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KISA Public Radio KISA (Swahili) - history; narrative. KISA Digital Studios provides exceptional news and culture audio journalism about the African American community. www.KISARadio.org

KISA was an idea inspired by the lack of seeing and hearing African-American focused stories in everyday media. The creator, Lisa D. Tinsley wanted to create an online presence where visitors from around the world may see and hear stories from talented individuals who have produced superb storytelling content.

Born Caroline Diahann Johnson in 1935, Carroll fought hard triumphs in showbiz. In 1962 — in the heat of the Civil Right...
10/04/2019

Born Caroline Diahann Johnson in 1935, Carroll fought hard triumphs in showbiz. In 1962 — in the heat of the Civil Rights era — she earned a Tony for her turn as a fashion model in love with a white journalist in the musical No Strings; in 1974, she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her delightfully lively, titular performance as Claudine, a single, scrappy mom trying to raise her kids on welfare.

But it was Carroll’s work on Julia — the first television series centered on a professional African-American — that truly changed lives.

Few shows in TV history have arrived with as much buzz as the genial Julia. When it premiered opposite the entrenched Red Skelton Hour, it was a smash (it ranked number seven for the season in the Nielsens). Disregarding its determined foot in the door, critics derided the show as whitewashed, suggesting its depiction of an upbeat black character who worked and supported a child was somehow a disservice to, as one writer opined, “the bitter realities of Negro life in the urban ghetto.”

#diahanncarroll #blackhistory #julia #television #news #hollywood #tonyawards #kisapublicradio

Join my colleague, Ebonee Pope and I on this special podcast about the 49th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation...
09/22/2019
KISA Public Radio Presents: 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Conference

Join my colleague, Ebonee Pope and I on this special podcast about the 49th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Leadership Conference we recently had the opportunity to attend. We share our favorite highlights from the conference that include topics about opportunities in the cannabis/hemp industry, housing, banking and the importance of the black female vote in 2020. Thank you for your support.

The CBCF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is where thought leaders, legislators and concerned citizens engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and education issues.

09/15/2019

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Founder & CEO Keisha Smith-Jeremie, also seen on Shark Tank, disrupts the applesauce industry with sanaía, the re-imagin...
09/13/2019

Founder & CEO Keisha Smith-Jeremie, also seen on Shark Tank, disrupts the applesauce industry with sanaía, the re-imagination of childhood treats for adults. sanaía is the first company to recognize that millions of adults still love applesauce. While the rest of the category was focused on kids, Keisha seized the opportunity to cater to adults who wanted to enjoy applesauce without being subjected to pouches or uninspired flavors.

#walmart #sanaia #entrepreneurs #blackwoman #supportblackowned ##blackwomen #blackgirlmagic #melanin #blackexcellence #blackbusiness #beautiful #black #women #applesauce #kisapublicradio #news

@NAACP discussion about the importance of 2020; #thesquad highlighted the importance of the black female vote, how the #...
09/12/2019

@NAACP discussion about the importance of 2020; #thesquad highlighted the importance of the black female vote, how the #census is important to determine how much money local communities receive and how transportation is a social justice issue. #election2020 #cbc2019 #blackvotersmatter #blackwomen #news #kisapublicradio

Results from the @essence power of the sister vote poll results.  #cbc2019 #cbcfalc19 #bwrempowers #wedecide #powerofthe...
09/11/2019

Results from the @essence power of the sister vote poll results. #cbc2019 #cbcfalc19 #bwrempowers #wedecide #powerofthesistervote #kisapublicradio #blackwomen #vote #election2020 #blackwomenvote

Results from the @essence power of the sister vote poll results.   #cbc2019 #cbcfalc19 #bwrempowers #wedecide #powerofth...
09/11/2019

Results from the @essence power of the sister vote poll results. #cbc2019 #cbcfalc19 #bwrempowers #wedecide #powerofthesistervote #kisapublicradio #blackwomen #vote #election2020 #blackwomenvote @ Washington, District of Columbia

09/11/2019

Excited to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Conference. Tune in for updates 😊 #cbcfalc19 #kisapublicradio #politics #essence #powerthesistervote

Determined to shatter the glass ceiling of the ballet world, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will honor...
09/11/2019

Determined to shatter the glass ceiling of the ballet world, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will honor Misty Copeland with their esteemed Trailblazer Award during the CBCF’s annual “Celebration of the Arts” event today—an award that Copeland deemed as not only an honor but also a necessity.

