An ongoing series on race in America, examining the movement to end systemic racism and police brutality. Each week, we examine the dynamics of race in our nation; we assess how identity and inequality define the lives of people of color in relation to business, healthcare, education, housing, and financial opportunity. The series features discussions with thought leaders, change makers and essential voices on civil rights and racial equality across the ideological spectrum.
Diana Trujillo was part of a small team to land a robot on Mars and is now studying whether there is life on the planet. On Friday, Oct. 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Trujillo joins Washington Post Live to discuss her work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, advocacy around STEM education and journey immigrating to the United States from Colombia in our conversations marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Tex.) is one of the first two Latinas to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives. On Friday, Oct. 1 at 11:30am ET, Washington Post reporter Marianna Sotomayor speaks with Escobar about her personal journey and legislative priorities in our conversations marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
The National Museum of the American Latino will be built in the coming years to celebrate the expansive and diverse histories, cultures and contributions of Latino communities. On Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 2:30pm ET, Washington Post reporter Arelis R. Hernández speaks with Eduardo Díaz, interim director of the planned museum and current director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, about the importance of recognizing this long history and how the past shapes our present in our conversations marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
Gina Torres has starred in TV shows, including “Suits,” “Pearson” and “9-1-1: Lone Star.” Washington Post reporter Marianna Sotomayor spoke with Torres about her wide-ranging career over the last three decades and celebrating her Afro-Latina identity in our conversations marking Hispanic Heritage Month.
Aasif Mandvi’s wide-ranging career includes acting, writing, producing and time as a correspondent in the Jon Stewart era of “The Daily Show.” He currently stars in the shows “Evil” and “This Way Up.” Washington Post columnist Ishaan Tharoor spoke with Mandvi about his latest projects, challenging cultural stereotypes and taking on Islamophobia in his work.
Common has often explored racial and social justice in his work as an artist, actor, author and activist. His new album, “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2,” asks what comes next after the events of the past year and a half. Common spoke with Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart about the message behind his latest music and his advocacy work on issues from mass incarceration to voting.
“The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap” chronicles the rise and impact of the genre as a cultural and social movement. Spanning four decades, the anthology weaves in selections of music, reflections from artists including Chuck D and MC Lyte and archival material. Kevin Young, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Dwandalyn R. Reece, the organization’s associate director for curatorial affairs, join Washington Post Live to discuss the expansive new project.
The history of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey is captured in the new documentary, “Ailey.” Senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan explores Ailey’s legacy of telling the Black American story through dance with director Jamila Wignot and Sylvia Waters, one of his former principal dancers.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Latinos have been among the communities hit hardest from numbers of infection to death rates to the economic toll. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and is a trained emergency room physician, joins Washington Post Live to discuss long-standing barriers to health care in the Latino community and his recent legislation to address the physician shortage in underserved and rural areas.
Zakiya Dalila Harris has made a splash with her debut novel, “The Other Black Girl.” Set in New York’s publishing world, the thriller incorporates social commentary about diversity in the workplace and the challenges Black women often have to navigate. Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan speaks with Harris about the book that has topped many of this summer’s reading lists.
“High on the Hog” is a new docuseries about Black culinary history. Based on the seminal book of the same name by Jessica B. Harris, it follows the host Stephen Satterfield as he travels from West Africa to the Deep South. Satterfield and Harris join opinions columnist Michele Norris to discuss how African American food has shaped our culinary landscape and offers a lens into larger questions about our country’s history.
Clint Smith traveled to nine locations from Monticello in Virginia to the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana to examine how slavery is remembered. In the new book, “How The Word is Passed,” Smith writes about his visits to those places, “those telling the truth, those running from it, and those doing something in between – in order to understand this reckoning.” The best-selling author joins opinions columnist Michele Norris to share what he has learned.
Actor and rapper Daveed Diggs is known for his dual roles as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway hit, “Hamilton.” Diggs is co-creator, co-executive producer and writer of the new television series “Blindspotting,” based on the 2018 movie he starred in. Diggs joins Washington Post Live to discuss his versatile career, the frequent themes of race and class in his work and why he looks to the words of Frederick Douglass on July 4 as the country marks its independence.
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) is one of the first two openly gay Black men elected to Congress last fall. Torres, who was born to a Black mother and a Puerto Rican father, was also the youngest person on the New York City Council. Torres speaks with national political reporter Eugene Scott about his policy priorities around racial and economic equality, the impact of diverse voices in policymaking and the state of LGBTQ rights as the country marks Pride Month in June.
