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

Feb 26

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep: 80 – Current Event Monday

 

Necessary Blackness Podcast Goes Live. I got my co-host Marci Li in the studio. We want to speak to the family and discuss everything happening in Black America. We talk about everything from Jussie Smollett, R. Kelly, Kamala Harris etc.,

Feb 18

Necessary Blackness Ep: 79 The Long History of Blackface

In 1848 Fredrick Douglass called blackface performers “the filthy scum of white society who have stolen from us a complexion denied to them by nature … to make money and pander to the corrupt taste of their white fellow-citizens.” Necessary Black Podcast talks blackface, Gucci boycott, Floyd Mayweather, Kodak Black and Steve Harvey. We go in-depth on how Blackface is deeply ingrained in the psyche of white America and has nothing to do with their enjoyment of our lifestyle.

Feb 07

Necessary Blackness Ep:78 Cory Booker: The Rising Star of the Democratic Party?

Necessary Blackness Podcast Ep:78

Cory Booker is the 4th Democratic Senator and 2nd Black candidate to enter the presidential race. The 49-year-old Booker is known for being a city councilor and then Mayor of Newark, N.J. before heading to the Senate. As the Mayor of the city, he supported affordable housing and championed legislation to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. He frequently speaks about reducing the racial wealth gap between blacks and whites.

But, the city of Newark was an emblem of poverty under his watch for 6 years. He is known to rub elbows with the wealthy and elites of society and many consider him a camera hog.

Necessary Blackness Podcast explores Corey’s history and ask the pertinent questions on whether he will deliver the tangibles for Black America in 2020. Listen and leave us a comment on your thoughts

Jan 30

Kamala Harris: Criminal Justice Reformer or Defender of the Status Quo

After announcing her presidency for the United States, Kamala Harris is being questioned on her past record on mass incarceration as San Francisco’s district attorney and then as California’s attorney general. Most of her policies affected Black Americans and now she has to answer for her punitive-law-and order mentality. Those who experienced her wrath first hand are implying she is not the criminal justice reformer Black America is looking for. The criticism she received thus far on her policies are warranted and must be answered.

But, more importantly she has not specifically stated, what she will do for Black America. No longer is the Black vote to be taken for granted, we are asking for tangibles in 2020

Necessary Blackness Podcast explores Kamala Harris’ record on mass incarceration and the hyper-criminalization of Black men and her voting record while Senator. #Tangibles2020

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