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The Coon

5/17/2019
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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 and links to episode resources, visit createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter, FB and Pinterest at: @createtension and Instagram...

Duration:00:39:02

Black Men Smile

5/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:36:11

Remembering the Dead

4/19/2019
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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...

Duration:00:31:30

The Black Brute

4/4/2019
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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 and links to episode resources, visit createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter, FB and Pinterest at: @createtension and Instagram @createtensionig. Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite...

Duration:00:33:09

Banished from Sumter

3/15/2019
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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 and links to episode resources, visit createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter, FB and Pinterest at: @createtension and Instagram @createtensionig. Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension...

Duration:00:25:48

S. 2 Ep. 1 Mammy, Movies and Madea

2/28/2019
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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 and links to episode resources, visit createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter and FB at: @createtension and Instagram @createtensionig. Until...

Duration:00:37:38

Bonus Ep. - Exploring Blackface

2/21/2019
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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 and links to episode resources, visit www.createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter,...

Duration:00:39:50

Creative Tension Returns March 1st!!!

1/23/2019
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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 createtension.com!! Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts, so subscribe today!! http://apple.co/2wBqYHb http://bit.ly/2gcmfVphttp://bit.ly/2va37xZ http://bit.ly/2h7K69f http://bit.ly/2gp6ZS8http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK New Theme Music - Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange, "Asking"

Duration:00:02:54

Ep. 9 - Aunt Jemima and Monetizing Mammy

3/20/2018
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We connect with Dr. Kimberly Wallace Sanders to discuss "Aunt Jemima and Monetizing Mammy.” 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 createtension.com. Follow us on Twitter and FB at: @createtension and Instagram @createtensionig. Until next time, #createtension. Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts: Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb Stitcher:...

Duration:00:31:09

Ep. 8 - The Mammification of a Nation

1/31/2018
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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

Bonus Ep. - Oprah, #MeToo and Jim Crow Sexual Violence

1/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:36:08

Ep. 7 - The Myth of the Merry Mammy

1/8/2018
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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

Ep. 6 - Exploring Black Caricatures and Stereotypes

12/15/2017
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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

Major Announcement - CreateTension.org is HERE!!

11/17/2017
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The Creative Tension website is HERE!! www.createtension.org. createtension.org is the perfect companion to the Creative Tension podcast. It adds a wonderful visual partner to our audio experience. We’ve also launched our social media platforms: Facebookwww.facebook.com/createtension@createtension@createtensionig These additions are incredibly timely because after the Thanksgiving break, we’re embarking on a series of episodes focused on Black Caricatures. We’re going to examine: Mammie,...

Duration:00:01:55

Ep. 5 The Talk: The Fellas’ Perspective

10/26/2017
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“The Talk: The Fellas’ Perspective: As African American men, how do we live with the legacy of racial etiquette?” I sat down with Dr. Gregory Ellison, Rev. Marvin Bailey and Min. Tavares Stephens to talk about the place of racial etiquette in our current lives and how that legacy has been passed on from generation to...

Duration:00:58:15

Ep. 4 - Roundtable on P&G's "The Talk" and Racial Etiquette - The Jim Crow Years

10/10/2017
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I have a cathartic and insightful roundtable discussion with guests Rev. Jennifer Watley Maxell and Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson to discuss P&G’s commercial “The Talk” and the legacy of racial etiquette. P&G Commercial “The Talk” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdV2f4jH5YQ Special Guests: Rev. Jennifer Watley Maxell:Co-Founder of the church plant, The Breakthrough Fellowship and the Founder of the Ellipses Experience for Women and Teen Girls - www.jenniferwatleymaxell.com; Rev. Dr....

Duration:00:54:54

Ep. 3 - The Jim Crow Years: Jim Crow's Gift...The Talk

9/22/2017
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Inspired by the Proctor and Gamble commercial, “The Talk,” we explore the tradition in the African-American community, its roots in Jim Crow segregation and how the past continues to inform the present. Special Thanks to: P&G Commercial “The Talk” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdV2f4jH5YQ www.revrobinson.com - Twitter: RevERobinson You can listen to Creative Tension at: Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb - Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2gcmfVp - Google Play: http://bit.ly/2va37xZ -...

Duration:00:31:47

Ep. 2: - The Jim Crow Years: Confederate Monuments: Heritage, History or Hate?

9/9/2017
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Confederate Monuments: Are they heritage, history or hate? We get guidance from Dr. Nichole Phillips, Dr. William Cossen and Sara Patenaude. #jimcrow #confederate Special Thanks to: www.revrobinson.com - Twitter: RevERobinson

Duration:00:35:10

Ep. 1 - The Jim Crow Years: Beautiful Statues and Monuments?

8/24/2017
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Are Confederate Monuments and Statues Beautiful or sites of terror? The Charlottesville tragedy has forced us to re-examine their place in modern culture. Elliott Robinson explores the reasons for the Civil War and whether these monuments and statues can be separated from their cause. www.createtension.org - Twitter: @createtension - FB: createtension

Duration:00:26:53

Introducing Creative Tension: The Jim Crow Years

8/10/2017
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The true story of America is complex and messy, but it must be told. Pleasant or not. Rev. Elliott S. Robinson, JD, MDiv will take us on a journey through "The Jim Crow Years." The first full episode airs on Sept. 5th. Subscribe today!!

Duration:00:04:06