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Necessary Blackness Ep: 137 – Black Male Doula Becomes Advocate For Black Women

From advocating for social justice in the streets to Hospitals and Birth Centers, Moorish Chef speaks to Necessary Blackness Podcast about being a Male Doula, the Spiritual Nature of giving birth, and the holistic process a mother goes through when delivering the greatest gift to the world.

Necessary Blackness EP 136- America’s Favorite Dad Released From Prison #BillCosby

The release of Bill Cosby due to prosecutorial misconduct is not a technicality. Only those not educated on legalese, also known as legal jargon, will say #BillCosby was let out on a technicality

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Necessary Blackness Ep: 135 – White Oppression Black Trauma: An Afrocentric Approach To Healing

Elementary Genocide, Rahiem Shabazz, Necessary Blackness Podcast,

Necessary Blackness Podcast host Rahiem Shabazz talks with High Heals about intergenerational trauma. High Heals is a modern day Sharman known for being an energy healer who brings high energy vibrations to the collective. We also spoke about so-called Relationship Coach Kevin Samuels and his definition of high value men and this is what she had to say…

Necessary Blackness Ep: 132 – No Address Documentary

Rahiem Shabazz will sit-down with Director Caletta Harris for a one-on-one interview to discuss her award-winning documentary series, “No Address” and the criminalization of homelessness. We will also disclose some of the proven tactical solutions, us as a community can do to end this ongoing crisis.

Necessary Blackness Ep: 130- Clearing The Air w/ Special Guest Jade

Rahiem Shabazz interviews Special Guest Jade to discuss the “Clear The Air” initiative and fight against anti-black racism. We also will discuss political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal who recently caught COVID-19 and the movement underway to free him from incarceration.

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Necessary Blackness Ep: 115 – Self-Care When Dealing With A Narcissist

In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Co-Host Marci Li talks about being in a relationship with a narcissist, why she took a hiatus from social media and what are the tell-tale signs to know you’re involved with a narcissist. The author and co-host goes into great details about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) and why it’s such a stigma in the Black Community.

 

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

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”.

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.

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.

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