Jul 19

Necessary Blackness Ep: 90 Black Resistance & White Laws

Black Resistance, White Law

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, we discuss the Justice Department announcement that it would not be pursuing federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, who was approached by police for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The decision was apparently made by Attorney General William Barr himself after the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division favored an indictment while a competing faction in the New York office felt otherwise.
The announcement on Tuesday, five years after the incident, was nothing short of a disgrace. It’s a complete abdication of responsibility, and a slap in the face to any notion of justice, particularly for Black victims.

We also talk about the imprisonment of A$AP Rocky in Sweden and why the majority of Black America is not coming to his rescue. And last but not least we want to pay our respect to Sadie Roberts-Joseph, The 75-year-old community leader and founder of the city’s African American Museum who was brutally murdered in Baton Rouge.

Jul 05

Necessary Blackness Ep: 89 – Dr. Mia Walker Speaks Health And Wellness In The Black Community

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast interviews Dr. Mia Walker a noted Chiropractor to speaks about health and wellness in the Black community and why visiting a chiropractor can help to eliminate several known and unknown illness. Dr. Walker explains how chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergies and assist in the strength of the immune system.

 

Jun 27

Necessary Blackness Ep 88: Interview with Mr. Dan Moore Sr. of the Apex Museum

Necessary Blackness Podcast interviews Mr. Dan Moore Sr the founder of the Apex Museum. We spoke about the historical importance of the Museum and its cultural significance. We also discussed Reparation and the true meaning of liberation as it pertains to Black America.

 

For More Information on the Apex Museum: https://www.apexmuseum.org/

Jun 17

Necessary Blackness Ep: 87 Juries Have A Right To Nullify

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz explains why jury nullification is necessary to level the playing field in the criminal justice system for Black America.

Jury nullification generally occurs when members of a criminal trial jury believe that a defendant is guilty, but choose to acquit them anyway because the jurors also believe that the law itself is unjust,[1][2] that the prosecutor has misapplied the law in the defendant’s case,[3] or that the potential punishment for breaking the law is too harsh. Some juries have also refused to convict due to their own prejudices in favour of the defendant.[4]
Nullification is not an official part of criminal procedure, but is the logical consequence of two rules governing the systems in which it exists:
  1. Jurors cannot be punished for reaching a “wrong” decision (such as acquitting a defendant despite their guilt being proven beyond a reasonable doubt).[5]
  2. A defendant who is acquitted cannot be tried again for the same alleged crime in front of another jury.[6]
A jury verdict that is contrary to the letter of the law pertains only to the particular case before it. However, if a pattern of acquittals develops in response to repeated attempts to prosecute a particular offence, this can have the de facto effect of invalidating the law. Such a pattern may indicate public opposition to an unwanted legislative enactment. Likewise, a jury can convict a defendant even if no law was actually broken, although such a conviction may be overturned on appeal. Nullification can also occur in civil trials.

May 01

Necessary Blackness Ep: 86 Why Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz and guest Goddess Funmi discuss why Black Love Is  A Revolutionary Act, and the dynamics of Black Male / Female relationships. We also discussed the confusion, conflicts and myths when it comes to relationships amongst Black man and woman.

 

Apr 24

Necessary Blackness Ep: 85 Princess Asie Ocansey of Ada, Ghana Talks Royal Return, Reparations and #ADOS

 

Rahiem Shabazz sits down one-on-one with the Princess Asie Ocansey of Ada, Ghana to talk about her first visit to Cape Coast – Ghana, inside the slave dungeons at the “door of no return” as a young child. The Ghanaian Princess also discusses the late legendary Grammy and Oscar Winning Superstar, Issac Hayes and his trip to Ghana, where a grand coronation was held for him and how he was given the royal name, Nene Katey Ocansey 1. (“Katey” means Strong enough to calm a lion; the royal family name “Ocansey” means “I do as I say”).

Find out more about when the “Black Moses” returns back home to Mother Africa.

Apr 17

Necessary Blackness Ep: 84 – Po Righteous Teacher Talks Childhood Trauma, PTS and Invisible Scars

 

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast we speak with @porighteousteacher about Childhood Trauma, PTS, and Invisible Scars.

Pr Righteous Teacher is an award winning, highly credible educator and school leader with special interest in turning around low performing schools in impoverished communities. Teach for America (TFA) Alum and graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s Institute of Urban School Leaders; Blackburn went on to become an Atlanta Public Schools Semi-Finalist for District Wide Teacher of the Year. Awarded by Fulton County Government for founding a community wide literacy initiative that promoted the need and love for literacy in early childhood education in communities where the schools were at risk for government take-over.

Support Po Righteous Teacher To Fight For Educational Equity: https://po-righteous-teacher-for-da-kids.myshopify.com/

 

Apr 03

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep- 83 -w/ Blue Pill Speaking On The Untimely Death of Nipsey Hussle

Necessary Blackness Podcast talks with Blue Pill about the senseless killing of rap icon Nipsey Hussle and the Geometrically Ordered Divinity (G.O.D) as it relates to the soul transitioning to the spiritual realm.

Mar 18

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep: 82 – Trap History w/ @ARSHAW23

The half-time syncopated rhythms of trap music invaded our eardrums since the late 90’s to the delight of true hip-hop fans. Necessary Blackness Podcast talks with @ARSHAW23 about the stuttering kick drum, the dark ambiance sound, and lyrical content, as well as it’s international appeal. We also spoke about his forthcoming book, “The Birth of Trap History” Atlanta Culture, American Drug War, and the Birth of Trap Music” and his newly created Trap History Podcast.

Links: https://traphistory.com/

IG: @ARSHAW23

Mar 14

Necessary Blackness Ep: 81 – Justice For Elijah Nichols

Necessary Blackness Podcast sat down with Aunt of Elijah Nichols, Kindra Nichols for an exclusive one on one interview. This is the first time the family has spoken out about the injustice faced by their loved one. Elijah Nichols promising career as a football star was derailed after he had to defend himself at a white frat party against 3 aggressors. The 18-year old was attending college and was a proud father to a newborn baby before being handed a 45 year sentence.

The sentencing of Elijah Nichols is a tragedy and reeks with racist implication from Judge Joey Showwalter, who sentenced Dustin Lee Moore, who attended the same school, to 2 months for killing a student during a hazing. However, Elijah will have to serve a 45 year suspended sentence for defending himself against 3 white students at a frat party. Mr. Showwalter seems to always use his discretion coupled with leniency when the defendant is White but, impose the maximum amount of sentence to Black defendants. When a freshman was busted on campus for selling marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine, Mr. Showwalter used the mercy of the court despite the defendant being found with $25,000 in cash and a 9mm gun which was found during a search of his on-campus apartment.

Judge Joey Showalter is known for holding fundraisers and speaking on behalf go local and state Republican candidate and is a staunch support of President Donald Trump. Many believe the sentencing of Elijah to 45 years is symbolic to Trump being the 45th President of the United States.

We are asking for everyone to sign the petition and to help in the family fundraising efforts to bring Elijah home.

Petition: https://www.change.org/p/ralph-s-northam-justice-for-elijah-nichols

GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/n5h2p-attorney-fees-for-elijah-nichols

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