Black Awareness Association, Juneau

They say the shortest distance between two people is a story – and every Thursday afternoon, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau bridges the gaps in our understanding about the biggest race and social justice issues of our times with thoughtful conversations from the Black community in this special series. 

Led by Sherry Patterson, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau launched the series in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, which triggered the need for deeper discussions about racism and Black culture. KTOO is thrilled to partner with the Black Awareness Association of Juneau to bring you  perspectives that were birthed from life experiences.


Thursday, April 15th: Why income taxes aren’t color blind.

When it comes to the IRS, you’d think that the only color that matters is green. But research shows the federal tax system treats Whites better than Blacks. On  this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, a look at the racial disparities in taxes, banking and financial investments. Christina Michelle, from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, is…

Thursday, April 8th: Impact of Black fraternities and sororities

Kamala Harris not only made history as the first woman of African and Asian descent to become Vice President — but also became the first Black sorority member to become second in command. During her campaign, she had the ultimate network — thousands upon thousands of sorority sisters, who worked hard to make sure she…

Thursday: The impact of historically Black colleges and universities

What is the common thread between Vice President Kamala Harris and many Black doctors, lawyers, dentists – as well as Grammy-winning artists and pro-sport Athletes? A surprising number attended an H-B-C-U, a historically Black college or university. On Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, host Christina Michelle asks H-B-C-U graduates to share their personal experiences and offer insights…

Thursday: The art of self-care

On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, explore the power of self-care with Kelli Patterson, Christina Michelle and Maria Bailey from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. They hope to give you permission to take better care of yourself. Part 1. Part 2. Juneau Afternoon airs live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at KTOO.org,…

Thursday: Alyssa Quintyne on how to make a difference in your community.

On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, meet Alyssa Quintyne, who describes herself as a Bajan – an American with heritage from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Quintyne is a community organizer at the Alaska Center in Fairbanks, where it’s a full time job to encourage people, who have been left out of decisions that affect their…

Thursday: Bukky Ayo, a “femmepreneur” and founder of the Femmetitude

The world of Bukky Ayo: A great place to go for  inspiration. After all, Bukky is a motivational coach, based in Amsterdam. On this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, Christina Michelle visits with a woman who calls herself a “femmepreneur.” Hear how she overcame trauma in life and founded the Femmetitude — a business she says she…

Celebrating the contributions of women

It’s not every day that you get a group of women together like this – for a candid conversation about their success as entrepreneurs. In honor of Women’s History Month, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau highlights the contributions of seven local women: Maria Bailey, Tami Bowman,  Laura Martinson,  Midgi Moore, Jessie Ray, Jessie Snyder…

African American spirituals and gospel: Their power to heal

If it weren’t for COVID-19, Juneau would have hosted the 10th Annual Gospel and Choir Workshops. But the next best thing: a conversation on Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon with some of the presenters, who would have been here – Pastor Bobby Lewis of Harlem and Dr. Jaunelle Celaire, a professor of voice at the University of…

Black History Month: Test your knowledge about Black inventors.

George Washington Carver is well known for inventing hundreds of products from the humble peanut — not just peanut butter, but flour, paste, insulation — even shaving cream and skin lotion. But there are fourteen other inventors the Black Awareness Association of Juneau wants to celebrate as part of Black History month, inventors you probably…

Interracial dating in Juneau…

If you’re young, single and a person of color in Juneau –chances are you’ll go out on a date this Valentine’s Day with someone of another race. That’s the consensus of guests on this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, presented by the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. Christina Michelle Patterson hosts todays show and asks the question:…

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