Here at The Laura Flanders Show we have a comprehensive Internship program where participants work hands-on gaining first hand knowledge about our independent movement media operation producing our TV, radio and podcast releases. Throughout the program our entire staff spends time with each intern sharing their expertise and knowledge from editing to scripting to promotions and technical skills, and more. We mentor our interns and guide them in producing their own media pieces. You are about to hear one of those stories produced by Janet Hernandez, a recent graduate of Hunter College.
What does support for BIPOC communities in the music industry look like? In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, the industry pledged to change. But the top executives are still white, and the industry’s rejection of Black artists and industry professionals takes a serious toll on Black mental health. The nature of the music industry already puts its members at a high risk of suffering from mental health illnesses, and BIPOC say they can’t access the right resources. Backline and the Black Mental Health Alliance are organizations that connect people to appropriate mental health resources, and their new partnership shows how industry members and mental health specialists can be allies, by working to be culturally conscious and inclusive.
“It does not mean that you have had to walk a mile in my shoes, but it does mean that you have had some understanding, and training around how to show up for Black people and people of color.” – Andrea Brown, Black Mental Health Alliance
- Andrea Brown, Executive Director, Black Mental Health Alliance
- Hilary Gleason, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Backline
A special thanks to our supporters for making our internship program possible. Please consider joining us on Patreon to help us continue our internship program this spring.