“i MiX WHAT i LiKE” is borrowed – in phrase and philosophy – from the work of Steve Biko. The collection of Biko’s “Frank Talk” columns titled I Write What I Like is much of the inspiration for the attempt here to blend the traditions of radical broadcasting, the mixtape and Black Consciousness with what Hemant Shah has called “Emancipatory Journalism.”
We took a look this week at recent claims that president Obama has been both good (and bad) for the economy and asked economists Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research and Jeanette Huezo of United for a Fair Economy, “what does this mean for Black people, Brown people and working people?” We then reconnected with author and journalist Ericka Blount Danois for another edition of Live From Channel Zero!
This week Dr. Hate returned to lead our continuing Black August reflections on the history of the Garvey movement. In the discussion were Dr. Ahmed Assalaam, Potentate and Supreme Commissioner of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA); UNIA member, organizer and scholar Baba Tarik Oduno and UNIA-ACL international organizer Mwariama Kamau. Thanks also to Dj Munch for the exclusive Dj Roddy Rod performance of J Dilla’s FTP!
Today we took another look at the killing of Michael Brown and the issue of police violence from the perspective of the Operation Ghetto Storm/Every 28 Hours Report with Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; activist and scholar Rosa Clemente. We also talked about the uprising in Ferguson, MO. in the context of media activism and rights with Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice and Joe Torres of Free Press. And we talked about collective trauma and terrorism with Dr. Marva Robinson president of the St. Louis chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.
In preparation for a presentation* on Ancestral Trauma at the Association of Black Psychologists Conference in Indianapolis in July, Drs. Bolden and Ball sat down for a skype interview with Dr. Maria Eliza Hamilton Bispo de Jesus Abegunde.
There is no "$1 trillion" that Black people are foolishly wasting while avoiding ample opportunities to do better. "Buying power" is a marketing phrase used obscure the true nature of poverty and inequality.