Sep 20

Necessary Blackness Ep. 37: Helping Inmates Get “Free On The Inside”

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast sit down with Jen Nicole to talk about the compelling story of Eccentrich Richardson, who is a poet, writer and cultural-arts programmer in Pompano Beach, Fla., who somehow finds the time to save the world in her spare time. Her “Free on the Inside” program goes inside Florida’s toughest prisons and helps inmates find beauty, power and, hopefully, themselves.

Facing a decade and a half in prison couldn’t stop her. Losing a loved one to suicide didn’t destroy her. Battling loss and pain while raising three children was not enough to make her quit.

We also discuss the story about a mom, who became angered about students who wrists were taped and placed in a dark room to experience the trauma of slavery. We discussed the pros and cons of such experiment and if it has a place in today’s classroom.

Resource: Huffington Post

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Sep 19

Necessary Blackness Podcast 36: Jason Stockley Not Guilty Verdict: How Did It Happen?

Necessary Blackness Podcast host Rahiem Shabazz and co-host Ashton Breon talk about the unjustified acquittal of police officer Jason Stockley of murdering Anthony Lamar Smith.

Stockley, shot Smith after he suspected him of making a drug deal. Smith fled from officers trying to arrest him. Stockley, 36, testified he felt he was in danger because he saw Smith holding a silver revolver when he backed his car toward officers then sped away.

Prosecutors said Stockley planted a gun in Smith’s car. The officer’s DNA was on the weapon but Smith’s was not. Dashcam video from Stockley’s cruiser recorded him saying he was “going to kill this motherfucker”. Less than a minute later, he shot Smith five times.

Sep 13

Necessary Blackness Ep. 35: Armelia Cartier Talks Activism, Volunteerism, The Black Women & DACA

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast sits down Amelia Cartier to discuss Activism, Volunteerism, The Black Women and DACA. Ms. Cartier works tirelessly to improve the lives of youth and women in Atlanta through sacrifice and contribution. This public servant and community activist, who grew up gang-related in LA, recognizes the importance of standing in the gap and making things better for those around her.

A strong proponent of our youth, she is current volunteer with the Fulton County Youth Commision, Positive Growth Boys Home, Inc., Positive American Youth, and Girls Giving Back, Inc., Her involvement allows her to directly address the significant issues plauging our youth through the influence of programming, curriculum, community involvement and mentorship.

Armelia’s experience allowed her to minister to families and travel on spiritual missions to Korea, Haiti, African and the Philippines.

Sep 06

Necessary Blackness Ep. 34 ‘The Business Bully’ w/ Dave Anderson

The Business Bully, Rahiem Shabazz, Dave Anderson

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast goes 1-on-1 with Dave Anderson of ‘The Business Bully” Podcast. Mr. Anderson answers the tough questions that lingers in the minds of those who want to possess the entreprenurial spirit, and are serious about starting their own business. With over 25 years of business, the best selling author and celebrity coach sits downs with Rahiem Shabazz to talk about his 6 Figure Tour, leaving the cubicial matrix, and how to be an unapologetic Black business owner.

“Everyone can be an entreprenur, but the ones who can’t, won’t, because they are unwilling. And its much easier to let someone else tell you what to do. We have been doing that for over 400 years”, states Dave Anderson.

As one of the youngest radio personalities in history Dave Anderson worked with A-list celebrities such as Rickey Smiley, Tom Joyner, DJ Clue, Wendy Williams and many others.

 

You can learn more about Dave Anderson and join his 6 Figure Business Course by visiting http://businessbullyshow.com/

Aug 31

Necessary Blackness Ep. 33 Hurricane Amerikka w/ Guest Kalonji Changa

Necessary Blackness Podcast sits down with Kalonji Changa of the FTP Movement and Urban Survival Preparedness Institute (USPI) to discuss the importance of surviving a disaster and what are some of the solutions one can employ when in dire need.

Kalonji also highlights why it’s important to join organizations such as Mama’s Army and USPI, so that one is prepared with a solid tactical foundation to combat any and all circumstances.

Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction, in Houston Texas and many were ill prepared to deal with the grievous affliction of a natural disaster. As Black America continues to face police terrorism and unforeseen circumstances, we have to be prepared. The category 4 hurricane that hit Houston was another wake-up call, just like Katrina and many of us are ill equipped to ensure the safety of our family. So, instead of relying on the current administration or aid from FEMA and Red Cross, we have to build institutions and infrastructures.

We All We Got!

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Aug 25

Necessary Blackness Ep. 32 – Tribute To Dick Gregory #RIP

This episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast is a tribute to our beloved brother Dick Gregory, who made his transition and now is in the spiritual realm with the ancestors.

Dick Gregory, the legendary comedian and civil rights icon rose to fame in the 1960s, and devoted his entire life to protesting injustice against Blacks. He was considered a threat for his staunch stance against segregation and became a target of the FBI.He died on Saturday in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84

#RestInPower

Aug 09

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep. 31: 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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