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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.

Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs' 1979

Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs’ 1979 “White Noise Supremacists”

by Channing Kennedy on April 27 2012, 4:30PM

The late rock critic took his scene, and himself, to task for “racist chic” back in 1979. His message and analysis is sadly relevant today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Colbert Shows Anti-Immigrant 'Environmental' Group's Ties to Hate

Colbert Shows Anti-Immigrant ‘Environmental’ Group’s Ties to Hate

by Channing Kennedy on April 26 2012, 1:55PM

A new ad running on MSNBC claims undocumented immigrants are destroying the environment. Guess where their data comes from?

Topics: Environment, Immigration, /NOW

Illinois' African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

Illinois’ African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

by Channing Kennedy on April 25 2012, 3:01PM

A new video shows how Illinois’ professional hair braiders worked with legislators to defeat a racially skewed licensing law.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy, /NOW

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

Another 6-Yr.-Old in Handcuffs? Harry Belafonte on Child Incarceration

by Channing Kennedy on April 24 2012, 8:29AM

In light of Florida kindergartener Salecia Johnson’s classroom arrest, here’s more from our interview session with Harry Belafonte, in which he discusses his fight to end child incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Harry Belafonte, Schools & Youth

Did Sweden's Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal Accomplish Anything? [Reader Forum]

Did Sweden’s Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal Accomplish Anything? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 23 2012, 8:43AM

Or was it another case of exploitative politics packaged in shock-value art? Colorlines readers discuss.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs

What's the Saddest Thing About Mary J. Blige's Fried Chicken Ad? [Reader Forum]

What’s the Saddest Thing About Mary J. Blige’s Fried Chicken Ad? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 9 2012, 8:48AM

Burger King has taken down an ad in which the singer a ‘healthy’ new menu item. But that’s not stopping the conversation.

Topics: Media

Nichelle Nichols Throws Vulcan Signs with Obama in the Oval Office

Nichelle Nichols Throws Vulcan Signs with Obama in the Oval Office

by Channing Kennedy on April 5 2012, 11:11AM

The actress who played Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura pays a visit to one of her fans.

Topics: /NOW

Why Do Social Justice Nerds Love The Hunger Games? We Ask 'Em

Why Do Social Justice Nerds Love The Hunger Games? We Ask ‘Em

by Channing Kennedy on March 30 2012, 8:57AM

We’ve heard a lot about the racist tweets complaining about black actors being cast in The Hunger Games. But the series also has a devoted fanbase of folks with smart race politics. We ask them what they like.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Hunger Games

What Does Real Justice For Trayvon Martin Look Like?

What Does Real Justice For Trayvon Martin Look Like?

by Channing Kennedy on March 26 2012, 8:51AM

Colorlines.com readers come together to discuss the path forward from the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, and the long history that brought us here.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Trayvon Martin

Kony This: 'Ghana ThinkTank' Turns the Tables on White Saviors

Kony This: ‘Ghana ThinkTank’ Turns the Tables on White Saviors

by Channing Kennedy on March 22 2012, 9:21AM

This multi-year global art project puts poor nations in charge of solving so-called first-world problems—then implements those solutions in first-world communities.

Topics: Global Affairs, Kony 2012

Women Bombard Anti-Choice Governors with Ladyparts Questions

Women Bombard Anti-Choice Governors with Ladyparts Questions

by Channing Kennedy on March 21 2012, 6:56PM

What to do when your governor acts like you can’t make decisions about your own body? Agree with them — over and over and over again!

Topics: /NOW

Is It American Idol's Job to Shame Contestants With Warrants? [Reader Forum]

Is It American Idol’s Job to Shame Contestants With Warrants? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 19 2012, 9:25AM

Is this yet another case of corporate power exerting ownership over the fates of black men, to make a buck? Or is it personal foolishness beyond sympathy?

Topics: Media

Celebrate Pi Day with Mathematician Euphemia Lofton Haynes

Celebrate Pi Day with Mathematician Euphemia Lofton Haynes

by Channing Kennedy on March 14 2012, 6:16PM

Did you know? The first black woman with a Ph.D. in Mathematics was also a civil rights champion, overseeing the desegregation of her own high school.

Topics: /NOW

Lakota Women Lead Victory Against Keystone XL. Have You Said Thanks? [Reader Forum]

Lakota Women Lead Victory Against Keystone XL. Have You Said Thanks? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 12 2012, 9:41AM

Colorlines.com readers applaud the Lakota Nation’s 75-person highway blockade action, which stopped Keystone XL’s oil trucks dead in their tracks.

Topics: Environment

Why Do the GOP's New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

Why Do the GOP’s New Dogwhistles Sound So Familiar? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 5 2012, 8:50AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss the GOP’s latest efforts to control our conversation on race and gender.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

End Black History Month? Q&A with Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman

End Black History Month? Q&A with Filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman

by Channing Kennedy on February 29 2012, 9:39AM

In a new PBS documentary, a young black filmmaker decides Black History Month has outlasted its purpose, and tries to be proven wrong.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

We Love NASA Scientist QuynhGiao Nguyen's Immigrant Survival Story

We Love NASA Scientist QuynhGiao Nguyen’s Immigrant Survival Story

by Channing Kennedy on February 27 2012, 6:21PM

Nguyen arrived in America at age 7 speaking no English, and faced bias and bullying. At age 19, she got her first job at NASA.

Topics: /NOW

Who's Responsible When Media Shows Black Men Perpetuating Misogyny? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Responsible When Media Shows Black Men Perpetuating Misogyny? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 27 2012, 9:05AM

Colorlines.com readers weigh in on Too $hort, Chris Brown, and the society in which their careers exist.

Topics: Chris Brown

Have You Fought to Help Felipe Montes Reunite With His Kids? [Reader Forum]

Have You Fought to Help Felipe Montes Reunite With His Kids? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 20 2012, 9:08AM

Last week Colorlines.com com reported a stunning story about a North Carolina family being ripped apart by deportation. The campaign that followed that story has already made a difference.

Topics: Immigration, Felipe Montes

How Will Perceptions of Asians be Affected by LIN-SANITY!!! [Reader Forum]

How Will Perceptions of Asians be Affected by LIN-SANITY!!! [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 13 2012, 8:35AM

What role did soft racial bias play in keeping Jeremy Lin on the bench for so long? Colorlines.com readers discuss.

Topics: Jeremy Lin