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Racism, police brutality, disparities in education, careers, health care, economic opportunity, business and housing - are just some of the issues that have long plagued Pittsburgh's African American and other marginalized communities. It's important to know who's already working for change. But how can others get involved? Whose positive efforts are going unnoticed? WQED's video documentary series hopes to create dialogue by sharing the thoughtful voices of a diverse group – different backgrounds, different ideas, different goals - all working towards equity.

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Watch Voices: The Missing

EPISODE 15: The Missing
When artist Tonee Turner went missing on New Year’s Eve 2019, family, friends and community members began searching for the talented person who had brightened the lives of the people around her. Years later, Tonee’s whereabouts are still unknown and questions still remain. In this episode, we ask: When a person of color goes missing, are they given the same consideration as missing people of other races? And how do we change the perception of what it means to be missing?

Episode 14: Art of the Streets

We meet graffiti writers, artists and community leaders who are actively working to overcome the art form’s negative perceptions through the creation of legal graffiti walls, youth workshops, and community events.

Episode 13: Refugees: A New Life in Pittsburgh

In this episode, we meet refugees who endured grueling journeys to make their way from Latin America to Pittsburgh. Theirs is the story of resilience, optimism and gratitude for their warm welcome here.

EPISODE 12: The Impact of Gun Violence

In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 adults has had a family member killed by a firearm. While no two stories are the same, the impact of gun violence in our society affects nearly everyone. In this episode of VOICES, we meet three people who have lost loved ones or friends to gun violence.

EPISODE 11: Activism

Many people feel that their voice doesn't matter. But sometimes all it takes is one person to effect change. In this episode, meet people who were moved by societal concerns to take action for the first time.

EPISODE 10: The Prison System

Over 2 million Americans are incarcerated in jails, prisons, and juvenile correction institutions. Hear from formerly incarcerated local citizens reflect on their experiences, thoughts, and hopes for changing America’s criminal justice system.

EPISODE 9: Why Words Matter

The English language remains filled with commonly-used words and idioms that began as slurs or insults to certain ethnic groups. Explore how derogatory terms enter the lexicon, and why words matter.

EPISODE 8: The Generational Wealth Gap

It's a systemic inequity that dates back hundreds of years. A stark absence of generational wealth among African American families often leads to insurmountable obstacles, including debt and inability to own a home.

EPISODE 7: Gentrification & Displacement

As Pittsburgh’s cost of living continues to rise, we look at gentrification and its impact on the city’s marginalized communities. When developers descend on Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, who stands to gain and lose?

EPISODE 6: Mental Health and the Black Community

African Americans experience mental health issues in a number of ways yet only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it. Hear from those who are overcoming the stigma of mental health treatment and breaking barriers.

EPISODE 5: A Childbirth Crisis

Decades of inequity in the healthcare system have led to a crisis in Black maternal health. Mothers and babies are dying in childbirth at an alarming rate, much higher than their White counterparts.

EPISODE 4: Can I Make a Difference?

Some young people show early indications of future community involvement or activism. In this episode, Pittsburgh area youth talk about today’s social climate, racism, inequity and much more.

EPISODE 3: Pittsburghers on Racism and Resilience

Pittsburghers of different racial and ethnic backgrounds share their encounters with racism and discrimination in this region.

EPISODE 2: Shades of Love

In recent months, discussions on racism and equity are more prevalent in American homes. And those topics have special significance for people in interracial marriages or partnerships.

EPISODE 1: The Most Livable City, for Who?

Among U.S. cities, Pittsburgh ranks poorly in many areas involving racial equity. In this episode of VOICES, a diverse group of community leaders and activists share their thoughts on how to improve our region's lack of progress.

Funding made possible by:

University of Pittsburgh

WQED is supported in part by the taxpayers of Allegheny County through a public grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).