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20 Game Conference Schedules Are Good Brian December 4th, 2018 at 12:44 PM
less dunking on the MEAC, but still some [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

The most recent Ken Pomeroy podcast had a brief discussion of the Big Ten's 20-game conference schedule, which got a thumbs down because Pomeroy prefers nonconference games. Nonconference games connect various conferences and are required for ranking systems to make sense, so Pomeroy's got a point.

But what kind of games are being excised by the expanded conference schedule? I looked at everyone's schedules this year and last and divided them into approximate major and non-major categories. There's some wobble in these distinctions. The A-10, Mountain West, and Big East count. Certain programs (Gonzaga and the top of the American) outside of the top 7 conferences also count. I ended up grudgingly including DePaul because they're in a major conference but left out some incidentally top 100 opponents like Montana and South Dakota State on the assumption that these were buy games that were accidentally good opponents. FWIW, if you were to do it the other way and drop out programs like Pitt while including good mid- and low-majors the number of games worth playing would remain essentially equal.

Anyway, the conclusion is that the extra conferences games have almost universally replaced bad buy games:

  2018 2019
  Major-ish Mid-low Major-ish Mid-low
Michigan 5 (LSU, VCU, UNC, UCLA, Texas) 8 5 (Nova, GW, Providence, UNC, SoCar) 6
MSU 5 (Duke, UNC, ND, DePaul, UConn) 8 5 (KU, UCLA, Texas, Florida, Louisville 6
Wisconsin 6 (Xavier, BU, UCLA, UVA, Temple, Marq) 7 6 (Xavier, Stanford, OK, UVA, NCST, Marq) 5
Nebraska 4 (St John's, BC, Creighton, Kansas) 9 5 (Seton Hall, TTech, Clemson, Creighton, OkieSt) 6
OSU 5(Gonzaga, Stan, Butler, Clemson, UNC) 8 4 (Cinci, Creighton, Cuse, UCLA) 7
Indiana 4 (Seton Hall, Duke, UL, ND) 8 5(Marq, Ark, Duke, UL, Butler) 6
Maryland 4(Butler, Bonnies, UNM, Cuse) 9 2(UVA, Seton Hall) 9
Purdue 5(Marq, Tenn, AZ, UL, Butler) 8 5 (Davidson, FSU, VT, Texas, ND) 6
PSU 4(NCST, GW, Pitt, A&M) 9 4(DePaul, VT, NCST, Bama) 7
Northwestern 6(Creighton, La Salle, TTech, GT, DePaul, OK) 7 6(Fresno, La Salle, UT, GT, DePaul, OK) 5
Minnesota 4(Prov, Bama, Miami, Ark) 9 5(Utah, A&M, UW, BC, OkieSt) 6
Illinois 5( DePaul, Wake, UNLV, NMSU, Mizzou) 8 7(GTown, Zags, ISU, Xavier, ND, UNLV, Mizzou) 4
Rutgers 2 (FSU, Seton Hall) 11 3(St John's, Miami, Seton Hall) 7
Iowa 3(VT, ISU, CU) 9 4(Oregon, UConn, Pitt, ISU) 7
    118   87

There are 28 fewer slots for mid- to low-major buy games and 31 fewer mid-to-low-major matchups. Only two teams (OSU and Maryland) are playing fewer major opponents this year.

There's an argument that the increased slate of conference games reduces opportunities for teams like Bucknell, which was three points away from a win at Maryland last year, to establish their tournament bonafides. That may be happening to some degree but teams like Bucknell, Marshall, Belmont, Wright State, Loyola-Chicago, and Bradley still speckle Big Ten schedules.

It's undeniable that most of the games that aren't being played as a result of the 20-game schedule aren't really worth playing.

ak47

December 4th, 2018 at 12:49 PM ^

I think it just puts a lot of importance being in a quality early season tournament. Maryland was in a shitty one this year so they didn't get a good slate of teams. 

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Bambi

December 4th, 2018 at 12:49 PM ^

I was listening to the podcast last night and had the same thought. My thought was to look at non-con SOS this year compared to previous years for B1G teams and see how the numbers look. Are they stagnant, lower or higher? If teams have much harder non-con SOS's, then it looks like we're just cutting out the body bag games and vice-versa. This is a good way of proving that point now.

Side note: I really don't like Pomeroy's co-host for the pod. He doesn't provide anything of substance and is just a yes man who agrees with whatever Pomeroy says.

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Arb lover

December 4th, 2018 at 12:57 PM ^

So this anti-sec model of more conference games and fewer cupcakes will cause conference opponents to have more end of season losses. Does that hurt our record for tournament seeds i.e quad 3 v 2, or can/will rankings like kenpom account for this?

While wins against worthless teams are seen as just that, if Iowa/Wisconsin  have an extra 4 losses from the increased B1G schedule, does that bump them out of a quality quadrant win for Michigan?

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ReCruton

December 4th, 2018 at 1:14 PM ^

I'm always in favor of more accurate rankings within a conference, which I think is accomplished by a more conference heavy schedule.

To me it seems that more conference play will provide for a better conference tournament both in terms of team preparation and proper seeding, which in term is better preparation for the national tournament.

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ScooterTooter

December 4th, 2018 at 1:04 PM ^

Good content.

But gotta be honest, I'm pretty excited to see how half-assed the Florida preview is going to be. Sad we have to wait 3.5 weeks!

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December 4th, 2018 at 1:12 PM ^

weird picture. i assume iggy's still on his way up, but it looks like he's at his peak and he's going to whiff on that dunk by like 6 inches.

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twotrueblue

December 4th, 2018 at 1:28 PM ^

While it's good that strength of schedule isn't being hurt, a team's record will be hurt. Those two games were usually two wins for almost every Big Ten team. Now, there's 14 more losses to be spread across the conference because there is a loser in each conference game.

Now, hopefully, the analytics give the Big Ten teams the benefit of the doubt because of the strength of schedule, but losses are never good in analytics either.

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MaizeAndBlueWahoo

December 4th, 2018 at 1:52 PM ^

Not necessarily the case.  True, NET is sort of a fancified RPI that is based on W/L, but stuff like KenPom actually doesn't care an iota about the outcome of a game.  Only performance relative to the opponent.  Losing good is better than winning bad.  Reason being that NET is trying to quantify a team's results, while KenPom is trying to be predictive.

NET and RPI have a reward component for beating Coppin State by 1 and a ding component for losing to Duke by 1.  Other analytics, KenPom specifically, would ding you for the former and reward you for the latter.  Simplistically speaking.

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jmblue

December 4th, 2018 at 2:29 PM ^

It also makes the conference race a bit more equitable.  Now we play seven teams twice and six once, which is still far from perfect but an improvement over the ridiculous situation the last few years (when we had five double-plays and eight single-plays), leading to situations like MSU's last year where they beat one tournament team in league play and still won the title.

A 22-game schedule (nine double-plays and four single-plays) would be better still.

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This week has seen another wave of appointments and departures at brands, media owners and agencies. The Drum has rounded up the key moves from the EMEA, APAC and North America regions below.

 

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GlaxoSmithKline

Diageo's global head of digital media partnerships, Jerry Daykin, is to depart for GlaxoSmithKline to become its media director for the region.

Carat

The ad agency has named Sean Healy as global chief strategy officer, to support the transformation of Carat as part of the Dentsu Aegis Network.

ISBA

The company has named Bobi Carley its head of TV and video. She will play a key role in the association’s advocacy agency and work closely with Steve Chester, director of media. Carley has experience at Disney, Viacom, Sky TV and ad agency Red Brick Road.

Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Chief strategy officer Alison Hoad is leaving the agency. Her position will not be replaced, but head of strategy Ben Shaw will oversee the planning department. Hoad came to BBH in 2017, and had spent 11 years at VMLY&R (then known as Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R).

Adam&Eve/DDB

Co-founders James Murphy and David Golding are leaving the agency to launch a new creative business. They depart five years after selling to Omnicom, and 10 years after starting the agency with Ben Priest and Jon Forsyth.

Ogilvy

Redundancy at the agency’s UK office has seen planning partner James Whatley leave the company. In his seven-year stint at Ogilvy UK, he has worked with clients like IBM, Land Rover and Converse.

Himsworth Scott

The reputation management law firm has promoted Lorna Caddy to director. Caddy has experience as an intellectual property and media lawyer, and last spent 13 years at Taylor Wessing.

The law firm also hired Steven Hudson, who has over a decade of experience practicing at media, sport and entertainment law firms Schillings and Harbottle & Lewis.

Proximity

Proximity London elevated Amanda Arthur to the newly-created position of vice president, data and analytics. Claire Tusler, the agency’s former data strategy partner, will replace Arthur as head of data and analytics.

Arthur has been with the company for five years, and Tesler has been at Proximity London for 10 years. The two will report to chief strategy officer Adam Fulford.

 

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Xaxis

Xaxis saw a slew of internal moves. The company named Atique Kazi vice president of business development for Xaxis Asia Pacific. Bharat Khatri is the new country lead for Xaxis India. Daniel Henriksen is now head of outcome media planning for Xasis Asia.

Lotame 

The data solutions company has announced the appointment of Fred Marthoz as managing director for the South East Asia (SEA) region.

Based out of the company’s Singapore office, Marthoz will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team. In his role, Marthoz will be responsible for spearheading Lotame’s efforts across business lines and driving market growth for the SEA region.

Omnicom Media Group 

The group has promoted HeeYoun Yang to chief executive officer of Omnicom Media Group Korea. Previously the chief executive officer of PHD Korea, Yang will now oversee both the Group and OMD’s operations in Korea as well.

Zeno

The PR and communications company has chosen Ruby Fu for the newly-created position of president of Zeno China. Most recently, Fu was chief executive officer of Burson Marsteller in China and before that, spent seven years with Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Spectrum

The Singapore-based technology and innovation business club has hired Chris McPherson as its international chief executive officer to spearhead its expansion plans in Singapore and internationally. 

McPherson has previously held senior roles at Condeco, Intel, Raritan Asia Pacific, and LenovoEMC (previously Iomega).  

whiteGREY 

The agency has appointed Katie Firth to the newly-created position of national managing director, based in Melbourne.

Most recently the executive partner at TBWA\Melbourne, Firth brings more than 17 years’ experience across marketing, PR, events and activations, and advertising to the new role, teamed with a strong background in key sectors including automotive, travel and tourism, energy, financial services, and insurance. 

Chope

The restaurant booking and deals platform has appointed Sean Tan as chief operations officer. With Tan on board, previous chief operations officer Dinesh Balasingam moves to a new executive position driving Chope’s core bookings business unit as its regional business unit head, while Tan focuses on operations, strategy, and cross-functional initiatives across Chope’s eight Asia offices. 

Tan was previously chief business development officer and Singapore general manager of iProperty.com Group.

TBWA\Singapore

Tuomas Peltoniemi, the president of Asia for Digital Arts Network and innovation director at TBWA\Singapore, will be leaving his post to join R/GA as its executive vice president and managing director of APAC.

On the same day of Peltoniemi’s departure, TBWA announced it has moved Cyril Bedat back to its Singapore office from the United States and appointed him director of regional client partner and innovation.

Bedat returns to Singapore after spending two years at TBWA\Chiat Day in Los Angeles where he was the global business director. He previously spent a year at TBWA\Singapore as business director.

J Walter Thompson Hong Kong

The WPP-owned agency has appointed Matt Parry as its new managing director to work closely alongside recently-appointed executive creative director Carlos Camacho.

Parry was most recently business director and business unit general manager at at JWT Shanghai.

WPP AUNZ

WPP has appointed Sunita Gloster to the newly created role of chief customer officer as part of its growth agenda in Australia and New Zealand. Gloster joins from PwC’s CMO Advisory where she been a director and advisory board member since its inception

OMD Australia

The network has tapped Kasey Doran as head of strategy and product for Queensland. Doran will be responsible for developing innovative communications solutions and driving quality product output for the OMD Brisbane office. 

72andSunny

The agency has hired a new business development director in Tara Jaijee, who will be based in Australia, and work across both the Sydney and Singapore offices.

Jaijee joins the team from The Monkeys where she was the head of marketing. Prior to that, she led marketing and new business at creative agencies M&C Saatchi Group and DDB Group in Australia.

Prophet

The consultancy has announced the appointment of Eric Hor as an associate partner, based in its Asia headquarters in Hong Kong. 

Iris

The creative agency has promoted Jill Smith from business director to managing director of Iris Shanghai. Smith has been responsible for building Iris Shanghai’s unique offering over the past year, creating a strong digitally savvy team and a growing portfolio of multinational and domestic clients. In her previous role as business director, Smith was responsible for opportunity assessment and client portfolio development of the Shanghai office. 

 

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quench

The food and beverage marketing company hired Lorraine McGill to lead growth in firm’s new Chicago office. McGill previously served as account director at Grey in New York. She will oversee the Sun-Maid account for quench.

Sizmek

The ad tech firm has named Patrick Bevilacqua its head of global customer success, where he will oversee the company’s Customer Success group. He comes from MDC Media partners agency Assembly, where he was senior vice president of programmatic and data strategy.

DDB

Omnicom’s DDB Worldwide recently added to its US leadership. Azher Ahmed has been promoted to executive vice president, director of digital. Valerie Bengoa has been promoted to executive vice president, director of finance.

Both Ahmed and Bengoa will be responsible for DDB's three US offices: New York, Chicago and San Francisco. They will also be responsible for Tribal New York and Rodgers Townsend.

Ahmed has over 20 years of experience in digital marketing, and Bengoa has been with DDB since 1998.

Envoy

The design and innovation consultancy has announced three new hires. Josh Creter is the new vice president of technology; he previously served as chief technology officer at Counterpointing.

Julia Mooradian moves from VML to Envoy where she will serve as account director. Jay Cruz was the former creative director at Cuker; he will hold the same title at Envoy.

Mirum

The digital agency has promoted Demetrios Kontizas to vice president of technology. He will lead Mirum’s San Diego office and head all technology disciplines for the Salt Lake City office.

Marcus Thomas

The Cleveland-based agency named Garth Bender its new director of customer experience. Bender was mostly recently the relationship lead for Digitas’ Altria in Chicago, and has previously held roles at Havas Helia, Energy BBDO and Cramer-Krasselt.

Venables Bell & Partners

The independent ad agency made hires across creative and account management teams. Michael Chase has been promoted to director of brand management after serving as group brand director. Meredith Osterhoff, who joined VB&P in 2017, will take on the role of group brand director.

Gus Johnson and Byron del Rosario have both been named creative directors. Johnson joined n 2015, and del Rosario joined in 2009.

Aisha Hakim, who came to VB&P in 2015, has been elevated to senior art director. Jon Donaghy has been promoted to senior designer.

R/GA

The agency has named David Corns its senior vice president, managing director of its San Francisco office. Corn most recently led the brand management department at Venables Bell & Partners.

Young & Laramore

The Indianapolis-based creative agency has named Trevor Williams and Bryan Judkins co-group creative directors. Williams has worked with brands like Farm Bureau Insurance and Brizo; Judkins has worked with the likes of American Standard and Louisville Slugger. They will report to executive creative director Carolyn Hadlock.

Luci Creative

The Chicago-based design firm has hired Mark Ewing as its studio manager. He comes from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry where he served as senior project manager for 11 years.

Toth+Co

The independent branding and ad agency appointed Kimberlee Eten as its creative director. She will be based in New York and lead creative teams in New York and Boston. Eten worked at Toth+Co from 2001-2011 as design director.

Rabagast

The production company brought in Nico Buris to serve as managing director and executive producer for the company’s South American offices. Buris spent the last 20 years producing in his native Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. He previously worked as a producer at leading Spanish-speaking production house Landia.

Carbon

The Silicon Valley-based digital manufacturing company has named Dara Treseder its first chief marketer. Her last stop was at General Electric (GE), where she served as chief marketing officer of GE Ventures and GE Business Innovations.

The Martin Agency

The agency has promoted Matt Mattox to senior vice president, group account director. He previously held the role of SVP, group planning director. Mattox will lead the Geico account.

Wirewax

The interactive video technology company has hired Yvonne Cheng as its executive vice president of creative solutions. She has 14 years of experience on the creative side and has worked at Droga5, BBDO and Campfire. She recently ran creative strategy in the ad sales team at Tumblr and Yahoo.

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This will be my last post for the year. In this am going to look back on goals I set for myself over past two years, how well I’ve done, and what I plan to do in the year ahead.

The idea of epic life quest was started (in community) by Steve Jones and Brent Ozar – it is about writing down goals and calling yourself to account on how you met them every year. My first post on those lines is here. I wrote this in early 2017. I did not write one in 2018, and that was because last winter was a pretty chaotic time for me and was waiting for things to look in better shape before setting more goals for myself. This year things are looking better, and below is my summary of goals I set, and how I did.

2017:

1 Complete Microsoft Data Science Program and Diploma in Healthcare Analytics from UCDavis.

got the second one done partially. I could not complete the first due to lack of time. And it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. It was expensive, quality wasn’t up to the mark and practical gains out of it were none. I learned from this is not to commit to expensive learning programs without fully understanding if they are worth it. 


2 Stick to blogging goals – one blog post per week, one contribution to sqlservercentral.com per two weeks.

I was able to keep up with this in 2017 and part of 2018. My blogging got rather irregular half way through 2018 because of a relocation and job change, I think I can excuse myself for that. Plan to pick this back up in 2019.

3 Keep up exercise goals of 10,00 steps per day and one yoga workout per week.

I am doing fine here and this will continue as a permanent goal.


4 Speak at local user group as often as I can (my limitations with travel do not allow me to speak at too many sql saturdays or out of town events)

I did not do good on this one. Partly because my job and other personal obligations left little time to even prepare a good talk, let alone present it. Also partly because I was in a very confused place on what to talk about. Things have cleared up a bit now.


5 Submit to speak at PASS speaker idol event.

This did not happen either,for same reasons as above. Hope to make it happen in 2019.


6 Hike the Grand Canyon with my sister, we are travelling companions and love to see places together.

YES! We made and hiked several other parks too in these two years. This will be an ongoing goal.


7 See two new countries atleast – Mexico with SQL Cruise, one more towards end of the year – remains undecided for now. But two countries it is.

YES! I saw two new countries – Mexico and Jamaica. 


8 Blog on books read so that I can understand the time I devote to reading and range I read in that time.

I did not get to blogging much on what I read but managed to read quite a few books. Also contemplated on reading strategy and this will be a different type of goal (not number based) in the days to come.


9 Get home renovation work done – am undecided on if I want to keep this condo or sell it, but either way, I’d have to get work done on it. Best if it got done this year, but involves considerable financial commitment that am not sure I can meet. As of now it looks doable for this year, but may move to next year if I have to reset goals.

YES! I also sold the home after renovation. This has also changed, don’t plan to own a home anytime soon. Too much money and effort maintaining it and very limiting in so many ways.

10 Increase collection of annotated classics by year end. This is an ongoing goal to build a library for retirement. The only books I buy in print are annotated ones or those with pictures. There are not many of those and my collection is upto 30-40% of what I need already. I keep adding to it @3-4 books a year.

I am doing good on this and don’t think this should be a yearly goal, more like a long term one. I got rid of many books which I thought I did not need in paper form at all.


10 Take a course on cartooning and short story writing – both of these are my pet hobbies and never had as much time for them as I’d like – this year would like to atleast take a course on each to deepen my love and interest.
This did not happen. Too many conflicting priorities. But I did get to writing my first book and plan to pursue writing seriously in the years to come.


2018:

1  Submit to speak at PASS Summit.
This did not happen for same reasons cited above. I do not plan on this being a goal until 2020.

2 Organize SQL Saturday #10 at Louisville (not clear how different this will be yet…).
YES! SQL Saturday Louisville #10 was a phenomenal success – handed over reins of running it to new team and finding other things to do with the time I spent on it.

3 Keep up same goals for exercising.
YES! This is going on well.


4 Visit one new country with my sister – am looking at Bali/Indonesia now.

We visited three national parks as opposed to one originally planned (Zion and Quinault Rainforest). So this was  not met in theory but substituted with other valid fun things to do.

5 Visit one more new country on SQLCruise, hopefully, or on my own. Either way, I do it.
YES! I visited Mexico in 2017 and Jamaica in 2018 with SQLCruise.

6  Biggie – Pay off my mortgage. Yes, this is important and am not that far away. The only thing that keeps me from it is a bit undecided on how long I can live here with job opportunities being what they are. But I will assume those will be the same and in that case, the house will be ready to be paid off in 2018.
The house was sold instead of being paid off as I relocated to another state. I consider this goal as met although in a different way.

7 Do actual analytics work – by this time I will have a reasonable understanding of R/SAS/Microsoft Data science related skills, and expect it to take me to the next level professionally.

This was a bad goal to set, to begin with. My interviewing experience told me that very few places are doing analytics seriously to begin with, and those few places are looking for ph ds and people with a decade or more of experience to fill the role. I was able to get off pager carrying DBA role and get into doing more of data architect/coding type of work, which was what I wanted to do. Future goals will not be so specific, instead focus on what direction I want to go and where am going, instead of landing actual work which will happen on its own with time.


Goals for 2019 are as below:
1 Finish off Microsoft Big Data Certification. I am already working my way through it. I will devote every saturday evening to it and hope to get it done.
2 Continue with watching pluralsight/pass summit videos and listening to podcasts whenever time permits.
3 Complete writing second book I have committed to. 
4 Read two pages of a tech book every day evening with tea. I am intentionally keeping this goal very small and doable. This is also based on a few experiences with reading.
I do not have to read a tech book page-to-page.
There are parts that are more interesting and useful than others. 
I need to keep notes to recall/reinforce what I read. 
I will be resuming reading with this in mind. 
5 Blog @ one post every two weeks – again, scaled down from one post per week and trying to keep it modest and consistent. 
6 I am planning on 4 tech events – SQL Saturdays at Raleigh, neighboring Charlotte, Louisville and then the PASS Summit towards end of the year. 

On personal front – 
1 I plan to continue with hiking and exploring national parks. I am planning a trip in Spring/early summer with some visiting family members.
I do not think an overseas trip will materialise this year.
2 I plan to continue with healthy eating and exercising goals. 

That is my rather simple goal list. If there is one lesson i have learned with writing this down is that – it helps improve my personal commitment level, it helps keeping the list small and simple. I think with a short list, commitment and simplicity, we can all get there. Happy 2019!


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These people were not related to any of my lines. I just came across their stories in researching and then found the newspaper stories and couldn't resist making a post about the stories.


Ida Bell Franklin was born 10/14/1875 in Madison County, NC to Mitchell Tillery Franklin (DOB 9/11/1848 in Madison County, NC; DOD 4/27/1933 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC) and Delaney Jane Norton (DOB 12/24/1851 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 9/25/1933 in Mars Hill, Madison County, NC).

Mitchell Tillery Franklin and Delana Jane Norton had Vina Franklin, George Logan Franklin, Ida Bell Franklin, Hattie Franklin, Bettie Franklin, Daisy Franklin, Manley Winston Franklin, Martha Jane Franklin, Sophia Franklin, Milburn Franklin, Edna Franklin, Roburla "Burlie" Franklin, Bonnie Franklin. That is 3 boys and 10 girls!

1880 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: 971; Page: 28D; Enumeration District: 124, "Mitchell Franklin"
Mitchell Franklin, W(hite), M(ale), Head, Married, Farmer, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN
Delana Franklin, W, F, 28 yrs old, Wife, Married, Keeping house, Born in NC, Both parents bron in NC
Vina Franklin, W, F, 10 yrs old, Daughter, Single, At home, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
George Franklin, W, M, 8 yrs old, Son, Single, At home, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Ida Belle Franklin, W, F, 8 yrs old (DOB 1872), Daughter, Single, At home, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Hattie Franklin, W, F, 2 yrs old, Daughter, Single, At home, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

In 1894, Ida Bell Franklin had a son by unknown father named Jeter Logan Franklin on 1/1/1894 in NC. He grew up and married twice: Tullis Blanche Chandley and Georgia Bailey. Ida Bell Franklin's parents raised Jeter Logan Franklin.

Ida Bell Franklin married William Baxter Shelton, Sr. on 1/9/1895 in Greene County, TN.

Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1780-2002
Name: Belle Franklin
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 9 Jan 1895
Marriage Place: Greene, Tennessee, USA
Spouse: William Shelton

William Baxter Shelton was born 9/29/1877 in Madison County, NC to William Riley Shelton (DOB 12/11/1836 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 2/3/1896 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC) and Mary Riddle (aka Mollie Riddle, Polly Riddle) (DOB Abt. 1837 in Madison County, NC; DOD ? ).

William Riley Shelton was 1st married to Martha Jane Johnson (DOB Abt. 1839 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD Abt. 1875 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC) on 3/1/1855 in Craven County, NC. They had five children:

1) Arminda Shelton (DOB 7/13/1857 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 5/25/1941 in Erwin, Unicoi County, TN) married Levi "Bud" Shelton, Solomon Hensley, David Shelton.

2) Noah Shelton (DOB 3/7/1858 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; D)D 4/9/1935 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC)

3) Bluferd Elbridge Shelton (DOB 12/27/1861 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 12/19/1925 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC)

4) Bayless Shelton (DOB 1/27/1865 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 1/23/1926 in Jasper, Marion County, TN)

5) Jersey Lynn Shelton (DOB 1/1/1868 in Madison County, NC; DOD 6/13/1944 in Madison County, NC) married John S. Chandley.

William Riley Shelton was 2nd married to Amanda "Mandy" Jane Norton (DOB 5/10/1859 in Madison County, NC; DOD 11/13/1947 in Bridgeport, Cocke County, TN) on 9/12/1875 in Washington County, TN. They had one child:

1) Laura Annie Shelton (DOB 5/13/1879 in Madison County ,NC; DOD 9/27/1959 in ?  ) married Thomas John Brisco Hensley.

William Riley Shelton married 3rd Mary "Polly" Riddle. They had two children:

1) William Baxter Shelton, Sr. (DOB 9/29/1877 in NC; DOD 5/6/1912 in Madison County, NC) married Ida Bell Franklin and Mary Katherine "Kittie" Moore on 8/3/1886 in Craven County, NC.

2) Vianna E. Shelton (DOB 4/13/1880 in NC; DOD 6/5/1956 in Washington College, Washington County, TN) married Champ Harrison Briggs (DOB 7/29/1870 in Erwin, Unicoi County, TN; DOD 2/21/1954 in Greeneville, Greene County, TN).

Mary Riddle was also married twice. She was first married to Solomon "Sol" Chandley (DOB 7/13/1825 in NC; DOD 11/25/1910 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC) on 11/15/1869 in Madison County, NCChandley had children with 3 different women: Juda "Judy" Shelton (1833-1910). He had 12 children with Judah SheltonJudy Shelton was born (7/1833 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 8/27/1910 in Madison County, NC) to David Eli Shelton and Catherine MillerJudy was the younger sister of William Riley Shelton.

 Sol Chandley and Mary Riddle had 4 children. And he had Hattie Chandley with Eliza ? .

Although he married Mary Riddle on 11/15/1869, he was having children with Judy Shelton before and after his wedding to Mary. That would be awkward.



Statesville Record and Landmark, Statesville, NC, 2/28/1895, Pg 7
A special to the Asheville Citizen from Marshall, Madison County, says a fight occurred on Shelton Laurel Sunday night in which Everett Shelton was shot and supposed to be mortally wounded by James Stanton, who made his escape. At the same time and place Boss Stanton was shot and killed by Baxter Shelton. At the time he was shot he was making a brutal assault on Shelton with a pistol. Shelton first begged for peace but Stanton was determined to fight. The affray is the result of an old feud.

News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, 3/1/1895, Pg 1
Asheville, N.C., Feb. 28-Everett Shelton, who was shot by Jim Stanton at Shelton Laurel, Madison County, Sunday night, has died. At last accounts Jim Stanton and Baxter Shelton, who killed a man apiece, had not been caught.

The Asheville Weekly Citizen, Asheville, NC, 3/1/1895, Pg 1
Madison's Last Tragedy
Particulars Of The Double Killing On Shelton Laurel Sunday Night
E.F. Chandley of this city has received a letter from his brother, J.C. Chandley, who lives on Shelton Laurel, Madison County, near the scene of last Sunday night's tragedy.
From the particulars given in the letter it appears that there were five men engaged in the difficulty, which occurred at "Son" Franklin's house. The five were "Boss" Stanton and Everett Shelton, James Stanton and Rod. Shelton. An old grudge had existed between "Boss" Stanton and Baxter Shelton, and when the men met these two agreed to go outside and talk the matter over.
As the disappeared in the darkness Stanton took hold of Shelton's right arm. Shelton said after the tragedy that Stanton snatched his pistol out of his right hand and fired at his head. Shelton, who, it seems, usually carried two pistols, caught a pistol from his left pocket with his left hand and shot Stanton in the breast. Stanton died in 15 or 20 minutes.
At this time James Stanton and Rod. Shelton were standing near the door. Everett Shelton, who was a short distance from them, stepped toward the door. Stanton warned him not to draw his pistol. Shooting then began between the men in the house, and a bullet from Stanton's pistol took effect in Everett Shelton's breast, causing his death Monday morning. Some 15 shots were fired during the fray. James Stanton and Baxter Shelton were slightly wounded. The letter, which was written Monday, said the men had escaped.
The parties to the terrible affair were not brothers, as at first stated. James Stanton is an uncle of "Boss," and the Sheltons are second cousins.

Hamilton News Press - Marion County, AL - March 7, 1895 - Transcribed and submitted by Veneta McKinney
A BAD BLOOD LETTING -
Information was received at Asheville, N. C. Monday afternoon of a shooting affray that occurred at Shelton Laurel, a wild mountainous section in Madison CountyBaxter and Everette Shelton, brothers, (not brothers but cousins, see below) were engaged in a game of cards with "Boss" and Jim Stanton, brothers, when a dispute arose, with the result that "Boss" Stanton was shot and instantly killed by Baxter Shelton and Everette Shelton was mortally wounded by Jim Stanton. Bad blood had existed for some time.

Who were the people in this story and how were they related to William Baxter Shelton?
David Eli Shelton and Catherine Miller
William "Bill" Shelton....siblings..........Juda "Judy" Shelton
William Riley Shelton.....1st cousins......Solomon Shelton
William Baxter Shelton...2nd cousins....Everett Hayes Shelton
Everett Hayes Shelton was Baxter Shelton's second cousins.

James William Stanton (DOB 5/18/1867 in Madison County, NC; DOD 10/25/1916 in Greenville, Greenville County, SC) married 1st Lucretia Corly on 9/22/1889 in Craven County, NC. He married 2nd Maud Odell (DOB Abt. 1886 in ? ; DOD ? in ? ) on 10/31/1908 in Craven County, NC. They had five children. James Stanton's parents were George Stanton and Mary Cook. James' only brother was Ephraim Stanton. I don't know if he was "Boss" Stanton.



Ida Bell Franklin and William Baxter Shelton, Sr. had a child:

1) Flossy Franklin Shelton (DOB 1/3/1896 in Marshall, Madison County, NC; DOD 8/10/1989 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Jesse Vinson Wallin (DOB 11/7/1893 in NC; DOD 5/11/1989 in Madison County, NC).

Ida Bell Franklin had a son with unknown father:

1) Garrison Franklin (DOB 1/23/1898 in Madison County, NC; DOD 2/10/1917 in Madison County, NC of "supposed paralysis"), never married



Asheville Daily Gazette, Asheville, NC, 1/7/1898, Pg 2
Madison County Outlawry
Not since the days of "Redmond, the Outlaw," has there been such a reign of terror in Western North Carolina, as has existed in the counties of Yancey and Madison for the past few months. Brief accounts of the several high handed acts of lawlessness by George McCurry and Baxter Shelton have been published in the Gazette. It was hoped that the last tragedy, of a fortnight ago, in Madison County, in which Baxter Shelton figured as chief actor, of serious fatalities, in which he would appear. It seems however that the end is not reached. Hardy Merrell, one of the most responsible citizens of Madison County, called at the Gazette office last night, and reported that he had information that Baxter Shelton was still in the vicinity of Laurel, accompanied by a band of lawless men and defying the officers of the law who have warrants for his arrest. It is reported that this band of outlaws are well equipped with arms and are perpetrating various acts of lawlessness within the vicinity where they live to the terror of the citizens. It is also reported that in Yancey County the notorious George McCurry is still engaged in open violation of the revenue laws and defies any and all officers to disturb him in his operations. It is reported on good authority that Baxter Shelton has shot six men since Christmas and is still at large. Mr. Merrell says that the good people of Madison County are indignant at the recent outbreak of lawlessness in that county, and are determined to see that these desperadoes are brought to justice.



Shelton Laurel area



I found these photos online about Shelton Laurel and hiking some trails there. I thought these showed how dense the mountain laurel could be which is where the area gets it's name and why it was remote and isolated. During the War of Northern Aggression there could be snipers and men behind every bush.

Here are photos of mountain laurel.








