225 episodes

Black Like Me with Dr. Alex Gee is a podcast that invites you to experience the world through the perspective of one Black man, one conversation, one story, or even one rant at a time.

Black Like Me Alex Gee

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 226 Ratings

Black Like Me with Dr. Alex Gee is a podcast that invites you to experience the world through the perspective of one Black man, one conversation, one story, or even one rant at a time.

    S9 E179: The Ripple Effect: Justified Anger's Innovative Ways Of Measuring Change With Dr. Karen Reece

    S9 E179: The Ripple Effect: Justified Anger's Innovative Ways Of Measuring Change With Dr. Karen Reece

    Dr. Karen Reece explains Justified Anger's  innovative research and strategic approach to Justice centered systems change work. As Justified Anger took off as a movement, Dr. Reece gives insight into the funding of Black-led organizations and the struggle to create long term solutions and change. 
    Dr. Reece clarifies the difference between quantitative vs qualitative analysis for the kind of work that Justified Anger does. Though it can be harder capture the data, qualitative data gives a deeper understanding of the change that is accomplished. 
    Dr. Reece explains how she considers Ripple Effects as a way to show the impact of Justified Anger's work. Ripple Effects looks at how people who are learning and being changed by contact with the Justified Anger initiative are enacting change in their spheres of influence, whether it is at the interpersonal, business, or community level.
    Learn more:
    Justified Voices: What we've learned about racial justice in Madison
    Justified Anger's Our Madison Plan
    Article: Disparities in Funding for Leaders of Color Leave Impact on the Table
    Collection of reports on racial equity in philanthropy
    NCRP Report: Too Many Local Community Foundations Still Underinvesting in Black Communities
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S9 E178: Black Like Mama: A Look At Life After My Mom’s Recent Passing

    S9 E178: Black Like Mama: A Look At Life After My Mom’s Recent Passing

    On this special episode, Dr. Alex Gee and his sister Lilada Gee reflect on the passing of their mother, Ms. Verline Gee. They celebrate her memory with stories and insights from her life. For decades, Ms. Verline created a profound impact in the Madison community as a mentor to young leaders, social worker, poet, published author, family therapist, faith community leader, and, above all, a cherished mother and grandmother.
    Through their mother’s experiences, Dr. Gee and Rev. Lilada are able to explore historical and racial conditions in the period of her life. They reflect on the strength of her character and the lessons they learned, as well as her great intellectual sense of humor. Don't miss the heartfelt and honest conversation around the life of a powerful Black community mother.
    Learn more about Ms. Verline Gee's story
    Dr. Gee and Rev. Lilada invite you to make a donation to The Center for Black Excellence and Culture, allowing us to share Verline Gee's incredible story and continue her legacy of community building through a senior space and senior programming dedicated in her honor: https://givebutter.com/xieAH6
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S9 E177: The Tip Of The Spear: Managing The Leading Edge Of Change With Kaleem Caire

    S9 E177: The Tip Of The Spear: Managing The Leading Edge Of Change With Kaleem Caire

    Dr. Gee is joined again by his friend Kaleem Caire to look at the atmosphere around Justified Anger in the early years and how the initiative has created change over the last 10 years. They reflect on having breakfast together on the day that the original Justified Anger article was released and talked about how the truth of the article would be received in the community. The two thought leaders in the Madison community consider what it is like to speak boldly and be visionaries for racial justice. Kaleem is a champion of educational change that needs to happen to address disparities.
    Kaleem Caire is the founder and CEO of One City Schools, the operator of One City Preschool and One City Elementary School. Both schools are focused on getting young children ready for school success. Prior to One City, Kaleem was the President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison in Madison, WI and chair of the National Urban League's Education Committee. 
    In 2001, Kaleem commissioned the nation's first comprehensive study of high school graduation rates in the United States, which resulted in graduation rates being embedded in the nation's No Child Left Behind law and forever becoming a measurement of the productivity of American education. In 2002, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to serve on the Independent Rules Panel that advises the U.S. Congress on the evaluation and implementation of Title I (then referred to as No Child Left Behind). From 2002-2004, he led a coalition of education, business, philanthropy and community leaders in Washington, DC to secure the passage of landmark legislation that created the nation's first federally funded school voucher program and has since provided more then $900 million net new federal funding for school reform efforts encompassing DC's traditional public, public charter and private schools. In 2009, he was appointed by the administration of President Barack Obama to serve as an expert reviewer for his signature ""Race to the Top"" national education reform initiative.
    Photo of Black Leaders at Justified Anger Event
    Read Justified Anger's Our Madison Plan
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    S9 E176: "We Haven't Arrived Yet": Reflecting On The Reception Of Justified Anger Ten Years Later With Renee Moe and Joe Parisi

