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Town Hall Inspired By Ferguson: On Police Killings of Black Men

Ferguson and Beyond Town HallAugust 27, 2014 – Segment 5

We return to the topic of Ferguson, Missouri, as a lead up to a town hall webcast that will be streamed Wednesday evening, sponsored by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century. Our panel of guests includes: Don Rojas, Director of Communications and Board Member of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW); Ron Hampton, retired DC Metropolitan Police Department Community Relations Officer, DC Representative for Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, former Executive Director of the National Black Police Association, and member of the Board of IBW; and Nkechi Taifa, senior policy analyst for civil and criminal justice reform at the Open Society Foundations.

Podcast will be posted shortly.

Latin@s and Ferguson

solidarityAugust 22, 2014 – Segment 5

We discuss how Latin@s are viewing the uprising and police repression in Ferguson with Marisa Franco, Leader of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s Not One More Campaign.

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Martin Luther King III on Ferguson

mlk3August 22, 2014 – Segment 2

We’re joined for a special conversation by Martin Luther King III. We speak on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by the Ferguson police.

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Remembering 7 ‘Race Riots’ That Happened Exactly 50 Years Ago

Harlem Race RiotAugust 21, 2014 – Segment 4

We talk with Aura Bogado, contributor to The Nation and Colorlines‘ News Editor and reporter, about her article: “Remembering 7 ‘Race Riots’ That Happened Exactly 50 Years Ago.”

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Baltimore Stands In Solidarity With Ferguson

West WednesdayAugust 21, 2014 – Segment 3

Yesterday, the family of Tyrone West held their weekly West Wednesday protest in front of City Hall. This week, people rallied in solidarity with Tyrone West, Michael Brown, Anthony Anderson, and other victims of police brutality. They marched through Downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. Producer Mark Gunnery was there and shares some of the voices from the march and rally. Included are the voices of Michael Travis Wiggins-Bey, Tawanda Jones and Brendon Joyner.

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The History Of Ferguson & Voices From The Ground

FergusonAugust 21, 2014 – Segment 2

We explore the history of Ferguson, Missouri, and hear from individuals who live there. My co-host is Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

Our guests are: Jeffrey Smith, Assistant Professor in the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School, former Missouri state senator, and author of this article for the New Republic: “You Can’t Understand Ferguson Without First Understanding These Three Things: Reflections from a former state senator from St. Louis;” Dr. Clarence Lang, Associate Professor of African and African-American Studies and American Studies at the University of Kansas, Associate Editor of The Journal of African American History, author of Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75, and co-editor with Robbie Lieberman of Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement: “Another Side of the Story;” and Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Missouri state Senator for St. Louis County-District 14, who has been at the protests since the beginning.

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Baltimore in the Context of Ferguson: Police Relations, Tyrone West & More

Baltimore in solidarity with FergusonAugust 20, 2014 – Segment 4

We consider Baltimore in the context of the events of Ferguson. With: Tawanda Jones, sister of Tyrone West who died while in police custody in July 2013 in Baltimore; Diana Butler, Tyrone West’s aunt; A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; St. Louis recording artist Tef Poe; and the Rev. Kevin A. Slayton, Sr.

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All Eyes On Ferguson, MO

fergusonAugust 20, 2014 – Segment 3

We return to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death by police of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Our guests will include: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor of English at Towson University; and the Rev. Kevin A. Slayton, Sr., pastor at New Waverly United Methodist Church.

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Dr. Lester Spence on Michael Brown & Ferguson

Protests in FergusonAugust 19, 2014 – Segment 2

We take another look at Ferguson, Missouri, from a couple different perspectives. My co-host for this discussion is Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and we hear from our listeners.

We first reflect on the result of the most recent autopsy of Michael Brown and then will explore the gap between young and old activists and consider the question: Would anyone be paying attention without this type of protest?

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Analyzing Ferguson: Police-Community Relations, Culture of Policing & Militarization of Police Departments

FergusonAugust 18, 2014 – Segment 2

We take an in-depth look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by the police last week. The issue will be addressed from the perspectives of police/community relations, the culture of policing, and the militarization of police departments nationwide.

Our panel of guests for this discussion will include: the Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, community activist and pastor at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church; Nadra Enzi,
community policing activist in New Orleans and member of the national advisory council of the black leadership network Project 21; Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Doug Ward, Director of Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Public Safety Leadership; Jacqui Robarge, Founder and Director of Power Inside; and author Kristian Williams, whose books include Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy and Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America.

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Masculinity and Violence

300-man-marchAugust 14, 2014 – Segment 2

Guest host Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc. We turn to the topic of Masculinity and Violence. Our guests are: Michael Eugene Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change, and Bobby Marvin Holmes, youth development professional, filmmaker and co-producer Of Live Young Blood, Producer of the Anthony Mccarthy Show on WEAA.

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Mental Health in the African-American Community

healAugust 13, 2014 – Segment 2

Now more than ever, mental health in the African-American community is a crucial issue. We discuss, with: Dr. Grady Dale, clinical psychologist and co-founder of the American Institute for Urban Psychological Services; and Mothyna James-Brightful, Visionary Director for Heal A Woman To Heal A Nation.

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Reflection on the Killings of Michael Brown & Renisha McBride

Michael Brown ProtestAugust 12, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University, sits in for Marc as guest host. 

We focus on the killings of Michael Brown and Renisha McBrideRenisha McBride was the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face last year by Theodore Wafer after her car broke down and she walked onto Wafer’s porch seeking help. Wafer was recently convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting. Michael Brown is the teenager who was fatally shot by police in a suburb of St. Louis last Saturday; all accounts state that the young man was holding his hands in the air while police shot him multiple times.

