Arkansas Times Rock the Culture

New Schools, Old Books

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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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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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