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; his work on race and the internet has also appeared at NPR,, 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.

Drop Everything: Systemic Racism Affects White Tanning-Bed Enthusiasts

by Channing Kennedy on April 1 2010, 11:47AM

Two Sundays ago, with the passage of health care reform, the racial hierarchy of America changed forever. And with it, the racial justice movement must change. For years I’ve suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some,…

Topics: Media

Tea Partiers Bring Best Epithets for House Democrats

by Channing Kennedy on March 22 2010, 1:56PM

On Sunday, Capitol Hill was flooded with protesters demanding that the Obama administration make good on its promises to move immigration reform forward. The protests got lots of coverage on all the cable news networks, and the views and goals…

Topics: Media

Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at White House, Protesting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

by Channing Kennedy on March 18 2010, 2:56PM

Breaking news at AMERICABlog: Following an appearance this morning at a Human Rights Campaign rally in Washington, D.C., Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo proceeded to the White House and handcuffed themselves to the front gate to protest the…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

CNN, Fearing a ‘Dobbs Gap,’ Hires RedState’s Erick Erickson

by Channing Kennedy on March 17 2010, 8:54AM

How desperate is CNN for viewers — any viewers? Last week we dealt with their “HAPPENING NOW: DEPARTMENT OF JIHAD?” chyrons (and the subsequent apologies). And this week, they’ve announced that they’re hiring Erick Erickson, editor of right-wing blog,…

Topics: Media

Today! Live Chat on “ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery”

by Channing Kennedy on February 16 2010, 9:01PM

Today at 1PM EST, join us for a special live chat about our new TV special, “ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery,” which aired on LinkTV on Friday night and is now at our YouTube channel. We’ll be discussing the themes…


State of Whose Union?: Obama and Race at One Year [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on January 28 2010, 2:21AM

“I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone. ” President Barack Obama almost gave us a call to action tonight. Commentators Chris Rabb and Lola Adesioye sat down with ColorLines’s Tammy Johnson following…


SC Lt. Gov. Bauer: Free School Lunches Encourage ‘Stray Animals’ to ‘Breed’

by Channing Kennedy on January 23 2010, 9:54PM

image / Associated Press. That’s Bauer in the purple. At a recent town hall meeting, South Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer criticized the children of poor families, using an impressively dehumanizing metaphor and flunking basic causality in the process….


No Coalition, No Coakley. Some Conan.

by Channing Kennedy on January 20 2010, 12:22PM

So! Last night the Democrats lost a sure thing in Massachusetts, and a Teabagger who once posed semi-nude for Cosmo won the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat — a seat that hasn’t been Republican for most of a century —…

Topics: Media

David Brooks Sees Racism In Avatar; Body Presumed Snatched

by Channing Kennedy on January 8 2010, 1:28PM

File under WTF — David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist, has written a column about James Cameron’s visually stunning, politically gross Avatar. That’s not weird in itself, but check this out: “Avatar” is a racial fantasy par excellence. ……

Topics: Media

Will Race Matter in the New Decade? Bank On It, with ARC and ColorLines.

by Channing Kennedy on December 16 2009, 6:17AM

One of ARC’s most entertaining and popular programs this year was our series of WORD videos. You forwarded, posted, and played them often, unveiling racially coded language to thousands of viewers. Now, Tammy Johnson, our resident vlogger, asks for…


Shoshana Johnson Wins CNN While Being Female, Black, Herself [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on November 6 2009, 1:59PM

Comparing this data (from Media Metters’ Cable Diversity report): to this empirical evidence: … we can see clear benefits to white males in keeping women and people of color off the air. for those of you without audio: Crooks and…

Topics: Media

Fight Halloween Bigotry! Dress Provocatively Proactive With These Costume Ideas

by Channing Kennedy on October 30 2009, 4:20PM

image via We’ve all seen the many racist and sexist Halloween costumes on the market this year (and every year). And this soft bigotry, through objectifying imagery under the pretense of parody or entertainment, absolutely must be named,…

Topics: Media

Making Paths at the Opportunity to Learn Education Summit

by Channing Kennedy on October 28 2009, 4:50PM

This November 5-7 in Washington DC, the Schott Foundation for Public Education and its partners are presenting the second annual Opportunity to Learn Education Summit. The OTL Summit is dedicated to equalizing educational opportunities, in the face of data…


Congressional Coffee-and-Collating CAIR Conspiracy Clearly a Crock

by Channing Kennedy on October 22 2009, 10:43AM

In case you forgot to look out for the well-being of your country last week, four brave Congressional Republicans have uncovered a conspiracy at the highest levels of American government: an established lobbying group is working to get unpaid…

Topics: Politics

Today! Chat with ColorLines’ Tammy Johnson on WEAA’s ‘Listen Up!’

by Channing Kennedy on October 16 2009, 6:13AM

Today at 7PM EST / 4PM PST, tune into’s ‘Listen Up! with Justin Jones-Fosu’ call-in and interview show, to hear our own Tammy Johnson go toe-to-toe with fellow interviewees and callers alike. The topics this week, from the show’s…


Louisiana Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License, for the Kids’ Sake

by Channing Kennedy on October 15 2009, 2:42PM

From the Associated Press: HAMMOND, La. — A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the…


Facing the Kool-Aid Recovery with Columbia U. Prof. Dorian Warren [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on October 15 2009, 11:21AM

The AP reports that “more than 80 percent of economists believe the recession is over.” But they don’t face up to the much higher unemployment and poverty in communities of color across the US. “The last full employment program…

Topics: Economy, Video & Multimedia

Rich Benjamin’s ‘Searching For Whitopia’ NYC Book Launch This Thursday

by Channing Kennedy on October 6 2009, 6:08AM

Demos, the Applied Research Center, and The Nation Institute are proud to host the New York City book launch of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey Into the Heart of White America, featuring author Rich Benjamin and Nation columnist Eric…


Join Us and Green For All to Tell Congress: Green Jobs for Everyone!

by Channing Kennedy on October 1 2009, 1:22PM

On September 30th, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. The draft legislation includes access and opportunity in the clean energy-economy, and strong climate standards. Join our partners at Green…


ACORN is the New Dirty Word: Rinku Sen at New America Media

by Channing Kennedy on October 1 2009, 11:47AM

Check out ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen’s new op-ed at New America Media, in which she takes on the dangerous double standard behind the attacks on ACORN, and the consequences of not fighting back: The attack on ACORN isn’t about fighting…

Topics: Politics