Our panel of guests includes: Carla Murphy, reporter and blogger for Colorlines.orgDr. Margaret Flowers, organizer with PopularResistance.org and co-host of the Clearing the FOG Radio Program; and Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America.

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Economic Mobility: What Determines A Child’s Success in Baltimore?

Baltimore SkylineAugust 11, 2014 – Segment 2

We speak with Karl Alexander, Research Professor in the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. We talk about a 30-year study in which Alexander and his team tracked 800 children in Baltimore from first grade until their late 20′s to discover what factors determine success. The study found that a child’s fate is often determined by family strength and the parents’ financial status.

We then discuss the findings with Bill Fletcher, Senior Scholar at Institute for Policy Studies; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and  A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships.

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Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

sugarAugust 6, 2014 – Segment 2

What does the sweet stuff you put in your coffee have to do with the French Revolution? Or the history of slavery in the Caribbean and United States? We find out in this conversation with Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos, authors of Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science.

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Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

dayvonadamJuly 31, 2014 – Segment 4

We speak with members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about projects they are working on now. We are joined by Adam Jackson, CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle Update

dayvonadamJuly 30, 2014 – Segment 5

We speak with members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle about projects they are working on now. We are joined by Adam Jackson, CEO, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Dayvon Love, Director of Research and Public Policy, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.

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National News Roundtable: Police Brutality, Ray Rice, Immigration

garnerJuly 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the national news from this week with a panel of experts. Are incidents of police brutality like the Eric Garner killing isolated or evidence of institutionalized problems? Was the Ravens’ reaction to Ray Rice’s incident appropriate?

Our guests will be: Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Towson University’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; Dr. Anika Simpson, Professor in the Department of Philosopy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University; and longtime journalist and commentator Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily Howler.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

mandelaJuly 18, 2014 – Segment 2

We rebroadcast our special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela to honor his birthday. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.

 

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Honduras, The Immigration Crisis At The Border & Black/Latino Relations

Honduras and the Immigration CrisisJuly 16, 2014 – Segment 2

We turn to the topic of Honduras and the border crisis, with co-host Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

Our guest is the Rev. Dr. Raymond Terry, who has led health experiential trips for students around the world and is with the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University.

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Where Is America One Year After George Zimmerman’s Acquittal?

Family of Trayvon MartinJuly 15, 2014 – Segment 3

We reflect upon the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, a verdict which was handed down a year ago this week. With: Edward Wyckoff Williams, Contributing Editor at The Root and Political Contributor and Special Correspondent with AlJazeera America; and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

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Charles Cobb: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

Guns in the civil rights movementJuly 14, 2014 – Segment 2

Today, we talk with Charles E. Cobb Jr. about his new book: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Cobb is a Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and Senior Writer and Diplomatic Correspondent for AllAfrica.com. From 1962-1967 he served as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Mississippi.

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National News Roundtable: Fear Of A Black Planet?

fear of black planetJuly 7, 2014 – Segment 2

Marc discusses attempts to impeach Barack Obama, the duel-faced bumper-sticker nature of the rhetoric against Obama, and the institutionalized and embedded racism in our culture, with a panel of experts:  Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University; E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; and Jackie Wellfonder, conservative activist and blogger.

 

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On Election Day: State of Voting Rights with NAACP President Lorraine Miller

Shelby County v. HolderJune 24, 2014 – Segment 3

On the day of the Maryland primary election, we are joined by Lorraine Miller, Interim President and CEO of the NAACP, to discuss the state of voting rights, one year after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

 

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National News Roundtable: Central Park Five Settlement, Foreign Policy and More

Central Park FiveJune 24, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the national news with: Jordan Bloom, Opinion Editor for the Daily Caller and board member of Alumni for Liberty, a project of the Students for Liberty; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

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The Washington NFL Team Loses Its Trademark

redskinsJune 23, 2014 – Segment 3

We turn to the ongoing controversy over the name of the Washington NFL team, in light of last week’s cancellation of the team’s trademark registration by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In a 99-page decision, the Board said the team’s name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans. Joining us are: Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist; Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne and Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians; and Julie A. Hopkins, partner at Tydings and Rosenberg LLP where she practices Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

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The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s

washingtonJune 11, 2014 – Segment 4

We’re joined by Mary Helen Washington, Professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, to talk about her new book, The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s. Washington is speaking tonight at Red Emma’s at 7:30.

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Lead Paint Lawsuit and Kennedy Krieger Institute

leadpaintJune 11, 2014 – Segment 3

We discuss a lawsuit involving Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is being accused of knowingly exposing black children as young as a year old to lead poisoning in the 1990s as part of a study exploring the hazards of lead paint. We’re joined by: 

  • Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University;
  • William Murphy Jr., Founder and a Senior Partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy in Baltimore;
  • Dr. Gerald Markowitz, Distinguished Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University Of New York and co-author, with David Rosner, of Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children; 
  • Dr. David Buchanan, Professor and Director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and co-author of Justice and Fairness in the Kennedy Krieger Institute Lead Paint Study: The Ethics of Public Health Research on Less Expensive, Less Effective Interventions;
  • and Dr. Kristal Brent Zook, award-winning journalist, director of the MA Journalism Program at Hofstra University and author of Black Women’s Lives: Stories of Power and Pain. She can be found at www.kristalbrentzook.com and tweets at @kristalzook.

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Exploring African-American/Latino Community Relations in Baltimore

Left to right, praying at the end of a press conference: Jose Dominguez, Edwin Vasquez, Yanderi Hernandez. Representatives from hispanic and African American communities held a press conference at CASA de Maryland regarding ideas to prevent violence between the two communities. (Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun)June 4, 2014 – Segment 2

In response to the recent killing of a Latino Digital Harbor High School student, we examine African American and Latino relations in Baltimore, with: Luis Larin, United Workers Leadership Organizer; Lawrence Grandpre, Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and an alumnus of Baltimore City Public Schools; Misael Garcia, youth leader and CASA de Maryland Board Member; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University.

