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Sep 21, 2020
A step backwards for society.
Jul 27, 2020
Jun 27, 2020
I hear you Don. If only we learn to love like CHRIST loves us. Lets keep trying.
Jun 26, 2020
don lemon stuck his hands to his growing and rubbed his fingers in my face.
Jun 23, 2020
America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn.
These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together.
Hosted by Don Lemon.
The Axe Files: Nikole Hannah-Jones
When Nikole Hannah-Jones was a high school student at a predominantly white school in Waterloo, Iowa, she complained to a teacher that the school newspaper wasn’t covering stories that mattered to Black students. He told her she had two options: stop complaining or start writing for the paper and telling her own stories. She joined the paper, launching what became a celebrated career writing for publications like ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. Nikole is well known for her reporting on segregation and racial inequities in education but recently won a Pulitzer Prize for The 1619 Project, which traces the legacy of slavery throughout American history. She joined Axe Files host David Axelrod to talk about what it was like growing up in working-class Iowa, how she finds motivation in being underestimated, and the inspiration and creation of The 1619 Project. Originally released: September, 2020 To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Dec 31, 2020|
Black to the Future
A record number of Black candidates ran for office this year, representing not only their constituencies, but also the diversity of perspectives that exist among Black Americans. Don talks to two newly elected representatives, Mondaire Jones (D-New York) and Cori Bush (D-Missouri), about their platforms, their strategies for Congress, and the future of Black politics. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Nov 19, 2020|
Black Women Did That
Black women are largely responsible for electing America’s next president. They have been one of the Democratic party’s most reliable voting blocs for a long time. Why? Don talks with LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, about how their votes were earned in the 2020 election. Also, Florida Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson discusses the excitement surrounding VP-elect Kamala Harris and her affiliation with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA). To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Nov 12, 2020|
Why stay where you’re not wanted? Some Black Americans are thinking about moving abroad to escape centuries of racial oppression and marginalization. Historian Kevin Gaines shares the long history behind this phenomenon. Don also speaks with author Tiffanie Drayton about her move from the U.S. to Trinidad and Tobago and why she considers herself a refugee. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Oct 29, 2020|
Yes, Voter Suppression is Alive and Well
Why is still so hard for Black communities to vote in this country? Massive early voter turnout has led to hours-long waiting lines, and Black and other voters of color can expect to wait the longest. Voter protection specialist Josh Levin says that even after decades of legal battles over voting rights, communities of color consistently encounter barriers. Don also speaks with Carol Anderson, author and professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She argues that modern suppression tactics are no different than those of the Jim Crow era. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Oct 22, 2020|
Can You Vote Your Way to Change?
If injustice occurs in America no matter who is leading the country, is voting really as powerful as we say it is? Election day is so close, yet not everyone is convinced that voting will lead to meaningful progress. Activist Daud Mumin argues that we need more than just incremental change. And Don speaks with Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown about whether elections are our most effective tool. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Oct 15, 2020|
Raising an Antiracist Generation
School is back in session as protests and calls for racial justice continue across America. So how should parents and teachers talk to kids about this national reckoning? Don speaks with clinical psychologist and race relations expert, Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, about the right time talk to kids about racism and how to help them navigate a multiracial society. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Sep 10, 2020|
The Color of Love
Amidst a summer of unrest and calls for social justice, Don talks with host of CNN's United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell about matters of the heart. More than five decades have passed since the US Supreme court protected interracial marriage in America. Both men are in committed relationships with partners of a different race, and they reflect on the conflict and comfort that can be found with a loved one during a national reckoning on race. Don takes listeners into his home to share a special conversation with his fiancé, Tim. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Aug 27, 2020|
Clearing the Air: Environmental Justice
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, environmental protections, natural resource management and climate change are a big part of the conversation. Protecting the environment goes way beyond fuel efficient cars and polar bears, it also means improving living conditions for communities of color who often bear the brunt of environmental decline. Don talks to environmental justice advocate, Mustafa Santiago Ali about the environmental justice movement and how it’s tied to the larger racial reckoning happening today. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Aug 20, 2020|
Do Black Lives Matter in Sports?
