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"Arts and Activism on the Air" is a radio show produced by AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. (a communications agency established 1993 by April R. Silver). "Arts and Activism on the Air" (#AAAOTA) features insightful chats from people who live and work as progressive artists and/or activists. Topics range from arts and culture to social justice, with a special focus on how these topics connect. Launched in 2010, AAAOTA produced monthly shows for nearly 2 years, took a hiatus, and returned to production, unceremoniously, in September 2014 Host: APRIL R. SILVER, social entrepreneur, writer.

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Attorney Esmeralda Simmons, Founding Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY (Brooklyn, NY) discusses the shooting and killing of Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson in... more

"Being born in 1974 set me on a course to come of age as a person cloaked in the international phenomenon that Afrika Bambaataa would name Hip-hop. Its infectious elements of graf writin', dee-jayin', breakin', emceein', and knowledge... more

Tune in to hear award-winning documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt talk about his love of making films, how he got started, and and why he explores the topics that he does. His break-through film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and... more

Obi Egbuna is a founding member of the Pan-African Liberation Organization and is also the technical advisor for the Pan-African Student Youth Movement. he also writes for the Zimbabwe Herald. For more than 15 years, Obi has dedicated his... more

STACEY MUHAMMAD is an award-winning independent filmmaker and activist committed to using the power of media to educate, enlighten, and empower humanity. Her first film, ?A Glimpse of Heaven, The Legacy of the Million Man... more

BIRTH OF A MOVEMENT: The 20th Anniversary of the Nation's First Hip Hop Conference. A conversation with CEEON QUIETT, TIMOTHY D. JONES, and APRIL R. SILVER Back in the fall of 1990, a handful of students at Howard... more

Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets is the featured guest for National Poetry Month (2011). Abiodun is a revered poet, teacher, and founding member of the legendary poetry ensemble The Last Poets. The group was created in 1968 on... more

ESTHER ARMAH is an award-winning international journalist, playwright, author, and producer. She also hosts "Wake Up Call" on WBAI Radio 99.5FM, the popular morning drive talk show (heard by 19 million listeners in the NY, NJ,... more

We couldn't get it all in the firt time around so right after the February 27th show, we secured Nana Camille Yarbrough for a follow-up interview. Tune in on Thursday, March 3, 2011 for a special Woman's History Month program featuring... more

Performance artist, author, and cultural activist Nana Camille Yarbrough joins us on our return from hiatus. A living legend among us, Nana Camille's artistry has manifested in film, television, on the Broadway stage, on the airwaves, and on... more
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