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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.

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

How Can We Best Empower Sex Trafficking Survivors? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 22 2011, 7:40PM

Riffing off of Rachel Lloyd’s new book Girls Like Us, our readers debate how to create real solutions for sex trade survivors.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

New UK Doc Asks U.S. How To Fight for Racial Justice

New UK Doc Asks U.S. How To Fight for Racial Justice

by Channing Kennedy on April 21 2011, 9:55AM

Here’s another bright spot from Facing Race 2010.

Topics: Colorlines Press, Media

What Do You Thank Taxes For? [Reader Forum]

What Do You Thank Taxes For? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 17 2011, 2:05PM

With the deficit-reduction battle focused on service cuts for all of us and tax cuts for the rich, we stopped to ask what we’re all paying for. Here’s what some of you told us.

Topics: Economy

Who's Winning on Immigrant Rights in Your State? [Reader Forum]

Who’s Winning on Immigrant Rights in Your State? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 10 2011, 1:45PM

Readers have good news to report on immigrant rights. Got some of your own to share? Let us know!

Topics: Immigration

Is Michele Bachmann Shutting Down the Government (To Run It)?

Is Michele Bachmann Shutting Down the Government (To Run It)?

by Channing Kennedy on April 8 2011, 3:49PM

Her tea party caucus is showing just how much heft it plans to throw around in the 2012 elections.

Topics: Politics

Glenn Beck Wants Only-Sometimes-Wacky Andrew Napolitano To Fill His Slot

Glenn Beck Wants Only-Sometimes-Wacky Andrew Napolitano To Fill His Slot

by Channing Kennedy on April 7 2011, 3:35PM

Napolitano is a hardline libertarian who has defended the 14th Amendment, among other rare arguments on Fox News.

Topics: Glenn Beck, Media

How Do We Support Men With Violent Histories? [Reader Forum]

How Do We Support Men With Violent Histories? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 27 2011, 1:09PM

Chris Brown’s temper has struck again. Colorlines.com asks you: How do we support men with violent histories who aren’t getting help?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Can Alexandra Wallace Yell Racism in a Crowded Library? [Reader Forum]

Can Alexandra Wallace Yell Racism in a Crowded Library? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 20 2011, 1:16PM

A UCLA student’s viral video sets off heated conversation about free speech, and well-meaning people fighting racism with sexism.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth, Technology

From ACORN to NPR: We Rate O'Keefe's Fake, Sadly Effective Stings

From ACORN to NPR: We Rate O’Keefe’s Fake, Sadly Effective Stings

by Channing Kennedy on March 16 2011, 5:24PM

No matter how badly he bungles it, his so-called journalism keeps getting the smear-job done.

Topics: Media, Politics

Whose Fault Is It When Women Aren't Respected? [Reader Forum]

Whose Fault Is It When Women Aren’t Respected? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 14 2011, 10:18AM

Our readers use Lil Wayne, and a response rap by two young sisters, to discuss who exactly gets disrespected by misogynistic lyrics.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Today's Love Is of Another Fashion, and the Women Who Lead It

Today’s Love Is of Another Fashion, and the Women Who Lead It

by Channing Kennedy on March 1 2011, 6:53PM

Looking for a treasure chest of hidden fashion histories from women of color? We’ve got one for you.

Topics: Celebrate Love

Is a Black Woman's Womb a Dangerous Place? [Reader Forum]

Is a Black Woman’s Womb a Dangerous Place? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 27 2011, 10:56PM

The old ‘abortion access as black genocide’ meme is back. Colorlines.com readers put it into context.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Six Documentaries Not on the Oscar List, but That Should Be on Yours

Six Documentaries Not on the Oscar List, but That Should Be on Yours

by Channing Kennedy on February 25 2011, 9:20AM

There are plenty of documentary films about people of color, but too few made by people of color get the Academy’s attention.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars

Who Owns the Bodies of Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

Who Owns the Bodies of Women of Color? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 18 2011, 8:55PM

The GOP’s set its sights on Planned Parenthood, and some of our country’s most vulnerable women. Here’s what you had to say about it.

Topics: Media, Planned Parenthood

How Important are Portrayals of Us in Ads? [Reader Forum]

How Important are Portrayals of Us in Ads? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on February 13 2011, 12:10PM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Media

Racist Imagery Used Against Me -- Says Redskins Owner

Racist Imagery Used Against Me — Says Redskins Owner

by Channing Kennedy on February 9 2011, 5:04PM

How can the owner of one of the most criticized team mascots in modern sports be so sensitive?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Missouri Town Outraged Over Canine Brutality

Missouri Town Outraged Over Canine Brutality

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2011, 4:21PM

But for black folks? Not so much.

Topics: Criminal Justice

When Will Racism Trend Stories Finally End? [Reader Forum Edition]

When Will Racism Trend Stories Finally End? [Reader Forum Edition]

by Channing Kennedy on February 4 2011, 8:15PM

A round-up of some of this week’s best reader-lead conversations.

Topics: Media

Have Behavioral Economists Ever Met a Poor Person?

Have Behavioral Economists Ever Met a Poor Person?

by Channing Kennedy on February 3 2011, 3:49PM

It’s no secret that America’s safety net is quickly evaporating.

Topics: Economy

Nationwide SB 1070 for Muslims: On the Books Since 2002

Nationwide SB 1070 for Muslims: On the Books Since 2002

by Channing Kennedy on January 31 2011, 5:45PM

Like Arizona’s infamous Latino-targeting SB 1070, NSEERS is less a law than a reason to make arrests.

Topics: Immigration