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    Goodbye, hello

    Sat, 10/05/2013 - 15:14
    Friends, after over 10 years of independent media, will discontinue it’s service, however, we urge you to continue supporting Jared Ball’s work which has been the mainstay of The struggle continues with emancipatory journalism Thank you for your support!

    Freedom Journalism and the Black Public Sphere in an Age of “Networked Authoritarianism”

    Fri, 10/04/2013 - 07:49
    It is always fitting, and unfortunately still so necessary, that we reflect upon the founding of Freedom’s Journal and the ideals of its founders Samuel Cornish and John Russwurm.  Their oft-quoted lines about the need to “plead our own cause” to combat a “publick” so long “deceived by misrepresentations, in things which concern us dearly” ...

    Ward Churchill Speaks on Native American “Buying Power” and Other National Myths

    Mon, 09/23/2013 - 22:16
    Ward Churchill joined us to discuss the many mythologies that precede the more recent one of Indigenous Peoples “buying power” said recently to be headed toward “$96 billion.”  Churchill’s analyses, perspective and example are powerful as is his discussion of the penalties for “calling things by their right name” and the “rotation of culprits routine” ...

    The Enduring Myth of Black “Buying Power” (2013)

    Mon, 09/23/2013 - 22:11
    The myth does indeed endure.  A few weeks ago I was contacted about being quoted in a forthcoming article on “Black Buying Power.”  I was initially hopeful but upon reading the piece had to unfortunately send the following to its author: CONTINUE READING…


    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 08:27
      This week marks the 36th anniversary of the assassination of Steve Biko (September 12, 1977). Journalist and Black Consciousness advocate Andile Mngxitama joined us from “Occupied Azania” to discuss his work on the legacy and continued relevance of the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) Steve Biko.   Mngxitama discussed the history of Biko and the BCM, as well as, Biko’s relationship to ...

    Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson on Black and Brown Struggle and Spatial Entitlement

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 08:25
    Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson joined us to discuss her book Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles.  We talked about Black and Brown histories, hip-hop, identity and pop culture, as well as, the appropriation of political struggle, “si se puede” to “yes we can.” CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Dr. LaTasha Levy on Pan-Africanism in Theory and Praxis and Dr. James Turner

    Sat, 09/07/2013 - 07:44
      Dr. LaTasha Levy discusses her article, “Pan-Africanism in Theory and Praxis,” for a forthcoming book, Discourse on Africana Studies: James Turner and Paradigms of Knowledge. We also include a 2007 interview with Dr. James Turner on the state of Black Studies.   CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Scarface on The Whites and Jews Who Control Hip-Hop with Paul Porter

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:59
    Paul Porter of joined us today to add some context and history to the comments made recently by legendary rapper Scarface that control of hip-hop are  “so… White and so…  Jewish.” Paul Porter has served as a Program Director and talent for BET; consulted for AOL Music, the NBA and Sound Exchange; and negotiated ...

    Reza Wreckage On Critical Tweeting

    Sat, 08/31/2013 - 14:22
    Reza Wreckage joined us to discuss her recent essay “Trending on twitter: women, men, people of color, Miley Cyrus.” CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Mic Crenshaw on Hip-Hop, The March On Washington and Activism

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 20:01
    Mic Crenshaw joined us to talk the state of hip-hop, the March on Washington and activism. CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Rosa Clemente on Hip-Hop, Obama And Politics

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:58
    Rosa Clemente joined us to talk the March on Washington, Barack Obama and what’s good in hip-hop. CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Skipp Coon Talks Hip-Hop, Obama and Generational Struggles

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:55
    Skipp Coon joined us to discuss hip-hop, politics, the march on washington and Chokwe Lumumba’s successful campaign for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    A “Post-Mortem” on the March “With” Washington / Kamau Franklin

    Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:48
    Lawyer and activist Kamau Franklin returned to discuss his latest piece, “The Post-Mortem on The March “with” Washington – A Reinvented Martin Luther King, Jr. “  Hear him previously on the program discuss Black August, his philosophy of law and its particular impact on African people. CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    The 50th Anniversary of the March/Farce on Washington w Ajamu Baraka

    Thu, 08/22/2013 - 07:42
    Ajamu Baraka joined us to discuss his recent essay lamenting the participation of Barack Obama at this week’s 50th Anniversary March on Washington.  Baraka describes Obama as a “negation” of the liberation movement and a false “symbol” that fraudulently attempts to unite a freedom movement with an anti-Black and capitalist state. CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE ...

    No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant w Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    Thu, 08/22/2013 - 07:39
    Veteran community journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga who covered closely the killing of Oscar Grant and subsequent trial of his killer Johannes Mehserle joined us to discuss her forthcoming book No Doubt The Murder of Oscar Grant. I began by asking her  to tell us about her book and why she began early on in the introduction that, “In order ...

    Fruitvale Station is Sadly Fruitless

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 07:52
    It was a movie worth making and a movie filled with stirring performances, but a tremendous absence of context blended with an apparent need to appease White audiences leaves Fruitvale Station largely fruitless… READ THE FULL REVIEW/COMMENTARY HERE

    Capitalism: Racial and Social Justice Orientation @ CUNY Law School

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 07:48
    I was asked to visit CUNY Law School today to discuss capitalism and social justice… Among those who drive now and those who have driven previously the traditions or lineages that most impact me there are no uniform conclusions as to what a new world would be or precisely how it would be organized. However, where there ...

    Our Continuing Super Funky Tribute to Black August!

    Sat, 08/10/2013 - 22:22
    This week we kept up the Black August theme by airing interviews with Mama Ayanna Mashama, Kamau Franklin and Jonathan Stith - National Organizer of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement… and much more… including sounds from Maimouna Youssef, Sima Lee, The Cornel West Theory, The Beat Tape Project and more… And click here for our other Black August related posts! CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE SHOW!

    Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z: Political or Generational Beef?

    Fri, 08/02/2013 - 23:25
      Preceding our recent discussion about about the new movie about Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station, we spoke with Rahiel Tesfamariam of the Washington Post and Dr. Lester Spence of Johns Hopkins University about the recent exchange between Harry Belafonte and Jay-Z.  Is this disagreement generational or political? CLICK HERE TO HEAR!

    Fruitvale Station w Rahiel Tesfamariam and Dr. Lester Spence

    Fri, 08/02/2013 - 23:21
    … we spoke with Rahiel Tesfamariam of the Washington Post and Dr. Lester Spence of Johns Hopkins University about the new movie about Oscar Grant, Fruitvale Station.* CLICK HERE TO HEAR!
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