Shelby Pierce

Co-Host of We Are Not A Monolith

Shelby is a native Sioux Cityan. She graduated from East High. After completing her undergraduate in Social Science in Denver, she lived and worked briefly in Phoenix, AZ. Eight years ago, she returned to Sioux City for what she thought would be a brief stint. She remains a en-Sioux-siast to this day.

Lamb Theatre

Inspiration can strike from anywhere. Reading the obits one day, Kenneth Jones came across the story of Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who lived and worked in Alabama during the 1950's and 60's. Trouble began for her when she added illustrator Garth Williams' book The Rabbits' Wedding to her stacks, a book that portrays the marriage of a black rabbit and a white rabbit.

Ike and Shelby are diving into a new series called Checking the Box- where they explore the vulnerability and consequences experienced when filling out everyday forms. 

This Sunday, the Blue Cafe will host author Jordan Flaherty for a discussion of his book No More Heroes, a critique of the savior mentality and helping people from different historical, cultural, and racial contexts. Shelby Pierce and Ike Rayford of We Are Not A Monolith joined Jordan via Skype to ask how he has come to speak on this topic and what he has to say.

(Find the longer version of the interview here).

Briar Cliff University

Tonight the Sanford Center will hold an event at the Orpheum Theatre featuring Mitch and Emily Martin, Play It Forward, Kevin Keane, and more. The Center itself has served the Siouxland Community since the 1930’s, beginning as a settlement house for African Americans migrating north. Over time, its role in the community has expanded: setting up affordable, educational daycare; going into schools to help students and diminish gang presence; feeding families. Much of this growth happened under the directorship of George Boykin.

Shelby and Ike discuss Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out on We Are Not A Monolith. Without spoilers, they talk about how Peele uses the genre to raise issues of race that elude films like Forgotten Figures

Keep an eye on We Are Not A Monolith as it develops into longer form interviews and features. It is Siouxland Public Media's new project that focuses on the issues facing and being discussed by the African American community in Siouxland.