Filmmaker and journalist Rahiem Shabazz engages in a conversation with @relentlessaaron Relentless Aaron, also known by his pen name DeWitt Gilmore, a New York Times best-selling author and a prominent figure in the 1990s New York hip-hop scene. They discuss Relentless Aaron’s latest memoir, “The Night Puff Tried to Kill Me.” In this revealing interview, Relentless Aaron provides a firsthand account of the ruthless world of music promotion and shares his intense encounter with Sean “Puffy” Combs. This book holds deep personal significance for Relentless, marking the first time he has opened up in an interview or spoken publicly about his experiences. Gilmore emphasizes that “The Night Puff Tried to Kill Me” goes beyond being a personal narrative; it serves as a poignant reflection on the intricacies of the entertainment industry and a testament to the resilient human spirit. The entire interview will be available on the Necessary Blackness YouTube page.
Category: Necessary Blackness Podcast
Nov 15 2023
In a this episode of “Necessary Blackness,” the esteemed host Rahiem Shabazz engages in a insightful conversation with the distinguished guest, Ebonè Gee, exploring the pivotal significance of life insurance in the context of establishing Black generational wealth. During the discussion, Ebone Gee adeptly delineates the distinctions among term life, universal life, and final expense policies, offering valuable insights to assist individuals in discerning the most suitable option based on their unique circumstances.
Nov 01 2023
Join us as Rahiem Shabazz sits down with the remarkable humanitarian and author, Ronica Bey, in the newest episode of Necessary Blackness. In this enlightening conversation, we delve into the profound importance of connecting with your genealogy and its profound links to our ancestors. Explore the captivating voyage of discovering your heritage and embracing the profound wisdom of indigenous communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight and inspiration from a truly transformative discussion!
Oct 29 2023
We are honored to have a truly remarkable guest on the Necessary Blackness Podcast. Shekinah Keys, born in Israel to Black American parents who made their way to what many consider the Holy Land. Raised in a family devoted to Hebrew Israelite beliefs, she will discuss her recent transition and great awakening, offering us insights into her evolving spiritual journey. Today, we will delve into her unique life experiences, including her perspective on living in Israel and the ongoing complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The name “Shekinah” itself holds a special significance, translating to “Dwelling or Presence” in Hebrew. It’s a powerful symbol of divine feminine energy, and we are truly blessed to have her presence on our show.
Shekinah Information/Contact: https://linktr.ee/Porayah
Sep 15 2023
Ric Mathis, who has recently exhibited a consistent pattern of hostility towards Black women, has taken legal action by obtaining a restraining / protective order against renowned filmmaker and advocate for social justice, Rahiem Shabazz. Mathis has based his case on unfounded claims, alleging that Shabazz visited his residence, appeared at locations he frequents, and engaged in harassment. Furthermore, Mathis has escalated the situation by alerting law enforcement, falsely asserting that Shabazz is habitually armed.
Shabazz has been an outspoken critic of Mathis’ unethical business practices and his violent mistreatment of Black women, voicing his concerns through social media commentary. This activism has had a detrimental impact on Mathis, resulting in lost business opportunities and eroded trust within the Black community. In response, Mathis has chosen to involve the legal system, leading to a restraining order that prohibits Shabazz from coming within 200 yards of him, despite their close proximity in residence. The police have been to Rahiem Shabazz house on 3 occasions we know about.
This restraining order effectively prevents Rahiem Shabazz from visiting his local grocery store, favorite vegan restaurant, and participating in community events, out of fear of violating the court-mandated distance. In light of these developments, we urge the Black Community and specifically the Atlanta Conscious Community to discontinue extending invitations to Mathis for community gatherings and social functions. We also encourage the community to refrain from engaging in any economic endeavors that empower Ric Mathis.
Following the court hearing, a joint statement from various Black-led organizations will be publicly released, condemning the actions of Ric Mathis.
