The two great minds of Anna Deavere Smith and Dr. Cornel West come together in a discussion following the concluding performance of TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992. This event is moderated by our friends at Broadway Black.
Haiti’s recent tragedies revives a conversation about disaster, aid, and how people recover. Then, a discussion about perspective on the 30th anniversary of the Crown Heights riots.
After a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s southwestern region, many of us were left wondering — what does it mean to best support Haiti through disaster? And if the global community has donated so much humanitarian aid to prevent devastation, why does it keep happening? Is Haiti cursed?
Guest host Nadege Green confronts history, anti-blackness and the way forward with Dr. Marlene Daut, professor and Associate Director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Listen as they explore the origins of Haiti’s image as a “cursed” country and how that image is rooted in anti-blackness.
Then, we turn to a conversation with playwright Anna Deveare Smith about the unrest that gripped Crown Heights, Brooklyn almost 30 years ago. How are social narratives shaped, and can we benefit from a shared one that celebrates difference?
For the full episode presented by WNYC Studios visit their website here.
Tomorrow is one year since the murder of George Floyd rocked the world. This image is of the lynching memorial in Montgomery Alabama, which chronicles with weathered steel, the history of violence against blacks.