“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.”
In this first dose recorded earlier in the year, Vitamin D sat down with Media and Communication theorist, political activist and radio DJ Dr. Jared A. Ball from the I Mix What I Like podcast. Dr. Ball was gracious enough to tell us about his personal journey of politicization, his subsequent projects attempting to apply his knowledge and expertise within media to anti-colonial and freedom movements in the United States, and the nature and severity of the obstacles he has faced, and still is facing, within the established media power structure. Along the way we touched on the political and pedagogical legacies of the recently deceased Amiri Baraka and Stuart Hall, the concept of emancipatory journalism, and pondered whether ‘Media’ in general can be decolonized in 2014.
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.
The real and permanent Black Fist Friday returned this past week for more on Black August and the Garvey Movement. Dr. Hate hosted this powerful roundtable with Queen Mother Mariamne Samad a lifelong member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) who shared her experience in that organization, knowing both Amy Jacques and Amy Ashwood Garvey, Malcolm X and grandson Tupac Shakur. Also at the table was Dr. Quito Swan of Howard University and UNIA-ACL international organizer Mwariama Kamau.
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.
Dr. Tamara Nopper joined us to discuss her work and views on Yuri Kochiyama and Asian-Black radical politics. We discussed Kochiyama, Grace Lee Boggs, Jeff Chang, Fred Ho, Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, Black/White, Black/Anti-Black binaries and much more! We also talked briefly with Ruffmic of Precise Science and his work in Tubman City (aka Baltimore).
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.
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.
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!
iMiXWHATiLiKE! Emancipatory Journalism and Broadcasting