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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.

What Defines Asian-American Masculinity? [Reader Forum]

What Defines Asian-American Masculinity? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 20 2011, 8:19PM

Readers discuss a controversial New York Magazine cover story, about the unique trials of Asian-American men.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

If Black Power's Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

If Black Power’s Not Gone, Where Is It? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 16 2011, 9:30AM

Victor Goode and Tim Jones-Yelvington add context and questions to the ongoing conversation about racial and political identities.

Topics: History, Politics

Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Stumbles, But Still Not Off the Table

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2011, 3:06PM

After international outcry, parliamentary session ends without a vote on the bill.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Affairs

Where is Our Culture's Racial Subconscious? In Comic Books

Where is Our Culture’s Racial Subconscious? In Comic Books

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2011, 10:54AM

Gene Demby and Alexander Chee detail the industry’s past efforts to include people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Love for Tiny Mysterious Keyboard Virtuosos

Love for Tiny Mysterious Keyboard Virtuosos

by Channing Kennedy on May 12 2011, 4:00PM

This girl is a monster of Casio funk.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Walkout by Female MPs Delays Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' Bill Until Friday

Walkout by Female MPs Delays Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill Until Friday

by Channing Kennedy on May 11 2011, 5:32PM

LGBTQ advocates in Uganda say that hate crimes and violence against their community have increased following the bill’s introduction in 2009.

Topics: Global Affairs

Community Rallies Behind Homeless Mom Tanya McDowell

Community Rallies Behind Homeless Mom Tanya McDowell

by Channing Kennedy on May 11 2011, 2:50PM

Out of 26 kids enrolled illegally in Conn. schools, only McDowell faces criminal charges.

Topics: Schools & Youth

NYPD Filmed in Bloody Arrest of Elderly Chinese Musician

NYPD Filmed in Bloody Arrest of Elderly Chinese Musician

by Channing Kennedy on May 11 2011, 11:34AM

Residents say this is part of a larger trend of gentrification and police negligence in Chinese neighborhoods.

Topics: Criminal Justice

Trump's Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

Trump’s Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

by Channing Kennedy on May 10 2011, 12:17PM

He says he can’t be racist, since a black person won his game show once.

Topics: Media, Politics

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

When Do Young Moms Get to Speak for Themselves? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 8 2011, 12:42PM

On Mother’s Day, our readers tell us their own stories about motherhood, and clear away the myths about teen moms.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Missouri Pushes Voter ID, Birther Bill

Missouri Pushes Voter ID, Birther Bill

by Channing Kennedy on May 6 2011, 2:04PM

HB 121 has some more hoops to jump through, and will need voter approval to go into effect.

Topics: Politics

Comics Industry Rep Accidentally Shows How Pop Culture Stays White

Comics Industry Rep Accidentally Shows How Pop Culture Stays White

by Channing Kennedy on May 3 2011, 4:38PM

Racialicious’ Arturo R. Garcia highlights the effort to get Marvel Comics come clean about race’s role in the creative process.

Topics: Arts & Culture

How Do You Feel About the President Showing His Papers? [Reader Forum]

How Do You Feel About the President Showing His Papers? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 30 2011, 11:28AM

A powerful video by writer Baratunde Thurston sums up the racially coded horror-show of Donald Trump’s birth certificate crusade.

Topics: Politics

After Nine Years of Pressure, DHS Finally Drops 'SB1070 for Muslims'

After Nine Years of Pressure, DHS Finally Drops ‘SB1070 for Muslims’

by Channing Kennedy on April 29 2011, 3:51PM

Advocates say it’s a last ditch effort by a department that’s already lost credibility.

Topics: National Security

Love for Retro-Futurism That Raises Up Racial History

Love for Retro-Futurism That Raises Up Racial History

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 6:00PM

Beyond Victoriana attempts to re-write steampunk’s Eurocentric framework.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Apple Rejects 'Smuggle Truck' Game About Immigrant Deaths

Apple Rejects ‘Smuggle Truck’ Game About Immigrant Deaths

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 5:27PM

Back in January, we reported on the game Smuggle Truck, a game by Boston-based developers Owlchemy Labs. In Smuggle Truck, the player races an old pickup truck through a desert, attempting to cross the border without letting too many immigrants…

Topics: Immigration

After Birtherism, Conservatives Question Obama's Academics

After Birtherism, Conservatives Question Obama’s Academics

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 3:18PM

Anyone calling Obama an academic fraud, a foreigner, or a Muslim is using that term because the n-word is off the list.

Topics: Politics

Detroit's Financial Martial Law Hits School for Teen Moms

Detroit’s Financial Martial Law Hits School for Teen Moms

by Channing Kennedy on April 28 2011, 9:12AM

The city’s new emergency financial manager has his eye on the Catherine Ferguson Academy.

Topics: Detroit Schools, Schools & Youth

Poly Styrene, Multiracial Feminist Punk Icon, Dead at 53

Poly Styrene, Multiracial Feminist Punk Icon, Dead at 53

by Channing Kennedy on April 26 2011, 5:18PM

Styrene embraced her role as punk’s conscience, both as critic and role model

Topics: Arts & Culture

Andrew Breitbart's Selective Outrage Over Wonkette R-Word Gaffe

Andrew Breitbart’s Selective Outrage Over Wonkette R-Word Gaffe

by Channing Kennedy on April 26 2011, 8:00AM

Another day, another inscrutable vendetta-fueled Internet fight.

Topics: Media