September 6, 2023
In the latest episode of Black Austin Matters, Bavu Blakes shares his inspiring journey growing up and being surrounded by Black excellence. He reflects on the influential role his parents played in shaping his path as a scholar and being the only Texas Longhorn in the family while everyone else in his household graduated from […]Listen
August 2, 2023
In this episode, we hear from Brannen Temple, a native Austinite, as he shares his remarkable journey. From growing up in Austin in the 70s to his career as a musician, the importance of studying his craft and the invaluable lessons he has gained from being a father.Listen
July 5, 2023
In this episode, Assistant Professor Fatima A. Varner discusses Roe vs. Wade, her research on Black family dynamics, dating in different cities and her intentional efforts to connect more with the Black community here in Austin. Fatima A. Varner is the Assistant Professor for the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.Listen
May 3, 2023
In a conversation with Patricia Bedford, a native of Austin, she shares her amazing journey from being an engineer to becoming a successful business owner and master baker. She also talks about how she keeps her grandmothers’ legacy alive through her work and passion.Listen
Dr. Richard J. Reddick
Richard J. Reddick (Rich) moved to southeast Austin at age 14 and has been fascinated by issues of race, class, and education in his adopted city ever since. A professor of educational leadership and policy, Rich’s academic work focuses on mentoring relationships, the experiences of Black faculty in higher education, and the uncompensated labor performed by BIPOC people in university settings. Rich is a dad to two kids, a husband, son, and a brother in a family that has called Austin home spanning five decades. When not podcasting, Rich is following Texas Longhorn sports, playing bass guitar, or playing trivia – or caught in Austin traffic!
Dr. Lisa B. Thompson
Lisa B. Thompson is co-host and co-producer of KUT’s Black Austin Matters podcast. The award-winning playwright and University of Texas professor is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, Single Black Female, and Underground, Monroe, and The Mamalogues: Three Plays. When she’s not writing, teaching, or working out, the San Francisco native loves watching old movies while devouring all the homemade cookies she supposedly baked for her teenage son.
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