11/2/1899
Surrounded And Captured
Baxter Shelton, Champ Briggs and Jack Shelton Suspected Of The Crime
Baxter Shelton, Champ Briggs and Jack Shelton are no (sic) exected (sic) of being the murderers of Lemuel Jackson near Greeneville last week.
A gentleman who was in the chase after the murderers told a Journal and Tribune reporter of the latest developments in the case. He preferred for personal reasons that his name not be used.
the above named men were followed by bloodhounds many miles into the mountains to a place known as Shelton Laurel, where the laurel bushes grow so thickly that the trail could not be followed further.
The sheriffs of Greene, Hamblen and Cocke counties were among the pursuers. The bloodhound of the sheriff of Cocke county, which is one of the best sleuths in East Tennessee, followed the trail.
The pursuing party was on foot and following the lead of the hounds passed over spots where the Sheltons and Briggs had been seen. Reaching a creek running from the mountains the trail was for a time lost, showing that the fleeing parties had waded the stream.
The hound followed the bank and where the party came out of the creek she took up the trail anew. She went directly to houses of the Sheltons and Briggs in the mountains. Then the trail was taken up afresh and followed to the Shelton Laurels-an almost impenetrable growth of laurel bushes of miles in extent. The case was there given up.
The Journal and Tribune's informant says that the son and son-in-law of the murdered man have turned up and no one longer suspects them of the crime.
Mrs. Jackson was seen at her home, which is a very nice one and told the story of the murder to the Journal and Tribune's informat (sic). The house has iron bars to its windows and is calculated to confirm suspicion that a large sum of money was kept in the house.
Mrs. Jackson had gone to the woodpile on the morning of the murder when she was accosted by three men with blackened faces, one of whom asked for something to eat, while the other two proceeded toward the house.
Lemuel Jackson, hearing the noise, went to the door. As he did so one of the men said, "We've got you this time," and then commanded Jackson to hold up his hands. One hand went up while the other went behind the door for a gun.
Five shots were fired at him. Mrs. Jackson was then told to tell the whereabouts of his money. She was told that if she would stay away from the telephone, which was in the house, and keep buiet (sic), she would not be hurt. Mrs. Jackson then told them that her husband had some money in a secret pocket of his underwear on the inside of his right leg, near the trunk of the body.
Six hundred dollars was thus obtained, and Mrs. Jackson said the two Sheltons and Briggs had been to the house in the summer and that her husband drove them away with a Winchester rifle.











I could not find where they ever arrested the murderers or got any conviction.

How were all these men related? Jack Shelton was born 4/22/1862 in Madison County, NC to Roderick "Rod" Shelton (DOB 5/1825 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 5/18/1921 in ? ) and Mary Polly Mercer (DOB 3/1822 in Madison County, NC; DOD 1906 in Madison County, NC). Rod Shelton was the son of David Eli Shelton and Catherine Miller.

David Eli Shelton and Catherine Miller
Children of David Eli Shelton William "Bill" Shelton.......Roderick Shelton...........Juda "Judy" Shelton
Grandchildren: Son of William "Bill" Shelton: William Riley Shelton
Grandchildren: Son of Roderick Shelton: Jack Shelton
Grandchildren: Son of Juda "Judy" Shelton: Solomon Shelton
Great Grandchild: Son of William Riley Shelton: William Baxter Shelton
Jack Shelton was Baxter Shelton's first cousin once removed.

Lemuel Jackson was born 8/8/1827 in Greene County, TN to Lemuel Jackson and Jane Dishman. He was killed 10/27/1899 in Greene County, TN. He was married to Emeline Lawson (DOB 5/30/1833 in Greene County, TN to Stephen Lawson and Catharine Freshour; DOD 4/22/1917 in Greene County, TN).



Ida Bell Franklin and William Baxter Shelton must have divorced before the 1900 U.S. Census as both are living "Single" in different households.

1900 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison, North Carolina; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 0074; FHL microfilm: 1241205, "John Shelton"
John Shelton, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born May, 1864, 36 yrs old, Married 11 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Jersey Shelton, Wife, W, F, Born Jan, 1867, 33 yrs old, Married 11 yr, 4 children with 4 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cannot read and write
Sylvania Shelton, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1889, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
William F. Shelton, Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1893, 7 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Valary Shelton, Daughter, W, F, Born Mar, 1896, 4 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Bunny Shelton, Daughter, W, F, Born May, 1899, 1 yr old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Iday Franklin (sic), Servant, W, F, Born Oct, 1875, 24 yrs old, Single, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Garison Franklin (sic), L-Daughter (sic), W, M, Born Jan, 1898, 2 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1900 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison, North Carolina; Page: 5; Enumeration District: 0074; FHL microfilm: 1241205, "Polly Shellon" (sic)
Polly Shellon, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born May, 1840, 60 yrs old, Widowed, 9 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Cannot read or write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Bakster Shellon (sic), Son, W, M, Born Sept, 1877, 22 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Flossy Franklin, Granddaughter, W, F, Born May, 1896, 4 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Nancy Shelton, Servant, W, F, Born Mar, 1879, 21 yrs old, Single Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, Can read and write

On 11/27/1901, Baxter Shelton married Mary Katherine "Kittie" Moore in Craven County, NC. Mary Katherine Moore was born 1/18/1883 in TN. They had:

1) Glenna Faye Shelton (DOB 10/30/1902 in Unicoi County, TN; DOD 8/6/1981 in Jefferson County, KY) married Fletcher Roosevelt Cole (DOB 12/10/1902 in VA; DOD 12/1986 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY).

2) Mamie Dorothy Shelton (DOB 2/16/1905 in White Rock, Madison County, NC; DOD 7/14/1985 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC) married Haywood Gordon Kincaid (DOB 12/5/1898 in Gaston County, NC; DOD 12/4/1963 in Gastonia, Gaston County, NC).

3) William Beauford Shelton (DOB 2/1/1907 in White Rock, Madison County, NC; DOD 1/8/1989 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC) married Natalie Louise Lumpkin (DOB 1/24/1910 in New Bern, Craven County, NC; DOD 4/15/1985 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC).

4) Clayton Jackson Shelton (DOB 8/16/1909 in White Rock, Madison County, NC; DOD 2/17/1995 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC)

5) Dwight Eugene Shelton (DOB 7/16/1910 in Madison County, NC; DOD 10/8/1972 in Sebring, Highlands County, NC) married Eva Mary Owens (DOB 2/16/1926 in Glade Springs, Washington County, VA; DOD 4/16/2005 in Avon Park, Highlands County, FL).

6) William Baxter Shelton, Jr. (DOB 3/14/1912 in White Rock, Madison County, NC; DOD 5/16/1986 in Burkeville, Nottoway County, VA) married Emily Cutshall (DOB 6/15/1913 in Madison County, NC; DOD 9/8/1987 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC)


The 3 men in this story who captured John Pate are Jim Shelton, Grant Shelton and Baxter Shelton. There are more than one Jim and Grant Sheltons. But I believe these 3 men to be second cousins.

David Eli Shelton (the ancestor they had in common)

Sons of David Eli Shelton: John Robert Shelton, Sr. and William Bill Shelton

Grandsons: Sons of John Robert Shelton, Sr.: John Robert Shelton, Jr., Ulysses Grant Shelton, James H. Shelton
Grandsons: Sons of William Bill Shelton: William Riley Shelton

Great Grandsons: Sons of John Robert Shelton, Jr.James Jacob Shelton and Grant Shelton
Great Grandsons: Sons of William Riley Shelton: William Baxter Shelton


The North Carolinian, Raleigh, NC, 4/26/1906, Pg 5
Capture of Pate
The Man Who Stamped A Woman To Death
He Is Taken By Three Men, Who, Spurred By Offer Of Reward, Track Him Into Tennessee
Asheville, N.C., April 23-John Pate, the Madison County desperado, who it is alleged committed one of the most brutal and dastardly murders ever perpetuated in western North Carolina, and who, in company with ten others, escaped from the Buncombe County jail last October has been recaptured and was this morning brought here and again placed behind lock and key.
The capture was made in the Bald Mountains, in Union County, Tennessee, early Sunday morning by three Madison county men who had heard of Pate's whereabouts and were seeking to obtain the $300 reward offered for his capture. Jim Shelton, Baxter Shelton and Grant Shelton. The men, as quick on the trigger and desperate of chances as Pate himself, heard that the outlaw was hiding in the fastnessess of the Bald Mountains, and Friday morning they left Madison County over the rough trail, going horseback and on foot. House after house was searched in the vicinity of his hiding place and finally the man was located in a dilapidated shack which had every appearance of being deserted, with open windows and crumbling roof. Pate was asleep on a bunk, as was also another man lying in the opposite side of the room, and the alleged murderer was awakened by the flash of a lantern.
He instantly sprang for a table across which were lying two shot guns and some knives, but was as quickly covered and ordered to halt. He and his companion made further effort to reach the weapons but were sternly warned, and while two men outside kept the inmates of the room in check. Baxter Shelton batered (sic) down the door. An entrance having been effected, the men bound their prize and set out to retrace their slow and tortuous way. They stated here today they had slept almost none in the past three days, but that their prisoner had given them no trouble.
Pate appeared unconcerned today. He stated that he has ever since his escape lived in the Bald Mountains.
It has been two years since Pate is alleged to have killed Mrs. Johanna Crowder of California Creek, Madison County, murdering her in a brutish manner that has scarcely a parallel in Madison's criminal annals. It is alleged that he attacked the woman in a lonely place near her home and that he literally stamped her to death. When she was almost in a dying condition he forced from her a promise to state that her condition was due to an accident and compelled her to return to her home. She died shortly after, having stated, however that Pate had killed her. Pate then fled, living on what is aptly known as the Wolfe's Den until about eight months afterwards when he was captured by United States Marshal Barnes and a posse. He was lodged in the Madison jail was then brought to Asheville for safekeeping and subsequently made his escape in the jail delivery.


Madison County Record, Marshall, NC, 6/7/1909, Pg 5
Baxter Shelton and Champ Briggs were here from Shelton Laurel Monday and Tuesday.


The French Broad News, Marshall, NC, 9/14/1911, Pg 4
Shooting At White Rock
The Little Rock baseball team came over from Halewood Friday and played White Rock two games on Saturday. The morning game was 14 to 3 in favor of White Rock. The evening game was 12 to 3 in favor of White Rock.
As we were all coming from the game, I, in company with Baxter Shelton and one of the Little Rock boys, was passing Gordon Gilbert's house. Gordon shot at Baxter. Then Baxter got off his horse and fired on Gilbert and then started toward home. Gilbert then fired several times, one shot hitting Shelton on the right leg, 6" above the knee. Gilbert shot at Shelton as long as he could see him. The boys had some trouble a few days ago over the store account.
J.S. Ray


Notice that Gordon Gilbert was shooting at Baxter Shelton in 1911 and now Harm Gilbert is with Shelton when Champ Briggs murders him in 1912. Wonder if they were related?


Asheville Gazette News, Asheville, NC, 5/6/1912, Pg 1
Shot To Death Old Feud Case
Story of Killing Of Baxter Shelton By Champ Briggs Comes From Madison
W.S. Rice of Madison County was in Asheville today and told of a homicide that occurred on Laurel in No. 2 township Saturday afternoon in which "Champ" Briggs shot and almost instantly killed Baxter Shelton. Mr. Rice stated that the killing was the result of an old drudge (sic) about politics; that the two men had met to talk the matter over when the trouble occurred.
According to his statement Shelton had handed his pistol to Briggs to show that he meant no harm. Then, he stated, Briggs began firing at a man named Gilbert, who was with Shelton. Gilbert ran and then Briggs turned the pistol on Shelton shooting him in the chest and neck. Both men were prominent in the section. They were men of property and each had a store.
It is said that Briggs made no attempt to escape and is now in jail at Marshall.


Let's take a moment to look at who Champ Briggs was. Champ Harrison Briggs was born 7/29/1880 in Erwin, Unicoi County, TN to John Logan Briggs (DOB 2/28/1848 in Yancey County, NC to John Lee Briggs and Anna Melissa Garland; DOD 11/22/1934 in Unicoi County, TN)  and Mary Briggs (DOB 8/1849 in TN to Benjamin Franklin Briggs and Nancy McFarland; DOD ? in ? ). Champ Briggs MARRIED A SHELTON, Vianna Shelton. Vianna Shelton was born 4/13/1880 in NC to William Riley Shelton (DOB 12/11/1836 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 2/3/1896 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC) and Mary Polly Riddle (DOB 1839 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC; DOD 1875 in Shelton Laurel, Madison County, NC). that means that Vianna Shelton and William Baxter Shelton were brother and sister. Baxter's parents were also William Riley Shelton and his third wife Mary Polly Riddle. The only 2 children of William Riley Shelton and his third wife, Mary Polly Riddle, were Vianna Shelton and William Baxter Shelton. So Champ Briggs was Baxter Shelton's brother-in-law! I'm surprised this isn't mentioned in the newspaper reports?!? I worked on this family for two days trying to figure out the relationships. If you read this blog post thoroughly you will see that the newspaper reports are saying some things and not saying others. I think there was a lot of inner-community and inner-family conflicts and politics. Basically everyone was afraid of the bullies in the community of Shelton Laurel. I think even the sheriffs, judges, newspapers were afraid of them. People in the community probably didn't talk, or even lied, because they had to live in the community. They had to go home and if the police couldn't, or wouldn't, stop them, then they could be the target next. And, someone in the community might take care of the problem in a little mountain justice? As out of control as Baxter Shelton evidently was, is it possible that Champ Briggs was administering a little justice? Maybe that's why he got acquitted of murder? Or was Champ Briggs the bully and everyone was just afraid of him so let him get away with it? The newspaper accounts have Champ Briggs admitting on the stand that he had shot (killed?) 15-22 men since he'd moved from Tennessee to the Shelton Laurel community of Madison County. I can only speculate based on the newspaper reports. I can't really judge. It sounds like they both were pretty messed up and caused a lot of trouble and pain.



Greensboro Daily News, Greensboro, NC, 5/7/1912, Pg 1
Homicide In Madison Co.
Champ Briggs Kills Baxter Shelton Over Political Grudge
Asheville, May 6-W.S. Rice, of Madison County, here today told of a homicide in Laurel, No. 2 township, Saturday afternoon, in which Champ Briggs fatally shot Baxter Shelton. The trouble was an old political grudge. The men had agreed to talk the matter over and Shelton handed Briggs his pistol to show friendliness. Rice says that Briggs first fired at the man who was with Shelton, and then fired twice into Shelton, who died instantly. Briggs made no effort to escape. He is in Madison County jail. Both are prominent locally.


Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 12/19/1912, Pg 10
Briggs Case Goes To The Jury Today
Some Of The Lawyers Have Presented Arguments
T.S. Rollins, for Prosecution, and Congressman Gudger, for the Defense Remain To Be Heard
Although Superior Court adjourned yesterday from three o'clock until five in the afternoon so that the jury could attend the lecture of William Jennings Bryan, more progress was made in the trial of Champ Briggs, for the alleged murder of Baxter Shelton, than was hoped for by the attorneys at any time before the case was taken up. After several witnesses testified as to the character of the defendent and the deceased, argument was taken up by the attorneys in the case and when court adjourned last night only two attorneys remained to be heard before the jury will received their charge by Judge B.F. Long.
Guy Roberts was the first attorney to address the judy (sic) for the prosecution and for some time he reviewed the testimony of the chief witness, Harmon Gilbert, the only eyewitness to the tragedy. Mr. Roberts emphasized the fact that it had been testified that Briggs had shot Shelton with his own gun.
P.W. McElroy was the first attorney to speak in behalf of the prisoner and Mr. McElroy made an eloquent plea for the man who is charged with the murder of Shelton. Mr. McElroy featured in his speech the testimony of Briggs himself, who swore that he was forced to kill Shelton in self defense.
Solicitor Robert R. Reynolds began his address to the jury before court adjourned at one o'clock and he outlined the law on the subject of self defense. Mr. Reynolds made a plea for the conviction of Briggs upon the grounds that he is one of the most notorious gunmen of the state. He told the jury that in the interests of justice they were under obligations to every citizen of the state to render a verdict of guilty. Mr. Reynolds had not finished his speech when the court adjourned for Bryan's lecture.
When court reconvened at five o'clock the attorneys seemed to be willing to make short addresses and and each of the lawyers summed the points of his argument up very briefly. J.E. Swain followed Mr. Reynolds with a short argument for the defense. W.W. Zachary of Brevard then made an address on the legal side of the self defense question and also took up some of the testimony. Mr. Zachary said there was no plausible grounds for the plea of self defense in the testimony. None of the attorneys seemed to lay particular stress on the testimony of Briggs who testified for several hours in his own behalf. They deprecated the testimony of the defendant, because he was interested in the matter while it was said that Gilbert, the star witness for the state was entirely disinterested. On the other hand the attorneys for the defense claim that Gilbert was an accomplice of Sheltons and came with Shelton to Briggs' home for the purpose of raising trouble.
Thomas S. Rollins will close for the prosecution this morning with the longest of the speeches and Congressman J.M. Gudger will address the jury for the defense. The case will probably go to the jury after the charge by Judge B.F. Long, about noon.


The Lenoir Topic, Lenoir, NC, 12/24/1912, Pg 1
Kept Pistol In His Room At Jail
Asheville, Dec. 18-That Sheriff Buckner of Madison County, allowed him to keep a pistol in his room at the jail, allowed him to eat at the family table and allowed him to drink whiskey whenever he so desired were the startling statements made on the witness stand yesterday by Champ Briggs, who is on trial here for the alleged murder of Baxter Shelton several months ago. Briggs case was transferred to Buncombe County from Madison because the State insisted that he could not get a fair trial in the latter county.
Sheriff Buckner has not yet taken the stand, and so has had no chance to either confirm or deny the charges made by Briggs. Mr. Buckner is the same sheriff who was recently severely reprimanded by Judge Boyd in Federal court here for arresting a witness and taking him back to Madison county before the Federal court had released the witness. At the time Judge Boyd delivered a severe lecture on the rights of State officials to interfere with Federal cases and only a quick apology saved Sheriff Buckner from serious consequences.
Briggs and Shelton quarreled so it is testified, over political differences and it finally led to the killing of Shelton. Briggs on the stand yesterday, claimed that he shot in self defense, although he admitted having shot six other men in the past twenty two years since he moved to Madison county. He says he has shot at about fifteen men in that time.
About fifty witnesses for the defense remain to be heard.





Hickory Democrat, Hickory, NC, 1/2/1913, Pg 2
Champ Briggs, acquitted in Asheville for the killing of Baxter Shelton, of Laurel, Madison County, testified that he was the star boarder at the county jail of Madison as long as he remained there. He said that Sheriff W.M. Buckner allowed him to keep his gun with him in his cell, drink all the whiskey he wanted and eat at the table with the sheriff and his family.


I found one last mention of Baxter Shelton:
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SOUTHEASTERN REPORTER Pg 537
Appeal from criminal court Madison county Ewart Judge James Stanton and Rod Shelton were convicted of murder in the second degree and appeal Affirmed JM Moody for appellant The Attorney General and J M Gudger Jr for the State MONTGOMERY J The indictment is for murder A special venire was ordered and return thereof made The defendants challenged the array on the grounds First that the sheriff had failed to summon several of the special venire drawn from the jury box second that the jury boxes had not been revised by the county commissioners The court properly declined to hear either one of the grounds of objection There was no allegation that the sheriff acted corruptly or with partiality in summoning the venire or that anything had been done affecting the integrity and fairness of the entire panel in State v Whitt 113 NC 716 18 SE 715 a challenge was made to the array one of the grounds being because one of those named in the venire was not summoned The objection was overruled and this court affirmed the ruling of the court below The same point had been decided in State v Hensley 94 NC 1021 in the last named case it was decided that while the county commissioners who had failed to revise the jury list according to law were guilty of neglect highly culpable and the clerk and sheriff were equally negligent in the performance of their respective duties as to the locking custody and safe keeping of the box yet the regulations concerning these matters were directory and not mandatory and that the only essential was to obtain a fair and impartial jury composed of eligible men it was not suggested even in the defendant's objection that any names in the jury box were improperly there or that any had been put there fraudulently or that any had been taken out There was not even a suspicion hinted at that the defenounts might be prejudiced in the trial by reason of the matters stated in the opinion and it does not appear anywhere that they were prejudiced There was no error in the ruling of his honor The first special venire having been exhausted before the jury had been completed the court made an order that another special venire of 30 returnable at once should be summoned Upon the return of this venire the defendants objected on the ground that as the first venire had been drawn from the jury box the court did not have the power to order a second venire to be summoned by the sheriff from the bystanders The objection was overruled and his honor was right in bo doing The statute section 1739 of the Code provides that the judge in his discretion has the power the first venire proving insufficient to order a further venire to be drawn from the box or summoned by the sheriff State v Brogden 111 NC 656 16 SE 170 construes the power of the judge under that statute Exceptions were made by the defendants to the ruling of his honor admitting the testimony of Jamison Chandley George Franklin Hattie Franklin and Baxter Shelton witnesses for the state Chandley had testified at considerable length when the defendants counsel objected without specifying what part of the evidence he objected to He was informed by the solicitor that the object of the testimony was to show a conspiracy between the defendants to assault and beat deceased or to kill him The witness then continued his testimony at great length when objection was again made because there was no conspiracy charged in the indictment and the conspiracy ought to be shown first before any circumstances were admissible and the defendants objected to this whole evidence on that line as given so far The witness still proceeded at length when defendants objected to all this testimony if made to show a conspiracy The witness in the beginning of his testimony leading up to the meeting of the parties an hour or so before the homicide occurred stated some immaterial things of no harm to the defendants without objection As he proceeded he narrated facts and circumstances strongly going to show a conspiracy between the defendants to assault and beat the deceased The witness was also an eyewitness to the killing and gave the details with clearness and in an intelligent manner We have read his testimony and we fail to see that it was objectionable if however it had contained objectionable matter the defendants ought to have pointed out from the general mass of the whole evidence the parts that were alleged to be obnoxious

Pg 538 SOUTHEASTERN REPORTER
Earnhardt v Smith 8C NC 473 the then Chief Justice Smith said for the court As a rule of practice a party Is not allowed to except generally to testimony severable Into distinct parts some of which are competent and others not and afterwards single out and assign as error the admission of the Incompetent parts The exception as embracing the whole testimony must be valid or it will not oe sustained It Is not erroneous to refuse to rule out a volume of testimony when portions of it ougut to be received and therefore the salutary rule of practice prevails which requires that th e obnoxious evidence should be specifically pointed out and brought to the notice of the court in order to a direct ruling on its reception This ruling was affirmed In Smiley v Pearce 98 NC 185 3 SE 631 and In Hammond v Schlff 100 NC 175 6 SE 753 The objections to the testimony of the other state witnesses named above were made in the same manner as were those made to Chandley's evidence generally without specifying the parts alleged to be objectionable and for the reasons given for overruling the exceptions to Chandley's evidence the objections to the testimony of the other witnesses were properly overruled We have examined the whole of it however and we are of opinion that It was competent and almost all of It relevant Of course in a large volume of testimony like that which was brought out in this case there must creep in some tautology and prolixity about Immaterial and Irrelevant matters The state also Introduced one Blankenship as a witness for the purpose of proving the conspiracy between the defendants who testified as follows He, that is Rod Shelton the defendant, did not UU what he did. Rod and I were in Jail together and Rod told me that they had been his destruction and ruin forever. He said that he met Bev Stanton, Jim Stanton, and Boss Stanton in the road somewhere near the church and he had been up the creek and had started home and they begged him to come back up the creek and go with them to hunt these boys Baxter and Everett Shelton to get into an affray with them and he said that he turned and went back with them and that was his destruction and ruin. James Stanton the other defendant was not present when this conversation took place. His honor received this testimony as against both defendants and against their objection. Of course the testimony was competent against the defendant Shelton for all purposes. It was not competent against Stanton the other defendant it being a declaration made after the homicide and if the jury had convicted him of murder in the first degree he would be entitled to a new trial The testimony was harmless however because they were convicted of murder in the second degree and by this verdict the jury declared that the conspiracy had not been proved and there was not more than a scintilla of evidence n favor of Stanton going to show excusable homicide Stanton himself in his testimony making statements which alone would have justified the jury In convicting him of murder In the second degree and no witness who saw the killing had a favorable word for him Six special instructions were prayed by the defendants There appear in the case no exceptions to the charge of the Judge nor doe it appear what ruling was made on the request for special Instructions The fourth prayer requesting the court to withdraw the testimony of Blankenship from the Jury was not granted as we notice it in the recapitulation of the evidence by his honor to the jury but as we have before remarked the error in admitting that testimony was harmless On all the other questions involved in the prayer for Instructions his honor's charge was full and in accordance with the law He submitted the question of excusable homicide to the Jury which we doubt if the prisoner Stanton was entitled to There is no error and the judgment la affirmed.




The Charlotte News, Charlotte, NC, 9/28/1913, Pg 17
Sylvania Hensley has been appointed postmaster at Carmen, Madison county, to succeed Champ Briggs who was removed.



Now what happened to Ida Bell Franklin? She got into trouble herself. I found these newspaper reports. In the articles it states that Ida Bell Franklin was a "fast friend" of Persada Shelton until they both fell in love with the same man.  But if this is the same Ida Franklin, Ida Bell Franklin was born 1875 and Persada Shelton was born 1891 so there was 16 years difference in their ages.

Persada Shelton was born 5/2/1891 in Madison County, NC to John Robert Shelton, Jr. (DOB 3/16/1862 in Madison County, NC; DOD 3/14/1937 in Madison County, NC) and Nancy Gentry (DOB 12/25/1865 in NC; DOD 12/24/1931 in ? ). Persada Shelton's named was misspelled many different ways such as Parzada Shelton, Parseda Shelton, Parseada Shelton, Pardeza Shelton, Persadia Shelton. If you look back in this post you will see her father mentioned earlier, John Robert Shelton, Jr. was the son of John Robert Shelton, Sr. who was the son of David Eli Shelton.





