Posts Tagged ‘Black Lives Matter’

2017 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards

2017 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards

Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and yes, radio journalism. I received a first place award for “How Black Lives Matter Got an Anthem,” which I reported and produced for KFAI’s Minneculture series.

Jayanthi Kyle

Culture as Catharsis: BBC Cultural Frontline featuring Jayanthi Kyle

In 2014, when news broke that the police officer who shot and killed Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri would not be indicted, Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jayanthi Kyle transformed her grief and frustration into art. She teamed up with fellow musician Wes Burdine to write a protest song that would go on to become a fixture at local racial justice protest rallies in the Twin Cities. I interviewed Kyle for the BBC’s Cultural Frontline about the genesis and impact of the song, which is titled “Hand in Hand,” and how it became an unofficial anthem for the local Black Lives Matter movement.