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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.

Do Businesses Have the Right to Discriminate? [Reader Forum]

Do Businesses Have the Right to Discriminate? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 11 2011, 8:06AM

A young Muslim woman got fired by Abercrombie & Fitch for wearing a hijab — then sued and won. Colorlines.com readers debate the rights of employers vs. the rights of employees.

Topics: Jobs Crisis

Who's Really on Trial in the DSK Rape Case? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Really on Trial in the DSK Rape Case? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on July 5 2011, 8:51AM

A very rich, powerful man is accused of raping a woman of color. So why is his accuser’s past on trial? Readers chime in.

Topics: DSK Rape Case, Gender & Sexuality

We Love Glenn Beck... Specifically, His Absence from Television

We Love Glenn Beck… Specifically, His Absence from Television

by Channing Kennedy on July 1 2011, 4:02PM

The talk show host that we all love to hate is signing off. For now.

Topics: Celebrate Love

FoxNews.com Inadvertently Publishes Helpful List of Immigrant Victories

FoxNews.com Inadvertently Publishes Helpful List of Immigrant Victories

by Channing Kennedy on July 1 2011, 12:35PM

We skim the surface of the network’s questionable relationship with right wing immigration group FAIR.

Topics: Media

Republican Small-Town Mayor Sues Georgia -- For Immigrants' Rights

Republican Small-Town Mayor Sues Georgia — For Immigrants’ Rights

by Channing Kennedy on June 30 2011, 1:30PM

Paul Bridges says he became mayor to represent everyone in his town, “including the people who would have no voice otherwise.”

Topics: Immigration

Today's Love: Happy 70th Birthday, Stokely Carmichael

Today’s Love: Happy 70th Birthday, Stokely Carmichael

by Channing Kennedy on June 29 2011, 6:13PM

Over a dozen years after his death, his legacy lives on.

Topics: Celebrate Love

In Defense, Sort of, of Black Republican Herman Cain

In Defense, Sort of, of Black Republican Herman Cain

by Channing Kennedy on June 27 2011, 1:30PM

It’s easy to dismiss the presidential candidate’s rhetoric, but much harder to ignore the very real foundations of black conservatives.

Topics: Politics

Why Do Straight White Men Pose as Queer Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

Why Do Straight White Men Pose as Queer Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on June 27 2011, 12:20PM

The “Gay Girl in Damascus” hoaxer isn’t the only straight white man to pose as a very different person. Our readers talk about their own experiences.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Will 50 Cent's New Anti-Bullying Book Undo His Homophobic Past?

Will 50 Cent’s New Anti-Bullying Book Undo His Homophobic Past?

by Channing Kennedy on June 22 2011, 3:16PM

Maybe you’d be better off reading your kids “Go the F-ck to Sleep.” At least that book has a message we can all get behind.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

What's Your Favorite Race-Smart Sci-Fi From This Century? [Reader Forum]

What’s Your Favorite Race-Smart Sci-Fi From This Century? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on June 11 2011, 4:31PM

Continuing with Adriel Luis’ top-ten list of new sci-fi of color, our readers chime in with their picks.

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Love for Kate Beaton's Colonial History Made Zany

Love for Kate Beaton’s Colonial History Made Zany

by Channing Kennedy on June 10 2011, 6:00PM

Can a good gag comic strip remind us that history is more complicated than we think?

Topics: Celebrate Love

Miami Police Chief Defends Record, While More Horrific Footage Surfaces

Miami Police Chief Defends Record, While More Horrific Footage Surfaces

by Channing Kennedy on June 9 2011, 9:36AM

The department’s on the defensive after a scathing new report details a shocking record of violence and misconduct.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Herman Cain: I'd Put Gays in My Cabinet, Since They'd Be Anti-Sharia

Herman Cain: I’d Put Gays in My Cabinet, Since They’d Be Anti-Sharia

by Channing Kennedy on June 7 2011, 3:53PM

Yup. It’s election season.

Topics: Politics

Reporter's Notebook: A Look Inside Our Focus Groups on Youth and Race Play

Reporter’s Notebook: A Look Inside Our Focus Groups on Youth and Race

by Channing Kennedy, Dom Apollon on June 7 2011, 10:00AM

Research director Dom Apollon explains the project and speaks with some of the focus group participants on camera.

Topics: Schools & Youth, Youth and Race

Is Anyone Fighting For Your Town's Library? [Reader Forum]

Is Anyone Fighting For Your Town’s Library? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on June 5 2011, 2:19PM

As cash-strapped city governments across the country talk library closures, we ask what’s at stake for your community.

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Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse

Following Police Shooting, Miami Beach Makes Bad Situation Worse

by Channing Kennedy on June 3 2011, 12:46PM

While cops continue to scapegoat black festivalgoers, are they also planting evidence to help build their case?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Libraries are Part of the Safety Net -- No Wonder Governments Hate Them

Libraries are Part of the Safety Net — No Wonder Governments Hate Them

by Channing Kennedy on June 2 2011, 10:38AM

Long before the internet came along, libraries were under attack by local governments and bad funding decisions.

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Police Shootings at Racially Charged Miami 'Urban Beach Week'

Police Shootings at Racially Charged Miami ‘Urban Beach Week’

by Channing Kennedy on June 1 2011, 9:00AM

The ACLU is calling for an outside investigation into a shootout that ended in the death of one alleged gunman and left three officers and four bystanders wounded — the latter possibly hit by stray police bullets.

Topics: Criminal Justice

'Not Racist, But...': A Catalogue of Modern Facebook Racism

‘Not Racist, But…’: A Catalogue of Modern Facebook Racism

by Channing Kennedy on May 31 2011, 12:02PM

But the fight against systemic racism continues.

Topics: Media

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

How do White People Perceive Racism in 2011? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 30 2011, 8:29PM

Readers from a variety of perspectives chime in on a new study, which indicates that whites now think themselves more discriminated against than blacks.

Topics: Politics