Month: February 2013

Organization Helps Former Clergy Find New Employment Outside of Faith

The Clergy Project organization helps members of the clergy to leave their positions in cases in which the participant realizes he or she no longer believes the doctrine required by his or her faith organization. But what then?

Folks who have made church their vocation often have struggled when it comes to replacing their employer. Thanks to a grant from the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, former clergy may now avail themselves of job training and placement services.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Todd Steifel and Clergy Project graduate Teresa MacBain to discuss how the project is working for those who no longer work for their former faith tradition.

Organization Works to Reverse Negative Images of African Americans in Media

A new recent study has revealed that 86 percent of images and stories told of African Americans are related to crime, but one organization has been trying to reverse that very image.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Pittsburgh-based rapper and social commentary Jasiri X to discuss One Hood Media and reversing this trend.

What’s Next For the Papacy?

After Pope Benedict XVI announced on Monday his resignation, many have been left wondering—beyond his worry about his health—about why he’ll be leaving so soon. Some say there’s more than just that.

Host Jamila Bey talked with Nicholas Cafardi, a scholar of Canon Law and emeritus dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, to discuss some of the legal questions left in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.

New Press Club President Wants to Push for Greater US Press Freedoms in ’13

The National Press Club elected its 106th president this past December, choosing Bloomberg News reporter Angela Greiling-Keane to lead the club for the year. She was inaugurated on Jan. 26.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Greiling-Keane to discuss how to improve press freedom, training for mid-career level journalists and how to improve parity in terms of women as reporters, but also covering women who make the news.

Henry Rollins Exclusive: Americans Don’t Understand Second Amendment

From his days fronting the hardcore punk band, Black Flag, to his current public radio gig in California, Henry Rollins has always been someone to speak his mind and to talk about what he thinks could make this a better world.

Rollins spent an hour with Jamila Bey talking about the First Amendment, the state of journalism and speech today, and a topic near to his heart and part of the title of this program: religion.

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Civil and Human Rights Activists Celebrate Life of Rosa Parks on 100th Birthday

African American civil rights activist Dr. Rosa Parks would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday. Known as “the First Lady of Civil Rights” and “the Mother of the Freedom Movement,” Dr. Parks took on cultural and societal norms and committed herself to improving conditions for many.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Carmen Russell-Sluchansky to discuss the legacy of Dr. Rosa Parks.

Guide to Natural Black Hair

In a special edition of the Sex, Politics and Religion Hour, host Jamila Bay straightens out all of the ideas on natural hair and its care, feeding and development in an all-hair blow-out.

In part 1 (in two segments), she speaks with Nikki Walton about her book “Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!” available online now.

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In part 2, she speaks with Pamela Jenkins, the proprietor of online store, about the natural hair convention circuit.