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The Creative Tension podcast explores the history and legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Host, Elliott Robinson provides the missing chapters from American History class, through a mixture of interviews, archival audio and roundtable discussions. Creative Tension also uses open and frank discussions, to dissect how the legacy of Jim Crow is still impacting our world today.

Creative Tension explores topics like: Confederate monuments; “The Talk;” Black caricatures (Mammy, Aunt Jemima and JJ Evans); the Great Migration; racialized food (watermelon, fried chicken); and, many others. We also discuss modern means of resisting the legacy of Jim Crow with guests like: The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry); Carlton Mackey (Black Men Smile); and, Allison Bantimba (Equal Justice Initiative’s Fulton County Remembrance Project).

For a visual companion to the podcast, visit www.creativetension.org.
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Creative Tension Elliott Robinson, JD, MDiv - Public Theologian

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    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

The Creative Tension podcast explores the history and legacy of Jim Crow segregation. Host, Elliott Robinson provides the missing chapters from American History class, through a mixture of interviews, archival audio and roundtable discussions. Creative Tension also uses open and frank discussions, to dissect how the legacy of Jim Crow is still impacting our world today.

Creative Tension explores topics like: Confederate monuments; “The Talk;” Black caricatures (Mammy, Aunt Jemima and JJ Evans); the Great Migration; racialized food (watermelon, fried chicken); and, many others. We also discuss modern means of resisting the legacy of Jim Crow with guests like: The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey (The Nap Ministry); Carlton Mackey (Black Men Smile); and, Allison Bantimba (Equal Justice Initiative’s Fulton County Remembrance Project).

For a visual companion to the podcast, visit www.creativetension.org.
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    20. Reimagining Rest - A Conversation w/ The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey

    20. Reimagining Rest - A Conversation w/ The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey

    We discuss reimagining rest with “The Nap Bishop,” Tricia Hersey - Founder, The Nap Ministry. How rest has changed during the COVID pandemic and what it will look like in a post sheltering-in world. We also explore what it’s like to attend a nap ministry event as well as and how the concept of rest and napping as resistance to capitalism is being received in culture.
    The Nap Ministry's Instagram Page: http://www.instagram.com/thenapministry The Nap Ministry's Linktree: http://linktr.ee/thenapministry The Nap Ministry's Blog Page: http://thenapministry.wordpress.com  
    Ruth Forman - https://www.ruthforman.com Music Provided By: Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange: http://bit.ly/JRJuJuExch Voice Over: Patricia Robinson For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit creativetension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB, Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter: @createtension. Until next time, #createtension.
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    • 35 min
    21. Does the Church promote “Grind Culture?”

    21. Does the Church promote “Grind Culture?”

    Through slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and even today, the Church has been a place where African-Americans can lead groups, hold elected office and fully participate in organizations. The Church has stood in the gap, where society failed African-Americans. However, the Church can also require and expect a great deal from its leaders and members. Churches are expected to respond to every community trauma, police shooting, neighborhood disinvestment, financial neglect, racism, classism, gentrification, pandemics, failing schools, food deserts, congregational care, etc. etc. Once you become active in a church, it can feel like your name keeps coming up, to do more and more. As if all of your free time is now church time. The work feels never ending and church work can become a grind.
    Episode Guests
    Tricia Hersey “The Nap Bishop” - Founder of The Nap Ministry
    https://www.instagram.com/thenapministry https://linktr.ee/thenapministry Rev. Dr. Toni Belin Ingram - Presiding Elder - Augusta North Conference - AME Church
    Instagram: @Tlenayebi Twitter: @Tlenayebi Rev. Jennifer Carner - Executive Pastor, House of Hope - Atlanta
    Website: http://www.jennifercarnerministries.com Instagram: @thecarnerjlc Rev. Dominique Lester - Chief of Staff, Greater Centennial AME Zion Church - Mount Vernon, NY
    * Instagram: Prophetic_Provocateur
    For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit creativetension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB, Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter: @createtension. Until next time, #createtension.
    Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts:
    Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb  Google Podcast: http://bit.ly/ctgoogpod  Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK SoundCloud - http://bit.ly/ctsoundc Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2gcmfVp      IHeart: http://bit.ly/2h7K69f Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange: http://bit.ly/JRJuJuExch 
    Thanks to the Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship for their cooperation in the recording and production of the Creative Tension podcast

