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  • 01:37

    Trans Racial: The Rachel Dolezal Controversy

    in Entertainment

    Rachel Dolezal has brought a term to her pretending to be black controversy which caused her to have to resign her new position as leader of the NAACP in Spokane Washington. She has used the term Trans-Racial and speaks about her identity in similar terms as a transgender person does. She speaks of at the age of 5 years old coloring with the brown crayon instead of the peach crayon. She says that she "identifies" herself as a black woman and not a white woman.



    So what is trans-racial? 
    Is this a real term? Or did Ms. Dolezal just make it up?
    Can a Black person identify with being white even if they are very dark skinned?
    What are your thoughts on Rachel Dolezal?


    We will discuss this and more on tonight's topic! 


    JOIN THE CONVERSATION!! On Twitter use the hashtag: #CrystalShowTalk


    Also Tonight we will have Author, Lena Clark, who will discuss her book "An Amazing Mind" on the show. Lena Germaine Clark, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) employee suffered an unexpected shock - the suicide death of her husband. This tragic incident compelled her to write her fact-based, educational memoir entitled, An Amazing Mind.

  • 01:55

    The Racial Divide: With “Southern Rites” Filmmaker, Gillian Laub

    in Culture

    Gillian Laub is a photographer/artist/filmmaker of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary, “Southern Rites”.  Gillian Laub first visited Mt. Vernon, Georgia, in 2002 to photograph the community’s segregated homecoming celebrations. Seven years later, after multiple visits to the area, the New York Times Magazine ran a photo essay, “A Prom Divided,” that documented Georgia’s Montgomery County High School’s racially segregated prom. Not surprisingly, the series generated national outrage that lead to the integration of the proms.


    As the film unraveled, there became more to the intended story of this small town in Georgia…


    A 22 year old black man, Justin Patterson, was shot and killed by Norman Neesmith, a white man who was living nearby in Toombs County.  


    With continued tensions of racial divide, this tragedy changed the course of Gillian’s documentary. 


    On this episode, we’re going to sit down with Gillian Laub to discuss her amazing film, “Southern Rites” and what she sees as a future for this country when it comes to the Racial Divides that affect us nationwide, and not just in the south. 


    Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:00pm PST/10:00pm CST/11:00pm EST. 


    We invite you to listen by phone and comment by calling (646)200-3148.  Or listen online and join the chatroom conversation here on Blog Talk Radio, or from the Hot Topics Talk Radio website at www.hottopicstalkradio.com/hottopicstalkradio. 


    *The Hot Topics Talk Radio Network is sponsored by Shades of Afrika, A&L Family Restaurant and SPMG Media.  For additional information regarding our sponsors and their products, go to www.hottopicstalkrad

  • 02:38

    Elijah Hamilton on "Abolishing the System of White Supremacy" & Racial Healing

    in Politics Progressive

    We at The Social Spitball Show always seek to share the truth in stories and perspectives that are not being shared by the national and even regional or local media. Racism in the United States of America has a long history and there are those that seek a "post-racist" America. Our featured guest for this show is one of the leaders in those efforts.


    Elijah Hamilton, a native Californian & Oakland resident, describes himself as a freelance antiracism educator. In one particular video, Elijah, a white American, describes "Why Most White People Don't Speak Out Against Racism" (also the title of the video). You can find this video and others at his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AntiRacistUnity/videos. Elijah can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter using the handle AntiRacistUnity.


    In his videos on this YouTube channel and through videos and posts on Facebook & Twitter, he seeks to educate the masses on the misconceptions that have been drilled into our heads for generations. Elijah, like many smart anti-racist activists & educators, says that we need not spend so much time on individual racists, but to work to take down the Racist System in America.


    As he said in a recent Tweet, "One of the problems with white liberals is that we often care more about proving we're good people, than we do about abolishing the system of white supremacy." That's why more white folks need to stand up and speak out for our sisters and brothers of color, in order to move our nation forward together.


    This is the third in our Racial Healing shows. There is plenty to talk about. It is a very important show and should be a great one!!


    Let's KEEP the conversation going...

  • 00:53

    FREEDOM’S GATE: Juneteenth and Rachel Dolezal's trans-racial dilemma

    in Politics

    Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the landing of Union soldiers at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  The annual celebration Juneteenth was launched to celebrate the end of slavery and the Civil War in the United States.


    This June 19 the nation and blacks may be confronting a new type of end of slavery, thanks to former Spokane, Wash., NAACP president, Rachel Dolezal.


    Dolezal’s decision to change her race from white to black may actually bring an official end to racial hyphenation and ethnic designation in America. And that is something to celebrate


    Join host Kevin Fobbs with his guests Lonnie Poindexter, managing director of the Freedom’s Journal Institute, director of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), in Washington, D.C., and host of the nationally syndicated Freedom’s Journal Radio Show and nationally syndicated radio host Kenneth McClenton. McClenton, who hosts the "Exceptional Conservative Show," served as policy analyst for the DC Financial Authority and ombudsman for the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

  • 01:01

    A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in America - Allyson Hobbs, Ph.D.

    in History

    Rebroadcast


    A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, published by Harvard University Press, examines the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the present.