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Debating Reparations: Exploring the Politics & Economics

The September 1966 Cicero protest against housing discrimination was one of the first nonviolent civil-rights campaigns launched near a major city. (Associated Press)June 2, 2014 – Segment 3

Our distinguished panel of guests will discuss and debate the issues raised in essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations“:

  • Dr. Nathan Connolly, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University and author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South;
  • Hughey P. Newsome, member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network, member of the MoveOnUp.org black political network, and blogger at The Objective Citizenwww.theobjectivecitizen.com;
  • Reniqua Allen, Emerging Voices Fellow at Demoswhere she writes for their PolicyShop blog, and former producer for Moyers & Company;
  • Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of History at Tufts University and author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama;
  • and W. James Antle III, Editor of the Daily Caller News Foundation, Senior Editor of the American Spectator, Contributing Editor to the American Conservative, and author of the book Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?

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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Case for Reparations

The Case for ReparationsJune 2, 2014 – Segment 2

In the cover story for the June issue of The Atlantic, essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates makes “The Case for Reparations.” Coates argues that Black Americans as a group – because of slavery, segregation, and Federal housing policy – have been prevented from building inter-generational wealth.

We begin the show with my interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates about his article, which has reignited a national discussion on the topic of reparations.

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Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?”: African American Women & Feminism

Sojourner TruthMay 30, 2014 – Segment 3

May 29 marked the 163rd anniversary of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech. Center for Emerging Media cultural correspondent Lea Gilmore joins us for a reading of that speech. Then, we discuss African American women and feminism with:

  • Lea Gilmore, singer, activist, and Center for Emerging Media cultural correspondent;
  • dream hampton, writer, filmmaker and co-author of the New York Times best seller Decoded
  • A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action;
  • Jodi Kelber-Kaye, Associate Director of the Honors College at UMBC and former faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies there.

This segment originally aired May 29, 2013.

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We’re Dreaming if We Think We’ve Dealt With Racism

Attorney General Eric HolderMay 27, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with columnist and political analyst Edward Wyckoff Williams about the piece he recently wrote for The Root: “We’re Dreaming if We Think We’ve Dealt With Racism.” Williams is Contributing Editor at The Root and a contributor to Al Jazeera America. He appears on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS Washington and national syndicated radio.

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Conversation With Eddie Conway

conwayMay 26, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen to tape from a special evening Marc hosted with Eddie Conway last week at Red Emma’s. Eddie Conway is a former Black Panther who was released from prison earlier this year after being incarcerated for 44 years. He discusses his time in prison, his work with young men inside and outside prison, and Friend of a Friend, a mentoring project he started with American Friends Service Committee.  Friend of a Friend works to reduce institutional violence by providing tools that build healthy relationships, create support structures, and develop effective communication skills. We also hear from Green Bay, one of the young men Eddie mentored who is part of Friend of a Friend.

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60 Years After Brown v. Board & The Resegregation of America’s Schools

Brown v. Board of EducationMay 21, 2014 – Segment 4

Saturday was the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which established that separate public schools for black children and white children was unconstitutional. We remember that decision and look at today’s schools, with: 

  • E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University; 
  • Daniel Denvir, reporter at the Philadelphia City Paper and contributor toThe GuardianSalon and The New Republic, who wrote about “The Resegregation of America’s Schools” for Al Jazeera America;
  • A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships;
  • and longtime journalist and commentator Bob Somerby, Editor of The Daily Howler.

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What’s White Male Privilege and Why Is It So Difficult To Talk About?

White Male PrivilegeMay 15, 2014 – Segment 3

We ask the questions: What Is White Male Privilege? And Why Is It So Hard To Talk About? Inspired by the discussion around Princeton Freshman Tal Fortgang’s controversial essay on the topic of privilege, reprinted in Time last week, we talk with our panel:

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Everyman Theatre: By The Way, Meet Vera Stark

By The Way Meet Vera StarkMay 9, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with three of the actors in Everyman Theatre’s current production of By The Way, Meet Vera StarkIf you haven’t yet seen this production, make sure to go this weekend (it closes on Sunday)! By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a play by Lynn Nottage about the intersections of race in 1930s Hollywood. I sat down last week for a fun and compelling conversation with Yaegel WelchBeth Hylton, and Kathryn Tkel. 

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Taylor Branch on Citizenship & Freedom: Memphis 1968, and Afterward

Taylor Branch and Harry BelafonteMay 5, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the America in the King Years TrilogyTaylor Branch, about the course he teaches at the University of Baltimore, ” Citizenship & Freedom: The Civil Rights Era.” On Tuesday evening, May 6, at 5:30, acclaimed singer, actor, and human rights activist Harry Belafonte will be the featured guest at the final seminar for Branch’s class. The topic will be “Memphis 1968, and Afterward.” This class will be open for Baltimore-area visitors. Visit freedomclass.org for more information.


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World Of The Play: Race And Representation

vera starkMay 2, 2014 – Segment 4

We hear an illuminating discussion that took place last Saturday at Everyman Theatre as part of their World of the Play series. The topic was Race and Representation: “Our greatest accomplishment. Our greatest shame.” Our exceptional panel of guests shared their commentaries on race, theatre, and film, drawing from the current production at Everyman, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage. You will hear from: playwright and dramaturg Jacqueline Lawton, who was named one of the top 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute; Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, professor of American Studies at UMBC and author of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities; and Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoe, Lecturer of Theatre Arts at Howard University and Associate Artistic Director at banished? productions.

