We’ve collected here our Barack Obama Debates Collection which include some of the earliest and most poignant/prescient criticism of the coming presidency from various perspectives from within the Black radical tradition.
Dr. Brian Sims joined us to discuss his “structured dialogue” Fight Club and the D.O.P.E. (Dialogue On Progressive Enlightenment) Conference.
“With the understanding that most college/university curricula train students on how to be assets to society, Fight Club operates from the premise that dominant European society itself is inherently corrupt. Therefore, society—and its attachment to a racist, sexist, patriarchal political economy that debases humans into commodities—must be purposely interrogated and radically challenged to prevent students from unwittingly becoming agents of their own oppression. Fight Club is a free space that promotes and augments this subversive activity through its intense focus on progressive dialogue and radical argumentation.” – Drs. Brian Carey Sims and Lumas J. Helaire / Structured Dialogue in the Black College Classroom
Scenes from the inaugural Fight Club at Morgan State University (9/25/13)
Ward Churchill joined us to discuss the many mythologies that precede the more recent one of Indigenous Peoples “buying power” said recently to be headed toward “$96 billion.” Churchill’s analyses, perspective and example are powerful as is his discussion of the penalties for “calling things by their right name” and the “rotation of culprits routine” that places focus on the flaws of individual leadership and, therefore, allows for systems to perpetuate themselves.
“A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on Indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Churchill has written over 20 books, including Fantasies of the Master Race, Struggle for the Land, On the Justice of Roosting Chickens, From A Native Son, Critical Issues in Native North America, The COINTELPRO Papers, Indians R Us?, Agents of Repression, Since Predator Came, and A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas. Five of his books have received human rights awards.”
In the video: The “Mantan Manifesto” Explained in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000)
Our essay, “Tyler Perry and the Mantan Manifesto,” co-authored with Dr. Baruti Kopano, appears in Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality.
Dr. Umaru Bah is an Associate Graduate Professor of Communication Studies at Morgan State University. His two main areas of scholarship are knowledge management, and measurement of digital social media audience and content. Dr. Bah is currently working on a book exploring the critical link between information management and national development, based largely on data he collected in Sierra Leone during his tenure there as Fulbright scholar in 2011-2012. We discussed his work and what he calls, “digital neo-colonialism.”
Veteran author and journalist Ericka Blount Danois joined us to discuss her new book Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show SoulTrain: Classic Moments.