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68th St.

68th St.

By Dr. Kwame Agyemang
Race is a construct that seeps into every facet of society, including the working lives of individuals and the organizations and industries that employ them. Hosted by organizational scholar and 68th St. founder Dr. Kwame Agyemang, this eye-opening and enlightening podcast features conversations about how race manifests itself in the workplace. Guests share their racialized experiences across a range of sectors and industries. You'll come away with a better understanding of race at work, making you a better co-worker, colleague, manager, and/or leader.
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Ep. 5 "Do You Think They Hired You Because You're Black?": Dr. John N. Singer Discusses Race in Academia
Is it really "inclusion" if you're inviting a black faculty member into a culture of white supremacy? How race neutral (or not) is academia and the departments within them? Why do people devalue or criticize senior positions focusing on diversity and inclusion?  These are some of the questions we tackle in the season one finale of 68th St. In this episode, I chat with my former Ph.D. advisor from my time at Texas A&M University, Dr. John N. Singer. He's currently an Associate Professor of Sport Management at Texas A&M University and also serves as an Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion within the College of Education and Human Development. We begin our conversation by recalling our first "racialized" experiences, then moving on to converse about a number of things concerning race in academia. This includes both of our experiences as students and faculty at predominantly white institutions of higher education. One highlight is the different set of "rules" that black faculty and other persons of color often experience in academia. Given his role as an Associate Dean, Dr. Singer also explains how we can move forward in academia, while discussing how recent athlete protests impacts his role in leadership. Music: District Four by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3662-district-four License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
1:10:11
August 31, 2020
Ep. 4 Does Hollywood Have A Race Problem? Actor Filipe Valle Costa On Race in Hollywood and Society
In this episode, I chat with Hollywood actor, producer, and founder/co-artistic director of Saudade Theatre, Filipe Valle Costa. You may remember him as "Pedro Nava" in FX's Snowfall. We discuss his upbringing in his native Portugal, how he came to be interested in an acting career, and his own experience being "raced" in the United States and in Hollywood. We also chat about how Hollywood views actors that don't fit into the mold of a "typical" actor and how these perceptions affect the roles they get. Moreover, Filipe speaks about the experience of his Black friends in Hollywood, the hardships they confront, and how creatives, like himself, can help make Hollywood more inclusive. Music: District Four by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3662-district-four License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
56:06
August 17, 2020
Ep. 3 Aba Kwawu, Founder and President of TAA PR, Talks Her Entrepreneurship Journey
In part 2 of my conversation with Aba Kwawu, we discuss her entrepreneurship journey and starting TAA PR. This includes the challenges of having African parents while trying to pursue a career in creative industries, being miserable in her former career, graduate school in London, and representing Cirque du Soleil, among others! Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/
36:41
August 3, 2020
Ep. 2 Aba Kwawu, Founder and President of TAA PR, Talks Corporate Brands and Demands for Racial Justice
In part 1 of my conversation with TAA PR founder Aba Kwawu, we discuss the recent flurry of statements coming from corporate brands in support of the black lives matter movement. Are they authentic? What can we, as consumers, do to hold corporations accountable? We discuss this and more.  Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/
31:29
July 20, 2020
Ep. 1 Dave Zirin: The NFL and Racial Justice
Did Roger Goodell and the NFL purposely not mention Colin Kaepernick's name when Goodell admitted the league was wrong to not listen to their players about racism? Will Kaepernick ever find employment in the NFL? Kwame interviews renowned sports journalist, Dave Zirin, to better understand these questions and more. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com
22:34
July 13, 2020
Introducing 68th St.
Introducing a new podcast series from 68th St., hosted by Dr. Kwame Agyemang.  Intro music: https://www.purple-planet.com
02:27
June 28, 2020