Closer Look: Cultural Appropriation In Music And Diversity In The Workplace

WCLK DJ Jamal Ahmad, NPR Music hip hop journalist Rodney Carmichael, Georgia Tech Professor of Black Media Studies Dr. Joycelyn Wilson and Atlanta-based jazz singer Gwen Hughes on today's "Closer Look."
WCLK DJ Jamal Ahmad, NPR Music hip hop journalist Rodney Carmichael, Georgia Tech Professor of Black Media Studies Dr. Joycelyn Wilson and Atlanta-based jazz singer Gwen Hughes on today's "Closer Look."
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on contract negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has asked the two companies to reach a deal before the current agreement expires on April 1 when Piedmont Healthcare will become out-of-network for those with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia coverage. Also, the City of Atlanta is joining a national coalition of forty U.S. cities and counties to file an amicus brief to prevent the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • 2:51: As more companies look to define, or re-define, workplace environments that are inclusive, many have hired Chief Diversity and Inclusion officers — but it’s a position that actually dates back to the 1970’s. How can these roles help define workplace culture and what practices or measures can companies take to ensure a safe, and inclusive work environment for all employees? A conversation with Audra Jenkins, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Randstad, one of the largest staffing providers in the human resources industry.
  • 28:25: In recent weeks, conversations have swirled online about whether or not artists, like Bruno Mars, are “culturally appropriating” the music of black artists. While these comments have sparked new controversy, conversations like this have happened throughout music history.  A look at the past and present with WCLK DJ Jamal Ahmad, NPR Music hip hop journalist Rodney Carmichael, Georgia Tech Professor of Black Media Studies Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, and Atlanta-based jazz singer Gwen Hughes.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.