Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

From 89.3 WFPL News Louisville


Most Recent Episodes

The Death Of Breonna Taylor

The March 13 shooting death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police Department officers has gained national attention in recent weeks and is sending shock waves throughout the city of Louisville and the nation.

Microaggressions On The Job

Because racist microaggressions can be unsettling, oppressive and emotionally exhausting, especially when they happen in the workplace. Accordingly, many people of color try to be intentional about the places they work so as to avoid such interactions. Freelance writer Jessica Hoppe thought she did just that when she obtained a position to create original and authentic Latinx web content for her new company. She was wrong. 

Mass Incarceration And The Children Left Behind

This week we discuss the prison industrial complex and the far reaching impact mass incarceration has on the families, children and loved ones left behind by those who are behind bars. Journalist and author Sylvia A. Harvey joins us to talk about her book "The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and The American Family."<br><br><a rel="payment" href=""> Donate to support this and future episodes of Strange Fruit.</a>

Finding Black Joy During A Global Pandemic

This week we're joined again by activist Amber Butts of Black Youth Project to discuss the innovative ways Black folks are finding joy and creating community during the COVID lockdown.

You Talk Like A White Boy

This week we chat with sketch comedian and writer Brandon Anderson who explores the confusion of being Black but told, "you talk like a white boy." In our Juicy Fruit segment, we discuss the Kenyan governor who's including bottles of cognac in his city's COVID-19 care packages.

A Love Letter To Natural Hair

This week, social justice filmmaker and author St. Clair Detrick-Jules joins us to discuss her new book "Dear Khloe: Love Letters to my Little Sister," for which Detrick-Jules interviewed and photographed over 100 intergenerational Black women about their hair journeys and the embrace of their natural hair. Donate to support this and future episodes of Strange Fruit.

Living Fully And Dying Wisely

With recent reports that Black Americans are being disproportionately infected with and dying from COVID-19, on this week's show we reflect on the health and lives of ourselves, our loved ones, and our entire communities — and we talk about how to properly prepare for the inevitably of death, whether it is expected or abrupt. Co-founder of Louisville's Before I Die Festival and end of life planning advocate Justin Magnuson joins us to discuss National Healthcare Decisions Day and the importance of "dying wisely."

What Is Kwanzaa Crawl?

This week we talk with Kerry Coddett & Krystal Stark of Kwanzaa Crawl, an annual bar crawl for Black-owned businesses in Brooklyn and Harlem that covers 30 bars. Founded in 2016, Kwanzaa Crawl host over 8,000 crawlers and has raised over $250,000 for businesses in Brooklyn and Harlem. Donate to support this and future episodes of Strange Fruit.

The Day My Mother Yelled Don't Shoot

This week we talk with writer and poet Miguel Machado about his compelling and vulnerable essay, "The Day My Mother Yelled Don't Shoot," in which he recounts his startling interaction with police in front of his mother's Long Island home one morning. Confronted by cops and held at gunpoint after being locked out of the house, Machado describes a bone-chilling experience he says is all too familiar for Black and brown men – and their mothers. Donate to support this and future episodes of Strange Fruit.

Playwright And Poet Idris Goodwin

This week we talk with award-winning playwright and poet Idris Goodwin, who was recently named Director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Goodwin, former Producing Artistic Director at StageOne Family Theatre in Louisville, tells us how he got his start as a BreakBeat poet – and explains what BreakBeat poetry is. He is the author of a recently released poetry collection "Can I Kick It?" and will premiere his new play "Ali Summit" at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2021. Donate to support this and future episodes of Strange Fruit.

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