There can be few places more unlikely than Attica state penitentiary to hear someone say they are a “hopeless optimist.” But there i was sitting in front of Jalil Muntaqim as he shot that big sincere smile as he said it. He was assuring me that we will figure out the problems facing us – broadly speaking, the endless shifts imperialism makes to sustain itself – organize around that clarity and make the world livable for everyone. “I may not see it in my lifetime,” he said, “though i once thought i would. But we will win.” It may indeed need more than his lifetime but no one can say he hasn’t spent that lifetime trying to make it happen. And paying a heavy price for it.
Sam Jam, co-host with Soul Rebel of the hot new Roots, Rock, Reggae show in Takoma Park, MD WOWD 94.3 FM, interviewed me today about Black August. It was a fun, kids-friendly discussion of that history!
In this special episode of iMiXWHATiLiKE! we feature WombWork Productions. For nearly two decades they have provided Afrikan-Centered social change theatre and performance art for the Baltimore community.
Last night, August 1, word broke that our next guest, long time activist, Ajamu Baraka had been selected by the Jill Stein campaign to be her vice-presidential running mate for the Green Party’s nomination for president of the united states. So we of course wanted to hear from the man himself once again.
Dr. Rob Biko Baker and Rosa Clemente joined us for a discussion of Baker’s White People Meter, that method of election analysis, its prediction of a Trump victory and what our response or next steps should be.
In this edition of imixwhatilike! we spend a day in the life of explaining, discussing and debating what i call The Myth of Black Buying Power. The myth claims Black America has more than $1 trillion in annual spending power which confuses many about the nature of capitalism, economic inequality or the meaning of “power” itself.