Dr. Thomas Stanley joined us to discuss his new book The Execution of Sun Ra and Dr. Anyabwile Love was with us to discuss his doctoral research on John Coltrane. Among other things we discussed the fraudulence of the genre “jazz,” the depth and breadth of African music and cultural expression, intergalactic thought and spirituality, […]
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Today we were joined by Mwariama Kamau to commemorate the 1ooth anniversary of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.). The Honorable International Organizer, Mwariama Dhoruba Kamau The Honorable Mwariama D Kamau was born and raised in the Banneker City Metropolitan Area (Washington, DC) and first introduced to the Universal Negro Improvement Association and […]
The Killer Bs squad was on hand today to reset the context of the 4th of July to center the experiences of African people and radical political workers. We heard from the Cornel West Theory, Akala and Pharoahe Monch plus aired a portion of our extended conversation with Marshall Eddie Conway about the meaning of […]
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. Conway, a former head of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, was only recently […]
Happy Birthday Kwame Ture; Brazil, World Cup Politics; and Hip-Hop In Focus w Omar Akbar and Jimmie Thomas
In this edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! we paid tribute to Kwame Ture, talked Brazil, the World Cup and Black Politics with Dr. Ollie Johnson and then talked hip-hop with Jimmie Thomas of the Curators of Hip-Hop and Omar Akbar aka Labtekwon.
We collected another in our series of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement oral histories with Lumumba Bandele and then talked with Rosa Clemente about the 10th anniversary of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. Hear also our previous discussion, Women Tell the Untold Story of the Rise and Fall of the Hip-Hop Political Convention.
Listen to an interview with writer, activist and academic Jared Ball speaking on I Mix What I Like! – A Mixtape Manifesto, a book published by AK Press, addressing the political roots of the hip-hop mixtape. In this discussion Jared explores ways that mixtape culture is a part of emancipatory political struggles and the ways […]
Dr. Hate hosted this edition of the show and carried on a fascinating discussion with Queens native Baba Chad of our pre-recorded interview with Ron Lawrence and his film Founding Fathers: The Untold Story of Hip-Hop.
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.
Ron Lawrence joined us for a discussion of his film Founding Fathers: The Untold Story of Hip-Hop which expands conventional histories of hip-hop beyond the Bronx and beyond the imposition of genres.
Radical Politics, Prisoners and Culture w Dead Prez, Dhoruba bin-Wahad, Claude Marks, Head-Roc, Doc Hate
This was another great edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! We had M1 of Dead Prez, Head-Roc, Dr. Hate, Claude Marks of the Freedom Archives and Dhoruba bin-Wahad all discussing radical politics, culture and political prisoners! We paid tribute to the Cuban 5, Yuri Kochiyama, Mabel Williams, Fred Ho and others while updating bin-Wahad’s police brutality case and […]
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 […]
Herb Boyd joined us with an update on the soon-to-be-published Diaries of Malcolm X, Liz Derias gave us her oral history of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and we paid tribute to Sam Greenlee, Elombe Brath, John Judge, Vincent Harding and more.
In this special edition of iMiXWHATiLiKE! we took to a celebration of what would be Malcolm X’s 89th birthday (May 19) by gathering some oral histories of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) with organization veterans and founders Monifa Bandele and Dr. Akinyele Umoja. We then turned to an important exchange on the concept of […]
Amiri Baraka’s Son Becomes Mayor of Newark, New Jersey By Earning It AN ELECTION ANALYSIS By Todd Steven Burroughs NEWARK, N.J.—Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries Tuesday night to become the next mayor of his father’s city. How he did it was no […]
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Maimouna Youssef joined us for this hour! What else is there to say? As Dr. Hate put it, today was truly a “MF” day! Mumu Fresh radio! We know you will enjoy her music, discussion and special show-closing freestyle (video below)! Interview with iMiXWHATiLiKE! Freestyle!
Ras Baraka, Son of Famed Poet Amiri Baraka, Fights a Historic Tide in Newark Mayoral Race By Todd Steven Burroughs SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – History keeps colliding with the present as Ras Baraka, a Newark city councilperson and city school principal, is exactly one week away from finding out if he will become mayor […]
Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson joined us to discuss Donald Sterling and her article “The Sterling Shuffle: Unpacking White Jewish Racism.” Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is the author of “Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles,” “Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, the Values Wars and the recently released book “Godless Americana: Race and Religious […]
Joe Torres joined us today to discuss the threat to internet freedom and what this means particularly for communities of so-called “color.” Torres is Senior External Affairs Director at FreePress and advocates in Washington, DC to ensure that this country’s media policies serve the public interest and builds coalitions to broaden the media reform movement’s […]
Dr. Iyelli Ichile of Temple University joined us for this edition of Inside the SGJC Studio* to discuss her approach to African identity formation and spirituality. *Inside the SGJC Studio is a new student-driven television project from the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University.
Shortly after his release from a 44+ year prison sentence Marshall “Eddie” Conway joined us for this edition of Inside the SGJC Studio.* Dominque Stevenson was also on hand along with two special guests from her Friend of a Friend prison program. *Inside the SGJC Studio is a new student-driven television project from the School […]
In this fascinating presentation from D.O.P.E. 2014 Dr. Mark Bolden honors Tata K.K. Bunseki Fu-Kiau with a wide-ranging and powerful look at African perspectives on health, hip-hop and community. Kotuswa mu Bukulu: The ancestralization of Tata Kimbandwe Kia Bunseki Fu-Kiau* by Mark A. Bolden, Ph.D. Washington DC Metro Chapter ABPsi The Fanon Project Trinity Washington University […]
A few weeks ago I raised the question on Twitter with 9th Wonder asking whether or not a song that titles itself about a historical figure but contains zero content about that person should be called an “ode.” I thought the song “Betty Shabazz” produced by 9th and performed by Rapsody was dope but just […]
We pay tribute to the late Chokwe Lumumba by reposting this classic speech of his from African Liberation Day in Washington, DC 2008.
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 […]
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 […]
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: – […]