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They Call Her Sapphire

Brittani Smith (@PropheticPoetic, @JourneyBBones) is a poet from Wilmington, North Carolina. In this episode, Smith describes and performs her poem, “They Call Her Sapphire.” Smith speaks about the history of the angry Black woman stereotype and how she’s addressing it with her art. Broadcast from the Shoresides studio, Somewhere & Elsewhere uncovers stories from artists…

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Talking With the Filmmaker of Wilmington on Fire II

Wilmington on Fire, a 2015 feature-length documentary that tells the story of The Wilmington Massacre of 1898, is about to have a sequel: Wilmington on Fire II. The sequel will show Wilmington, North Carolina’s modern day community members and their forms of activism – whether it’s fighting for reparations, protesting police brutality, or building the…

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Increasing Temperatures Worsen Health Disparities in NC

North Carolina’s low-income communities of color already face higher rates of chronic diseases like heart disease. And with the threat of increasing temperatures due to climate change, these disparities will only worsen. In this episode, Marian Johnson-Thompson, a virologist and environmental justice advocate, talks about how climate change will worsen health disparities, and why these…

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Environmental issues disproportionately impact ENC’s low-income communities of color

From hog lagoons to sewage sludge to wood pellet plants, low-income communities of color in Eastern North Carolina experience a wide array of environmental injustices. Naeema Muhammad, an organizer and activist, has been fighting against these injustices for over 20 years and has experienced the emotional toll that comes with such activism. In this episode,…

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Environmental issues disproportionately impact ENC’s low-income communities of color

How Can Art Motivate Change? How Can Art Hinder Change?

When you think of protests, art is probably not the first thing to come to mind. North Carolina artist Antoine Williams talks about how art has the ability to motivate change and become part of the conversation, but efforts should not end there. This episode was produced by Elena Hernandez. Broadcast from the Working Narratives…

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Sustaining the BLM Movement in Small, Rural Beaufort, NC

Sheresa Elliot, 31, of Beaufort, NC speaks about how her job as a therapist is informing her work as she continues to organize for Black Lives Matter in Beaufort, NC. Elliot had never worked on social justice issues before she organized nearly 500 people for Black Lives Matter protests within her town of about 4,000…

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What Community Does for Local Artists

It often seems that success in the arts means becoming prominent in a big city, or at least moving somewhere that’s not a small town in Eastern North Carolina. But for Maximillian Mozingo, a mixed medium artist based out of Kinston, North Carolina, working locally has made a tremendous impact on his life and career….

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A City Councilman’s Journey Making Community Through Art

Kevin Spears cares deeply about how his community is represented. Today, Spears is most known for his community organizing and his seat on Wilmington’s City Council. But years before any of that, Spears was organizing poetry events to build community and provide a platform to those around him to use their art.

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A City Councilman’s Journey Making Community Through Art

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancelled

With the cancellation of plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on July 5, 2020; we examine the negative impacts it would have caused and ask activist Hope Taylor, director of Clean Water for North Carolina, why she fought so long to end its proposed construction. The 600-mile pipeline would have brought natural gas from…

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Protesters Weigh Health Risks of COVID and Civic Responsibility

Angela Colon of Wilmington Advocacy and Protest Organization (WAPO) discusses the how protesters have addressed health risks related to COVID-19.

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