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What Does Outrage Around LA Clipper’s Donald Sterling Mean?

Donald Sterling, V. StivianoApril 30, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss the outrage surrounding Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling. Today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life for making racist comments in a recorded conversation, and fined him $2.5 million. It is anticipated that Sterling will be removed from the league. Joining us for this conversation are: Dr. Tara Bynum, Assistant Professor of English at Towson University; Ali Danois, a senior writer and editor of The Shadow League and co-host of WEAA’s Blacktop Xchange Sports Report; and Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.

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Donald Sterling’s Racist Comments

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We discuss Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s racist statements about African Americans, released last Friday. We’re joined by Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine and co-host of the Blacktop Xchange Sports Report on WEAA; and Dr. Lester Spence, Center for Emerging Media Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, who wrote this piece on Sterling.

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NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi

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We have a conversation with NAACP Criminal Justice Director Dr. Niaz Kasravi about mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

 

 

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What If African Americans Were in Charge of the Literary World?

Felicia PrideApril 21, 2014 – Segment 4

We look at African American representation in literature and the arts, asking What if African Americans were in charge of the literary world? Our guest will be author and film producer Felicia Pride.

 

This segment originally aired April 15, 2009.

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Baltimore’s African American & Latino Communities Talk Tension

African American and Latino CommunitiesApril 18, 2014 – Hour 1

We travel back to 2010 to a show featuring leaders from Baltimore’s African American and Latino communities. In recent weeks on the Marc Steiner Show and Anthony McCarthy Show we have noted that many of the tensions that we explored in this conversation are still present between the communities. In August 2010, a 51-year-old Honduran man named Martin Reyes was beaten to death by a mentally ill man who said he hated “Mexicans.” This tragic death occurred only a month after Reyes’ nephew Juan de Dios Hernandez was shot in the forehead.

Our guests for this conversations were: Reverend Hector Rodriguez, Co-Vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection; Luis Larin, Organizer for the United Workers; Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, former President of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP, the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Action Network; and Earl Ofari Hutchinson,political analyst and author of ten books, including The Latino Challenge to Black America.

This segment originally aired August 26, 2010.

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Tragic Shooting in Kansas City: Is It an Act of Terror?

Kansas City ShootingApril 16, 2014 – Segment 4

We turn our attention to Sunday’s tragic shooting in Kansas City, where a self-proclaimed white supremacist murdered three people outside a Jewish community center. One of the questions we consider is why this incident hasn’t been labeled a terrorist act.

Our guests are: A. Adar Ayirah, Project Manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Zainab Chaudry, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Maryland; and Devin Burghart, Vice President of Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and co-author of Guns & Gavels: Common Law Courts, Militias & White Supremacy.

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Remembering Karyn Washington

karyn washingtonApril 15, 2014 – Segment 2

We remember Karyn Washington, creator of For Brown Girls, a movement to empower and uplift darker-skinned Black women, who died of an apparent suicide this past weekend. Our guests are: Ty Alexander, beauty and lifestyle writer based in New York and originally from Baltimore; and Baltimore based performing artist, Black Shesus.

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Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad

Forbidden Fruit

April 11, 2014 – Hour 2

This week is the WEAA Happiness Spring Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit weaa.org to make your pledge of support during the show.

I talk to award-winning journalist Betty DeRamus about her fascinating book, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad. The book tells the largely untold tales of ordinary men and women who faced mobs, bloodhounds, bounty hunters, and bullets to be together — and defy a system that categorized blacks not only as servants, but as property.

This segment originally aired February 14, 2014.

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How To Say I Love You In Indian

Gyasi RossApril 11, 2014 – Hour 1

This week is the WEAA Happiness Spring Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit weaa.org to make your pledge of support during the show.

We talk the foundations of love and more with author and lawyer Gyasi Ross talks about his book How to Say I Love You in Indian. Ross is a member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation and also comes from the Suquamish Nation.

This segment originally aired March 21, 2014.

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Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Body and SoulApril 10, 2014 – Hour 1

This week is the WEAA Happiness Spring Membership Drive, so tune in for compelling topics and wonderful premiums! Now is your opportunity to support the station you have come to love: WEAA, THE Voice of the Community. Call 410-319-8888 or visit weaa.org to make your pledge of support during the show.

We talk about the book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, with author Dr. Alondra Nelson, professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University.

This interview originally aired March 7, 2014.

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Unpacking The Asian-American “Model Minority” Stereotype

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 17: (CHINA OUT) Members of a family toast during New Year's Eve dinner at a resident's home on February 17, 2007 in Beijing, China. The Chinese lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival, falls on February 18. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)March 26, 2014 – Segment 4

We examine the stereotype of Asians as a “Model Minority” that outperforms other minorities. Our guests are: Imara Jones, who wrote an article for Colorlines titled “The Economic Truth About the ‘Model Minority;’” Sine Hwang Jensen, a member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action and member of Moonroot Collective; and Suey Park, writer and activist based in Chicago who created the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick on Twitter.

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Where Are The People Of Color In Children’s Books?

kidsbooksMarch 20, 2014 – Segment 2

Last week in the New York Times’ Sunday Review, an opinion piece by children’s book author Walter Dean Myers was published, titled “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” To answer the question, we talk to: Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning novelist and scholar, who co-authored (with his daughter Elisheba) the children’s book Bending Time: The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder; Tonya Bolden, award-winning author of over twenty books for young readers and adults, including Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America; and Deborah Taylor, School and Student Services Coordinator for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

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Stokely Carmichael: His Life and Legacy

stokelyMarch 18, 2014 – Segment 2

We talk to Dr. Peniel E. Joseph, about the life & legacy of Stokely Carmichael. Dr. Joseph is a Professor of History at Tufts University, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts, and author of the biography, Stokely: A Life.

