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Panelists and Bios
Natalie Arceneaux, business consultant, and conservative talk show host
Natalie brings her creativity, originality, drive, and her considerable experience to C+A Global Group, a woman-owned people focused consultancy, but her first fluency is always in people. Managing everything from projects, to communications to campaigns, Natalie has been in the trenches with teams in many industries, leading them all towards optimal solutions, greater efficiencies, increased revenues, and shared successes. Passionate about accountability, Natalie hosted her own weekly radio program for several years, dedicated to informing and inspiring her audience to do more related to culture, politics, and philanthropy. In an effort to continue engaging and informing audiences, she now co-hosts a weekly business radio show. Natalie is also a sought-after speaker at meetings, rallies, and conferences; inspiring grassroots activists to become engaged and involved in their communities and government.
Dr. Andrew Hamilton, Founding Director, UH Bonner Leaders Program
Andrew is Associate Dean for Student Success in UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Founding Director of the UH Bonner Program. He has published widely in evolutionary theory and biological classification, as well as on effective university teaching. His most recent work in these areas can be found in his book, The Evolution of Phylogenetic Systematics (University of California Press), and in Change magazine. He is a strong advocate for student-centered learning, especially as it involves educationally meaningful service to the community. He teaches courses in biology and civic engagement. At UH he was instrumental in the establishment of the Campus Kitchen, which has provided more than 20,000 meals to low-income Houstonians in the last year, as well as the launching of several education projects at area middle and high schools that serve low-income students. Before coming to the University of Houston in 2012, he held appointments in the School of Life Sciences and the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where he was also Director of the Biology Graduate Program and an Associate Director at the International Institute for Species Exploration. In 2016, the UH Bonner Program was honored with UH System Regents' Academic Excellence Award for its work in fighting poverty and developing the next generation of civic leaders. Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Boston College, and Berea College.
Deric Muhammad, Author/Activist
Deric Muhammad believes that man is given power for one reason; and that is to serve others. Muhammad is an accomplished Houston-based Activist/Organizer who addresses issues on Social Justice, Black Male Development, Police Brutality, Racial Inequality and other critical topics. Muhammad prides himself in being an "on the ground watchman" of Freedom, Justice and Equality for the Black community and other poor, underserved, disenfranchised communities, as well. A native Houstonian, Deric grew up on the rough and tumble streets of Northeast Houston. At the age of 11 his father died and his mother struggled with an addiction to drugs that she, later in life, overcame. Deric was raised in an environment where drugs, gang violence, prostitution, police brutality and other "social cancers" were prominent. This is important to know, because it verifies that Muhammad addresses these issues based on vast knowledge and personal experience. Like countless Black men who came before him, he changed his life around through his studies as a member of the Nation of Islam. Muhammad hosts an annual "Smart'n Up" Black Male Summit that deals with the unique issues that Black men and boys face in society. In 2009 he independently produced and starred in a critically acclaimed documentary called "Raising Boys: Tips for Single Moms" that addressed the plight of Black women raising sons in the absence of a father. He recently launched a Houston-based Black Male Initiative called Project FORWARD that focuses on Stopping Inner-City Violence and creating Economic Development.
Rev. Hannah Terry, Associate Pastor, FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry)
As an ordained United Methodist deacon, Hannah serves alongside and connects the church and the world as friend, neighbor, and visionary. She is passionate about creating community where all persons are welcomed. She discerned with the people of Westbury UMC that southwest Houston needs trust-building and holy friendships for the purpose of personal wholeness, communal healing, and systemic change. Hannah founded FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry, circa 2013) which works for justice by building empowering community among refugees and immigrants and local Houstonians through practices of hospitality, mutuality, storytelling, and inclusivity. She lives in FAM’s intentional Christian community and builds bridges in the neighborhood to cultivate communities of prayer and action. Hannah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College and Master of Divinity degree from Duke University.
Hosts and Bios
Ernie Manouse, Senior Producer/Host, Houston Public Media
Ernie Manouse, a native of Binghamton, NY and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, launched his broadcasting career with NBC News before producing programs at Chicago radio station WLS-AM. In 1996, Ernie joined HoustonPBS (now Houston Public Media), and as an anchor and producer, he has garnered eight Emmy Awards, five KATIE Awards, a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award, "viewer's choice" recognition from multiple local and regional publications, and the title of "Ultimate Interviewer" from the Houston Chronicle.
His intellect, natural curiosity, and ability to help people tell their story have been hallmarks of Ernie's many television projects. InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse, an Emmy-nominated and nationally broadcast interview series will enter its 15th season in 2016. His weekly program Arts InSight explores stories and issues of importance to the Houston arts lovers. And currently Manouse is in production on the fourth season of the nationally syndicated and widely successful Downton Abbey inspired talk show Manor of Speaking.
