22 episodes

(Formerly Gurus At Dawn) This podcast delves into the complex ideology of race in America. Step by step the creators and co-hosts, Wren and Allisa, hope to take you on a journey of deeper understanding. We will utilize books, scholarly journals, laws, and similar references to illustrate the depth of white supremacy in American culture. We believe the revolution starts with all of us, and is only just beginning.

Vanguard At Dawn Wren and Allisa

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

(Formerly Gurus At Dawn) This podcast delves into the complex ideology of race in America. Step by step the creators and co-hosts, Wren and Allisa, hope to take you on a journey of deeper understanding. We will utilize books, scholarly journals, laws, and similar references to illustrate the depth of white supremacy in American culture. We believe the revolution starts with all of us, and is only just beginning.

    Tea Party Part 1

    Tea Party Part 1

    In this episode, join Wren & Allisa in a full length Tea Time segment where they revisit some of their most fond memories of season one of Vanguard At Dawn!

    • 45 min
    The Patron Problem

    The Patron Problem

    Wrapping up our series on the Harlem Renaissance and the first season of Vanguard At Dawn, this week we are discussing white patrons and their influence and control over the artisans of this period.
    Sources:
    “The Doomed Friendship that Helped Define African American Literature” interview with Yuval Taylor conducted by Jennifer Baker
    https://electricliterature.com/the-doomed-friendship-that-helped-define-african-american-literature/ (https://electricliterature.com/the-doomed-friendship-that-helped-define-african-american-literature/) 
    “Zora Neale Hurston: Her Eyes Were Watching God” Lecture by Cheryl Wall
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP3o46vJkj8&t=1189s&ab_channel=ChicagoHumanitiesFestival (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP3o46vJkj8&t=1189s&ab_channel=ChicagoHumanitiesFestival)
    Tea Time----------
    Artists:
    David A.- https://www.instagram.com/indaviduall/
    Jazmin Anita- https://www.instagram.com/jvzmina/
    Activist:
    Amandla Stenberg- https://www.instagram.com/amandlastenberg/?hl=en
    News: Go Vote Please. Check out what's on your ballot here:
    https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

    • 33 min
    Jazz: If You Don't Feel It...

    Jazz: If You Don't Feel It...

    A discussion of the history of jazz, the Legacy of Jazz music, and how it encapsulates the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance, and celebrates black culture.
    Sources:
    The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia, Second Edition
    https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=J9G50L3c14QC&oi=fnd&pg=PT1&dq=history+of+jazz+music&ots=ROZ0CVDlqS&sig=lJMcHBHnmPmI81FhK8FsRamEKh8#v=onepage&q&f=true (https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=J9G50L3c14QC&oi=fnd&pg=PT1&dq=history+of+jazz+music&ots=ROZ0CVDlqS&sig=lJMcHBHnmPmI81FhK8FsRamEKh8#v=onepage&q&f=true) 
    The Harlem Renaissance and American Music by Mike Oppenheim
    https://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-harlem-renaissance-and-american-music-by-mike-oppenheim.php (https://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-harlem-renaissance-and-american-music-by-mike-oppenheim.php) 
    Tea Time----------
    Artists:
    Jay Manning (astarrypunk)- https://www.instagram.com/astarrypunk/
    Heikala- https://www.instagram.com/heikala/
    Activist:
    K Agbebiyi- https://linktr.ee/sheabutterfemme
    News: Vote. That's it. Go vote please. https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

