My Aunt, Agent of Change

I can remember being very young out on a day with my Aunt and some people stopped her and asked for her autograph. I thought to myself, “Why are all these people trying to get her autograph? She’s not Eddie Murphy. Does she know Eddie Murphy?” To me she was just Aunt Julianne, but everyone else knew her as Dr. Julianne Malveaux – economist and television personality. I was her favorite young nephew, so I got to go any and everywhere with her when time allowed.

I also began to check for my aunt on television and in newspapers. While my perception of my Aunt Julianne at home was of a fierce and no-holds-barred temperamental genius, it was exciting to know that she was just as opinionated in media appearances. When I read her columns, I could hear her attitude through the printed words. When I saw her debating loudly over white Republican talking heads on cable news stations, asserting her point and getting the last word, I was always thrilled. My perception of my aunt began to evolve into me seeing her as a media advocate for African-American and women’s rights, much like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, but much more electrifying. When I found out she was taking on the role of president of Bennett College for Women, and abandoning her plans to produce a 30-minute news magazine show under her Last Word Productions, my perception of her changed again.

Her sacrifice of her own media career to directly affect the lives of young African-American women on a daily basis makes me view my Aunt Julianne as an agent of direct change in our community. Even after reading her in print and seeing her on screen countless times, I have never been more proud of Dr. Julianne Malveaux than I am now and am blessed, not only to have her as an aunt, but also as a member of our community.

~King Anyi

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Name Change?


[Unathi Kondile- Youth Radio Cape Town]

Imagine someone offered you the opportunity to change your name. Would you take it? What negative or positive implications would that have for you? See in South Africa we have this hunger to change names – street and building names. Jan Smuts street to Steve Biko street or the Jan Smuts International Airport to OR Tambo International airport.

South Africans are faced with a situation where all the evil lads that led during the apartheid regime managed to name everything after themselves. I wish I didn’t have to mention apartheid. It seems like every article churned in the republic of South Africa is synonymous with apartheid. But, heck nothing I can do about that – apartheid happened. Can’t deny it happened, although some in this country would like to believe it didn’t as they mumble things like: “Can we just move on and forget about the past!” – easy for them to say when everything is conveniently named and positioned to favour them. I mean everything in this country is bound to touch on race. Heck, even the name of your street corner.

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NFCB Slideshow

A collection of photos from our trip to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters  conference in Atlanta last week.

Whaddya Mean You’re Not Up On The Podcast?

Each and every week Brandon McFarland dishes out a fresh new podcast focusing in on the latest in music and pop culture.

Only I don’t think y’all have been finding it. You can check out the podcast’s RSS feed, or if you’re on the front page of your can play with the feedbox up there in the right hand corner and take a peek at not only what Brandon’s been up to, but the blogs from Youth Radio’s bureaus as well.

Here’s what you’ve been missing:

Pop Lock and Roll! America’s Best Dance Crew in Review
Now in it’s sixth season, American Idol is still among the top ten most watched shows in TV. But Idol judge Randy Jackson has created another talent competition that debuted on MTV this season. It’s called America’s Best Dance Crew, and tonight’s season finale will determine which team gets that title. Youth Radio’s Brandon McFarland, Ayesha Walker, Susana Vuong, and Denise Tejada got together to break down why they’re such big fans of the show.
Can Video Games Save the Music Star?
At last year’s Game Developers’ Conference in San Francisco, much attention was paid to the musical scores and soundtracks vital to any video game’s success. But the worlds of music and gaming are merging in ways that have as yet received far less attention. Youth Radio’s Brandon McFarland takes a look into the world of gaming and how it can shape music.

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Harold Goes To College- An Interview With John Cho


Hope you got those sliders…

The new movie Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, sequel to the classic comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, opens April 25 in theatres. In Guantanamo Bay, Harold and Kumar are thrown into the notorious prison for smuggling a bong onto the plane, which people mistake for a bomb. Caitlin Grey and Ankitha Bharadwaj interviewed actor John Cho– who plays the uptight Harold– at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, where Guantanamo Bay took its debut. The ladies talk with Cho about how he got into UC Berkeley, his family, and his side gig as a musician. Oh, yes, they ask about the movie too:

The first movie didn’t have a plot. We were trying to get to a burger place, and then things happened. And in this movie we’re, you know, kind of fighting for our lives and our freedom. So that makes all the decisions that the characters in the movie make, all those decisions become so much more amped and so much more important. That’s a long way of saying that when funny things happen you laugh a lot harder because circumstances are so intense. I think we’re just using politics… the current political climate to make fart jokes. -John Cho


All in all its an AWESOME interview, so good you won’t believe it was conducted by two high school girls. It was. That’s what we do. [8:25 Mp3 format]

Recent Post Roundup

First off: apologies for the disappearing act. We’ve been cooking up a few things for the long term and some other projects on short notice, and thus the blogging suffered.

Yet fear not! For the front page at Youth Radio has been off the hook all week… here’s some highlights for the three of you who don’t come to the blog via the website:

  • Pop, Lock & Roll: America’s Best Dance Crew— America Idol judge Randy Jackson’s new reality show has been a big hit here at the office. Youth Radio’s Best TV Watchin’ Crew: Brandon McFarland, Ayesha Walker, Susana Vuong, and Denise Tejada got together to break down their fandom. [Real Media Format]
  • In Memory: Markeese Edwards–a former student of Youth Radio’s CAP program, Markeese was slain in Oakland last week. We’ve gathered up a small collection of photos and tribute recordings to honor his memory.
  • Strange Illness— Denise Tejada talks about how her experience with contaminated water and food made her re-think what she can do to help keep the Bay Area environment clean.
  • Thrifting— Kelly Douglas of Youth Radio Atlanta brings us up to speed in the latest in thrift store chic.

That’s just to hold you until I can get a very special interview up this afternoon. You should probably go get yourself some sliders to go with that one.

Who Do You Trust? [News edition]

This week’s question is pretty straightforward:

When it comes to news, who do you trust?

Youth Radio LA comes through with our first responses:

When it come to the news, I only trust to a certain point because lies are often told but quickly covered up…!!
Jasmine Epps, Age 15

I Trust NBC. The news casters seem more professional than many other news stations. They provide great coverage on stories, and don’t waste news time on breaking news by repeating the same thing over and over again. They give you the facts, then stick with the footage for a while to assure there is nothing missed. After about 5 minutes of cold hard facts, they continue on with the rest of the news to assure the viewers that they are not missing anything just to watch a couple of police cars chase a stolen vehicle.
Ohime Sheeme, Age 17