We pay tribute to the late Chokwe Lumumba by reposting this classic speech of his from African Liberation Day in Washington, DC 2008.
Posts by Jared Ball
THE “BLACK MESSIAH” THE LIFE AND ASSASSINATION OF MALCOLM X WHO KILLED HIM AND WHY? A POLITICAL AND HISTORICAL FORUM ON THE 49TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH FEBRUARY 21, 2014 Participants include: JARED BALL, PHD, editor of A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X; BABA ZAK KONDO, PHD, author of Conspiracys: Unraveling the Assassination […]
Hip-Hop is no different than any other cultural expression in that when not organized, “nationalized,” or conscious of its particular use at any given moment, it too can become an extension of an imperial arm. Back on January 15, 2012 a panel was convened to discuss the film Hip-Hop: Furious Rhymes of Change a documentary […]
Update: February 14, 2014 Today’s “What buying power buys African-Americans,” from Marketplace also included me. However, there just is not enough time given here to address the concerns raised or to more appropriately respond to claims/points made. This was the first I heard those claims/points but they speak to existing and severe differences in concepts […]
Dr. Anthony Monteiro joined us to discuss his current fight against his removal from Temple University. Beyond his own struggle Monteiro explains how his forced removal relates to broader struggles of Black liberation, academic freedom and confrontations with power. To learn more and offer your support visit the Justice for Dr. Anthony Monteiro Facebook Page.
*Originally published as a radio commentary 1/25/11 Samuel Yette died last week and the choice he wrote of, a choice long ago reached by this country, is a choice we’ve still not caught up to. It is a choice of this nation to more or less discard an increasingly unnecessary Black population and […]
Defying the Tomb, Defying Illogic Jared A. Ball *Originally published as a radio column 09/20/2011 Earlier this year when we received word of an attempt by Maryland prison officials to ban the recently published book by former Black Panther Party leader and current political prisoner Marshall “Eddie” Conway, we were reminded of the immediacy of […]
Over the years I’ve developed versions of this presentation and have been asked for copies. I just started messing with Prezi and put the latest version there. These are visuals that accompany a discussion of Malcolm X and King‘s actual radical politics and the response of the state and mass media. Here The Washington Post […]
Drs. Todd Steven Burroughs and Hate, The Killer Bs squad were on hand to report back on Amiri Baraka‘s funeral service, Black literature and the prospects for radical thought and organization moving forward. We discussed Baraka and Burroughs’ “Backed Up Book Reviews” of MK Asante, Randall Kennedy, Geoff Wisner and Devorah Heitner. See also: – […]
Dr. Frank Wilderson joined us again to discuss South Africa beyond Mandela, Afro-pessimism, Anti-Blackness, Steve Biko, Chris Hani, Winnie Mandela and more. We talked also about armed struggle, political compromise and suppressed concepts and histories related to South Africa and the world. For our earlier conversations with Dr. Wilderson please visit our archive here […]
The following was initially prepared for what was ultimately a press release from the Institute for Public Accuracy (see below). And let’s not forget the 1999 trial, Coretta Scott King, et al. v. Loyd Jowers, where a jury found that the U.S. government had indeed been involved in the assassination of Dr. King. The […]
Since the publication of my mixtape manifesto there have been a few editorial mistakes that have plagued me. Well, a few months ago word came from the publisher of a small reprint (thanks again everyone for your support!) and a chance for me to make some corrections. For those interested they are below. I do […]
As we have previously argued the Internet is already not the democratizing mass medium many think it to be. But what is coming behind a recent court ruling allowing telecommunications companies to increasingly police internet use will make what currently exists look like pure liberation. Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice joined us […]
Andile Mngxitama of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Azania (“occupied South Africa”) joined us to discuss among other topics: the passing of Tata Nelson Mandela, the film Mandela, what’s next for the youth and African revolution in Azania and the coming 20th anniversary of the official “end” of apartheid. Hear here our previous interview with […]
On October 8, 2008 Amiri Baraka joined us on my then radio show for a rousing debate around his support of Barack Obama. The conversation also included long-time activist and close friend of Baraka Tom Porter and Rosa Clemente the then vice-presidential running mate of Cynthia McKinney nominees of the Green Party. And from Harlem […]
