Race Talks: Tanya Jackson, Ngonda Badila
90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere
Hosted by Kimberly Erwin.
In this broadcast, the organizers of Hudson's Juneteenth Celebration, Tanya Jackson and Ngonda Badila. Jackson is an independent media maker, media educator, and program administrator with a passion for cultural programming rooted in social justice. She has invested in the empowerment of youth and under-resourced communities for more than 20 years. Badila, aka Lady Moon, is an innovator and performing artist based in Hudson. She is the leader and founder of Lady Moon and The Eclipse, a self-proclaimed cosmic soul band founded in Hudson, in 2008. Hudson's Juneteenth Celebration takes place Sat., Jun. 19, at Waterfront Park.
"Race Talks," hosted by intercultural communicator and author Kimberly Y. Erwin, provides expertise on the topic of race and ethnicity. With the national conversation in the media over racial inequity, ignorance or indifference is not a proper retreat. Erwin enjoys speaking with people from every walk of life, ethnic make-up, and varied perspectives to better instruct, engage, and inform listeners with positive and constructive conversations on all things race and ethnicity — which is very necessary to break down structural and societal racism. No topic is taboo. Here, listeners engage with the host, other expert guest educators, activists, organizers, and community members as they disseminate their knowledge (ie. varying terminologies, historical realities, and current opportunities for engagement) for a better informed, appreciative, and active local citizenry.
About the host
An educator, writer, and entrepreneur, Erwin enjoyed her studies as a Hudson High School graduate (attending her senior year at Columbia-Greene Community College) and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta (noted the #1 Historical Black College and University by "U.S. News") where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French. Upon receiving a Masters in Science degree from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Intercultural Communication, Erwin ventured into the areas of international administration, multicultural leadership, and various teaching positions within the U.S. and globally.
Upon returning to Hudson Valley, Kimberly started a media company (OneUniversal Media) endeavoring to give voice to members in communities experiencing gross inequities who yearn to create common means of communicating and celebrating their identity while still challenging societal norms. Erwin is a founding member of Africa's Daughters of the Diaspora (ADD), She holds volunteer positions as a Hudson Area Library Trustee, an on-air programmer at WGXC-FM, and with the Hudson City School District (where her children's book was informed).