Crossing Fences 2012
"Crossing Fences” is a Heinz Endowments-supported, multimedia project produced by SLB Radio Productions that uses recorded conversations to connect generations of African American boys, youth and men in Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The program provides participating youth with opportunities to learn not only rich history, but also interviewing techniques, audio editing and other skills that they can use to support success in school and beyond. A first-of-its-kind program in Allegheny County, “Crossing Fences” combines cutting-edge audio technology with intergenerational communication, historical research and youth media arts. These oral histories can be heard here and also are archived in booklets, CDs and audio recordings available at www.neighborhoodvoices.org.
“Hazelwood Voices” features first-person reflections from 11 men as collected by 12 youths. Interviews were conducted in collaboration with Center of Life at Keystone Church of Hazelwood. (View the Hazelwood Voices full book.)
Neil Martin, born 1966, entrepreneur. Interviewed by Shyheim Banks, 15, Christopher Dotson, Jr, 11, Bryan Eberhardt, 12, and Adam Keene, 23.
Reflection by Shyheim Banks, Christopher Dotson, Jr., Bryan Eberhardt & Adam Keene on interviewing Neil Martin.
Rodney Hopson, born 1965, Duquesne University professor and social justice advocate. Interviewed by Adam Keene, 23, Bryan Eberhardt, 12, and Chris Dotson Jr., 11.
Reflection by Adam Keene, Bryan Eberhardt & Christopher Dotson, Jr. on interviewing Dr. Rodney Hopson.
Homer Craig, born 1939, veteran and police sergeant. Interviewed by Shyheim Banks, 15, and Rashaud Foster, 16 and Israel Higgins, 16.
Reflection by Shyheim Banks, Rashaud Foster & Israel Higgins on interviewing Homer Craig.
Rev. Michael Murray, born 1954, pastor and pipeline repair specialist with Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority. Interviewed by Israel Higgins, 16, and Floyd Nichols, 15.
Reflection by Israel Higgins & Floyd Nichols on interviewing Rev. Michael Murray.
Rev. Tim Smith, born 1959, pastor and executive director of Center of Life community empowerment organization. Interviewed by Wesley Smith, 16; Israel Higgins, 16; Shyheim Banks, 15; and Adam Keene, 23.
Reflection by Wesley Smith, Israel Higgins, Shyheim Banks & Adam Keene on Pastor Tim Smith.
Hill District Voices
“Hill District Voices” features first-person reflections from 12 men as collected by six youths. Interviews were conducted in collaboration with University Prep at Pittsburgh Milliones 6-12 in the Hill District. (View the Hill District Voices full book.)
Robert Bowden, born 1946, community activist. Interviewed by Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16, and Terrell Truss-Moore, 10.
Reflection by Isaiah Brice-Pickens & Terrell Truss-Moore on interviewing Robert Bowden.
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, born 1971, veteran and political leader. Interviewed by David Jones, 15, and Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16.
Reflection by David Jones & Isaiah Brice-Pickens on interviewing State Rep. Jake Wheatley.
Ron Jones, born 1972, educator. Interviewed by Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16, and Terrell Truss-Moore, 10.
Reflection by Terrell Truss-Moore & Isaiah Brice-Pickens on interviewing Ron Jones.
Rev. Johnnie Moore, born 1941, pastor emeritus, community organizer and education nonprofit founder. Interviewed by Timothy Zigler, 18, and Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16.
Reflection by Timothy Zigler & Isaiah Brice-Pickens on interviewing Rev. Johnnie Moore.
Paul Ellis, Jr., born 1969, lawyer and nephew of the late award-winning playwright August Wilson. Interviewed by Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16, and Terrell Truss-Moore, 10.
Reflection by Isaiah Brice-Pickens & Terrell Truss-Moore on interviewing Paul Ellis, Jr.
Rev. Donus Crawford, born 1947, minister and retired school principal. Interviewed by Terrell Truss-Moore, 10, and Terron Jackson, 17.
Reflection by Terrell Truss-Moore & Terron Jackson on interviewing Rev. Donus Crawford.
Bruce Ganaway, born 1956, musician. Interviewed by Terrell Truss-Moore, 10, and Isaiah Brice-Pickens, 16.
Reflection by Terrell Truss-Moore & Isaiah Brice-Pickens on interviewing Bruce Ganaway.
Councilman Daniel Lavelle, born 1977, Pittsburgh City Council member. Interviewed by Chazz Daniels, 17, and David Jones, 15.
Reflection by Chazz Daniels & David Jones on interviewing Councilman Daniel Lavelle.
"Homewood Voices” features first-person reflections from 13 men as collected by 17 boys. Interviews were conducted in collaboration with the YMCA Lighthouse Project at Pittsburgh Westinghouse 6-12 in Homewood. (View the Homewood Voices full book.)
Derrick Lopez, born 1966, executive director of the Homewood Children’s Village. Interviewed by Lemuel Jackson, 16, and Rodney Smitherman, 16.
Reflection by Lemuel Jackson & Rodney Smitherman on interviewing Derrick Lopez.
Jerome Jackson, born 1962, executive director of Operation Better Block. Interviewed by Darius Covington, 16, and Jacquea Henderson, 18.
Reflection by Darius Covington & Jacquea Henderson on interviewing Jerome Jackson.
John Wilborn, III, born 1950, author. Interviewed by Ricko Christian, 17, and Jaymier Scarbrough, 15.
Reflection by Ricko Christian & Jaymier Scarbrough on interviewing John Wilborn, III.
Terrence Taylor, born 1947, retired Duquesne Light Co. employee. Interviewed by Jacquea Henderson, 18, and Darius Covington, 16.
Reflection by Jacquea Henderson & Darius Covington on interviewing Terrence Taylor.
George Webb, born 1944, educator, artist and coach. Interviewed by Demetrius Allen-Green, 17; Yamir Nelson, 15; and Gerrod Travis, 16.
Reflection by Demetrius Allen-Green, Gerrod Travis & Yamir Nelson on interviewing George Webb.
Rev. Sam Ware, born 1948, minister and executive director of Building United of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Interviewed by Nehemiah Hudgins-Lopez, 13, and Gerrod Travis, 16.
Reflection by Nehemiah Hudgins-Lopez & Gerrod Travis on interviewing Rev. Sam Ware.
Greg Whitted, born 1950, co-founder and chairman of the Pittsburgh Housing and Development Association. Interviewed by Darius Covington, 16, and Jacquea Henderson, 18.
Reflection by Darius Covington & Jacquea Henderson on interviewing Greg Whitted.
James Brown, born 1978, director of the YMCA Lighthouse Project. Interviewed by Justice Perry, 16; Phillip Thompson, III, 12; and Nathawan Weatherspoon, 19.
Reflection by Justice Perry, Phillip Thompson, III & Nathawan Weatherspoon on interviewing James Brown.