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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.

Will You Be Cutting Funding to Susan G. Komen? [Reader Forum]

Will You Be Cutting Funding to Susan G. Komen? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2012, 9:31AM

After last week’s news that Susan G. Komen For The Cure is defunding Planned Parenthood, many of our readers say they’re doing their own defunding of Komen.

Topics: Planned Parenthood

'Little Known Black History Facts' Talks Outside the Family. So What?

‘Little Known Black History Facts’ Talks Outside the Family. So What?

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2012, 9:30AM

“It’s not in my job description as a black woman to never laugh about my history,” says Tracy Clayton, the humorist behind the Tumblr.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Why is Hollywood So Afraid of Black Women? [Reader Forum]

Why is Hollywood So Afraid of Black Women? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 30 2012, 9:00AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss The Help’s place as a good vehicle for black actresses and a bad vehicle for accurate history.

Topics: Media

Will Racist 'Food Stamp' Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

Will Racist ‘Food Stamp’ Rhetoric Get Gingrich the Presidency? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 23 2012, 9:05AM

Newt’s been extra loud with the racist dogwhistle lately. Will it get him elected? Or is it just free advertising for his anti-poor agenda?

Topics: GOP Primary, Newt Gingrich, Politics

Do Tebow's Politics Get a Pass Because They're Conservative? [Reader Forum]

Do Tebow’s Politics Get a Pass Because They’re Conservative? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 17 2012, 9:37AM

Colorlines.com readers talk football, “family values,” and race.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Das Racist's Himanshu Suri: Rapper, Jokester, Community Organizer?

Das Racist’s Himanshu Suri: Rapper, Jokester, Community Organizer?

by Channing Kennedy on January 17 2012, 9:36AM

The joke-rap critical darling has never shied away from race and politics. Now he’s heading home, to help SEVA NY fight for fair representation for Queens’ newest immigrant communities.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What If Nobody Told You Your Daughter Had Been Mistakenly Deported? [Reader Forum]

What If Nobody Told You Your Daughter Had Been Mistakenly Deported? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 9 2012, 8:51AM

In a horrific case of mistaken identity, a 14-year-old African-American girl from Dallas was deported to Colombia — while her family ran a desperate missing person search.

Topics: Immigration

If You Were A White Forbes Columnist Commenting On Black Kids... [Reader Forum]

If You Were A White Forbes Columnist Commenting On Black Kids… [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 2 2012, 9:36AM

Readers come up with excellent responses to Forbes writer Gene Marks’ much-mocked “If I Were A Poor Black Kid…”

Topics: Media

'Yo, Is This Racist?' Andrew Ti's Tumblr Has Your (Hilarious) Answer

‘Yo, Is This Racist?’ Andrew Ti’s Tumblr Has Your (Hilarious) Answer

by Channing Kennedy on January 2 2012, 9:36AM

Andrew Ti has no qualifications to answer the internet’s race questions, besides common sense and a string of curse words. And maybe that’s enough.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

U.S. Somalis Can't Support Families During Famine, Thanks To Anti-Terror Laws

U.S. Somalis Can’t Support Families During Famine, Thanks To Anti-Terror Laws

by Channing Kennedy on December 16 2011, 9:42AM

A single small bank in Minneapolis has been the only way for many U.S. Somali immigrants to send money home. Now, community organizers like Hassan Warsame are fighting to keep its program running.

Topics: Global Affairs, National Security

Who Pays the Price for DC's Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

Who Pays the Price for DC’s Morning-After Pill Decision? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on December 12 2011, 10:00AM

Readers discuss the morning-after pill, ruled ‘safer than aspirin’ by the FDA but scandalized by the Obama administration.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Charles & Ray Eames Get Some L.A. Love From Ice Cube

Charles & Ray Eames Get Some L.A. Love From Ice Cube

by Channing Kennedy on December 8 2011, 6:17PM

Rapper and actor (and architecture student) Ice Cube shows some love for egalitarian design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, in a video for a new L.A. arts campaign.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Does Apple Have a Responsibility to Women? [Reader Forum]

Does Apple Have a Responsibility to Women? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on December 5 2011, 9:30AM

Is the iPhone 4S’ feminist-fail a laughing matter, or part of a pattern of willful corporate obliviousness? Colorlines.com readers hash it out.

Topics: Media, Media

Manu Chao Performs 'Clandestino' At Sheriff Arpaio's Tent City

Manu Chao Performs ‘Clandestino’ At Sheriff Arpaio’s Tent City

by Channing Kennedy on December 1 2011, 5:22PM

The musician made a special stop in Arizona on his U.S. tour.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Did You Talk About Race on Thanksgiving? [Reader Forum]

Did You Talk About Race on Thanksgiving? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 28 2011, 9:45AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss Alabama’s HB 56, and Elon James Whites’ on-the-ground report on its effects, in the context of Thanksgiving and family history.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Immigration

Obama Knows Families are Shattered by Deportation. Now What? [Reader Forum]

Obama Knows Families are Shattered by Deportation. Now What? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 21 2011, 10:00AM

President Obama responded to our publisher’s report on children of deportees getting stuck in foster care; now, our readers respond to him.

Topics: Immigration

How Do We Dismantle Rape Culture? [Reader Forum]

How Do We Dismantle Rape Culture? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 14 2011, 9:30AM

From Penn State to Herman Cain, the hazards of patriarchy have come out in full force. Here’s what you had to say.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Help a New Documentary Show Love For Film Star Anna May Wong

Help a New Documentary Show Love For Film Star Anna May Wong

by Channing Kennedy on November 10 2011, 5:58PM

A new documentary about the controversial, barrier-breaking Asian film star needs your help.

Topics: Celebrate Love

How Can We Stop ICE from Shattering Families? [Reader Forum]

How Can We Stop ICE from Shattering Families? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on November 7 2011, 9:40AM

Readers discuss ARC’s new report, which lays out how children are being taken from undocumented parents.

Topics: Immigration

Can Your Halloween Costume Be Racist, Even If You Aren't? [Reader Forum]

Can Your Halloween Costume Be Racist, Even If You Aren’t? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 31 2011, 10:38AM

In our most-commented post ever, readers dig deep into the rules of casual Halloween racism, in light of a viral new campaign by Ohio student group STARS.

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