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.

“Care”: Word Means the Public’s Health Isn’t Optional [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on October 1 2009, 5:59AM

With Max Baucus sinking the public option in committee, and debate still raging about our national health crisis, let’s take a step back from the discussion and look at the fundamentals of our conversation. When we say ‘health care,’…

Topics: Health, Video & Multimedia

Justice For Jazz Artists! [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 30 2009, 11:33AM

From Justice for Jazz Artists! (J4JA!) is a campaign started by jazz musicians at AFM, Local 802 to bring benefits to musicians who work in jazz clubs in NY State. In 2006, the NY State Legislature repealed the…


Bipartisanship Works Great (For Killing the Public Option)

by Channing Kennedy on September 29 2009, 1:53PM

“I voted bipartisanly! LOL” Earlier this morning, the Senate Finance Committee, headed by Sen. Max “Bipartisanship Over Public Good” Baucus (D-MT), voted down Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s (D-WV) relatively robust public option amendment to their version of the health care…

Topics: Health, Politics

Gardasil or Deportation? White Teen’s Case Highlights Racist Double Standard

by Channing Kennedy on September 28 2009, 6:00AM

Via Feministing comes the story of Simone Davis, a 17-year-old native Briton described as “an aspiring elementary school teacher and devout Christian.” Simone’s grandmother Jeannie, her legal guardian and a US citizen, has been trying for the last decade…

Topics: Immigration

Stephen Colbert Effectively Summarizes Modern Racism [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 25 2009, 1:49PM

It’s all here: the ‘race card card,’ racial redbaiting, tokenism (‘blackwashing’), health care as reparations, post-racial political kabuki — even an admission that the Colbert Report has no Black writers and a reference to the Cracker Barrel. The Colbert ReportMon…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Who Will Protect Our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Pain-Profiting Billionaires? [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 25 2009, 6:01AM

Thank you, celebrities, for fighting for what’s right: Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell And for those of you who are textual learners, here’s some historical and metaphorical perspective from the always-on-point never-not-blunt Milt Shook at Please… Cut The…

Topics: Health, Video & Multimedia

Seth Wessler on WBAI: Racism Rigged the Economy [AUDIO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 23 2009, 12:59PM

Our own Seth Wessler appeared on WBAI’s Talk Back! with Hugh Hamilton last week. Seth and Hugh discussed racial disparities in the economy, as detailed in ARC’s Race and Recession report from earlier this year. Topics covered by the interview…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Race and Recession

Yes, Actual Video of Obama Calling Kanye a ‘Jackass’ [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 17 2009, 12:30PM

All right, let’s get this over with. Yes, this is the first Black President of the United States calling a black musician a ‘jackass’ for his stunt at the VMAs. No, this will not ‘alienate Obama’s base,’ and yes, this…


Astronaut Hernandez Stands Up for Immigrant Rights

by Channing Kennedy on September 17 2009, 9:53AM

We talked a couple of weeks ago about NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez’s historic shuttle voyage. Since he’s touched back down to Earth, the story has gotten more interesting, as Hernandez has refused to be repudiated by NASA for speaking…

Topics: Immigration

Tonight in NYC, Rinku Sen on Barnard’s New Feminist Activism Panel

by Channing Kennedy on September 16 2009, 12:45PM

Hey, RaceWire readers in NYC! Our Own Rinku Sen is speaking at Barnard College’s New Feminist Activism panel, tonight at 6:30 PM. From Barnard: This panel on New Feminist Activism will explore how young feminist activists are engaging with struggles…


Forget Joe Wilson; I Stand With Serena Williams

by Channing Kennedy on September 16 2009, 9:39AM

Serena Williams has been fined for an outburst during a U.S. Open semi-finals match, but the press is still churning about it, or, more specifically, about whether she’s apologized enough. If only she’d yelled at the President, instead of…

Topics: Sports

“Official Hate”: Nezua Explains Immigration’s 287(g) Provision [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 15 2009, 2:10PM

News With Nezua | Sept. 07, 2009 | 287g from nezua on Vimeo. If you’re like me, you know where you stand on the immigration debate (i.e. as far away as possible from the old white dudes with guns and…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Right Flu, Wrong Swine

by Channing Kennedy on September 14 2009, 5:55AM

on a serious note: Interested in the facts behind the messaging around swine flu? RaceWire’s Yvonne Liu has written an excellent piece tracing swine flu to factory farm production in America, and showing how the same unfair labor practices that…

Topics: Immigration

Best Photo from the 9/12 Tea Party

by Channing Kennedy on September 13 2009, 11:28AM

Looks like someone saw Rinku’s new video! There’s lots of good coverage across the web; I enjoyed Salon’s even-handed account of the event. Stay tuned to RaceWire for more on the race-politic ramifications of a non-diverse gathering of anti-socialists….


Wilson’s Yelling Works: Dems “Close” Fictional Immigration “Loophole” Stupidly

by Channing Kennedy on September 11 2009, 9:24AM

Haw haw! That Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)! Yelling at the President, like a real clown! What a chump! That’s no way to get things done HEY HUH WHA “We really thought we’d resolved this question of people who are…

Topics: Health, Immigration

Glenn Beck’s Newest Victim: Yosi Sergant Steps Down at NEA

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 2:49PM

EDIT: Initial reports indicated that Sergant was asked to resign from the NEA. Update from the Huffington Post page quoted below: “The NEA has updated their statement to emphasize that Yosi Sargent remains with the agency, but in a…

Topics: Politics

Rinku Sen on “Illegal”: Word is a Gateway to Racism and Exploitation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 11:12AM

Perhaps the most talked-about moment of President Obama’s address to Congress last night followed the dismissal of rumors that the new health care plan would cover ‘illegal immigrants.’ Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) was so outraged that he yelled, from…

Topics: Immigration, Video & Multimedia

Joe Wilson’s Immigration Racism Isn’t Black and White [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 10 2009, 10:28AM

Ta-Nehisi Coates has said some stuff I really dug about the fallacy of approaching racism as though it’s a solely interpersonal problem that’s solvable overnight. That said, I think he’s not addressing the whole picture when he says: I…

Topics: Immigration

Obama’s Full Health Care Address [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on September 9 2009, 6:35PM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Also noteworthy: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor ‘pon de Blackberry; Kennedy’s letter to Obama; Obama comes out and says ‘public option’ but leaves wiggle room; “Those who are…


A Weakened Public Option: Still Obama’s Best Choice?

by Channing Kennedy on September 9 2009, 1:31PM

As President Obama prepares to address Congress tonight (8PM EST), the public option’s future seems dim, but not extinguished. Obama is expected to endorse it, but at this point, even the most liberal of proposed HCR bills has a…

Topics: Health