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Philosopher’s Roundtable: Defining & Exploring Institutional Racism

African American flood victims lined up to get food & clothing fr. Red Cross relief station in front of billboard extolling WORLD'S HIGHEST STANDARD OF   LIVING/ THERE'S NO WAY LIKE THE AMERICAN WAY. City: LOUISVILLE State: KY Country: US Photographer: MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE/TimePixMarch 3, 2014 – Segment 3

Institutional racism is something we hear a lot about, but something that is not often enough defined. We look at its definition and historical roots, especially as they relate to today. Our panel of guests includes:

This segment originally aired February 4, 2013.

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Remembering Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba & Trayvon Martin

Chokwe LumumbaFebruary 26, 2014 – Segment 3

Wednesday is the second anniversary of the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin, our panel addresses revisits Trayvon’s death and examines where we have come as a society since that day. With:

  • Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing Editor at The Root and political contributor and Special Correspondent with Al Jazeera America;
  • Lenny McAllister, author, conservative media personality and public speaker;
  • Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician;
  • Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland;
  • and author and songwriter John Milton Wesley.

We also reflect on the death of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

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CeCe McDonald, Trans Woman & Activist, Released From Prison

CeCe McDonaldFebruary 20, 2014 – Segment 3

Listen to our interview with CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman and activist from Minneapolis, and Katie Burgess, Executive Director of Trans Youth Support Network in Minneapolis.  McDonald was released from prison on January 13th after serving 19 months for her alleged involvement in stabbing a man with scissors. Supporters of McDonald say that she was defending herself against a group of people who came at her and her friends with a bar glass, in a racist and trans-phobic attack. She was held in a men’s prison, even though she identifies as a trans woman.

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Craig Steven Wilder On “Ebony And Ivy”

Craig Wilder, author of the new book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of American's Universities" poses for a portrait on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 7, 2013.February 19, 2014 – Segment 4

Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges, joins us to talk about the legacy of slavery in the Ivy League.

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Gyasi Ross on Richard Sherman, White Privilege, Racism & Being a Brown Man

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We talk to Gyasi Ross - father, writer, entrepreneur, attorney, and member of the Blackfeet Tribe – about his most recent articles, “Big Brown Men, Richard Sherman and the Fire Next Time,” and “Is There a Problem? Racism, White Privilege and That ‘Scary’ Brown Man.”

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Richard Sherman and the Implications of the Word “Thug”

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 09:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates on the bench near the end of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 58-0.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Richard ShermanJanuary 28, 2014 – Segment 2

Did you see the clip of Richard Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers in last week’s NFC Championship game? He’s been called a “thug” by some, while others have come to his defense. What do you think, and why is this discussion important?

Joining us to talk about the Richard Sherman controversy and its implications for our larger society are: Ali Danois, Senior Editor of Bounce Magazine; and Dave Zirin, sports correspondent for The Nationand author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.

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Craig Steven Wilder, Author of ‘Ebony & Ivy,’ On How Slavery Built the Ivy League

Craig Wilder, author of the new book "Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of American's Universities" poses for a portrait on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 7, 2013.January 16, 2014 – Segment 5

We close out the show with Craig Steven Wilder, author of Ebony & Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges.

Wilder will be speaking at Red Emma‘s Thursday evening at 7:30.

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Cultural Crossroads: Where’s The Color At The Golden Globes?

Golden GlobeJanuary 15, 2014 – Segment 4

We continue our Cultural Crossroads conversation with Center for Emerging Media Cultural Editor and chanteuse extraordinaire Lea Gilmore! Why were there no African American artists with Billboard Number One hit singles in 2013? Were African American actors and directors snubbed at the Golden Globes? We talk about all that and more.

 

Forget Duck Dynasty: There Are Important Civil Rights Battles To Fight

IFILLJanuary 6, 2014 – Segment 3

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, joins us to talk about how media hype around bigoted comments made by public figures can distract us from focusing on important civil rights struggles. Last week Ifill wrote an article for The Root: “Forget Duck Dynasty: There Are Important Civil Rights Battles To Fight.”

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Local Roundtable On Violence In Our Communities

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We have a local roundtable, discussing the tragic fact that Baltimore now has the highest homicide rate in four years. What does that mean for our community, and what are some of the roots of this violence? Joining us are: Munir Bahar, organizer of Raise It Up, a dirt bike movement in Baltimore; Rev. Meredith Moise, ordained minister, writer, community activist and teacher; Dayvon Love, Baltimore City Schools teacher and Director of Research and Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Michael Johnson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Institute for Social Change.

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Were St. Nicholas And Jesus White?

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We look at one of the more unusual news events of the past week–Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly’s claiming that Santa Claus and Jesus were white. We are joined by Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton, Senior Pastor at the Open Church in Baltimore and Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas; and Edward J. Blum, Associate Professor of History at San Diego State University.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela: Struggle Against Apartheid, Contemporary Politics & Legacy

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December 12, 2013 – Two Hour Special

We rebroadcast our special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.

This segment originally aired December 9, 2013. 

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Remembering Nelson Mandela: Struggle Against Apartheid, Contemporary Politics & Legacy

Nelson MandelaDecember 9, 2013 – Two Hour Special

We begin the week with a special two-hour tribute to Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at the age of 95. You will hear from a vast array of guests from around the globe – some of whom fought with Mandela in the struggle to end Apartheid – who will discuss the life and legacy of this legendary international leader and fighter for justice.

