“Ultimately, this is the end goal — to have the populace be dumbed down. To have the populace not be able to connect the dots.” Lya and Dana discuss the controversy surrounding school choice or school vouchers and the tenuous future of public education in Iowa. #2blackpodcast #schoolvouchers #Iowa #education #schoolchoice
Whether it’s called school choice, school vouchers or the ‘Students First Act,’ there’s a lot to unpack on the impact to Iowa public schools.
Dana James is an award-winning writer, former Des Moines Register reporter. Born and raised in Des Moines, Dana tells stories that center the lived experiences of Black Iowans and amplifies their voices. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Grand View University.
Being Heard: 2 Black Women, Coffee & Conversations — Episode 14: ‘The Black Iowa history they didn’t teach you about in school’
By Dana James ● Podcast ● February 22, 2023 February 22, 2023
Dig into some of the Black Iowa history you never learned in school with Leo Landis, state curator of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Being Heard: 2 Black Women, Coffee & Conversations — Episode 13: “Should we continue to watch videos of police brutalizing Black motorists?”
By Dana James ● Podcast ● February 19, 2023 February 19, 2023
Each new day brings with it the potential for another video of the police beating a Black motorist. Should we watch?
Being Heard: 2 Black Women, Coffee & Conversations — Episode 11: Our take on beloved Black actress Nia Long who dislikes labeling films ‘Black movies’
By Dana James ● Podcast ● January 17, 2023 January 17, 2023
A popular Black actress dislikes her films being labeled "Black movies." Why does Black always seem to have a negative connotation?