From the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the past year has reignited questions about the impact of the racial wealth gap on Black communities. Cecilia Rouse, chair of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, and John W. Rogers Jr., co-CEO & chairman of Ariel Investments, join Washington Post Live to discuss why these inequities have persisted for so long and solutions to promote economic mobility.
Juneteenth is one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a military decree was announced in Galveston, Tex., informing enslaved people in the Confederate state that they were free. Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed about her new book “On Juneteenth,” the legacy of slavery and the struggles that remain to achieve racial equality.
“Rise Again: Tulsa and The Red Summer” is a new documentary about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the racial violence that preceded it. Directed and produced by Dawn Porter, the film follows Washington Post journalist and Oklahoma native DeNeen L. Brown as she reports on these events and the search for a mass grave in Tulsa. Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan speaks with Brown and Porter about what happened, the continued calls for justice for victims and survivors, and the lessons of history for today. Join Washington Post Live for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer.”
Jonathan Majors is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars with roles in the movies “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and “Da 5 Bloods” and the series “Lovecraft Country.” Majors joined Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart to discuss how his performances have portrayed Black masculinity, the role of culture in reckoning with race and history, and his latest projects.
Mark Mason is Citi’s chief financial officer and one of Wall Street’s highest-ranking Black executives. In the past year, the company has committed over $1 billion to tackle the racial wealth gap in banking and credit, housing and entrepreneurship. Mason joins Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart to discuss the initiatives and corporate America’s role in addressing systemic racism.
The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is one of the country’s deadliest episodes of racial violence. Historians believe as many as 300 Black people were killed and 10,000 were made homeless after a white mob descended on a thriving Black business district. Washington Post race and economics reporter Tracy Jan speaks with Mary Elliott and Paul Gardullo from the National Museum of African American History and Culture about what happened and the enduring impact of the century-old massacre.
Barry Jenkins won an Academy Award for directing “Moonlight” and was nominated for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” His latest project is a multi-part adaptation of National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Washington Post opinions columnist Michele Norris speaks with Jenkins about the series, the lessons of history and the challenge of depicting its darker chapters.
May 25 marks one year since the death of George Floyd led to nationwide protests over racial injustice. The recent conviction of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s killing and continued deadly shootings at the hands of law enforcement have intensified the calls for police reform. Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart speaks with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), the lead author of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, about the current bipartisan negotiations in Congress and where we are as a country one year after Floyd’s death.
May 25 marks one year since the death of George Floyd led to nationwide protests over racial injustice and calls for police reform. The recent conviction of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s killing has injected new momentum into efforts by Congress and the White House in policing legislation. Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart spoke with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the lead prosecutor in the state’s case against Chauvin, about how the country should move forward.
Kelly Marie Tran broke barriers by playing the first Disney princess of Southeast Asian descent in this year’s animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Tran is also known for playing mechanic Rose Tico in the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy. Washington Post reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee spoke with Tran about her varied roles and the power of representation as we continue our conversations marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) is a new group to strengthen advocacy, power and representation for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Washington Post race and economics reporter Tracy Jan spoke with Sonal Shah, TAAF president and former deputy assistant to the president for president Barack Obama, and Jerry Yang, TAAF founding board member and Yahoo co-founder, about the goals of the new organization and their personal reflections as we mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) led the push for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill is aimed at addressing a surge in attacks on Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hirono joined Washington Post reporter David Nakamura to discuss the legislation and personal reflections from her new memoir, “Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story.”
Jon Batiste is a musician, activist and bandleader of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” During the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd last year, Batiste took his music to the streets of New York performing songs like “We Shall Overcome.” On Tuesday, April 27 at 5:00pm ET, Batiste joined Washington Post Live to discuss his new album, “We Are,” his Oscar-nominated score for the animated film “Soul,” and where we are in the nation’s reckoning over race.
PwC U.S. chair and senior partner Tim Ryan joined Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart to discuss the organization’s efforts, recent statement on the protection of voting rights, and corporate America’s role in addressing systemic racism.
John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), joined national reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee to talk about the long roots of allyship across communities in fighting systemic racism and the work of their organizations.
In an interview with Jonathan Capehart, actor, playwright and director Colman Domingo discussed the relevance of the themes in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” to today, the significance in the works of James Baldwin and August Wilson, working with Chadwick Boseman and the death of George Floyd.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), the group’s second vice-chair, discussed AAPI representation in the Biden cabinet, whether the AAPI community is at an inflection point and calls to designate March 26 as a national day to speak out against anti-Asian hate.
