From Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time to Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, Afrofuturism is gaining popularity. Filmmaker and author Ytasha Womack more defines Afrofuturism as “the intersection between black culture, technology, liberation and the imagination, with some mysticism thrown in, too,” On this episode of Making Contact, authors Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Jewelle … Continued

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Your Home, Your Right… or My Business?

This week, Making Contact looks at California’s fight over rent control. The stage is set for a political battle between two polar world views. Is housing a human right, or is real estate property an investment commodity where you just need to insure your property and get discounts? And where on that continuum is California’s … Continued

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools is an examination of the experiences of black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged “by teachers, administrators, and the justice system “and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. In her book, Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, … Continued

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The Cost of Deportations

The Cost of Deportations looks at deportation through the lens of one Central American nation that sends migrants north— Guatemala.  About two million Guatemalans live in the US. But, half of those here lack legal status, and tens of thousands of Guatemalans are deported back to their country each year. Thus, the question arises… are … Continued

On this edition of Making Contact we go from Cape Town, South Africa to Los Angeles and Oakland, California— three cities grappling with evictions, displacement, and homelessness.  Featuring:   Needa Bee, Oakland-based housing advocate; Messiah Ali, Oakland resident; Tom Waldman, Director of Communications, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Flora Harris, C-3 Program Director, St. Joseph … Continued

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The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising (Encore)

On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, South Korea came together for reunification and an end to an era of martial law imposed by U.S.-backed military dictators.  Over the course of ten days, they staged mass protests, battled riot police and soldiers, and were met with brutal repression.  Together, they successfully drove the military out Gwangju … Continued

Clean, fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources. This week Making Contact contributor Maria Doerr looks at what is being done to safeguard the watersheds of Mexico City— the natural water systems that provide water to one of the largest metropolises in the world. Featuring:   Jürgen Hoth, Conservation International Mexico; Dr. … Continued

On September 9, 2016, prisoners across the U.S. went on strike.  In Michigan’s low security Kinross prison, workers assigned to kitchen duties refused to report to their shifts.  Hundreds gathered to protest in the prison yard. The strike spread like a prairie fire.  Nationally, 24,000 prisoners participated, making it the largest prisoner labor strike in … Continued