    • 40 min
    The People in the Pews

    The People in the Pews

    This week we discuss the importance of the black church during the Harlem Renaissance, the exclusion of black people from leadership positions in the Catholic Church, and how the black church became a cultural icon and safe haven within black communities.
    Sources:
    Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance 
    https://www.google.com/books/edition/Encyclopedia_of_the_Harlem_Renaissance/XP48QWTmjyUC?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=church%20harlem%20renaissance (https://www.google.com/books/edition/Encyclopedia_of_the_Harlem_Renaissance/XP48QWTmjyUC?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=church%20harlem%20renaissance) 
    The Crisis Magazine issue from January of 1920
    https://books.google.com/books?id=HFoEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA122&vq=catholic&dq=Crisis%20Magazine%201923&pg=PA122#v=onepage&q&f=true (https://books.google.com/books?id=HFoEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA122&vq=catholic&dq=Crisis%20Magazine%201923&pg=PA122#v=onepage&q&f=true) 
    Interview with Matthew Cressler by Emma Green from The Atlantic 
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/black-catholics/544754/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/black-catholics/544754/) 
    Tea Time----------
    Artists:
    Forrest.-https://www.forrestfrankmusic.com/
    Inspectornerd (Taylor S Goethe)- https://www.instagram.com/inspectornerd/
    Activist:
    Jamie Margolin- https://twitter.com/Jamie_Margolin
    *We have to address climate change now. This issue isn't going away and we have exceeded the amount of time the Earth has allotted us to fix this MAN MADE catastrophe.
    News: The potential confirmation of Hon. Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court and the negative impact it would have on different marginalized communities.

    • 32 min
    Bars for the People

    Bars for the People

    This week we continue our series on the Harlem Renaissance with Langston Hughes. He was a poet, activist, playwright and champion of the everyday people.
    Sources:
    “Closing Time: Langston Hughes and the Queer Poetics of Harlem Nightlife” by Shane Vogel
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/23128793?seq=1 (https://www.jstor.org/stable/23128793?seq=1) 
    Book: “The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes” edited by Arnold Rampersad
    “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44428/the-negro-speaks-of-rivers (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44428/the-negro-speaks-of-rivers) 
    “A New Song”
    https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/new-song-0 (https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/new-song-0)
    Tea Time----------
    Artists:
    Quetta McCaskill- https://www.instagram.com/sailor_qt_/
    Melanie Faye- https://smarturl.it/MelanieFaye


    Activist:
    Martese Johnson- https://twitter.com/martesejohnson_


    News: The court transcripts for Breonna Taylor's trial have been released and Derek Chauvin has posted bail. When seeking justice we must use our loses to help ensure the safety of oppressed peoples in the future. Sometimes it's one step forward three steps back, but we have to keep fighting.

    • 25 min
    Through Her Eyes

    Through Her Eyes

    This week we continue our series on the Harlem Renaissance with a look at Zora Neale Hurston. She was a prominent figure of the renaissance who's field work focused on rural southern communities and the vibrancy of unfiltered, and unrefined black culture.
    Sources for this week's lecture:
    Cheryl Wall “Her Eyes Were Watching God”
    https://www.chicagohumanities.org/media/zora-neale-hurston-her-eyes-were-watching-god/ (https://www.chicagohumanities.org/media/zora-neale-hurston-her-eyes-were-watching-god/)
    Electronic Version of Fire!!
    https://issuu.com/poczineproject/docs/poczp_fire_1926_readview (https://issuu.com/poczineproject/docs/poczp_fire_1926_readview)
    “From Fiction to Fact: Zora Neale Hurston and the Ruby McCollum Trial” Roberta S. Maguire
    https://ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/018-036-LJS_v7n1.pdf (https://ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/018-036-LJS_v7n1.pdf)
    NAACP History on Zora Neale Hurston
    https://www.naacp.org/naacp-history-w-e-b-dubois/ (https://www.naacp.org/naacp-history-w-e-b-dubois/)
    Deria M.'s review of Hull: https://www.thebind.net/blog/xandriaphillips-hull
    Xandria Phillips: https://www.xandriaphillips.com/


    Tea Time----------
    Artists:
    Halle Mone'- https://linktr.ee/hallemone
    Emily King- https://www.emilykingmusic.com/
    Activist:
    Charlene Carruthers- https://www.charlenecarruthers.com/
    News:
    The presidential debate was chaotic, and even though Trump performed so poorly and was so problematic, people are still gonna support him and that doesn't mean Biden did well. Use this to remind yourself why voting matters.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

My1Madden ,

Good Stuff

This podcast gives me the depth of information that I seek in easily digestible episodes. Engaging and informative...it’s an A+ for me.👍🏾👍🏾

Slumped! ,

Engaging complex topics, I love it!

The podcast really dives deep into issues that people typically would only reach at a surface level, I’m usually not the type to listen to podcasts that tackle topics like race in america but it was surprisingly engaging!

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