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” about a communist double agent after the Vietnam War, won a Pulitzer Prize among many other accolades. Nguyen joined Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan to discuss the rise in anti-Asian racism and attacks during the coronavirus pandemic and the commonalities between refugee, immigrant and Black American experiences.
In an interview with national reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee, author and historian Erika Lee, together with author and activist Helen Zia, discussed the rise in anti-Asian harassment and violence, the historical roots of anti-Asian racism and allyship among communities of color.
In an interview with national reporter Michelle Ye Hee Le, actors and producers Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu discussed the rise in anti-Asian violence during the coronavirus pandemic, allyship across communities and the discrimination Asian Americans have historically faced.
Mae Jemison made history as the first woman of color in the world to go to space on Sept. 12, 1992, aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, which carried her and six other astronauts on 126 orbits around the Earth. Jemison joined Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart for this important conversation on breaking barriers and continually "testing limits" for herself and others.
In December, New Jersey overhauled its use-of-force policies for more than 500 police departments and over 38,000 officers. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined criminal justice reporter Tom Jackman on Washington Post Live to discuss the new policies amidst the nationwide push for police reform, and whether there are lessons for other states around the country.
In an interview with opinions writer Jonathan Capehart, Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments co-CEO and president, talked about corporate America's increased role in tackling systemic racism, the goals of Project Black, Ariel Investments' new initiative to promote minority-owned businesses and more.
In an interview with national arts reporter Geoff Edgers, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay discussed ARRAY’s latest initiatives around racial equality, the nationwide protests over racial injustice and her trailblazing career.
Writer, director and producer Lee Daniels and Grammy-nominated singer and actress Andra Day joined The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart to discuss their new film, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," addressing how working on this film helped them understand the legacy of Billie Holiday more deeply, the importance of this film at the current moment in American history and what they would like audiences to take away from it.
In an interview with opinions writer Jonathan Capehart, historians and co-editors Keisha N. Blain and Ibram X. Kendi discussed their new book, "Four Hundred Souls," and how the past informs our understanding of the present. They also discussed how schools should approach teaching race, the Capitol riot and more.
In an interview with Washington Post Live, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who made history as the first woman and the first African American to lead the institution, spoke about the origins of Black History Month, efforts of the Library in preserving recent history and how Black history is taught in schools.
In an interview with Washington Post national correspondent Arelis R. Hernández, legendary actress and singer Rita Moreno discussed the new documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” the prejudices she battled in the entertainment industry and the power of representation.
Young adult author Angie Thomas made waves with her debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” which was later adapted into a critically acclaimed film. On Thursday, Jan. 21 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Thomas joined Washington Post Live to discuss her new book, “Concrete Rose,” the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on her work and how literature can empower the next generation.
Mayor Steven L. Reed, Montgomery, Ala., and Mayor Randall Woodfin, Birmingham, Ala. are part of a new wave of Black mayors elected in Southern Black cities in the past decade. Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah spoke with Reed and Woodfin about the arc of history and where we are today.
Black health professionals and leaders across the country are publicly encouraging their communities to trust the coronavirus vaccines that are starting to be distributed. Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, S.C., and Morehouse School of Medicine president and dean Valerie Montgomery Rice joined Washington Post Live to discuss how history and long-standing health inequities have affected the views of some Black Americans, and the path forward.
2020 was a year of reckoning for the criminal justice system. The continued killings of unarmed Black men and women by police spurred nationwide protests. Some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks occurred in overcrowded prisons. Former U.S. attorneys general Loretta E. Lynch and Alberto Gonzales, the bipartisan co-chairs of a new report by the Council on Criminal Justice, joined opinions writer Jonathan Capehart with their proposals for reform.
In 2018, Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) made history as the first Native American women elected to Congress. Davids and Haaland joined Washington Post opinions columnist Karen Tumulty to discuss the impact of a more diverse Congress, Native American history and their legislative priorities.
Opal Tometi is a Nigerian-American human rights leader, community organizer and writer. As one of the three founders of Black Lives Matter, she is credited with initiating the project’s social media strategy which turned a hashtag into one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in modern history. Tometi joined Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah to discuss the work being done in the U.S. and across the world to dismantle structural racism and injustice.
