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Writer Anthony Payton’s Common Ground Podcast, aims to highlight the diversity of our New Hampshire communities with stories of people the average Granite Stater might not get to see or meet. The goal is to clarify misconceptions and find the threads that bind us all together as one New Hampshire community. This podcast is produced in partnership with The Granite State News Collaborative and The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communications at Franklin Pierce University.
 
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Listen to Anthony Payton tell his story about struggles with mental health and wellness and to his conversation with Nicole Sublette is a licensed clinical mental health counselor, with a private practice in Manchester. Anthony Payton is a freelance writer and father living in Manchester. He can be reached at anthony.payton@collaborativenh.org. Thi…
 
In the second part of his series exploring at risk youth, Anthony Payton discusses the struggles kids in these situations face and how early intervention efforts do help to turn the tide. Payton also interviews John Rainville, Executive Director of the Manchester Police Athletic League on the impacts the program has on neighborhood kids and how vol…
 
From the outside, you’d think the colossal building on the corner of Beech and Lake street in Manchester is a police academy or substation with a formidable facade. But inside, there’s an elite-level boxing gym, a well-kept kitchen used for culinary arts classes, and a huge area for wrestling and Aikido classes. This is where MPAL looks to serve th…
 
In part 1 of our series, “Avoiding Prison or an early Death,” I write about my experiences growing up as at-risk youth in Brooklyn, New York, and how decades later, in a different state, communities are facing these same issues. In this column, I look at an effective organization in Manchester, MYTURN. MYTURN gives at-risk and disadvantaged youth t…
 
In part 1 of our series, “Avoiding Prison or an early Death,” I write about my experiences growing up as at-risk youth in Brooklyn, New York, and how decades later, in a different state, communities are facing these same issues. In this interview, I'm speaking with Allison Joseph, executive director of MY TURN, a mentoring program that aims to help…
 
In part 1 of our series, “Avoiding Prison or an early Death,” I write about my experiences growing up as at-risk youth in Brooklyn, New York, and how decades later, in a different state, communities are facing these same issues. In this column, I look at an effective organization in Manchester, MYTURN. MYTURN gives at-risk and disadvantaged youth t…
 
While New Hampshire is still a predominantly white state, we are becoming more diverse like the rest of the country. As these communities grow, they need to have a representation and stories in both media and popular culture pertinent to them, their narrative and their voice. This representation needs to run the entire spectrum of news and entertai…
 
When it comes to trailblazing Latinas in New Hampshire, Daniela Allee is one who’s on the rise. Through NHPR, she helps get Spanish news to the communities of the Granite State. She has a pulse on the Latino communities in the state, keeping in touch through apps, events and in-person reporting. A resident of New Hampshire for five years, Allee bri…
 
While New Hampshire is still a predominantly white state, we are becoming more diverse like the rest of the country. As these communities grow, they need to have a representation and stories in both media and popular culture pertinent to them, their narrative and their voice. This representation needs to run the entire spectrum of news and entertai…
 
There seems to be a universal friendly gesture, or hidden code if you will, among Black people here in New Hampshire. It's the eye contact and head nod. Whether shopping for food, weaving through the aisles in Walmart, or sitting in traffic, that head nod means acknowledgment. And yet, Black Americans in New Hampshire and across the country aren’t …
 
Anthony Payton’s Common Ground Podcast, aims to highlight the diversity of New Hampshire communities with stories of people the average Granite Stater might not get to see or meet. The goal is to clarify misconceptions and find the threads that bind us all together as one New Hampshire community. In this week's episode, Anthony tackles the misconce…
 
Writer Anthony Payton discusses how one troubleshooter inspired change in his city and himself. Anthony Payton is a freelance writer and father living in Manchester. He can be reached at anthony.payton@collaborativenh.org. This story is part of his project, The Common Ground Initiative which aims to highlight the diversity of our communities with s…
 
There’s more than what meets the eyes regarding Black hair. It’s an expression, it’s pride, and it’s a showing of our culture. Most of us aren’t born with the silky texture that blows in the wind like those shampoo commercials on television. What we have, we wear with pride; through it, we display the heritage and roots we were born with. But the t…
 
In this week's episode, recorded in front of a live audience at Franklin Pierce University, writer Anthony Payton discusses coming to grips with his hyper-masculine upbringing and embracing his stepson's identity and the LGBTQ+ community. Anthony Payton is a freelance writer and father living in Manchester. He can be reached at anthony.payton@colla…
 
As we step foot into this new year and I continue crafting my goals for the year, I decided to reach back to a few young men from my past to get an update on where they are in life. I wanted to see if there was any advice that I could offer to them, or possibly have an exchange of ideas that could benefit us all. It turns out that they were doing w…
 
In this episode, writer Anthony Payton reflects on his two year journey of re-entering society after a six-and-half year incarceration. Anthony Payton is a freelance writer and father living in Manchester. He can be reached at anthony.payton@collaborativenh.org. This story is part of his project, The Common Ground Initiative which aims to highlight…
 
Imagine walking into a secured prison yard. One so secured with the walls so high that when you look up, all you see is the sky. You go back to your cell. It’s so loud and the potential for violence so ripe, you’re always on high alert. It’s easy to succumb to that culture. How do you cope? How do you pass the time in a place like that? Many years …
 
"Whether implied or said outright, the myth of the Black woman who’s a drain on society persists. I’m talking about the stereotype of a woman who’s holding a toddler while flanked by 10 more kids with her hands out. This myth, as untrue and unfair as it is, has shaped the perception of Black women in this country." Writer Anthony Payton’s Common Gr…
 
Writer Anthony Payton’s Common Ground Initiative, aims to highlight the diversity of our communities with stories of people the average Granite Stater might not get to see or meet. The goal is to clarify misconceptions and find the threads that bind us all together as one New Hampshire community. In his first episode, Payton explains the conversati…
 
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