We Are Not A Monolith produces weekly news and culture content about African Americans in the Siouxland Community.
We Can’t Breathe – A Conversation About How We Come Back Together in a Time Like This
Local NAACP President Ike Rayford and Shelby Pierce interview Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller and community activist Monique Scarlett in an open and honest conversation about the death of George Floyd, the state of policing, the use of excessive force in our community, and how we can find unity in the midst of anger and grief.
Who Is Malcolm X? His Relevance, Legacy, and Message
Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago. As a cultural and civil rights icon, his message has been summed up as one of violence, starkly contrasting to the non-violent message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The complexities of Malcolm's life, from his birth in Omaha to his assasination in Manhattan, belies such a simple conclusion. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Ike and Shelby dig into the life and legacy, and continuing relevance, of Malcolm X with Leo Louis, President of
Love is Action: Sen. Cory Booker Joins Shelby and Ike
Sen. Cory Booker joined Shelby and Ike to discuss his proposed policies as a Democratic candidate* for President, policies, he argues, that will bring the country back together. He believes that his appeal to African-Amercian voters makes his candidacy viable and that Hilary Clinton's 2016 loss was partly due to her failure to appeal to the lived experiences of the diverse nature of the Democratic Party. And he describes how his engagement in the African-American community drives his policy. *As
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
This time on We are not a Monolith, Ike and Shelby explore the holiday of Kwanzaa. They interview special guest Kemi Brown of Sioux City to learn all about this Holiday and how it's celebrated.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg: His Douglass Plan, His Agenda for Black America, and Bringing the US Together
We Are Not a Monolith welcomes Mayor Pete Buttigieg to talk about his Douglass Plan, the firing of Darryl Boykins, the first African-American police chief of South Bend, Indiana, and the challenges of bringing togehter a country divided along so many lines. Music by Joytribe recorded live at KBOO.
Alabama Story: An Illustration of Race Relations, Power, and Courage
Inspiration can strike from anywhere. Reading the obits one day, Kenneth Jones came across the story of Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who lived and worked in Alabama during the 1950's and 60's. Trouble began for her when she added illustrator Garth Williams' book The Rabbits' Wedding to her stacks, a book that portrays the marriage of a black rabbit and a white rabbit. The White Citizen's Council and Senator Edward Oswell Eddins demanded the book be removed, and so began the Alabama Story.
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I get real excited when I see new episodes pop up. Shelby and Ike are real naturals and I look forward to hearing the important conversations that will happen on this show. Nice work 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