Ben Jealous, president of People For the American Way and former president and CEO of the NAACP, joined Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart to discuss efforts to educate and encourage voter turnout – from highly coordinated digital campaigns to peer-to-peer texting technology that exceeds the reach of traditional canvassing.
will.i.am is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician, entertainer, entrepreneur and political activist using his talent and power to change the world. Known for his work as the founder of the Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am is a dedicated get out the vote champion, and an international advocate for social justice and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) education. Along with Jennifer Hudson, he and the Black Eyed Peas have reworked their 2003 single “Where Is The Love?” into a ballad with new lyrics and clips of former vice president Joe Biden called "The Love.” Join Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan for a one-on-one conversation with will.i.am.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, Jonathan Capehart sat down with Renee Montgomery, point guard for the Atlanta Dream and 11-year WNBA veteran. Earlier this year, Montgomery became the first in her league to declare she had opted out of the WNBA’s season. Instead, she has spent the year working to fight racism, social injustice and voter suppression. Montgomery will discuss her work in Atlanta, and how she’s connecting with players across the country to help create systemic change.
Alicia Garza is an activist and organizer who co-founded Black Lives Matter. She is the host of the “Lady Don’t Take No” podcast, and the author of the new book, “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.” Garza continues to fight racial injustice and inequity as the principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, and as the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Garza joins Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan to discuss what it means to do the work of organizing a movement and creating change.
The director of the National Gallery of Art, Kaywin Feldman, joins Washington Post Live to discuss the controversy over the postponement of the Philip Guston exhibit – an exhibition including anti-racist works which appropriate symbols of Black pain – and her stewardship of one of the nation’s preeminent art institutions at a time of racial reckoning. Eighty-three percent of National Gallery security staff are people of color compared with two percent of its curatorial staff. On Thursday, Oct.15 at 2:00 p.m. ET, Feldman discussed her decision to postpone the exhibit, the need for more Black curators in museums across the country and the impact calls for racial justice have had on the art world at large.
Wes Moore is CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, the largest anti-poverty force in New York City, funding more than 200 organizations to build equality and lift families out of poverty. In the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moore joins Michele Norris to discuss the opportunity for business to support philanthropy while also answering calls for social justice.
As the nation reckons with long-standing issues of race and inequality, some of America’s most powerful philanthropic organizations are shifting their missions to focus on social justice. Elizabeth Alexander, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, joined Washington Post Live to discuss a new multi-million dollar investment as part of the strategic transformation of the arts and humanities foundation. Alexander will also share her overall vision for harnessing philanthropy for social justice in conversation with Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart.
The driving force behind the powerful lynching monument in Montgomery, Ala., Bryan Stevenson is also the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “Just Mercy.” He is focused on eliminating excessive sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, and working to help children who are prosecuted as adults. Stevenson discussed his anti-poverty efforts, racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and the ongoing protests against police brutality across the United States with Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart.
Derrick Johnson is the president & CEO of the NAACP, the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization with over half a million members and supporters. As state president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. Now, he is leading the NAACP through its new #WeAreDoneDying national campaign. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart interviews Johnson in the midst of the NAACP’s 111th Annual National Convention.
As national support for police reform and racial equality grows, the value of listening to different points of view only increases. On Monday, Aug. 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart speaks with former mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges about her view that white liberals were often the obstacle to change during her tenure, and how her experience in a traditionally progressive city shaped her ideas on how cities can best move forward. In a Washington Post Live conversation, we’ll ask why she thinks liberals too often “settled for the illusions of change,” and her thought process when faced with an 18-day protest surrounding a Minneapolis police precinct after two officers shot and killed an unarmed Black man in 2015.
Nationwide demonstrations over police brutality have renewed the debate over how we memorialize America’s past. Monuments, statues, and the names of schools, streets and military bases across the country that honor Confederate leaders and those connected with slavery and oppression have increasingly become a flash point. On Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live speaks with former mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu about his 2017 decision to remove Confederate monuments and what his experience can tell us about the current debate. He will be joined by New Orleans native and world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, whom Landrieu credits with challenging him and compelling a reckoning regarding his view of the statues.
As the national conversation about race continues, Washington Post Live brought together two American style icons to talk about inequality and exploitation in fashion, music and American society at large. Supermodel, activist and CEO Beverly Johnson discussed her trailblazing career, including being the first African American woman on the cover of Vogue. She was joined by designer, activist and philanthropist, Tina Knowles-Lawson, the mother of international superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and singer-songwriter Solange Knowles. Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah moderated the wide-ranging discussion about the power of representation, current movements for social justice and opportunities for meaningful societal change.
