Enemies of the State: Government Surveillance in Communities "of Color"

This event was hosted by the Center for Media Justice and Free Press on December 24th 2013 at Bus Boys and Poets in Washington D.C.

The panel was moderated by Professor Jared Ball of Morgan State University and featured: Dhoruba Bin Wahad (leader of the Black Panther Party), Adwoa Masozi (Bill of Rights Defense Committee), Fahd Ahmed (Desis Rising Up and Moving), Seema Sadanandan (ACLU DC) and Alfredo Lopez (May First People Link).

See also:
Race as Political Context of Surveillance with Tom Porter

Surveilling Our Father w Jamil Muhammad


Hip-Hop Fight Club: Radical Theory, Education, and Practice in and Beyond the Classroom

Originally published: Radical Teacher, No. 97, (Fall) 2013.
Fight Club and Hip-Hop as Radical Theory, Education and Practice

Jared A. Ball

“Bolekaja! … Come on down, let’s fight!” – Marimba Ani1

Introducing… In This Corner…!

Few who have any working knowledge of hip-hop are unaware of the importance battling  plays in all its elements.  Emcees battle, DJs battle, graffiti artists battle, dancers battle, everyone battles.  Well, not everyone, or at least not nearly enough.  If, as has been suggested, “hip-hop journalism” is to be a “sixth”2 element and “hip-hop scholarship” now a “seventh”3 element of hip-hop then they too must truly “Step in the Arena” or “Enta da Stage.”4

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Kwame Ture and Leonard Carson Ball

Surveilling Our Father w Jamil Muhammad

Kwame Ture and Leonard Carson Ball

Pictured: Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Leonard Carson Ball

Recently researchers of the history of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Cincinnati, Ohio turned up FBI – as well as Secret Service and Military Intelligence – surveillance of, among others, our father Leonard C. Ball (pictured here shaking hands with Kwame Ture). Jamil Muhammad and Jared Ball discuss this family legacy and its relationship to contemporary political struggle.

See our follow up discussion with Mr. Tom Porter about his role in the leadership of SNCC and CORE and his reaction to being named as a target in these surveillance files.


The Super Funky Soul Power Hour for October 25, 2013

This week’s edition of The Super Funky Soul Power Hour included recent discussions with Jamil Muhammad about federal government surveillance of our father Leonard C. Ball and our godfather Thomas J. Porter while leadership of the Cincinnati chapters of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Dr. Rickey Vincent about his new book Party Music and the first edition of Live from Channel Zero with Ericka Blount Danois.


Live From Channel Zero w Ericka Blount Danois for October 25, 2013

Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs was on hand to for the launch of our new segment, Live From Channel Zero w Ericka Blount Danois, our new weekly look at “popular culture” from a Black perspective. We three chopped it up about the seminal television program Soul! and the recent Soul Summit, Boardwalk Empire and more!

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Enemies of the State? The Super Funky Soul Power Hour for October 18, 2013

This week we were joined by Joseph Torres of Free Press who talked with us about an upcoming event he is convening, Enemies of the State? Government Surveillance of Communities of Color (October 24, 2013 – Bus Boys and Poets, 14th and V, NW, Washington, DC – event video below).  We then aired an edited version of a very unedited longer discussion with Dhoruba bin-Wahad about his latest essay, Assata Shakur, Excluding the Nightmare After the Dream.  We also dropped a few gems from the recent Wonderful Party hosted by DJ Spinna with guest live appearance from Stevie Wonder himself!

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Assata Shakur, Excluding the Nightmare After the Dream by Dhoruba bin-Wahad

Extending our earlier discussion of Herman Wallace and the Political Context of Black Self-Defense Dhoruba bin-Wahad continued with this frank – and highly explicit* – discussion of the shortcomings of many current strategies chosen by those looking to free political prisoners.  Our conversation picks up with bin-Wahad discussing Alice Walker and much of what he sees as flaws with how well-meaning supporters approach struggles to free of political prisoners, and specifically the exiled Assata Shakur.

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Herman Wallace and the Political Context of Black Self-Defense w Dhoruba bin-Wahad

Dhoruba bin-Wahad joins us again, and for those who don’t know, he is a former member of the Black Panther Party, co-founder of the Black Liberation Army, spent 19 years incarcerated as a political prisoner and remains one of the most important political theorists and analysts of our time.

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