Jun 21

Necessary Blackness Ep. 23: Fatherhood: A Son’s Hero & Daughter’s First Love

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz and Queen Funmi talks Fatherhood and what it means to Black America, the myth and lies that were debunked about Black fathers and the importance of the extended family.

According to the CDC 67% of Black dads who don’t live with their children see them at least once a month. Compared to 59% of White dads and 32% of Hispanics dads.

This episode explores the root of absentees fathers, which is due to racism, poverty and mass incarceration. From the Homestead Act of 1862 to the red-lining of Chicago.

 

 

Jun 07

Necessary Blackness Ep: 22 – The High Price I Had To Pay 4

Brandi Davis, Necessary Blackness Podcast

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz sits down with Brandi Davis to talk about her time in prison and the cautionary tale she espouse to educate the youth ,so they don’t get caught up in the drug culture and lifestyle.

Brandi Davis was raised in a middle class community in Detroit. Despite being a first time, non-violent offender in the drug trade, Brandi was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison.

Since her release, Davis has been gainfully employed and reunited with her son. She has garner media attention with her telling and poignantly written book, “The High Price I Had To Pay”.

Brandi Davis, seeks to continue education the youth about the perils of the underworld and how to live a positive lifestyle, by impacting others through her recently released book and upcoming speaking engagements.

She can be reached via Instagram at @FreePrettyGirls and on Facebook at Brandi Davis

 

 

Jun 05

Necessary Blackness Ep. 21: Bill Maher ‘Gets No Pass’

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz discuss why Bill Maher’s apologizing for his use of the “N” word is not enough. Within the past few days, Bill Maher’s name became one of the hottest trending topics on social media for his blatant disrespect and his casual use of the most derogatory term to describe a person of African descent.

But, what s more alarming is the number of individuals who came to Mr. Maher’s defense such as Eric Michael Dyson, Larry King and others. However, individuals comedian D.L. Hugley and Chance The Rapper are opposed to giving Bill Maher’s a pass and are calling for his immediate firing from the HBO network.

 

May 31

Necessary Blackness Ep. 20 Black Power or Gun Powder

 

In this episode, we discuss the recent killings of Black men by white racist supremacist who are encourage by the current administration occupying the White House. From the killing of Tamir Rice, to the race soldier execution of unarmed Black men in the streets.

May 14

Necessary Blackness Ep. 19: They Told Me Not To Tell Pt. 2

 

In part 2 of the mini-series, Necessary Blackness speaks with Johnny Lee Gaddy a former student at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School. After walking in the shadow of silence for 50 years, Mr. Gaddy decided to tell his story in his new book, “They Told Me Not To Tell”. Necessary Blackness goes one-on-one with Mr. Gaddy to talk about his quest for justice and how we can help him. Johnny Lee’s will to survive is a testament to his strength and courage. Now let’s help to tell his story.

May 10

Necessary Blackness Ep. 18 – They Told Me Not To Tell: A Tale of Modern Day Slavery

Necessary Blackness, Rahiem Shabazz, Podcast

In this week on Necessary Blackness Podcast, we sit down with Antoinette Harrell a genealogist, activist and peonage detective to discuss the brutal treatment, rape and dehumanizing conditions at the now closed, Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, Florida. Antoinette, details the harrowing and ugly truth of a school now existing in obscurity in the minds of society, except for those who endured the hardship.

In part 2 of the mini-series, Necessary Blackness speaks with Johnny Lee Gaddy a former student at Arthur G. Dozier Reform School. After walking in the shadow of silence for 50 years, Mr. Gaddy decided to tell his story in his new book, “They Told Me Not To Tell”.

Apr 26

Necessary Blackness Ep. 17: Dhoruba Bin Wahad – Militarized Policing & State of Black America

Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Necessary Blackness

This Wednesday, (4.26.17) at 6 PM on Necessary Blackness Podcast, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad former Black Panther Party, Black Liberation Army and also political prisoner, discusses the Militarized Policing of America, the state of Black America and the Stealth History of Revisionism.

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Apr 19

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 16: Amaduez Christ Talks “Out of Darkness”

Necessary Blackness Podcast had the honor of sitting down with  Filmmaker Amadeuz Christ to discuss his movie “Out of Darkness”.

The film examines the untold history of African people, the African cultural contribution to the nation of the worlds, and the events that have contributed to the conditions of African people of today.

Apr 12

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 15: Educational Racism In The 21st Century

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz sits with Professor. Ed Garnes to talk about racism in the academy, his work as an African Therapist/Counselor and educating Black men.

 

Apr 05

Necessary Blackness Ep. 14: The Higher Education Cartel

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness, Rahiem Shabazz talks about ‘The Higher Education Cartel’ and Ebone’ Gee joins him in the studio to discuss the closing of Rikers Island and how is responsible for the incident on I-85 in Atlanta.

 

 

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