51% #1615: Immigrant Women, Black Women Writers, Skin Color | WAMC

51% #1615: Immigrant Women, Black Women Writers, Skin Color

Jul 8, 2020

On this week’s 51%, we meet an immigrant who shares the stories of other immigrant women; hear why one woman gave away money to Black women writers; and learn about a move away from skin lightening creams.

Dr. Bilha Chesner Fish is an Israeli-American immigrant living on Long Island and in New York City. Dr. Fish, a distinguished radiologist and founder of Manhasset Diagnostic Imaging and Pathways Women’s Health, also established the Unbeaten Path, which provides programs for adolescents on topics such as anorexia, bulimia, STDs, bullying, and mental health issues, for which they receive health credit in high school. Dr. Fish is a longtime advocate for community service and women’s empowerment. In her new book “Invincible Women: Conversations with 21 Inspiring and Successful American Immigrants,” she speaks with women from around the world about their journeys to America and the obstacles they faced. She shared her own story of immigrating to the U.S. with 51%’s Elizabeth Hill. 

When one white woman working in Hollywood received a surprise residual check, she skipped the bank and went to Twitter. She offered the money, $100 at a time, no questions asked, to support black women writers. During America's current racial reckoning, Beanndrea July asks whether Venmo donations offer a small but significant new-age form of reparations.

And now, KALW’s Sandip Roy brings us a piece about the color of skin. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio