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.

Culture Rich Conversations is now in its third season and receives financial support from the Social Justice Fund Grant Program of the Alaska Community Foundation, and from the Alaska Wild Salmon Company.


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…

Thursday, September 23rd : MC MoHagani Magnetek: Poetry that packs a punch.

MC MoHagani Magnetek says she likes her rhymes to explode on impact. On this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, she talks with Christina Michelle about her struggles as a Black woman on a transgender journey — in search for her authentic self — through her poetry and well, like the name…

Thursday, September 16: Alyssa Quintyne: The art of community organizing

Alyssa Quintyne describes herself as a Bajan – an American from the Caribbean Island of Barbados, but she’s here in Alaska now, working as a community organizer. In this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association, Quintyne talks with Christina Michelle and Kelli Patterson about how she uses her Bajan culture to reach out to…

Thursday, September 9th: The impact of Black Fraternities and Sororities

On  this Thursday’s Juneau Afternoon, the Black Awareness Association of Juneau looks at the role Black fraternities and sororities have played in promoting college and career success. Join host Christina Michelle for a conversation with Brian Compton, a member of Phi Beta Sigma — and Keisha Allen, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, who share…

Thursday, September 2nd: Femininity, a force for healing and success.

The Black Awareness Association goes all the way to Amsterdam to bring you this week’s show, which features Bukky Ayo, a motivational coach based in the Netherlands, who calls herself a “fempreneur.” In a discussion with Christina Michelle, Ayo talks about how to live and work, tapping feminine energy for strength. Listen to the show:…

This was Juneau's second anti-racist rally in support of Black Lives Matter - this time organizers focused on the message that Juneau is not immune to the problems of institutional racism and anti-black messaging.

Thursday, August 26th: Self-care, a survival skill in the fight for social justice

Like frogs in the proverbial pot of boiling water, we live in contentious times, where stress can reach toxic levels before you know it. In this Thursday’s program from the Black Awareness Association of Juneau, Kelli Patterson, Christina Michelle and Maria Bailey talk about the importance of self-care, as we tackle painful topics like racism…

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