On this episode of Funky Politics we hear from author Preston Lauterbach on his new book, Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers.
We discuss Ernest Withers' ties to Memphis and his historical photos. We also get into the uncomfortable truths of Withers' life as an FBI informant and his connection to the Civil Rights Movement. That and so much more is explored on Calling the Bluff, an episode you don't want to miss.
On this episode of Funky Politics, we hear from Faith Morris, the Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer for the National Civil Rights Museum here in Memphis, TN. She leads the museum's communications strategy and gets the message out that the museum wants people to hear.
Faith Morris communicated to us the future marketing plans and endeavors of the Civil Rights Museum. We also dive deep into the current state of affairs in America and the outlook for African Americans in this era....
Former two-time DNC Chairperson, political strategist, entrepreneur and author Donna Brazile documents her life in politics and the need for everyone to vote this election on Funky Politics. She also discusses her book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics.
The premise of the show is how Atlanta was the first city to make an intentional effort to diversify every aspect of its city life (business, government, education, amenities, etc.) and the result has been a booming metropolis with opportunities for all people. Rodney Strong, Atty, Diversity and Inclusion Expert and Angela Robinson, Noted Journalist and Atlanta Native.
On this episode of Funky Politics, we hear from Carolyn Chism Hardy, President and CEO of Chism Hardy Investments.
Mrs. Hardy has spent time working at J.M. Smucker Co, where she became the first female African-American to be plot manager. She also has experience with Coors, where she became the first African-American female to be vice president of a major brewery in the United States. We also explore her future plans along with tips and advice on successful entrepreneurship.
On this episode of Funky Politics we have Roshun Austin, the president of the Works Inc. located in Memphis, TN. Founded in 1998, the Works has served the housing community development needs of the South Memphis community.
We discuss today the topic of gentrification in the African-American neighborhoods here in Memphis. Roshun Austin and the crew challenges the notion of gentrification and whether or not the communities in Memphis are actually being gentrified or culturally displaced.
Tosha, MD and DC visit with the new Public Information Officer for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, where the 1st African-American Sheriff in Shelby County's history was recently elected.
Law Enforcement Recruitment
The 1st Black Elected Sheriff
DC, MD and Tosha visit with music producer and cultural change agent, James "IMAKEMADBEATS" Dukes. This conversation gets extremely FUNKY as it touches on Memphis' relationship with its youth and current culture products. An alarming revelation on why many of the city's most talented leave and never return.
MD and guest host, Tosha Downey visit with the Mayor of Birmingham, AL, Randall Woodfin. This open and honest conversation touches on the challenges urban communities face with creating opportunities for women and black-owned businesses. Birmingham plans to become the HUB for Black and Women Owned business by 2021...Stay tuned to this dynamic young leader!
Tosha, MD and DC visit with veteran journalist and highly respected editorial columnist, David Waters, formerly of the Commercial Appeal and now taking up employment residence at the Univ. of Memphis Institute of Public Service Reporting.
Education and Bill Lee, Governor, TN
Life After the Commercial Appeal
Tosha, MD and DC visit with telecommunications expert and highly respected consultant, Roger Entner of ReCon Analytics.
What is 5G
How will 5G rule the world
Black people working in Telecommunications
DC, MD and Tosha visit with event planner and cultural tastemaker extraordinaire, Cynthia Daniels. This conversation gets FUNKY on Food, Black Culture, Entrepreneurship and Black Restaurants. Black Restaurant Week is becoming a force across the country...Don't miss it!