Our first guest is Brenda Leonard, Managing Director of Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa, who will talk about who Mandela was and how South Africa reacted to the news of his death. Leonard was an officer in the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

We then turn to the topic of the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Our guests are: Dr. Robert Edgar, Professor of African Studies at Howard University; and Danny Schechter, who created the South Africa Now series, made 6 documentaries with Nelson Mandela and just published Madiba A to Z: the Many Faces of Nelson Mandela in association with the Mandela Long Walk To Freedom Movie; and Brenda Leonard.

In the second hour, we examine Mandela’s legacy and the contemporary politics of South Africa. Joining us are: Dr. Patrick Bond, Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004; Dr. Simon Stacey, Director of the Honors College at University of Maryland Baltimore CountyEmira Woods, co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa; and Zane Ibrahim, joining us from the Netherlands, who grew up in the time of Mandela’s activities and was in exile at the time of the resistance.

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Theatre Baltimore: “Unveiled” This Weekend at Theatre Project

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December 5, 2013 – Segment 5

We close out the show with a preview of the production running this weekend at the Theatre Project in Baltimore, Unveiled.

Award-winning playwright, actress and solo performance artist Rohina Malik will discuss her one-woman play, which deals with issues of racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, culture, language, and life. She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage. Rohina is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater.

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Culture & Society: Natural Hair Under Attack In Our Schools | MSU Fraternity Suspended After Rejecting Gay Student

Danielle Cook, 13, an eighth-grader at Afya Public Charter School, is interested in applying to Cristo Rey, but she was told that her dreadlocks go against the high school's policy. Her mother, Dawnetta Jenkins, who takes care of Danielle's hair, also has dreadlocks. After inquiries from The Sun, the school said it was doing away with the policy.December 5, 2013 – Segment 4

We discuss the straight-A 8th grade student who was denied entry into a Baltimore high school because she wears dreadlocks, and the incident in which Morgan State University’s (MSU) Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has been placed on probation for discriminating against a gay student. Our guests are: Krishana Davis, reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group covering news, politics and more in Harford County; and Samantha Master, Senior at MSU, where she is a Communications major and served as the Community Service Coordinator for Rainbow Soul from 2008-2010.

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Change the Washington NFL Team Mascot — And Stop Using The Word

Change the MascotDecember 5, 2013 – Segment 3

We return to our discussion on the controversial mascot of the Washington, DC, NFL team, as the Oneida Nation – a 900-member tribe in central New York – is pressuring the NFL and the team’s owner to change the name. Our guests are: Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation representative and leader of the Change the Mascot campaign; and Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.

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The Racial Politics Of Hip Hop

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Center for Emerging Media’s Cultural Editor, Blues & Gospel singer Lea Gilmore joins us for a conversation on the racial politics of Hip Hop, Soul and Rock & Roll, in light of last week’s controversial American Music Awards. Baltimore-based rapper DDm also joins us.

 

 

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What Do SCOTUS, Paula Deen & George Zimmerman Say About Race in America?

Voting Rights RallyNovember 25, 2013 – Hour 1

We examine  race in American culture today, looking at the Supreme Court decision on voting rights, the Paula Deen controversy, and the George Zimmerman trial. Joining us are:

  • Jeff Menzise, senior researcher at the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University,
  • Derek Musgrove, assistant professor in the Department of History at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),
  • Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun,
  • and Jason Silverstein, Ph.D. student in anthropology at Harvard University.

This segment originally aired July 1, 2013.

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Race, Justice & Culture: Renisha McBride, Marissa Alexander and “Knockout”

Renisha McBrideNovember 18, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show Monday morning with a look at a number of current stories that reflect upon issues of race, justice, and our culture. Topics include: the case of Renisha McBride, the 19-year old Michigan woman who was fatally shot in the face by a homeowner after her car broke down and she walked onto his porch seeking help; the case of Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who fired a warning shot into the air to ward off her abusive husband and is now awaiting a new trial while serving a 20-year sentence; and the game of “knockout,” which is played by attacking an innocent pedestrian in an attempt to knock him or her unconscious with one punch. Our guests include:

  • Jamilah King, News Editor at Colorlines.com;
  • Nicole Glass-Brice, Deputy Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore;
  • Victoria Law, photographer, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women and Editor of the zine Tenacious: Writings from Women in Prison;
  • and Dr. Raymond Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.

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Bill Grimmette Performs Carl Murphy’s Editorials

Carl Murphy

November 8, 2013 – Segment 3

Enjoy these three editorials, written by Carl Murphy and read by master storyteller Bill Grimmette.

First, you will hear an editorial from 1952, in which Murphy examines the Republican party’s decision to campaign in the south. Next, in an editorial from 1954, he asks why some whites are so uncomfortable with the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, and implores Black leaders to use more care in their public speaking. Finally, in an editorial from 1963 he discusses the upcoming March on Washington, with a rousing refrain, “Come on down, Marchers!”

This podcast was originally posted December 5, 2008. 

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Miss Anne In Harlem

MissAnneNovember 4, 2013 – Segment 4

We talk with author Carla Kaplan, Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University, about her book Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, which focuses on a small group of white women who crossed the color line and played controversial yet significant roles in the Harlem Renaissance.

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Racist Sports Names And Mascots

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It’s another episode of Beyond the Spin. We start by exploring the issue of racist sport team mascots, specifically those that use stereotypes of Native Americans. Our incredible roundtable includes:
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne & Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians;
  • Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist;
  • Ellen Staurowsky, Professor in the Department of Sports Management at the Goodwin School of Professional Studies at Drexel University;
  • and Marge Kalama, host of the show TalkingDrum and Our People and Mother Earth on KWSO in Warm Springs, OR.

