RadioACTive 01.15.24

  • January 15, 2024
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RadioACTive's MLK Day Special, featuring Black Bold and Brilliant's 2024 season of films that explore representation and cultural issues. Plus, Redemption Bank's Ashley Bell and Byron Russell on starting the first minority-owned bank in the Rockies.

Tonight's show features the following people, organizations and/or events. Check them out and get plugged into your community!

Black Bold & Brilliant is back with a film series that focuses on authentic and nuanced representation through film critique and discussions led by Black Utahns. RadioACTive gets a preview with Risshan Leak and Utah Film Center's Russell Roots. Shout out to fellow BBB programmer Aja Washington!

  • Feb. 7: Black Bold & Brilliant presents The Holly, 7:00 p.m. at The City Library, 210 E. 400 S., SLC. Featuring a Q&A moderated by the BBB team with the film’s director, Julian Rubenstein, and participant, Terrance Roberts. Told from the perspective of former gang leader turned activist Roberts, the story centers on a controversial shooting that took place at a peace rally that Roberts himself organized. As Roberts stands trial for life in prison, Rubinstein’s investigation into the shooting cracks open a window into the complex and often problematic relationships that exist amongst gentrification and violence, communities of color, high-rolling developers, law enforcement, informants, and city hall.

  • Mar. 6: Black Bold & Brilliant presents Into the Weeds. Dewayne "Lee" Johnson vs. Monsanto Company, 7:00 p.m. at The City Library, 210 E. 400 S., SLC. Featuring a Q&A moderated by the BBB team with the film’s director, Jennifer Baichwal. Does the most widely used weed killer in the world cause cancer? Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company follows the story of groundskeeper Lee Johnson and his fight for justice against agrichemical giant Monsanto (now Bayer, which bought the company in 2018), the manufacturer of the weed killer, Roundup. Blending interviews, trial footage, news coverage, and vérité, the film follows the progression of this groundbreaking trial, while also telescoping out to understand both the ubiquity of use and its global repercussions.

From the RadioACTive archives, a conversation with Redemption Holding Co. co-founder and CEO Ashley Bell and board member Byron Russell. Last February, Redemption announced it had agreed to purchase Utah-based Holladay Bank and Trust, marking the first time in American history that an existing commercial bank would become a Black-owned Minority Depository Institution through acquisition. Once regulatory approvals are complete, RHC will become the only Black-owned bank in the Rockies. 

  • Jan. 18: MLK Economic Plenary, 4:30 p.m. at Garff Executive Education Building Auditorium (1st Floor), 1731 E. Campus Center Dr., SLC. Event by Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion - University of Utah: "The MLK Economic Plenary will feature a keynote address by Ashley Bell, former White House advisor and co-founder and CEO of Redemption Holdings, an organization supported in partnership with Bernice King and Coretta Scott King that aims to expand access to capital for people of color. Its first project is Redemption Bank in Holladay, Utah—the first Black-owned bank in the Rockies. The keynote address will be followed by a panel of leading experts, including Thomas Maloney of the U's Department of Economics; Zions Bank VP Sui Lang Panoke; and Dr. Sidni L. Shorter, Utah Black Chamber president and CEO and director of the Utah Minority Business Development Center." To reserve your seat for this free event, click here.

Guests' views, thoughts, or opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the board, staff, or members of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah, KRCL 90.9fm. Questions, comments or suggestions for the show? Email Tonight's RadioACTive was produced and hosted by Lara Jones.