Culture Rich Conversations with the
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, February 17, 2022: Telling the story of racism in America

Natasha Boozer’s family is well known in Juneau. Her younger brother, Carlos, grew up to play professional basketball and win an Olympic Gold medal in 2008. Today, Natasha is carving out her own success as a writer in Las Vegas, where she homeschools her children. The lessons, she says, include important conversations about racism and…

Listen to the Program: Critical Race Theory as a tool to address systemic racism

Guests: Natasha Boozer, author of The Palmer Women.
Natasha Boozer says Black parents need to talk with their children about the history of racism in America and how to protect themselves against it — a subject too important to trust to the schools alone, which rarely do a good job of telling the whole story.  In this conversation with Christina Michelle, Boozer explains…

Thursday, February 10th: Juneau student attends historically Black university.

On this Thursday’s Culture Rich Conversations, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau follows-up on one of their scholarship recipients, Raekwon Razor — one of a growing number of African American students who attends what’s known as an HBCU — a Historically Black College and University. Christina Michelle and Sherry Patterson talk with Razor about his…

Thursday, February 3rd: Culture Rich Conversations launches a new season

When the killing of George Floyd unleashed racial turmoil across the nation, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau responded by creating a radio program on KTOO, as a safe space to talk about race and social justice, as well as celebrate Black culture. They later gave the show a name: Culture Rich Conversations, a show…

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Guests: Discussion with Christina Michelle, Sherry Patterson and Michael Patterson

Thursday, January 6th: New Year’s Resolutions vs. New Year’s Intentions  

  Do you already feel your resolve weakening over some of your New Year’s resolutions? Research shows that only a small percentage of us actually succeed in keeping them. But hey, don’t stress out. Instead, enjoy a laid-back, playful conversation on this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, which looks at reframing…

Thursday, December 23rd: Kwanzaa, a celebration of community, family and culture.

There are seven days of Kwanzaa, which begin this Sunday. And on each day of this celebration, a candle is lit to symbolize  one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. On this Thursday’s Culture Rich Conversations, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau will explore this celebration of family, community and culture, which started as a…

Thursday, October 28th : Breast Cancer Awareness

Stories from survivors of breast cancer on week’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. Christina Michelle and Kelli Patterson talk with Queen Stuart and Deborah Thomas, who know firsthand why early detection is important, and Renee Daniels, the lead mammographer at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Listen to the program: Please note: This program originally…

Thursday, October 21st: Test your knowledge about Black inventors

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and that definitely was the case for many early Black inventors, who were looking for ways to make a hard life easier. From peanut butter to the ironing board to elevator doors that close automatically, there are hundreds of important inventions discovered and developed by African Americans.…

Thursday, October 14th: Interracial Dating in Juneau

If you’re young, single, Black and live in Juneau, you’re likely to go on a date with someone from another race, given the relatively small Black population. That’s the consensus of the guests on today’s show from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau. So how well are interracial couples accepted in Juneau? And what are…

Thursday, October 6th: Racism and the color of money.

The color of money is green. But in this week’s program, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau looks at why our tax system and financial world are not color blind. Christina Michelle asks Adrian Duncan, a financial advisor from Compton, California, to identify some of the barriers to prosperity that people of color face, as…

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