    Allyson Hobbs is an assistant professor in the history department at Stanford.  She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and she received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago.  She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Stanford.  Allyson teaches courses on American identity, African American history, African American women’s history, and twentieth century American history. She has won numerous teaching awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize.  She has appeared on C-Span and National Public Radio and her work has been featured on cnn.com and slate.com.  

  • 00:31

    Re-Awakening of Racial Hatred in the USA

    in Motivation

    Dylann Storm Roof, 21,was arrested Thursday morning in Shelby,North Carolina for killing nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.  The gunman walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,one of the nation’s oldest Black American congregations dating back to1891, after 8 p.m., and the first call to police came shortly after 9 p.m. The gunman, from the Columbia, S.C., traveled to Charleston, S.C., sat down with parishioners in a prayer meeting for nearly an hour, and then opened fire. 


    Dylann Storm Roof is white and the nine slain people are black; among the dead was  South Carolina State Senator  (Rev.)  Clementa C. Pinckney, pastor of the church.  The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the F.B.I., and the United States Attorney’s Office for South Carolina opened a hate crime investigation into the shooting. The gunman was quoted as saying, “I have to do it; you rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”


    .A survivor of the shooting reported that the gunman asked for the pastor,sat next to Senator  Pinckney during the Bible study,During the shooting, Dylann Storm Roof reloaded his gun five times. J. Todd Rutherford, the minority leader of the State House of Representatives, confirmed that Senator  Pinckney’s sister was also among those killed. 


     

  • 02:35

    Dixon D. White on "White Racial Responsibility" & Racial Healing

    in Politics Progressive

    Quite often, there are people who can be described as "a person for a time such as this."  

    Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and so many others come to mind. Looking back on the context of their times in history, we loft them into super human statuses and forget that they were born like the rest of us and they have died like we all will.

    What unites all of these names from our history is the common trait that they had the courage to stand up, speak up and "ACT UP!!"

    That last phrase Act Up comes from our featured guest for this episode of The #SocialSpitballShow.

    Dixon D. White is a self-described redneck and reformed racist. Dixon has many experiences to draw from to elicit truth about race, which is, in part, that we cannot ignore it away. Dixon calls on fellow White Americans to embrace their "White Racial Responsibility" to speak up and ACT UP when they see racial hurt.

    I personally love the term "Act Up" because it makes me think of a child misbehaving, but also the clever bumper sticker that says that "Well-Behaved Women Never Make History." It's true & fitting because we need to step outside of our "comfort zone" of complacency and condoning of a terrible history of racism and violence in this country.

    This history of racism and violence manifests itself as much today as in the past. Racism is not over. We need to stand up to racism. With courageous folks like Dixon White speaking up and acting up on the subject, we can be sure to bring more healing and common ground.

    Won't you tune in and hear from this amazing & inspiring man and others like him? Barbara and I are excited to get this conversation going...

  • 02:51

    BK Irons, Conscious Comic, on "Racism: Alive and Well" & Racial Healing

    in Politics Progressive

    In what will become an ongoing overall conversation & a series of conversations, Barbara, Bram & The Social Spitball Show have committed to have guests on Racial Healing and related topics at least once a month.

    For the second in our "Racial Healing" series, we have the honor of hosting featured guest BK Irons. BK is what he calls a "Conscious Comic," in that his humor awakens the consciousness of his audience on matters of great importance. It is in this spirit that BK recorded and produced a video called "Now That I've Got Your Attention."


    This video (the audio of which was played during Dixon White's appearance on our show) addresses the very real timeline of the black experience in America from the point-of-view of a black male through history. We will play this again during this episode.

    As with most issues that matter, there is of course a black female experience as well. With Madison Paige and other previous guests calling in, we are sure to get their perspective in a very long journey to equality and, simply, human recognition.

    Please join BK Irons on this very important subject that needs to be brought to light over and over and over again. You will be better for it..I promise.

    I am very grateful for the opportunity. Barbara & I can't wait to get this conversation going...

  • 00:07

    Can The Church Help End The Racial Divide?

    in Radio

    Today we are talking about the different ways the Church can help end the racial divide

  • 00:34

    Blacks and Whites vs Niggas and Crackers...The real racial problem

    in Politics Conservative

    Since that Jackass shot up the church in Charleston, everybody is wanting to place blame on the Confederate flag, right wing politics, black/white relationships in America and racism as the causes.  You have the race pimps loving the attention because it is keeping them relevant of being important. People are shocked that the President used the N word like he is the only president to have said it.  There is not a problem with Americans of different colors, races, and creeds getting along with each other.  There are small segments of the population that don't get along but based on their skin color the majority are lumped into the same category as the minority.  We will have the discussion about race nobody is willing to acknowledge because they don't want to be politically incorrect or labeled a racist (even though the term racist has been overused).  If you are going to be sensitive about the content, check out one of these liberal shows that want to talk about the problem but don't want to talk about the problem. The Supreme Court have decided that the federal government can pay subsidies to the states that have not set up an exchange even though the way the law is written subsidies should be paid. 

  • 00:22

    The advantages of multi-factor authentication

    in Technology

    Authomate CEO, Jeff Schmidt, joins the program to discuss the advantages of multi-factor authentication, why its safer, the different factors used for authentication and why some enterprises have yet to adopt it.