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I SEE U with Eddie Robinson

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I SEE U is a unique new program that gives voice to those who have often been unheard. Hosted by Houston Public Media’s Eddie Robinson, I SEE U explores cultural identity through the stories of people and places that have been transformed by the effects of long-standing biases. Eddie guides fascinat… read more

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49: A Trans' Mission Never Ends

May 20th, 2022


Lou Weaver is a queer, transgender man who grew up in Colorado, but now lives in Houston as a much sought-after speaker for the gay, lesbian, …

48: WILL D.E.I. D.I.E.?

May 14th, 2022


As we approach another anniversary of Houstonian George Floyd’s death, I SEE U examines company and organizational initiatives that had been …

47: What U Focus On, U Become

May 7th, 2022


Interdisciplinary scholar and curator Laura Marshall Clark has maintained a love for the arts, a thirst for the humanities, along with a passion for …

46: Sugar Land Not So Sweet

April 29th, 2022


Convict leasing, a gruesome practice that started in 1867, was highly profitable for states across the South and for the families who owned plantations. It was a time when Sugar Land, Texas was known to carry a network …

45: A Higher Power To The People

April 23rd, 2022


Dr. Victoria Massie is a professor of anthropology at Rice University. This fall, she’s introducing students to a new course that explores concepts …

44: We Shall Not Be Moved

April 15th, 2022


Only a few descendants of West African slaves remain on a coastal Georgia portion of land called, Sapelo Island. In the early 1800s, ancestors of the

43: Black Films, White Profits

April 8th, 2022


Blacks have historically been portrayed in films as pimps, hustlers, prostitutes, maids, gang-bangers, drug addicts, alcoholics, junkies and …

42: The Gay Black Civil Rights Financier

April 2nd, 2022


His father, born into slavery, had become one of the first African American millionaires in the United States. His mother, though devoted to Black civil rights, was a renowned actress and had kept her racial background …

41: Rise Up, Down in Mississippi [ENCORE]

March 26th, 2022


Join us for a special ENCORE presentation of an I SEE U episode featuring Oscar-nominated actress, Aunjanue Ellis. The veteran actor has been working in the film and television industry for three decades and she’s …

40: The Fans LoveSexy Fat Tony

March 19th, 2022


Acclaimed lyricist, Fat Tony, has played a significant role in shaping Houston’s rap scene with his unique style of music. Raised in the city’s …

39: (At Her Best) She is Alex Isley

March 11th, 2022


Singer/songwriter Alex Isley has music in her DNA. Her dad and uncles together make up the legendary group, The Isley Brothers. Her silky, sweet …

38: Seeking Vision Despite Division

March 5th, 2022


Richard Antoine White survived the streets of West Baltimore as a young child and later, transformed his life – with the help of a brass instrument, …

37: Shalita Grant Me the Serenity

February 26th, 2022


Acclaimed actress, Shalita Grant, suffered severe hair damage and was on the verge of baldness while working for years on the CBS television series, NCIS: New Orleans. After leaving the show, Grant says the emotional …

36: Black Fatherhood is King

February 18th, 2022


The film, KING RICHARD, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, tells the story of how Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, was determined to transform their lives into tennis legends. Interestingly …

35: The Future ‘Shift Key’ in Journalism

February 11th, 2022


Critics believe independent writers, reporters, producers and content creators with large digital followers will paint the future of journalism. But …

34: We Don't Talk About Inclusion!

February 5th, 2022


ENCANTO is Disney’s first-ever Latinx musical. Critics have largely praised the film for its unique approach to storytelling, diversity in characters …

33: A Blues Dancing Machine

January 28th, 2022


He’s an original member of the legendary Jackson 5, who churned out a plethora of hits from the mid-‘60s well into the late ‘80s. One of the brothers of the group, Tito Jackson, remains active in the recording industry. …

32: The Color Of Therapy

January 21st, 2022


While medical teams question whether the omicron variant marks a COVID-19 transition from a pandemic stage to an endemic phase, minorities along with …

31: Maybe We Don't Belong Here

January 14th, 2022


Born in Birmingham, England, CW Network’s Supergirl actor/director David Harewood has seen his career flourish here in the United States. While living in the United Kingdom, the ‘Blood Diamond’ actor had been physically

30: Terrestrial Radio Racism

January 7th, 2022


For decades, members of the Black community and other communities of color have been excluded from owning media broadcast properties. Recent data

29: Civil Whites Movement

December 17th, 2021


During the Civil Rights Movement, not only did African-Americans fight for equal protection under the law, but White Americans were also risking their lives in the name of social justice. Some were even murdered for …

28: Storytelling Art of The Dirty South

December 10th, 2021


To be black and southern is to contend with the embedded legacy of racial terror and grapple with the unique and enduring culture created in its …

27: Television on the Radio

December 1st, 2021


When the coronavirus summarily shut down the world in 2020, we were all sent home to figure how to live, work and play from a distance.  Within weeks millions learned to use digital platforms to connect to work, family, …

26: Who Made the Potato Salad?

