Life & Arts

In Black America Podcast
1:09 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

A Tribute to the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., In Black America presents a tribute to the slain civil rights leader. During the less than 13 years of King’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America than the previous 350 years had produced. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

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Life & Arts
6:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Interview: Redhead Looking For Love And Confronting Past Bullying in New Film

Scott Harris discussing his romantic pursuits in a still shot from his film "Being Ginger."
Scott Harris

A film is holding its U.S. Premiere in Austin Monday night. It’s a documentary called “Being Ginger” and it’s all about what it’s like to be a redhead – or as they say across the pond – a “ginger.” Texas Ex – and redhead – Scott Harris directed, produced and stars in the film.

The premise of “Being Ginger” is a redhead – Harris – looking for love. Harris says he wanted to make the documentary because of some of the strange, even disturbing experiences he's had that were based solely on his hair color.

On Some of His Strange "Ginger" Experiences:

"I was walking down the street one night... and these two, random drunk girls come out of a club and they start calling me 'ginger' and sort of harass me – it's playful harassment – but it was a little harassment and I ignored it and I kept walking. And eventually they caught up to me and one of them eventually says, 'You're quite sexy for a ginger.' And I was standing there thinking, 'Is that even a compliment, what do you mean for a ginger?' And then while I was thinking about it she said, 'Do you wait to kiss me?' And I was like, yeah, sure so we kissed for about two or three seconds in the street and then she walked off with her friend going, 'I kissed a ginger, I kissed a ginger.'"

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Get Involved
9:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: Foundation for the Homeless

Foundation for the Homeless (FFH) is a nonprofit organization that works with low-income children and adults who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness. FFH provides a range of prevention, emergency basic needs services and case management to prevent, end or reduce the suffering of homelessness. 

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In Black America Podcast
12:52 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

In Black America Podcast: T. J. Ford

T. J. Ford
playmakeronline.com

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with T. J. Ford. Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford was born on March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas. From a young age, Ford dreamed of being a basketball player.

Before long, Ford experienced championship success for himself when he led Willowridge High School to the Class 5A Texas State Basketball Championship. His team was so dominant during that period, with teammates Daniel Ewing and Ivan McFarland, that they posted a 62 game winning streak. After high school, he decided to stay close to home and play basketball at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Books
10:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

In 'Midnight in Mexico,' Alfredo Corchado Searches for Home

Alfredo Corchado recently spoke with KUT about his memoir, "Midnight in Mexico."
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Dallas Morning News correspondent Alfredo Corchado has been reporting in Mexico over the past 20 years.

He left the U.S. for Mexico in 1994 – a decision that’s long frustrated his mother. She and his father had moved his family to the U.S. to work as migrant farmers decades earlier.

Corchado writes about his troubled relationship with his birth country in his memoir, “Midnight in Mexico.” A movie is in the works. He recently spoke to KUT about his experiences. 

Music
8:26 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:10 am

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Arts Eclectic
9:57 am
Mon December 30, 2013

See "The Mutt-cracker" at the Vortex

For the past several years, the people and animals of Circus Chickendog have presented our fair city with their own unique take on Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. In their version, the story is told not through ballet but through animal acts and circus performances. 

In addition to the six starring dogs performers (and a scarlet macaw in the title role), The Mutt-cracker (Sweet!) features a number of human performers, including jugglers, unicyclists, musicians and much more.

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In Black America Podcast
12:51 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The Life and Legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

Dr. John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with late Dr. John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.

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In Black America Podcast
2:14 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Workforce Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education

Professor Jerlando F. L. Jackson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Professor Jerlando F.L. Jackson.

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His early career achievements – including becoming the first African-American to be hired, tenured, promoted to full professor, and bestowed a named professorship in his department – have put him in an extremely elite category for professional achievement. 

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Food
7:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast suggests saucy pastas over meat: "They tend to hold up better to the chilling and reheating process."
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Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 8:56 am

When you think about a scrumptious meal, airline food does not come to mind.

There are plenty of challenges to tasty airline meals, like the fact that many airlines now charge you for anything more than a tiny bag of chips and a plastic cup of non-alcoholic drink, at least on domestic flights. Plus, you can't cook on an airplane, so anything you're served has probably been chilled, then reheated. And flight delays certainly don't help with the freshness factor.

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Arts Eclectic
1:06 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

See 'A Christmas Story' at Zach Theater

Like many people of his generation, actor Chris Gibson grew up with the film "A Christmas Story," and in his younger days, he identified with Ralphie, the BB gun coveting protagonist of the movie. Now, with a few decades of life lessons under his belt, he can see eye-to-eye with The Old Man (Ralphie's dad) a little better.

That works out well for Zach Theater's new stage production of "A Christmas Story," in which Gibson plays The Old Man, alongside veteran actress Meredith McCall as his wife and young Keaton Brandt as Ralphie. In preparing for the role, Gibson avoided any additional viewings of the movie version, in an effort to create an interpretation of The Old Man that's separate and distinct from Darren McGavin's performance.

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Arts Eclectic
3:20 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Blue Genie Art Bazaar Marks its 13th Year

At this point, the yearly Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an Austin holiday shopping tradition. But it hasn't always been this way. The first bazaar was held thirteen years ago, when an employee remarked that they should try a Christmas show. The folks at Blue Genie decided to give it a try, sold some stuff, and a tradition was born.

Now, the bazaar features works by well over 100 artists and lasts for nearly a month. Open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm every day through Christmas Eve, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar aims to create an Austin-style holiday shopping experience. All merchandise is handmade by local artists, and in addition to the handmade arts and crafts for sale, there's a bar, occasional live music, and artist talks. 

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In Black America Podcast
1:38 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

In Black America Podcast: Remembering Actor, Activist Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis
chacha.com

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with screen and stage legends Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

Playwright, director, producer, actor, and advocate for civil and social rights, Davis was a passionate man with many achievements. As an actor, he starred on stage and in films based on race-conscious issues including "A Raisin in the Sun," "No Way Out," "The Joe Lewis Story," and received an NAACP Image Award for his work in "Do the Right Thing." He appeared on several television series, such as "The Defenders," "The Client," "Queen," "The Stand," and "Evening Shade."

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2013 in Review
3:44 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Take A Look At The Top Tweeted Moments Of The Year

Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:02 pm

We're preparing to bid adieu to 2013, which means it's time for the ever-reliable year-end lists. NPR's Book Concierge lets you explore the best books of the year. NPR Music chronicled the best albums. And Twitter is out with the biggest tweets and most-tweeted moments of 2013.

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2013 in Review
1:37 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Things We Did And Said In 2013, According To Facebook

What the world was talking about on Facebook in 2013. The social media site released a review of the most popular topics, events, and places Wednesday.
Facebook

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 4:38 pm

Did you travel in 2013? Perhaps you went to Disneyland. Or maybe you met someone special or watched the Super Bowl. Those moments of commonality are being highlighted by Facebook, which today released its list of the year's most popular topics, events and places.

After we spent a few moments reviewing the most common life events people reported in 2013, the list reads a bit like a 10-sentence short story — perhaps a fable or a coming-of-age tale.

See what you think: Here are the events Facebook says "people added to their Timeline most frequently in 2013."

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