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Episode 4: Black Lives Matter

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

In light of the recent passing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, our fourth episode focuses on breaking apart how history, the media, and the judicial system have affected Black lives in America.

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Featured on Episode 4 of Black Fam...

Kali Holloway is Senior Director of the Make it Right Project, a national initiative dedicated to taking down Confederate monuments and telling the truth about history. She is also a journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Salon, TIME, Huffington Post, The National Memo and numerous other outlets. She co-curated the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2017 summer performance and film series “Theater of the Resist.” Formerly, she was Senior Writer and Associate Editor of Media & Culture at progressive news site AlterNet. Before that, she was a producer on the short film DJ Mojo: Music is Life, a producer and the outreach director on the PBS documentaryThe Neiw Public; Director of Outreach and Audience Engagement for the HBO documentary Southern Rites and the Emmy-nominated film Brooklyn Castle; and Outreach Consultant on the award-winning documentary The New Black; she is currently producing two in-production films about music icons: Sunset and the Mockingbird about jazz pianist Junior Mance, and Sun-Ra: Otherwordly Brother. She worked in production and programming on the long-running PBS documentary film series POV. Prior to that, she was the speechwriter for a New York City Commissioner and Deputy Director of Communications for the New York State court system. She started her career writing music reviews for what's now Napster and the DFA Records label.

Jessica Millward is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Core Faculty member of African American Studies at UC Irvine.  Dr. Millward's first book, Finding Charity’s Folk: Enslaved and Free Black women in Maryland was published as part of the Race in the Atlantic World series, Athens: University of Georgia Press (2015).  An award winning scholar, she has published in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Women’s History, Frontiers, Souls and the Women’s History Review as well as Op-eds in Chronicle of Higher Education, The and The  Millward is currently working on a book length project that discusses African American women's experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence in the late19th century. 

Millward is also a media savvy historian who specializes in bringing a historical perspective to modern times.  She currently  works on three public facing digital projects.  Along with  Kacey Calahane and Max Speare, Millward  is a co- founder of the forthcoming podcast, “Historians on Housewives.”  This podcast examines the long running Bravo franchise through the lens of historical scholarship.  With Tiffany Willoughby Herard, Johnanna Ferdandez and LaShonda Carter, Millward curates, “Inside the Activist Studio: A Digital Repository for Movement Material.”

Dr. Millward holds a PhD in History from UCLA.  

Kristie Hornsby Battle is a licensed attorney in the state of Georgia employed at The Hornsby Law Firm, LLC. She has been in practice for over 7 years with a specific focus on giving back to the Black community. Her areas of expertise are criminal and personal injury. Hornsby-Battle has a B.A in Criminal Justice and Corrections from Georgia State University. She received her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Her areas of practice are criminal and personal injury. Hornsby Battle furthers assist her community through her Facebook page: Legal Ignorance. Here she provides legal assistance through free tips, information, and insights to spread awareness. 

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