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Urban Connections


Urban Connections conducts guest interviews covering issues affecting our local, national, international and global communities from a Black perspective. Subjects include current events, trends, history, education, economics, science, political science, health, race, law and more.






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Legacy, Spirit of the Black Panthers
September 22, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Lyle Gibson of Metropolitan Community College and Jermaine Thomas of Taishi Studios engage us in a discussion on Kansas City's Black Panther history.

Their recent documentary, Legacy, Spirit of the Black Panthers, highlights Kansas City's own, Pete (President of the Kansas City Black Panther Chapter) and Charlotte O'Neal.

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SME Confederate Flag Debate
August 4, 2018 | 4:00 pm

David Muhammad, Shawnee Mission East High School Social Studies teacher, talks with us about the viral video featuring his class debating the use of the Confederate Flag.

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For All The World To See
July 14, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Glenn A. North, Director of Education and Community Programs for The Black Archives of Mid America and 18th & Vine District Poet Laureate, joins us live in studio to discuss visual culture.

For All The World To See is a nationally touring exhibition from NEH on the Road that examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940’s to the mid 1970’s.

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What is Cancer?
June 30, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Dr. Dineo Khabele, Professor and Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Kansas Medical Center, joins us live in studio for a conversation around cancer, health and the African-American community.

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The Myth of Black (All) Buying Power
June 16, 2018 | 4:00 pm

It has been reported and repeated that blacks in America have 1.3 trillion dollars in buying power.

So, why do so many of us feel powerless?

Jared A. Ball, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, at Morgan State University joins us live to discuss the myth and propaganda of black and all buying power.

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Critical Resistance
June 9, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization, is seeking to abolish the Prison Industrial Complex.

Joining us live is Kamau Walton, member of Critical Resistance since 2010, and has been part of campaigns to stop gang injunctions, fight jail expansion, end solitary confinement & put an end to police militarization.

Kamau is also the Communications Director at the Transgender, Gender-variant & Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP). They are a queer, gender non-confirming Prison Industrial Complex abolitionist.

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Black People
March 24, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Live in conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, an award-winning historian and New York Times best-selling author, Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, was published by Nation Books and won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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Dancing Her Blackness
March 17, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Live in conversation with Cat Mahari. She creates work with personal and collective transformational possibilities. A free-style hip hop and house dancer, also trained in modern, ballet, West African, Cuban Son, and Chen taiji, whose work is grounded in the upliftment of the African Diaspora and peoples all over the world. Cat is the founder and director of 31st&Brklyn, a platform for performance art and community engagement.

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KKFI Open House
February 24, 2018 | 4:00 pm

February 2018 marks KKFI's 30th year of being live on-air.

Poet, Activist and Liberation Educator, Lloyd C. Daniel, joins us to celebrate 100,000 watts of people power!

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Harambee City
February 10, 2018 | 4:00 pm

Dr. Nishani Frazier, Associate Professor of History at Miami University, shares insight from her latest book, Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism.

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A biography of Donna will be available soon.

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