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01/28/16: Colorism; The Elbow 'Amplified Vol. 2'; Community Connections Mardi Gras; Kerry Speckman


A new book by a local author and professor looks at the understudied issue of colorism and its impact on young black women.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder's "Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century" examines discrimination within the African-American community based on skin tone. Wilder is an associate professor of sociology and director of the new Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations at the University of North Florida.

We speak with Wilder about the history of colorism and its contemporary significance.

The Elbow, Downtown Jacksonville’s official entertainment district, is now accepting artist submissions for their new local music compilation, "Amplified Vol.2" The Elbow founder Grant Nielsen joins us with more.

Community Connections of Jacksonville, a local nonprofit providing daycare and transitional housing for homeless women and families, will hold its annual Mardi Gras event next week. We get a preview from Lelia Duncan, CEO of Community Connections, and the king and queen of the Mardi Gras event, Bob White and Kelley Moore.

And blogger Kerry Speckman of joins us with a look at events happening around town this weekend.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.