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The Creative Tension podcast explores the history and legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Host, Elliott Robinson provides the missing chapters from American History class, through a mixture of interviews, archival audio and roundtable discussions. Creative Tension also uses open and frank discussions, to dissect how the legacy of Jim Crow is still impacting our world today. Creative Tension explores topics like: Confederate monuments; “The Talk;” Black caricatures (Mammy, Aunt Jemima and JJ Evans); the Great Migration; racialized food (watermelon, fried chicken); and, many others. We also discuss modern means of resisting the legacy of Jim Crow with guests like: The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry); Carlton Mackey (Black Men Smile); and, Allison Bantimba (Equal Justice Initiative’s Fulton County Remembrance Project). For a visual companion to the podcast, visit www.creativetension.org. Subscribe. Listen. Share. Leave a Review.

The Creative Tension podcast explores the history and legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Host, Elliott Robinson provides the missing chapters from American History class, through a mixture of interviews, archival audio and roundtable discussions. Creative Tension also uses open and frank discussions, to dissect how the legacy of Jim Crow is still impacting our world today. Creative Tension explores topics like: Confederate monuments; “The Talk;” Black caricatures (Mammy, Aunt Jemima and JJ Evans); the Great Migration; racialized food (watermelon, fried chicken); and, many others. We also discuss modern means of resisting the legacy of Jim Crow with guests like: The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry); Carlton Mackey (Black Men Smile); and, Allison Bantimba (Equal Justice Initiative’s Fulton County Remembrance Project). For a visual companion to the podcast, visit www.creativetension.org. Subscribe. Listen. Share. Leave a Review.

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The Creative Tension podcast explores the history and legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Host, Elliott Robinson provides the missing chapters from American History class, through a mixture of interviews, archival audio and roundtable discussions. Creative Tension also uses open and frank discussions, to dissect how the legacy of Jim Crow is still impacting our world today. Creative Tension explores topics like: Confederate monuments; “The Talk;” Black caricatures (Mammy, Aunt Jemima and JJ Evans); the Great Migration; racialized food (watermelon, fried chicken); and, many others. We also discuss modern means of resisting the legacy of Jim Crow with guests like: The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry); Carlton Mackey (Black Men Smile); and, Allison Bantimba (Equal Justice Initiative’s Fulton County Remembrance Project). For a visual companion to the podcast, visit www.creativetension.org. Subscribe. Listen. Share. Leave a Review.

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English


Episodes

24. What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

7/4/2020
We explore the life of Frederick Douglass and his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” with Public Historian and Founder of History Alive, John W McCaskill. You can find out more about John and History Alive at their website. https://jwmhistoryalive.comhttps://www.facebook.com/johnwmccaskillhistoryalivehttps://www.instagram.com/johnw.mccaskill/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgWKywaolLneP4nZnUVpHQ For a visual companion to this episode, visit...

Duration:01:08:31

23. Defending Black Bodies - A Conversation w/ Xaxier Donaldson, Esq. v. 2

6/25/2020
We discuss the inherent pitfalls and flaws in the legal system and how they adversely impact African-Americans. We examine the web created by overcharging defendants to higher bail to plea bargaining and its impact on mass incarceration, as well as the myth of innocent until proven guilty. Plus we look at the danger of how conspiracy charges can be used to ensnare our youth. http://www.dcnylaw.com For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit...

Duration:01:04:49

22. Policing Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Gilbert Parris.

6/16/2020
We discuss how certain law enforcement practices unfairly target, impact and traumatize the African-American community. Also, where and how should our mindset shift to achieve more equitable and flourishing communities. Contact Attorney Gilbert Parris: gilbertparrisattorney.com https://www.facebook.com/Law-Offices-of-Gilbert-C-Parris-229295070459738/ https://gilbertparrispodcast.buzzsprout.com For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit...

Duration:00:57:12

21. Does the Church Promote “Grind Culture?”

5/29/2020
Through slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and even today, the Church has been a place where African-Americans can lead groups, hold elected office and fully participate in organizations. The Church has stood in the gap, where society failed African-Americans. However, the Church can also require and expect a great deal from its leaders and members. Churches are expected to respond to every community trauma, police shooting, neighborhood disinvestment, financial neglect, racism, classism,...

Duration:00:52:00

20. Reimagining Rest - A Conversation w/ Tricia Hersey, The Nap Bishop

5/14/2020
We discuss reimagining rest with “The Nap Bishop,” Tricia Hersey - Founder, The Nap Ministry. How rest has changed during the COVID pandemic and what it will look like in a post sheltering-in world. We also explore what it’s like to attend a nap ministry event as well as and how the concept of rest and napping as resistance to capitalism is being received in...

Duration:00:35:30

19. Reclaiming Rest in a Grind Culture - A Conversation w/ The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey

6/21/2019
We sit down w/ Tricia Hersey (“The Nap Bishop”), Founder of The Nap Ministry, to discuss: the origins of The Nap Ministry; rest as a means of resistance to capitalism, white supremacy and the “grind culture;” and, resting as a form of reparations. www.facebook.com/thenapministry For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time: #CreateTension Creative Tension can...

Duration:00:41:57

18. Watermelon - Why African-Americans Rarely Eat it in Public

5/31/2019
We examine the history and current day impact of the stereotype that African-Americans have an obsession with watermelon. We get insight from a roundtable discussion and learn a way to address the watermelon stereotype from the late DC media legend, Petey Greene. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension can be found...

