Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015: Women of Color in Academia

"Prove it Again and Prove it Again." Surviving and Thriving in the Academy

Vylma V and LisaMarie Rollins host today's live, call-in show.

Click here to listen now. 59:50 min.

TODAY at 1pm PDT on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine is our live call in show!! LisaMarie Rollins and Vylma V talk with two women professors about their experiences in higher education. We discuss the book, “Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia”. Our guests are Dr. Yolanda Neiman, Professor of Psychology & Senior Vice Provost at University of North Texas and one of the editors of “Presumed Incompetent” and Dr. Andreana Clay Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at SFSU and author of The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism, and Post–Civil Rights Politics. Listen in at 94.1fm or stream online at - and call us with your questions and comments!

Presumed Incompetent is a pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of color. Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education, including hiring, promotion, tenure, and relations with students, colleagues, and administrators. The narratives are filled with wit, wisdom, and concrete recommendations, and provide a window into the struggles of professional women in a racially stratified but increasingly multicultural America.

Dr. Clay's book:
From youth violence, to the impact of high stakes educational testing, to editorial hand wringing over the moral failures of hip-hop culture, young people of color are often portrayed as gang affiliated, “troubled,” and ultimately, dangerous. The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back examines how youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities that affect urban youth of color. Andreana Clay provides a detailed account of the strategies that youth activists use to frame their social justice agendas and organize in their local communities.

Also on today's show:
Community Shuts Down Valencia St. in Front of SFPD Mission Station; Puts Police on Trial to mark one year anniversary of the SF police murder of Alex Nieto. For more information go to

Calendar of Events:
Blackademics by Idris Goodwin will open April 9-May 2 at The Thick House in San Francisco. Produced by Crowded Fire Theatre. For tickets and info click

LUNADA Literary Lounge ~ Quinceañera Celebration 
Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Celebrating 15 years of lunar literary ritual: Spoken Word, Música and Open Mic.  BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

The Apprenticeship Program sign up deadline has been extended to April 3rd. Check it out at

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015: Five Black Women Historical Figures

Historical Black Women from around the World--Women's Magazine talks to Bee Quammie

Ever heard of Queen Nanny of the Maroons, Chica da Silva or Marie-Joseph Angélique? Or Olive Morris and Amina Sukhera? Blogger Bee Quammie introduces us to five important Black women in world history published at For Harriet website.
About Bee
Bee Quammie
Listen now or Get MP3. 23:24 min

A small-town girl who grew into a big-city woman. I’m unapologetically passionate, and (for better or worse) always on a journey to be smarter, better, and more fly.

I’ve been addicted to writing ever since I learned how to scrawl my name in crayon back in the day. It’s been the easiest way for me to express myself throughout my life, but this blog is the first time I’ve been so open with my thoughts.

Bridget “Bee” Quammie is a healthcare professional, blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and speaker. With a degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from George Brown College, Bee has turned her passion for health into a career in mental health research, international health, and acquired brain injury work.

Bee started her personal blog, ‘83 To Infinity, in 2011. Focusing on areas around natural hair care, health & wellness, art & culture and more, ‘83 To Infinity has offered her the opportunity to write for digital publications such as Chatelaine, UPTOWN Magazine, For Harriet and The Huffington Post Canada. Bee was recently recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the “most impactful and successful voices in the online space,” is a 2013 Canadian Weblog Award nominee, and was the recipient of the Best Blogger Award at the 2014 Black Canadians Awards. After the birth of her daughter in 2014, Bee founded The Brown Suga Mama, a blog focused on motherhood from the perspective of a Black Canadian mom.

Bee has also taken her thoughts, words, and knowledge from behind the computer screen. She has been featured on Arise TV’s Our Take in New York City discussing international healthcare, and twice on TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin, speaking on education & employment options for Canadian millennials and the presence of women in media. Her social media knowledge has enabled her to work with a variety of clientele to help maximize their digital presence, with great success. She was a speaker at the 2013 Blogging While Brown Conference, 2013 Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show, and at the 2013 Malvern Women’s Symposium, discussing global blogging, online resources for natural haircare, and personal branding through social media, respectfully. She also facilitates health and wellness workshops through the Have Faith In Healthy Living project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

’83 To Infinity’s motto is: “It’s never too late to learn something new, do something new, or be someone new,” and Bee uses her work to inspire and motivate others to embrace life’s journeys.

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
Gender Bias Against Women of Color

Monday, March 16, 2015: Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science

100% of Women of Color experience gender bias at work.

