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:

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. 

Food available at food pantry
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Here to discuss the response from our local mosque and Islamic Center is Dr. Mewalli. 

Dr. Mewalli is chairman of the board at the mosque and also a professor at the Grand Rapids Campus of WMU college of business. 

Mary Ann Thomas

Mary Ann Thomas, otherwise known as Mat, is a brown, queer daughter of Indian immigrants, a nurse, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Mat has bicycled over 10,000 miles across the U.S., Canada and India and currently works as a health care provider in Anchorage, Alaska.  They are joining us today to talk about how getting outside can be a remedy for alleviating more than just boredom. Do you have any tips on how to practice social distancing while enjoying the outdoors?

Rabbi Shadick from Temple Emmanuel
Rabbi Shadick

With so many people laid off or struggling, it’s hard to know where to turn. Faith communities across West Michigan are responding to the pandemic as best as they can. Here to discuss the response from Temple Emmanuel is Rabbi Schadick.

Rabbi, what is your community doing in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Terence Reuben - Director of Outpatient Services at Mary FreeBed
Terence Reuben

Today we’re joined by Terence Reuben Director of Outpatient services at Mary Free Bed Rehab Facility, Executive Director of My Team Triumph Michigan Chapter and Founder of PT Sports Pro a 15-year legacy of 1-on-1 personal training service for athletes. Terrance, thank you very much for joining us. What are 3 tips or resources that injured people can access in this time to aid in their healing process. 

Staying physically fit during quarantine

May 1, 2020
Dave Jimenez - Owner of Title Boxing Club
Dave Jimenez

What are some tips you can give our listeners to maintain their physical health while working with limited resources, finances and even equipment?

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