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Tony Award-winning actor, signer, and songwriter Idina Menzel originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway and film versions of "Rent," kicking off a celebrated career and solidifying her place as an LGBTQ icon. She spoke to Jaison Gardner and Kaila Story, hosts of WFPL's Strange Fruit podcast, in anticipation of her appearance in Louisville next month. Menzel will perform at the Louisville Palace on August 6th. Check out the Strange Fruit Facebook page for a chance to win tickets to the show and a meet & greet with the artistl.
          Strange Fruit #199: Ten Years Of Celebrating LBGT Students At UofL      Cache   Translate Page      
Ten years ago, Brian Buford was put in charge of the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville. That same year, UofL created its Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies — a position held ever since by our own Dr. Story. The campus wasn't openly hostile to gay students, but it wasn't explicitly inclusive, either. And those at the intersections of queer and Black were feeling even more unsure of where to find belonging. Buford says he knew they had their work cut out for them. "How do we go from a quiet acceptance to a campus where we're actively advocating for you," he says. "We're sending a message of welcome and inclusion and support." Now, ten years later, UofL has been held up as a nationwide example of LGBT inclusion — from the Bayard Rustin Themed Living Community to their program teaching medical students how to interact with their future LGBT patients. Buford was just named Grand Marshall of this year's Kentuckiana Pride Parade in honor of his work (He says he was visiting his parents' house when he got the news, and he woke them up to tell them, like a kid on Christmas morning!). And even in the midst of his excitement, he makes it a point that it took a lot of academics, volunteers, students, allies, and others to make the school what it is today. "I think we share this as a campus community," Buford says. "The work has been all of our work." He joins us this week to talk about that work, what he still hopes to accomplish, and what in the world he's gonna wear to the parade (it'll be hard to top last year's fairy wings and rainbow tights).
          Strange Fruit #197: Yes We DO Look Nice Today!      Cache   Translate Page      
This week, longtime Louisville activist and artist Tan Hazelwood joins us for an all-Juicy-Fruit episode! We talk about Lavinia Woodward, the Oxford student who stabbed and otherwise assaulted her boyfriend during a drug-induced argument. A judge delayed her sentencing and likely won't give her jail time because she's studying to be a surgeon and her future is so bright. She's young, slim, pretty, and white, in case you hadn't guessed. Sounds like a case of what we on this side of the pond would call "affluenza." Fruitcakes, do you have Hoteps in your life? Are they popping up on your timeline with poorly-thought-out arguments about the emasculation of the Black man, and how #BlackLivesMatter isn't for them because it was started by queer women? We listen to and analyze a passionate rebuttal by Mouse Jones, from Slay TV's show The Grapevine. "Let them lead! They're trying to make sure we're not shot no more," Jones says in the video. "You're not doing it. I can't do it. A lot of us can't do it." Author Feminista Jones also had us cracking up this week when she tweeted, "Piss a man off today: tell him you agree with his compliment of you." What followed was a flurry of screenshots of women doing just that, and a conversation about why women are not only expected to look flawless, but to somehow not think or know when they do.
          Strange Fruit #194: Rainbows & Roses Soirée Is A Derby Party With A Special LGBTQ Cause      Cache   Translate Page      
Derby Week is finally here! With it come fancy hats, random celebrity sightings, tardiness to work, and parties all night, every night. Derby events come in all shapes, sizes, and degrees of swankiness. This week, we learn about a two-part Thurby night party that's raising money for a cause dear to our own hearts. The Rainbows & Roses Soirée is a fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ Coalition of Louisville, the brainchild of artsits Josh Miller and Theo Edmonds, who join us this week to tell us more. The coalition came together just over a year ago, with members from Louisville Youth Group, Kentuckiana Pride Coalition, Trans Women National, and IDEAS xLab. They have an ambitious five-year plan to create an LGBTQ+ Community Center. Theo Edmonds says they wanted to focus on what people actually want and need before putting any bricks on the ground. "The important part of a community center is that first word: community," he says. Edmonds say they decided to spend a year assessing those needs, so they've held a series of town hall meetings with LGBTQ Louisvillians. "We've had them in nightclubs, we've had them in churches, we've had them on Saturday mornings and Tuesday nights and at the Urban League." What did they learn? How diverse our community really is. "The LGBTQ community is not a monolith. We are as varied as the colors on the rainbow flag. So we wanted to make sure we were hearing from everyone." Proceeds from the Rainbows & Roses Soirée will go towards building the community center. The party will feature performances from LouisVogue and RuPaul's Drag Race All-Star Latrice Royale. Details and tickets are on the coalition's website. Joining us for Juicy Fruit this week is one of our favorite local photographers, Sowande Malone. We tackle the Shea Moisture debacle and hair hate. We also examine People Magazine's choice for most beautiful woman of 2017... Julia Roberts? As you might imagine, we have some picks of our own. Listen to this week's show in the player above, or wherever you get your podcasts.
          Strange Fruit #189: What It Means To Be Black, Gay, and Christian      Cache   Translate Page      
Gospel singer Kim Burrell performed on the song "I See Victory" on the soundtrack to the award-winning film "Hidden Figures." She was scheduled to perform the song, along with Pharrell Williams, on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. But then, a video of one of her sermons went viral. "Everybody in this room who’s filled with the homosexual spirit, pray to God to free you," the sermon warned. "You play with it! What does that mean? You’ll die from it. You’ll die! You play with it in God’s house in 2017, you’ll die from it." And just like that, everyone was talking — again — about homophobia in the black church. And on this week's episode, so our we, with guest is Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies and Comparative Humanities at the University of Louisville. Dr. McCormack says at the root of some of homophobia in black congregations lies an old familiar culprit: respectability politics. "There's a sense in which black Christians have always wanted to seem rather orthodox in terms of their doctrinal beliefs and convictions," McCormack says. "We are true believers, but more than that, our morality is not to be questioned. There would be a push to take holiness very seriously. That comes across against the backdrop of the racialization of black bodies as being deviant, as already being violent and already being hyper-sexual, so there's this whole notion of respectability politics that is pushed by a certain kind of religious orientation toward what it means to be holy or what it means to be right with God."
          Strange Fruit #188: Leak Your Own Nudes?      Cache   Translate Page      
Now that smartphones all have cameras and photo editing software, sending sexy pictures has become an every day part of a lot of folks' sex lives. But with the normalization of sending nudes there's the risk that they could be shared with people they weren't intended for, or even posted publicly online. When that happens — usually to women — we hear lots of shaming and victim blaming. But a new art exhibit in Louisville asks what would happen if a woman refused to be shamed for taking and sending nudes and instead, leaked them herself? Tamika Dozier is one of the organizers of the LYON Urban Art Exhibit, happening on March 25 at Louisville's Black Lives Matter House. Dozier says the shame surrounding sexual photos is unnecessary. "If I take ownership and I stand in my own glory, you can't shame me about something I'm not shameful of." She joins us this week to talk about the exhibit, and some of the stories and photos that inspired it. And in our Juicy Fruit segment, we address feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's comments about trans women.
          Strange Fruit #186: A Conversation With Bravo's Andy Cohen      Cache   Translate Page      
You can't be as prominent and opinionated as Bravo TV's Andy Cohen without making a few mistakes along the way. But the way celebrities respond to being called out for their mistakes says the most about their character. For example, in July 2015, during his talk show, Watch What Happens Live, Cohen gave his "Jackhole of the Day" award to Amandla Stenberg and Kylie Jenner. ""Today's Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith's prom date Amandla Stenberg," Cohen said on the show, "who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation." Many viewers bristled at Cohen dumping on the 16-year-old Stenberg, who had spoken out about cultural appropriation before. "I stuck my nose into something that I knew nothing about and I knew nothing of what I was saying, and was tone deaf to," Cohen says, "and got really shut down by Black Twitter." Cohen apologized, listened to the people of color in his life, and talks with us about it this week on the show. "She had written a really impassioned, eloquent thing on her Instagram about cultural appropriation, which was a term that I had never heard of at the time," Cohen says, "which I know, looking back, is the very definition of what white privilege is, which is a term that I also didn't know much about, which was a double white privilege moment that I was involved in." Andy Cohen will be at the Louisville Palace on March 11, with a show called "AC2: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen."
          Strange Fruit #182: Celebrating Anne Braden's Birthday      Cache   Translate Page      
This week marked what would have been the 92nd birthday of Louisville civil rights legend Anne Braden. She began as a labor activist, but soon turned her attention to housing equality - or the lack thereof - in Louisville. In 1954, Anne and her husband Carl bought a house in an all-white neighborhood, on behalf of a black couple. That couple, Andrew and Charlotte Wade, had their windows broken when they moved in, and white neighbors burned a cross on their lawn. Days later, the house was dynamited. The Bradens were charged with sedition, while the bombers went unpunished. This week, Dr. Catherine Fos'l, from UofL's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, joins us to share some of the remarkable story of Anne Braden's life. We talk about what inspired her to activism, and the role of white allies and accomplices in the movement of today. Then we check in with WFPL's Jake Ryan, who reported this week on Louisville's lack of progress in dealing with abandoned and vacant homes.
          Strange Fruit #179: The Same Conversation      Cache   Translate Page      
When we sat down in the studio to record this week's show, it was Wednesday evening, and our hearts were heavy with the news of Alton Sterling's death. Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge. He'd been selling CDs outside of a convenience store. It's a conversation we've had more times than we can accurately remember in our four years of producing Strange Fruit episodes. The details change, but our analysis stays the same. A police officer who hasn't been trained to recognize his own internal biases is more likely to see a black man as a threat. Media outlets look to the victim's past, and behavior during the stop, for evidence of guilt. Police who shoot people are rarely convicted of crimes. These are all factors in this cycle of police violence we're seeing in the United States — and now that most people have cell phones with video cameras, we actually see the incidents, all over the internet and TV. The morning after we recorded our episode, the whole world was watching a Facebook live video taken by Diamond Reynolds showing the last minutes of her boyfriend's life. Philandro Castile was shot by police during a traffic stop. Reynolds's 4-year-old daughter, who was in the back seat during the shooting, could be heard on the live stream telling her mom, "It’s OK, I’m right here with you." And then, the next night, a sniper shot at police during a peaceful protest in Dallas, killing five officers. The violence perpetrated by and involving the police is so constant, we can't keep up with it. So this week, we're bringing you the show as we originally recorded it, focused on Alton Sterling. We'll be at Louisville's vigil on Sunday, and we'll keep you posted on further developments. And we sincerely hope we never see another week like this.
          Strange Fruit #177: Governor Matt Bevin... Can he do that?      Cache   Translate Page      
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin continues to do things his own way. He's been using executive orders to make changes with far-reaching implications — and getting sued for it. This week, we check in with Kentucky Public Radio's capital bureau chief, Ryland Barton, to get an update on Bevin's latest acts as governor. The one that got the most attention this week was Bevin's announcement that he was disbanding the University of Louisville's board of trustees (and that university president Dr. James Ramsey would step down). Bevin dismissed all the trustees and replaced them with three interim board members of his own choosing. But can he do that? A group of university faculty members (including our own Dr. Kaila Story) say they're worried the shakeup could affect the school's accreditation. Attorney General Andy Beshear is taking Bevin to court over this and other board reorganizations he says violate statutes. Dr. David Owen, chair of the Philosophy Department, joins us this week to talk about faculty concerns. And Lexington's EMW clinic closed this week after Bevin sued the abortion provider, saying they were performing abortions without the correct license. He's also sued Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana. Reproductive rights activist Molly Shah talks about what the loss of reproductive choices could mean in women's lives.
          Strange Fruit #175: What The Brock Turner Case Says About Race & Justice      Cache   Translate Page      
New information continues to surface about the Stanford rape case. The latest news is that Brock Turner, who was caught raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, will serve only 3 months of his 6 month sentence — a sentence already surprisingly short, given that he was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. New York Daily News's Senior Justice Writer Shaun King wrote a piece contrasting Turner's outcome with the sentence handed down to Corey Batey, a Vanderbilt student who raped an unconscious woman in a dorm room. The similarities are striking: Both were star athletes on campus, both were 19 years old, both had ample evidence against them, and both were convicted on three felony counts. But there are two big differences: Batey is black. Turner is white. And Batey is serving a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison, while Turner is scheduled to be released before the pools close at the end of this summer. King joins us this week to talk about the case, and Turner's short sentence. "All of us know, and some of us have family and friends, who've served devastating hard time for doing far less than this young man," King says. "He was given breaks that black folks never get. And it's desicable." Research consistently show that black defendants tend to get longer sentences than white defendants, even for the same offenses. A 2014 study by the ACLU found the disparity around 20% — in the federal system, black males tended to receive, on average, a 20% longer sentence than white males for the same crimes. "In this case between Batey and turner, you're talking about a 3000% difference," King says. We spend this episode talking about the different ways the criminal justice system treats people according to race — including incidents where black people have died in police custody or while being arrested. And we explore how efforts to bring more equality to the justice system, like Louisville Judge Olu Stevens' attempts at bringing diversity to the jury box, have been met with resistance.
          Strange Fruit: "Laocoon" Sculpture Unites Fat Albert, Police Shootings, and Greek Mythology      Cache   Translate Page      
You could be forgiven if your first reaction to "Laocoon" is laughter. Even Dr. Chris Reitz, gallery director of the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute, admits to laughing when he first saw the piece in Miami. Simply put, it's a 10-foot-tall inflatable Fat Albert laying face down, hooked up to an air pump so it appears to be breathing. But when you learn more about the original Laocoon, and the identity of the artist, there's more to the piece than a pop culture reference. Remember the Trojan horse? A supposed peace offering that was actually stuffed with enemies trying to get inside the gates? In "The Aenid," Laocoon was the only one who smelled a rat — and he was killed for his protests. You might say he was #woke ahead of his time. Who would be Laocoon's modern-day American counterpart? Eric Garner? Mike Brown? Any number of black bodies we've seen in news footage, lying face-down, struggling to breathe? That's what Laocoon asks its viewers to think about. Also, there's no thinking about Fat Albert now without thinking of Bill Cosby — another layer of meaning as the piece evokes fallen idols. This week we're joined by Laocoon's creator, Sanford Biggers, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and art professor, and Dr. Reitz, who brought the exhibit to Louisville. Laocoon is on exhibit at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts through July 2. And in our Juicy Fruit segment this week, a truly hot topic: Do you stay friends with your exes? A recent study suggests your motivation might be rooted in narcissism.
          Strange Fruit #171: Louisville's Food Access Divide      Cache   Translate Page      
You've heard of white privilege, male privilege, and any number of other unearned advantages some of us are born with. But what about food privilege? University of Louisville graduate student Tyler Short got in touch with Team Strange Fruit after hearing our recent special about privilege. He says just like race, gender, and sexuality, access to food is often determined by circumstances of birth. In Louisville, that usually means geography. "Folks in the East End have disproportionate access to fresh and healthy food compared to folks in the West End," he says. "Food justice is a platform to overcome that historical problem." Tyler's scholarship focuses on food access issues, but his work isn't just academic. He's also part of La Minga, a 15-acre farming cooperative in Prospect, Kentucky. La Minga (which translates to "community work for community good") brings together people from different walks of life to grow, eat, and sell organic food. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gives us chills with her strong statement against North Carolina's anti-transgender bathroom law. She announced this week that the Department of Justice will file a civil rights lawsuit against the state of North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory because the state's bathroom bill violates federal protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At one point in her speech, she addressed trans Americans directly, saying, "We see you. We stand with you, and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. And please know that history is on your side." And to close out or show this week, we introduce you to another young person doing great things in our community. 15-year-old Jalen Posey is the co-founder and president of the Black Student Union at Central High School (while Central is a historically black high school, only a handful of teachers there are people of color). Posey was also involved in the formation of a city-wide BSU that serves students from throughout Louisville who may or may not have BSUs at their own schools. Jalen and other students recently appeared before the the Metro Council to advocate for funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, where he recited a poem he wrote about poverty and housing injustice. He stopped by the studio to share that poem with us and our Fruitcakes, and tell us about the other work he and his fellow BSU leaders are doing.
          Strange Fruit #166: Inside the Minds Of Angry White Men      Cache   Translate Page      
It's music festival season in Louisville, and this year, there's a new event on the calendar. This week we talk with Tay G, one of the organizers of Louievolve, a two-day festival celebrating Louisville hip-hop scene and culture. Tay G says the festival will be more than just music—much like hip-hop itself. "The music is just one part of it," he explains. Live graffiti and break dancing have their place in hip-hop culture too, and will be part of the festival. "Just as an MC is trying to make himself look like the best MC out, writing your name on the wall does that same thing, it's just not through the audio," he says. "It's all tied into that culture and the foundations of hip-hop, and the people that came from different places to create it." The Louievolve Festival will be at the Tim Faulkner Gallery on April 16-17. For the past 30 years, Dr. Michael Kimmel has been studying what it means to be a man, and trying to engage men in the work of gender equality (the Atlantic has called him "The Bro Whisperer"). When he was in Louisville to deliver the Minx Auerbach lecture at the University of Louisville, Kimmel told us the story of his appearance on a television segment with four white men who believed that affirmative action was victimizing white men. One of his fellow panelists talked about being qualified for a job that was eventually given to another candidate — a situation he summarized as, "a black woman stole my job." "I want to know about the word 'my,'" Kimmel says. "Where did you get the idea it was your job? Why isn't it, 'A black woman got the job,' or 'A black woman got a job?'" Examining that sense of ownership became the kernel of his book, Angry White Men. "Because without confronting men's sense of entitlement, we can never understand why so many men resist gender equality." And in our closing thoughts, we invite you to follow the hashtag #StoryJacksonWeddingOnTheRun this weekend. The big day is finally here! WFPL and #TeamStrangeFruit congratulate our very own Kaila Story and her fiancée Missy Jackson, who are getting married this weekend!
          Privilege Check: A Conversation About Invisible Advantages      Cache   Translate Page      
In lieu of our regular show this week, here's a special project #TeamStrangeFruit did with our station, WFPL. This special is part of WFPL's year-long project, The Next Louisville: Race, Ethnicity and Culture. In the United States, we like to think that our success is determined only by how hard we work. But in reality, some of it’s just luck. And some of that luck has to do with things we can’t control: Our race. Our gender. Our sexual orientation. What language we grow up speaking. We might not ask for the advantages we get from those things, but we still get them. And that’s what’s known as privilege. In "Privilege Check," we explore the concept of privilege, how it affects our lives and how it can be used to make everyone more equal. It's part of the Next Louisville, a partnership of WFPL News and the Community Foundation. Listen to the hour-long discussion — hosted by WFPL's Tara Anderson and Strange Fruit's Kaila Story — in the player above. (Photo by Nathan Gibbs)
          Strange Fruit #165: "Lipstick Wars" Brings Women to the Slam Poetry Stage      Cache   Translate Page      
If you think of poetry slams as sedate affairs where people sip wine and read monotonously from notebooks, you might want to go visit one. Louisville's vibrant poetry slam scene is made up of a diverse groups of poets reciting works that often tackle deeply personal topics, and encourage audience reaction and participation. But as encouraging as these spaces are of free expression, Louisville poet Rheonna Thornton noticed they didn't always feel welcoming to women poets. "And when they did go up," she said, "you'd hear, 'another angry black woman piece.'" So Thornton started her own poetry slam, for women: Lipstick Wars. Thornton joins us this week to talk about how she made that happen, and to look ahead at her next project, The Lip gloss Diaries, a poetry slam for girls ages 15-18. She also sits in for our Juicy Fruit segment, where this week, where we keep the Women's History Month love going by celebrating 10th grader Akilah Johnson. Her Google doodle, which honors her African-American heritage, was selected from 100,000 submissions to the "Doodle 4 Google" competition for young artists.
          Strange Fruit #163: The Case Against the West Louisville FoodPort      Cache   Translate Page      
A few weeks ago we introduced you to oSha Shireman and Charles Booker, two of the people who are working on the West Louisville Food Port. The proposed project would bring together farmers, distributors, retailers, educators and other food-related endeavors to a 24-acre campus at 30th and W. Market Streets. But not everyone is convinced that the plan is what's best for the neighborhood, and questions have been raised about whether proper procedures were followed as the proposal moved through the planning process. This week we talk to three community leaders who oppose the Food Port. Councilwoman Mary Woolridge represents Louisville Third District, where the project would be. Martina Kunnecke is the president of Neighborhood Planning & Preservation, Inc., and John Owen is a business owner in Portland. Owen says neighborhood leaders proposed a similar project in 2000, but the city didn't approve. He also worries that the Food Port food will be too expensive for its own neighbors to purchase. "If you're spending on a tight dollar in a community like Portland or Russell, you can't afford a six dollar bell pepper," he says. "They're being unrealistic." Owen also points out that Seed Capital (the company behind the Food Port) refused to sign a promise that the site won't include a biodigester in the the future (a biodigester was part of the Food Port plan at one time, but neighbors objected, and it was eventually scrapped). "They wouldn't even consider signing such a document," he says. Councilwoman Mary Woolridge believes she was intentionally misled when she asked to see the development agreement between Seed Capital and the city. Such an agreement is what ensures a developer will do what they say they'll do with a site — in this case, a site they acquired from the city for $1. When she asked to see the agreement, she was told it was still a draft, so she couldn't see it. Woolridge sees this as a case of well-connected outsiders trying to circumvent the process and disregarding resident needs. "We need to be asking West Louisville, what do you want in West Louisville?" she says. Kunnicke says that disregard for the needs and wants of the neighborhood is rooted in classism, because West Louisville residents tend to have lower incomes than some other communities. "Unfortunately we live in a society where we think that folks that have more wealth have more power, they have more knowledge, they have a greater right to shape their environments," she says. "These are cultural things that we have to address. We have to recognize them, call them out, and address them directly." We appreciate them sharing their point of view this week (although we may have learned more than we wanted to know about the shady inner workings of Metro government!). We'll keep you posted on further developments regarding the future of the Food Port and how it will affect the surrounding neighborhood. In this week's Juicy Fruit, one of our favorites, Janelle Monáe, has just been cast in a movie called "Hidden Figures," about three African-American women who worked at NASA in the 1960s, on the mission that made John Glenn the first American to orbit the Earth. The cast also includes Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, and the movie is due out in September.
          BONUS FRUIT: Shiya Nwanguma, Louisville Protester At Center Of Trump Rally Video, Speaks Out      Cache   Translate Page      
Multiple protesters at the rally on Tuesday in Louisville for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump allege they were pushed by other rally attendees, and some have begun filing police complaints over the incidents. One particular incident from the Trump rally, caught on video by WLKY, has gotten widespread attention from a national audience. The video shows an African-American woman being pushed and yelled at by several men on the floor of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Shiya Nwanguma is the woman at the center of the video. Nwanguma, a 21-year-old University of Louisville student majoring in public health, joined us today for a special episode of Strange Fruit. We talked about why she attended the rally, and how the events unfolded. Nwanguma said she went to protest at the rally alone. “I felt like if I had a lot of people with me, it might have caused a lot of ruckus and a lot of trouble,” she said. “And while I did want to take a stand, I was mainly concerned about going there to take a stand to show Donald Trump himself. I didn’t want to antagonize his supporters whatsoever.” She said she slowly made her way to the front of the crowd, then held up two signs that had Trump’s face Photoshopped onto a pig’s body. “That’s not nice. I know it’s not nice. I know it’s not a positive thing,” she said. “But I thought it was harmless.” Trump Supporters, Protesters Sound Off In Louisville Nwanguma said people were already trying to take the signs from her hands when Trump saw her from the podium and told the crowd to get her out. “And then that’s when everybody started to attack me,” she said. By the time the video starts, she’s been pushed nearly to the back of the room, she said. She said the men seen pushing her on the video hadn’t seen her signs and didn’t know why she was being ejected. Nwanguma said she has an attorney and they haven’t yet decided whether to file charges against the people who pushed her. There were some pretty awful things said. I was called the N-word. I was called the C-word,” she said. Louisville Metro Police said they would investigate any complaints from protesters regarding incidents during the rally. Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said his office would bring to a grand jury any felony charges filed relating to the Trump rally incidents.
          Strange Fruit #161: Garth Greenwell Finds Dignity in "Despised" Queer Spaces      Cache   Translate Page      
Garth Greenwell got out of Louisville as soon as he could, at age 16. "I really felt like this place was killing me," he says. His family didn't accept his gay identity, and few other adults took took any interest in supporting him — with the life-changing exception of his high school choir teacher, whom he credits with saving his life. "David Brown at the Youth Performing Arts School was the first adult in my life to suggest my life had value," he explains. Greenwell's path took him from performing arts to poetry, and now to prose. His first novel, "What Belongs to You," was published last month, and has been met with almost universal praise from critics, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and Publishers Weekly. "What Belongs to You," which Greenwell says is largely autobiographical, is about the relationship between an American teacher in Bulgaria, and a hustler he meets in a public men's room. It's a scenario not unfamiliar to many gay men, but it's one that no one seems to want to talk about: anonymous sex in semi-public places. Greenwell says it was important to him to imbue dignity into a setting that often gets sanitized when LGBT stories are told. "Those places which have been so despised by both straight and queer authorities are places of extraordinary human richness," he explains. "I don't want to romanticize these places, but they are places where I've experienced intimacy as great as any intimacy I've known in my life. I think they deserve that value and that dignity that art bestows." We loved our conversation with Garth and the way his novel finds the beauty in authentic gay narratives that haven't been toned down for a mainstream straight audience (unlike many queer couples on tv, for example, who seem stripped of all sexuality to make them more palatable in prime time). Garth Greenwell recently came back to his hometown to read from the book. While he was here, he stopped by to talk with us about his work, his life, and what it was like to come home. "I expected the bad feelings, the hard feelings," he said. "But I didn't expect all the wonderful feelings." In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we meet Molly Shah, the reproductive rights activist behind the hashtag #AskBevinAboutMyVag. Shah gives us the rundown of how Governor Matt Bevin's proposed abortion restrictions seem more interested in controlling women's bodies than meeting their medical needs. Shah says the measures — like requiring women to consult with a doctor 24 hours in advance of an abortion, and have a transvaginal ultrasound even if it's not medically necessary — are counterproductive. "If you don't respect women and their healthcare, then they make poor healthcare decisions in the future, which leads to the need for more abortions," she says.
          Strange Fruit #160: What's a Food Port? And What Will It Do for West Louisville?      Cache   Translate Page      
The neighborhood spoke loud and clear in opposition to the proposed biodigester project in West Louisville. Now, a food port is proposed for 30th and Market Streets. This week, we talk to two of the people working on making the West Louisville Food Port a reality: oSha Shireman and Charles Booker. They say the project will bring farmers, educators, retailers and more together on one 24-acre campus. "The food port is essentially a business park for food," Booker explains. "Any food-related business can come set up their shop." He says there will also be an arts & culture aspect to the project and food port visitors can expect to find anything from cooking classes to musical performances. In our Juicy Fruit segment, we recap the Grammy Awards, and pay tribute to Vanity, Prince's former protege, who passed away this week.
          Strange Fruit #158: Happy Black History Month!      Cache   Translate Page      
It's Black History Month, and we're kicking things off with a show about some of our favorite figures in black history - especially those in the LGBT community. Our guests this week are making space right here in Louisville for teaching and learning about Black History (among other things). Director Talesha Wilson and assistant director Tamika Dozier founded and operate a group called Diversity at the Table, that seeks to bridge the gap between formal, academic learning, and community knowledge. College classrooms provide a forum for young people to explore new and challenging ideas, and Wilson wanted to give that same experience to people who aren't pursuing a formal education. "Instead, you can learn through interactive activities," she explains. "So I started Diversity at the Table to have those conversations about intersectionality, gender, race, class, and sexuality... things that we go through on a regular basis." And she's seen the program's popularity grow. "After a while, I started realizing that this was a space for people to actually heal." Wilson and Dozier joined us to talk about Diversity at the Table, and stuck around to talk about the folks they admire in Black History. Wilson says she admires Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white person. Her act of civil disobedience was months before Rosa Parks did the same thing, but Colvin wasn't seen as a suitable "face" of the movement because she was a teenage mother. We also sing the praises of beauty entrepreneur Annie Turnbo Malone, Marsha P. Johnson of the Stonewall uprising, Bayard Rustin, Audre Lord, James Baldwin, and current newsmaker Jaden Smith. "I love how he does not let society's idea of what masculinity is supposed to be define how he carries and behaves himself," Dozier says. She also says her school taught students about notable Black people who are related to struggles - abolitionists, Civil Rights leaders - but not necessarily those who just accomplished or invented great things. Wilson agrees. "I learned about Harriet Tubman, I learned about Malcolm X, and I learned about Martin Luther King," she says, but a message seemed clear: "Be more like Martin and less like Malcolm." Stay with us throughout February for more heroes from Black History, and let us know which figures you look up to.
          Strange Fruit #156: The Conversations We Remember from 2015      Cache   Translate Page      
We're halfway through the first month of 2015, an there's been so much going on, we haven't yet had time to bring you a look back at the conversation we loved in 2015! On this week's show we listen back to some of those memorable stories and guests. But first, we go back even further to 2013, when Mark Anthony Neal joined us to talk about his book, "Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinites." Our chat with Dr. Neal has been on our minds lately in light of criticism against NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. (Complex magazine says they're "just not sure what to make" of videos of him dancing) for not adhering to stereotypical ideas about how a black man should act. Dancing, or his style of dancing at least, is one of those illegible black masculinities Dr. Neal spoke to us about. The last couple of years have been marked with what seems like a steady stream of police violence against unarmed black people. Early in 2015, Freddie Gray's name was added to the list of victims, and Baltimore activists took to the streets in protest. We spoke with hip-hop artist Born Devine about the unrest, and the history of community-police relations in Baltimore. One theme that seems to come up a lot on Strange Fruit is the idea that people who have been discriminated against should know better than to discriminate against other people or groups. But time and time again, we see this isn't the case. Our conversation with Victoria Syimone Taylor (aka DJ Syimone) last year made it obvious that queer spaces are not always safe spaces for queer people of color. 2015 brought the name Rachel Dolezal to our national attention. She's the NAACP chapter president from Spokane who was pretending to be African American. Debates sprang up about whether "trans-racial" was A Thing, and in the midst of all the think pieces, we turned to Dr. Yaba Blay, author of "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race," for some clarity. As 2015 drew to a close, the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" turned everyone's atteniton to injustices in the criminal justice system. Much earlier in the year, we'd been thinking about those issues ourselves, after meeting and speaking with Sabrina Butler Porter. She was wrongfully convicted of murdering her baby, and spent six years in prison — three on death row. We couldn't do a 2015 round-up without including one of our favorite new friends, Dr. Carol Anderson. She's an Associate Professor of African American Studies and history at Emory University, and she was in town to deliver the 9th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture. We listen back to her brilliant explanation of how voter ID laws hurt people of color. And to wrap up today's look back, we revisit probably the most memorable episode for us this year: The day the Supreme Court decision made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. We held off on recording our show that week, hoping the decision would come down before we went into the studio, and it did. We spent that Friday at press conferences and the County Clerk's office, then came back and recorded our show, sometimes through tears (or in Jaison's case, as he claims, allergies). While we were at the County Clerk's office, we witness the first gay marriage in Louisville — possibly Kentucky. Today we listen back to some audio from that day. Happy Belated New Year, Fruitcakes! We have great things planned for 2016, so stay tuned, and keep in touch!
          Strange Fruit #154: Movers & Shakers Who Make Our LGBT Scene Brighter      Cache   Translate Page      
Louisville's Fairness Ordinance is one of the oldest comprehensive LGBT protections in the nation. Since early 1999, it's been illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity in our city, so many of us take it for granted that we'll be protected. But what about those members of our own community who live or work a short hop across the river, in Southern Indiana? While New Albany passed a fairness law in 2012, there's no such law in Jeffersonville - but our guest this week, Indiana University student Evan Stoner, is spearheading the effort to change that. Stoner, who's lived in Jeffersonville for the past 12 of his 19 years, says he's experienced first-hand the consequences of living in a city that doesn't explicitly embrace its queer citizens. "I've endured discrimination in the school system, on social media, from other people who also live in Southern Indiana," he explains. "I've come to the realization that there is a need right now to make progress in Indiana." Stoner has not only asked the city council to consider a non-discrimination law, but is also organizing that city's first-ever Pride Festival, to take place this summer. He joins us to talk about his efforts, and the reactions of the community. Our other guest this week will be familiar to long-time listeners, and to reality TV fans. Wil Heuser joined us in 2012 to talk about representations of LGBT people on reality TV, shortly after his stint on Big Brother. Now he's back in Louisville full-time, working as the creative director of Modern Louisville Magazine. The monthly magazine focuses on local LGBT issues and society events. And this month's issue features our own Dr. Kaila Story breaking down issues of bisexual identity and erasure. Friend to the show Chris Hartman graces the cover, and Jaison Gardner appears in Hartman's list of 2015's biggest moments. Chatting with Wil and Evan was a great way to start 2016! They're both doing important and creative work that makes our community better, and we can't wait to hear about their accomplishments throughout the year!
          Strange Fruit: Critical Media Consumption and the Mall St. Matthews Incident      Cache   Translate Page      
The day after Christmas is always busy at shopping malls. The holiday blockbusters are in the movie theaters, and gift cards are burning holes in pockets. But this year on Dec. 26, security at the Mall St. Matthews was apparently overwhelmed by the number of teenagers in the mall. What exactly happened and how many young shoppers were there remain in question. What we know for sure, though, is that local news media seized on the word "riot" in reporting on the incident — despite a lack of injuries, arrests or property damage, and the insistence of many eyewitnesses that no riots occurred. On this week's show, we talk about the closure of the mall, the media's reaction and the story's racial overtones with WFPL's urban affairs reporter Jacob Ryan, who reported on the incident and the response to it, and attorney Joe Dunman, who wrote an opinion piece about it for Insider Louisville.
          Strange Fruit #150: Soul Legend Jill Scott's Philosophy on Music and Life      Cache   Translate Page      