Duration:00:30:17

17. The Coon Caricature: From Stepin' Fetchit' to Modern Urban Radio

5/17/2019
We sit down with Dr. Pellom McDaniels to discuss the history of the “Coon” caricature, from slavery to Stepin Fetchit to JJ from Good Times to modern urban radio. We examine how the Coon continues to shape the way African American men are viewed in the workplace, school and in society. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time:...

Duration:00:39:02

16. How Can Black Men Reclaim Their Smile? - A Conversation w/ Carlton Mackey

5/3/2019
We have an in-depth conversation with Carlton Mackey, Founder of the “Black Men Smile” movement. What started as a counter-narrative to the tropes surrounding images of Black men, has turned into a platform of both liberation and resistance with over 30k followers on Instagram and multiple components including: apparel, workshops, international travel retreats, a mentorship program, art production and more. To learn more, visit Black Men Smile at: blackmensmile.com and all social media at:...

Duration:00:36:11

15. Remembering the Dead: A Conversation with EJI Fulton County Remberance's Allison Bantimba

4/19/2019
Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative has undertaken a massive soil collection process to honor the lives of men, women and children killed by racial violence. We spend time with Allison Bantimba who heads their Fulton County (GA) Remembrance Coalition and explore both the importance of this ceremony and the transformative impact of remembering on individuals and communities. For more information of the Fulton County Remembrance Coalition, visit:https://fultonremembrance.org For more...

Duration:00:31:30

14. The Black Brute Caricature - Black Male Violence & Athletics

4/4/2019
We explore the Brute caricature w/ Pellom McDaniels, PhD. We discuss the origins of the caricature, as well as how it’s been shaped and formed by the sport of boxing and the world of sports. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb...

Duration:00:33:09

13. Banished from Sumter - Run Out of Town During Jim Crow

3/15/2019
We speak w/ Jim Crow survivors Elliott Robinson, Jr. and Allen Cromer to explore what it meant to be “banished” from your hometown. We also learn about the random nature of Jim Crow era racial violence and its rigid system of written and unwritten rules. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension can be found wherever you...

Duration:00:25:48

12. Mammy, Movies and Madea - The Mammy Caricature in Film

2/28/2019
We are joined by Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders form Emory University as we explore the mammy caricature in film. We examine Hattie McDaniels’ role as “Mammy,” as well as the movie “The Imitation of Life” and contemporary views regarding the mammy caricature in movies like “The Help” and the Madea franchise. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtensio Until next time,...

Duration:00:37:38

11. Blackface - A Racist Practice that Won't Die

2/21/2019
On the heels of a Blackface resurgence in fashion and revelations in the lives of VA Gov. Ralph Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring and others, Creative Tension Host Rev. Elliott Robinson, JD, MDiv and Pellom McDaniels, PhD (Curator, African American Collections, Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University) explore the history and legacy of Blackface in America. For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest:...

Duration:00:39:50

Creative Tension Returns March 1st!!!

1/23/2019
Season 2 of Creative Tension launches on March 1st!! Listen to Season 1 so you’re up-to-date and ready for an informative and enlightening ride!! Visit us at creativetension.org! Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts, so subscribe today!! http://apple.co/2wBqYHb http://bit.ly/2gcmfVphttp://bit.ly/ctgoogpod http://bit.ly/2h7K69f http://bit.ly/2gp6ZS8http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK New Theme Music - Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange, "Asking"

Duration:00:02:53

10. The Legend of Aunt Jemima and the Monetizing of Mammy

3/20/2018
We connect with Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders to discuss "Aunt Jemima and Monetizing Mammy.” We explore how Aunt Jemima became a financial juggernaut that shaped the popular image of African American women during Jim Crow. This is part 3 in our 4-part series on the Mammy caricature. For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension Until next time,...

Duration:00:31:09

9. The Mammification of a Nation - Making Mammy a National Treasure

1/31/2018
We connect with Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders to discuss the “Mammification of a Nation.” Thanks to the Duke Univ. Behind the Veil Project, we also hear 1st hand accounts from women who worked as domestics during Jim Crow. This is part 2 in our 4-part series on the Mammy caricature. https://www.amazon.com/Skin-Deep-Spirit-Strong-American/dp/0472067079 https://www.amazon.com/Mammy-Century-Gender-Southern-Memory/dp/0472034014https://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/behindtheveil/...

Duration:00:36:52

8. Is Oprah's Linking #MeToo to Jim Crow Sexual Violence Accurate?

1/16/2018
During Oprah Winfrey’s speech as the recipient of the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes, she mentioned the horrific rape and lack of justice for the late Recy Taylor. Oprah placed the legacy of Jim Crow sexual violence into the #metoo movement and while many applauded her inclusion, so women found it troubling. With the help of the Duke University Behind the Veil Oral History project, we look at Jim Crow sexual violence against African American women. For a visual companion...

Duration:00:36:08

7. We Dissect the Myth of the Merry Black Mammy

1/8/2018
Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders, Emory Professor and author of Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender and Southern Memory and Skin Deep. Spirit Strong: Critical Essays on the Black Female Body in American Culture helps us begin our 4-part look into the Black Mammy Caricature. Dr. Wallace Sanders provides insight into the history and characteristics of the Mammy caricature. She also explores the relationship between the Mammy caricature and the American classic, Uncle Tom's Cabin. We'll also take a...

Duration:00:30:19

6. Exploring Black Caricatures and Stereotypes

12/15/2017
Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders, Emory Professor and author of Mammy: A Century of Race, Gender and Southern Memory helps us begin our exploration into the long and sordid history of Black caricatures and stereotypes. We'll also listen to first person accounts of how Jim Crow's racial etiquette "rules" and customs helped to further segregationists ideals. Creative Tension is also made possible thru the cooperation of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American...

Duration:00:25:18