CALL & RESPONSE: Black Does Crack: Covid 19 & Racial Disparities

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On today’s show: Black Does Crack: Covid 19 & Racial Disparities in health/housing segregation/epigenetics/weathering) featuring special guests: Writer & Cultural Critic, Jamilah Lemieux (Essence, Playboy, Wired, The Nation) Comedian, Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live) Bestselling Author, Ijeoma Oluo (New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Hosted by Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle.

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In this episode of Call & Response, we covered:

  • Discussion of Atlanta Police being charged with the murder of Reyshard Brooks
  • Conflicting feelings about the police (Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle)
  • Jamilah Lemieux’s disappointment with J. Cole’s new track
  • “Benevolent sexism” and a artist’s role during historical moments (Jamilah Lemieux)
  • The investigation of R. Kelly exemplifies what it’s like to see long-awaited change and accountability (Jamilah Lemieux)
  • Impact vs. authenticity of brands addressing Black movements (Jamilah Lemieux)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the Black community (Jamilah Lemieux)
  • How Serena Williams’ self-diagnosis saved her life and exemplified a trend of Black pain being ignored
  • Frustration with how our leaders have and continue to handle the pandemic (Chris Redd)
  • How the pandemic made Chris Redd realize the importance of a good couch
  • Chris Redd’s experience starting a COVID-19 protest relief fund
  • Why Black people often distrust healthcare professionals (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • How Black people are mistreated by healthcare professionals, distrust information about COVID-19 and why we need to bet on Black safety (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • The importance of white people self-educating themselves on Black history while also taking impactful action (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has given us a small taste of what it means to be Black in America (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • Recognizing white supremacy as a reactionary political construct we need to control of and redefine (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • Why white people are suddenly checking in on their Black friends (Ijeoma Oluo)
  • How the CHAZ in Seattle demonstrated that we can be peaceful without police (Ijeoma Oluo)


What The Pandemic Has Taught Chris Redd About Couches

Open Mike Eagle Comments On J. Cole’s New Track

Ijeoma Oluo Explains The Impact of Racism In Healthcare

Jamilah Lemiuex Explains The Impact Of COVID On Black People


Call & Response is a new show designed to respond to the changes and activism of our time. Each day, Baron and Mike will invite their favorite Black creators — activists, comedians, musicians, actors, visual artists, and more — to riff on current events, discuss the present momentum, and speak about their work and struggles.

About Today’s Guests:

Jamilah Lemieux

Writer & Cultural Critic: Essence, Playboy, Wired, The Nation

Instagram : @jamilahlemieux

Twitter: @JamilahLemieux

Facebook: @JamilahLemieux

Chris Redd

Comedian: Saturday Night Live

Instagram: @chrisreddis

Twitter: @Reddsaidit

Facebook: @Reddsaidit

Ijeoma Oluo

Bestselling Author: New York Times, Wall Street Journal)

Instagram: @ijeomaoluo

Twitter: @IjeomaOluo

Facebook: Ijeoma Oluo