Shaping Narratives

Online Podcast
  • Hosted by Mariano Avila, Michelle Jokisch Polo
  • Local Host Mariano Avila

Shaping Narratives is an initiative to build capacity in communities of color by providing leaders with training in decolonizing narratives, media and production skills and community organizing as a distribution strategy. Each participant developed a show, a local affinity group and a social media following to address issues they are passionate about. Content is being used to spark change based conversations. The shows include, Ngiiwe, Color Out Here, Meeting God, The Black Honest Truth and Cultural Ingredients:

  You're listening to shaping narratives, a collection of voices from West Michigan's communities of color brought to you by WGVU, NPR and PBS in West Michigan. In a partnership with the WK Kellogg foundation, the voice of today's podcast is Christine Mwangi. Host of WGVU’s the black, honest truth, a podcast exploring the distinct experiences that African immigrants and African Americans have with blackness. A first generation transplant from Nairobi Kenya.

In this segment, George Walker III talks to Ben Wiley and Quynh (Quin) Lai, of Stock & Candor about Vietnamese cooking and a recipe for Korean Short Ribs.

Christine Mwangi, host of WGVU’s The Black Honest Truth, a podcast exploring the distinct experiences that African immigrants and African Americans have with blackness. With her medical and health background she finds expert voices to discuss health at home in isolation. In this segment Christine Mwangi talks Terence Reuben, PT, Director of Outpatient Services - Sports Rehabilitation At Mary Free Bed, about virtual physical therapy, and staying active at home during the pandemic. 

Rishi Singh, hosts WGVU’s Meeting God, a TV show that uses immersive experiences of faith to explore belief and commonality in the human experience. For this podcast, he talks to faith leaders about resources they are offering their congregants and the community at large.

Shaping Narratives

Alice Lyn, host of WGVU’s Color Out Here, a TV show that reframes outdoor narratives for people of color. On this podcast she talks to outdoor experts of color about enjoying the outdoors safely.

You're listening to shaping narratives a collection of voices from West Michigan's communities of color brought  to you by WGVU NPR and PBS in West Michigan in the partnership with the wk Kellogg Foundation The voice of today's episode is Alice Lyn host of WGVU’s color out here to show reshaping outdoor narratives for people of color.

Shaping Narratives

Christine Mwangi, host of WGVU’s The Black Honest Truth, a podcast exploring the distinct experiences that African immigrants and African Americans have with blackness. With her medical and health background she finds expert voices to discuss health at home in isolation.

Shaping Narratives

George Walker, host of WGVU’s Cultural Ingredients, a TV show that explores stories of migration, culture and agricultural history one person, one dish and one ingredient at a time. For this podcast, he talks to chefs about simple cooking and kitchen management during the pandemic.  

Shaping Narratives

Rishi Singh, hosts WGVU’s Meeting God, a TV show that uses immersive experiences of faith to explore belief and commonality in the human experience. For this segment, he talks to faith leaders about resources they are offering their congregants and the community at large. 

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