It's our 150th episode! And who better to celebrate with than legendary soul singer Jill Scott? Scott performed in Louisville this week, and she took some time out of a busy touring schedule to visit with us on Strange Fruit. We wanted to know how she maintains her integrity in an industry that seems to value marketability more than artistry. "Anytime I go outside of the realm of who I am intrinsically, I start feeling funny, I get sick, I ain't right," she explains. "I just won't do it. 'Cause my spirit will knock me out - believe it." She also told us how she kept her son from getting separation anxiety when she left for work - by turning the electrical breaker off, so he could understand what would happen if she didn't earn a living. "It was a huge lesson for him," she said. "The next day, he was like, 'Mommy, can you go to work?'" We covered amazing black motherhood in our Juicy Fruit segment too, with special guest Jason Walker (who was a guest on our very first episode!). Erykah Badu recently made a joke at Iggy Azalea's expense at BET’s Soul Train Awards. Then this week, saying her daughters love Azalea, she issued a hilarious "apology" (http://thegrio.com/2015/12/08/erykah-badu-issues-hilarious-apology-to-iggy-azalea/). And of course, we recap The Wiz LIVE on NBC: what worked, what didn't, and how it stacked up to other versions of the iconic show. (Image credit: jillscott.com)
          Strange Fruit #149: How Is Louisville Investing in the Success of Black Men & Boys?      Cache   Translate Page      
[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/236107218" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] This week, on World AIDS Day, we reflected on those we've lost, and those who are still fighting — against both HIV/AIDS itself, and the ignorance that leads to shame and criminalization. We also learned about a piece of AIDS history we never knew before: This week on Entertainment Tonight, model Kathy Ireland revealed that Dame Elizabeth Taylor ran what was essentially an underground drug ring and safe house to help HIV positive people. At the time, healthcare for AIDS patients was abysmal, and lifesaving drugs had to be smuggled into the country illegally. And Jaison told us about a great panel discussion featuring Norman Lear, the pioneering TV producer behind socially-progressive shows like "All in the Family," "Good Times," "The Jeffersons," and more. Lear said TV is still a place where social norms can be challenged and stereotypes can be upended. New shows like "Black-ish" have picked up where the groundbreaking shows of Lear's heyday left off. But it's not just the content of TV shows that influence culture, for better or worse. The advertisements that come between show segments don't always just push products. They can also present certain mindsets about gender, race, sexuality and other values. "You virtually never see men in any kind of commercial cleaning up their home, or even their office space," Kaila notes. "This is how advertising basically facilitates ideas of misogyny and patriarchy." But it's not just women who are maligned by this approach — the same companies generally portray men as clueless and helpless in the domestic sphere, when in reality, Kaila notes, "A grown man knows how to do his laundry." Our feature interview this week also explores the social and economical forces that may hold men down — and how cities around the country are trying to mitigate those forces. This week, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) released its first-ever Black Male Achievement City Index. The index measures factors such as whether a city has philanthropic groups and leadership initiatives focused on helping black men and boys succeed. Louisville scored 51 out of a possible 100 points, putting us around the middle of the top 50 cities. Daryle Unseld, senior community manager for Metro United Way, joined us to talk about the local results, He said the Louisville numbers reflect national trends, and he's happy with the results. “I think it’s a great start,” Unseld said. “I think we have the urgency and the opportunity to do more. While we can celebrate some successes, I think we also need to be cognizant that we have a lot of work to do.” He laid out some of the initiatives that are happening around Louisville to improve. To understand the wider national context of the study, we spoke to Rashid Shabazz, a program officer with CBMA. He says while black men do face disparities from employment, education, and policing throughout the country, this particular report focuses on the ways cities are trying to help. “We want to spotlight these initiatives and efforts that are moving forward in the midst of the peril and the challenge that folks are facing,” he said. “These are glimmers of hope.”
          Strange Fruit #147: I Said Bang! Upcoming Book Looks at Louisville's Dirt Bowl      Cache   Translate Page      
In an interview with Matt Lauer, Charlie Sheen revealed earlier this week that he's HIV positive. But in the days leading up to that, media outlets were already reporting his status. And according to Sheen himself, other people in his life had been blackmailing him for years to keep his secret. While those of us who routinely pay attention to issues surrounding HIV and AIDS know Charlie Sheen is not the face of the disease, the mainstream and tabloid media seemed to have forgotten about HIV until now. And the headlines feel like they were ripped from the early days of the AIDS crisis. To make some sense out of the way we're talking about HIV in the wake of Sheen's announcement, we turned to health policy analyst and friend to the show Preston Mitchum. Mitchum says Sheen's revelation, after years of publicly seeming out of control, draws an unhelpful parallel between illness and a behavior. "There is no person who deserves HIV," he explains. "Not sex workers, not someone who's only had sex once, not someone who's had sex with 500 people, not drug users. No one deserves HIV." Sheen's statement also included a hefty dose of shame for sex workers, calling them "unsavory and insipid types." Mitchum says this is problematic too, because it operates under the stereotype that sex workers all have HIV and never practice safe sex. "We can criticize Charlie Sheen's statements blaming sex workers, and also critique people who are shaming Charlie Sheen for sleeping with sex workers," Mitchum says. Later in the show, we learn about an upcoming book that will document an important part of black history in Louisville. The Louisville Story Program has been compiling photos, stories, and oral histories for their book, "I Said Bang! A History of the Dirt Bowl." Darcy Thompson, the program's director, joins us to talk about their work. And West Louisville native Ravon Churchill, featured in the book, talks about growing up attending the Dirt Bowl - an annual amateur basketball tournament in Shawnee Park. "It's kind of like a rite of passage for people in the community," he says. "I went and saw my father play. My son went and saw me play. I took my grandson to see other people play." Books are available for pre-ordering through the project's Kickstarter campaign, which will be active until Sunday night.
          Strange Fruit #146: The Line Between Safety & Free Speech on University Campuses      Cache   Translate Page      
Since we spoke last week about University of Louisville President James Ramsey's poor treatment of Latino students on campus, racial tension has come to a head on other campuses across the country - most notably at the University of Missouri. And while we'd all like to think of college campuses as free from harassment and racism, banning certain speech outright brings up First Amendment Issues, and some say it can dampen the free exchange of ideas that should be a hallmark of educational environments. We talk about it this week with attorney A. Holland Houston, who joins us for an all-Juicy-Fruit episode. We also turn to her for perspective on Judge Olu Steven's recent dismissal of an all-white jury in the trial of a black defendant, and how the demographic makeup of a jury can affect the outcome of a trial. And she weighs in on the assault-by-twerking case out of DC, which sounds comical, but does bring up some serious issues of gender and sexual assault. Two women are being sought by police after forcibly dancing against (and groping) a man who was waiting in the check-out line. "What's good for the goose is good for the gander," she explains. We discuss whether people would like be more upset and less amused if the genders in the case were reversed. Or as Houston puts it, "What happens if women are the ones who are the aggressors, and if it crosses the line of, this is not the behavior that I want." Then WFPL's political reporter Ashley Lopez joins us to catch us up on a hot topic that's closer to home: the proposed methane plant in West Louisville. The story is complicated, and the players are familiar to most of us who live in Louisville. The ultimate question is, did West Louisville leaders sell out the health and needs of their neighbors in exchange for a payout? Or was the plant an inevitability anyway, so it was pragmatic to bring some money from the company back into the community, if possible?
          Coming Up on Strange Fruit      Cache   Translate Page      
Coming up on this week's episode of Strange Fruit: More disrespect from UofL President James Ramsey, who agreed to meet with students of color but didn't let them speak, then accused them of being poorly-educated by the school, and badly-raised by their mothers. WFPL Capitol Bureau Chief Ryland Barton helps us digest the results of this week's election and understand what might happen next. And Dr. Carol Anderson was in Louisville this week to deliver the 9th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, and she stopped by our studio to drop some truths about racism in America, from slavery to Ferguson - including one of the best takedowns of voter ID laws we've ever heard.
          Strange Fruit #144: A Very Halloween Episode      Cache   Translate Page      
It's Halloween, so to open this week's episode, Kaila recounts a ghost story she read about in local author David Dominé's book, "True Ghost Stories and Eerie Legends from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood." The neighborhood in question is Old Louisville, and this story is specific to St. James Court - where we might never set foot again now that we've heard this! Legend has it that St. James residence didn't want St. James Flats (the area's first apartment complex) to be as tall as planned, so someone set it on fire. What they didn't know was that a little boy was supposedly on the top floor, warming up between grocery deliveries, when the fire took hold. Because he wasn't wealthy or important, so the story goes, his death was never reported on. But people say you can see his ghost in the courtyard on nights when there is snow or frost on the ground. We also talked about the five most popular, and least popular, Halloween candies in the U.S. Kaila named four out of five of the most popular candies without looking at the list ("I'm obsessed with candy," she explained). And Halloween wouldn't be complete without our favorite freaky movies — one of which is Rocky Horror Picture Show! Last week, we learned that Fox will release a "re-imagining" of the cult classic next fall, with Laverne Cox playing the lead role of Dr. Frank N. Furter. We love everything Laverne does, and this will surely be no different, but people have voiced some reservations, which we do understand. Will it confuse a mainstream audience to see a trans woman playing a character who calls themself a transvestite? Or will it be transgressive and reclaiming? Ultimately, we trust Laverne not to do anything that would set back the trans cause (and also we want Janelle Monáe to play Columbia). And speaking of famous people who have been on our show, we've been lucky enough to talk to some very notable folks. But sometimes it's great to check in with people in our own communities who are doing great things. So this week, our feature interviews are with two such people. Ontra Caples is the founder and CEO of Down Home Tea. When he was growing up, his grandma was known for her sweet tea. No neighborhood cookout or church supper was complete without it. After a stint in the military, briefly owning a store, then trying his hand at laying carpet, Caples decided to take that tried and true tea recipe to the next level. Now, Down Home Tea can be found in Kroger and ValuMarket, and Caples is winning awards at trade shows. He stopped by the studio to tell us his story. And Professor Sheila Barbour was working in higher education when she realized her students (mostly from small towns) had a lot to say about diversity. She interviewed them, and the result was a book called "Diversity's Voice: Now and Then." She joined us this week to share some of what she learned from the project.
          Strange Fruit #143: Jose Antonio Vargas on "I AM a Kentuckian" Tour      Cache   Translate Page      
When Jose Antonio Vargas was 12 years old, his mom put him on a plane in the Philippines and sent him to the United States to live with his grandparents. It wasn't until he tried to get his driver's license as a teenager that he learned he wasn't in the country legally. A Pulitzer prize, several documentaries, and the cover of Time magazine later, he's one of the country's most outspoken voices on immigrant rights. And as an out gay man (he came out as gay while remaining "closeted" about his undocumented status), he speaks about the intersection of immigrant and LGBT issues. Vargas will be in town next week for the ACLU of Kentucky's "I AM a Kentuckian" tour, and he joined us this week to talk about his work. Since the last time we spoke, Vargas has produced a short documentary for MTV, examining the demographic he says is often left out of diversity conversations: White people. "This country is only gonna get gayer, blacker, browner, more Asian, women will break every possible barrier they can and should break," he said. "So if you think about what's at stake in American society, in American culture, what's at stake is the soul of white heterosexual men. The same people that wrote the constitution and wrote the laws. How much change can they handle, and how inclusive are our conversations going to be about race?" In our Juicy Fruit segment, we cover yet another police shooting — this time in West Palm Beach, Florida, where a drummer was shot by a cop after his car broke down on the side of the road. This time, though, other police in town have criticized the public handling of the shooting, calling for more transparency on the part of police administrators. And here in Louisville, Judge Olu Stevens dismissed the jury in a drug trial because they were all white, and the defendant was black. Kentucky's Supreme Court will soon decide whether it was an abuse of his judicial power.
          Strange Fruit #142: How Marriage Equality is Changing the Wedding Industry      Cache   Translate Page      
It's almost wedding season, and engaged folks everywhere are in the thick of trying to get their ceremonies and receptions planned for spring. And this year, the festivities will include same-sex couples - some of whom have been waiting decades to tie the knot. But for same-sex couples, wedding planning can be fraught with unexpected awkwardness. Do you "warn" the florist that you're two brides, or two grooms, and ask if they're comfortable? Do you just show up to your catering appointment and hope for the best? And why do all the vendors at the wedding show assume you're sisters or BFFs? An event later this week will celebrate marriage's new look, and help LGBT couples get a handle on preparations. It's called the Love Won wedding show, and it's being billed as Louisville's first LGBT-inclusive wedding planning event. We learn more about it from Heather Yenawine, the director of FEVA, the Fair Event Vendors Alliance. Not only is FEVA hosting a queer-friendly wedding show, but they also provide education for wedding vendors in the needs of same-sex couples. She says same-sex weddings tend to be more egalitarian - an ethos that hetero couples are echoing in their ceremonies too. And in Juicy Fruit this week... sorry to bury the lede, but Jaison met Rachel Dolezal. So yeah. We have some things to say about that.
          Strange Fruit #141: Comedian Paula Poundstone on Comedy, Raising a Black Son, and her LGBT Fans      Cache   Translate Page      
Comedian Paula Poundstone will be in Louisville on October 17th, bringing her stand-up comedy to the Kentucky Center for the Arts. We spoke with her this week about, among other things, her enduring popularity with gay and lesbian audiences. She said in the 80s, comedians were making a lot of jokes with gay people as the punchline, but she never did. ""I think I just didn't alienate people as much," she explained. But it might also be something about her, personally, that resonates. "My sexual orientation has always been very much in question," she said. "And by the way, with me too!" Paula's son and her oldest daughter are black, and she says it was Trayvon Martin's death that made her realize she'd have to have The Talk with her own son. During our conversation she reflected on how she'll never really be able to share his experience of being black in America. "All I can do is listen to his lies about homework," she chuckles, "and keep feeding him." We also talked about what colon cancer awareness has in common with talking about race, and why you should always, always listen when someone tells you they have a bear in their bed. In our Juicy Fruit segment we cover the return of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood's addition of a gay couple to the cast. Are they shooting them differently than the other couples? Why do we see so little of Milan interacting with the rest of the cast? This week's show also features some important etiquette information to keep you from acting a fool at the drag show.
          Strange Fruit #140: Silence Is Our Enemy, Sound Is Our Weapon: Janelle Monáe on Resistance      Cache   Translate Page      
Fall is in the air, and that means IdeaFestival, and jokes about pumpkins and white people. Luckily, we cover both on this week's show. One of our favorite people, Janelle Monáe, came back to Louisville this week for IdeaFestival, and brought along some folks from her Wondaland Arts Society. We caught up with them in the green room just before they caught their plane out of town (she had to perform at Madison Square Garden a day later - totally no big deal). We talked to the artists about their recent visit to a drag ball in New York, and about "Hellyoutalmbout," the police brutality protest anthem that's been ringing out from rallies and marches all summer long. "We wanted to use it as a vessel, and as a tool," she says of the song. "We're speaking out against the abuse of power because we believe that silence is our enemy, and sound is our weapon." As a team of folks trying to make a difference through the power of radio, we could not agree more! In Juicy Fruit this week, America loses its warm fuzzy feelings about the Pope when it's revealed that he met with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis during his recent U.S. visit. Since we recorded, the Vatican has downplayed the visit and said Davis was just one of many in a greet line. Elsewhere in Christian news, a 5-year-old girl was barred from returning to her school in southern California, because she has two moms. A spokesperson for the privately-run Christian school told KGTV in San Diego, "The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. We don't condone any sinful lifestyles." And Azealia Banks called said the LGBT community is like the "white KKK's." Banks has been criticized by gay activists recently for her use of the f-word slur. We talk about how her black and queer identity plays into her troubles with the press. And finally, what's up with white people and pumpkins? A mic.com article looks at the political history and symbolism of the seasonal food. Did you know pumpkins had a political history? See, you learn something new every week on Strange Fruit. Happy Fall!
          Strange Fruit #139: Naveen Jain Wants to Develop an HIV Vaccine... and Give It Away      Cache   Translate Page      
Naveen Jain is the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Immunity Project, a non-profit dedicated to developing an HIV vaccine and giving it away for free to anyone who needs it. Jain said it was his father’s illness that brought his attention to the flaws in the pharmaceutical industry. “As we were going through this process with him, and he was seeing countless doctors and specialists along the way,” Jain said. “It became very clear to me that the way we treat people in our society today — in terms of the pharmaceuticals and treatments that we provide for people — are not often actual solutions. Often times they’re Band-Aids. And I think that’s really screwed up.” Jain will be in Louisville this month for IdeaFestival, and he speaks to us this week about his work. We also meet Dr. John Hardin, of Western Kentucky University. Hardin was one of the co-editors of a recently released volume called The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Started in 2008 and published by the University Press of Kentucky, it features more than 1,000 entries from about 150 contributors, telling the story of black Kentuckians, from frontier days to the present. And in our Juicy Fruit segment, we talk about Viola Davis' amazing speech at the Emmy Awards, and all the groundbreaking black women of TV who were recognized for their work, at long last.
          Strange Fruit #138: Reading, 'Riting and Race? Raising Confident Kids of Color      Cache   Translate Page      
The suspension of Ahmed Mohamed had just hit the headlines when we recorded this week's show. The gifted ninth-grader from Irving, Texas, built a digital clock at home, and brought it to school to show his teachers. And his English teacher assumed it was a bomb. Police were called, and despite Ahmed's unwavering insistence that his invention was a clock, he was suspended from school, arrested, and taken out in handcuffs. "I felt like I was a criminal," he told MSNBC's Chris Hayes. "I felt like I was a terrorist." Since our time in the studio, public support for Ahmed has been swift and abundant, much of it bearing the hashtag #IStandWithAhmed. He's been invited to visit MIT, the Mars Rover project, Facebook, and even the White House. Many kids of color get an abrupt and ugly education in racism the first time they are profiled. It happened to Ahmed this week, and it happens to young black men who are hassled (or worse) by police and other authority figures. But since African-American studies aren't usually taught until the college level, younger students can be ill-equipped to talk about race and deal with the realities of contemporary racism. Dr. Duchess Harris, African-American Studies professor and Department Chair at Macalaster, would like to change that. Dr. Harris co-authored a book called "Black Lives Matter," aimed at 6th-12th graders, and she joins us this week to talk about why it's important that kids of different races learn about race and racism while they're young. Right here in Louisville, a 10-year-old girl is doing her part to educate her peers about self-esteem. Olivia Allen noticed that as she and her classmates became pre-teens, fewer and fewer girls raised their hands or spoke up in class. "I kind of realized that some girls just lose their confidence around the age 10," she explains. She held an event in Louisville called "I Can Be: Girls Confidence Conference." And the next thing she knew, she was all over the internet, featured in national media outlets like Huffington Post and Madame Noire. About 60 girls showed up to the conference, along with Mayor Greg Fischer, arts administrator Barbara Sexton Smith, and 2013 Ms. Kentucky, Ashley Miller, who talked to attendees about the importance of believing in yourself. Olivia (and her mom Anitra) join us in the studio this week to talk about how the conference came about, how she deals with discouragement in her own life, and what she wants to be when she grows up (She listed at least half a dozen career goals, and we believe she can achieve every single one).
          Strange Fruit #134: Fairness Leaders Arrested at Ham Breakfast; Fashion Designer Frances Lewis      Cache   Translate Page      
Three Fairness leaders were arrested Thursday morning at the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Ham Breakfast & Auction. Fairness and ACLU folks were at the event in silent protest of anti-LGBT Kentucky Farm Bureau policies, as they do every year. Friends to the show Chris Hartman, Carla Wallace, and Sonja DeVries were lead out of the event in handcuffs and have been charged with failure to disperse (with an extra change of disorderly conduct for Chris). Amber Duke from the Kentucky ACLU was there, and she stopped by our studio later that afternoon to tell us what happened. This story is still developing, because Chris & friends are considering filing suit against the Kentucky State Police. Keep an eye on our twitter and facebook and we'll keep you posted as things progress. Our other guest this week is Louisville-based fashion designer Frances Lewis. Her work will be featured in an October 16 event called Borrowed Time: A Fall Fashion Experience. Since we had a fashion designer at the mic, and since it's that time of year again, we asked her expert opinion about the perennial problem of offensive Halloween costumes. This year's early frontrunner is a "Call Me Caitlyn" outfit mimicking what Caitlyn Jenner wore on her Vanity Fair cover. We also wished our attorney friends luck as they pursue $2 million in legal fees from the commonwealth. Governor Beshear has said he doesn't find that amount reasonable. And the story of the book club women who were thrown off the wine train for laughing too loudly leads our hosts and guest to reflect on instances of microaggression, and times when they've been targeted for taking up space while black.
          Strange Fruit #133: What's it Like to be LGBT in a Rural Community?      Cache   Translate Page      
We've always been proud of how cutting-edge Louisville is on LGBT rights issues (and can often be overheard bragging that our Fairness law included transgender protections even before New York's did). But what about the rest of Kentucky? We went to the Rural LGBT Summit this month in Lexington to find out. The USDA has been holding these summits throughout the country, both to shine a light on issues faced by rural LGBT Americans, and to make sure those same folks know about the assistance they can get from the USDA. We can't deny our status as city slickers (though we temporarily daydreamed about gay farmers), so the summit was a great learning opportunity for #TeamStrangeFruit. Jai and Doc co-hosted a panel featuring folks who are "champions of change" in their communities, and we bring you an excerpt of that conversation in this week's show. Stay tuned to our Soundcloud page for the whole thing. Also in this week's show, we go about as far from rural as you can get: Broadway, in New York City, where Hedwig and the Angry Inch is closing early after a poor reviews of Taye Digg's performance in the title role. Are white audiences resistant to a black man playing Hedwig? Did Broadway fans turn against him after he reportedly broke Idina Menzel's heart? Or... was he just not that good in the show? We discuss. One artwork that seems like an unmitigated success is "Hell You Talmbout," the protest anthem released last week by Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Arts Society. The verses of the song recite the names of black victims of police shootings. Half vigil, half battle cry, it's already finding its way to protests all over the country, and we listen to a group of trans rights activists adapt it to commemorate trans victims of violence. And finally, "Straight Outta Compton" came out, and it made a ton of money. We haven't seen the film yet, but we talk a little about some claims that it erases the abuse of women perpetrated by its subjects.
          Strange Fruit #132: What's Next for County Clerks Who Refuse to Issues Marriage Licenses?      Cache   Translate Page      
It's back to school time in our part of the country, and this week we're full of nostalgia about our favorite parts of going back to school (cute Trapper Keepers and lunchboxes, of course!). We also bring you the story of Courtney Holmes, a barber in Dubuque, Iowa who's making back to school a little easier for low-income families. He's offering free trims to kids with just one stipulation: They have to read to him while he cuts their hair. Doc is going back to school this month too, returning after her sabbatical to her position at the University of Louisville. UofL was recently named the most LGBT-friendly college in the South. We love the atmosphere of acceptance on campus, but wonder why coverage never seems to include the student activists and professors who make the school welcoming for LGBTQ students of color. And Kelly Osbourne, last mentioned here when Giulia Rancic said Zendaya's dreads probably smelled like patchouli and weed, is back in our newsfeeds this week. She was co-hosting The View, when the conversation turned to Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant positions. Osbourne said, "If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?" Rosie Perez and other co-hosts were quick to object, while the audience seemed stunned into silence, and Osbourne was quick to back pedal, saying "Come on, you know I would never mean it like that." "She probably considers herself to be an ally to people of color," Jai says. "[But} true allyship comes in your ability to say, you know what? I messed up. And I apologize. As opposed to saying, 'But I'm one of the good guys!'" And finally, there was progress this in the case of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who's refusing to issue any marriage licenses because she says she's religiously opposed to same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered Davis to start issuing licenses again. But on Thursday, she was still refusing to comply, citing her intention to appeal. WFPL's State Capitol Bureau Chief, Ryland Barton, joined us this week to talk about what could happen next, and help parse out some of the technical aspects of the conflict.
          Strange Fruit #131: Sharpe Suiting Designer Leon Wu      Cache   Translate Page      
Suit designer Leon Wu sees a person's first suit as a milestone. "Historically, a father will bring in his son," Wu says. "It's like a coming of age sort of thing." But what about a person who didn't grow up as a boy? Wu can relate: "Ever since I was five I would envision myself as a more masculine person," he explains. "Growing up I was happy getting my older brother's hand-me-downs. I didn't need to go buy any 'female' clothes." Wu founded Sharpe Suiting, a clothing company catering to masculine-of-center folks who want to look dapper in suits custom-tailored to every type of body. He joins us this week to talk about their work, and what it's like to work with transmasculine populations. "Whenever somebody transitions or they decide to adopt a certain type of gender representation," Wu explains, "it is in a sense like another puberty." Also this week, we meet Louisville Public Media's new executive editor, Stephen George. We chat about diversity in newsrooms and news coverage, and how it seems like we only see black neighborhoods on the news when it's about crime. "It often gives people a very wrong idea about what's happening in certain parts of this community," George says. In Juicy Fruit, we bring you the story of Jesse Jacobs, a 32-year-old gay man who died in police custody in Galveston, TX. Jacobs had been taking Xanax for over a decade to treat severe anxiety disorder. But after he turned himself in to serve a 30-day sentence for DUI, jail personnel would not give him access to his medication. He started having seizures (a known effect of sudden Xanax cessation) and died a few days later. Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochessett insists Jacobs died of "natural causes." And we take a look at The Advocate's list of 10 Tips on Growing Older for LBGTQ folks under 40. Some make perfect sense (build a support system and be part of a community), while others left us scratching our heads (don't drink, and prepare to die alone if you don't have kids?).
          Strange Fruit #127: "Buster" Musical Tells Story of Activist Louis Coleman      Cache   Translate Page      
Many of Louisville's activist leaders got their start marching behind the same man: Reverend Louis Coleman. Now his life's work is being portrayed in a brand-new musical called "Buster," written by Larry Muhammad and directed by William P. Bradford II. They both stopped by the studio this week to talk about the project, which opens this Thursday and runs through July 26. In Juicy Fruit, we talk about the "Respond with Love" campaign, started by Muslim groups to raise money to rebuild Black Churches recently destroyed by fires in the South. The effort, spearheaded by the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and the Arab American Association of New York, defies the widely-held idea of animosity between Muslims and Christians. We also talk about recent data showing that Latino/as now outnumber white people in California. And we almost can't believe it, but Raven-Symone did something good this week. She went head-to-head with Candace Cameron Bure when The View discussed the bakery in Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And we close out this week's show with Jai's own reflections on the legacy of Reverend Coleman. His first time getting a citation for protest was with Coleman, demonstrating against the lack of minority contractors building Slugger Field. But it was only a few years later Jai was writing a column for the Courier-Journal against Coleman. JCPS was considering adding anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees, which Rev. Coleman publicly opposed, saying, "I just don't think policies should be put in place to protect habits or behaviors." Many of us know people like this: activists who are very dedicated to one social justice cause, but seem ignorant or just plain bigoted on another. No one knows how Rev. Coleman's views on queer issues may have evolved had he lived into our current era of wider LGBT-acceptance. So for gay black folks, his legacy is a complicated one.
          Strange Fruit 125: Marriage Equality At Last!      Cache   Translate Page      
Friday was a historic day for the USA, and we spent it experiencing and documenting some of the sights and sounds of all the Decision Day activities here in Louisville! On this week's show, we share those sounds with you. Full Story: http://strangefruitpod.org/marriage-equality-at-last-sights-sounds-from-decision-day/
          Strange Fruit #124: Rachel Dolezal Didn't Come Out; She Got Caught      Cache   Translate Page      
As we celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, it's with the impossible-to-ignore knowledge of how much work the United States still has to do to achieve safety and true equality for all its citizens. We recorded this show before a white supremacist named Dylann Roof opened fire on a bible study group at historically black Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. It was before mainstream media called him a lone wolf and assumed he was mentally ill. It was before Roof's roommate said he'd been planning the attack for six months, but no one tried to stop him. It was before Roof was taken into custody, alive and unharmed, at times not even wearing handcuffs. It was before a 5-year-old girl played dead to survive the massacre. It was before leaders publicly said we would probably never know the reason for the attack—despite the fact that Roof was very clear he had gone to the church "to kill black people." It was also before the president of Louisville's Fraternal Order of Police wrote a menacing letter to "sensationalists, liars and race-baiters," telling them (us, we guess?) to "Consider yourself on notice." We will come back to these topics next week, with as much clarity as we can achieve between now and then. On this week's show, we covered a story that seems downright frivolous by comparison, but still raises important questions about racism, identity, and taking up space: Rachel Dolezal. Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar, and author of "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race," joined us to try to make some sense of the story. Is there such a thing as transracial? And is it comparable to being transgender? "Trans people are trying to be honored in their truth, " Dr. Blay said. "They are coming out. And there are things that they have to risk in order to come out, and be taken for who they believe they are. Rachel Dolezal never came out. She got caught up. And if she didn't get caught up, she would continue this lie. Her identity is seated in deception. And I think a lot of people presume that trans lives are seated in deception, and that's why they're making that comparison." We also learned a little this week about queer people's place in the history of medical marijuana activism. The connection began when cannabis oil was found to have therapeutic benefits for patients with HIV. Whit Forrester is working on documenting that story in a project called "Affinity: The Rainbow Roots of Medical Cannabis." And it's not only Juneteenth, it's also the Kentuckiana Pride Festival this weekend. We've been long-time supporters of KPF, and because we love them so much, we'd like to see them do a little better in terms of diversity and inclusiveness for people of color and gender non-conforming folks. We talk about why and how. Fruitcakes, be as proud as you can this weekend, and celebrate Juneteenth, and if you need a break from the news, check out #BlackJoy on twitter. And check out this advice from friend to the show Ashlee Clark: "For my black folks: We can’t just survive. We must thrive in the face of domestic terrorism. We might be weary, but we are resilient, too. Centuries of struggle have taught us to keep pushing. We must succeed in spite of hate."
          Strange Fruit #123: Mother Tongue Techniques Takes Queer Southern Culture to California      Cache   Translate Page      
Happy Pride Month, Fruitcakes! This week we speak with mixed media artists Rahel and SCZ, who are part of a collective called Mother Tongue Techniques. Their group is in San Francisco this weekend presenting "Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration." They talk about their work, and why it's important to lift up the stories of queer folks and people of color in the south. The actions of (former) Officer Eric Casebolt at a pool party in McKinney, Texas have raised conversations all over the country about who is presumed to be a criminal. Casebolt has since resigned, but questions remain about why the police were called in the first place, why he reacted the way he did to teenagers who weren't resisting, and the long legacy of segregation in swimming pools. Also this week, we talk about a new show Jaison loves called The Prancing Elites. The Oxygen Network's docu-series follows an African-American, gay and non-gender conforming dance team. They perform within the tradition of J-Setting - a style that originated at southern HBCUs in the 1970s. Oxygen's website says the Elites are "challenging societal norms while overcoming several obstacles with passion and humor on their journey to be their authentic selves." We also talk a bit about the troubled relationship of WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson. Griner announced she would file to annul their marriage just a day after Johnson announced they were expecting a baby. Their arrest for domestic violence shortly before their wedding raised questions about how violence is viewed within queer relationships. You count on Strange Fruit to bring you musings on politics, pop culture and black gay life. Every week we do our best to make you laugh, and make you think. Our show is a labor of love for Jai and Doc, so please consider becoming a supporter through our crowdfunding page on Patreon! You can make a monthly pledge (as little as a dollar a month) towards the work we do by visiting www.patreon.com/StrangeFruit Big thanks to Jessica Musselwhite and Erin Fitzgerald (host of Crescent Hill Radio's Keep Hearing Voices) for being our first official patrons! We'll see you on the airwaves next week, and at Louisville's Pride Parade on Friday, June 19th. Look for #TeamStrangeFruit in a red convertible, and be sure to wave and blow us a kiss!
          SF #119: LMPD Gets Body Cams; "Sidewinders" Play Deconstructs Gender; Syphilis on Rise Among Gay Men      Cache   Translate Page      
Once nearly eradicated in the United States, syphilis is back on the rise - mostly among gay and bisexual men. Rates reached an all-time low in 2000, and of the roughly 6,000 cases, only around 7% were among gay men; it was a concern almost exclusively for straight people. But better treatments for HIV lead to complacency about safe sex, perhaps especially among younger men who didn't witness the AIDS crisis of the 1980s first-hand. Now, men who have sex with men (known in medical research as MSMs) account for a full 91% of all national cases. And those nationwide numbers are reflected at home. In Louisville, rates jumped from 13.2 per 100,000 residents in 2009 to 27.7 in 100,000 - well above the national average of 18. Statewide, reported syphilis infections have almost doubled since 2009. To help explain why this is happening, and what can help, we talk this week with Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Deputy Director of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Dr. Humbaugh explains how exactly the disease is transmitted, and how you can protect yourself and your partners. Syphilis is treated with penicillin, and responds well to treatment - but you have to know you have it. Check the end of this post for list of testing places is below (some are free or have sliding-scale fees). Also this week, we talk to playwright and friend-to-the-show Basil Kreimendahl, whose absurdist play "Sidewinders" runs in Louisville through May 23rd, produced by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. Kreimendahl says she set the play on a frontier in the American West to evoke a lawless place where people made their own rules - much like people are making their own rules today about gender identity. "It's just sort of about being a human being, and about naming things," she says. "You know there's a lot of power in naming things and having a name for who and what you are, and it sort of explores, what if there isn't a word for what you are that fits perfectly? How does that affect you?" "Sidewinders" runs through May 23rd at OPEN. (Full Disclosure: Our producer Laura Ellis is in the cast, and joins us in this segment to talk about her character and work on the play) In our Juicy Fruit segment, we talk about First Lady Michelle Obama's commencement speech at Tuskegee University in which she described how the public's perception of her as First Lady was colored by race and racism. Remember the "terrorist fist jab?" The New Yorker cover showing her with an afro and machine gun? "Obama's baby mama?" FLOTUS name-checked them all, and talked about the doubts they raised in her mind. "I had a lot of sleepless nights," she said, "worrying about what people thought of me, wondering if I might be hurting my husband’s chances of winning his election, fearing how my girls would feel if they found out what some people were saying about their mom." Obama also laid out the can't-win situation black women face today, especially in the public eye. "Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?" The whole speech is worth a read (transcript here). And the LMPD is rolled out their plan to put body cameras on their officers this week. WFPL's Jacob Ryan joins us with the details. STD Testing Sites Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (Specialty Clinic) 7201 Outer Loop Suite 232 (502) 574-6699 Park DuValle Community Health Center 3015 Wilson Avenue (502) 774-4401 Family Health Centers (Portland) 2215 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212 (502) 774-8631 Family Health Centers (East Broadway) 834 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40204 (502) 583-1981 Family Health Centers (Fairdale) 1000 Neighborhood Place, Louisville, KY 40118 (502) 361-2381 Family Health Centers (Iroquois) 4100 Taylor Boulevard, Louisville, KY 40215 (502) 366-4747 Family Health Centers (Southwest) 9702 Stonestreet Road, Building 1, Suite 220, Louisville, KY 40272 (502) 995-5051
          Strange Fruit #115: Family Guy's Kirker Butler says "Nothing is Off Limits"      Cache   Translate Page      
