Who Channing is

Hi! My name is Channing Kennedy and I live in Oakland, California with my family and two large cats. My primary occupation, at the time of this writing, is that I’m a stay-at-home dad and a longtime preschool storytime volunteer, both of which I enjoy a lot.

Previously, I’ve been a racial equity consultant for arts organizations, a journalist and essayist, a video and podcast producer, a writer and performer of live comedy, a director of a major arts festival, and (a long time ago) a guy who ran a record label and was in a few bands. Most of my work deals with racial justice’s role in the arts and vice versa, with a focus on gender and disability within that relationship and on my own identity as a straight cis white dude as a byproduct of this greater dynamic.

I’m interested in birds, vegetarian cooking, and children’s publishing. During the summer of 2014, a photo of me was the top Google Images result for the phrase ‘white guy.’ You can email me at channing@channingkennedy.com and I’m also on LinkedIn.

Selected works / CV

Five Great Preschool Storytime Books By Authors Of Color, a self-published single-sheet zine, 2019

“Rewriting the Future,” hands-on interactive workshop adapting fanfiction writing techniques for a community organizer / advocacy audience, at the Haas Institute’s Othering & Belonging Conference, 2019

Please Hang Out With Me: A Show About Constraints, a self-produced video talk show, 2018-

a short personal essay on ‘racial awkwardness’ commissioned by NPR’s Code Switch blog, 2016

a three-part reported comic covering the historic Asian American film festival CAAMFEST 2016 for Colorlines, illustrated and co-written by Minnie Phan, 2016

me interviewed on Mule Design‘s Let’s Make Mistakes! podcast, 2016

me interviewing comic and storyboard artist Madeline Flores during my tenure as director of San Francisco Zine Fest, 2015

“How I Made D.I.Y. Media Even Whiter While Attempting To Do The Exact Opposite Of That,” afternoon keynote presentation at Mediashift’s Collab/Space San Francisco, 2015

an artist talk and live reading I gave about jpop anti-idol Jun Togawa at Litseen’s Under The Influence reading series, 2014

“How To Steal a PlayStation 2 from Wal-Mart in 2001,” a nonfiction comic for Symbolia, illustrated by Robert Dynamite, 2013

“Can a White Guy Represent For His People?” personal essay at NPR’s Code Switch blog, 2013

“That’s So Channing,” a reported longform piece on personal identity and search engine results, for Tomorrow Magazine, 2012

“Like Racism But Funnier: Social Change Through Internet Jokes,” moderator for panel with W. Kamau Bell, Negin Farsad, Jay Smooth, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay, at Race Forward’s Facing Race conference, 2012