Sunday, January 31, 2021

Of Interest

February is Black History Month, and today, on the eve of the first day of February, The Spark of Hudson announced its programming for the month. One thing happening this month is the launch of a podcast hosted by The Tenth Magazine called Spark Hudson Radio, which promises to cover "all the latest happenings in the region, with particular focus on the city of Hudson." Featured on the podcast this month is a series called Bossips of Rivertown--a title that seems to be a mash-up of the titles of the online magazine Bossip and either the 1848 novel by Alice B. Neal or this blog. The series is described as "connecting historical black narratives of the Hudson Valley with current events."

The following information is provided about the two Bossips of Rivertown podcasts:
"Landscape with Rainbow: African-American Presence in Hudson River Valley"
The Tenth will explore narratives of the past such as African American Revolutionary War veteran Andrew Frazier, vaudeville sensation Bob Cole, cabaret singer Mabel Mercer and more, to understand the bedrock of the contemporary African-American community which has played an integral part in development and beauty of this region.  
Resistance + Rivertown: An Exploration of Black Power, Politics + Protest in Hudson
The Hudson River Valley is not immune to ills of racism, class inequality and gender discrimination black Americans have had to reconcile with in our global society. In this episode The Tenth will look at the rich legacy of civil unrest in the city of Hudson, exploring stories such as a prominent black physician protecting African American women held at the Hudson Reform School for Girl which would progress racial equality in the nation's juvenile justice system.
The episodes of Bossips of Rivertown can heard from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, and on Friday, February 26.

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