Comedy writer Kirker Butler has written for Family Guy and the Cleveland Show, but his most recent work is a satirical novel called “Pretty Ugly,” about a Southern family whose child is involved in beauty pageants. Butler grew up in Ohio County, Kentucky, where his mother was in charge of planning the annual pageant. And though the novel is set in Kentucky, and the family is dysfunctional, Butler says he isn't worried about offending folks from his home state. "It comes from a place of love," he explains. "I think Kentuckians have a pretty good sense of humor about themselves." We talk to Butler about his TV work, and that always-elusive line between edgy and offensive. He said the Family Guy writers benefit from the show's reputation for nothing-is-sacred humor. "We always kind of took the attitude that nothing is off-limits, and we would go after everyone equally." In this week's Juicy Fruit, we talk about a recent police shooting in Louisville, and why Police Chief Steve Conrad put so much public emphasis on the fact that both the officer and the man he shot were white. We also talk about Janelle Monáe's new video for her song, "Yoga," and her simple but epic takedown of a dude on twitter who demanded she "stop being so soulful and be sexy." We also cover Madonna kissing Drake at Coachella, and how it reminds us all of the importance of consent—even if you're "Madonna, b****."
          Strange Fruit #112: Kentucky's Marriage Case Goes to SCOTUS; Juneteenth in Louisville      Cache   Translate Page      
This week we introduce you to a new member of the WFPL newsroom, political reporter Ashley Lopez. Ashley joins us to talk about Indiana's controversial "religious freedom" act, Louisville's attempt to appeal to LGBT tourists, and a recent poll showing Kentucky's opposition to marriage equality. We also hear Ashley's recent report on the Kentucky marriage equality case that will go before the Supreme Court late next month. She fills us in on where that case stands, who might make oral arguments, what experts think will be the outcome, and she introduces us to some of the Kentucky plaintiffs. And a group of Louisvillians are bringing a Juneteenth Festival back to the Derby City for the first time in years. Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of enslaved Africans and African Americans in the United States in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation became the law of the land. Organizer Gary Brice takes a break from festival planning to stop by the Strange Fruit studios and let us know what's in store for festival attendees, and how our listeners can get involved. This week we also give a shout out to friend-to-the-show Aisha Moodie-Mills, who this week was named the new president and CEO of the Victory Fund, a national organization that supports LGBTQ political candidates. Moodie-Mills is the first woman, and the first African American, to hold the job. And our colleague Devin Katayama, political reporter and midday host with WFPL, is heading to KQED in San Francisco, to cover poverty and other issues affecting Oakland, California. Finally this week we say a sad goodbye to teen trans activist Blake Brockington, who ended his own life last week. Despite suffering rejection from family and friends upon coming out as trans, Brockington went on to become homecoming king at his North Carolina high school. Brockington was a tireless fundraiser and activist for LGBTQ issues, and was also an outspoken participant in the #BlackLivesMatter movement against police brutality. If you or someone you know is struggling or in a crisis, please reach out to The Trevor Project's Lifeline at 866-488-7386, or visit thetrevorproject.org for more ways to contact their counselors, who are specially trained to help LGBTQ youth. Stay safe, Fruitcakes.
          Strange Fruit #111: "Louisville Diners" is a Master Class in Greasy Spoons      Cache   Translate Page      
Food writer Ashlee Clark Thompson's new book is all about Louisville Diners (the places, not the people). She joins us this week to dish about some of Louisville's most iconic eateries - trendy brunch places, soul food spots, and a certain streetcar-shaped establishment in Old Louisville, whose quirkiness is part of its charm. "It's almost like Halley's Comet to catch Ollie's Trolley open," she says (the walk-up-style lunch counter is open 11-5, only operates on weekdays, and only accepts cash). "It started out as a chain, and Ollie's was supposed to be the next KFC." Thompson says diners started out as, essentially, food trucks, where hungry third-shift workers could stop by and pick up a bite on the way home. They were seen as men's establishments, prone to trouble, either with no seating, or later, maybe a row of stools at a countertop. Eventually, proprietors realized they were missing out on revenue by only catering to men. "They tried to attract women by adding flower boxes outside of windows, and adding tables and booths," Thompson explains. "Because ladies did not like to sit on stools in the early 1900s." It would take much longer for diners' race politics to catch up with their gender politics. "Diners in the 1900s weren't the most inclusive places," she says. "In fact, they were segregated." In researching the book, she found resources that focused on the diners of post-WWII, which were white, and suburban. "And so my question was, where did black people like me go to eat at this same time?" The answer, she found, was soul food. So the book includes the soul food restaurants that co-evolved with diners and catered to African Americans. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, Jaison joins us from the Big Apple, fresh from a taping of The View. And the timing is appropriate, given our lead story. After Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired for saying Michelle Obama, "looks like she's part of the cast of 'Planet of the Apes.'" Raven Symone was guest-hosting The View earlier this week and defended Figueroa, saying, "Some people just look like animals." Doc wonders, "Are her and Don Lemon brother and sister maybe, and we didn't know it?" We talk about black and queer celebrities whose work or aesthetic suggest an edginess that is not reflected in their politics, and whether it stings more when racism, sexism or homophobia come from someone inside the affected group.
          Strange Fruit #110: Fairness Updates from Frankfort and Bardstown      Cache   Translate Page      
The Kentucky General Assembly just wrapped up its 2015 session, and some LGBTQ-related bills were under consideration. Chris Hartman from the Fairness Campaign joins us this week to talk about the proposed legislation—what passed, and what didn't. Hartman also fills us in on a Fairness vote in the Bardstown, KY city council (pictured). The city council opted not to add gender identity and sexual orientation protections to the city-county human rights ordinance. And you may have seen a Buzzfeed article last week about Louisville murder victim Sherman Edwards, and whether the LMPD is trying to cover up Edwards' identity as a trans woman. Chris Hartman has seen the court records and says, while police statements may have been insensitive to trans issues, the truth about Edwards' identity and the motivation for the crime is not so clear cut. And in our Juicy Fruit segment, we address the racist chant that got Sigma Alpha Epsilon ejected from the University of Oklahoma, and how a morning show panel blamed the incident on hip hop music. In a development that happened after we taped the show, the fraternity is now considering suing the university for its dismissal.
          Strange Fruit #108: "Emigrados" Brings the Universality of Immigrant Experiences to the Stage      Cache   Translate Page      
This week we meet Haydee Canovas, the director of a Spanish-language play called "Emigrados," running March 12-21 in Louisville. Part of the theater of the absurd tradition, the play observes two immigrant men, in a basement, on New Year's eve, and explores their relationship. While the actors in this production are both Mexican, the script itself doesn't specify a country of origin for its characters - nor does it tell us the country they're currently in. Canovas says this allows the play to comment on the experiences immigrants have in common. "Immigration is a universal theme," she says. "It's been happening since the beginning of time. If somebody doesn't feel safe where they're living, they're going to preserve themselves and their family, and they're going to move to a place that's safer." We talked to Canovas about the theater company she co-founded, Teatro Tercera Llamada, and their mission. She says not only is it theater with a social conscious, but, "theater that Latinos are experiencing." (For information about "Emigrados," which will be presented with English supertitles, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1394438230861407. If you're interested in getting involved with Teatro Tercera Llamada, contact them at 502-386-4866 or info@teatrotercerallamada.com.) We're also joined this week by Marion Dries, whose voice you may recognize from our sister station, WFPL. Marion is a bookworm with lots of connections to the world of LGBTQ publishing houses, so she'll be joining us periodically with book reviews and author interviews. This week we hear a snippet of her conversation with KL Rhavernsfyre (hear the full interview here: https://soundcloud.com/strangefruitpod/strange-fruit-marion-dries-interviews-lesbian-fiction-fantasy-authors-kl-rhavensfyre) And in Juicy Fruit, it's been a bad week for white women. Patricia Arquette used her backstage Oscars interview to suggest that LGBTQ and people of color owe their support to the wage equality movement. Giuliana Rancic of E! Network's "Fashion Police" implied that dreadlocks smell like patchouli oil and weed. And a news anchor from Ohio said Lady Gaga plays "jigaboo music."
          Strange Fruit #106: Author Frederick Smith on the Right Side of Storytelling      Cache   Translate Page      
Author Frederick Smith knew he wanted to be a writer since he was a little boy, watching soap operas in Detroit. But folks around him didn't necessarily see him as the writer type. "I had friends say, 'Black boys from Detroit don't write soap operas - we go to work at the auto plant like our dads did.'" Luckily he kept at it, spent some time in Academia, and eventually made the move to writing novels. His writing tells the stories of black and brown people, he says. "[P]eople living lives that don’t make the six o’clock news." In Juicy Fruit this week, you know we had to talk about all the tea from the Grammys! Ledisi vs. Bey, Kanye vs. Beck, Bey vs. "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"...we talk about the winners and the losers, with a pit stop to chat about Kanye's bravado and why white America finds it so off-putting. Speaking of winners, charges were dropped this week against Louisville activist Shelton McElroy, a Louisville activist who'd been arrested after being asked to leave 4th Street Live for violating their dress code. Shelton says plenty of (white) people were violating the dress code, but he was the only one asked to leave (and the club refused to refund his cover charge). Local listeners will know this is just the latest in a long line of racism accusations against the Cordish-owned entertainment complex.
          PROMO: Coming up on Strange Fruit #106      Cache   Translate Page      
Coming up this weekend on Strange Fruit, Frederick Smith, author of "Play It Forward," talks about the importance of three-dimensional black and brown characters in literature, and his own path to becoming a writer. And charges are dropped against Shelton McElroy, a Louisville activist who was arrested after being asked to leave 4th Street Live. He says racism is at play in the entertainment complex's dress code enforcement. Plus, all the tea from the Grammys, from Bey & Ledisi, to Kanye & Beck. We have a lot to catch up on... See you Saturday night at 10!
          Strange Fruit #104: Why Would Straight Men Sleep With Men?      Cache   Translate Page      
Everyone knows that gay men sleep with men, and straight men sleep with women. Right? On this week's show, we learn it’s not always that simple. Today we’re listening back to a conversation we had with Dr. Joe Kort. He’s a sex and relationship therapist based in Detroit, and when we talked in September 2013, he’d just had an article published at the Huffington Post about why straight-identified men sometimes have sex with other men. In it, he shares a whole list of reasons why this phenomenon might happen. These reasons are by turns predictable (they’re in prison with no access to women), poignant (they seek to replace the affection they didn’t get from their fathers), hilarious (narcissism!) and taboo (we’re pretty sure this was the first time the word cuckholding has been uttered on Strange Fruit). It was a fascinating conversation and Dr. Kort shed some light on a lot of things. (NOTE: This conversation includes some blunt talk about human sexuality, and some discussion of sexual abuse —if that’s not something you can listen to, consider sitting this one out, and we'll see you next week! ♥) To close out today's show, labor historian Toni Gilpin shares a little-known story from 1940s Louisville. A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery workers organized at Louisville’s International Harvester plant in the late 1940s, and began advocating for racial equality both inside and outside of the plant. Their efforts would lead to an entire factory of mostly white workers walking off the job to protest the unfair treatment of their African American colleagues. Outside the factory walls, union members tried to desegregate the Brown Hotel and Cherokee Park—both whites-only at the time—and were met with violence and forcible removal by police.
          Strange Fruit #100: Celebrating Our 100th Show!      Cache   Translate Page      
It's our 100th episode! We're celebrating this week by looking back at our humble beginnings, and ahead to the future. This week you'll learn about some of the show titles we considered instead of Strange Fruit, take listener questions, and hear some behind-the-scenes conversations and some things that never made it on the air. You sent us lots of great questions about our favorite episodes, advice for a white professor teaching African-American Lit, and how we hope the world has changed by the time we record our 200th episode (Marriage equality in all 50 states? Louisville's first woman or person of color mayor?). We loved your questions so much we might just make it a regular feature! And as most of our loyal fruitcakes know, Jai and Doc had never worked in radio before (Jaison is a community organizer and Kaila is a college professor), and there was a bit of a learning curve when we first started out. So of course, our anniversary show wouldn't be complete without a listen to the blooper reel! Thanks to the brilliant and hilarious guests who have taken the time to share their knowledge with us and our Fruitcakes, and to WFPL for giving us this platform to amplify underrepresented voices. And to our Fruitcakes: We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for listening to and supporting our show all this time. Here's to the next 100!
          Strange Fruit #99: How Cabbage Patch Settlement House Helps Louisville's At-Risk Kids      Cache   Translate Page      
The Cabbage Patch Settlement House provides all kinds of programming for at-risk kids in Louisville—tutoring, clubs, sports, music, college preps and scholarships, and even emotional counseling. And a recent grant from the Humana Foundation means they'll be opening their doors on Saturdays, too. We wanted to learn more about the Patch and what they do, so this week we talked to Executive Director Tracy Holladay, and Educational Opportunities Specialist Kanisha Ford, about the history of the house (it was founded in 1910 by a 19-year-old woman named Louise Marshall), and the work they do. Settlement houses were part of the settlement movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and were built in poor urban areas to provide daycare, healthcare and education to those who couldn't afford it. Many of these folks were immigrants who needed help "settling" and succeeding in their new homes, and assistance from the government was scarce. Immigrants also played a role in the Cabbage Patch getting its name; according to the Patch, the neighborhood they started in was nicknamed the Cabbage Patch because it was populated largely with immigrants who grew cabbages in back yard vegetable gardens. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, two guest co-hosts, Louisville activists Darryl Young, Jr., and Sarah Zarantollo, weigh in on the cancellation of VH1's Sorority Sisters, and the LAPD spoof song about the killing of Michael Brown, leaked to TMZ earlier this week. (Photos courtesy of cabbagepatch.org)
          Strange Fruit #97: Yasssss! 2014 Words of the Year on Fleek      Cache   Translate Page      
The end of 2014 is upon us, and that means every outlet is publishing Best-of lists. We weren't too impressed with the Wall Street Journal's Best Pop Culture Moments last week, but one list we can get behind is the American Dialect Society's nominees for 2014 Words of the Year. Like most cultural phenomena, lots of language has its roots in subcultures - including some from gay black culture. One of the words on the list is yass, an affirmation audiences have been screaming at house ball contestants for years, that made its way into mainstream usage with a little help from Nicki Minaj. Social justice movements and hashtags also help coin new words and phrases; this year they gave us Gamergate, columbusing, and #notallmen (and its response, #yesallwomen). Grant Barrett is an officer with the American Dialect Society, and compiles their list of linguistic contenders every year. He joins us this week to talk about 2014's nominees and where they came from. He also sheds a little light on the more inexplicable (to us) choices, like "on fleek," an expression that caused Jaison to feel old for the first time in his life. And we spend our Juicy Fruit segment in the historical Brennan House in downtown Louisville, where we learn about preserving sites with historical significance to the LGBT community. Kentucky recently got a grant to help add LGBT-important sites to the National Register of Historic Places, and Preservation Louisville Director Marianne Zickuhr joins us to talk about the work they will do on the project. Hint: It involves Baby Vicco!
          Strange Fruit #96: Human Rights Campaign Study Finds Louisville above Average on LGBT Equality      Cache   Translate Page      
Louisville is looking pretty good this week! We recently got a 66% on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index—higher than the national average of 59%, and the highest rating of any city in Kentucky. The index looks at factors like non-discrimination laws, domestic partner benefits, openly gay elected officials, and more, and largely finds cities leading the way in the US, while states sometimes lag behind. This week we're joined by Cathryn Oakley of the HRC, who tells us more about the methodology, and how this year's study compares to previous years. In Juicy Fruit, we cover more Louisville news: WFPL health reporter Ja'Nel Johnson sits in to tell us about an encouraging story from the University of Louisville medical school. It will be the first med school in the nation to include specific instruction on treating LGBTQ patients. In other hot (and medical) topics, an employee of Norton Healthcare was fired after her racist facebook post went viral (including a share from our own Jaison Gardner, who was mentioned in the subsequent media coverage). Toni Morrison has a new novel coming out in the Spring, and last week was also the anniversary of James Baldwin's death, so we spend some time this week showing respect to these legends of Black literature and discussing the significance of their works. And finally, the Wall Street Journal's arts & entertainment blog, The Speakeasy, released its list of The 15 Best Pop Culture Moments of 2014. Some we totally got (the Oscar selfie, "Adele Dazeem," Pharrell's hat), and others we barely even registered this year (President Obama on Between Two Ferns, Katy Perry dressing as a Cheeto, something about Sharknado 2?). We didn't have time to include it all in this week's show, so the pop culture moments conversation is bonus fruit this week: https://soundcloud.com/strangefruitpod/bonus-fruit-the-wall-street-journals-15-best-pop-culture-moments-of-2014
          Strange Fruit Holiday Music Special!      Cache   Translate Page      
Thanksgiving is over, so now even the Scroogiest Fruitcakes have to admit it's not too early to put on some Christmas tunes! This week we talk about our favorite holiday music and movies, listen to some songs, and Dr. Story shares her philosophy on holiday decorating: "My favorite color is glitter." We're also joined in the studio by Jeff Buhrman, formerly of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington D.C., who is now the artistic director of VOICES of Kentuckiana. VOICES is Louisville's LGBTQ chorus. We talked to Jeff about their upcoming holiday program (Holiday Magic, December 6 & 7 at the Clifton Center), and about the power of music to forge communities and change lives. We have two pairs tickets to give away to the VOICES concert, too! Leave us a comment with a holiday song you love, and we'll throw your name in the drawing!
          Strange Fruit 94: Making Dance Accessible to Louisville's Low Income Kids      Cache   Translate Page      
"In the East End, there's dance everywhere. In the West End, you don't see that." John O. Keen, artistic director of Keen Dance Theater, is taking on the 9th Street Divide (and the race divide, and the economic divide) in the world of dance. After eleven years in New York, the Louisville native returned home to start his own dance troupe, with lessons affordable to low-income dancers, and a focus on diversity in casting and story telling. Keen joins us this week to talk about how embracing dancers of difference races, body types, backgrounds, and training levels creates a stronger ensemble. And in Juicy Fruit, Salon's Erin Keane sits in to talk about the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby - and all the victim blaming in their wake, both in casual conversation and in the media. CNN's Dom Lemon, for example, questioned a victim about why she didn't use her teeth to fight off Cosby after she's allegedly been drugged. When Janice Dickinson told her story to Entertainment Tonight, the first question we see interviewer Kevin Frazier ask is, "Were you trying to fight him off?" Erin's piece in Salon examines her own complicity in what seemed like an unspoken agreement among entertainment journalists to avoid asking about the allegations for all these years. While Cosby himself has remained officially silent on the accusations (besides a statement from his lawyer which was removed the next day), he did address them after our show went to tape, at an appearance in Florida Friday night, saying he "shouldn't have to answer to innuendos." She also wrote about that cosmic-sounding interview the New York Times Magazine did with Willow and Jaden Smith, which included quotes about the ability to slow down and speed up time. "When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad," Jaden explained. "When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It’s a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities. But for creativity: That comes from a place of oneness. That’s not a duality consciousness." People reacted strongly to the interview, many of them criticizing Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith's parenting (which is nothing new). But are the kids actually troubled? Or is this just another case of concern trolling and respectability politics?
          Strange Fruit #93: “If It’s Funny, It’s Funny.” Wanda Sykes on Humor and Giving Back      Cache   Translate Page      
You know you've skirted a line when the White House officially distances itself from a joke you made at the Correspondents' Dinner. Wanda Sykes had that experience after suggesting that Rush Limbaugh was the the 20th hijacker on 9/11 but was too high on Oxycontin to make his flight. She followed it up by saying she hoped his kidneys fail—a play on Limbaugh's statement that he hoped the Obama Administration would fail. "I kind of regret that I said that," she confessed on this week's show. "It got in the way of the main joke. I hope his kidneys fail—that was like a throwaway line, and I wish I had thrown it away. It overshadowed what my main point was." Sykes will perform Saturday night at the Louisville Palace. She joined us this week to talk about the fine line between edginess and offensiveness. We also talked about her charity work with the Ruth Ellis Center, a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth in Detroit. We also talked about her famous sketch, imagining what it would be like if she's had to "come out" as black, like she did as a lesbian. Some of the parental reactions she enacts in the routine reflect her own family's response when she came out of the closet. "It was really hard," Sykes tells us. "It was hard for them. But I couldn't blame them or shut them off or anything, because it took me 40-something years to figure it our myself, so obviously I had a hard time dealing with it too "At the bottom line is, they love me and I love them, and over time we worked through it, and now we have a great relationship." We were also joined this week by hip-hop scholar and writing professor Mickey Hess, who just completed a biography of Wu-Tang Clan co-founder Ol' Dirty Bastard—co-authored with Dirty's best friend, Buddha Monk. He described the challenges of co-writing the story with someone who was so personally involved in it. And in Juicy Fruit, we talk about the viral Church of God and Christ video of a man claiming the Holy Spirit has made him not gay, and the similarities between some religious tactics and conversion therapy (which is banned in some places). We also shout out LaVerne Cox, who was just named Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year! Strange Fruit can be heard on 89.3 WFPL in Louisville (and live streaming at wfpl.org) on Saturday nights at 10 p.m.
          Strange Fruit #92: Advocating for the Rights of Deaf Prisoners      Cache   Translate Page      
"We call it a prison within a prison." That's how advocates describe the lives of incarcerated Deaf and hard of hearing people. The vast majority of correctional facilities have no ASL interpreters, and it's not unusual for inmates who rely on hearing aids to be denied the devices—or denied batteries to make them work. Talila Lewis is the founder of HEARD (Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf), and joins us this week to talk about the work they're doing to try to improve the lives and ensure the rights of incarcerated folks with disabilities. Lewis says the ableism in mainstream society is magnified in the prison setting. "If you don't respond to an auditory command, you get shot or beaten or put into solitary confinement," Lewis explains. "Everything around you is based on sound. So if you miss the bell at 4am to get up and go eat, you miss chow. That's it." Being Deaf or hard of hearing in prison essentially means being unable to communicate with anyone around you. "It's almost like being in solitary confinement," Lewis says. They're also more susceptible to physical and sexual assault, often asked to trade sexual access to their bodies for vital information from hearing inmates. Because there are no accommodations in place to allow these inmates to communicate, it's hard to find them, count them, and make sure they're okay. HEARD created and maintains the only national deaf and deaf-blind prisoner database, but without cooperation from departments of correction, accurate numbers are hard to come by. They estimate that Deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing prisoners in the U.S. number in the tens of thousands. We talk with Lewis this week about what we can do, and our local, state, and federal government could do, to protect the rights of this vulnerable population. In our Juicy Fruit segment, Ebola fears continue to surface—this week, right here in Louisville. A Catholic Elementary school asked a teacher to self-quarantine after her mission trip to Kenya. Please note that if you are reading this from anywhere in the United States, you are currently closer to the Ebola patients in Dallas than Kenya is to the outbreak in West Africa. The Washington NFL team continues to be the worst, now suing Native American activists who fought to have the trademark canceled on their offensive team name. And if a server told you a bottle of wine cost "thirty-seven fifty," would you assume $37.50, like a diner in Atlantic City did last week? The bottle was actually $3,750, giving the customer quite a sticker shock, and leading us to wonder just how many dishes we'd have to wash if a bill like that was ever placed in front of #TeamStrangeFruit.
          Strange Fruit #91: LMPD's Racial Profiling Study; Civil Rights Educator Professor john a. powelll      Cache   Translate Page      
Civil Rights educator john a. powell will be in Louisville on November 11th to deliver the 8th annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, and he joins us this week to talk about his concept of a "culture of belonging," and the problems with a so-called colorblind approach to policy and interpersonal relationships. "Most Americans, including most white Americans, even if they don't see race or try not see race at the conscious level, the unconscious is seeing it and acting on it and processing it in a very robust way," he explains. "So in a sense we don't even have a choice." And WFPL's Jake Ryan joins us to help unpack the results of the Louisville Metro Police Department's racial profiling study. The findings were called inconclusive, and they also only included traffic stops—perhaps missing more frequent ways black residents interact with police. In our Juicy Fruit segment, it's time for another annual event: the naming and shaming of racist Halloween costumes and displays (this year, a lynching scene in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was picked up by the national blogs). We also address the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby that have recently resurfaced, and muse over a question Dr. Brittney Cooper raised this week in Salon: "[W]hat does it mean that while these men played progressive, loving family men on television, they potentially and allegedly raped and terrorized women and children in their personal lives?"
          Strange Fruit #89: Unpacking White Privilege. Plus, America's Favorite Desserts!      Cache   Translate Page      
In the late 1990's, feminist and anti-racist activist Peggy McIntosh described white privilege as "an invisible weightless knapsack of assurances, tools, maps, guides, codebooks, passports, visas, clothes, compass, emergency gear, and blank checks." The invisible knapsack metaphor persists today as a way of introducing people to the concept of privilege. It comes in many forms - male, white, straight, cis, able-bodied, and other identities all confer certain benefits - but the suggestion of privilege can spark emotional denial. On this week's show we talk about white privilege and how it manifests itself in our culture, with Dr. David Owen. He's an associate professor of philosophy at UofL, and is on the local planning committee for the White Privilege Conference, coming to Louisville this Spring. In our Juicy Fruit Segment, we bring you the story of a hairstylist in Prince George's County in Maryland, who was fired when his HIV-positive status was discovered by his boss. We also dissect Sarah Silverman's controversial equal pay video (and the enduring phenomenon of the celebrity non-apology-apology), and how gay-friendly comics often miss the mark when they stray into race- or gender-related humor. And finally, we celebrate National Dessert Month! Jai goes through a list of the most popular desserts in the US and we try to guess what they are. Did we agree with the choices? Let's just say this week marks the first time the phrase "rot-gut dessert" was ever uttered on Strange Fruit. (Photo courtesy of White Privilege Conference) Links: www.whiteprivilegeconference.com Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh http://amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html Sarah Silverman's Equal Pay Video Faces Backlash http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/sarah-silverman-equal-pay-video-backlash-transgender_n_5978038.html Hair Cuttery over termination of HIV-positive employee http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-bz-haircuttery-hiv-firing-20141009-story.html 10 Most Popular Desserts in America http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/food-facts/5-most-popular-desserts-in-america.htm
          Ali Awards Red Carpet: William Mapother      Cache   Translate Page      
Actor and Louisville native William Mapother has appeared in the films Born on the Fourth of July, and Magnolia, done extensive theater work, and was in the cast of the TV show Lost.
          Strange Fruit #87: Susan Sarandon, Janelle Monáe & the WWE's Damien Sandow      Cache   Translate Page      
It's been a star-studded week for Team Strange Fruit! We spent some time recently on the red carpet at the 2nd Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, where we got to chat with celebrities and honorees about the Champ's civil rights legacy. Ali famously refused service in the US Army when he was drafted during the Vietnam War, claiming conscientious objector status. The Army denied his claim, and Ali was found guilty of refusing induction, stripped of his World Boxing Association Championship title, and banned from the sport for nearly four years—at what would seem to be the peak of his athletic career. This week on the show you'll hear us check in with Susan Sarandon, who was honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship. She pointed out the significance of Ali's actions. "You just do not see celebrities or athletes putting themselves on the line the way that he did," she explained. "If you look at the context in which he came forward, it was so heavy and so brave of him to take the stance that he did, when the country was on fire with so much racism, and the Vietnam War was so divisive." We also chatted with The Today Show's Matt Lauer, and were completely charmed by Kid President. (We didn't have room for all our red carpet interviews in the main show this week, so keep an eye on our soundcloud, where we'll be posting interviews with Holly Robinson Peet, Jim Brown, William Mapother, and more, as bonus fruit!) For our feature interview, we speak to the Electric Lady herself, Miss Janelle Monáe, who was in Louisville for the Idea Festival. She and some of of her compatriots from the Wondaland Arts Society spoke to a group of young people in a session devoted to improving the world by the year 2035. She has famously avoided questions about her sexual orientation, preferring instead to eschew labels. We caught up with her in the green room before her presentation, and asked her why. "First of all, I think it's boring," she said. "Although I wear black and white, I know that my life is not black and white. We're complex beings." She also explained her use of alter-ego Cindi Mayweather as a metaphor for oppressed peoples, and gave us one of our favorite quotes ever, on the subject of women: "We come in peace, but we mean business." And finally, for this week's Juicy Fruit, we were joined in the Strange Fruit Studios by the WWE star Damien Sandow (That's his character name, but he graciously started off the segment with, "I'm off today, so you can call me Aaron if you want."). We asked for his take on the recent attention on athletes and domestic violence. "When you're on television, when you play for a sports team, you're gonna have people—especially children—that look up to you, whether you like it or not. And that is a responsibility, in my opinion." Speaking of children, Aaron spends a lot of his time in schools, talking with kids about making good choices and helping each other. He was also at the Ali Awards and made a donation to the center after attending. "It's a history lesson," he says about the center. "And also it's a testament to the man. And that man has inspired so many people." We know the phrase "gentle giant" is clichéd, but it does come to mind when you meet Aaron—at least outside the ring. We're glad he's making Louisville his home, and can't wait to see what he might do next!
          Strange Fruit #86: Artist Turns Demolished Public Housing into... a Bee Sanctuary?      Cache   Translate Page      
It's Idea Festival time in Louisville, and that means cool people who do cool things descend on our city to talk about the things they're doing! We chatted with one of those folks, Juan Williams Chàvez, this week about his work, and what it means to do social activist through art. One of Chàvez's big projects, the Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary, takes place on land that was once home to one of the country's most notoriously awful housing developments. Built in the mid-1950s, the 33-building, high-rise complex fell into almost immediate disrepair, and was described in a Missouri History book as "something out of a Charles Dickens novel." It was eventually demolished in the mid 1970s. Today, thanks to Chàvez, it is home to a bee sanctuary, where members of the community learn about urban agriculture. The decision on how to use the land wasn't incidental. "Bees function as a community," Chàvez explains. "Pruitt-Igoe was designed for community. I wanted it to kind of go back to community." In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talk about the "angry black woman" stereotype that reared its head in a New York Times feature this week, pointed at television producer Shonda Rhimes. The backlash was righteous and overwhelming, and the Times ended up issuing an apology. We break down the stereotype and how it does and doesn't play out in pop culture. "And speaking of things that are hard for a lot of folks to understand," Jaison says, "it's Bisexual Awareness Week." We go dispell some of the most common misconceptions about our bi brothers and sisters.
          Strange Fruit #85: Mondo Guerra on HIV Awareness; the History of Black Musicians in Jug Band Music      Cache   Translate Page      
It's a busy weekend in Louisville! The Louisville AIDS Walk takes place this Sunday on the Belvedere, and one of this year's special guests is fashion designer Mondo Guerra. Mondo came out as HIV positive when he was on season 8 of Project Runway (he came in second, but would later win the first Project Runway All-Star season). He's now part of Project I Design—a national campaign geared toward improving communication between HIV patients and their doctors. We speak with Mondo this week, who says that despite increased awareness, there's still stigma surrounding HIV. When he came out on TV, he hadn't told his family yet, waiting until just before the episode aired to have that conversation. "I was very self shaming, and I was very embarrassed, and I didn't feel like I could talk to my parents about this," he says. "Stigma has always played a role in this experience, this journey that I've had with HIV. But at the point that I'm at right now, living with HIV for 13 years and what I've been through, I really try to not use the word 'stigma' in my own personal vocabulary, because I feel like there's so much negativity attached to it." Find out more about the Louisville AIDS Walk here: http://www.kyaids.org/walk And more about Project I Design here: http://www.projectidesign.com/ Elsewhere in town this weekend, the National Jug Band Jubilee is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday at Waterfront Park. Author Michael L. Jones is on the event's board, and hopes to broaden the appeal of jug bands to the descendants of those who pioneered it: African Americans. "When you think of the African slaves, when they came here, they didn't have instruments. They had to make their own instruments," he explains. "And so they turned household objects into musical instruments." Jones stopped by our studio this week to introduce us to some jug band greats, like Earl McDonald and Sara Martin, who made music history right here in Louisville. "This is something that originated in African origins, that African Americans are totally divorced from, because they think plantations, and banjos and stuff," Jones says. "[With] jug music, you see the first combination of European tunes and African rhythms," he says. "I tell people it's the secret history of rock and roll." Find out more about the National Jug Band Jubilee here: http://www.jugbandjubilee.com/ And about Michael's Book, "Louisville Jug Music: From Earl McDonald to the National Jubliee," here: http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/book/9781626194960
          How Louisville's Local 236 Fought for Racial Integration in the 1950s      Cache   Translate Page      
Labor historian Toni Gilpin will make two appearances in Louisville tomorrow to tell the little-known story of a local labor union that was ahead of its time. A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery workers organized at Louisville's International Harvester plant in the late 1940s, and began anti-racism activism both inside out outside of the plant. Their efforts would lead to an entire factory of mostly white workers walking off the job to protest the unfair treatment of their African American colleagues. Outside the factory walls, union members tried to desegregate the Brown Hotel and Cherokee Park—both whites-only at the time—and were met with violence and forcible removal by police. Gilpin spoke with Kaila Story of WFPL's Strange Fruit about the work of Local 236. She will appear tomorrow afternoon at the University of Louisville and tomorrow night at the National Association of Letter Carriers.
          SF #84: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family's Relationship with Slavery & Its Legacy      Cache   Translate Page      
“There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be.” Author Chris Tomlinson says he hears that a lot while touring for his recent book, called Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name—One White, One Black. In it, he traces his family’s history to a cotton plantation in Texas, and reaches out to another Tomlinson family whose ancestors were held as slaves there. Slavery is a topic that brings up strong feelings in Americans, because as Chris points out, it was part of our country’s economic and social as recently as five generations ago. But he says it wasn’t white guilt that motivated his work on the book. “I’m not asking forgiveness for what my great grandfather did,” he says. “On the other hand, I do have an obligation to recognize the privilege that I have because my ancestors oppressed people.” Chris says slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the institutionalized racism that has always been present in the United States have afforded white people unfair advantages, and it isn’t helpful to ignore that reality. “Until 1964, no white member of my family ever had to compete with a person of color to get a job or to get a privilege. And even today I can go places and I’m treated in a different way.” Tomlinson Hill is a fascinating look at how the remnants of slavery are still present in our every day lives—sometimes even our last names. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talk about Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens who was released from the team after TMZ posted video this week of him physically attacking his then-girlfriend in an elevator. The assault happened in March, but at the time, Rice received only a two-game suspension. Accounts differ about whether the NFL saw the footage then, or not until this week. Rice and his girlfriend were married subsequent to the attack, spurring understandable concern from experts and survivors (domestic violence rarely happens just once, and usually escalates with each incident). Others blamed Janay Rice for staying with and marrying the man who had knocked her unconscious. Financial scholar and commentator (and Louisville native) Dr. Boyce Watkins penned an open letter to Janay Rice, praising her for her decision to stay with her abuser. We read an excerpt from his letter on this week’s show—specifically this passage, which was widely scorned on social media: For every woman who made the mistake of staying in a relationship with a perpetually abusive man, there is another woman who is glad she made the choice to keep her family together. Some will call these women stupid or the product of male manipulation; I call them heroes, ultimate mothers, and powerful people. At the very least, women deserve to have a say in what happens to their families without paternalistic eavesdroppers forcing them to do something they don’t want to do. With black families being torn apart left and right by the pitfalls of extreme feminism, we should appreciate situations where someone isn’t seeking to throw the baby out with the bathwater and destroying their family at the drop of a hat. Dr. Story points out that while most domestic and sexual violence is intra-racial, black women feel pressure to excuse the violence visited upon them by black men. “Black women have been living with these things in silence for fear that if they air it, they’re somehow race traitors or they’re selling their man out.” She calls for black male thinkers and writers to speak up when high-profile black men commit violent crimes against black women. “You got contempt for Darren Wilson? You need to have contempt for Ray Rice,” she explains. “Both parties felt as if it was their right to be able to do anything they wanted to a black body.”