“It’s so important for other Black dancers to see a possibility, a future for themselves, in a world that still doesn’t include many other Black ballerinas,” Copeland said.

#mistycopeland #ballet #cbcf2019 #awards #blackhistory #blackgirlmagic #blackexcellence #kisapublicradio

There are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. The number of Black or African American...
09/10/2019

There are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses in the United States. The number of Black or African American-owned firms grew 34.5 percent between 2007 and 2012— from 1.9 million to 2.6 million in 2012, according to the most recent statistics from the Census Bureau. Black women have been leading this charge of Black entrepreneurship. The number of Black female-owned firms climbed 66.9 percent, from 900,000 in 2007 to 1.5 million in 2012, noted the Census Bureau.

#entrepreneurship #sba #business #motivation #blackowned #blackownedbusiness #blackgirlmagic #blackbusiness #blackexcellence #supportblackbusiness #smallbusiness #buyblack #blackentrepreneurs #census #facts #kisapublicradio

Congratulations to Chicago native Chris Williams on becoming the youngest African American Subway franchise owner in Geo...
09/09/2019

Congratulations to Chicago native Chris Williams on becoming the youngest African American Subway franchise owner in Georgia.

#subway #entrepreneurship #chicago #atlanta #georgia #business #entrepreneur #motivation #success #money #inspiration #businessman #kisapublicradio

HBCUs open their doors wider to international students to give their campuses more international flavor, and help with t...
09/08/2019

HBCUs open their doors wider to international students to give their campuses more international flavor, and help with the bottom line.

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In addition to the tuition money they often bring — many foreign students pay the full sticker price, often aided by their home countries’ governments — there are benefits for the HBCUs’ American students. Many are from low-income families and cannot afford study-abroad programs. Having international classmates exposes them to cultures very different from their own. Also, when they graduate, they will join an increasingly globalized workforce, and could benefit from understanding the perspectives of their international peers.

#hbcu #international #education #news #kisapublicradio

09/08/2019

Happy Sunday!!!! Please visit our new website at http://ow.ly/nDzR50w1dQy for the latest in African American news and culture. We appreciate your support.

#kisapublicradio #publicmedia #publicradio #npr #blackhistory #news

@benandjerrys has been an advocate for social justice and equity for much of its 40 years. "Our approach to creating soc...
09/08/2019

@benandjerrys has been an advocate for social justice and equity for much of its 40 years. "Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground," said Co-Founder Ben Cohen. "We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream. Somehow, it's easier to talk about difficult issues over a scoop or two."
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Advancement Project National Office is a national, multi-racial civil rights organization that works with local grassroots organizers on racial justice issues. "Our country needs to invest in services that build up communities rather than those that tear them down," said Advancement Project National Office Executive Director Judith Browne Dianis. "That means ending a wealth-based pre-trial detention system that locks people up because they are poor, Black or Brown. It means dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, divesting from criminalizing students and investing in the creation of high-quality education and services. It's time to reimagine safety and justice."

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#business #benandjerry #socialjustice #icecream #advocates #news #kisapublicradio

In a long overdue tribute to the first African American to break international tennis' color barrier, a new statue of Al...
08/27/2019

In a long overdue tribute to the first African American to break international tennis' color barrier, a new statue of Althea Gibson was unveiled at the opening day of the U.S. Open.

In 1947, Gibson broke into the elite ranks of the tennis world winning the first 10 consecutive American Tennis Association women's titles. (The ATA was the tennis equivalent of baseball's Negro Leagues.) At the age of 23, Gibson became the first African American player to compete in the U.S. Nationals, the precursor to the U.S. Open, in 1950.

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Between 1956 to 1958, Gibson made her mark. She won 11 majors, and was the first black player to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. When she retired in 1958, she was the top-ranked woman in tennis having won more than 50 singles and doubles championships.

