Jan 09

Necessary Blackness Ep: 76 R. Kelly Hiding In Plain Sight

Who’s really to blame? Did we enable “the pied piper” of R&B to commit crimes against black women or were we protecting the reputation of a music genius?

Join Necessary Blackness Podcast with our host Marci Li to talk in-depth about R. Kelly’s alleged sexual misconduct and whether the black community was complicit in aiding Kelly. We also discuss the searing 6-part series “Surviving R. Kelly”.

Dec 12

Necessary Blackness Ep 75: Remembering The Surrender: “The Cops Gave Me The Guns”


In this episode, Shams Da Baron recalls the days of growing up in the South Bronx with his partner Larry Davis, police corruption in the ’80s and infamous shoot-out with NYPD. Shams also discuss the first prison visit with Mr. Davis, their aspirations of in the music industry and ultimately the death of Larry in prison.

Dec 08

Elementary School hire collection agency to recover unpaid lunch money


The Cranston school district says it has hired a collection agency to recover unpaid lunch balances. (MGN)

In a letter to parents obtained by NBC 10 News, Raymond Votto Jr., chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, said the district has previously tried to collect outstanding lunch bills “without much success.”

“In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019,” the letter said.

Votto said between Sept. 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018, the school district wrote off $95,508. He said the unpaid balance for the current academic year is $45,859.

“The District lunch program cannot continue to lose revenue,” Votto said.

Lois Clemens, whose grandson attends an elementary school in Cranston, told NBC 10 she sees both sides of the debate.

“Yeah, $45,000 is a lot of money for the school district to not have, but then on the other hand I know what it’s like not to have enough money,” Clemens said.

Lunch at a public elementary school in Cranston costs $2.50 per day. For middle school and high school students, it’s $3.25 a day. Votto said parents who owe $20 or more and who haven’t paid off the balance within 60 days will receive a letter from the collection agency starting next year.

Students who owe money for multiple meals won’t go hungry, the district said. Students will continue to get the same entrée that paying students receive. In the past, the district offered students who owed money an alternative meal – a sunny butter sandwich, fruit and milk — but stopped doing that when it realized parents still weren’t paying the lunch bills.

Votto said, “We’re feeding the children. That’s not in dispute. We offer free breakfast.”

The school district told NBC 10 it wanted to take a soft approach and said the collection agency will not be calling parents, but rather mailing them.

Dec 05

Necessary Blackness Ep: Curtis Scoon Talks Black, White & Blue Documentary & Copyright Lawsuit Against 50 Cent

 

Curtis Scoon talks “Black, white and Blue“, the film that explores the issues of police brutality, social unrest, and why its important that Black documentary films are told through the eyes, ears and words of Black Filmmakers. We also spoke about the lawsuit he filed against 50 Cent over “Power” in addition to past and future projects. There are one-on-one interviews with notable figures such as Lord Jamar, Charlamagne Tha God, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Michigan State Senator Coleman Young II and many more.

 

 

Nov 28

Necessary Blackness Ep: 73 – 8th Annual Ujamaa Fest (The Black Currency Exchange)

#NecessaryBlacknessPodcast talks to Kiyomi Rollins about the 8th Annual Ujamaafest :: The Black Currency Exchange and we also speak with independent filmmaker Santo Moss about his movie “Moving Foward: Past, Present and The Future of Black America.

Nov 26

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Nov 21

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Nov 09

Necessary Blackness Ep: 72 Why Racism & Voter Suppression Won In The Governor’s Race In GA

Why Racism & Voter Suppression Won In The Governor’s Race In Georgia. I was a victim of voter suppression from the Suppression-In-Chief Brian Kemp under the command of the Racist-In-Chief Donald Trump. After given a provisional ballot, I learned Brian Kemp is the one who determines if it’s valid or not. Before leaving I was given a sticker, but no receipt that I submitted a provisional ballot. The government spends $30 million on stickers to give to voters. 60 million Facebook users posted selfies displaying their sticker.

In this podcast, I discuss the highly contested race, what we need to do moving forward and why voting is just one component of obtaining our liberation. Below is a video explaining my ordeal while trying to exercise my right to vote.

 

 

Oct 24

Necessary Blackness Ep: 71 -Gardening While Black: 3 White Woman Accuse Black Community Activist of Stalking & Harassment

Mainstream media interest  have always been to capitalize off our story and plight, but never highlight the solution to pressing issues Black America face. So Community Activist & Gardner Marc Peeples aka Truth of Detroit reached out to Necessary Blackness to explain the fabricated charges levied against him, and why the judge admonished the three white woman that falsely accused him of stalking, harassment and being a pedophile.

“They get to ruin my life, say anything they want, and then they get to go on with their lives”, he states. In recent weeks we have witness of rash of  white women calling 911 to report crimes that didn’t happen in order to get individuals arrested.

As a Black man who seen the need to change the blighted condition of his community, Truth wanted to make sure the East side of Detroit did not join the growing list of urban communities that are quickly becoming a food dessert.

Check out our exclusive one-on-one interview as we discuss not only gardening while Black, bit the decades of discrimination and land grab Black farmers are facing in America.

Support Marc Peeples aka Truth GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/gardeningwhileblack

Oct 17

Necessary Blackness Ep.70 – Voters Suppression In Georgia

Many are decrying the actions of Brian Kemp who is the Secretary of State for Georgia and his run against Stacey Abrams for the Governor seat. Brian Kemp is trying to suppress the Black votes in Georgia which is an unacceptable act that violates several laws.

We are talking about that and more on tonight’s episode of #NecessaryBlacknessPodcast

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