    S9 E176: "We Haven't Arrived Yet": Reflecting On The Reception Of Justified Anger Ten Years Later With Renee Moe and Joe Parisi

    Dr. Gee welcomes Renee Moe (President & CEO at United Way of Dane County) and Joe Parisi (Dane County Executive) to dicsuss how they experienced the release of the Justified Anger article and aftermath. They reflect on how the original article caused a stir in some of the civic and community arenas, displaying the racial disparity alive in these systems. Dr. Gee contemplates the cost of stepping into certain civic spheres and often feels like the desire gets quenched by his experience as a Black man.
    Hear how the Justified Anger article gave a human face to the statistics of Race to Equity report that made people face the reality in their community. Together the group explore how we continue to address the racial justice present in their county.
    Read the original Justified Anger article.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    S9 E175: What I Remember Of My Twenties Was Losing My Mentors: Dr. Gee's Reflections On Life at 60 With Life-Long Friend Pastor David Smith

    S9 E175: What I Remember Of My Twenties Was Losing My Mentors: Dr. Gee's Reflections On Life at 60 With Life-Long Friend Pastor David Smith

    Dr. Gee considers his career, relationships, and community impact as he reaches the age of 60. His life-long friend David Smith joins the conversations as they recall stories of their youth, beginning as community leaders, and how the world has changed in their shared 60 years. You can be sure that they bring plenty of stories, funny anecdotes, and real talk about their life experiences.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S9 E174: Anger And Courage: Publishing Justified Anger with Paul Fanlund and Phil Haslanger

    S9 E174: Anger And Courage: Publishing Justified Anger with Paul Fanlund and Phil Haslanger

    Dr. Gee welcomes Paul Fanlund, editor and publisher of The Capital Times, and journalist Phil Haslanger to the show to discuss the publication of Dr. Gee's article, entitled Justified Anger. Hear the inside story of how Dr. Gee’s groundbreaking articles changed the community and changed The Capital Times newspaper itself. The three men talk about the environment around the first Justified Anger town hall as a result of the response to the original article. Dr. Gee explores Black voices in journalism and how Black leaders shouldn't be expected to fix injustices themselves.
    Read Dr. Gee's Justified Anger at 10 Years Article: Cap Times: Alex Gee says Black Madison is tired of fixing injustices itself
    Read Dr. Gee's original Justified Anger Article: Cap Times: Justified anger: Rev. Alex Gee says Madison is failing its African-American community
    Cap Times: Opinion | Assessing race in Madison 10 years after ‘Justified Anger’
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
226 Ratings

226 Ratings

Pack42 ,

Must listen

Powerful, honest, insightful and often hilarious. I can’t say enough about the impact Dr. Gee’s words have had on my life.

SWKevin ,

Must listen to Podcast

i’ve been listening to Dr. Gee’s podcast since the spring of 2020. The range of topics, perspectives, and insights are invaluable and have provided much encouragement for me to strive to become a more effective ally. I appreciate the frankness of Dr. Gee and his guests and their willingness to share their vulnerabilities and experiences with those of us who have wittingly and unwittingly been insulated from such knowledge.

Lalindia ,

Listen and learn!

This podcast is a great resource for everyone, but especially for white would-be allies. Dr Gee’s honesty is brought with such generosity of spirit that if you are willing to drop your defenses and just listen, you can learn! The example in the last episode of white people stopping traffic to help a family of ducks cross the road was both absolutely hilarious and really insightful. Stop making excuses! Do the work.

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