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Cultural News Roundtable

rastawigOctober 29, 2013 – Segment 2

We host a cultural roundtable, where the topics will range from racist Halloween costumes to art, film and music. Our guests will include: Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; Michelle Antionette aka LOVE the Poet, poet, performance artist, and musician; and Amrita Kaur Dang, better known as Ami Dang, a South Asian-American musician from Baltimore.

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Jeanne Theoharis on Anniversary of Rosa Parks’ Death

Rosa ParksOctober 24, 2013 – Segment 6

We listen back to an interview we originally aired April 11, 2013 to commemorate the anniversary of Rosa Parks’ death.

Jeanne Theoharis, Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, joins us to speak about her new book The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. The book is the first critical biography of Parks, and it is revealing and comprehensive, exploring her activism before, during, and after her famous act of protest in 1955.

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Edward Wyckoff Williams On The New Trayvon Martins

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Edward Wyckoff Williams, contributing editor for The Root and commentator of MSNBC and Al Jazeera America, joins us to discuss his latest article, Black Boys Are Not Safe on Our Streets. In it he interviews Benjamin Crump,  attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, about the recent brutal slayings of two young black men.

 

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Deep Voices: Black Men In The Arts

Deep VoicesSeptember 11, 2013 – Segment 4

Actor, narrator, writer, and social commentator Keith Snipes co-hosts our second conversation focused on Black men in the arts. We discuss masculinity, talk about the importance of young people getting involved in the arts, and hear stories from:

  • Jerry Prettymanlifetime visual artist who studied at Morgan State University and MICA;
  • Koli Tengella, filmmaker and Executive Director of the The Kujichagulia Theatre Project;
  • Bashi Rose, co-founder of the NOMMO Theater, who established D.R.A.M.A, a program that uses theatre and film to work with high school students and incarcerated adults;
  • and David “Native Son” Ross, poet and member of the spoken word duo, 5th L .

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Sound Bites: 50 Million Hungry In Richest Country | Are America’s Food Debates Just White Men Talking?

Urban Farm (Image via Salon)September 10, 2013 – Hour 2

We start this week on Sound Bites by talking to Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco, who provides a commentary related to her recent Al Jazeera op-ed, “Richest country’s empty plates: Fifty million people in the United States go to bed hungry.”

Then, we look at an article that appeared on Salon.com last week, called, “America’s food debates are just white men talking,” by fitness, nutrition, and body-image blogger Ericka Nicole Kendall. We will discuss race, class, and the food movement with a diverse roundtable of guests, including:

  • Michael Twitty, Culinary Historian of African and African American Foodways and blogger at Afroculinaria;
  • Denzel Mitchell, founder of Five Seeds Farm & Apiary in Baltimore County;
  • Cleo Braver, owner of Cottingham Farm in Easton, MD;
  • and Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call on KALW in San Francisco.

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Rinku Sen On The Racist Mind

Rinku SenSeptember 9, 2013 – Segment 3

In our continuing analysis of what the murder of Trayvon Martin means for America, we speak with Rinku Sen, President of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines, who recently wrote an article titled “The Racist Mind.”

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The ButlerSeptember 9, 2013 – Segment 1

We begin the show with a discussion of Lee Daniels’ The Butler — considering the various accolades and critiques of its storyline — and an analysis of  representations of African Americans in film in general. Our guests include:

  • Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University;
  • Carla Wills, co-Host and producer of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA;
  • and Robert Shahidco-Host of The Baltimore Blend on WEAA.

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Remembering The March On Washington And Emmett Till

March on WashingtonAugust 28, 2013 – Segment 1

We start our show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and remembering Emmett Till, who was murdered 58 years ago today. Our guests include: Dr. Jared Ball, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Morgan State University; Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland; and John Milton Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University.

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March On Washington 50th Anniversary Special

KingAugust 23, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a special on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We are joined by a multi-generational roundtable of guests, including: John Milton Wesley, author, songwriter, and Senior Fellow in Social Marketing with the National Center for Health Behavioral Change at Morgan State University; Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University; Luis Larin, Leadership Organizer for United Workers; LOVE the Poet, poet and performance artist; Hallie Boas, organizer with Rise Up Texas and Black Mesa Indigenous Support.

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Black Paper From The Institute Of The Black World

RojasAugust 22, 2013 – Segment 4

On August 22, Institute of the Black World will hold a public forum at the historic Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, to launch a “Black Paper” reflecting upon the state of Black America 50 years after the March on Washington. Joining us to talk about the forum and the Black Paper is longtime journalist and activist in the African diasporic world Don Rojas, who is also a board member of the Institute of the Black World.

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Native News Roundtable

Geronimo-graffitiAugust 16, 2013 – Segment 5

We host a roundtable on Native American news. We are be joined by: Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe and attorney representing tribes for Crowell Law Offices-Tribal Advocacy Group; Aand Mark Trahant, independent print and media journalist. We discuss, among other things, adoption cases that challenge Native sovereignty and how sequestration affects Native American communities.

 

 

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Zimmerman Verdict Commentary From Gyasi Ross

MartinAugust 16, 2013 – Segment 4

Gyasi Ross, member of the Blackfeet Tribe and attorney representing tribes for Crowell Law Offices-Tribal Advocacy Group, joins us for a commentary on the Zimmerman verdict. He is the author of an article called 1,000 Trayvons: All People of Color Must Unite to Stop the Slaughter.

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Voting Rights: Where North Carolina & The Rest Of The Country Stands

Members of North Carolina student chapters of the NAACP  and opponents of voter ID legislation wear tape over their mouths while sitting silently in the gallery of the House chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly where lawmakers debated and voted on voter identification legislation in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)August 15, 2013 – Segment 3

We return to the topic of voting rights, in light of the passing of what might be the most strict voting law in the country, earlier this week in North Carolina. We talk to:

  • ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University;
  • Brentin Mock, New Orleans-based journalist and reporter for Colorlines; 
  • and Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine.

