This podcast is a of a series of Black History Month Reflections with local black and brown professionals in and around Tacoma. We’re bringing conversations that we often have in private, out in the public. Be a fly on the wall as Dave chats with these great individuals as we wrap up Black History Month 2021.
NAVIGATING A BI-RACIAL IDENTITY WITH BERNADETTE RAY
Bernadette Ray is the quintessential Tacoma native. She graduated high school, and college from the city of Tacoma, and now is a principal at Wilson High School. In this episode we talk about growing up as a bi-racial child, the role race plays in identity, and making headlines with the recent name change of Wilson High School after learning about Woodrow Wilson’s (who the school was named after) racist past.
CHOOSING HOW I IDENTIFY - JASMYN JEFFERSON ON IDENTITY AND IMPACT
Tacoma native Jasmyn Jefferson is a leader in the real estate industry, and has been addressing racism in real estate for years. In this sit down we chat about how, as a bi-racial woman, identifies as she navigates the world. Jasmyn also speaks on being ‘white adjacent,’ and how that has impacted her upbringing. Be a fly on the wall as we unpack...
“BLACK” DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN “AFRICAN-AMERICAN” - DARYL CREWS SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE
Daryl Crews tends to be in the shadows, but make no mistake, he is a force in the entertainment industry. He has worked with Revolt, Alaska Airlines, VH1, and most recently is the curator of Apple Music’s new Northwest HipHop Playlist.
Daryl, who was born to a mother from Sierra Leone (from the Creole tribe), and a “black” father, reflects on his upbringing, the history of where his family originates from, and how Africans are becoming a part of popular American entertainment culture.
SHOULD SROS BE IN SCHOOLS? THE INTERSECTION OF EDUCATION AND POLICING WITH EDUCATOR LOGIC AMEN
Logic Amen is a poet, educator, and content creator. As an assistant principal at a local high school and scholar on black issues, he provides interesting insight on how policing and education intersect. In this conversation he provides context and history behind policing, and makes connections to how education is the springboard, otherwise known as the ‘prison to school pipeline.’
Dave and Logic also go back and forth on whether schools should have SROs in the building.