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My mom, Hattie Neal, is 92 now. She and I discussed events from her youth in the 1920's and 30's all the way up to the civil rights movement in the 1960s. We talked about what it was like to grow up in the rural South with her brothers, who went to CC Camp and later migrated North to Detroit. We discussed Tent City in Fayette County, Tennessee, which was a settlement former Black sharecroppers who were evicted by angry white landowners when they registered to vote. At the end of this tape, my mother shares interesting news about a KKK march through our neighborhood that you probably never heard about or imagined.
It was delightful to spend time this evening conversing with Mama instead of making reports about recent brutality and deaths under the color of law that I normally discuss. Alexyss K. Tylor did not broadcast at Human Rights Demand tonight as scheduled, but Mama and I had a grand time. You are invited to play the tape and join us.
Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, and it never will. ~F. Douglass
Tune into episode #6, on Tuesday, January 20th at 4pm. It's a new secular year, with new moon in Aquarius and another Mercury Retrograde riding her coattails. The Republic is ready to roll, come what may - broadcasting from Radiodress' new apartment in the century old, Garden City-style Spruce Street co-op, just up the street from Regent Park.
This month, we're thinking about home in all its shapes: housing stability/precarity, nation-states and our sacred temple-bodies. We're paying homage across the winter airwaves to the 4 and counting deaths of homeless folks in Toronto. We're longing for a progressive Jewish articulation of diaspora and how violence in Paris doesn't have to translate into support for the Zionist project. We're trying trying trying to open our hearts, and make a move to heal through our communities, our interconnectedness and some fine transformative beats.
Listen in for:
- a conversation with the inimitable Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha, aka brownstargirl on her explosively successful Healing Justice for Black Lives Matter project
- from the Archive: Fannie Lou Hamer's transcendent deputation at the 1968 Democratic convention in which she shared the realities of what Freedom Summer meant to black woman, workers and sharecroppers and why registering to vote humanized her and her comrades
- a handmade, homemade DJ set by Toronto's own DJ Mama Knows, mashing up the plethora of new music coming from the Black Lives Matter movement
- readings from Coco Fusco on Cuban artist Tania Bruguera's recent detention; poetry by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair; music from tUne-yArDs and more...
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Acclaimed Author Min’imah Shaheed will discuss Uniting the Family in the 21st Century on Thursday show. Min’imah Shaheed grew up on a farm in Arkansas with her mother, father, and nine siblings who were all sharecroppers. Advancing to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she went back to school after getting married and rearing seven children. Mrs. Shaheed is also the proud grandmother of ten, and has six great grandchildren. She was a factory worker before going back to school. She was employed there for 10 years and everyday she said that she was going to quit. A thought would bombard her mind, such as: “You’re supposed to be helping human beings and not getting someone rich.” Each day she noticed that she was getting sicker by the moment. This condition progressed over time; eventually causing Mrs. Shaheed to quit her job.
With a thirst for knowledge, at age 40, Mrs. Shaheed went back to school to advance her skills in basic academics. In the process, one of her instructors in her reading class asked her “To get her G.E.D. and go into the college crossover program.” Mrs. Shaheed said, “Oh no, I can’t do college work!” And his reply was, “Oh yes you can.” The math instructor said, “Mrs. Shaheed, you have great potential.” She replied, “Where.” He replied, “You have to bring them out.” So that motivated her to continue with her education. She set her goals by age 50; she would have her G.E.D. Associate and a Bachelor Degrees by age 50. But she accomplished them at 49. Mrs. Shaheed said, “Returning back to school was the best part of her life. She met many wonderful instructors and professors whom she felt helped her build self-confident.She received her Associate Degree in Human Services at Milwaukee Area Technical College and her Bachelors at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Priceless wisdom was handed down to me be my elders, southerners born in the late 1800s and early 20th century who migrated North, who were sharecroppers and domestic workers, business owners, medical professionals etc.
They made it easy for me to thrive. My childhood was charmed as a result. I learned and played hard with no interruption. I truly am a child of MLK's "Dream".
Just this morning I read about young black feminists who said they would/would not "march" for Eric Garver because "'nuff black women out here providing soft landings for your b!tch @sses, I am not one of them".
Obviously there is more going on here than the murder of a man that many of us saw lately via a passerby and his camcorder. The situations involving the two women, one dead one not, mentioned in this show are not as cut and dry as Eric Garver or even Trayvon Martin.
Wicked Farmers is a case involving an old Farmer who after he had built-up his father’s farm, unwittingly sublet it to a couple of crooked sharecroppers who plotted to steal it from him.