He has also hosted and produced WeekNight Edition, A Mother's Account: The Stella Byrd Interview, The After Party, The Last 24, A Conversation on RACE, Houston 8, A Murder in Montrose, and the annual HoustonPBS Spelling Bee, and has moderated debates of both Houston mayoral and Texas U.S. Senate candidates. Additionally, Manouse serves as co-host to finance expert Suze Orman’s on her bi-annual PBS specials.
Ernie's commitment to public television extends beyond creating compelling programs. As a pledge spokesman, he is instrumental in raising over $2 million annually for Houston Public Media, and his talent has helped PBS affiliates across the country raise over 100 million dollars in support of educational outreach, broadcasting, and programming needs. Four of public television's most successful national pledge specials have been hosted by Ernie.
Outside of the television studio, Ernie dedicates tremendous time and expertise in support of the arts, education, and equality. He has worked on numerous boards, serving terms as vice-president for all of the following organizations: Stages Repertory Theatre; Dominic Walsh Dance Theater; USO of Greater Houston; PRIDE Houston; and PRIDE Fest Film Festival. Additionally, Ernie is a popular master of ceremonies, host and auctioneer for events as diverse as The Pride Parade, the U.S. Military Ball, Houston Grand Opera, and the "Big Board" at the Cattle Baron's Ball. Ernie can also be seen "on tour" with Al Pacino in the stage presentation "AL PACINO: One Night Only," where Manouse interviews the acting icon to help raise money and awareness for various arts organizations across the country.
Ernie and his cat Champ reside in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.
Eddie Robinson, Morning Edition Anchor, Houston Public Media
A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While the state’s governor nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy, Eddie had an extreme passion for broadcast media, particularly radio.
While earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from Prairie View A&M University, he received numerous awards as an on-air talent for NPR-affiliate, KPVU-FM. After working as a Project Manager for Exxon/Mobil and the 3M Corporation, Robinson decided to move to New York City and get a Masters degree in Media Ecology at New York University. His network television experience started as a Writer/Producer for CBS News. Eddie also worked with CBS Radio for over 7 years, including on-air work at WNEW-FM and WFAN Sports Radio. In addition, he’s worked as a Writer for CNN-affiliate, New York 1; a Digital Programming Manager for MTV Networks; and a Sports Talk Show Host for SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Eddie has returned to Houston after working as a News Host for the #1 public radio station in the country, WNYC. He’s also hosted numerous shows and cultural programming for New York Public Radio’s performance venue, ‘The Greene Space,’ and served as a contributor for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen.
He enjoys lifting weights, attending live concerts, and is an optimistic Texans fan. He’s also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and a rugby alumnus for the Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Houston in Black and White to air on Houston Public Media TV 8 Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
TV special to explore issues facing black and white communities in Houston
HOUSTON – (Jan. 9, 2017) — Houston Public Media is exploring the issues that face black and white communities in Houston during a 60-minute TV special, “Houston in Black and White,” that airs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. on TV 8. The show will explore who we are, how we arrived here and what we can do to move forward into a future of healing, equality and growth. Click here for a preview.
Co-hosts Ernie Manouse, arts and culture senior producer for Houston Public Media, and Eddie Robinson, News 88.7 “Morning Edition” news anchor, guide in-depth discussions with four civil rights activists and thinkers from Houston on topics ranging from racism and Affirmative Action to police and the media. The show opens with a message from Mayor Sylvester Turner. The panelists on the show include:
- Natalie Arceneaux, business consultant and conservative talk show host, C+A Global Group
- Andrew Hamilton, Ph.D, founding director, University of Houston Bonner Leaders Program
- Deric Muhammad, Houston-based author and activist
- Rev. Hannah Terry, associate pastor, Fondren Apartment Ministry
“Several months ago Eddie and I both met individually with people from our own racial groups and asked them the same set of questions to create topic starters for a bigger conversation with our four special guests,” said Manouse, who also served as the show’s producer. “The purpose of this program is to discuss what often divides our communities, in order to get a better understanding of how we see these differences and how much we truly have in common.”
He adds that the hope is that it will spur a much needed conversation out in the community and give us all an opportunity to move forward with a more positive understanding of each other.
“‘Houston in Black and White’ exposes the experiences of individuals from different races and ethnicities and allows them to take part in a much needed dialogue,” said Robinson. “We examine why some people think racism in Houston is getting better, why some think it’s getting worse, why some think it’s widespread, why some think it’s invisible and why many of them think, on some level, it’s actually the norm.”
Houston Public Media will host a live Twitter chat during the special with the hosts and panelists to talk about the show and answer viewer questions. The community is invited to join the conversation using the hashtag #HouBW.
“Houston in Black and White” is part of Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity project (#DiverseCity), a yearlong multi-media initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity means for the city. Stay tuned to houstonpublicmedia.org/diversecity for all Houston Public Media stories and content related to this initiative.
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