“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.”
Dr. Thomas Stanley joined us to discuss his new book The Execution of Sun Ra and Dr. Anyabwile Love was with us to discuss his doctoral research on John Coltrane. Among other things we discussed the fraudulence of the genre “jazz,” the depth and breadth of African music and cultural expression, intergalactic thought and spirituality, as well as, the continuities between “jazz” (or what Tom Porter more accurately refers to as “African American Classical Music“) and hip-hop. All this and much more on this week’s iMiXWHATiLiKE!
As another July 4th weekend approaches we thought it appropriate to honor the views of Frederick Douglass by sitting down with Marshall Eddie Conway and Dominque Stevenson for an updated discussion of the holiday from the perspective of the enslaved. Marshall, a former head of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, was only recently released from our modern-day system of enslavement after serving as one this country’s longest-held political prisoners. He and Ms. Stevenson joined us to discuss the 4th of July as context for his and others’ imprisonment and the work the two are engaged in response.
In this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! we paid tribute to Kwame Ture, talked Brazil, the World Cup and Black Politics with Dr. Ollie Johnson and then talked hip-hop with Jimmie Thomas of the Curators of Hip-Hop and Omar Akbar aka Labtekwon.
Listen to an interview with writer, activist and academic Jared Ball speaking on I Mix What I Like! – A Mixtape Manifesto, a book published by AK Press, addressing the political roots of the hip-hop mixtape. In this discussion Jared explores ways that mixtape culture is a part of emancipatory political struggles and the ways mixtapes can speak to contemporary struggles facing African-Americans and colonized peoples. Also this interview highlights the ways in which mixtape culture is linked to historical African-American traditions of activist radio.
Mumu Fresh was Live@5 June 10, 2014 on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC! She and John Pollard did a wonderful live set and interview. Also, hear our previous interview with Maimouna Youssef here and find her work at mumufresh.com.
his was another great edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! We had M1 of Dead Prez, Head-Roc, Dr. Hate, Claude Marks of the Freedom Archives and Dhoruba bin-Wahad all discussing radical politics, culture and political prisoners! We paid tribute to Yuri Kochiyama, Mabel Williams, Fred Ho and others while updating bin-Wahad’s police brutality case and the ignoble involvement in that case of the NAACP and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. All this plus a dope show-closing freestyle cipher session!
iMiXWHATiLiKE! particularly off the hook this week as we had Dr. Hate and the legendary Dj RBI in the studio for a discussion of and tribute to DC hip-hop history! This was definitely a part one of many as one hour is simply not enough time to even scratch the surface but we did feature Head-Roc, Oddisee, Asheru, Team Demolition, Kev Brown, Dj Roddy Rod, Maimouna Youssef, The Cornel West Theory, The Els, Akil Nadir (rest in peace!), Kokayi, Opus Akoben, Godsilla, Diamond District, yU and more!
Shortly after his release from a 44+ year prison sentence Marshall “Eddie” Conway joined us for this edition of Inside the SGJC Studio.* Dominque Stevenson was also on hand along with two special guests from her Friend of a Friend prison program.
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iMiXWHATiLiKE! Emancipatory Journalism and Broadcasting