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Channing Kennedy

Channing Kennedy
Channing Kennedy Video & Multimedia Manager
Oakland, CA

Channing Kennedy is an Oakland-based writer, filmmaker and performer. As ARC’s video and multimedia manager, Channing works closely with reporters, researchers, advocates, communities, artists and musicians to tell human stories about big issues. Since joining ARC in 2008, he’s helped realize Colorlines’ full potential as a multiplatform daily news site, shaping its social media persona, engaging its community, and overseeing all parts of video production and strategy.

Channing’s reporting and commentary appears regularly on Colorlines.com; his work on race and the internet has also appeared at NPR, Good.is, Tomorrow Magazine, the American Prospect, PostBourgie, Feministing, the Root, the Etsy blog and elsewhere. In 2010, Channing edited and co-wrote Colorlines’ first-ever TV special “Race and Economic Recovery,” which aired on LinkTV; in 2012, he moderated the Facing Race Conference’s first-ever panel on race and comedy, engaging with W. Kamau Bell, Negin Farsad, Jay Smooth, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay. He enrolled in and dropped out of Truman State University in 1998, committing instead to a year of volunteer service with Americorps*NCCC. Prior to joining ARC, he ran a midwestern outsider-art record label for six years.

Channing is @thatssochanning on Twitter.

Readers Debate Obama: Best or Worst Black President?

Readers Debate Obama: Best or Worst Black President?

by Channing Kennedy on September 24 2010, 12:59AM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Media

Readers Demand Executive Realness, in Politics and Fashion

Readers Demand Executive Realness, in Politics and Fashion

by Channing Kennedy on September 17 2010, 4:24PM

ColorLines readers sound off on the DREAM Act, Gabby Sidibe and rattails.

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Readers Want Justice for All on 9/11 Anniversary

Readers Want Justice for All on 9/11 Anniversary

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2010, 6:05PM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Media

Readers Prefer Net Neutrality to Glenn Beck

Readers Prefer Net Neutrality to Glenn Beck

by Channing Kennedy on August 28 2010, 9:17AM

A roundup of the week’s best ColorLines conversations.

Topics: Media

Readers Debate Identity Politics, at Church, at Home, and at Yacht

Readers Debate Identity Politics, at Church, at Home, and at Yacht

by Channing Kennedy on August 13 2010, 7:00PM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

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Readers React: Tackling Facebook's Racism (On Facebook)

Readers React: Tackling Facebook’s Racism (On Facebook)

by Channing Kennedy on August 6 2010, 7:21PM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Technology

White Conservatives Own the

White Conservatives Own the “Race Conversation” (Now With Stats!)

by Channing Kennedy on August 6 2010, 11:20AM

Meanwhile, we’re ignoring what really matters.

Topics: Media, Shirley Sherrod

Readers Sound Off On Essence Drama, Arpaio Mess

Readers Sound Off On Essence Drama, Arpaio Mess

by Channing Kennedy on July 30 2010, 1:47PM

Some of the week’s best reader driven conversations.

Topics: Media

South Asians: Time Magazine's Sorry You're Offended

South Asians: Time Magazine’s Sorry You’re Offended

by Channing Kennedy on July 16 2010, 2:10PM

The editors issue a non-apology after Joel Stein’s humor column offers up racist stereotypes.

Topics: Media

That's the Way She Likes to Judge: Luther Campbell Backs Kagan

That’s the Way She Likes to Judge: Luther Campbell Backs Kagan

by Channing Kennedy on July 8 2010, 4:54PM

The would-be Supreme Court justice helped defend 2 Live Crew from obscenity charges.

Topics: Elena Kagan

Rabbi Who Brought Down Helen Thomas Has Great 'Mexican' Impression

Rabbi Who Brought Down Helen Thomas Has Great ‘Mexican’ Impression

by Channing Kennedy on June 7 2010, 6:53PM

UPDATE 1:00PM ET: Though the ‘Holy Weather’ video has been removed from youtube by the uploader, Mediaite has re-posted it. Embedded above. ………… This weekend, thirty seconds of video surfaced in which veteran DC reporter Helen Thomas, in a snippet…

Topics: Media

“White Christian Terrorist” Still an Oxymoron in 2010

by Channing Kennedy on June 2 2010, 2:29PM

This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the nation’s new National Security Strategy. There’s a lot improved over the previous version from 2006 (the one that used the word “preemption”), and a lot to praise. The Obama version…

Topics: National Security

Friday Twitter Break: We'll 'Oilwells' Love BP.

Friday Twitter Break: We’ll ‘Oilwells’ Love BP.

by Channing Kennedy on May 28 2010, 2:33PM

With regards to the Dolly Parton song. Catch us on Twitter @racialjustice; there’s also a handy directory of our staff tweeters. And our Tumblr is just bristling with colorful charts and horrifying screengrabs from around the web, for your sharing…

Topics: Technology

Rand Paul Hates Institutional Racism (Except the Part Where You Elect Him)

by Channing Kennedy on May 20 2010, 1:10PM

Earlier this week, Rand Paul, noted libertarian son of noted libertarian Ron Paul, was doing great. He had harnessed the support of the Tea Party and the mainstream GOP, overcome gloomy initial polling numbers, and seized Kentucky’s Republican Senate…

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The NYT Demonstrates How Not to Talk About Immigration

The NYT Demonstrates How Not to Talk About Immigration

by Channing Kennedy on May 19 2010, 9:00AM

A colorblind, white-as-default, fact-phobic approach typifies the many shortcomings of our dialogue around race, values and immigration.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Media

Friday Twitter Break: Ethnic Studies, Schmethnic Studies

Friday Twitter Break: Ethnic Studies, Schmethnic Studies

by Channing Kennedy on May 14 2010, 5:18PM

I couldn’t find a screengrabbable tweet of my favorite quote of the week, so I just have to tell you about it manually. Here it is: Nobody taught me anything about my cultural heritage in school. That’s white right-wing blogger…

Topics: Technology

5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew's Arizona SB1070 Poll

5 Real Reasons to Ignore Pew’s Arizona SB1070 Poll

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2010, 9:00AM

Big new polls show majority support for Arizona’s new immigration law. Don’t believe them.

Topics: Arizona's SB 1070, Immigration, Media

Deprofiler.com Ends Racial Profiling, with Printable White-Person Masks

by Channing Kennedy on May 4 2010, 2:02PM

Being brown in Arizona has been tough, at least since the arrival of people relatively less brown. And now, recent Arizona legislation like SB 1070 has moved to make it illegal to be Latino, to look Latino, to sound Latino…

Topics: Immigration

Friday Twitterbreak: Arizona Goddam, aka #SB1070 Edition

by Channing Kennedy on April 23 2010, 5:46PM

…and I mean every word of it. Some non-#SB1070 tweets behind the cut, because this is the Friday Twitterbreak, and you’ve earned that break. —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —- —-…

Topics: Immigration

Daryl Gates: The Thin Blue Line Between Personal and Structural Racism

by Channing Kennedy on April 16 2010, 3:31PM

From the LA Times today: Daryl F. Gates, the rookie cop who rose from driver for a legendary chief to become chief himself, leading the Los Angeles Police Department during a turbulent 14-year period that found him struggling to keep…

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