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#tennis #usopen #sports #blackhistory #altheagibson #blackexcellence #sportshistory #art #statues #newyork #news #kisapublicradio

@Common performs in commemoration of the arrival of the First Africans in Hampton, Virginia. 📷: Reuters#common #blackhis...
08/26/2019

@Common performs in commemoration of the arrival of the First Africans in Hampton, Virginia. 📷: Reuters

#common #blackhistory #news #history #slavery #kisapublicradio

Congratulations to Tastemakers’ CEO and founder Cherae Robinson on receiving a $1 million seed-round.  The platform cura...
08/23/2019

Congratulations to Tastemakers’ CEO and founder Cherae Robinson on receiving a $1 million seed-round. The platform curates, prices and lists African travel and cultural experiences — from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts.

Tastemakers will use the investment to grow the number of experiences offered from 200 to 10,000 and build out machine learning capabilities to better match suppliers, experiences and clients.

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#cheraerobinson #blackwomen #blackentrepreneurs #entrepreneurship #blackexcellence #travel #africa #tastemakers #kisapublicradio

The "Shelil", or hair dance, is performed at a festival in Eritrea. Females of the Tigre ethnic group keep their hair co...
08/23/2019

The "Shelil", or hair dance, is performed at a festival in Eritrea. Females of the Tigre ethnic group keep their hair covered most of the year, only revealing it on special occasions such as weddings. 📷:BBC

#africa #hair #blackexcellence #blackwomen #eritrea #kisapublicradio

An art exhibition of the legendary Michael Jackson is facing criticism over allegations of sexual abuse against the late...
08/23/2019

An art exhibition of the legendary Michael Jackson is facing criticism over allegations of sexual abuse against the late iconic musician ten years after his passing.

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The organizers in Finland that have come under fire insist that they are not celebrating the artist but rather merely showcasing him and his impact to the pop culture.

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“We can’t shy away from these difficult subjects but we… we of course condemn all kind of abuse as a museum, but we also want to provide a platform for open discussion and for artists’ voices,” said Arja Miller, Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

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The exhibition was very well received by critics when it first unveiled in 2018 in London, then Paris, Bonn before the latest opening in Helsinki.

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But recent series of allegations have further tarnished the musician. In a shock documentary broadcast earlier this year by the American television channel HBO, “Leaving Neverland”, two men say they were victims of repeated sexual assaults by the star when they were children

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“He will stay as an icon somehow, you cannot just erase him. And who knows, things will develop in different ways. Cos I remember already when he died, people were kind of, ‘OK, now he’s got to rest in peace.’ But ten years later, it’s a new story coming up,” said Dan Mihaltianu, artist.

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Many of Michael Jackson’s inspired art works play with the boisterous and grotesque, such as the giant golden statue of the superstar with his domestic chimpanzee.

#michaeljackson #art #finland #museums #statues #news #kisapublicradio

Schools in South Africa have been designating students as “eco-warriors” as part of an initiative supported by the UN De...
08/22/2019

Schools in South Africa have been designating students as “eco-warriors” as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.

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The youthful warriors have supported rubbish clean-up campaigns around their schools, eliminating over 1000 illegal dumping sites.
Through the SGP support the project was able to establish six small-scale conservation agriculture co-operatives, and coordinate youth training on sustainable agriculture.

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Other students have established agricultural co-operatives and learnt how to farm sustainably in the face of the effects of climate change and the degradation of the environment.

#environment #climatechange #africa #southafrica #children #agriculture #unitednations #news #kisapublicradio

Planting has begun in Burkina Faso on what is known as the Great Green Wall.***It is hoped the line of vegetation will h...
08/22/2019

Planting has begun in Burkina Faso on what is known as the Great Green Wall.

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It is hoped the line of vegetation will help the region’s people plant more crops and provide a secure source of food, improved health and thousands of new jobs.
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It could also help to break a cycle of migration which may force up to 85 million people to leave their homes by 2050.
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Climate change in the impoverished Sahel is already happening one and a half times faster than the global average, and the region is experiencing droughts every two years, rather than the typical 10-year cycle.

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#africa #environment #unitednations #climatechange #plants #news #kisapublicradio

Hip-hop producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, have unvei...
08/22/2019

Hip-hop producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and his wife, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, have unveiled plans for a new arts center in the upstate New York town of Macedon.

The goal of the new center is to “educate musicians and artists about the business side of the music and art industry, and have a campus and creative atmosphere for learning and expanding opportunities.”

