During the month of #blackaugust we expresses solidarity Black political prisoners and prisoners of war. It’s supposed to be a month of sacrifice and self-discipline. From the outset it was aimed at strengthening the Black freedom struggle, within and beyond the walls of prisons. It’s a commemoration, not a celebration. #BlackAugust #PoliticalPrisoners #GeorgeJackson #JonathanJackson #mumia
May 07 2020
In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, we speak with Bekura Wallah Shabazz about Child Protective Services (CPS) illegal kidnapping of her granddaughter Sevyn and how they ignored the law, violate constitutional rights and fabricated evidence with a brazen arrogance totally without fear of reprimand, reprisal or consequences for their illegal actions.
We talked about how Black children are being taken away from their parents by CPS far more often than white children, reflecting a racial disparity in the system that harks back to the days when African children were kidnapped from their homeland and parents to be brought to America. We discussed the financial incentive to placed children in foster care and why transracial adoption is harmful to black children.
The foster care system is just a holding place for children until they are old enough to go to prison. One of the earlier founders of Child Welfare now known as the Foster Care system was Charles Loring Brace, a racist Neanderthal who stated: “the purpose was to prevent these dangerous classes from exploding into rage against the rue of capital”. The premise of foster care has not changed and is a national crisis for all to be concerned about
Jul 19 2019
In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, we discuss the Justice Department announcement that it would not be pursuing federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer accused of fatally choking Eric Garner, who was approached by police for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. The decision was apparently made by Attorney General William Barr himself after the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division favored an indictment while a competing faction in the New York office felt otherwise.
The announcement on Tuesday, five years after the incident, was nothing short of a disgrace. It’s a complete abdication of responsibility, and a slap in the face to any notion of justice, particularly for Black victims.
We also talk about the imprisonment of A$AP Rocky in Sweden and why the majority of Black America is not coming to his rescue. And last but not least we want to pay our respect to Sadie Roberts-Joseph, The 75-year-old community leader and founder of the city’s African American Museum who was brutally murdered in Baton Rouge.
Jan 09 2019
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 2018
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.
Sep 05 2018
Necessary Blackness Podcast sits dowin with Andre Norman, who is known to many as The Ambassador Of Hope, Andre’s experience and expertise is what empowers him to help people turn their situation around. Andre travels around the world to serve as a mentor and listening ear for so many in need. He has made an impact working in the countries of Honduras, Bahamas, Sweden, Guatemala, Liberia & Trinidad. With inclusion being the center of his solution based efforts.
From illiteracy to gang activity, Andre’s childhood prepared him for nothing less than a life of crime and violence. This behavior eventually led Andre to be sentenced to over 100 years in prison. A natural-born leader, he quickly rose to the top of the prison gang where he managed gang activities from within the confines of a maximum security prison. During his 2 year stay in solitary confinement. Andre had an “epiphany” and he made the decision to turn his life around. He had a simple dream, attend Harvard University and become successful.
Jul 25 2018
In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz speaks to Born King Allah to discuss “Prison, Power & Persecution” and the 16 victories, in 16 different states, the National Office of Cultural Affairs was able to obtain in its fight to have the Nation of Gods & Earths recognized as a God Centered Culture, and not a designated gang, or security threat that prison officials erroneously used to paint a false narrative. Born King Allah shows and proves how he was able to convince a judge that the New York Department of Corrections motives consisted of deception and fraud.
In the 2nd half of our interview, Born King Allah talks about the misconception of mainstream media and individuals who associate others with being a member of the 5% Nation when they have no affiliations with us, other than studying our teachings. Born King issues a stern warning to Star of Star In The Morning for fasely accusing Charlamagne Tha God of being a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths.
Jun 07 2017
In this episode of Necessary Blackness Podcast, Rahiem Shabazz sits down with Brandi Davis to talk about her time in prison and the cautionary tale she espouse to educate the youth ,so they don’t get caught up in the drug culture and lifestyle.
Brandi Davis was raised in a middle class community in Detroit. Despite being a first time, non-violent offender in the drug trade, Brandi was sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison.
Since her release, Davis has been gainfully employed and reunited with her son. She has garner media attention with her telling and poignantly written book, “The High Price I Had To Pay”.
Brandi Davis, seeks to continue education the youth about the perils of the underworld and how to live a positive lifestyle, by impacting others through her recently released book and upcoming speaking engagements.
She can be reached via Instagram at @FreePrettyGirls and on Facebook at Brandi Davis
Apr 12 2017
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