          Strange Fruit #83: TransGriot Monica Roberts; High School Poets Write about Identity      Cache   Translate Page      
You know her from her groundbreaking work as the TransGriot, and a frequent commentator on Strange Fruit. We know her as our Auntie Monica! Award-winning blogger Monica Roberts stopped by the Strange Fruit Studios on a recent visit to Louisville, and we checked in with her about the state of trans human rights. While Monica's blog covers a little bit of everything—"sports, feminism, human rights, whatever I feel like talking about," she says—the overarching focus is the lives of transgender women of color. Why a trans women of color blog rather than a general trans women blog? "Trans people of color experience a transition much differently from our white counterparts," Monica explains. "We are impacted negatively by racism that we deal with in our parent society, and even in the LGBT ranks." Even within the transfeminine community, there are challenges unique to different segments of the population. "The issues that I face as a trans woman of African descent, and the issues that a trans woman of Latina descent faces are two different issues," she says. "I don't have to deal with, like a Latina woman does, being jacked up on the street for immigration issues. But both of us do have to deal with stop and frisk." We also take you along as we visit an after-school spoken word poetry workshop, where high school students—largely LGBTQ and African American—work through tricky subjects like oppression and identity, through their writing. And in our Juicy Fruit segment, we get an update on Michael Sam, released by the Rams, picked up by the Cowboys' practice squad, and obsessed over by ESPN when it comes to showering with the team. We also talk about a conservative commentator who thinks gay people should pay more for life insurance, and learn about Dr. Story's first book, "Patricia Hill Collins: Reconceiving Motherhood."
          Strange Fruit #82: Trans Parenthood, Preventing Rape with Cosmetics, and Beyoncé's F-Word      Cache   Translate Page      
In many ways, Nick and Bianca Bowser are very typical parents. They have two children; Kai is three and Pax is one. "We are exhausted all the time," Nick laughs. "We both work at a bar, so we both work at night, so there's very little sleep." The thing that sets this family apart, and has recently landed them on the Riki Lake show and in international headlines, is something strangers on the street usually don't even notice: Nick and Bianca are both transgender. Nick was assigned female gender at birth, and Bianca was assigned male. Neither has undergone full surgical transition (partially because it's so expensive), so when they decided to have children, they were able to conceive. Nick and Bianca are part of our own community right here in Louisville, and Nick stopped by this week to share their story. We were curious about why they chose to go public with their family's story, when they otherwise have no problem passing. "We want people who are like us to be able to get help if they need help," he explains. There's a mountain of different issues that trans people have to face, and we feel as thought bringing our story to the public and letting them know, hey, we really are normal, but there's something different about us. We have a family. We've had children. We're the same as everybody else. But we had to face all these other obstacles because you (as a whole) don't understand who we are, so were discriminated against because of that. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we focus on the so-called anti date rape nail polish, "Undercover Colors," and how it's been criticized as just another instance of putting the onus on women to prevent rape. Dr. Story talks about how she teaches her classes about rape and gendered violence, but says college students in general are still woefully uninformed about consent. "They just really have no idea what equals consent, what is actually rape," she says. "A lot of times young people are saying in classes that they don't really even think about consent when they are about to engage in a sex act, period." And, of course, we couldn't let this week go by without delving into Beyoncé's legendary performance on the VMAs, the giant F-word she flashed at the world, and how we still live for her.
          Strange Fruit #80: Hands Up Don't Shoot: Fear in Ferguson, and at Home      Cache   Translate Page      
Last Saturday, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown, multiple times, killing him. Since then, the situation in Ferguson has been ever changing. Protests and vigils were initially met with a heavy-handed response from the police, who were outfitted with paramilitary equipment that seemed disproportionate to the situation. Eventually, Missouri Governor Jay Dixon relieved the Ferguson PD of policing the situation, placing the town under control of the Missouri Highway Patrol. While all eyes are on Ferguson, the shooting of an unarmed black man by law enforcement is, sadly, a phenomenon that happens with alarming frequency all across the country. USA Today reported that on average there were 96 cases of a white police officer killing a black person each year between 2006 and 2012, based on justifiable homicides reported to the FBI by local police, and that number only includes convicted felons—not people like Mike Brown and Eric Garner, with no felony convictions. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/14/police-killings-data/14060357/) A report by Mother Jones breaks the situation down by state, and includes the low rate of conviction for these officers: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men This week on Strange Fruit, St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann, and Bridjes O'Neil of the St. Louis American join us from Ferguson to explain what happened there, and talk about the community's history of tension with its police force. Here at home, we speak with Councilwoman Attica Scott, whose op-ed in the Courier-Journal this week described the fear involved in raising black sons. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/08/11/mothers-fear-black-son/13905957/) "People need to understand that police officers are paid by taxpayer dollars," she said. "The budget is reviewed and approved by some local government to then pay these individuals to kill our babies. And that's not okay." The Ferguson aftermath and investigation continues to develop, so watch our twitter for updates: @strangefruitpod. Plus, we remembered comedian Robin Williams, who played what might be considered "queer" roles, like Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Birdcage's Armand Goldman, before LGBTQ characters had the pop culture visibility they do today. We promised to share some of our own favorite Robin Williams moments, so here they are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veYR3ZC9wMQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db5ukd6020Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_lbK_6n5eY And we also welcome our new radio listeners this week! Strange Fruit can now be heard on 89.3 WFPL in Louisville (and live streaming at wfpl.org) on Saturday nights at 10pm, just after The Tavis Smiley Show.
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This week on Strange Fruit, we speak with Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio, and Bridjes O'Neill of the St. Louis American, about the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer—and the aftermath in the community. We also hear from our Louisville Councilwoman Attica Scott about her fears for her own black son. "People need to understand that police officers are paid by taxpayer dollars," she says. "The budget is reviewed and approved by some local government to then pay these individuals to kill our babies. And that's not okay." Hear the full conversation and more, this week on Strange Fruit. Strange Fruit airs Saturday at 10pm on 89.3 WFPL in Louisville, and posts online at strangefruitpod.org.
          Strange Fruit #79: Trans Women's Wisdom in "Letters for My Sisters"      Cache   Translate Page      
"If you could write just one letter to someone beginning transition or your younger pre-transition self, what would you say?" That's the question at the heart of a new book called "Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect." This week we spoke with the book's editors, Andrea James and Deanne Thornton, about the wisdom assembled in the book—and asked them to share their own advice for their pre-transition sisters. Andrea, who created the groundbreaking website Transsexual Roadmap in 1996, said we all go through transitions all the time. "Every day we're on a journey," she said. "We're always in transition and we're always traveling. It's important to take a moment each day and really appreciate all the wonderful things that are going on around you." Deanne Thornton said the honesty in some of the letters is in line with some of the trans women who have guided her along her own path. "Every trans woman I've met on my journey was perfectly willing to be open and share about it," she said. "They didn't feel that it was s secret they needed to keep. It was something they were happy to share with others." In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, Jaison shared some Louisville trivia (did you know the composer of the Seinfeld theme song is from here?). We also tackled a subject that's been a little heated over the summer: the ways white gay men appropriate black women's culture. Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton famously tweeted that "Inside every gay man is a fierce black woman," and it seems many gay men agree. In July, Sierra Mannie wrote a piece for TIME Magazine called, "Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture." (http://time.com/2969951/dear-white-gays-stop-stealing-black-female-culture/). In it, she acknowledged that both groups experience marginalization, so it feel like there would be a natural kinship. "The difference is that the black women with whom you think you align so well, whose language you use and stereotypical mannerisms you adopt, cannot hide their blackness and womanhood to protect themselves the way that you can hide your homosexuality," she wrote. "We have no place to hide, or means to do it even if we desired them." Later in the summer, our own Dr. Story appeared on a segment of HuffPost Live with Sierra and other guests to talk about it: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/archive/segment/53c57db1fe3444d4c5000172 We're glad to be back, Fruitcakes, and hope you had a great summer!
          Strange Fruit #77: Rob Smith on Being Gay & Black in the Army During Don't Ask Don't Tell      Cache   Translate Page      
Our feature interview this week was with Rob Smith, whose new book, Closets, Combat, and Coming Out looks at life as a gay man in the military during the Don't Ask Don't Tell years. In November, 2011, Rob was part of a group of LGBTQ vets who chained themselves to the White House fence to protest DADT (people of color were disproportionately affected by the policy; in 2008, people of color made up 29 percent of the total military population, but constituted 45 percent of DADT discharges). In Juicy Fruit this week we addressed Elevator-Gate, and who should whoop who or not when family disputes become physical. We were also joined by Jake Ryan from the WFPL newsroom, who told us about a local story involving a transgender high school student. The female student had been given permission to use the girls' restroom at Atherton High School, but Clint Elliott, a Louisville attorney, speaking on behalf of the faith-based legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, complained to the Jefferson County Board of Education about it. Atherton is now moving toward becoming the first school in the Jefferson County Public School system to adopt a discrimination policy with specific protections for transgender students. And Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL last week, and then kissed his boyfriend live on ESPN. It was a lovely moment, no doubt, but it occurred to us while watching that, as we see black people (LGBTQ or not) rise in the ranks of fame and wealth, we see more and more of them with white partners. Sometimes we even see folks beginning their career with a black spouse, only to see them divorce a few years later and end up with a white person.  Is it because they're hanging out in mostly rich white people, so that's who they meet? Or is there a whiff of status symbol involved? What do you think, Fruitcakes?
          Strange Fruit #73: Violinist Tona Brown Will Be First Trans Woman of Color at Carnegie Hall      Cache   Translate Page      
This Summer during New York's Pride celebration, violinist and opera singer Tona Brown will become the first trans woman of color ever to perform at Carnegie Hall - headlining the first LGBTQ-themed production ever to be staged there. We were lucky enough to speak with Tona this week about the music she will play there, and the importance of transgender people in LGTBTQ history. NYC Pride 2014 will focus on commemorating the Stonewall Riots, which were lead by trans women of color. Tona says she's been able to reach the level she has in her career because she took a non-traditional path. "Everything that I do is as an independent, freelance artist," she explains, which means she produces her own events and released her album, This Is Who I Am, independently. "Now if I had tried to do it the traditional way, of going to The Met competitions and doing all of that sort of thing, and meeting a conductor that can say yea or nay to me being hired," she says, "I would have had a different experience." She encourages other aspiring artists to hone their craft and be persistent, even if discrimination slows their progress. "If you have a talent and you have a drive to not let people tell you what you can and cannot do, you will succeed. It will just take you longer." With the help of GLAAD, she's raising funds to support the production. We'll be keeping up with her on Facebook and Twitter and will keep you posted on her progress (and let you know when tickets go on sale, for those who can make the trip!). We absolutely adore Tona and can't wait to see what she might accomplish next! Since we'reLove And Hip Hop Atlanta fans, we had to talk about Mimi and Nikko's sex tape this week in our Juicy Fruit segment. Whether you think so-called "leaked" sex tapes are publicity stunts or the real deal, they share a troubling common denominator: "The thing that kills me about all of these sex tapes that come out, like Kim Kardashian and now Mimi," Kaila says, "is that in all of these straight copulation videos, there's no condom! I mean, in 2014, it's really not time for you straight women to keep sleeping with men raw. Just an FYI, that's not a good look." And as Jaison adds, "Pregnancy's the least of your concerns." Indeed, women now account for 1 in 5 of new HIV infections - with African-American women particularly at risk - mostly from heterosexual sex. So why do we only see free condom distribution and mobile STD testing trucks outside gay bars? What would happen if straight people were encouraged to keep track of their status as conscientiously as gay folks are expected to? Would we see a celebrity safe-sex tape one day? Also in Juicy Fruit, we touched on the always-controversial subject of corporal punishment for children, inspired by a Louisville mom who is accused of punching her teenage son in the mouth, busting his lip and loosening one of his teeth. And we had to toot our own horn a bit, because Jaison Gardner recently appeared before a committee of the Louisville Metro Council to talk about the challenges faced by tipped workers who make a $2.13/hour minimum wage. Check out his remarks and let us know what you th
          Strange Fruit #70: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville      Cache   Translate Page      
Out of town Fruitcakes may not have heard, but a large group of teenagers committed multiple assaults and robberies on March 22nd in downtown Louisville. Racist commentary followed; the teenagers were black and, though their victims included both white and black folks, many in the community framed the incident as black on white crime. The WFPL newsroom has been following the story, and our News Director Gabe Bullard joined us for part of our Juicy Fruit segment this week to talk about the incident and how the community and media responded. "We are attracted to a person, to a soul, and not necessarily whatever their reproductive organs are." That's how our guest this week, Djuan Trent, explains her choice to identify as queer. The former Miss Kentucky made headlines this month when she came out on her blog; interviews and profile pieces followed. Originally from Georgia, she went to Berea College and now calls Kentucky home. After being crowned Miss Kentucky in 2010, she went on to place among the top ten semifinalists in the Miss America Pageant. She's now a blogger and motivation speaker (we're guessing her bookings will increase now!) We spoke with Djuan this week about her career in pageants, why she felt it was important to be an out and proud black woman, and how sexual orientation can evolve over time. "I understand and I believe very much in the fluidity of sexuality," she explained. "I've seen girls who were full-flown lesbians, running around campus with the rainbow flag all day, every day when I was in college, and two years later they're on facebook like, 'He proposed and I said yes!'" We talked about a recent incident involving friend-to-the-show Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who removed a sign from an anti-choice display/demonstration on the UCSB campus where she teaches. Protesters then followed her across campus, harassed her, and filmed her without her consent. (Dr. Miller-Young joined us on an earlier episode of Strange Fruit to share her research on considering porn through a black, queer, feminist lens. Also on Juicy Fruit, a thumbs up to Logo & Avenue Q's new HIV awareness campaign and a recap of RuPaul's Drag Race so blunt it prompted Jaison to say, "I probably am for the first time ever on this show speechless, that you just really read that child like that."
          Strange Fruit #69: "Good Luck with That" Filmmaker Chuck Deuce; the Gentrification Dilemma      Cache   Translate Page      
Chuck MF Deuce is a fixture on our Louisville hip hop scene, writing, performing and producing with Skyscraper Stereo. But he recently turned his attention to filmmaking, and his first full-length movie, Good Luck With That, premiered last Sunday night at Baxter Avenue Theater. He joined us this week to talk about the film and to join us for Juicy Fruit. We talked about Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, the black lesbian couple who were murdered in Texas. When we recorded this, police were still looking for clues. Since then, we've learned the shocking news that Britney Cosby's own father is suspected of killing the two women because he didn't like that they were gay. Also in Juicy Fruit, the Malaysian flight disappearance happened while Dr. Story was on a trip, triggering her flight anxiety. And a new documentary called Whitelandia explores the racist origins of Oregon, and gentrification in Portland, which is the whitest major city in the USA, and getting whiter.Then we dove into a topic we've covered before, but could talk about for hours: Chuck brought us an article by Ebrahim Aseem, in which he saysblack men view white women as more desirable than black women—an assertion we mostly disagreed with and don't see much of in our generation and younger (although Dr. Story says she sees it plenty). We also discussed some obstacles to young black folks trying to meet each other in Louisville specifically.
          Strange Fruit #67: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville      Cache   Translate Page      
LGBTQ and feminist activist Urvashi Vaid will deliver the Minx Auerbach Lecture Tuesday night at the University of Louisville. She joined us this week to share a little about her speech, called “Winning the Future: A Critical Look at the LGBT Movement," and to answer our questions about her work, and the future of social justice activism. The Minx Auerbach Lecture takes place tonight at 5pm in Comstock Hall, at 105 W. Brandeis Ave., and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jan Rayburn at (502) 852-8160. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talk about Spike Lee's recent announcement that he's making a sequel to School Daze, Arizona's controversial so-called "religious freedom" bill (which has been vetoed since we recorded this episode), and marriage equality making its way to Texas. We also shouted out Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills, who are hosting a new video series calledPolitini on the Griot. Aisha and Danielle are a married couple who describe themselves as polinistas: "A fashionably political woman who is unapologetic about her femininity and brilliance." We couldn't agree more, and we're so excited they'll be our guests next week on Strange Fruit. See you then!
          Strange Fruit #63: Reclaiming the Story of African Americans in Appalachia; Black History Month!      Cache   Translate Page      
The seldom-told story of African Americans in Appalachia has been on our minds since a few weeks ago when we spoke to Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker, who coined the term 'Affrilachian.' Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has been exploring the issue too, and is hosting an event celebrating the contributions of black folks in Appalachia Tuesday night. This week, we spoke to an innovator in this field of study. Dr. Bill Turner was the first scholar to combine interests in the fields of African-American and Appalachian Studies, having grown up himself in a coal mining town in Harlan County, Kentucky. We spoke with Dr. Turner about the importance of rediscovering this part of our history, and why the image of Appalachia as a white region is so pervasive and lasting. We also had K.A. Owens in our studio to tell us more about the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth event, From Louisville to Appalachia: Celebrating Our Common Heritage. K.A. helped make some connections between environmental preservation and social justice, too. In our Juicy Fruit segment, we talked about Janet Mock's recent video on Colorlines, where she discussed the part sex work played in her life, and drew some comparisons between her story and that of Venus Xtravaganza from our favorite movie, Paris is Burning. And to wrap things up, we talked about some of our favorite black history figures in honor of Black History Month! We'll be spending time throughout February paying tribute to some of the folks who mean the most to us—both those you know, and those who may be new to you. Happy Black History Month, Fruitcakes!
          Strange Fruit #62: Trans* Students in Louisville; Historical Context for the "Black Woman Chair"      Cache   Translate Page      
This week, we're joined by WFPL's Devin Katayama. Devin covers the education beat for the station, and he sat down with us to talk about his newest project, learning about trans* high school students in Louisville. He also filled us in on his recent trip to Kenya over the holidays, and sat in on our Juicy Fruit segment, where we laid out some historical context for the horrific "black woman chair" photo that's been making the rounds online this week. We also talked about the Arizona fraternity who held an MLK Day party where attendees dressed up as black stereotypes, and we pondered how to call out friends and acquaintances when they say something bigoted.
          Strange Fruit #60: Keith McGill Directs Comedy on Sex in Middle Age; Trans Leaders on Katie Couric      Cache   Translate Page      
Louisville comedian Keith McGill has been one of our favorite people since he was first on the show last year to talk about his work in a local production of TopDog/Underdog. That play explored themes of black masculinity through the fractured relationship of two brothers struggling with instability and poverty. Now McGill is working on another local production, this time as the director, vastly different in tone.Sex Again is a comedy by Louisville playwright Heidi Saunders that looks at sexuality during middle age. We spoke to Keith this week, in part, because we wondered how a gay black man approaches work about the waning marriages of straight white folks, and what made him want to direct the piece. "I really think it has a lot to say to everyone," he explains. "There's a lot of truth in the play." Sex Again plays through January 18 at The Vault 1031, one of Louisville's newest performance spaces, on South 6th Street in Old Louisville. Reservations can be made at frogpumproductions@gmail.com or (502) 592-4218. Keith also sat in on our Juicy Fruit segment this week, in which we just had to take on the Katie Couric segment that's been making the rounds this week. Trans activists LaVerne Cox and Carmen Carrera appeared on a segment of Katie, to talk about their work, but the conversation got a little awkward when Couric turned the conversation toward which surgeries Carrera has had. Carrera declined to discuss it, saying she'd rather talk about her career. "I want to focus on that rather than what's 'down here,' because I think that that's been spoken about so many times, you know? Like in other interviews with other trans people, they always focus on either the transition or the genitalia. And I feel like there are more to trans people than just that." After a commercial break the show returned, and LaVerne Cox joined the discussion. Couric asked her about Carrera's response to the surgery question, leading to this amazing response that's been echoing around the internet ever since.
          Strange Fruit #58: Filmmaker Michael Wolfe on Muslims in America      Cache   Translate Page      
Documentary filmmaker Michael Wolfe is probably not the image that comes to mind when most people think "Muslim." In fact, he's a middle-aged white guy from Ohio. But he is a convert to Islam and has spent his career telling the stories of Muslims in America—a story that goes back further than you might think (there were Muslims in the USA during George Washington's lifetime, and of course, many enslaved Africans were Muslims). Stereotypes about Islam abound, and often intersect with other forms of bigotry, especially since 35% of American Muslims are African American. Wolfe was in Louisville recently, courtesy of the Pakistani-American Alliance for Compassion & Education, to speak about major Christian figures like Jesus, Moses and Mary and the role they play in Islamic theology. He stopped by our studios to tell us more about his work, including his film Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans, which was screened at the Frazier History Museum. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we have an update on George Zimmerman. We told you last week he was arrested for threatening his girlfriend; she has decided to stay with him and has asked prosecutors to drop the charges against him. While many states will proceed with domestic violence prosecutions without the victim's cooperation, victims are often the only witnesses as well, so those cases can be hard to prove. We also talked about representations of black lesbians on reality TV, and a recent article called 11 Things You've Always Wanted to Know About Lesbian Sex But Were Afraid to Ask. Dr. Story also drew some parallels between the racist and sexist reactions to the so-called Obama selfies, and a viral episode of What Would You Do featuring a black man and his white girlfriend in a Harlem barbershop. Both stories suggest that black women see white women as a threat to their relationships, which Dr. Story says is a made-up media narrative and a tool of white supremacy and patriarchy. "Because if they're so fighting over the black men," she explains, "they aren't going to be working on feminist stuff or moving gender forward."
          Strange Fruit #54: 'Eenie Meanie' Examines Baby Boomer Racism & Louisville Busing Riots      Cache   Translate Page      
"These buses came back from the West End with these little kids on them, and they were crying, there were windows knocked out. They had been beaten with baseball bats, they had been called every horrible racial name you can expect, right here in this town." It sounds like a scene we'd expect to see in the deep South, but this happened in Louisville in the middle of the 1970s, when public schools implemented the busing system. That's how performing artist Teresa Willis remembers it, and it makes up part of her one-woman show, Eenie Meanie. Because Louisville itself was so segregated, neighborhood schools were largely either black or white. Busing was designed to achieve greater diversity within school, but was met with resistance. "Racism really came out of the closet in my community," Teresa remembers. "There's crosses burning at the football field. Literally, we're at a football game and a cross gets lit on fire. It was not pretty in 1975, '76 around here at all. Dixie Highway at Valley Station road were thousands and thousands of people rioting. We made the national news. People were so angry." Teresa also lived in L.A. during the 1992 riots. Eenie Meanie looks at racism in the baby boomer generation and in her own life. She joined us this week to talk about the piece, which is part of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival going on this weekend and next (she's also the festival's director). In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talk about the horrible case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year-old black woman who was shot in the face by a white man when she went to his door for help after a car accident. Friend to the show Dr. Brittney Cooper, covering the story for Salon, pointed out the similarities between this incident and the recent shooting of Jonathan Farrell, who was also shot and killed while seeking help after an accident. She also points out how this case is different from recent white-on-black killings: because the victim in this case is a woman, and, "we have somehow come to believe that black women’s femininity exempts them from what Kiese Laymon has called 'the worst of white folks.'" Kaila also breaks down 12 Years a Slave with some historical analysis, and shares her reactions to the film. Among many other issues, the film demonstrates how lack of access to reading and writing tools was used as a weapon against enslaved people. "The fact that I'm sitting there as an African American, as a free person with a doctorate, watching this film about a man who was prevented from writing," she says, "It's a really really awful story. It was tough." ► VIDEO: 1975 Busing Riots
          Strange Fruit #52: 'Tracking Fire' Documentary Tells Story of Deadly Anti-LGBTQ Attack in 1973      Cache   Translate Page      
It's one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ people in U.S. history - and even if you're an activist or scholar, there's a good chance you've never heard of it. Louisville filmmaker Sheri L. Wright is bringing a story to light that can be difficult to hear. If you're up on your history, you know that in this country's history, it's often been unsafe for LGBTQ folks to gather and socialize. We all know about the bar raids and wrongful arrests that are part of our story. In her new documentary now in progress, Tracking Fire, Wright tells the story of the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans. In June of 1973, as the city was concluding its very first Pride celebration, someone set fire to the club, killing over 30 people who were inside. Security bars on the windows made escape difficult - there was one back way out that wasn't widely known about. In the days following the fire, some suspected investigators weren't being as thorough as they should have (in fact, no one was ever convicted of the crime, though there was a credible suspect). Remains were left publicly visible for longer than necessary. Some families of the victims never came forward to identify their loved ones and claim the bodies. The media did little reporting on the crime. Clergy were largely unwilling to perform memorial services, and the one who did was sanctioned by his church and received hate mail. In short, the lives of these gay and lesbian New Orleanians did not seem to have much value. That's why Wright said she felt it was so important for their stories to be told. "The more that I looked into this, the more outraged I became," she explained. "These people [...] needed to be acknowledged." Wright joined us this week to tell us about the project, where her crew is with production, and how we can keep up with and support their efforts. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we talked about donning our "fun" apparel for the holidays, and how Target recently became one of the largest retailers to "ban the box," or refrain from asking about criminal history on initial job applications.
          Strange Fruit #47: Meet Gert McMullen, Original Seamstress of the AIDS Memorial Quilt      Cache   Translate Page      
To speak to Gert McMullen about the origins of the AIDS Memorial Quilt is to go back to a scary, sad time in LGBTQ history: San Francisco in the early 1980s. "People were terrified," she explains, "because they didn't know what was happening. People were just dying. They were trying to figure out, why were these gay men dying?" Gert lost many of her friends in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and thanks to the fear and stigma surrounding the disease, she was often their only visitor. "You would go into the hospitals and there was nobody there and the nurses would put you in a moon suit, basically, to walk in there, because they didn't know what was going to happen," she recalls. No one understood how the disease was transmitted, so many people were afraid to come into close contact with their afflicted loved ones - even during their final days. "I remember a friend of mine who was so lonely and I just kind of touched him, and he just went, 'Oh my god, it's been so long since somebody even touched me.'" Witnessing all this sparked Gert's involvement in LGBTQ activism - involvement which continues today. She began work on the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the 80s and is now its caretaker, taking it on tours so people can see it in person. Twenty panels of the quilt will be on display as part of the 20th Anniversary Louisville AIDS Walk on October 13th. We'll talk more about the walk as it gets closer, but this week we speak to Gert about the quilt itself, and the evolution of AIDS-related activism. In our Juicy Fruit segment, we talk about the Charlotte, NC police shooting of Jonathan Ferrell, who was unarmed and running to them for help after a car accident. We also take a look at the racism that erupted online when Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America. And we celebrated Queen Latifah's new talk show but wondered why so many folks involved in its debut are widely-rumored to be gay.
          Strange Fruit #43: Linguistic Reclamation, Weaves in Church, and Louisville Humorist Tracy Clayton      Cache   Translate Page      
Lately, many mainstream (read: white) media outlets have taken notice of Black Twitter. Often their approach seems almost anthropological. "How did this amazing phenomenon come about? Who are these people and what is their motivation?" But as Dr. Story says on this week's show, "Black people talk about political issues amongst themselves, and they have been for centuries. And they sometimes write about it too." To dissect Black Twitter and the media's response to it, we're joined this week by Tracy Clayton, aka @BrokeyMcPoverty, who writes The Root's Grapevine blog and can also be found at PostBourgie. Tracy is one of the funniest voices on our timeline (in our opinion, and you know our opinion is never humble), and lucky for us, she's from right here in Louisville, so she was able to pop down to the studio for a visit.  Tracy's been called for several interviews now about the black twitter phenomenon, which she defines like so: "It's black people... who use twitter." Or in a more concrete example, "It's like the table of black kids in your school cafeteria."  She says the folks on twitter have been responsible for changes in the real world, both large (no book deal for you, Juror B37) and seemingly small (never come for @honesttoddler, Miss Alba). We agree, and we also appreciate the way black twitter uses very sharp humor to poke fun at those who need it. Witness the #PaulasBestDishes hashtag (we were partial to Strange Fruit Pies, of course). Tracy also sat in on our Juicy Fruit segment and we chatted about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's ban on conversion therapy in New Jersey, and how emotionally confusing it is when politicians we generally disagree with do things we love (and how we also love seeing folks with supposedly-unconventional body types in the news for positive reasons).  We also talked about the pastor who doesn't want female church members wearing weaves, and filmmaker Lee Daniels' questionable comments about black homophobia, and how an HIV clinic with women and children in the waiting room reminded him of a welfare office.  And it seems like we have to revisit the concept of linguistic reclamation every few months, because someone is always using language that doesn't belong to them. This time, it's a drag performer in Portland hosting an event whose name includes a slur commonly used against trans* folks. We've also heard lesbians using the f-word and gay men using the d-word. So does membership in any of the LGBTQ letters make it ok to use slurs again
          Strange Fruit #41: Film Examines Guatemala's Breakdancing Culture; Orange is the New Juicy      Cache   Translate Page      
This week we meet Coury Deeb, founder and director of Nadus Films. The Louisville filmmaker's latest film, Bboy for Life, takes us into Guatemala's breakdancing subculture, and shows how gang violence affects the lives of the dancers - many of whom are pacifists, themselves. In our Juicy Fruit segment we finally talk about Orange Is the New Black. And Jaison gives us an update on Marco McMillan's murder (McMillan was a black gay man running for mayor in Mississippi, and a friend of Jai's).
          Strange Fruit #40: Don Lemon Says Don't Litter!      Cache   Translate Page      
While we spent the week celebrating Jai's birthday and recovering from EOY, CNN's Don Lemon was busy making people mad and agreeing with Bill O'Reilly. In our Juicy Fruit segment this week, we deconstruct his list of advice for black folks. The video is worth a watch, but if you're pressed for time, it boils down to pulling up your pants and not having babies out of wedlock. It was a disappointing reminder that just because someone's family doesn't make them immune to the lure of respectability politics. But as Doc said, he's certainly no Boykin (and we did agree with him that littering is gross). Also this week we bring you part two of our chat with Louisville activist Carla Wallace, and author Chris Crass. Chris was in town recently to celebrate the release of his book, Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racism Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy.
          Strange Fruit #39: New Basketball Camp Welcomes LGBTQ Kids; Chris Crass on Intersectional Activism      Cache   Translate Page      
Miserable summer camp experiences are a staple in sitcoms and movies, where letters to home complain of mosquitos, inedible food, and obnoxious roommates. But for LGBTQ kids, the reality is often a lot less funny, and camp can be a scary place if you've been singled out as different.  So teaming up with GLSENand with support from NBA Cares, friends to the show Darnell Moore and Wade Davis are spearheading a brand new basketball camp this year—one designed for LGBTQ kids and their allies. The camp is free and features a whole roster of NBA stars dropping by. It's called YOU Belong: LGBTQA Youth Sports and Leadership Initiative, and Darnell took a few minutes on the eve of the camp's opening to tell us how it came about. While we had him on the phone, we also spoke about his article in this month's issue of The Advocate. They focused their entire July issue on LGBTQ people of color, and Darnell's article related some of his experiences of being 'too gay' in black spaces and 'too black' in gay spaces.  In our main interview this week, we meet activist and author Chris Crass. His new book is called Toward Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy, and it features an interview with someone whose name is very familiar to Louisville's social justice community: Carla Wallace. In case you're new to town, Carla is a long-time activist, co-founder of the Fairness Campaign, and founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice. Carla told us of a time when LGBTQ activists in Louisville threatened to stop contributing to the campaign if any of the money was used in anti-racism efforts. We've come a long way since then, but our chat with Carla and Chris shows that we also have a long way to go. Chris Crass is in town this Sunday to celebrate the book's release. He and Carla had so many eye-opening things to say, we decided to split the interview into two parts; join us next week to hear the rest. What's juiciest in Louisville this week is the ongoing competition for national Entertainer of the Year. In the spirit of the event, Dr. Story offers etiquette tips for drag shows (hint: tipping=life).
          Strange Fruit #36: Yolo Akili's Love Letter to the Universe Affirms the Good in All of Us      Cache   Translate Page      
A few months ago we had an eye-opening conversation with author Yolo Akili about his article, Gay Men's Sexism and Women's Bodies. Today Yolo is back with us to talk about his new book, Dear Universe: Letters of Affirmation and Empowerment for All of Us. As always, Yolo is full of wisdom, and we hope he comes to Louisville one day and becomes Strange Fruit's official Life Coach. This week in Juicy Fruit we talk about an ugly incident that happened to one of our favorite people, Dr. Brittney Cooper. Dr. Cooper wrote about the experience in a piece for Salon: The N-word on the 4th of July.
          Strange Fruit #31: Urmi Basu of New Light India; Kaitlyn Hunt, Statutory Rape & Queer Relationships      Cache   Translate Page      
Activism runs in Urmi Basu's family; her grandfather was a doctor who set up a school for dalit children (India's untouchable caste) in his own home. Urmi says her family "always challenged everything that's traditional in India." Thirteen years ago, she combined her passion for gender equality and her background and education in social work—along with 10,000 rupees, or $200—to found New Light India. New Light is non-profit organization based in the red light district of Calcutta, intended to help victims of sex trafficking and provide healthcare to people living with HIV/AIDS. With an estimated 40,000 new trafficked sex workers in the city each year, it's no small task. But Urmi is a woman of great determination. She was in Louisville recently and she sat down to talk with us about her work, and how sex trafficking in India is part of the larger global culture of gender inequality. In this week's Juicy Fruit segment, a look at the Kaitlyn Hunt case leads to a conversation about the application of statutory rape laws to queer relationships among teenagers. Follow Up: How you can help New Light India New Light's success stories Volunteer Opportunities Internship Opportunities Half the Sky Movement
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Duke's Driving Force

