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Each week on "Rock the Culture," Antwan Phillips, state Rep. Charles Blake and others provide perspective on life and culture for black people in Little Rock. The team offers trenchant analysis and hilarious banter on local news, events and politics. Plus, they bring that same fun-loving but informed style to weekly interviews with people who are impacting the culture of Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas. #RocktheCulture
Social Media Savants
In this Season 1 finale, we provide perspective and conversation on the controversial ending of the Hot Summer Jam Concert, Jacksonville’s policy decision to lower the priority of marijuana arrests, and Facebook’s social media training in Little Rock. We also discuss the importance of social media with national entertainment personality, Ally the Pub.
41:13
July 3, 2018
Urgency Still Requires Preparation
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the withdrawal of the proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, the failed ordinance to eliminate at-large directors on the Little Rock City Board of Directors and Swag Ky Bow Ties, a clothing line started by 8 year-old Kylan Robinson. We also discuss Little Rock’s live music scene with Rodney Block, of Rodney Block Collective.
37:27
June 26, 2018
New Schools, Old Books
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Pulaski County Special School District’s vote against purchasing updated science textbooks, proposal for new charter school in Little Rock, and the Dunbar Community Center Semi-Pro Basketball League. We also discuss the importance and impact of one-on-one mentoring with Chrissy Chatham, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.
36:38
June 19, 2018
Love Little Rock (in my Barry White voice)
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Love Little Rock Campaign in comparison to the new fulfillment center in Alabama. We take a deep dive in the details, purpose, and future of the Arkansas 529 Gift plan (that allows for tax free educational savings) with Emma Willis, the Executive Director of Arkansas 529 Gift Plan.
46:48
June 13, 2018
Black or African-American?
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on LRPD's response to the proposed ordinance to make marijuana arrests a low priority offense, creation of the Southwest Little Rock Business Alliance, and 2018 Women's to Watch list. We discussed activism and the purpose of the Poor's People Campaign with our guest Dr. Anika Whitfield.
54:40
June 5, 2018
Election Edition: The Black Wave
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Riverfest’s low attendance numbers, primary election results in Pulaski County, and Baker Kurrus’ entry into Little Rock’s mayoral race.
41:55
May 30, 2018
Culture, Cohorts, and Cannabis
In this week’s episode, Antwan Phillips and guest host Kendra Pruitt provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign and on the future structure of the LRSD. We discussed a proposed city ordinance to require LRPD to make marijuana arrests a low priority offense with our guests attorney Omavi Shakur and Rev. Ryan D. Davis.
42:00
May 23, 2018
You flew here, I grew here
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily allow the implementation of the Voter ID law, City of Little Rock’s issuance of municipal ID cards and Little Rock’s ranking on the most fun cities list. We discussed Little Rock’s entertainment and nightlife scene with our guest Bryan Stewart, founder of B-Level Entertainment. #RockTheCulture
38:38
May 8, 2018
Down Right Wrong
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on Judge Gray’s decision to strike down Arkansas’ voter ID law, the loss of jobs at LRSD due to declining enrollment, and overdue repairs to McClellan High School. We discussed entrepreneurship and innovation with our guest Dr. Chris Jones, the executive director and lead maker at the Innovation Hub.
38:28
May 1, 2018
How you gonna fight that
In this week’s episode, perspective and conversation on the “Freaky Friday” incident at UA Little Rock, ongoing campaign finance issues at city hall and diversity and de-escalation training for police officers. We also discuss the state teachers union and the looming battle for the preservation of teachers’ retirement fund with guest Tracy Ann Nelson, the executive director at Arkansas Education Association.
36:11
April 24, 2018
We Got Jobs Too!
The inaugural episode with host Antwan Phillips, guest host Rep. Charles Blake and special guest Darren Morgan, executive director of the Arkansas Commitment, a nonprofit that identifies academically talented African-American high school students in Central Arkansas and guides them to become leaders.
31:01
April 16, 2018
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