Black History Month Project Update no. 1

If you read my columns in the Carillon Notes, then you know that I’m embarking on a personal project during Black History Month. I’m trying to add Black (or predominantly Black) media to my usual media diet.

Because I’m looking to change my media diet, I’m not looking so much for books or articles, even though I have been reading a few articles. That’s because those kinds of media tend to be one-off. Once I’ve read a book, I’ve read that book. And while I might read that book again sometime, it isn’t something that I’ll keep reading day in and day out. Instead of looking for one-off media, I’ve been adding serial media: media that is regularly creating new content and, therefore, media that can be a part of my diet for months, years, or decades to come.

So, here’s what I’ve added so far.

Twitter: I spend a surprising amount of time on Twitter, so the first thing I looked at was my Twitter timeline. It already had some racial diversity, but definitely needed more. So, here’s a list of the Black people who I am now following (who are not politicians). I’ve followed some of these people for a while, so there are some on the list who haven’t posted in a while, but several are fairly new.

@JIJennings, @ReignOfApril, @BigGhostLtd, @Nettaaaaaaaa, @questlove, @BlackGirlNerds, @JamilahLemieux, @Combat_Jack, @brokeymcpoverty, @bomani_jones, @JamilSmith, @eveewing, @FeministaJones, @ProfessorCrunk, @Moore_Darnell, @writer9706, @RevDrBarber, @JoyAnnReid, @deray, @wkamaubell, @PureKwest, @revdrseed, @thephiwa, @pastortraci, @DaBuhuro1, @om3

Podcasts: I also listen to a lot of podcasts, so I looked at what I was listening to. Again, there were already some Black people on the list, but not enough. So, here are the Black (or predominantly Black) podcasts that I’m listening to. I should point out that there are very few podcasts that I listen to every episode of, so it’s not like I’m listening to the whole back catalog. But I am listening to these and they’re in my feed for the future.

Reveal, In Black America, The Nod, Pod Save the People

General News: I also read a lot of news, so I’ve added theGrio and The Root to my regular reading.

Do you have suggestions? Leave a comment below! Twitter and podcasts are obviously welcome, but I’m also looking for blogs, tv shows, or anything else!

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  1. Chris, several years ago, on two occasions, I brought The St. Louis Community Choir to our church to sing for us. Dave and I have also visited them on two occasions. I tell everyone God was on my shoulder the day I discovered them,

    LinkedIn was fairly new, so I thought I’d do some investigating about it. I entered the word, Gospel. I don’t know why. Anyway, all these groups and people’s names appeared. I followed up with, “ We don’t pay any money, but we have excellent coffee, juice,and donuts.”

    Within an hour, a fellow by the name of Richard Echols, responded as the manager for the above mentioned choir. He said they would love to come and perform for us for a “Love Offering “ and accommodations. I found a motel in Bettendorf that provided the best accommodations for the price, and we were set!

    Each of these members of this Black Gospel choir refer to Dave and myself as their, “brother and sister from another mother.” Richard started this, and the group kept it up. We love each and everyone of them to this day! Sadly, Richard passed last year from bone cancer. But, till the very end, our telephone conversations were always on a positive note as God was such an important part of his life. He knew he would be joining his wife in heaven, and that is something that was so important to him.

    During their first gig with us, they had Pastor Jeff dancing an infant Nia down the aisle to, “This Little Light of Mine,” following his sermon. Everyone was clapping and either standing and moving around to their music, or staying in their pew with their hands doing the moving for them! This was the first time I have ever seen anything like this at our church!

    During their second time with us, I was surprised and honored to be brought up front as a fellow Alto wth the choir. What joy!

    Through my being Special Music Coordinator, I was able to experience something I will never forget, and I think those who attended these services would agree.

    This was our church’s Black Experience.

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