November 19th, 2021


From black urban farms to traditional soul food kitchens to fine dining…Houston has a vibrant black food scene.  We call this the “Who Made the …

25: Troublesome Legacies

November 11th, 2021


After the death of George Floyd organizations across America embarked upon what has been called a racial reckoning.  A process started to be more …

24: The Queens of Crunk...Feminism

November 4th, 2021


In 2013 when Houston native and global megastar, Beyoncé, openly embraced the feminist label, there was a lot of discussion about what this would …

23: Halftime is Their Time!

October 28th, 2021


In Texas where football is king all schools are celebrating homecoming. That halfway point of the season where homecoming kings and queens are …

22: Coalitions of Color

October 22nd, 2021


According to new census data 95% of the population growth in Texas was from communities of color and Texas is a majority minority state.  Latinos and …

21: Grown and Trill

October 15th, 2021


Often seen as an expression of youth culture, hip hop as a musical genre is almost FIFTY! That means that hip hop’s earliest fans are also aging. …

20: Race & the City

October 8th, 2021


Our geography defines our understanding of the world as much as anything else.  National and state boundaries and even city streets define the areas that mark what is home, what is safe, and where we belong. The ability …

19: Women of The Revolution

October 1st, 2021


The legendary Prince created an iconic band known as, The Revolution. Not only did the early '80s group incorporate an energy and sound that threw …

18: To Be Young, Gifted and Gay

September 24th, 2021


His song mashup featuring a popular Rihanna track mixed with a vintage Luther Vandross classic threw the internet music world into a frenzy! …

17: Prison Sells and Comedy Shows

September 17th, 2021


Comedian Ali Siddiq spent six years in a maximum-security penitentiary on a 15-year sentence for trafficking cocaine. Siddiq discovered his voice to make people laugh behind bars. And now, he's found success all over …

16: Four The Love of Rocky

September 3rd, 2021


Film composer Vince DiCola had never scored an entire movie before in the mid-80s. But once actor/director Sylvester Stallone heard a few of his …

15: An 'Afghan' League of Her Own

August 27th, 2021


Born in Afghanistan, Nadia Nadim was only 11 years old when the Taliban executed her father, who was an Army General. Her mother, along with …

14: Digital Dance School Playgrounds

August 20th, 2021


There's a Spanish teacher at Bellaire High School in southwest Houston who's using a unique method of connecting with his students inside the …

13: The Radical Forgiveness of Anthony Graves

August 13th, 2021


Arguably, the state of Texas' most famous death row exoneree, Anthony Charles Graves spent nearly 20 years in prison for a brutal crime that he did not commit, including 12 years on death row -- all while receiving …

12: Band of (Rhythm and Blues) Brothers

August 6th, 2021


Grammy-award winning mega-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis admit to I SEE U that they have nothing to prove and yet, so much to say. Although …

11: An Olympic Legend Among Us

July 30th, 2021


As Track And Field athletes prepare their mark and get set to run for the gold in Tokyo, six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee connects …

10: Black A I = Artificial Inclusion

July 23rd, 2021


A young computer scientist who grew up in Mississippi is focusing her efforts on fairness and identifying biases in technology. Though she's …

9: Vietnamese Fishermen v. the KKK

July 16th, 2021


In 1981, militant Klansmen in East Texas waged a terror campaign against recently immigrated Vietnamese fishermen who were trying to make a living near Galveston Bay. As tensions heated up, some began to label the …

8: Ebony and Ivory in Systemic Harmony

July 9th, 2021


Chaka Khan, Phil Collins, Robert Palmer, Angela Bofill and Steve Winwood are just a few names who've landed hit after hit while working with …

7: Nothing But The T.R.U.T.H. Project

June 25th, 2021


The T.R.U.T.H. Project is a non-profit in Houston that works to educate and mobilize LGBTQ+ communities of color and their allies, with resources …

6: Here Comes The Son

June 18th, 2021


As an only-child growing up in the early '70s in rural Mississippi, I SEE U's Eddie Robinson admired his mom and dad. Family meant the world to him -- it gave him a deep sense of belonging. But years later, when he …

5: Rise Up, Down in Mississippi

June 11th, 2021


What is it about strong, Black Women of the South? You may very well discover the answer in our interview with acclaimed actress and Mississippi-native, Aunjanue Ellis. Remarkably, she's been working in the film and …

4: They're GHANA Get Away

June 4th, 2021


Earlier this year in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, singer Stevie Wonder described his plans to move permanently to Ghana, West Africa. Weeks later, comedian Dave Chappelle said he was inspired by Wonder to do the …

3: The Tulsa Opera[tion]

May 28th, 2021


Scholars have labeled the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 as one of the most horrific incidents of racial violence in U.S. history. But why has that …

2: The Reign Check

May 21st, 2021


With the anniversary of George Floyd's death, two preachers -- one Black, one White -- both of large congregations in Houston, share unguarded perspectives on why some evangelical Christians have largely remained …

1: An American Battle Feel

May 15th, 2021


I SEE U's premiere episode welcomes Oscar-winning filmmaker, Kevin Willmott, Duke University researcher, Dr. Adriene Lentz Smith and film producer, Brandy Byers. We'll reveal unexplored takeaways from a film Willmott …

I SEE U with Eddie Robinson Trailer

April 15th, 2021


One outgrowth of the social changes happening around us is people who have been historically disenfranchised are now taking control of their own …

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