All Rev'd Up

All Rev'd Up

All Rev’d Up explores where faith intersects politics and culture. Reverend Irene Monroe and Reverend Emmett G. Price III come from different black faith perspectives, they’re of different generations, they hail from different parts of the country, and they come together in this podcast to talk about faith in a different way. They don’t always agree, but they always hear each other out. Dive into conversations around race, faith, and this week’s headlines with the Revs every other Wednesday. When something happens in the world, you want their take on it. All Rev’d Up is produced by WGBH.

Recent Episodes

Happy Birthday, Hip Hop!

Aug. 23, 2023

How'd you celebrate hip hop's 50th?

NAACP Comes to Town

Aug. 9, 2023

After Returning to Boston, can the org [continue to] make strides?

Affirmative Inaction

July 12, 2023

How Will Supreme Court Erasure Impact Future Black Students?

Juneteenth and Black Erasure

June 14, 2023

How can we celebrate Black emancipation in 2023?

Black Roots of Memorial Day

May 29, 2023

Did you know Memorial Day was started by Black people?

Good Samaritan, or Murderer?

May 10, 2023

How can the two be differentiated?

Recent Blog Posts

Pastor Donnie McClurkin’s struggle with sexuality mirrors the Black Church’s

Check out Reverend Irene Monroe's latest column on Pastor Donnie McClurkin. This coincides with our episode on "Black Sexuality, Don't Ask, Don't Tell" In a recent episode of TV One’s Uncensored, Pastor Donnie McClurkin – a three-time …

About the Hosts

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Reverend Irene Monroe

Host, Co-Executive Producer

Monroe does a weekly Monday segment, “All Revved Up!” on WGBH (89.7 FM), on Boston Public Radio that’s now a podcast, and a weekly Friday commentator on New England Channel NEWS (NECN). She’s a Huffington Post blogger and a syndicated religion columnist. Her columns appear in 23 cities across the country and in the U.K, and Canada. And she writes a weekly column in the Boston home LGBTQ newspaper Baywindows.
Monroe stated that her “columns are an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African American , queer and religious studies. As an religion columnist I try to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Because homophobia is both a hatred of the “other ” and it’s usually acted upon ‘in the name of religion,” by reporting religion in the news I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism.”

In inviting Monroe to speak at The United Nations International School at the UN they wrote “Rev. Monroe, your active role in the fight against homophobia and your written activism for human rights has truly made an impact on this world, as well as your theories on religion and homosexuality in the U.S.”

Monroe is a Visiting Scholar in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Bos… Read More

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Kyla L. Wright


Kyla L. Wright is a 2020 graduate of Syracuse University with a master's degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism and certificate in Sports and Media Communications. Born and raised in Detroit, Wright received opportunities to be a spokesperson for many organizations that she was a part of – which is how she discovered her passion for writing and public speaking.

Wright has traveled North America, Europe and Asia through a combination of journalism, ambassadorships and advocacy. Her speeches, keynotes and panels include visits to the Beijing Institute of Technology, the US Supreme Court, Hampton University, the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, Detroit-area middle and high schools, the Midnight Golf Program and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan. Kyla’s speeches and research has focused on sexual assault awareness, college preparation, the importance of HBCUs and international travel among the African American community.

Wright has been recognized around the country for her journalistic and leadership works. In 2018, she was awarded the Betty Endicott Journalism Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – the Emmys – in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Wright has received many academic accolades and been inducted into three collegiate honor societies: Kappa Tau Alpha, Golden Key International and Phi Eta Sigma, where she is a Charter Member. She is the first recipient of the Motown Rising Star Award through t… Read More

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Kavontae Smalls


Kavontae Smalls’ passion for storytelling has fueled his media career for more than a decade. Kavontae is an award-winning journalist with experience in traditional and new media for commercial and public media outlets as well as media and public relations experience in the government and non-profit sectors.
Kavontae currently serves as a television and podcast producer for programs that shares underreported stories within communities of color and other marginalized groups. In his previous roles, he has served in external communication and digital capacities for a sitting U.S. congressman, sheriff’s office and the Salvation Army. Kavontae’s news career began a more than a decade ago in traditional journalism working for commercial television stations throughout Northwest Florida and Ohio sharing fact-based stories which spanned from Presidential campaigns, to heartbreaking stories of loss of loved ones, to uplifting stories of triumph, and investigative pieces.
Throughout Kavontae’s career, he has become effective at fact-based information gathering, mastering the art of the interview, brand building by leveraging effective marketing in traditional and new media, and capturing memorable moments through compelling visuals.
Kavontae’s work has received several awards and recognitions including the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Boston/New England Governor’s Award, multiple Emmy nominations, National Association of Black Journalists Salute … Read More

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Reverend Emmett G. Price III

Co-Host, Executive Producer

Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation’s leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience. He has spent much of the past few decades writing, lecturing and conducting cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. A well-regarded scholar, educator and public speaker, Dr. Price has the unique ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor, his amicable intellect and his quick wit. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert, as well as a widely sought-after keynote speaker and preacher. In 2011 the Boston Business Journal recognized him as an “Emerging Leader” and in 2013 honored him as one of the 40 influential businesses and civic leaders in Boston under the age of 40.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Dr. Price serves as Dean of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music. Prior to his current post, Dr. Price served on the faculties of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2016-2021) where he founded the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) and Northeastern University (2001-2016) where he served as chair of the Department of African American Studies (2008-2012). He has served as visiting profess… Read More