One sunny morning an old panhandler collapsed in front of Marshal Bailey in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Marshal Bailey called for an ambulance and wound up riding with the old man to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, Marshal Bailey learned the old man’s life story, as he clung to his last breath.
The old man asked Marshal Bailey to restore his good name, and his daughter’s inheritance, which was the land his father gave him.
His only child Sara, an up and coming attorney turned her back on him after he lost his wealth by trusting in other people.
Sara an aspiring attorney now works for the law firm that represented the Sharecroppers who plotted and stole the panhandlers fathers, her grandfather’s, land.
Once involved, Marshal Bailey finds himself in a joint investigation concerning the daughter’s law firm that may lead to her arrest while he is attempting to reclaim her inheritance, and restore her love for her dead father.
Slavery after the "Emancipation" Pastor Edward Griffin will share his life experience as a former sharecropper in Anquilla, Ms. Join Ines Soto-Palmarin, Co-Founder of Gathering of Hearts as she discuss her views concerning the Mississippi Delta Poverty Tour with our listeners.
THIRTEEN's American Masters Series Presents the First Film Biography of Writer/Activist Alice Walker in Honor of her 70th Birthday and Black History Month. Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth premieres nationally Friday, February 7 at 9 p.m. (eastern) on PBS. American Masters - Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth charts Walker's inspiring journey from her birth into a family of sharecroppers in Eatonton, Ga. to the present. Pratihba Parmar, is the film maker of this insightful bio-documentqry. She joins us to discuss more details about the film.
The Elaine Race Riot, also called the Elaine Massacre, occurred September 30, 1919 in the town of Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas, where Approximately 100 African-American farmers, led by Robert L. Hill, the founder of the Progressive Farmers and Household Union of America, met at a church. The purpose was "to obtain better payments for their cotton crops from the white plantation owners who dominated the area during the Jim Crow era. Black sharecroppers were often exploited in their efforts to collect payment for their cotton crops.
The United States of America has many institutions that lead the way in medical research, but unfortunately, advances in medicine have come at the expense of Black Americans and feeble citizens of America. In 1932, U.S. Public Health Service enrolled 600 impoverished, Black American sharecroppers from Macon County, Alabama in a study of the ravages of untreated syphilis. This clinical study was funded by the United States government and maintained for 40 years ( between 1932 and 1972) in Tuskegee, Alabama to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural black men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Center for Disease Control. The study continued under numerous US Public Health Service supervisors during the 40-year period even after it had been demonstrated that penicillin cured syphilis. US Public Health Service paid local doctors not to treat black men enrolled in the Syphilis Experiment. It took public outcry to initiate the closure of the study after reading about the “experiment” in the New York Times. The Syphlis Experiment at Tuskegee terminated on November 16, 1972.
Henrietta Lacks was an African American woman who went to Johns Hopskins University Medical Center for gynecologic treatment. Tissue was taken from Ms. Lacks without her consent, was grown in the laboratory and now serves as the control for cell culture research systems around the world. Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 from cervical cancer, a very poor woman, and was buried in a grave without a tombstone. Johns Hopkins Medical Center has made billions of dollars from the propagation and sale of the human tissue cell line, "HeLa cells" grown from Henrietta Lacks. In 1970 Henrietta Lacks died and was buried in an unmarked grave and has never been recognized for her contribution to the advancement of science worldwide.
Honoring Emmett Till on his birthday, July 25, 2013
Will be the Battle siblings, Thelma and Robert who used to live in the same house Emmett was dragged from in East Money Mississippi.
Join TRIBE Family Channel and host Joey Pinkney for another episode of ‘Voices of Wisdom’ with former sharecroppers of East Money, Mississippi, Dr. Thelma Battle Buckner and her brother Bishop Robert Battle.
Dr. Buckner shares how her family navigated periods of deep-seeded racism in her new release, "The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare." Faith, finesse and a lot of fortitude kept their family year after year, when the way of the south cheated them as black sharecroppers unapologetically, murdered their grandmother and even stole their inheritance-80 acres of oil and mineral rich land. The Battle of a Daytime Nightmare www.thelmabattlebuckner.com
Moreffa returns. Ronnie & co. discuss Wiz Khalifa's arrest, Lil Wayne's road home, the Oscar Grant verdict, and our own plan for organized civil disobedience against financial slavery. EBT Shawty hits the longest home run of the season to date. Anthony Hamilton, we're sorry, bro.
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