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#aliciakeys #swizzbeatz #art #enterprenuers #newyork #music #education #blackart #blackmusic #news #kisapublicradio

Donald Trump signs executive action forgiving student debt for disabled veterans. POTUS said this would “ensure our woun...
08/21/2019

Donald Trump signs executive action forgiving student debt for disabled veterans. POTUS said this would “ensure our wounded warriors are not saddled with mountains of student debt.” @CNN

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#military #studentloans #debt #disabledveterans #trump #veterans #news #kisapublicradio

Howard University, one of the most prestigious historically black colleges in the United States, is trying to grow oppor...
08/21/2019

Howard University, one of the most prestigious historically black colleges in the United States, is trying to grow opportunities for black players. On Monday, the school’s first Division I men’s and women’s golf program announced a financial gift from @nba star Stephen Curry, a golf aficionado. Curry will fund the program for at least six years, starting with the 2020-21 season.

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#stephcurry #golf #news #howarduniversity #hbcu #philanthropy #philanthropist #golfnews #collegegolf #kisapublicradio

Congratulations to @freresbranchiaux on having thier lovely candles added to @macys.  Link in bio for more details about...
08/20/2019

Congratulations to @freresbranchiaux on having thier lovely candles added to @macys.

Link in bio for more details about this awesome business.

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#smallbusinesslove #startupbusiness #startupstory #businessowner #smallbusinessowner #beyourownboss
#businessowners #entrepreneurial #startups #entrepreneursofinstagram #entrepreneurspirit #blackbusinessowners #blackownedbusinesses #kisapublicradio #macys #candles

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill just announced that officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired."Trials Commissioner Maldonad...
08/19/2019

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill just announced that officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired.

"Trials Commissioner Maldonado ruled that officer Pantaleo’s use of a prohibited chokehold was reckless and constituted a gross deviation from the standard of conduct established for a New York City police officer," O'Neill said.

"I agree with the Deputy Commissioner of Trials legal findings and recommendations and it is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer," O'Neill said.

Pantaleo will not receive a pension.

#news #ericgarner #nypd #justiceforericgarner

Mural Art - Ennis, Ireland 🎨****#ennis #ireland #murals #art #muralmonday #muralart #mural  #streetart #art #mural #urba...
08/19/2019

Mural Art - Ennis, Ireland 🎨

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#ennis #ireland #murals #art #muralmonday #muralart #mural #streetart #art #mural #urbanart #wallart #muralart #painting #artist #muralpainting #murales #muralartist #streetarteverywhere #muralism #artwork #muralsdaily #streetartistry #muralist #photography #publicart #drawing

Our #wcw for pure fierceness is none other than #singer #songwriter #actor #TinaTurner. #Giveitup #turnitloose. #kisapub...
08/14/2019

Our #wcw for pure fierceness is none other than #singer #songwriter #actor #TinaTurner. #Giveitup #turnitloose. #kisapublicradio #freedom #trueself

The California African American Museum’s ‘Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century’ will highlight the 30-year h...
08/07/2019

The California African American Museum’s ‘Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century’ will highlight the 30-year history and current relevance of the sociopolitical L.A. label. Opening on September 25th. the retrospective examines how Cross Colours’ social messaging spoke to the times as members of the black community felt the effects of Reagan-era cuts to social programs and federal education and increasing incidents of police brutality. #news #fashion #crosscolours #museums #blackfashion #exhibits #art #kisapublicradio

#MarianWrightEdelman has been an #advocate & #activist for children & the disadvantaged & founder of the Children's Defe...
08/07/2019

#MarianWrightEdelman has been an #advocate & #activist for children & the disadvantaged & founder of the Children's Defense Fund. She began practicing law, working on racial justice issues connected with the #civilrightsmovement & helped establish the #HeadStart program. #wcw

Advocates say African American communities that were hurt when marijuana was illegal and minority users and sellers disp...
08/07/2019

Advocates say African American communities that were hurt when marijuana was illegal and minority users and sellers disproportionately faced arrest and prison terms, now are at risk of losing out in the potentially booming, legalized cannabis industry in those same communities. The cannabis industry in these communities can help residents get housing loans, improve schools, and roads. Opening dispensaries with low interest rate loans will help establish these businesses. #news #marijuana #cannabis #entrepreneurship #businesses #entrepreneurs #kisapublicradio #

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