Staying On Code

Staying On Code

Staying On Code is dedicated to uplifting the Black race. Host Audra Russell uses nonfiction books written by and/or about people of the African diaspora to inspire candid discussions about being Black in America. Guests run the gamut from authors and book influencers to bookstore owners and community leaders. Staying On Code is a biweekly show that will air every other Friday.


April 20, 2023 64 mins

Welcome back to Staying on Code! In today's episode, we're discussing the groundbreaking book, Black Fortunes, by Shomari Wills. Join us as we dissect the struggles and achievements of these trailblazers, who defied societal norms and systemic racism to make a significant impact on their communities. We'll discuss the vital lessons to be learned from their lives, as well as how their stories continue to inspire and i...

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In the latest episode of Staying On Code, I took a deep dive into the origins and implementation of affirmative action in America. The lens: When Affirmative Action was White by Ira Katznelson. This book offers a sobering examination of who wrote the policies, how they were written, and who benefitted from them. Hint: it wasn't Black people. My guest was Mr. Clif Thompson of the Underground Book Club.

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The latest episode of Staying On Code delved into the book, The Black Jacobins, by historian C.L.R. James. I briefly explored the Haitian Revolution,  a pivotal event in the history of the Americas and the world, and its relationship to the expansion of the United States.
If you'd like a copy of The Black Jacobins, you can buy it from Resist Booksellers, the official bookstore of Staying On Code. Here's the li...

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February 17, 2023 72 mins

In this episode, we're exploring the incredible story of the first paramedics in the United States who were Black. Join us as we delve into the book American Sirens with author Kevin Hazzard, and former Freedom House paramedic John Moon. We get into the history of how these pioneering individuals broke down barriers and revolutionized the emergency medical field. We discuss the challenges they faced and the impact they had on ...

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January 27, 2023 65 mins

If you think Black people live in projects because they want to, if you think only Black people have ever lived in the projects, if you think discrimination in lending and housing is a thing of the past, you need to listen to today's episode. My guest commentator, Sean Polidore, and I discuss the book, The Color of Law, which dispels all the myths about segregation in America. 

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January 20, 2023 80 mins

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Staying On Code! Guest commentator, Gracia Collins-Rich and I are keeping it real as we talk about the Constitution, who it's REALLY for, and why Black people have been fighting for centuries for rights we shouldn't have to fight to get.

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