*Originally published September 8, 2010 Lorraine Hansberry once cautioned against an artist seeking to ignore the specific nature of their racial categorization, history and experience. Her point was that to dismiss that particularity with the narrow, anecdotal tale of one’s own success was to damage the potential to interpret the reality of a broader community. To separate the […]
Here is our collection of commentaries, video presentations and mixes (shout out to DJ Sese) on the Dr. King we are encouraged not to know. Dr. MLK Jr.: Struggling Not To Lose Him from BB Digital on Vimeo. August 23, 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. v. Barack Obama […]
Drs. Frank Wilderson and Todd Burroughs joined us this week to commemorate Chris Hani. Hani, South Africa’s most popular leader, was assassinated April 10, 1993. Centering Hani imposes the very questions most fear regarding the direction of South Africa since his death and the current state of what is an international human rights […]
From the website: Cassette started in late 2011 as a Kickstarter campaign, during which time we were fortunate enough to meet our funding goal of $25,000, thanks of course to our wonderful and generous backers. Since then, we’ve been interviewing musicians, collectors, record labels, authors, and historians about the cassette. Scheduled for completion in late 2013, Cassette […]
How and why did Heru become Jesus and Aset become Mary? How is John Coltrane’s “Sheets of Sound” an extension of ancient African wisdom, specifically spiritual mathematics played out through music? All this and more as Dr. Charles Finch joined this week’s Jazz and Justice.* * Originally aired December 31, 2008 Segments from Brother Tehuti come from […]
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS FOR BLACK RADIO On Thursday December 19, 2013 we held “A Gathering of Warriors” organized by The Committee to Save Public Broadcasting (CMS), The United Black Community and The Listening Group. The event celebrated and honored the work of former WPFW 89.3 FM (Pacifica Radio, Washington, D.C.) programmers and staff including Jared […]
These are some of the sounds of the recently held gathering to commemorate those purged from WPFW/Pacifica Radio. In this redux audio collage you’ll hear a freestyle from Kasba, soul sounds from Ka’ba and strong words from Tom Porter and other members of the community. This was just a sample of what occurred, special shout […]
Dr. Ama Biney Editor-In-Chief of Pambazuka News joined us for a discussion of that news outlet, their history, purpose and, in particular, their coverage last month of Kwame Ture. We also talked some about the state of news media and the Western press as they relate to the African world.
Coming on the heels of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton (December 4, 1969) and the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party Bruce Dixon of BlackAgendaReport.com and Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs of DrumsInTheGlobalVillage.com were on hand for a discussion of the academic erasure of […]
Drs. Mark Bolden and Kenneth B. Nunn joined us recently to pay special tribute to the late K. Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau. Fu-Kiau, B.A., M.Ed., M.S. and Ph.D., is an indigenous African teacher, scholar, lecturer, healer and spiritual guide. He is the author of many books including “Simbi-Simbi: Hold Up That Which Holds You Up” (2006), […]
Margaret Kimberley of Freedom Rider and BlackAgendaReport.com and joined us to discuss her recent essay, “Telling the Truth About Nelson Mandela.” We briefly discussed what Mandela is often remembered for rather than what he might be better remembered for having done and sparked.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR SOUNDS FROM THE EVENT ORGANIZED IN RESPONSE TO THIS AND OTHER FORCED REMOVALS FROM WPFW. “I’m never surprised when I’m asked to leave. I’m only surprised by how long I’m allowed to stay.” - Tom Porter Greetings good people, Today i was told by Michelle Price, General Manager of […]
On this week’s edition of The Super Funky Soul Power Hour we paid quick tribute to Nelson Mandela, asked whether or not this show should remain on WPFW 89.3 FM, talked with Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs about The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS documentary, spoke with Ericka Blount Danois and Mums about Kanye […]
This edition of Live From Channel Zero with Ericka Blount Danois featured our discussion with special guest Mums about Kanye West’s recent struggles with the limitations of his celebrity. Where we agreed is that media have largely focused on West’s behavior and not the more important points he raised about race, class and popularity. *There […]
Gilad Atzmon joined us to discuss his critique of “Jewish power,” identity politics and limitations imposed on discussions of these and related topics by “The Left.” The initial purpose for the interview was to discuss Atzmon’s article earlier this year published in Counterpunch, ”From Goldstein to Soros and Beyond Controlled Opposition,” but we went on to […]
Amazon is taking over! Drones, CIA, food and more! Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs talked with us about the latest in tech crazes, media dominance and surveillance.