    • 52 min
    22. Policing Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Gilbert Parris

    22. Policing Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Gilbert Parris

    We discuss how certain law enforcement practices unfairly target, impact and traumatize the African-American community. Also, where and how should our mindset shift to achieve more equitable and flourishing communities.
    Contact Attorney Gilbert Parris:
    Law Office of Gilbert Parris: gilbertparrisattorney.com Law Office FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Law-Offices-of-Gilbert-C-Parris-229295070459738/  The Gilbert Parris Podcast: https://gilbertparrispodcast.buzzsprout.com For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit http://creativetension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB, Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter: @createtension. Until next time, #createtension.
    Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts:
    Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb  Google Podcast: http://bit.ly/ctgoogpod  Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK SoundCloud - http://bit.ly/ctsoundc Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2gcmfVp      IHeart: http://bit.ly/2h7K69f Episode Music: Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange: http://bit.ly/JRJuJuExch 

    • 57 min
    23. Defending Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Xavier Donaldson

    23. Defending Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Xavier Donaldson

    We discuss the inherent pitfalls and flaws in the legal system and how they adversely impact African-Americans. We examine the web created by overcharging defendants to higher bail to plea bargaining and its impact on mass incarceration, as well as the myth of innocent until proven guilty. Plus we look at the danger of how conspiracy charges can be used to ensnare our youth.
    Donaldson & Chilliest, LLP: http://www.dcnylaw.com For a visual companion to this episode and links to episode resources, visit http://creativetension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB, Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter: @createtension. Until next time, #createtension.
    Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts:
    Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb  Google Podcast: http://bit.ly/ctgoogpod  Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK SoundCloud - http://bit.ly/ctsoundc Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2gcmfVp      IHeart: http://bit.ly/2h7K69f Episode Music: Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange: http://bit.ly/JRJuJuExch 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    24. What to the Slave is Your 4th of July?

    24. What to the Slave is Your 4th of July?

    We explore the life of Frederick Douglass and his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” with Public Historian and Founder of History Alive, John W McCaskill.
    You can find out more about John and History Alive at their website.
    Website: https://jwmhistoryalive.com FB - https://www.facebook.com/johnwmccaskillhistoryalive IG - https://www.instagram.com/johnw.mccaskill/  YouTube -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgWKywaolLneP4nZnUVpHQ   For a visual companion to this episode, visit http://creativetension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB  & Pinterest at: creativetensionpodcast (one word)
    Our theme music is provided by Julian Reid and his ensemble group, The JuJu Exchange. We have a link to their music in the show notes.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Creative Tension Returns March 1st!!!

    Creative Tension Returns March 1st!!!

    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 creativetension.org!
    Creative Tension can be found wherever you find your favorite podcasts, so subscribe today!!
    Apple Podcast: http://apple.co/2wBqYHb  Stitcher: http://bit.ly/2gcmfVp   Google Podcast: http://bit.ly/ctgoogpod    IHeart: http://bit.ly/2h7K69f  TuneIn - http://bit.ly/2gp6ZS8   Spotify - http://spoti.fi/2ydhVbK New Theme Music - Julian Reid & The JuJu Exchange, "Asking"

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

perobinson ,

Very Educational

This is an amazing use of your platform. I’ve learned so much from this podcast and I appreciate what you’re doing.

No Rib ,

Great food for your brain!

Having just finished my second episode, the podcast is incredibly informative while keeping my attention. My most recent podcast I have subscribed to, I look forward to learning different aspects of history I never thought of, or gaining a new perespective on my existing knowledge.

TxRoads ,

Long Overdue and Well Done

This should be added to every high school American History class to serve as the missing chapters on America's history during American slavery and the Jim Crow years. It is more than just African American history. This is America's real history, often pushed aside and relegated to a few short, nondescript sentences in books and a few sanitized documentaries during the month of February. Open and frank discussion is good. Let's hear all sides and present a fuller view of America's past. It may be intensive to hear but we need the tension, especially "Creative Tension". Thank you.

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