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ON THE AIR: A visit to "Ebony Spectrum"

Posted by Elwin Green on May 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

On April 11, I joined a panel of guests on "Ebony Spectrum," the weekly radio program hosted by Kevin Amos and Rick Adams on WCRT-FM, to talk about development in Homewood. The other guests were Sonya Boyd of the Homewood Agricultural Project, Fred Logan, outreach consultant C. Denise Johnson, Lucille Prater-Holliday, and Randall Taylor.

Here's the recording of the program, in four parts.

Part 1 (13 min., 13 sec.) - Introduction by Rick and Kevin, self-introduction by guests, an opening statement by Fred Logan and a response by Randall Taylor.


Part 2 (16 min., 50 sec.) - Lucille Prater-Holliday on "inside-out" development, Sonya Boyd on the need to tap into residents' gifts and abilities, Elwin Green lists some current projects in Homewood.


Part 3 (12 min., 40 sec.) - Randall Taylor on development ("It's a highly political process"), Lucille Prater-Holliday, an example of inside-out development, criticism of Bridging the Busway; Elwin Green asks, "What does it take to let people in the community know what's going on?"


Part 4 (11 min., 15 sec.) - Rick Adams on the need for more resident involvement, Fred Logan on the development of places versus people, Bridging the Busway, and gentrification, Denise Johnson on the need for a different paradigm ("There's a whole niche for Black consultants"), Rick Adams proposes an engagement strategy.

With the diversity of perspectives represented, some of the conversation got pretty lively. I think everyone there would like to continue and expand (and dare I say elevate?) the conversation. Please give a listen and let us know your thoughts!

Thanks to Rick Adams and Kevin Amos for permission to post the recordings here, and to Kevin Amos for preparing the files for distribution.

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