Please support the Legal Defense Fund for Shabazz
Jun 10 2023
Rahiem Shabazz, the host of the Necessary Blackness Podcast, recently had an opportunity to interview Constance Carter, a prominent figure in the real estate industry. Their discussion centered around the contrasting perspectives of renters versus owners and the significance of breaking the generational curse within the Black community, particularly concerning wealth transfer. The conversation delved into various topics, covering the importance of Black Americans’ engagement in homeownership and other avenues for building and preserving wealth for future generations. They explored the far-reaching implications of this issue and touched upon additional subjects that hold great relevance.
May 08 2023
Sincere Luv Da God, a highly accomplished and multi-talented artist, is set to make his much-anticipated debut appearance on the esteemed Necessary Blackness Podcast. During this insightful discussion, Sincere will delve into the intricacies of his latest album, the “Master Table”, and the release of his riveting new children’s book entitled “Seven The Heru”. As an accomplished rapper, author, and podcaster, Sincere is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry. His popular podcast, “Sincere Luv The God“, has garnered a loyal following, cementing his status as a respected figure in the world of podcasting. Join us as we delve deeper into the creative process of this prolific artist, and gain unique insights into his personal and professional journey. With his unmatched talent and creative prowess, Sincere Luv Da God is a name that is sure to remain at the forefront of the entertainment industry for years to come.
May 06 2023
Are you passionate about podcast production and eager to gain hands-on experience in a dynamic and rapidly expanding industry? Look no further! Necessary Blackness Podcast is seeking a highly motivated and dedicated intern to join our team and contribute to our continued success.
Under the expert guidance of Rahiem Shabazz, renowned podcast host and producer, this internship will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn and grow in a thriving podcasting environment. With our recent surge in popularity, we are expanding the show to two days a week, making it an exciting time to be part of our team.
Capture each episode on video: Learn how to utilize multiple cameras to enhance the visual quality and engagement of our podcast episodes.
Video editing: Gain hands-on experience in editing podcast videos, ensuring a polished final product that captivates our audience.
Thumbnail design: Develop skills in creating eye-catching thumbnails that entice viewers and accurately represent the essence of each episode.
Syndication to audio streaming services: Acquire knowledge on how to effectively distribute our podcast episodes to top audio streaming platforms, reaching a wider audience.
- Strong interest in podcast production and a desire to learn from industry professionals.
- Solid foundation in media studies or a related field.
- Experience in video production and editing is preferred.
- Creative mindset with excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
This internship will provide you with valuable insights and practical skills in podcast production, video editing, design, and syndication. You will be an integral part of our team, contributing to the growth and success of Necessary Blackness Podcast.
To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in the position to [email protected] In your cover letter, highlight your relevant experience, passion for podcasting, and why you believe you would be an asset to our team.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join a vibrant podcasting community and gain firsthand experience in the industry. Apply now and take the first step towards an exciting career in podcast production!
Application Deadline: May 22, 2023
Internship Duration: June 1st –
For more information, visit our website at
or contact us at 404-484-2706
Pay: Small Stipend Per Episode
Apr 14 2023
Kristin Henning, an author and advocate for children, joins Rahiem Shabazz in a discussion about her latest book, “The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.” During their conversation, Kristin sheds light on America’s irrational and unfounded fear of Black youth, which has led to a long history of unjust arrests and wrongful convictions of Black individuals in the country. Shabazz delves into the stories of some of the most infamous cases, including the Scottsboro Boys, Emmett Till, and the Central Park Five. Listeners are encouraged to tune in with an attentive ear to gain a deeper understanding of this important issue.
Apr 03 2023
Necessary Blackness Ep: 154 – ‘The Council of Mothers’ Takes a Stand Against Mushroom Misuse and Tantric Healers’ Inappropriate Touch
There is a pressing issue concerning men, in the so-called consciousness community using mushrooms 🍄 for plant medicine ceremonies, often as a date rape drug, alongside tantric healers exploiting tantric massages to inappropriately touch women. However, Kajara Nebthet has provided insights on the matter, detailing the proactive measures her and ‘The Council of Mothers’ are taking to eliminate this problem and support women in their quest for justice.