Race

The Environmental Impacts of CAFOs

“We began to see the fish show up in the river with sores all over their body. And my son and I started to get the sores on our bodies, the same as the fish,” says Rick Dove, the first Neuse Riverkeeper. He’s talking about when he first started seeing large-scale fish kills on the…

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Arts & Resilience: Our Conversation With Carolynn Phillips Of The JUST US Program

In this episode of She Rocks, we talk about our feelings surrounding the two national tragedies that happened in the last few weeks. After we delve deep into what we make of these events, we cover our usual segments: fashion and entertainment. We welcome Carolynn Phillips of the JUST US program to tell us about…

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Honoring Legacy: Nathan Johnson Talks To Mr. John

In Bolton, North Carolina – a small town of about 600 people located in rural Columbus County, North Carolina – Mr. John can be found in his front yard on his lawnmower, or running the fish fry at Bolton’s famous Pine Tree Festival. Today, 15-year-old Nathan Johnson sits down with Mr. John to talk about…

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Honoring Legacy: Nathan Johnson Talks To 89-Year-Old Ms. Willie Mae

89-year-old Willie Mae grew up in Bolton, North Carolina – a small, predominantly African American town of about 600 people located in rural Columbus County, North Carolina. Today, 15-year-old Nathan Johnson sits down with Willie Mae to talk about her life as a way to honor the legacy of Black elders in Bolton. What advice…

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Reflecting on February: Black History & Valentine’s Day

When the GRITS team got together in February, we had a lot to talk about. In fashion, there’s been tons of trend for Valentine’s Day, and in entertainment we talked about disturbing news related to football player Chris Wheeler. On a brighter note, February was Black History Month! So we went through people throughout history…

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The Communities

“We were just sitting on the porch like normal on a beautiful Saturday. And then we heard this tractor, and then all of a sudden this animal waste was coming everywhere and it was stinking like nothing we had ever experienced,” says Elsie Herring of Wallace, North Carolina. Herring is one of many eastern North…

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Is It Enough?: Reflecting On 2020’s Attempts At Cultural Remediation And The Gullah/Geechee Nation

Though unaffiliated with Gullah/Geechee culture, a number of restaurants and food brands in Charleston, South Carolina used their name for decades. This year, several of these businesses finally underwent rebranding. In 2020, we’ve heard story after story on mainstream media outlets about businesses, music groups, and other institutions and entities renaming themselves in attempt to…

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Shaping Identity Through Art

Art is a powerful tool for personal growth and shaping one’s identity. With the growing accessibility of digital art and graphic design, more and more artists have the opportunity to use art for change, and represent their identity through that art. Host Antoine Williams talks with Jacinda Aytch, a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Greenville,…

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Election Season Reflections From A 16-Year-Old Activist

My name is Shecoria Smith, and I’m from Wilmington, North Carolina. I’ve been interested in politics and social justice for as long as I can remember. I’m a sophomore in high school, so I can’t vote yet – I have to find other ways to participate. Watching this election season unfold, I was nervous. And…

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Felony Voter Disenfranchisement

“We are all We The People. When you tell me that I can’t participate in an election, you telling me I’m not a part of We The People…that makes me feel like you are still oppressing me, and you still seeing me as three-fifths of a human.” Daquan Peters is the Second Chance Alliance Coordinator…

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