ACC Player of the Week: RJ Barrett, Who's Hot and who's Not, plus Top Five December Games to Watch:

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The ACC-Big Ten Challenge ended in a draw as each conference posted 7 wins in the three-day span. Louisville, Duke, Florida State, Syracuse, and Virginia tallied another impressive win to their resumes. Other conference contenders such as North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech were unable to get the job done.

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          AT&T will launch a 5G Samsung smartphone in the first half of 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
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Verizon isn't the only carrier that'll have a 5G smartphone from Samsung in 2019.

AT&T today confirmed that it will launch a 5G Samsung smartphone in spring of 2019. No other details, like specs or pricing, have been announced, but AT&T says that it'll share more information in the coming months.

AT&T has installed mobile 5G network equipment in 12 markets across the U.S. where it plans to launch its service in 2018. The cities where AT&T mobile 5G will go live this year include Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio, and Waco. Coverage will expand to parts of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose in the first half of 2019.

Rumors have suggested that Samsung is prepping a 5G version of the Galaxy S10, and it's possible that that's the device that could launch at AT&T and Verizon. Not only do Samsung's Galaxy S flagships already launch on multiple carriers, but a special Galaxy S10 with 5G connectivity and high-end specs could help convince more consumers to make the jump to 5G.


          College football: New Maryland, Louisville coaches      Cache   Translate Page      

Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its head coach Tuesday night, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program’s recent history.

Locksley, who won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, was Maryland’s running backs coach...


          Louisville biotech makes bone cement — and wants to raise funds to expand      Cache   Translate Page      
The company's CEO said the expansion would significantly increase the value of the company and improve patient outcomes. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
          KC pilot could prove to be tip of the iceberg in Walgreens-Humana talks      Cache   Translate Page      
A partnership born in Kansas City could be the beginning of the next big cross-segment deal in U.S. health care, Louisville Business First reports. A Friday article in our sister paper speculates that a clinic pilot program in Kansas City is just the tip of the iceberg for Humana's talks with Walgreens. Six months ago, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) began a pilot program in the Kansas City area that p laced clinics of Humana's Partners in Primary Care practice… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
          Are Jewish Hospital's assets really worth $19.9M?      Cache   Translate Page      
The opaque divestiture talks for KentuckyOne Health Inc.'s Louisville assets might have shifted focus as the health system's finances continue in the red. A new financial report values the assets of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare (JHSMH), the corporation that owns Jewish Hospital, at $19.9 million and its liabilities at $77.3 million as of Sept. 30. The fiscal first-quarter report is from KentuckyOne's parent organization, Catholic He alth Initiatives, an Englewood, Colo.-based nonprofit. CHI… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
          Comment on A Local’s Guide to Louisville for Cyclocross Nationals this December by Chris Mayhew      Cache   Translate Page      
First, thanks! And yeah, I totally forgot they were expanding the Bardstown Rd location.
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          Lady Bucks Stay Unbeaten in TCCAA with Win over Volunteer State      Cache   Translate Page      
The Motlow Lady Bucks had four players score in double figures and raised their overall record to 6-2 with an 84-51 win over Volunteer State at Copperweld Arena Saturday afternoon. Motlow (2-0, 6-2) remains tied with defending champion Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings. The Lady Bucks’ win over Volunteer came on …

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          College football: New Maryland, Louisville coaches      Cache   Translate Page      

Maryland hired Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley as its head coach Tuesday night, bringing home a familiar presence after the most tumultuous year in the program’s recent history.

Locksley, who won the Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, was Maryland’s running backs coach...


          Trump keeps up pressure on Dems over border wall      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump kept up pressure Monday on congressional Democrats over funding for his promised border wall, even as lawmakers appeared likely to avert a partial government shutdown this week with a stopgap measure.

Democrats have little interest in providing the $5 billion Trump wants for the border with Mexico. And even some Republicans balk at spending more than the $1.6 billion already provided. But Trump has signaled he’s ready to fight for the money as one of the last big-ticket items of the GOP-led Congress before Democrats take over the House in the new year.

Trump tweeted Monday: “We would save Billions of Dollars if the Democrats would give us the votes to build the Wall.” He did not provide any evidence for the savings, but again threatened to close the “entire Southern Border if necessary.”

The president invited the top Democratic leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, to the White House for a meeting Tuesday, but a Democratic aide said that in light of events surrounding former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, Schumer and Pelosi have asked the White House to postpone the meeting until next week.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Saturday he would be willing to sign a two-week government funding extension to allow for ceremonies honoring Bush, who died Friday.

“I would absolutely consider it and probably give it,” Trump told reporters. The White House is expecting that to be between seven and 14 days, said a White House official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Democrats, though, prefer only a one-week measure as talks continue. Schumer has suggested about $3 billion for the wall – the $1.6 billion already offered along with the remaining $1.3 billion from the current fiscal year that has not yet been spent. The country shouldn’t have to endure a shutdown over “Trump’s temper tantrum,” Schumer said.

Congress has just two weeks to wrap up the session, a full workload on the to-do list, before lawmakers adjourn for the year.

Lawmakers are considering a sweeping criminal justice package with sentencing reforms, a farm bill that’s a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other items before year-end.

McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Saturday it’s up to Trump “to do a deal with the Democrats.” He said, “I think that’s the path to getting a signature and avoiding a government shutdown.”

Nearly three-quarters of the federal government has been funded for the fiscal year that runs through Sept. 30, 2019, but the stalemate is over wall funds and other remaining federal agencies. Federal funding for those is set to expire at midnight on Friday.

Associated Press writer Matthew Daly contributed to this story.


           Living in areas with lots of green space will lower your risk of heart disease       Cache   Translate Page      
Researchers from the University of Louisville in Kentucky found people living surrounded by more plants and trees are less likely to have a heart disease, stroke or blood pressure.
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Central Kentucky machine tool, auto parts and fabricator for sale. Established over 25 years. Solid Employees. Good potential for growth. Owner is retiring and will transition.Sales $4 million. Annual cash flow $800,000+. Assets $800,000. Asking price for business is $2,700,000. In addition, Real estate also available valued at $800,000.Approved for SBA loan to qualified buyer. This is a very solid, quality business.Reply to Greg Hedgebeth, Louisville Business Brokers, Greg@Hedge-Financial.com
          ValentineCast Episode #256 - Lit      Cache   Translate Page      

256

The Valentine Cast Show Notes

https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fpvq8g/Episode256.mp3

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY!  It’s the ValentineCast with your
Lit couple, J and Renee Valentine.  

Intro Music - Who Loves Me by Pretty Lights – http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/home

Today is December 4, 2018 and this is Episode 256!

  • Blendsgiving
  • Best Burger Ever
  • Red Dead Redemption

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You can reach us by email at thevalentinecast@gmail.com. You can also see our blog at valentinecast.com.  The podcast Twitter feed is ValentineCast. The facebook page is facebook.com/Valentinecast. Video can be seen at http://youtube.com/ValentineCast  J’s Twitter feed is theCaoboi and Renee’s twitter feed is theIceflow.

Nikki Moore’s Book: https://goo.gl/cxXdwk

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Outro Music:  Pretty Lights - If I Gave You My Love from the Pretty Lights Music


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          Kentucky Tragedy Shows Danger of Carbon Monoxide in Winter      Cache   Translate Page      
A Louisville, Kentucky, father and his 3-year-old son died from carbon monoxide poisoning and a 7-year-old girl was in critical condition. Continue reading…
          Louisville Bridges Project Is the Biggest Transportation Boondoggle of the 21st Century      Cache   Translate Page      

I have been a steadfast critic of the project to build two new bridges across the Ohio River in Louisville for over a decade. In fact, my first critical post on the bridges proposal was put up in 2007 less than six months after starting my original Urbanophile blog.

The end result was even worse than I anticipated. The project has proven to be a money waster of the highest order, and in fact by far the biggest American transportation boondoggle I can identify in the 21st century so far.

Part of the agreement between Indiana and Kentucky to build the bridges was that they would do official before and after surveys of traffic to determine the impact of the new bridges on traffic flow. The study was published in August of this year.

The result? The two states spent $1.3 billion dollars to build a parallel I-65 span in downtown Louisville that doubled the capacity of that crossing. After spending that money, traffic fell by 50%.

Let me repeat that: Indiana and Kentucky spent $1.3 billion to double the capacity of a road while traffic levels were cut in half.

Here’s a chart showing the before and after traffic levels on the bridges.

And here’s a percent change look.

The project doubled the size of the I-65 crossing and built a new East End crossing that didn’t previously exist. Each of these were around $1.3 billion separately.

What happened is that to pay for (part) of the bridges, a toll was added to the previously free I-65 bridge, and a new crossing in the East End was also tolled. This simply led to a diversion of traffic to the other two bridges that didn’t have tolls. In fact, the existing free I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge now carries more traffic than all of the toll bridges combined. (Unsurprisingly, there’s talk of temporarily closing that bridge for rehabilitation).

Total cross-river traffic has actually fallen since 2013, albeit only slightly. But traffic on the Clark Memorial (2nd Street) Bridge is up 75%. This is traffic choosing the free route to get to downtown. This happened even though the Clark Bridge has seen its number of lanes cut in half due to a lengthy repainting project. Traffic on the I-64 bridge increased by 23%. There’s no percent change on the East End bridge since it didn’t previously exist.

I have always said that the East End bridge made sense conceptually because it added a crossing where one did not exist previously and where traffic would otherwise have to go many miles out of the way to get across the river. The actual bridge was too expensive (also $1.3 billion or so), in part because of a ludicrous tunnel built on the Kentucky side, but at least the basic bridge was a sound project.

But an expanded downtown crossing never made sense. Not only has it proven to be a transportation waste, it is a negative in other ways. For example, the project doubled the width of interstate overpasses through downtown Louisville, creating a bigger barrier between downtown and the booming NuLu district to the East.

Most gallingly, Louisville decided to double down on freeways at a time when most cities are looking at ways to reduce the negative impact of freeways on downtowns and even tear them out entirely in some cases. A very viable proposal to do just that in Louisville called 8664 was rejected by policymakers, who insisted on spending $1.3 billion on this disaster.

Not only was this project a colossal waste of $1.3 billion. Not only did it harm the urban fabric of downtown Louisville. But there’s also reason to believe it diverted economic activity away from Louisville.

Looking at the numbers in table 3.1., it looks like truck traffic across the river has fallen by almost a third since 2013. Here’s the chart:

20% of 224,700 is 44,940. 14% of 220,200 is 30,828. That’s 14,112 trucks (i.e., commercial traffic) gone. Where did they go? If you are a region that’s banking on the distribution industry for a big part of your future blue collar employment growth, the tolls on these bridges can’t be good news. That’s particularly true when no surrounding competitor city has tolls.

I don’t generally like to say “I told you so” – but in this case I’ll make an exception. My analysis of this bridge project was known to decision makers well in advance of the project moving forward. I know that for a fact. What’s more, probably nothing harmed my standing in certain political circles more than this reportage. The 8664 idea was very widely circulated and understood by everyone in Louisville leadership.

This boondoggle didn’t happen by accident. It wasn’t a result of ignorance. It was well known in advance that it was a bad idea. It was a deliberate, conscious choice.

The fact that these states found $1.3 billion to spend on this downtown bridge is one reason why I will never again accept the “there’s no money for that” excuse on anything again. States keep finding plenty of money to spend on things of little to no value – like this bridges project.

I’m not hostile to road spending, so my opposition to this project was never based on an ideological opposition to cars but because it made no transportation or financial sense. It doesn’t make sense to build new roads in stagnant or shrinking places and we should be cautious about speculative projects in an age where we don’t know what the pending possible disruption of driverless cars might bring, but I’m a big advocate of building more roads in rapidly growing places. Unfortunately, the project selection process in most states seems to alight upon the worst projects while the best go unfunded.

Is there another place in the country where somebody spent $1.3 billion to double the capacity of a road whose traffic then fell by half? I can’t think of another example remotely like this. It may well be that something like the MTA East Side Access in New York has seen cost overruns that dwarf this. But at least that project will be useful when it’s done. This is a total waste. That’s why the Louisville downtown bridge is the biggest transportation boondoggle of the 21st century to date.

By rights I should be writing this for a major national publication instead of putting it on my personal web site. But I love Louisville and Southern Indiana (my hometown) and don’t want to create negative press for them. I just want it known for the record that this did not have to happen.

This piece originally appeared on Urbanophile.

Aaron M. Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and an economic development columnist for Governing magazine. He focuses on ways to help America’s cities thrive in an ever more complex, competitive, globalized, and diverse twenty-first century. During Renn’s 15-year career in management and technology consulting, he was a partner at Accenture and held several technology strategy roles and directed multimillion-dollar global technology implementations. He has contributed to The Guardian, Forbes.com, and numerous other publications. Renn holds a B.S. from Indiana University, where he coauthored an early social-networking platform in 1991.

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          Comment on Jeff Brohm got what he wanted from Purdue and Louisville by Paulie      Cache   Translate Page      
If he doesn't want to be here, then we don't want him. Those Tyra words are admirable, even if they are "runner up in the beauty pageant" A.D. speak. Brohm invested a lot of hard work, time and commitment into taking over the Purdue job. I can not blame him for not throwing that baby out with the bath water and rushing back to his hometown, but also a place that treated him badly during the Kragthorpe/Jurich era. He istrying to build something at Purdue an I will continue to wach that program with interest. As far as the "he played us, Bad Brohm" rhetoric, I'll say this. Would you leave a great situation, fan base and emerging program and excellent conference to come back to a 2-10 program in a city that may still worship your family but kicked you out the door a few years back.? "Satter-days" are here. Get behind that... instead of crying over spilled milk. You didn't get your way...too bad. Quit sulking and move on. Better days are ahead for Cardinal Football. They have to be. The program couldn't possibly sink any lower. Paulie
          Louisville company buys out Baptist Healthcare stake in medical facility      Cache   Translate Page      
The ownership of a physical therapy clinic and athletic training facility in Blankenbaker Station has changed hands for the second time in as many years. Louisville-based Personal Fitness& Rehabilitation LLC has bought out Baptist Healthcare System Inc.'s 54 percent stake in the facility, called Baptist Health Performance Training, at 12101 Sycamore Station Place. Terms were not disclosed. Baptist Healthcare, a statewide hospital and health care provider based in Louisville, bought out a previous… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
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Lexington KY Restaurants Report Hepatitis A Infected Staff  PrecisionVaccinations

The Clark County Kentucky Health Department (CCHD) said it was investigating a food *service* worker at the Applebee's, located at 1525 W. Lexington Ave. in ...


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Hepatitis A diagnosis brings warning, clinic, hotline to Jackson County, Ind.  WDRB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A worker at the Seymour, Ind., Taco Bell has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, the Jackson County Health Department said in a ...


          Louisville Mississippi Police Department Chooses ADSi Public Safety...      Cache   Translate Page      

When it came time to advance technology within the department, the Louisville Police Department chose ADSi Public Safety Software as a partner for the long-term.

(PRWeb December 05, 2018)

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9. "Co-equal branches charter member" challenge coin design deadline loom.,

8. Vos is behind on Winston Churchill book club assignments. Just learned no credit given for "Winnie the Pooh." 

7. Fitzgerald needs a nap.

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5. Staff still debating bill signing optics: In secret, or at frozen custard stand? Bucky Badger sweater or Packers jacket?

4, Walker still deciding whether to turn over Louisville Slugger baseball of Koch prank call fame to State Historical Society, or list on eBay?

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2. Walker staff just found out there's no Amtrak train from Madison and Milwaukee for full-dress farewell ride to Mitchell Airport for warm weather getaway. So: ask Vos for a ride, or corporate jet?

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          GSE Automotive Fleet PT Frontline Supervisor - Louisville, KY 40201      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Title: PT GSE Automotive Fleet Supervisor Department: GSE Days: M-F Hours Per Week: 25 Commitment to Position: 2 years Hours: 6am-11am (could change when needed coverage) Flex Time: N Rotating Shifts: Y, may have to cover other shifts when sups out Travel: N Job...
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KY-Shelbyville, Pro Tech Quality Solutions is Hiring ALL SHIFTS! Shelbyville, KY area 40065/Louisville, KY Pay Scale: $11-$18/hr. QUALITY INSPECTORS Responsible for the sorting, inspecting, testing, and rework of materials, components, sub-assemblies, and finished products in automotive manufacturing facilities. Accurately complete daily Service Activity Paperwork. Entry level. No experience needed. TEAM LEADERS
          Kentucky Tragedy Shows Danger of Carbon Monoxide in Winter      Cache   Translate Page      
A Louisville, Kentucky, father and his 3-year-old son died from carbon monoxide poisoning and a 7-year-old girl was in critical condition. Continue reading…
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          Russian Circles & Gouge Away February U.S. Tour Announced      Cache   Translate Page      
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TARC to launch new 'MyTARC' electronic payment card system on Jan. 7  WDRB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials are launching a new card-based system they say will help make catching and riding a TARC bus a whole lot easier.


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KY-Louisville, Anchor Sign is currently looking to add full-time Sign Installers to the Anchor team in the Louisville, KY and Indiana area. This position will play a key role in the Anchor Sign production and customer maintenance process. The ideal candidate must have 3–5 years of experience installing and/or servicing internally illuminated channel letters, building and pole signage. Must be mechanically inclin
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          Actors Theatre Offers Grant and Speaker Opportunities at 2019 Humana Festival of New American Plays      Cache   Translate Page      

Actors Theatre of Louisville announces two opportunities for theatre professionals and new play supporters to participate in the 43rd Humana Festival of New American Plays. Practitioners working in small budget theatres or as a freelance artists are encouraged to apply for the Theatre Professionals Grant, a complimentary weekend at the upcoming Festival. Additionally, Actors Theatre invites guests to take the stage with Share the Spark, a curated program of short, energetic presentations centered on new and exciting visions for the future of American theatre.

The Theatre will award four Theatre Professionals Grants as opportunities to attend the Humana Festival and connect with audience members, visiting artists and Actors Theatre staff. Recipients will be granted a complimentary ticket package to a Humana Festival weekend, which includes up to five world premiere plays, transportation to and from Louisville International airport on key weekends, invitations to events and panel discussions and a Humana Festival gift.

Last year's grant recipients had the chance to meet with members of Actors Theatre's staff based on discipline area. Raymond O. Caldwell, associate artistic director of Theatre Alliance in Washington D.C. shared, "It was an honor to receive the grant, have the opportunity to meet with leadership at Actors Theatre, and participate in what was a dynamic and exhilarating weekend of theatre."

Theatre Professional Grant applications are now available. The deadline to submit is January 11, 2019. A cross-departmental selection committee of Actors Theatre staff will review submissions. https://actorstheatre.org/humana-festival/share-the-spark

Share the Spark offers Festival guests the chance to share their 5-minute vision for the American theatre in a public forum during the Humana Festival's culminating weekend, when artists, producers, practitioners and audiences come together for a thrilling toast to the newest in American theatre. From artistic revelations to passion projects to rallying cries--topics of all sorts and styles are welcome. The selected speakers will take the stage together during a public event on Friday, April 5, 2019.

An open call for Share the Spark proposals is now available. The deadline to submit is January 18, 2019. A cross-departmental selection committee of Actors Theatre staff will review submissions. https://actorstheatre.org/humana-festival/share-the-spark


          Patrons Ask For Refunds Following 'Terrible' Performance of THE WIZ in Louisville      Cache   Translate Page      

A recent performance of The Wiz at Brown Theatre in Louisville had patrons asking for a refund, according to Courier Journal.

The production, put on by Island Entertainment KC, of Kansas City, Missouri, is being called "terrible" and "sloppy" by those in attendance.

"The whole thing is weird," said an employee of the Kentucky Center. "Some people didn't stay more than nine minutes through the show. There was a woman who was so distraught she walked out and spent the entire time talking to the ticket sales people as the show was going on."

A patron of the show, Helen Barnett, said she spent $65 on her ticket, but said the show was "janky." She commented that Dorothy was wearing a "Walmart dress" and the actors forgot their lines.

An actor from the show, Kori Black, spoke out about the performance on Facebook, following the backlash. She said that the 3pm show ended up being a dress rehearsal, and acknowledged there were "a lot of issues."

However, it seemed that the following performance had issues of its own.

Tasha McGhee, a patron of the 7pm performance, noted plenty of problems, including the Cowardly Lion's costume missing a tail, a mane, and one of his paws. In addition, she said at several points in the show, the lights had to be dimmed because the cast and crew set the wrong scene. The projected background was coming from a laptop that kept displaying notifications throughout the show, McGhee said.

Patrons who request a refund are directed to call the Kentucky Center Box Office, 502-584-7777, which will then be forwarded to Island Entertainment. As all revenue is Island Entertainment's, it is their responsibility to handle those requests, according to Christian Adelberg, a spokesman for the Kentucky Center.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. reported slightly higher second-quarter net income Wednesday on the strength of its American whiskey and tequila sales, but cautioned that it’s starting to feel the pinch from tariffs slapped on its spirits in key European markets. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s […]
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Scott Satterfield has disclosed two of his agenda as he is appointed as the new head football coach of the University of Louisville’s Cardinals football team. As he accepted his new responsibility this week, Satterfield initially expressed how grateful he is to be hired as the coach of the Cardinals. He thanked the University of […]

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BROWN Dorothy Zapp "Dottie", 88 passed away peacefully Sunday, December 2, 2018. Dottie was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the late...
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THE TRUE SPIRIT OF REVIVAL

The idea of a spiritual revival and its true concept has been so long lost that it necessitates educating the average religious mind concerning it before addressing the subject. The following is an article written by A.D. Muse, a Southern Baptist pastor in Louisville, KY in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s. He had returned from a meeting in Ashland, KY and had these words to say about it.
“The theme throughout was ‘SOVEREIGNTY’, and there was a unanimous rising vote requesting Bro. Mahan (Henry Mahan, Pastor of the church), his church, and Bro. Barnard (Rolf Barnard, a well known Southern Baptist evangelist) to plan and set up a similar conference next year; the Lord willing.
“This is one of the best omens I have seen. Revivals of the true body will not come by organization, promotional programs, and a glorified Hollywood evangelist, spending countless thousands for publicity and advertising! When revival comes you don’t have to advertise. You can’t advertise. The thing goes so fast, rises so high, and burns so furiously you have to spend all your time gathering up the results and keeping up with the thing. Think about advertising the Jonathan Edwards’ Revival! (Available publications on these revivals can be obtained through Christian bookshops).
“Every revival that has ever come to the churches has come as a result of the supreme emphasis on one great basic doctrine that had been ignored, obscured, forgotten, and lost, but now brought to the fore. I have been convinced for thirty years that the next revival will come upon the crest of a revival of the great doctrine of Sovereignty, (The doctrine of God’s indisputable total control over all things, this especially in regards to salvation; that God is the Author Performer, and Finisher of a man’s salvation; that man is passive, dead (Ephesians 2:1-6). That God is active in the totality of salvation, producing faith to embrace Christ the Redeemer, and repentance to turn from sin)”
If every Baptist and Presbyterian preacher in America today would make proper preparation and preach in every pulpit in these two denominations for five Sundays straight on The Five Points of Calvinism, I would almost guarantee revivals would roll over all the churches of these two denominations and set the world on fire! As Rolfe Barnard said, “This Old World in rebellion needs to learn one more time that God is Boss.”
The late Scottish evangelist and well-experienced revivalist Dr. James Stewart said this, “The true spirit of revival eludes the grasp of the organizer and the advertiser. It cannot be created by machinery, nor promoted by printer’s ink.”
          Emmert: No speedy resolution in basketball corruption cases      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that new rules allowing the use of information from legal proceedings will help in the investigation of college basketball corruption, though he cautioned that the inquiry is unlikely to be done before the men's tournament begins in March.

The first federal trial in the case in October resulted in the conviction of three men for wire fraud after testimony that implicated several schools, including Louisville, Arizona and Kansas, of being involved in payments to high school players.

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NEW YORK | Emmert: No speedy resolution in basketball corruption cases

NEW YORK— NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that new rules allowing the use of information from legal proceedings will help in the investigation of college basketball corruption, though he cautioned that the inquiry is unlikely to be done before the men’s tournament begins in March.

The first federal trial in the case in October resulted in the conviction of three men for wire fraud after testimony that implicated several schools, including Louisville, Arizona and Kansas, of being involved in payments to high school players.

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          Top Take-Aways From The 2018 NAEM EHS&S Management Forum      Cache   Translate Page      
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Antea Group took part in the recent 26th annual NAEM EHS&S Management Forum in Louisville, KY. It was a gathering of some of the brightest and best global EHS&S leaders and NexGen Leaders.

Although a difficult choice to make, Antea Group narrowed down the top 5 favorite takeaways-- like the challenges of leading a multi-generational workforce. Read the details here.

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THU DEC 6

The Thesis Four-Year Anniversary
For the last four years, Portland’s ever-growing hip-hop scene of artists, producers, photographers, writers, fans, and friends have flocked to Kelly’s Olympian every first Thursday to support and show face at the monthly showcase. Thanks to the event’s main organizers Mac Smiff and resident DJ Verbz, the Thesis lineups have been consistently solid for quite a while now. This one has North Portland rapper Vinnie Dewayne headlining, as he returns from a hiatus after the death of his friend. Dewayne’s exceptional music video for recent single “Losing Direction” is definitely worth a watch, and his live performances don’t disappoint. I’m also particularly excited to catch rising rapper Nina Xo, who I’ve not yet seen live, but is said to have fun, high-energy sets. Regardless of the lineup, the night will be a surreal realization of just how long a lot of us have been out here building and networking together in the scene. Here’s to four more years of meeting up at Kelly’s. (9 pm, Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $10; w/Vinnie Dewayne, Load B, Nina Xo, Elton Aura, Verbz) JENNI MOORE

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Blossom, Maarquii, Amenta Abioto, Karma Rivera
Happening the same night as the Thesis, this bill at Mississippi Studios is a fucking stunner. Along with R&B singer/songwriter Blossom, there’s also high femme rapper Maarquii, who recently dropped their excellent debut album C.A.B.O. (AKA Cut a Bitch Off). Maarquii’s performances are marked by fierce rapping, voguing, and if their single “Roll Up” is on the setlist, likely some twerking as well. There’s also rapper Karma Rivera, who’ll be rocking cuts off her debut EP Don’t Sleep on This, which came out earlier this year. But the most unmissable act on the bill is probably singer/songwriter/storyteller Amenta Abioto, who uses a loop machine to blend soul, gospel, spoken word, jazz, and ancient African sounds. Abioto seems to have perfected her act as of late, exemplified by her recording of “Wade.” And when she’s live, her expertly controlled vocals sound better than ever. Plus, this show is free. Go see her now. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, FREE) JENNI MOORE


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FRI DEC 7

Night Birds, Macho Boys, Bothers, Death Ridge Boys
New Jersey’s hardcore traditionalists Night Birds specialize in the kind of snotty punk rock that was born for skate videos and victimless teenage crimes. It’s the sound of dropping out of high school, or at least avoiding it as much as possible. The sound of suburban knuckleheads looking for a reason to sneer. The sound of your first mohawk slicing through the air as you dive into a roiling pit filled with other silly and pissed and righteously obnoxious kids who might kinda feel the same way you do. Were those good times? Not really. But the music was pretty all right. (Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy, 8:30 pm, $10-13) CHRIS STAMM

The Soft Moon, Hide, Vive la Void
After spending nearly a decade in Oakland making moody, motorik-paced post-punk for the pop-leaning Captured Tracks record label, the Soft Moon’s Luis Vasquez used this year’s Criminal—his fourth studio album—as an opportunity to make a few changes. Now living in Berlin, Vasquez signed a new deal with the experimentally inclined Sacred Bones and unleashed an album full of intensely confessional industrial synth-rock (à la Nine Inch Nails) that tackles the lingering effects of his difficult childhood. The result is an urgent and unnerving work of exploration, self-reflection, resignation, and redemption that lifts the veil on Vasquez and puts him at the front of his music for the first time. (Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell, 9 pm, $16-18, all ages) BEN SALMON


SAT DEC 8

Rosanne Cash
Over the past four decades, Rosanne Cash has quietly made one of the most consistent careers in country music. Since releasing her self-titled debut in 1978, the singer/songwriter has released 14 albums, each sounding surer and steadier than the last. Cash’s storytelling skills are on full display on her new record, She Remembers Everything, which includes a couple of interesting collaborations with Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello. After paying tribute to her late father Johnny on 2009’s The List, Cash is easing back into her own sharp observations on life and growing older. She Remembers Everything all but solidifies her status as a major influence on country music. (Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, 8 pm, sold out, all ages) MARK LORE


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SUN DEC 9

YOB, Khorâda, Thrones
It’s been a wild year for Yob: Almost two decades into their career, the heavy rock trio faced their own mortality and reached their highest level of critical success. Guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheidt wrote a good portion of Yob’s latest record, Our Raw Heart, as he stared down death in the hospital with diverticulitis. In the process, what was almost the end became a rebirth. The album, and the members of Yob themselves, continue to demolish the tidy “doom” label that was cast upon them so many years ago—this is a band that may well be creating their own genre. (Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, 9 pm, $20) MARK LORE

Advance Base, Lisa/Liza
Advance Base’s third full-length, Animal Companionship, is about naming a dog after a dead boyfriend. It’s about actualizing long-distance internet love affairs, and going to the park just to watch dogs run around. Backed by only electric piano and drum machine beats, these stripped-down songs capture both the pervasive loneliness of life and the will to alleviate it—the desire we all have to care and be cared for. At times, the album inches songwriter Owen Ashworth closer to being bedroom-pop’s Springsteen, with its working-class tales of finding beauty in refinery lights, kissing a partner’s smoky hair after an apartment fire, and falling in love at the Aquatarium. (Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth, 8 pm) JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON


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MON DEC 10

Billie Eilish, Strange Hotels, Finneas
If you’re not familiar with pop sensation Billie Eilish, or if you’re flummoxed as to why someone you’ve never heard of is instantly selling out venues every time she comes to Portland, don’t kick yourself in the ass too hard. Eilish is a creation of Instagram rather than any record label, and has a passionate 9.2 million followers to prove it. AND she’s only 16 years old, with her first gorgeous hit “Ocean Eyes” popping off when she was the ripe old age of 13. But before you brush her off as another unasked-for internet-born Bieber, listen to her music. Her pipes are a thing of angelic glory and her songwriting ability (with assistance from her brother) belies her age with emotional maturity. Check out her newest single, “When the Party’s Over,” for a taste of her moody, choral-infused power, and be on the lookout for her next Portland gig—because unless you’re quick, you can forget about nabbing tickets to that one as well. (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, sold out, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Ezra Furman, Michael Rault
No one’s turning 20th-century rock ’n’ roll archetypes on their ear as well as Ezra Furman. His latest, Transangelic Exodus, is a “road” album, a soundtrack for crisscrossing America jam-packed full of anthemic melodies and sing-along choruses. Sounds familiar, right? Well, it’s also a dystopian queer rock opera about angels, outlaws, and fighting fascism—proving that rock can survive if it’s about more than cars and girls. (Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukee, 8 pm, $14-16, all ages) NED LANNAMANN

Fucked Up, Narrow Head
Fucked Up’s new album Dose Your Dreams is long, clocking in at 18 tracks and more than 82 minutes, which seems antithetical to their reputation as a hardcore punk band, but not if you know what Fucked Up’s all about. For more than a decade, the Canadian collective has been toying with the notion of genre, backing harsh hardcore vocals with cinematic guitar-pop, building rock operas from the underground up, and generally bending and stretching the expectations of punk. Dose Your Dreams is no different: It’s a strange and psychedelic rollercoaster ride that doesn’t sound much like past Fucked Up albums. This, folks, is the best punk band on the planet. Catch them while you can. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $17-20) BEN SALMON


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WED DEC 12

Cake
Cake isn’t the type of band that needs to produce a constant stream of new music, and the scale of their popularity means they don’t even really need to play live that often. The proof is the fact that their Doug Fir show sold out pretty quickly, despite the band having only put out one new song in the last seven years. That song, “Sinking Ship,” is vintage Cake, showcasing tight grooves, group shouts, and John McCrea’s curmudgeonly croon. All proceeds from the single’s sales are being donated to Doctors without Borders, and tonight’s “Tacky Sweater Soirée” show is also a benefit for the Giving Tree. (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, sold out) RYAN J. PRADO

Emma Ruth Rundle, Jaye Jayle
Thanks to her seemingly endless supply of dramatic guitar licks and haunting vocal melodies, doom-struck folk singer Emma Ruth Rundle will always be the centerpiece of her songs. But while making her latest album On Dark Horses, she shared space with new collaborators in her new hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Working with members of Jaye Jayle (including romantic partner Evan Patterson), Young Widows, and Wovenhand, Rundle’s new songs find heightened emotional heft in full-band arrangements. The result is a sound that’s lighter and lusher than her previous releases, but every bit as darkly beautiful. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $13-15) BEN SALMON


THURS DEC 13

Bossin’ Up: Fountaine, JxJury, LC Lonely Child, Rikoe Wavy, Jay So Smoov
Comedian Shrista Tyree has been hosting hip-hop shows and open mics in Portland for a minute, and the latest endeavor she’s producing, Bossin’ Up, goes down at Bossanova Ballroom. Tyree, a talented comedian, is a natural host for the music showcase, and she’s even been known to perform comedic raps alongside Bossin’ Up’s resident DJ Chuckie Buckets. Oh, and the Mercury is a proud sponsor! The latest showcase hoists rapper/producer Fountaine as its headliner, which is a super good call. Fountaine’s original sound, versatility and bouncy stage presence make his shows an interactive treat. (Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside, 8 pm, $7) JENNI MOORE

