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.

Sujatha Jesudason on Saying No to Medical Racial Profiling [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on March 3 2009, 4:10AM

Generations Ahead’s Sujatha Jesudason pushes back against the bad science that ties bogus racial genetics to health issues, and breaks down how this framework overlooks real environmental and health care access inequities. Sujatha Jesudason is the author of the…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Hey RaceWire Fans — Update Your RSS Feeds plz

by Channing Kennedy on February 24 2009, 2:01PM

As you’ll notice in the next couple of weeks, RaceWire and its sister sites at ColorLines and Applied Research Center are getting a facelift. One of the first wrinkles to be smoothed out is our RSS feed; we’ve finally…


[VIDEO] Rick Santelli on victims of foreclosure: ‘Losers’ who engaged in ‘bad behavior’

by Channing Kennedy on February 19 2009, 2:38PM

In case your brain has been working too well lately, here’s CNBC’s Rick Santelli, laying it down on Obama’s proposed foreclosure rescue plan. To wit: “The government is promoting bad behavior … How about this, president and new administration?…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Rinku Sen on the Huffington Post

by Channing Kennedy on February 19 2009, 10:27AM

Head on over to HuffPo to read ARC executive director Rinku Sen’s new blog post on the media’s sensationalist spinning of Eric Holder’s speech on race. Rinku Sen, “It Takes a Nation of Cowards to Prove Eric Holder Right”…

Topics: News Items

[VIDEO] Eric Holder speaks on systemic racism; media pulls ‘a nation of cowards’ line

by Channing Kennedy on February 18 2009, 2:08PM

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[VIDEO] The Green-Collar Stimulus: Alliances to Strengthen our Economy, our Communities, and our Environment

by Channing Kennedy on February 17 2009, 11:38AM

Ian Kim of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights calls for advocacy groups to join forces, to ensure that the stimulus money gets put into green-collar jobs initiatives at all levels of government, to strengthen our most vulnerable…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

[VIDEO] Racial Justice and the Employee Free Choice Act: Richard Trumka Interview pt. 2

by Channing Kennedy on February 10 2009, 9:51AM

In the second installment of Tammy Johnson’s interview with AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Richard Trumka, Mr. Trumka outlines the Employee Free Choice Act and its potential to bring equity to communities of color. Visit to learn about and endorse the…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Jesse Lee Peterson “shocks” Hannity [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on February 4 2009, 2:02PM

It’s common knowledge that if a Black commentator is on Fox News, he or she is there to, oh let’s say “raise an issue” about the Black community. And by “raise an issue,” we of course mean “say something…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Unions for Racial Justice: Interview with AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka

by Channing Kennedy on January 29 2009, 12:04PM

Not long after Obama took office, ARC’s Tammy Johnson spoke with the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka about his rousing speech to the United Steelworkers Union, calling for the labor movement to fully embrace Barack Obama. Visit to learn about…


Inaugurating a New American Narrative [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on January 22 2009, 2:11PM

Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Oakland — The first Black Presidency, the end of a failed Administration, and a nation in crisis sees an huge outpouring of optimism and common purpose on Inauguration Day. In this video, Colorlines…

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Inaugural Reflections from the Streets of DC [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on January 21 2009, 1:35PM

Over a million people filled the mall in the nation’s capitol for this historic inauguration. Colorlines cameras were on the streets to ask people why they came to DC and what are their hopes for the next four years….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

King Day in SF “Youth Speaks” of a New Dream to Overflow Crowd [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on January 21 2009, 10:12AM

San Francisco — Many of the Bay Area’s leading youth spoken word artists took to the stage on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to illuminate the meaning of his life work in the light of this new moment….

Topics: Video & Multimedia

Oakland residents react to the fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant

by Channing Kennedy on January 9 2009, 10:55AM

Oakland residents express their dissatisfaction, both at the failure of the BART police authority to reprimand the officer in any way, and at the media’s one-sided coverage of the following protests….