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Attorney General Eric Holder: Cut Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Attorney General Eric HolderAugust 15, 2013 – Segment 2

We turn to national news, focusing first on Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech this week about cutting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. Our guests include:

  • Neill Franklin, Executive Director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and a 33-year police veteran;
  • ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University;
  • and Brentin Mock, New Orleans-based journalist and reporter for Colorlines.

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Reflections On The Anniversary Of The March On Washington

March on WashingtonAugust 14, 2013 – Segment 1

We have a conversation on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which will be commemorated with an event on August 24th in Washington, DC. We’re joined by: Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; Dr. William P. Jones, professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil RightsDanny Schechter, award-winning journalist, television producer, independent filmmaker, and media critic; and Leo Burroughs, civil rights activist and president of the Memorial Apartments Tenants Association in Bolton Hill.

There is a bus being organized from the Govans community for the August 24th March on Washington with seats still available. It will be leaving at 7:30am from the Govans-Boundary United Methodist Church at 5210 York Road. More information from Lisa at 410-818-6174.

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Edward Wyckoff Williams: “Why The Right Cheers The Zimmerman Verdict”

Edward Wyckoff WilliamsAugust 13, 2013 – Segment 2

In our continuing analysis of what the murder of Trayvon Martin means for America, we talk to Edward Wyckoff Williams, columnist, political analyst, and Contributing Editor to The Root, about his article, “Why the Right Cheers the Zimmerman Verdict.”

He also discusses a federal judge’s decision that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies violate the constitutional rights of minorities.

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Family of Henrietta Lacks, Unwitting Source of HeLa Cells, To Get Some Control Over Genome

Henrietta LacksAugust 12, 2013 – Segment 2

Last week the National Institutes of Health announced an agreement with the family of Henrietta Lacks – whose cells were collected and used for research, without her knowledge or permission, by Johns Hopkins University over 50 years ago – that will finally give them recognition and some degree of control over how the genome of these important cells will be used in the future.

We are joined by Ron Lacks, Henrietta Lacks’ grandson, as well as Dr. Gloria Hoffman, professor of Biology at Morgan State University.

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Rinku Sen: “The Racist Mind”

Rinku SenAugust 9, 2013 – Segment 4

In our continuing analysis of what the murder of Trayvon Martin means for America, we close out the week with Rinku Sen, President of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines, who recently wrote an article titled “The Racist Mind.”

Marc also says goodbye to Producer Bobby Marvin Holmes on his last day with the show.

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The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

William P. JonesAugust 9, 2013 – Segment 2

As we look to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, we talk with author William P. Jones about his book The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights. William P. Jones is  a professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.

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Commentary On Zimmerman Verdict

matthew.simmermon-gomesAugust 7, 2013  – Segment 3

We continue our series of commentaries on the Zimmerman verdict, with Matthew Simmermon-Gomes, Master of Letters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and student in the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He wrote a blog post titled “An Open Letter to Whites About the Black Community and the Trayvon Martin Case” which you can read here.

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Housing Advocates On Inclusionary Housing

Housing BaltimoreAugust 7, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a roundtable with housing rights advocates around the question of inclusionary housing, also known as inclusionary zoning, a term referring to planning ordinances that require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes. We are joined by: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.; and Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance. 

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Oliver Semans: Trayvon Martin, Stand-Your-Ground Cowards and Border-Town Murders

Renee Vaughan holds a sign that mocks the "G. Zimmerman River Oaks Stand Your Ground" group as it holds a demonstration to oppose a march led by Houston community activist Quanell X in the River Oaks community in Houston, Sunday, July 21, 2013. The Dueling groups of protesters converged on the wealthy Houston neighborhood Sunday in reaction to George Zimmerman's acquittal on July 13 in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, James Nielsen)August 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We talk with Oliver Semans, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Executive Director of Four Directions, who wrote an article for Indian Country Today titled, “Trayvon Martin, Stand-Your-Ground Cowards and Border-Town Murders.”

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Alafair Burke: Jury Instruction & The Zimmerman Verdict

Alafair BurkeAugust 1, 2013 – Segment 4

We close the show with a commentary on Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial from Alafair Burke, Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and author of If You Were Here. Burke argues that the way in which the judge gave the jury instructions influenced the verdict.

 

 

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Zimmerman Verdict Commentary – Mychal Denzel Smith

trayvon-protestJuly 31, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin a series of commentaries on the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict. We are joined by Mychal Denzel Smith, blogger at TheNation.com and Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, who wrote recently wrote a piece called Our Lives on the Line in which he asked “how long are we supposed to remain calm when the laws we are called on to respect are an open assault on our humanity?”

We’re also joined by Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence.

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Stand Your Ground Law

July 29, 2013-Segment 2

We turn our focus to the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. Joining us for this conversation will be John Nichols, writer for The Nation magazine; Danielle Belton, editor-at-large of Clutch Magazine Online; Jacob Sullum, Reason.com; and Horace Cooper, writer and legal commentator.

 

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Weekly News Roundup: Maryland’s MSA Test Results | DOJ Challenges States’ Voting Laws | NYPD On Racial Profiling

States' voting laws being challenged by Department of Justice

July 26, 2013 – Hour 1

Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland – Baltimore County (UMBC) sits in as our guest host for our weekly news round table. The panel discussion will focus on this week’s release of the Maryland State Assessment scores, showing a slight decline statewide, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on voting rights, among other topics.

Panelists will include: E.R. Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Journo-in-Residence at Morgan State University, and Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, President & CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, and Host of National Public Radio’s Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever.

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