Channing Kennedy

Channing Kennedy Video & Multimedia Manager
Oakland, CA

Channing Kennedy is an Oakland-based writer, filmmaker and performer. As ARC’s video and multimedia manager, Channing works closely with reporters, researchers, advocates, communities, artists and musicians to tell human stories about big issues. Since joining ARC in 2008, he’s helped realize Colorlines’ full potential as a multiplatform daily news site, shaping its social media persona, engaging its community, and overseeing all parts of video production and strategy.

Channing’s reporting and commentary appears regularly on; his work on race and the internet has also appeared at NPR,, Tomorrow Magazine, the American Prospect, PostBourgie, Feministing, the Root, the Etsy blog and elsewhere. In 2010, Channing edited and co-wrote Colorlines’ first-ever TV special “Ra

Channing is @thatssochanning on Twitter.

Kai Wright on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show, on the Politics of Public Shaming

Our editor Kai Wright discusses the failures of our dialogue around gun violence.

Watch Maria Tallchief, Barrier-Breaking Prima Ballerina, Perform 'Firebird'

The New York City Ballet’s first Native American prima ballerina passed away on Thursday at age 88.

Gene Demby at NPR's 'Code Switch': As Our Demographics Change, Will Our Stories Follow?

NPR’s new race-and-ethnicity team makes its debut with real talk about race, language, and the ways our kids will power their identities.

Roger Ebert: Don't Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent 'Their People'

The veteran critic was a longtime champion of film as an empowering force for self-representation.

How to Get a Black Woman Fired

In light of the Adria Richards debacle, Channing Kennedy,’s white male correspondent, uses the power bestowed by his made-up title to break down a pattern of Internet harassment, racist and sexist micro-aggressions and other methods of enforcing mob rule.

Bloomberg Businessweek's New Name-That-Racial-Stereotype Cover

What century is it? It’s hard to tell from this mainstream financial mag’s cover illustration.

Mad About Black History Month? Take Some #WhiteHistoryClasses

Humorist Brokey McPoverty gets the internet laughing at the champions of systemic racism.

5 Ways The 'Harlem Shake' Meme Is (Slightly) More Complicated Than It Seems

The inescapable dance craze is drawing criticism from folks who say it’s just another example of cultural appropriation. That may be true, but there’s more to the story.

Keith Josef Adkins Is Making His Own Black Sci-Fi (and You Should Too)

TV writer Keith Josef Adkins was told by the studios that black people don’t do sci-fi. So he’s funding his own webseries, “The Abandon,” to prove them wrong.

Facing Race 2012 Bonus: Junot Díaz's Press Conversation [Video]

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Junot Díaz on 'De-colonial Love', Revolution and More [Video]

Watch an excerpt of the Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur “Genius” grant winner’s keynote address at’s Facing Race 2012 conference.

Facing Race 2012: 'Race and Gender in the 21st Century' [Video]

Couldn’t make it to Facing Race 2012? Watch the full 70-minute plenary session on race, gender and the spaces in between.

Facing Race 2012: 'Now What? Debriefing the Election and Talking Governance' [Video]

Couldn’t make it to Facing Race 2012? Watch the full 70-minute plenary session on what political power should look like in the space between elections.

Facing Race 2012: 'Culture Trumps Politics: Or Does It?' [Video]

Couldn’t make it to Facing Race 2012? Watch the full 70-minute plenary session on the role art plays in powering a movement.

Negin Farsad on Drive-By Hate, Real Questions and Muslim Mainstreaming

The writer, director and stand-up comedian talks to about making her film “The Muslims Are Coming.” Join Farsad and Colorlines at Facing Race 2012 in Baltimore.

Meet W. Kamau Bell and Deanna Zandt, Your Hosts for Facing Race

In this new video from the Facing Race team, W. Kamau Bell and Deanna Zandt invite you to Baltimore (between goofing around).

Obama on Nicki Minaj: 'She Likes to Play Different Characters'

The President of the United States is more hip to Nicki Minaj than you might think.

What's the Best Way for Hip-Hop to Criticize Itself? [Reader Forum]

Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad,” and Akiba Solomon’s take on it, kicks off a conversation at about how hiphop can take a stand while still being listenable.

Rachel Maddow Features Brentin Mock's Reporting on Voter Suppression

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow features reporting from our Voting Rights Watch 2012 partnership with the Nation.

Who Decides If You're American Enough to Vote? [Reader Forum]

The community reacts to Brentin and Aura’s newest dispatches from the voter ID wars, being fought in your state right now.