“All I have are my words,” shares Nikki Giovanni, a 77-year-old poet and professor at Virginia Tech. She has published nearly 30 collections of poetry, anthologies, children’s books and essays. During the 60s and 70s, she helped pioneer the Black Arts movement and she has been credited as an influence by hip-hop artists. On Saturday at 4 p.m., she is giving a free reading at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. Before her reading, she reflects on how she views her many accomplishments at her age.  

The documentary Always In Season gives an honest look into the history of racism and lynching in the United States and connects it to the racial climate and justice of the present. The film makes its television premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens on Monday, Feb. 24. Director Jacqueline Olive talks about her documentary and her engagement with the film — and discussions across racial lines — with viewers in communities across the country. 

"On Second Thought" for Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Sounds of splattering paint and laughter fills the Splatter Room at Ponce City Market. Binders, an art supply and frame shop, opened the Splatter Room with the goal of letting people be messy and creative, while connecting with the people around them. Intern Julia Sanders took a trip to the store to dip her brush into the fun. Listen to the postcard. 

Soul Food Cypher is an Atlanta nonprofit that brings aspiring emcees, DJs and music lovers together to sharpen minds — and communities — through the world of freestyling. Co-founders Zano Ludgood and Alex Acosta joined On Second Thought to break down their work and demonstrate their beatboxing skills for us.


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