RadioACTive: February 25, 2019

  • February 25, 2019
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The #BlackLight shines on the culture, power and politics of Black women's hair. Plus, legislative updates, and a new coalition fighting for the 3% rule

Tonight’s lineup:

Legislative updates hot off Utah’s Capitol Hill, featuring:

Catherine Weller of the League of Women Voters of Utah

Andrea Himoff of Action Utah

Suzy Blackham, a teacher of the visually impaired, who recently created a new coalition — Unified Utah for the Education of Blind and Visually Impaired Students. UUBVI is concerned about the education of blind and visually impaired students given the Utah State Board of Education’s decision to change the 3% rule from mandatory to optional when it comes to the education of blind and visually impaired students.

From the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind: “The Utah State Board of Education administrative rule requires the largest districts in the state to provide their own services or to contract for those services. Some contract with USDB. The board rule defines the threshold as any district with more than 3% of the total school population in Utah.

“Currently, there are 9 districts in the state above the 3% threshold, including Weber School District, Davis School District, Salt Lake School District, Granite School District, Jordan School District, Canyons School District, Alpine School District, Nebo School District, and Washington School District.”

A woman’s hair is supposed to be her crowning glory. Dr. Tamara Stevenson shined the #BlackLight on the culture, power and politics of Black women's hair. Guests included:

  • Dr. Yaba Blay, creator of Professional Black Girl, a multi-platform digital community dedicated to celebrating Black Girl culture. Click here to check out the PBG webseries.
  • Kelly Whitaker, a multi-cultural hair stylist in Murray. Click here to check out her Insta feed.
  • Kaletta Lynch and her daughter Kaniyah, who shared their experiences.


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RadioACTive is a production of Listeners' Community Radio of Utah. Tonight's team included:

  • Exec. Producer/Host: Lara Jones
  • Assoc. Producer:  Billy Palmer
  • Community Co-Host:  Dr. Tamara Stevenson
  • Volunteer: Tommy Sutter