27 episodes

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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    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.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    23. Defending Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Xavier Donaldson

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

    Defending Black Bodies - A Conversation with Attorney Xavier Donaldson. We discuss the flaws in the legal system & how the inherent biases adversely impact the African-American community. We examine defunding the police, overcharging defendants, excessive bail, plea bargaining, the myth of innocent until proven guilty & how they all drive mass incarceration.

    • 1 hr 4 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.

    • 57 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 stood in the gap, where society failed African-Americans. Churches are expected to respond to every community trauma, police shooting, neighborhood disinvestment, racism, gentrification, failing schools, food deserts, etc. etc. However, the Church can also require and expect a great deal from its leaders and members. The work feels never ending and church work can become a grind.

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

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

    Elliott Robinson discusses reimagining rest with “The Nap Bishop,” Tricia Hersey - Founder, The Nap Ministry. How rest has changed during the COVID pandemic & 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.
    Nap Ministry Instagram Page: http://www.instagram.com/thenapministry
    Nap Ministry Linktree: http://linktr.ee/thenapminis

    • 35 min
    19. Reclaiming Rest in a Grind Culture - A Conversation w/ The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey

    19. Reclaiming Rest in a Grind Culture - A Conversation w/ The Nap Bishop, Tricia Hersey

    We talk to Tricia Hersey aka "The Nap Bishop" about The Nap Ministry and their movement to reclaim rest as a form of resistance.

    For a visual companion to this episode, visit CreativeTension.org. Follow us on Instagram, FB and Pinterest: @creativetensionpodcast and Twitter @createtension

    • 41 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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