The NBA and Major League Baseball have restarted their seasons and NFL training camps are underway. As professional leagues and college teams navigate how to play safely during a pandemic, they are also confronting racial justice issues that plague American sports. Don talks to sports journalist William C. Rhoden about Black athletes, activism, and how much still needs to be done. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Aug 13, 2020|
American Caste with Isabel Wilkerson
Lately everyone has been talking about race, but Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson wants us to look at caste as well. We may associate that strict social hierarchy with India, but Wilkerson argues it has been present in the U.S. for over 400 years. She talks with Don about her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, and why she thinks race is just one part of a larger system that determines who is valued and who is dispensable in American society. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Aug 06, 2020|
Reimagining the Police
As protests against police brutality continue across the country, there are calls to reform, defund, and even abolish the police. So, what does it all mean? Don talks to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka about the reforms he’s implementing in a city with a long history of tension between the police and its Black community. Gwen Carr reflects on the years since the death of her son, Eric Garner and Professor Chenjerai Kumanyika provides important context about the history of policing in the United States. Let us know what you think of the show! Take a short survey at cnn.com/silence To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jul 30, 2020|
Finding Common Ground
In the wake of antisemitic comments from prominent Black athletes and entertainers, we examine the strong alliances and deeply ingrained tensions between the Black and Jewish communities. How does their solidarity during the 1960s civil rights movement inform these relationships today? Don talks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who recently penned an article on this topic, as well as historian Marc Dollinger and political strategist Ginna Green. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jul 23, 2020|
Defining What Matters
When racial tensions flare, people often call for a conversation about race. But do we all share the same definition of racism? Don speaks with recent college graduate, Kennedy Mitchum about changing the definition of racism. Linguist, John McWhorter explains how words succeed and fail at leading to change. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jul 16, 2020|
Confederate statues and symbols are being removed all over the country. This is long overdue for some, while others say that it’s a dangerous effort to erase history. Don speaks with the descendants of a Confederate general whose statue was recently toppled as they come to grips with their family's complicated family legacy. He also gets insights from author and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton who sheds light on the history of the Confederacy you didn't learn in grade school. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jul 09, 2020|
Schooling the System
It’s been over 60 years since the Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But in 2020, some classrooms are still pretty segregated. Don reflects on his own educational journey and speaks with Michigan State University’s Professor Sheneka Williams about the state of American schools. How far have we really come since Brown v. Board of Education, and how can we all take part in fixing the system? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jul 02, 2020|
Beyond Mammy: Misrepresentation in Film
In the midst of protests for racial justice and calls for police reform and defunding, why should we care about the movies? Well, representation matters and the media we consume influences the way we view ourselves and each other. HBO Max recently pulled "Gone with the Wind" from its film library but just added it back online, with a new introduction addressing the controversial racial depictions. Don shares a love of classic film with his mom, so in this episode, they talk about their conflicted reactions to historical Black representation on the screen. You'll also hear from Turner Classic Movies host Jacqueline Stewart, who presented that new introduction to "Gone with the Wind.” She explains why context is key when reexamining controversial classics. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jun 25, 2020|
Why Not Being Racist is Not Enough
We live in a society where it's no longer enough to simply not be racist—we must proactively choose to be antiracist. And that choice means showing up and doing the work, every single day. In this episode, Don talks with Professor Ibram X. Kendi and Professor Christopher Petrella about how we got to this moment and what it will require of each of us to build a more inclusive future. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jun 18, 2020|
There is No Going Back From This Moment
Whether you're protesting in the streets or at the voting booth, we all recognize the need to disrupt generations of racism in our country. Knowing what to do is harder. Each week, Don Lemon will talk with experts, activists, and artists to help us figure out how to move forward, together. Because no matter how you choose to engage, silence is not an option. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
|Jun 15, 2020|