Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 36: Family Affair: Living a Bed-Stuy Gentrification Story

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This month we focus on 17-year-old Corinne Bobb-Semple’s reporting for the Radio Rookie series, not just as an act of journalism, but as something that springs from her family’s legacy of community entrepreneurship and civic action. We explore what it was like to discuss the intricacies of race, class and place in the Bobb-Semple home before, during and after Corinne shared her reporting and insights on gentrification in Central Brooklyn through the Rookies program.

Segment one: Family & Community
We discuss changes on Third Rail and introduce the Radio Rookies program. Our guests, Bed-Stuy residents- social entrepreneur Crystal Bobb-Semple and student Corrinne Bobb-Semple and tell us about the family and community experience that led to Corinne's piece for Radio Rookies.

Segment two: "Bed-Stuy the End of an Era"
We play Corinne Bobb-Semple’s piece about gentrification in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Co-produced by Brooklyn Deep and WNYC.

Segment 3: Can Black People gentrify?
We explore themes like Black versus White gentrifiers; what it means for the future Bed-Stuy and the Bobb- Semple family.
We discuss the process of creating the piece and what the types of responses it may elicit from people.

Segment 4: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"
Is it sustainable for People of Color to create media, facilitate conversations, and be consumers?  Veralyn and Mark go head to head to discuss what about Corrine's story gets them mad.

Third Rail Eps 35: Best of “Brooklyn Summers”

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It's Labor Day weekend-- the beginning, of the end of Summer-- so this month we're giving you a "Best of Brooklyn Summers" episode. We flash back first to episode 10 when we asked, what makes Brooklyn Summers so special? And then we go to episode 9 when we asked, is street harassment invisible to men?


Flashback One

Open Hydrants & Double-Dutch: There's something about June, July and August in Brooklyn that evokes freedom, youth, and tons of gatherings of Black & brown folk. We'll try to pinpoint that "je ne sais quoi" about Brooklyn summers that makes them so darn good.

Guests:  BMC Board Members James Subudhi & Britney Whaley


Flashback Two

Is street harassment invisible to men?: The conversations we have with most men about street harassment involve a lot of shock, confusion and disbelief. The ones we have with people who experience harassment are full of camaraderie and the relief of finally being understood. What is the disconnect? Do men even see street harassment going down in Central Brooklyn?

Media: USA: Silent Allies by Joe Samalin

Guest: Aaron Freeman, Co-Host / Engineer of TWIB Radio & We Nerd Hard

Third Rail Eps 34: Culture and Community in Central Brooklyn

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This month DeeArah Wright (co-director, JACK) and Kendra Ross (Founder/Director, STooPS Bed-Stuy) we’re looking at the intersection between culture and community in Central Brooklyn. First, we ask, Is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn? And then in a related question, we ask, what does it take to sustain cultural institutions in Central Brooklyn?

Segment one: Is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn?
“Black Arts Movement.” That’s a tricky term isn’t it? We supposedly had one in the nineteen twenties and thirties, otherwise known as the Harlem Renaissance, which many people argue was neither based in Harlem or a Renaissance. Some even say there was one based in Fort Greene in the eighties and nineties. But is there a Black Arts Movement in Brooklyn right now?

Segment two: What does it take to sustain a cultural institution in Central Brooklyn?
We spend a lot of time on this show looking at what organization and institution building looks like in Central Brooklyn. And we know grassroots cultural organizations have similar challenges, as well as advantages. We discuss what it takes to sustain a cultural institution in this neighborhood.

Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup

TR Express: In moments like these

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We've been here before. Trying to process how easily black people die at the hands of police; how easily hashtags pile up: #DelrawnSmall #AltonSterling #PhilandoCastile; and needing to find a way forward through it all.

Third Rail pauses to check-in with Anthonine Pierre (Brooklyn Movement Center's Lead Community Organizer) and Ryann Holmes (Bklyn Boihood Co-founder) about the impact of this moment (which includes five Dallas officers being killed) and how Central Brooklyn moves forward.

If you need a community base or resource for an initiative you are taking on, contact the Brooklyn Movement Center at bmc@brooklynmovementcenter.org or Bklyn Boihood here.

TR 33: Relevance of Race in Central Brooklyn

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This month two oral historians, Amaka Okechukwu (Weeksville Heritage Center) and Zaheer Ali (Brooklyn Historical Society), come on to tackle the relevance of race in Central Brooklyn. First by examining the impact of the Crown Heights "Riots." Then we ask, are there dimensions that get missed by identifying Central Brooklyn neighborhoods, as black?

Segment one: Crown Heights 1991: Does the past matter?
As we gear up to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Crown Heights “riots," we discuss the neighborhood conditions that lead to what happened in 1991, and the impact those events still have on Central Brooklyn residents today.

Segment two: Do we miss something by calling Central Brooklyn, Black Brooklyn?
We use "black" to describe Central Brooklyn, but is there something overly reductive happening when we do this? Are we missing the rich dimensions of the way people really truly identify themselves, interact with each other, and identify their neighborhood?

Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" Roundup

TR Express: Impact of Orlando on Central Brooklyn

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On June 12, 2016, a mass shooting terrorist attack occurred inside a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL. The shooting resulted in 50 deaths, including the gunman, who was killed by police. Another 53 people were injured. 

In this "express" episode, Brooklyn Deep reporter Jarrett Lyons shares what he's been hearing at various vigils and community gatherings around the city. And Tasha Amezcua (SOS Program Coordinator, Audre Lorde Project) & Z Bell (Membership organizer, Brooklyn Movement Center) join us to discuss how the Central Brooklyn's LGBTQ community is grieving, healing, and thinking through what it means to be safe.

EP 32: Centering the Margins: Black Women, Black Girls, Black Youth

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This month, Third Rail evaluates the state of black leadership in Central Brooklyn with Joanne Smith (Girls for Gender Equity) and Nakisha Lewis (The Ms. Foundation for Women). We discuss the different ways Black women and girls are claiming space in our current movement moment and then we ask, what's being done to build youth leadership?

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What’s on the environmental justice agenda for Central Brooklyn?

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From the general threat of climate change to children ingesting lead paint, environmental fears are a reality in many parts of New York City. Up first today, Brooklyn Deep will look at the history of environmental activism in areas like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, and talk with a policy maker and activist to uncover what exactly is on Central Brooklyn’s environmental justice agenda.

Guests:Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York Environmental Justice AllianceLatrice Walker, NYS Assembly, District 55

TR Express: Remembering Revolutionary Prince

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On Thursday, April 21st, we lost the legendary musician Prince. Today we paused to remember and reflect on his revolutionary career.

Third Rail Eps 31: The Case for Hyper Local News

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On this episode, we unpack the role local news plays in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights and how outlets reporting in Central Brooklyn are cover gentrification.

Guest: Jarrett Murphy, Executive Editor & Publisher, City Limits

Segment 1: What role does hyperlocal news play in communities like Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy?
As much of what we knew of as metro reporting by legacy news outlets has faded in prominence over the last 10 years-- we want to know what role does hyperlocal news play in communities like Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy?

Segment 2: Reporting on the G word
It’s almost impossible to discuss hyper-local happenings without mentioning gentrification. But how is it currently being framed in mainstream media?


Segment 3: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad" 
Roundup