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

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.