Minus the Bear, Tera Melos
It’s a bummer whenever a band as good as Minus the Bear decides to hang it up. After 17 years, six LPs, 12 EPs, and a whole lotta touring, the Seattle quartet is saying farewell on this final string of West Coast dates. The band’s experimentalism was born from the post-hardcore early ’00s, and has rotated through wild hybrids of prog, ambient, psych, and punk that peaked on 2007’s classic Planet of Ice, and was refined on their trippy sophomore record, Menos El Oso. They’re leaving fans with a final EP, Fair Enough, and plenty of inspired artists in their wake. (Roseland, 8 NW 6th, 8 pm, sold out, all ages) RYAN J. PRADO


FRI DEC 14

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Protomartyr, Preoccupations, Hurry Up
The pairing of Detroit’s Protomartyr and Calgary’s Preoccupations for a double-headliner tour is a brilliant one, and not merely because the two bands are already alphabetically nestled together in your iTunes library. Protomartyr has the market cornered on thinking, literate-minded rock music, with vocalist Joe Casey’s half-spoken lyrics touching on religion, philosophy, and politics. Preoccupations, on the other hand, examine guitar-rock’s more jittery, mechanical attributes, using it as a vehicle for melodic repetition and abstract minimalism. Together, the two bands make for a thorough treatise for the shape of post-punk to come, as evidenced on their new split 7-inch, which finds each band covering one of the other’s songs, to surprising and invigorating results. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, sold out) NED LANNAMANN

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CRITIC’S PICK: Kurt Vile & the Violators, Jessica Pratt
Kurt Vile is Kurt Vile—long hair, guitar, barely enunciated lyrics about “Rollin’ with the Flow,” you get the picture—but tonight’s opener Jessica Pratt is pure magic. Already deserving a place in the same pantheon that houses Karen Dalton, Judee Sill, and Vashti Bunyan, Pratt’s 2012 self-titled debut and 2015 sophomore album On Your Own Love Again have proven her ability to spin spider-web melodies out of a few chords and a voice that sounds like it belongs to a lonely alien folksinger echoing across a faraway galaxy. (Extraterrestrial evidence can be found on the shiver-inducing track “Bushel Hyde”: “I am calling out to you/From the ’nother place/Words mean more than they did before/In that other place.”) But that’s not quite right, because Pratt’s music is far too introspective to be alien; she always sounds like she’s a million miles away but still somehow grounded in her own head. Almost every Jessica Pratt song is a complex patchwork of fleeting thoughts, memories that can’t seem to fade, and striking images of things like an empty bed and “people’s faces blended together like a watercolor.” The foundation of her new single “This Time Around”—from her forthcoming record Quiet Signs, which is due in February on Mexican Summer/City Slang—is a simple guitar riff looped over and over, but the effect is bewitching. That should come as no surprise; Jessica Pratt is a master of the deceptively simple song. (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8 pm, $29.50-32, all ages) CIARA DOLAN


SAT DEC 15

Frankie Simone’s Holigay Spectacular: Blossom, Cristina Cano, Zora Pavonine, Che Che Luna, Frankie’s Kweens
Frankie Simone’s Holigay Spectacular aims to “keep the season bright and gay” with burlesque performances from the likes of Zora Pavonine and Che Che Luna and sets from Blossom, electro-swimwave singer/songwriter Cristina Cano (AKA Siren and the Sea), and the rising pop sensation herself. Expect mind-blowing dance moves and plenty of holigay cheer. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-20) CIARA DOLAN

Tenacious D
The underdog element of folk-metal-comedy duo Tenacious D took a hit when Jack Black turned out to be one of the world’s biggest movie stars. But the homegrown charm of their HBO series and first album returns with Post-Apocalypto, a project that’s more than the D’s first album since 2012’s Rize of the Fenix—it’s also a six-episode cartoon series freely viewable in full on YouTube (you can also watch Post-Apocalypto: The Movie, which pastes all six episodes together). The crudely drawn animation—apparently done entirely by Black—is reminiscent of the doodles of Dio and Van Halen logos that littered countless spiral notebooks in countless high school study halls. More importantly, it’s got the same silly stoner humor and worship of the almighty riff that made Tenacious D such a fun, affectionate proposition to begin with. (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 8:30 pm, sold out, all ages) NED LANNAMANN


SAT DEC 15 & SUN DEC 16

Patterson Hood
What a generous and wonderful gift the artistic output of Patterson Hood has turned out to be. The son of one of the greatest bassists who ever lived—David Hood of Muscle Shoals, Alabama—Patterson’s legacy would have been assured even if he’d just dipped his toe in the waters of his dad’s profession. But as it turns out, Hood not only co-fronts one of the most prolific and fiery rock bands of the past two decades (Drive-By Truckers), he’s carried on a simultaneous solo career in music< and become a fantastic essayist and storyteller, exploring the conflict of the two Americas and the redemptive power of music. Now a Portlander, Hood carries on a relatively new holiday tradition with two solo shows at the Doug Fir, where he’ll do plenty of talking, and just as much playing. (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, 9 pm, $20-25) NED LANNAMANN

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert
Old-man goth-kid Tim Burton has made a lot of great movies (Edward Scissorhands!) and a lot of shitty movies (Alice in Wonderland!), but when he’s good, he’s good—and for proof, look no further than 1993’s stop-motion musical A Nightmare Before Christmas, adapted by director Henry Selick from Burton’s fantastic story. Sweet, creepy, funny, sad, and gorgeous to both look at and listen to, it’s a simultaneous celebration and satire of this goofy-ass season... and it’ll be even better with the Oregon Symphony performing Danny Elfman’s all-timer of a score live to picture. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, $45-115, all ages) ERIK HENRIKSEN


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SUN DEC 16

CRITIC’S PICK: Redd Kross, Dale Crover Band
Teenage Fanclub, the Posies, and Redd Kross constitute the holy triumvirate of ’90s power-pop. Those first two bands have been obsessed with creating the perfect sequel to Big Star’s #1 Record for the duration of their careers, but Redd Kross’ origin story is a little less straightforward. Formed around the nucleus of choir boy brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald, Redd Kross started as a goofy, quintessentially Californian hardcore band, whose 1982 debut album Born Innocent—released when both McDonalds were teenagers—features songs with titles like “Kill Someone You Hate” and “Pseudo-Intellectual.” On their 1987 follow-up, Neurotica, the band synthesized punk with their childhood adoration for Sid and Marty Krofft and bubblegum pop bands like the Partridge Family, resulting in a warped paean to ’70s Saturday morning ephemera. Then comes the band’s trio of power-pop all-timers: 1990’s technicolored Third Eye, 1993’s Phaseshifter (which Stone Temple Pilots aped to an embarrassing degree on their album Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop), and 1997’s Show World, whose lead single “Mess Around” boasts guitar-pop’s pithiest refrain since “Ticket to Ride”: “Can’t you see?/Monogamy/Has always been so hard for me.” After a 15-year break from releasing new music, Redd Kross returned in 2012 with an excellent album on Merge called Researching the Blues, a 30-minute loud-pop romp that contains at least two of the band’s best songs: the title track and “Stay Away from Downtown.” Even after all these years, Redd Kross remain one of America’s greatest—and strangest—bands. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-18) MORGAN TROPER


MON DEC 17

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Cults, Munya
Québécois musician Munya kind of sounds like the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan—who passed away this year, leaving my face in a permanent frown—singing breathily in French over entrancing synth-pop. In 2018 Munya released her first two EPs, and she plans to release a third early next year. North Hatley layers woozy, Mac Demarco-style guitar riffs over cruise-controlled beats and sweet lyrics, like those on “Des Bisous Partout” (which translates to “kisses everywhere”). Her second EP, Delmano, includes a charming ode to ghosting called “If I’m Gone Tomorrow (It’s Because of Aliens)” and “Hotel Delmano,” which might be Munya’s best song yet, made great with bongos, a mystical synth line, and layered, siren-like harmonies. Munya only has a few tracks to her name, but she’s already created a swirling pink fog in pop heaven that’ll hopefully linger for quite a while. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 8 pm, $18-20) CIARA DOLAN


WED DEC 19

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John Legend
A few years ago, I got really mad when I tried to Google “John Lennon” and it auto-populated “John Legend.” But the EGOT winner has more than earned his place atop search engine results, with a multi-pronged talent, a long history of philanthropy, and a more-vital-than-ever sense of social awareness. Tonight, Legend will be singing Christmas songs, proving his cross-generational appeal. (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 8 pm, $69.50-149.50, all ages) NED LANNAMANN

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          UK Places Three on Coaches’ All-SEC First Team      Cache   Translate Page      
Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen, junior running back Benny Snell Jr. and senior offensive guard Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by the league's coaches, while sophomore wide receiver/return specialist Lynn Bowden Jr. earned second-team honors as an all-purpose performer, announced Tuesday by the SEC.

The three Wildcats voted to the coaches' first team are the most since 2008 when star receiver/return man Randall Cobb, linebacker Micah Johnson and punter Tim Masthay all earned that distinction.  Allen, Snell and Stallings duplicated the first-team All-SEC honors announced Monday by The Associated Press.

The Wildcats won nine regular-season games for the first time in 41 years, including six over bowl-eligible teams and four over squads that won eight or more. UK's 5-3 mark in SEC play also was the team's first winning league record since 1977.  The Cats won at Florida, ending a three-decade-old dry spell against the Gators, and the recorded the most-lopsided win in the history of the Governor's Cup series against Louisville.

Allen, a senior from Montclair, New Jersey, has been a pass rush terror so far this season. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK's career and single-season records. His 11 career forced fumbles tie former Wildcat and current Chicago Bear linebacker Danny Trevathan for UK's career mark (forced fumbles stats available since 1988).  He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5). Twelve of his 14 sacks have come in the second half of games, including eight in the fourth quarter. In five of UK's nine wins this season, Allen had a sack late in the fourth quarter that was crucial to the Wildcat victory.

In addition to his first-team All-SEC accolades, Allen was received the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday, signifying the National Defensive Player of the Year.  He also is a finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), the Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive player of the year) and Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year).   

Snell continued his onslaught on the UK record books this season while piling up 1,305 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, and now ranks second on UK's career rushing list behind only Sonny Collins. The Westerville, Ohio native now has been voted AP first team in back-to-back seasons. The last Wildcat to win consecutive first-team All-SEC honors was tight end Jacob Tamme in 2006-07. Snell has six 100-yard games this season and will enter the VRBO Citrus Bowl with 3,729 career rushing yards and 46 touchdowns.

Stallings, a senior guard from McComb, Mississippi, is just the second UK offensive lineman to earn first-team honors since 2003, joining center Jon Toth in 2016. He twice earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week this season and gained attention for his devastating pancake block in the open field against Florida during a critical point of the Cats' 27-16 win.

Bowden, a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio, was one of the league's most explosive threats this season, leading the Wildcats with 62 catches for 661 yards and five touchdowns. He returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 22.5 yards and jumpstarted the Cats' wild, come-from-behind win at Missouri with his 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of a game UK won on the final play of the game. 


          Louisville Tabs Satterfield as Football Coach      Cache   Translate Page      
Louisville has officially hired Scott Satterfield as its head football coach.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association unanimously approved the hiring of the former Appalachian State coach on Tuesday. Satterfield, who received a six-year contract with a base annual salary of $1.625 million and another $1.625 million for media obligations, was introduced at a news conference later Tuesday at Cardinal Stadium.

Satterfield was hired nearly a week after Jeff Brohm said he was staying at Purdue. The 45-year-old Satterfield guided the Mountaineers to a 51-24 record with three bowl wins in six seasons.

"I'm so excited to be here," said Satterfield, who was cheered as he entered the club at Cardinal Stadium.

"We've had a lot of success over the past four years and there's been opportunities, but this is the right one."

Satterfield replaces Bobby Petrino, who was fired Nov. 11 after a 2-8 start to the fifth season of his second stint as coach. Lorenzo Ward lost the final two games as Louisville's interim coach.

Satterfield will now compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference after leading App State's successful transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Mountaineers are bound for the New Orleans Bowl against Middle Tennessee.

Responding to questions about Satterfield's ability to lead a Power Five program, Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said, "I think he's stepped up and will do it here."

Satterfield's task will be taking down Clemson in the ACC's Atlantic Division, though the immediate focus will be getting Louisville back on the winning track after a sorry season in which it failed to beat a Power Five school and lost its final nine games.

Many of those defeats were blowouts, including seven in which opponents hung at least 50 points on the Cardinals. While that speaks volumes about the deficiencies of a young defense, the offense fell off drastically following the departure of 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson to the NFL.

Jackson's mobility and dynamic play masked a lot of weaknesses that Louisville couldn't hide this season. The Cardinals rank 111th nationally in total offense at 352.5 yards per game, while scoring average of 19.8 points is tied for 122nd.

By comparison, Appalachian State ranks 20th in scoring at 36.7 points per game and 42nd in total offense at 429.6 yards. The high-octane spread scheme made the Mountaineers successful even before they joined the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, with bowl wins in all three appearances.

But Satterfield warned against expecting a quick turnaround.

"It's not going happen overnight," he said. "I'm going to work extremely hard to make this work on a daily basis."


          Kentucky Moves Up One Spot to No. 9 in AP Poll      Cache   Translate Page      
Maybe AP Top 25 voters were a bit too low on Michigan to start the season. That isn't the case anymore.

The Wolverines (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) have made a rapid rise to reach No. 5 in Monday's latest poll behind Gonzaga, Kansas, Duke and Virginia after their latest impressive wins. They've beaten every opponent by at least 17 points, with three of those coming against ranked teams.

The Wolverines are off to their best start since winning the first 16 games of the 2012-13 season, a year that saw them play in the NCAA Tournament final. That's also the last time the Wolverines had cracked the top 5 before Monday.

The success has come amid the program's shift to a more defensive focus. Michigan ranks first in the country in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency, allowing an average of 86.8 points per 100 possessions.

"They're learning that sometimes you're not going to make a foul shot, you're going to turn it over, you're going to have a tough ref's call," Michigan coach John Beilein said after Saturday's home win against Purdue. "Your defense can be the one constant, as long as we keep embracing that, we can keep having success."

Michigan started the year at No. 19 but quickly leaped into the top 10 after beating reigning NCAA champion Villanova by 27 on the road on Nov. 14 in a rematch of last year's final.

Last week, Michigan was seventh before beating two more ranked opponents at home: North Carolina by 17 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, then Purdue by 19 in its league opener.

They also rank among the most efficient offenses in the country, while they've proven adept at defending without drawing whistles — ranking among the nation's best at avoiding fouls and keeping opponents off the foul line.

Yet Beilein chuckled when asked if he was having a difficult time finding things to critique with his team's play after the Purdue win.

"No, I'm finding things," Beilein said. "I'm the same way I'd always be: what can we do better?"

SAME QUARTET

The top four remained unchanged in the poll, with Gonzaga earning 43 of 64 first-place votes. Kansas had 19, while Duke and Virginia each had one.

TOP 10

Michigan jumped Nevada and Tennessee, which checked in at No. 6 and No. 7. Auburn, Kentucky and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.

TOP RISERS

No. 12 Wisconsin and No. 13 Texas Tech made the biggest jumps of the week. The Badgers jumped 10 spots to No. 22, while the Red Raiders moved up seven from No. 20.

No. 11 Florida State and No. 17 Buffalo also had notable climbs, each moving up four spots.

LONGEST SLIDES

Kansas State and Iowa had the biggest slides among ranked teams, with both falling four spots. The No. 16 Wildcats tumbled after a loss to Marquette , while the No. 18 Hawkeyes fell after losing to Wisconsin .

UNC and Ohio State each fell three spots. The No. 14 Tar Heels lost at Michigan a week after losing to Texas, while the No. 19 Buckeyes lost to Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

NEWCOMERS

There were three new teams in No. 20 Arizona State, No. 24 Nebraska and No. 25 Furman. It is Furman's first AP poll appearance and comes a little more than two weeks after the Paladins won at Villanova in overtime.

The Cornhuskers are making their first poll appearance since November 2014. Arizona State, however, spent much of last season in the poll and peaked at No. 3 last December.

SLIDING OUT

Texas (No. 17), Oregon (No. 18) and Purdue (No. 19) fell out of the poll, with the Ducks and Boilermakers each losing twice last week.

While the Boilermakers lost against ranked FSU and Michigan teams, the Ducks and Longhorns each suffered surprising upsets. Oregon lost as a 24-point favorite at home to Texas Southern , while Texas lost at home to Radford .


The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 2, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (43) 8-0 1578 1
2. Kansas (19) 6-0 1539 2
3. Duke (1) 7-1 1463 3
4. Virginia (1) 7-0 1367 4
5. Michigan 8-0 1339 7
6. Nevada 8-0 1300 5
7. Tennessee 6-1 1238 6
8. Auburn 6-1 1154 8
9. Kentucky 7-1 1070 10
10. Michigan St. 6-2 915 9
11. Florida St. 6-1 871 15
12. Wisconsin 7-1 809 22
13. Texas Tech 7-0 783 20
14. North Carolina 6-2 782 11
15. Virginia Tech 6-1 675 13
16. Kansas St. 6-1 629 12
17. Buffalo 7-0 515 21
18. Iowa 6-1 417 14
19. Ohio St. 7-1 385 16
20. Arizona St. 7-0 384
21. Villanova 6-2 356 23
22. Mississippi St. 6-1 243 25
23. Maryland 7-1 204 24
24. Nebraska 7-1 176
25. Furman 8-0 101

Others receiving votes: Purdue 100, Syracuse 62, Marquette 47, Iowa St. 46, Texas 44, Creighton 42, St. John's 39, Houston 30, NC State 14, Indiana 13, Arizona 12, Clemson 11, Louisville 11, Radford 9, TCU 9, Arkansas 3, Notre Dame 3, Oregon 3, UCLA 3, Boston College 2, Florida 2, Davidson 1, Oklahoma 1.


          AP: Louisville Tabs Satterfield as Football Coach      Cache   Translate Page      
A person with knowledge of the situation says Louisville has reached an agreement with Appalachian State's Scott Satterfield to be the Cardinals' next head football coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition on anonymity because neither the school nor Satterfield had publicly announced the decision. Louisville has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference with a "special announcement" about the football program.

The 45-year-old Satterfield emerged as Louisville's next reported choice after Purdue's Jeff Brohm turned down the offer from his alma mater last week to remain with the Boilermakers. Satterfield has led the Mountaineers to a 51-24 record in six seasons, including 10-2 this year with a Sun Belt Conference championship.

Satterfield will replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired on Nov. 11 after a 2-8 start. Lorenzo Ward was 0-2 as the Cardinals' interim coach.


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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the offensive player of the year and one of five members of the top-ranked Crimson Tide to earn first-team honors on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.

No. 16 Kentucky (No. 14 College Football Playoff ) has the SEC’s defensive player of the year in linebacker Josh Allen and the coach of the year in Mark Stoops. Vanderbilt running back and Illinois transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn was named newcomer of the year.

Alabama (13-0) is the top seed in the College Football Playoff after overcoming Tagovailoa’s ankle injury to rally past Georgia 35-28 in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. Kentucky (9-3) will face No. 13 Penn State (9-3, No. 12 CFP) in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 after posting its highest regular-season win total since 1977.

Tagovailoa, Allen and Mississippi wide receiver A.J. Brown were unanimous first-team selections.

Tagovailoa, one of the prime contenders for the Heisman Trophy, has thrown 37 touchdown passes with only four interceptions to rank second nationally in passing efficiency. He struggled in the SEC championship game before leaving in the second half with a high ankle sprain, though coach Nick Saban is hopeful the sophomore will be ready for the Dec. 29 Orange Bowl semifinal with No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1).

Allen has recorded 14 sacks to lead all Power Five players. Brown leads the SEC in catches (85) and yards receiving (1,320).

Vaughn has rushed for 1,001 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.95 yards per carry.

Alabama players joining Tagovailoa as first-team picks include offensive tackle Jonah Williams, center Ross Pierschbacher, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

The Crimson Tide had eight overall all-SEC selections to lead all teams. No. 6 Georgia (No. 5 CFP) had seven players earn all-SEC honors, though cornerback Deandre Baker was the Bulldogs’ only first-team selection.

A panel of 28 writers and broadcasters who cover the SEC voted on the AP all-conference team.

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The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team, with position, name, school, height, weight, class and hometown:

FIRST TEAM

Offense

u-WR - A.J. Brown, Mississippi (u), 6-1, 230, Jr., Starkville, Mississippi

WR - Jerry Jeudy, Alabama, 6-1, 192, So., Deerfield Beach, Florida

T - Greg Little, Mississippi, 6-6, 325, Jr., Allen, Texas

T - Jonah Williams, Alabama, 6-5, 301, Jr., Folsom, California

G - Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky, 6-3, 305, Sr., McComb, Mississippi

G - Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, Missouri, 6-5, 330, Jr., East St. Louis, Illinois

C - Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama, 6-4, 309, Sr., Cedar Falls, Iowa

TE - Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr., Kingfisher, Oklahoma

u-QB - Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, 6-1, 218, So., Ewa Beach, Hawaii

RB - Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky, 5-11, 223, Jr., Westerville, Ohio

RB - Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M, 5-9, 200, Jr., Houston

PK - Cole Tracy, LSU, 5-11, 188, Sr., Camarillo, California

All-purpose - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

Defense

DE - Jachai Polite, Florida, 6-2, 242, Jr., Daytona Beach, Florida

DE - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State, 6-6, 245, Sr., Stone Mountain, Georgia

DT - Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State, 6-4, 300, Jr., Macon, Mississippi

DT - Quinnen Williams, Alabama, 6-4, 295, So., Birmingham, Alabama

u-LB Josh Allen, Kentucky, 6-5, 260, Sr., Montclair, New Jersey

LB - Deshaun Davis, Auburn, 5-11, 233, Sr., Prichard, Alabama

LB - Devin White, LSU, 6-1, 240, Jr., Springhill, Louisiana

CB - Deandre Baker, Georgia, 5-11, 185, Sr., Miami

CB - Greedy Williams, LSU, 6-3, 184, So., Shreveport, Louisiana

S - Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State, 6-0, 215, Sr., Columbia, Mississippi

S - Grant Delpit, LSU, 6-3, 203, So., Houston

P - Braden Mann, Texas A&M, 5-11, 190, Jr., Houston

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SECOND TEAM

Offense

WR - Kalija Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, 6-1, 201, Jr., New Orleans

WR - Deebo Samuel, South Carolina, 6-0, 210, Sr., Inman, South Carolina

T - Martez Ivey, Florida, 6-5, 306, Sr., Apopka, Florida

T - Andrew Thomas, Georgia, 6-5, 320, So., Lithonia, Georgia

G - Zack Bailey, South Carolina, 6-6, 314, Sr., Summerville, South Carolina

G - Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr., Svendborg, Denmark

C - Lamont Gaillard, Georgia, 6-2, 308, Sr., Fayetteville, North Carolina

TE - Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt, Jr., 6-4, 255, Norcross, Georgia

QB - Drew Lock, Missouri, 6-4, 225, Sr., Lee’s Summit, Missouri

RB - D’Andre Swift, Georgia, 5-9, 215, So., Philadelphia

RB - Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-10, 222, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

PK - Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia, 6-1, 191, Jr., Marietta, Georgia

All-purpose - Mecole Hardman, Georgia, 5-11, 183, Jr., Bowman, Georgia

Defense

DE - Isaiah Buggs, Alabama, 6-5, 286, Sr., Ruston, Louisiana

DE - Raekwon Davis, Alabama, 6-7, 316, Jr., Meridian, Mississippi

DT - Derrick Brown, Auburn, 6-5, 320, Jr., Sugar Hill, Georgia

DT - Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri, 6-4, 295, Sr., East St. Louis, Illinois

LB - De’Jon Harris, Arkansas, 6-0, 245, Jr., Harvey, Louisiana

LB - Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State, 6-1, 250, So., Florence, Alabama

LB —D’Andre Walker, Georgia, 6-3, 245, Sr., Fairburn, Georgia

CB - Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State, 6-2, 175, So., Hammond, Louisiana

CB - Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt, 6-3, 210, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee

S - Mike Edwards, Kentucky, 6-0, 201, Sr., Cincinnati

S - Deionte Thompson, Alabama, 6-2, 196, Jr., Orange, Texas

P - Zach Von Rosenberg, LSU, 6-5, 245, So., Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Offensive Player of the Year —QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

Defensive Player of the Year_LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

Newcomer of the Year —RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt (Illinois transfer)

Coach of the Year_Mark Stoops, Kentucky

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u-Unanimous selection

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Voting Panel:

Reggie Anderson, WLTX, Columbia, South Carolina

Ben Baby, Dallas Morning News

Matt Baker, Tampa Bay (Florida) Times

John Bednarowski, Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal

Robert Cessna, The Eagle, Bryan-College Station, Texas

John Clay, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader

David Cloninger, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina

Joel Coleman, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Pat Dooley, The Gainesville (Florida) Sun

Garland Gillen, WVUE, New Orleans

Tom Green, Alabama Media Group

Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky

Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Ben Jones, The Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News

Steve Layman, WTVF, Nashville, Tennessee

Logan Lowery, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Maria Martin, WSFA, Montgomery, Alabama

Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Patrick Murray, WBIR, Knoxville, Tennessee

Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star

Adam Sparks, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

Nick Suss, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

Jake Thompson, The Oxford (Mississippi) Eagle

Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel

Josh Vitale, Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser

Marc Weiszer, Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald


          Comment on That Feeling When It Seems Your Reply Was Satisfactory by Nathan Smith      Cache   Translate Page      
Anything Moore says should be taken with a grain of salt. He speaks truth at times but isn't reliable. When he stands before the SBC and says he knows nothing about the Revoice conference that everyone is talking about, then he is either lying or so willfully ignorant as to be untrustworthy. I used to go to church with Dr Moore - Ninth and O Baptist Church in Louisville KY. I sat in his Sunday School class a few weeks and in a Wed night class that addressed social justice issues. My wife remains a long-distance friend with his wife (since the Moores moved to Nashville). I think he is a good churchman who loves the Lord, who loves his family, and who wants to teach the Bible and share the gospel. He has a good book on adoption that is beneficial for people who are adopting and for people who are not. But he lacks the conviction - the spine - to be in leadership in the church. The church and the world are at war. To paraphrase O'Connor - faith is a cross, not an electric blanket. War is not a place for people who can't find the courage to take a shot at the bad guys. And anything he writes in the public space should be considered with that in mind. Dr Moore taught me to think deeply about cultural, political and also theological issues. (His Sunday night sermon on Hebrews 2:11 still absolutely RINGS in my mind. "That's why He is not ashamed to call them brothers!) But once I began to do so, I saw that he often thought superficially about many of these same things. You can see his article on theocracy for an example of that. Or you can take this from "Can the Religious Right be Saved?": "With many of these issues, there did seem to be a clear Christian position—on the abortion of unborn children, for instance, and on the need to stabilize families. But why was there a “Christian” position on congressional term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the line item veto? Why was there no word on racial justice and unity for those of us in the historical shadow of Jim Crow? " Good questions Dr Moore. There is a clear Christian position on abortion. But the position on balanced budgets is also fairly clear there is a good bit of wisdom in the Bible about appropriate management of resources and money. There is also a good bit about the depth of sin in the heart of man. Why give men near-permanent power to men to misuse other peoples' money? Could the Bible have anything to say about that? His question about racism in the "shadow of Jim Crow" is an appropriate question. There could have been and there should have been more courageous leaders within the church in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, who would decry the racism of the South (and the North lest we kid ourselves) within the church as well as outside of it. But there weren't. The church followed the culture on this issue and we are still living in shadow of THAT. The more pressing issue of our day is the embrace of LGBTQ+ism (and I want the "+'s" especially to stay away from my kids!) within the church as well as outside of it. It would have taken a courageous leader, someone with a backbone and conviction, to stand against the Jim Crow shadow in the 40s, 50s, 60s, just like today it takes someone with that same backbone to stand against LGBTQ+ism outside as well as within the church. But when asked, Russell Moore says he doesn't know anything about the Revoice conference, and, by they way, Karen Swallow Prior, Revoice supporter and ERLC "fellow" - who is leading a charge (but maybe not THE charge) against Paige Patterson - is just awesome! Sorry for the length; this go a little out of hand. I'd like to continue and talk some about the evangelical superstar movement, but I'll spare you guys.
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Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly. In this edition of the show, Morris and Bozich are joined by Zach McCrite to recap IU's win over Penn State and preview Saturday's showdown against Louisville. Among the topics discussed: · The positives, negatives and a little bit of everything else from IU’s win in State College · Indiana’s improvement on defense in year two of the Archie Miller era · Romeo Langford’s first half in State College · The two parts of the game where Langford needs the ball more · Langford’s defense through nine games · Justin Smith’s offensive struggles early in the season · Clifton Moore’s minutes against Penn State · Previewing this weekend’s matchup with Louisville · What will the atmosphere be in Bloomington on Saturday? · How important are the two upcoming non-conference games?
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          Viewing Picks for December 5, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Lafayette at UConn — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Ohio at Xavier — FS1, 6:30 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s at St. John’s — FS2, 6:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Louisville — ACC Network Plus, 7 p.m. Virginia Military Institute at Virginia Tech— ACC Network Plus, 7 p.m. Western Carolina at North Read more...

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          Neighbourhoods flanked with greenery promote a healthy heart, suggests study      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Dec 5 (ANI): According to a recent study, people who live in leafy, green neighbourhoods are at a lower risk of developing heart diseases and strokes.

As part of the study, which was published in Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers investigated the impact of neighbourhoods with green spaces on individual-level markers of stress and cardiovascular disease risk. Over five years, blood and urine samples were collected from 408 people of varying ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic levels, and then assessed for biomarkers of blood vessel injury and the risk of having cardiovascular disease.

The risk was calculated using biomarkers measured from blood and urine samples. The participants were recruited from the University of Louisville's outpatient cardiology clinic and were largely at elevated risk for developing cardiovascular diseases.

The density of the green spaces near the participants' residences was measured using the Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a tool that indicates levels of vegetation density created from satellite imagery collected by NASA and USGS. Air pollution levels were also assessed using particulate matter from the EPA and roadway exposure measurements.

Researchers found that living in areas with more green vegetation was associated with:

* Lower urinary levels of epinephrine, indicating lower levels of stress

* Lower urinary levels of F2-isoprostane, indicating better health (less oxidative stress)

* Higher capacity to repair blood vessels

The researchers also found that associations with epinephrine were stronger among women, study participants not taking beta-blockers -- which reduce the heart's workload and lower blood pressure -- and people who had not previously had a heart attack.

"Our study shows that living in a neighbourhood dense with trees, bushes and other green vegetation may be good for the health of your heart and blood vessels," said Aruni Bhatnagar, lead author of the study.

"Indeed, increasing the amount of vegetation in a neighbourhood may be an unrecognised environmental influence on cardiovascular health and a potentially significant public health intervention," Bhatnagar added.

The findings were independent of age, sex, ethnicity, smoking status, neighbourhood deprivation, use of statin medications and roadway exposure.

Previous studies have also suggested that neighbourhood green spaces are associated with positive effects on overall physical and psychosocial health and well-being, as well as reduced rates of death from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and improved rates of stroke survival, according to Bhatnagar. (ANI)


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Baptist Health Paducah 300 PADUCAH, Ky. (12/5/18) — Baptist Health Home Care in Paducah is one of 2,223 top-performing home care agencies in the nation named to the 2018 HomeCare Elite® list.
 
Four other home care agency offices affiliated with Baptist Health were also honored – in the Kentucky cities of Louisville, Hardinsburg, and Madisonville, plus New Albany, Ind. The southern Indiana agency, which operates from Baptist Health Floyd, was also a repeat honoree as a Top 500 agency.
 
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james on fox LOUISVILLE, Ky. (12/4/18) — U.S. Rep. James Comer appeared on Varney & Co. Tuesday morning to talk about the health and economic impacts of industrial hemp.

“Not only is it a good product, it’s something that is creating new opportunities for farmers. It’s creating new opportunities for manufacturing jobs. Here in Kentucky, we are the epicenter of industrial hemp,” said Congressman Comer.

Comer led the charge to legalize industrial hemp in Kentucky. He has also championed legalization on the federal level for many years. As a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, Congressman Comer is working with Senator Mitch ...


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The Louisville Cardinals (5-2) play host to Central Arkansas (3-4) in a non-conference matchup tonight at 7pm inside the Yum! Center. The game can be seen on the ACC Network. Louisville currently sits as 20-point favorites. Central Arkansas is led by three guards. Sophomore Deandre Jones (No. 55) leads the team in points and assists...
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Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield has agreed to a deal to become Louisville’s next head coach, first reported by Jake Lourim of the Louisville Courier-Journal. After Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm turned down Louisville’s offer last Wednesday, Satterfield emerged as the frontrunner on Vince Tyra’s shortlist for head coaching candidates. Potential candidates such as...


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