 28) at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Live-sreaming & archived for 2 weeks after broadcast on the Art Matters page at http://www.kfai.org.

Health Notes will end its African History Month tribute by talking with teacher, mentor and founder of WE WIN Institute.

Titilayo Bediako was born and raised in Minnesota, and is the daughter of civil rights leader Matthew Little. She is instrumental in using African and African American history to African American youth through WE WIN Institute ( a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic and social success of all children)

Bediako says participating in African rituals helps give African-American youth a sense that they belong to something larger than themselves or their surroundings.

She says that’s something she never received when she was in school. After graduating from high school, she moved to Tennessee where she joined an African history study group. “The more I studied and the more I learned about myself, the more my given name, which was Michelle Little, didn’t fit the person I had become,” says Bediako.
The name Titilayo is from the Yoruba of Nigeria. She says it means “everlasting happiness.” Bediako is from the Ashanti people of Ghana and it means, “born to struggle for her people.”

Symbols of Kwanzaa, celebrated by African-Americans in December. Participating in African-rooted rituals and ceremonies, like Kwanzaa, is one way African-Americans nurture their African side. “So I get everlasting happiness in struggling for my people,” says Bediako. “The one thing that I’ve learned is that struggling for African people makes it possible to struggle for all people.”

Like Bediako, many African-Americans have adopted African names. However, despite attempts to identify with Africans, African-Americans carry the physical and emotional baggage of slavery and racism. Bediako says many African-Americans have poor self-esteem because they were born in a country that historically has devalued their lives.

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Week 2 of our Pledge Drive takes off like a rocket. Join hosts Britt Aamodt, Amanda Balagur, Michael Fischbein and Mike Stapp as they take to the air waves with more highlights from recent Wave Project shows. Great music, fun stories, interesting discussions: all provided by members of the community on KFAI’s public access program. What you’ll hear is out of this world!

Tou Saiko Lee, a rapper and spoken word artist from St. Paul, is featured in a NY Times video profile. He talks about keeping his Hmong heritage alive and using hip-hop to share his culture.

Join Dixie Treichel & John Townsend for a Fresh Fruit:node/89 celebrating GLBT trailblazers with guests Judy Chicago & Charles Nolte on Thursday April 17, 7:30–8:30pm.

With increasing abuse of prescription drugs affecting every facet of society, Dr. Mel Pohl talks with Kinshasha about treating chronic pain without the use of opiates and/or other prescription painkillers. Focus is on a holistic approach to living with chronic pain.

A tribute mix to the Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business and Soul Brother #1—-James Brown. Featuring interviews with Don Cornelius, Dave March, Sammy Davis Jr.

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