Clyde McGrady

Podcast: Roseanne, Donald Glover and Desperate-Class TV
Political Theater, Episode 20

President Donald Trump is a television fan and a polarizing figure in American culture. Two critically acclaimed television shows that just wrapped up their seasons reflect the political, cultural and economic anxieties of the era of Trump, CQ Staff Writer and cultural observer Clyde McGrady tells Jason Dick in this week’s Political Theater podcast.

Show Notes:

Where Race, Poverty, and the Opportunity Gap Meet in Rural America
‘Raising Bertie’ helps audience identify with three boys coming of age, even if they don’t come from similar backgrounds

There are 27 prisons within a 100-mile radius of Bertie County, North Carolina. Its last major employer is the Perdue chicken processing plant. It is a place of dirt roads, muddy tracks, trailer homes, sweltering heat, rows of cotton, and very little opportunity for ambitious youngsters.

It’s here that we meet three African-American boys in their teens trying to find their place in a world with odds stacked high against them — overburdened schools with few resources, mass incarceration, and a lack of decent jobs.

Issa Rae: A Relatable Star in the Making

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIVa9lxkbus&list=PL379FB6BBC58E28B3  

Devoted fans gathered at the historic Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on a cold night recently to hear author — and YouTube sensation — Jo-Issa “Issa Rae” Diop discuss her new book, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl ."  

Staffers Discuss Policing After Garner, Brown Decisions

Staffers gathered Thursday in the Capitol Visitor Center to continue discussing community policing in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner jury decisions.  

Through organizations such as the Congressional Black Associates and the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus — black Hill staffers have sought to bring awareness to issues surrounding policing in black communities. After putting together a demonstration on the Capitol steps in December, organizers see Thursday’s CVC panel discussion as a logical next step. “There was a desire to really develop solutions to a lot of the community problems that have been in the news recently,” said Victoria Bright, the vice president of the CBA. “There’s just a real desire to get some policy moving that addresses those issues and creates change for the better.”  

Black GOP Lawmakers Stress Self-Reliance at Trailblazer Luncheon

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday hosted its 3rd Annual Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon at the historic Howard Theatre — a venue graced by legendary black luminaries and performers such as Booker T. Washington, Duke Ellington and Drake.  

The RNC calls the luncheon “an event that celebrates Black History Month by honoring black Republicans who have blazed a path for future leaders.” This year’s honorees were Utah Rep. Mia Love, Texas Rep. Will Hurd, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and posthumously, former Republican Sen. Edward Brooke III of Massachusetts who died earlier this year at the age of 95. The atmosphere was loose and jovial after Patrick Lundy and the Ministry of Music led the audience in a stirring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing (The Black National Anthem)” — all three verses, even the two that no one can ever seem to remember. Roland Martin, host and managing editor of TVOne’s daily morning show, "NewsOne Now," co-hosted the event along with CNN political commentator and Blaze TV contributor Tara Setmayer Love.  

Hill Staffers Demonstrate in Wake Of Garner, Brown Protests

Hill staffers gathered on the steps of the Capitol Thursday for a demonstration of solidarity with those rallying over the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

Senate Chaplain Barry Black began the proceedings by reading a specially prepared prayer. “Today, as people throughout the nation protest for justice throughout the land, forgive us when we have failed to lift our voices for those who couldn't speak or breathe for themselves," Black said, a reference to Garner's last words of "I can't breathe," also now used as a rallying cry among protesters.