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Freedom through Speech Radio (F.T.S.R) is a bi-weekly program dedicated to allowing anyone and everyone to have a voice through contributing to the discussion surrounding various timely and pertinent issues. Hosted by noted blogger and provocateur extraordinaire RiPPa of the blog The Intersection of Madness & Reality, community activist and academic Professor Max Reddick of the blog soulbrother v.2, and New York based attorney The Janitor of the blog The Urban Politico, you can always expect lively conversation that entertains even as it enlightens.

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Do me a favor, please. Go to the mirror and take a good long look at yourself. What do you see? Take a good look at your facial features, your hair, your body type, the lines in your face, the various scars, and tell me what you see. Are you... more

Where it concerns the criminal justice system and the minority communities—primarily African American and Hispanic, something has changed. Perhaps my experience is unique, but when I was a child, those families in my... more

At one time, the United States of America boasted of the very best educational system in the world. However, of late that system has declined precipitously; we now rank about 10th worldwide. And consider this statistic: A full seventy-five... more

Let me repeat a question that I’ve posed many times before: What is the Black Agenda? I keep hearing about this “Black Agenda,” but as of yet, no one has been able to articulate a cohesive, coherent Black Agenda for me. And on... more

African American history has always fascinated and inspired me. The African American history narrative tells the story of a group of people overcoming against all odds. However, if we examine African American history closely, we find... more

A round table discussion on the relevance “Black Leadership” in the Obama age. Using the recent controversial and very public disagreement between Al Sharpton & Tavis Smiley on national radio, we’ll explore said controversy to expand... more

Who killed Whitley Gilbert? Have all the Boyz left the Hood? The Jacks ain't new anymore, and no one seems to be fighting the power. But we're on the case! This week Max, Rip, and Michele ponder just what happened to all our quality 90's... more

Last January, the world looked on with anticipation at the inauguration of the very first African American president. However, almost one year later, the voices of dissent abound. How do you think President Obama has performed this past... more

Years ago, Charles Barkley made the statement, “I'm not a role model...Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.” Following that statement, intense and pointed debate ensued concerning the actual roles and... more
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