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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.

Should Rupert Murdoch Run Your Kid's Classroom? [Reader Forum]

Should Rupert Murdoch Run Your Kid’s Classroom? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 24 2011, 10:00AM

Corporate money in public schools is scary, but not for the reasons you might think. Readers discuss the new state-of-education dispatch by our reporter Julianne Hing.

Topics: Schools & Youth

How is Black Migration Changing the Country? [Reader Forum]

How is Black Migration Changing the Country? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 17 2011, 10:45AM

Black families are moving to the South and the suburbs. How will this effect, well, everything? Our readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

Comic Artist Re-Draws Islam With Secular Superheroes in

Comic Artist Re-Draws Islam With Secular Superheroes in “The 99”

by Channing Kennedy on October 14 2011, 9:46AM

Naif Al-Mutawa’s comic has been banned by censors in Muslim countries and demagogued by Islamophobes in the United States. Colorlines.com spoke with the psychologist-turned-artist about the ideas behind his series.

Topics: Arts & Culture

How is Occupy Wall Street Including Folks of Color? [Reader Forum]

How is Occupy Wall Street Including Folks of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 10 2011, 10:11AM

As the OWS movement evolves, some of those hit hardest by Wall Street’s bad behavior are categorically unable to lend their voices to the protests. Readers chime in on how to include everyone.

Topics: #Occupy, Politics

How Hard is Obama Working for People Like You? [Reader Forum]

How Hard is Obama Working for People Like You? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on October 3 2011, 9:28AM

Does President Obama have the right to tell black communities to ‘stop complaining’ — or is he simply drawing attention away from Candidate Obama’s unfulfilled promises? Our readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

Where Were You When Troy Davis was Killed? [Reader Forum]

Where Were You When Troy Davis was Killed? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 26 2011, 9:20AM

A roundup of our Troy Davis pieces from last week, and reader reactions to his execution and to the movement’s next steps.

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How Has the Term 'Illegals' Affected Your Life? [Reader Forum]

How Has the Term ‘Illegals’ Affected Your Life? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 18 2011, 11:00PM

Colorlines readers talk about Gabriel Thompson’s investigative work into the history (and purpose) of the i-word.

Topics: Immigration

Who'll Teach U.S.-Mexico History to Katt Williams? Our Readers! [Reader Forum]

Who’ll Teach U.S.-Mexico History to Katt Williams? Our Readers! [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 12 2011, 9:52AM

Our readers react to Williams’ anti-immigrant outburst.

Topics: Immigration

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in 'The Black Power Mixtape'

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in ‘The Black Power Mixtape’

by Channing Kennedy on September 6 2011, 9:15AM

Swiss filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson has unearthed hundreds of hours of intimate footage of black power movement leaders. Colorlines talks to Olsson about his remarkable new documentary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Who's Affected by Tyler, The Creator's Homophobia? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Affected by Tyler, The Creator’s Homophobia? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on September 5 2011, 8:50AM

How does pop culture contribute to homophobia, and how do artists and media take responsibility? Colorlines readers hash it out.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

La Cocina Empowers Immigrant Chefs to Do What They Love

La Cocina Empowers Immigrant Chefs to Do What They Love

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2011, 3:47PM

Introducing the non-profit that helps low-income immigrant women turn their skills and passion into income-generating businesses.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

Does White Make Right? Racism and Gay-Shaming Drown BART Protests

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2011, 9:49AM

BART police have a plainly terrible record on shootings and accountability. So how did these protests become all about “Uncle Tom” caricatures, naked party pics and screwing up workers’ commutes?

Topics: Politics

Would Dr. King 'Rise Up From His Grave' Over New Memorial? [Reader Forum]

Would Dr. King ‘Rise Up From His Grave’ Over New Memorial? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 26 2011, 8:41PM

Dr. King’s new memorial, designed and built in China, has attracted criticism of a certain tone. Our readers put it in context.

Topics: History

Who's Responsible for the Results of Philly's Record Joblessness? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Responsible for the Results of Philly’s Record Joblessness? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 22 2011, 9:04AM

Readers chime in on Philly mayor Michael Nutter’s call for personal responsibility from young black men — and his omission of his administration’s record unemployment and nearly-nonexistent spending.

Topics: Economy

We Love Dropping Change in the Swear Jar for Latin American History

We Love Dropping Change in the Swear Jar for Latin American History

by Channing Kennedy on August 17 2011, 2:43PM

Embrace your inner nerd.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Will 'The Help' Get Your Ticket Money? [Reader Forum]

Will ‘The Help’ Get Your Ticket Money? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 15 2011, 9:30AM

Readers discuss the new movie The Help, and whether the lackluster racial representation is worth their $12.50.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Can a Black-Latino Spider-Man Do Whatever a Spider Can? [Reader Forum]

Can a Black-Latino Spider-Man Do Whatever a Spider Can? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 8 2011, 9:30AM

The new mixed-race Spider-Man just got introduced to comics fans, and the idea of him is sparking conversations about race and art. Our readers discuss.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Marvel Overcomes Its Fear of a Black Spider-Man. Will White Fans Follow?

Marvel Overcomes Its Fear of a Black Spider-Man. Will White Fans Follow?

by Channing Kennedy on August 3 2011, 10:45AM

Marvel Comics unveils today Miles Morales, the half-black half-Latino kid who’s standing in for Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the offshoot “Ultimate Fallout #4.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

What Would Michele Bachmann Think of Your Family? [Reader Forum]

What Would Michele Bachmann Think of Your Family? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 18 2011, 9:13AM

The GOP is pedaling away from a racially toxic family values pledge. Will this be the end of social conservative racebaiting (for this week)? Readers chime in.

Topics: Politics

With Bachmann's 'Slavery' Vow, More Tea-Party Seepage into Mainstream

With Bachmann’s ‘Slavery’ Vow, More Tea-Party Seepage into Mainstream

by Channing Kennedy on July 12 2011, 11:00AM

Bachmann may be the loudest, but she’s certainly not alone.

Topics: Politics