Diversity has been on the corporate agenda for many years, but it was not until the recent Black Lives Matter protests galvanized the nation that substantial change seems possible across American industry. Fortune 500 companies are committing to new standards and hiring practices. Senior executives are reassessing pipelines to upper management and scrutinizing company culture. Ariel Investments co-CEO John W. Rogers Jr., joined The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart to discuss his career and the work he has done to ensure civil rights in corporate boardrooms, as well as the concrete steps companies can take today to diversify their ranks and create a more equitable society.
Prisons have become hotbeds for COVID-19 with over 50,000 cases recorded since June 30. Cramped conditions and limited access to soap and masks, as well as overtaxed medical facilities, have left the incarcerated exceedingly vulnerable. Rates of infection continue to rise. This crisis has increased the urgency of prison reform advocates pushing for humane practices across the criminal justice system. Artist and activist Common joined Washington Post Live talked about his efforts to increase awareness around prison reform. “Just Mercy” executive producer and founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Scott Budnick, and campaign ambassador for Represent Justice, Jarrett Harper, also joined the program to discuss the grave impact of the pandemic on U.S. prisons. Washington Post columnist Michele Norris will moderate both conversations.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is a civil rights activist who represents most of Seattle and is the first Indian-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. As protesters around the country call for an end to police brutality and discrimination, she is working for change in law enforcement across the country, including the banning of federal facial recognition. Jayapal joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss her new book, “Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change.”
As protests demanding racial justice galvanized the nation, Aurora James, founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, devised her own initiative to address inequality. The 15 Percent Pledge is a nonprofit organization that challenges retailers to commit 15 percent of their inventory to black-owned businesses and provide mentorship for emerging brands. Major brands like Sephora and Rent the Runway have signed on. The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan will spoke with James about the campaign and plans to include grants and programming as part of the pledge.
Stacey Abrams is a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 10 years. She is the author of the new book “Our Time Is Now,” and has founded several nonprofit organizations focused on voting rights and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart interviewed Abrams to discuss her thoughts on the protests, calls to end police brutality and racial inequality, as well as voter access issues heading into the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
As the Black Lives Matter movement heightens awareness of systemic racism, the fashion world is reckoning with its own problems of racial inequality and discrimination. Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan spoke with Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue and one of the only black woman at the helm of a major fashion magazine today, and Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder and creative director of Pyer Moss, about how to promote inclusivity and lasting, sustainable change in an industry notorious for entrenched racial bias.
Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Bunch joined Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart for a one-on-one conversation on the legacy of Juneteenth, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. They discussed race, recent protests against police brutality, and his role as the first-ever African American Secretary of the Smithsonian.
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.) is leading the charge to implement unprecedented reforms to curb police brutality, end racial profiling, and eliminate qualified immunity with the Justice in Policing Act. At House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request, Bass and the Congressional Black Caucus are responding to the national protests calling for change after the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Bass is working to rally fellow members of Congress to step up and make historic changes to combat systemic issues and police brutality.
As a senior advisor in the Obama White House and now for the Obama Foundation, Valerie Jarrett has led on issues of racial equality and police violence. As the nation confronts social justice issues, the call for reform and healing continues. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty interviewed Jarrett to discuss these most pressing issues and what solutions can be implemented.
As thousands of people around the country protest to demand justice for George Floyd and police accountability, video-documented law enforcement abuse continues to spur fresh outrage. Peaceful demonstrations have been met with tear gas and rubber bullets, and instances of police brutality continue to mount. As public outcry reaches a fever pitch, community leaders are working to implement solutions. Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart spoke with DeRay Mckesson, a leading voice of the Black Lives Matter movement and co-founder of Campaign Zero, as well as Charles Ramsey, a former police chief in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., about policing and the impact of civil unrest on criminal justice reform.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated the state’s charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd. The state’s top prosecutor also charged the three other officers involved with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Washington Post opinions columnist Jonathan Capehart interviewed Ellison to hear his plan to investigate, prosecute and bring justice for the Floyd family.
Thousands of protestors in at least 140 cities across the country have poured into the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd in police custody. While many of the protests have been peaceful, the destruction of property and looting have led to curfews in major cities and the deployment of The National Guard in more than two dozen states. On Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. ET, Washington Post Live hosted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former mayor of Newark and former Democratic presidential candidate. Booker discussed the lack of accountability and unchecked bias in policing and his push for a holistic set of reforms to address broader systemic racism in America.
As Americans grapple with issues of race, equality, police brutality, and free speech, Washington Post Live hosted one of the nation’s top elected officials, House Majority Whip Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart asked Clyburn his views on the current civil unrest, struggle for civil rights, and how to bring the country together.