Aug 09

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 30: Wilmington On Fire The Massacre of 1898

 

The Wilmington On Fire documentary, explores the Wilmington massacre of 1898, which was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

This event was the springboard for the White Supremacy Movement and Jim Crow Segregation throughout North Carolina and the American South.

The incident that took place on November 10, 1898 was never mentioned in the history books until 206, when the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it.

It didn’t become widespread news until Director/Producer Christopher Everett decided to bring the atrocities of the Wilmington massacre to the big screen. Necessary Blackness Podcast sits down with the award winning filmmaker to discuss the importance of his eye raising documentary and what he has in store for the future.

 

Jul 26

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 30 – From FBI Fugitive To Freedom

Malik Wade, Rahiem Shabazz, Necessary Blackness Podcast,

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast sits down with Malik Wade to discuss his book “Pressure: From FBI Fugitive To Freedom”, which explores his brutally honest description of his descent into the underworld, his years as a FBI fugitive, his incarceration, and his ultimate redemption.

Most individuals are not aware of the extreme damage wrought by decades of mass incarceration and what it does to society. However, Malik is on a mission to make sure today’s youth are not caught in the web of imprisonment, though his Scholastic Interest Group, a nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth.

To hear more about Malik’s story visit: www.MalikWade.info

 

Jul 19

Necessary Blackness Ep. 29: Michael Imhotep Speaks About St. Louis Riots & Red Summer of 1919

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz sits down with Michael Imhotep (The African History Network). Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer and writer covering politics and pertinent issues facing Black America.

Michael Imhotep discusses African-American resistance in the era of Donald Trump, voters suppression, reparation and how elections have consequences. We also spoke with the historian, Michael Imhotep about the St. Louis Riots of 1917 and the Red Summer of 1919.

Marcus Garvey spoke out in anger against the lynching and beatings Blacks suffered at the hands of Whites. “This is a crime against the laws of humanity; it is a crime against the laws of the nation, it is a crime against Nature, and a crime against the God of all mankind.” He also believed that the entire riot was part of a larger conspiracy against African Americans who migrated North in search of a better life: “The whole thing, my friends, is a bloody farce, and that the police and soldiers did nothing to stem the murder thirst of the mob is a conspiracy on the part of the civil authorities to condone the acts of the white mob against Negroes.”

 

 

Jul 12

Necessary Blackness Ep. 28: Political Prisoner Advocacy w/ Thutmose Sankara

When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.”

– Ho Chi Minh

 

Political Prisoners are the vanguards of the movement that possesses the willingness to die for the liberation of their people. When we look at the glaring incongruity between democracy and capitalist America and how Blacks are treated, we come to realize we are all political prisoners, but some of us are wearing invisible chains.

Necessary Blackness talks with political prisoners advocate, Thutmose Sankara to discuss the plight of political prisoner Veronza Bowers,who has been imprisoned for 40 years. Veronza was convicted of murder on the word of two government informers. There were no eye-witnesses and no evidence independent of these informants. At trial, two relatives of the informants gave testimony insisting that they were lying was ignored.

Kamau Sadiki was a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA). In 2001, following increased interest in terrorism, one such former BLA member gave a statement about the 1971 murder after being detained during a traffic stop. With no eyewitness testimony and no physical evidence, the State based its case entirely upon the statements of three former BLA members who were present in Atlanta at the time of Officer Green’s murder. Mr. Sadiki was arrested in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York some thirty one (31) years later after the murder.

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Jul 07

Necessary Blackness Ep. 27 w/ Chief LeTava Mabilijengo

 

Necessary Blackness  Podcast sits down with Chief LeTava Mabilijengo to talk about the patriotic nature of Western religion and how it robs us of the power of the unification of true strength that comes from the relationship of the Black man and woman. We also discuss Chief LeTava books, family-hood and nation building.

Jul 05

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 26 Are You In A Polygamist Relationship?

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz, Goddess Funmi and Ashton Breon discuss the subject of Polygamy and how most woman are in a Polygamist relationship and don’t even know it.

The cultural relativity of Polygamy as practice is Africa, where a man would marry for social status and, more importantly, for economic gains, The practice was seen as an economic necessity, since multiple wives and their children provide unpaid labor in farm fields. Historically, the first wife helped choose her co-wives, because new brides essentially became her coworkers.

Here are a few reason for the practice of Polygamy.

  • Increase the probability of children, particularly when a wife is barren or gives birth to a female children only.

  • Increase the labor supply within a kinship network.

  • Deal with the “problem” or surplus women.

  • Expand the range of a man’s alliances so he is able to maintain or acquire a position of leadership.

 

Jun 30

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 25: Zaza Ali: Plagues of Dysfunction

ZaZa Ali, Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz

Author, Activist and Avid Student, ZaZa Ali returns to Necessary Blackness Podcast to talk about her latest book, ‘Plagues of Dysfunction’. Throughout the discussion, ZaZa gives her insight on the madness plaguing Black America and the solutions, we can employ to counter the onslaught of many of society’s social ills.

Jun 28

Necessary Blackness Ep. 24: Do Black Celebrities Have A Financial Obligation To The Black Community?

Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz, the Goddess Funmi and Ashton Breon sit down to discuss ‘Do Black Celebrities Have A Financial Obligation To The Black Community’. The trio also discuss Stevie Wonder’s comments about Black Lives Mattering when we stop Black-on-Black crimes.

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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

 

 

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