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

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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