Kate Raphael talks with Joan C. Williams, founding director of the UC Hastings Center for Work Life Law about her new study, Double Jeopardy: Gender Bias Against Women of Color in Science. Williams, the coauthor of the book What Works For Women At Work, also talks about strategies for interrupting workplace bias.

Listen now or Get MP3. 26:26

A new study, Double Jeopardy released from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings combines in-depth interviews of 60 women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with a survey of 557 women in STEM (both women of color and white women), and finds pervasive gender bias.

The report introduces a new approach to organizational change to interrupt gender bias, called Metrics-Based Bias Interrupters, developed by Professor Williams last year.

Bias Interrupters uses a four-step iterative process: 1) survey women to find out whether they think gender bias is playing out in basic business systems (recruiting, assignments, evaluations, etc.); 2) develop objective metrics to test whether women’s perceptions are accurate; 3) implement “Bias Interrupters” to interrupt bias in real time; 4) see whether the relevant metric improves and, if it doesn’t, strengthen or modify the intervention.

Williams’s work on the advancement of women can be found online at and You can follow her on her Huffington Post blog or on Twitter @JoanCWilliams. The WorkLife Law website is

Click here to listen to entire show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's program:
5 Black Women Historical Figures

4th Monday Reminder!!!

Remember Next Monday Vylma V and Lisa Marie will be taking your calls. So if you want to add your voice to feminist radio tune in to KPFA Women's Magazine next Monday, March 23 at 1PM.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015: What it Means to be a Woman: Trans VS Feminism

KPFA Women's Magazine Discusses Creating Space for Black Lesbians and the Complexities of Butch Identity and TransGender

Standing together for All Womyn at MichFest
In the last year the issue of conflicts between the transgender and radical feminist community has become front page news, as Mt Holyoke cancels the Vagina  Monologues because of its lack of presentation of trans voices and the Michigan Women's Music festival boycott becomes supported by high profile women musicians and LGBT organizations for its policies on trans people.

Lisa Dettmer talks to  poet, scholar and black trans activist Kai M. Green and Poet, playwright and Black Lesbian Activist Pipa Fleming about the definition of woman and the conflicts between the trans community and radical feminists.

Click here to listen to the show. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
Antisemitism in France

Monday, March 9, 2015: Antisemitism in France

Kate Raphael talks to Annette Herskovits, a Jewish surveyor of the Nazi occupation of France,  who challenges myths about French antisemitism and talk about how French Muslims helped save Jewish lives.

Conscientious Projector Film Series Presents: The Mosque of Paris
Thursday March 12, 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St.

Join Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI) and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hal Carlstad Social Justice Center (BFUU SJC) in welcoming Annette Herskovitz, PhD.

Dr. Herskovits will tell the story of how she survived as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied France and present a short film about how the Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews. She will also speak of the several hundred thousand Muslim men from the French colonies who fought the Nazis with the Allies and suffered disproportionate casualties. A slide show of personal and historical photos will accompany the talk.

For further information, call EPI 510-990-0374 or BFUU SJC 510-275-4272 or visit or

Click here to listen to KPFA Women's Magazine. 59:50 min.

Also on today's show:
Trans VS Feminism

International Women's Day Special: Women Who Built Free Speech Radio

On International Women's Day, March 8, 2015, the women of KPFA produced 25 hours of special programming including talk, music, culture, and spirituality.

Photo by Paul Richards

As part of this day of programming, we took time to hear from and appreciate three women who have all been at KPFA for over three decades, through thick and thin, bringing their unique voices and multitude of talents and helping to keep it true to its mission, to be the voice of the voiceless.

Nina Serrano is the long-time host of La Raza Chronicles/Cronicas de la Raza and Book Waves.  She is an internationally acclaimed poet, director, filmmaker and cultural worker.  For the last seven years she has been working to eliminate violence against women in the US and internationally.

Avotcja is currently host of Bebop,  Cubop and The Musical Truth.  She is a Bay Area icon, multiinstrumentalist, DeeJay, teacher and performer.  Her poetry has been published in English & Spanish in the USA, Mexico & Europe, and in more Anthologies than she remembers. She is founder and director of The Clean Scene Theater Project (AKA) Proyecto Teatral De La Escena Sobria". She teaches Creative Writing, Storytelling & Drama in public schools.

Jennifer Stone is a novelist, poet, essayist as well as a radio programmer. Stone's Throw, her witty, fast-talking program of social commentary and literary analysis "Stone’s Throw," has long been a fixture at KPFA.

Over 70 people gathered on Sunday in the Performance Room at the station to honor these three remarkable women.

Listen to the interviews with Nina, Avotcja and Jennifer