Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

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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
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Juice In Your Own Life
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Election and State Board of Education’s consideration of the anticipated request to waive the Fair Teacher Dismissal Act. In addition, Charles and Antwan discuss all things happening in the Little Rock School District with Superintendent Michael Poore.
54:36
December 11, 2018
Promote Yourself
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation on City Board’s Ordinance to study the form of governance for City of Little Rock. In addition, we discuss brand building with LaKisha M. Johnson, vlogger and podcast host of Coffee & Conversation and RealTalk with LMJ.
47:31
December 11, 2018
Change is Coming: Mayoral Election Edition
In this bonus episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on Frank Scott, Jr.’s historic win as Mayor of Little Rock -- live from the Election Night Watch Party.
12:52
December 5, 2018
Change Is Uncomfortable with Bakari Sellers
In this bonus episode, we interview CNN contributor Bakari Sellers regarding the new generation of political leadership across the nation and his support of mayoral candidate Frank Scott, Jr.
34:31
December 3, 2018
Walk Around
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide perspective and conversation regarding improving the quality of life in Little Rock and the need to convert War Memorial Golf Course into a Central Park. In addition, they interview John Brummett, of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, regarding the campaign themes of Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus in the Little Rock Mayoral race.
56:51
November 27, 2018
Validated, Validators, and Accidentally Viral
In this week’s episode, Charles and Antwan provide conversation and perspective on the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police Facebook post about the Little Rock Mayoral Race, Representative Blake’s proposed legislation that would require automatic voter registration, and Forbes 30 Under 30 list recognizing a student at Little Rock Central High School. They also interview Dawn Jeffrey, the community relations director at Seeds of Liberation, regarding their efforts to reduce the jail sentences of non-violent drug offenders who have been sentenced to life in prison.
50:59
November 21, 2018
People's Police
In this week’s episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the ongoing contract negotiations between Little Rock Education Association and Little Rock School District regarding Fair Teacher Dismissal Act, the Little Rock Mayoral Runoff Election, and lack of coverage of white nationalist’s rally. In addition, they interview Sgt. Willie Davis of the Little Rock Police Department regarding importance of community policing and his involvement in the O.K. Program, a mentoring program for teenage black males.
45:53
November 13, 2018
Vote for a Change
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the 2018 local elections in Little Rock and Central Arkansas.
54:22
November 8, 2018
Still Making History
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective, conversation, and context on the Little Rock Education Association’s contract negotiations with the Little Rock School District/Commissioner Johnny Key and its relationship to the State Board of Education’s takeover of the LRSD. In addition, we interview Terri Hollingsworth, democratic candidate for Circuit Clerk of Pulaski County, regarding her historical race and her vision for the clerk’s office.
43:50
October 30, 2018
Unify Our City
We provide perspective and conversation about the Washington Post exposé on the Little Rock Police Department’s use of no-knock warrants and a political radio ad alleging that black people should vote republican to avoid being lynched again. In addition, we interview Little Rock Mayoral Candidate Frank Scott regarding his mayoral bid and his vision to unify our city.
42:57
October 23, 2018
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | PART II
Check our interviews with concert-goers at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL
13:17
October 21, 2018
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part II
We provide perspective and conversation about the culture of music and the culture of MAD with Terry Stewart.
30:26
October 20, 2018
Rock The Culture at MAD MUSIC FESTIVAL | Part I
We are live at Murphy’s Arts District Music Festival talking about and taking in the culture!
09:03
October 20, 2018
Bonus Pod - Stand Up For Students Rally
We provide perspective and conversation with Tracy-Ann Nelson of the Arkansas Education Association regarding the Stand Up for Students Rally on October 20, 2018 at the State Capitol.
06:58
October 18, 2018
Real Recognize Real
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 2, the voter ID ballot initiative, the rules in the event there is a run-off in Little Rock’s Mayoral Race, and West Central Community Center’s tutoring program. We also interview Cam Slate to discuss mentoring through “The Big Home Program” and his food truck business, Seafood Junkies.
50:41
October 2, 2018
Little Rock Made Me
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on Issue 5, the minimum wage ballot initiative, and the proposal for collaboration between LRSD and PCSSD to share a high school in West Little Rock. We also interview Vince Hunter, former Razorback and professional basketball player, regarding his non-profit PROJECT M.A.D.E.
49:08
September 25, 2018
Know Your Why
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the City of Little Rock’s initiative to find jobs for our homeless population, the State Board of Education’s decision to take over the Pine Bluff School District, and Governor Hutchinson’s press conference on Arkansas Works. We also discuss the entrepreneurial mindset with local business owner, Lydia Page.
56:32
September 18, 2018
Breaking News - MAD Festival
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01:00
September 13, 2018
Public Policy from Netflix?
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Arkansas Business’ article entitled “Is Little Rock Losing its Luster?”, LRSD loss of enrollment, and settlement of lawsuit filed against LRPD related to the use of the n-word. We also discuss the evolution of Obamacare to Arkansas Works with Health Policy Director of Arkansas Advocates, Marquita Little Numan.
1:05:23
September 12, 2018
We Are They
In this week’s episode, we have a special Labor Day Conversation with author and entrepreneur Mario Settles, the founder of TrukPlease. We discuss his new business, the entrepreneurial mindset, and becoming who you expected others to be.
19:14
September 4, 2018
Holding Everybody (in) Arkansas Down
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Salt Bowl Situation at War Memorial Stadium, the Little Rock School District’s facility plan and community forums, and Elizabeth Eckford’s commemorative bench at Central High. We also discuss the casino amendment proposed by Driving Arkansas Forward with former state representative Nate Steel.
49:07
August 28, 2018
We want to be counted with Congressmen John Lewis!
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the candidates running for the Little Rock Board of Directors, North Little Rock landing an Amazon facility, and Satanic Temple Rally at the State Capitol. We also discuss the importance of voter engagement with civil rights icon and American hero, Congressman John Lewis – and Clarke Tucker, candidate for the 2nd Congressional District.
40:20
August 21, 2018
We’re still dealing with that
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the England Police Department’s termination of Michael Moore for telling black folks they do not belong in the England and City of Little Rock’s infrastructure investments. We also discuss the 2018 Filmland with the executive director of Arkansas Cinema Society, Kathryn Tucker.
36:00
August 14, 2018
Never Too Busy for The Culture
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the cancellation of Country Music Night at Wild River Country, LRSD’s lack of school board election, and lawsuit allowing for restitution of fees associated with traffic tickets. We also discuss the current opioid crisis and AR IMPACT with Dr. Johnathan Goree, M.D.
49:54
August 7, 2018
It’s Our Power with Stacey Abrams!
In this bonus episode, Antwan and Charles provide perspective and conversation on the Little Rock Mayoral Forum. They also had the privilege to talk about the importance of political engagement with Stacey Abrams, who is the first black female Democratic gubernatorial candidate in American history.
34:52
August 3, 2018
Pushback
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the petition to eliminate the at-large director positions on the Little Rock City Board, UA-Little Rock’s effort to start a football team, and lawsuits filed against the LRPD related to termination of police staff due to the use of racially charged words on social media. We also discuss the current efforts to provide resources to the homeless population with the executive director of Jericho’s Way, Mandy Davis.
46:48
July 31, 2018
Almost Viral
In this week’s episode, we provide perspective and conversation on the Murphy Arts District Music Festival, Rogerick Talley’s allegations that he was framed by LRPD, and the lawsuit to suspend the expansion of Interstate 630. We also discuss the impact of the death penalty with Furonda Brasfield, the Executive Director of the Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
41:57
July 25, 2018
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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