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.

Latino Grandfather, Pregnant Woman Tasered at Baptism — But Don’t Call the Cops Racist [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 3 2009, 11:21AM

Via our @racialjustice Twitter account, from RaceWire reader @JoseDelBarrio, comes this video with some all-too-familiar themes. A Latino family in Manassas, Virginia, is celebrating the baptism of their two young boys, at a party held in their grandfather’s backyard….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

DC Lobbyist Firm Abandons Truth Entirely, Forges NAACP Letters to Congressman

by Channing Kennedy on July 31 2009, 12:03PM

Question: Why would the NAACP come out against measures ensuring racial and gender equity in the green economy? Answer: They won’t. Just forge their name on something and call it a day, dude. At least that’s the solution reached…

Topics: Politics

RaceWire Goes to the Movies: Harry Potter Edition

by Channing Kennedy on July 17 2009, 5:47PM

Since the RaceWire group review of Star Trek sparked such a great discussion, and because we’re nerds, we played hooky from work on Wednesday to catch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. (Does it count as playing hooky if…


“Reverse Racism”: Word Distracts from the Big White Elephant of Systemic Racism

by Channing Kennedy on July 16 2009, 11:47AM

Ever since Sonia Sotomayor, a Latina woman, was first mentioned as a contender for the Supreme Court, we’ve heard a lot from some quarters about how her success has been nothing more than the result of ‘reverse racism.’ ARC’s…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Sotomayor Hearing, Day Two: Who We’re Reading [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on July 14 2009, 11:34AM

Live streaming coverage of the Sotomayor confirmation hearings Today is day two of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. In addition to our own coverage right here on RaceWire, here’s who we’re watching. (And here’s our list from yesterday.)…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Sotomayor’s Opening Remarks [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on July 13 2009, 12:53PM

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Transcript here. Let’s dig into it in the comments. To get us started, here’s Adam Serwer at Tapped with his breakdown….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

RaceWire Allies Liveblogging Sotomayor Hearings [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on July 13 2009, 10:33AM

Hoo boy! Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings kicked off this morning, and like RaceWire’s Debayani Kar said earlier, this thing is going to be lousy with clumsy conservative race and gender politics. Not to mention a foregone…

Topics: Video & Multimedia on the Obamas in Africa

by Channing Kennedy on July 10 2009, 6:34PM

Hours ago, the First Family arrived in Accra, Ghana, on their way home from events in Russia and Italy. MSNBC’s has been covering the Ghanaian anticipation to this historic visit, and the politics around it, with their massive Obamas…

Topics: Global Affairs

Obama’s Foreclosure Plan Not Doing Enough

by Channing Kennedy on July 6 2009, 3:13PM

Today, Tim Fernholz at Tapped looks at the numbers around the Obama administration’s Making Home Affordable program, which aimed to work with banks to provide options to homeowners facing foreclosure. … a variety of reporters, including myself, were able to…


WBAI in New York Interviews Terry Keleher on “Jump-Starting Racial Justice”

by Channing Kennedy on July 6 2009, 2:16PM

Terry Keleher, coordinator of the Applied Research Center’s Racial Justice Leadership Action Network and a blogger for RaceWire, was a guest this week on WBAI-New York’s ‘Talk Back!’ with host Hugh Hamilton. Terry discussed Racial Equity Impact Assessments and Truth…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Politics

Tammy Johnson on BBC News: Does It Matter if Michael Jackson was Black or White? [AUDIO]

by Channing Kennedy on June 29 2009, 1:05PM

This morning, Applied Research Center’s Tammy Johnson appeared on BBC Radio’s “World Have Your Say” program to discuss the identity politics surrounding Michael Jackson’s appearance, sparked by Jamie Foxx’s comments at the Black Entertainment Awards that Jackson ‘belongs’ to…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Race-Baiting Gay Marriage Opponents Foiled by Integration

by Channing Kennedy on June 26 2009, 2:43PM

Adam Serwer, better known to some as dnA, has an excellent post over at the American Prospect on the color of LGBT activism in Washington, D.C., and how it’s changing — and not changing — the political landscape. In…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen Featured on RBF Democracy in Action Podcast (AUDIO)

by Channing Kennedy on June 19 2009, 11:02AM

Check out the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s “Beyond Voting: Democracy in Action” podcast series. ARC head and ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen is interviewed in “The Philanthropy Forum: Defining Civic Engagement,” in which she discusses the importance to a movement of…

Topics: Colorlines Press

Rinku Sen on HuffPost: “The White Supremacist in Us”

by Channing Kennedy on June 18 2009, 2:18PM

Check out Rinku Sen’s new article at the Huffington Post, “The White Supremacist in Us.” Rinku takes a closer look at the three tragic shootings in the past couple of weeks, and warns against dismissing the racism in each…


“Merit”: Word Hijacks the Conversation around Racial Disparities [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on June 18 2009, 12:55PM

Welcome to the second installment of our new video series, WORD!, in which we take a look at the language that controls the discourse around race. Today’s WORD! is: “Merit” In a meritocracy, perfection is realized. It has to…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Dole Goes Bananas Over Documentary on Nicaraguan Worker Abuse

by Channing Kennedy on June 16 2009, 4:36PM

BANANAS!* trailer from WG Film on Vimeo. Two years ago, twelve Nicaraguan banana plantation workers traveled to Los Angeles and sued Dole Food Co. Inc. They won $1.58 million. The crime? Continued use of the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP), which…

Topics: Global Affairs, Health

GOP Racist Emailers Save Reputations with Snappy Apologies

by Channing Kennedy on June 15 2009, 4:50PM

When South Carolina GOP operative Mike Green was confronted with the above screenshot of his Twitter account, and asked if he had really ‘tweeted’ that, he answered “I don’t know. Let me give you a call back.” Nice save,…

Topics: Politics

Drug Policy is a Race and Poverty Issue — Let’s Push for Action

by Channing Kennedy on June 15 2009, 4:11PM

Ethan Nadelmann, director of Drug Policy Alliance, addressed the America’s Future Now conference last week, calling for broader and stronger involvement by progressives against draconian drug laws that disproportionately affect communities of color. From his remarks: The issue of race…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Iranian Protests Over Ahmedinejad’s Dubious “Landslide” Met With Violence

by Channing Kennedy on June 13 2009, 9:49AM

I woke up this morning anxious to check the results of the Iranian elections, in no small part because I’m a politics nerd, but also because I’ve been so moved by the photos coming out of Tehran of Mousavi’s…

Topics: Global Affairs

Working Mothers of Color Can’t Opt Out of Working, Motherhood

by Channing Kennedy on June 12 2009, 3:10PM

Ann Friedman has an excellent piece at the American Prospect, “When Opting Out Isn’t an Option.” In it, she addressed a conversation that the media’s been having with itself about women making the choice to ‘opt out’ of their…