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Abiodun Oyewole grew up Charles Davis in Queens, NY. Listening to his parents' jazz and gospel records and studying Langston Hughes and other great poets in school helped nurture Oyewole's love of poetry. His mother taught him to "throw [his] voice" by making him recite the Lord's Prayer in their basement so that she could hear him in the kitchen. When he was 15, Charles Davis and a friend went into a Yoruban Temple in Harlem out of curiosity. The Yoruba priest there performed a ceremony with Charles and gave him the name Abiodun Oyewole. He began reading about the Yoruba gods and the significance of one's ancestors, and felt a deep spiritual connection to the religion: "I could say a prayer to my ancestors every morning so they could help me through my life. [That] made all the sense in the world to me." The Last Poets were born on May 19, 1968, when David Nelson, Gylan Kain, and Abiodun Oyewole read poetry at a memorial for Malcolm X. Their goal was to be a poetic voice for Malcolm's call for self-determination and black nationalism. Like many black activists of the time, they were tired of Martin Luther King's integrationist agenda. They were much more influenced by the politics of radical members of the SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), and the Black Panthers. :
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 May 19th (Malcolm X's birthdate) when Abiodun and two others - David Nelson and Gylan Kain - read poetry in tribute to Malcolm X. Steeped in and guided by Black nationalism, the group quickly became known throughout African-American communities in the nation. The Last Poets, along with Gil Scott-Heron, are credited as being major influences on the development of hip hop.
Currently, Abiodun tours the world giving lectures on poetry and politics.
This Sunday will be a first for CATHARSIS and Is That Jazz Radio. Tune in as we go on the road to the home of one The Last Poets, Abiodun. Thats right, we will be broadcasting live from Harlem NYC at the home of Abiodun Oyewole. Time 8:30PM EST
Abiodun Oyewole of " The Last Poets", Urban Shamans, & Kirwyn Sutherland
From The BlakeRadio Network Archives February 2004 - Nu Afrakan Renaissance woman Imakhu Mwt Shekemet also known as Eyele Yetunde interviews Abiodun Oyewole one of the founding members of the music and spoken-word group "The Last Poets" - Imakhu is a storyteller, singer, dancer, spiritual drummer, choreographer, spoken word artist, writer and director who has built a reputation not only on her diverse talents, but also upon her wit and love of people. Because of this she has crossed many chasms. Throughout her thirty year career Imakhu Mwt Shekemet has performed shows and presented workshops at theatres, festivals, schools, libraries and on Televison - www.Imakhu.com
Call in 347-989-0180 to speak and listen to the Celebration of the life and legacy of magnificent Baale Olamina Oguntosin Oyewole. Tonight 8pm let us honor this legendary Warrior.
Baba Baale Olamina Oguntosin Oyewole had 15 children 25 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 7 nieces, 6 nephews and a whole host of grand nieces and nephews.
Baale Olamina Oguntosin Oyewole was a Pan African Nationalist and Cultural Activist A giant in stature, his 6 feet 6 inches frame was equal to the size of his heart.
He served the African American community since the early 1970’s. In 1975 he moved to Oyotunji village. Baale Olamina Oguntosin Oyewole was born in Savannah, GA, he left there at age 4, grew up in NYC.
We are asking all listeners to honor Baale Olamina Oguntosin Oyewole memory by contributing a donation to his fund: http://egbetiwalade.weebly.com/
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All blessings are recieved with deep gratitude.
Co-Hosted by HE Igberohinjade Sacred Activist and honored Senor and HE Olori Osunede Olusegun, Author of "Secrets That Little Girls Hide and Advocate for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention
Black Lives Matter Radio: Social Justice Topics Affecting Black Lives In America; Past, Present, and
Tonight on Black Lives Matter Radio, we will discuss how we as a black community can collectively put an end to social and economic injustices. Callers will share experiences, advice, and other information involving the social justice of Black Americans. We will also speak with guests on the police brutality and deaths of young black Americans at the hand of police officers. Tonight's special guests will include AmeerPoet and Abiodun, poets in a group called, The Last Poets, as well as Adrienne, a Spoken Word poet.
Social Justice Affecting Black Lives In America; Past, Present, & Future.
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Today we will discuss health and prosperity. Your hostess is Sister El. will hold discussions on health updates, prosperity consciousness mindset. We are Spiritual Beings Having a Physical Experience. We are honored to have our Special Guest His Royal Majesty Oba Adejuyigbe Adefun of The Oyotunji Village. HRM Oba Adejuyigbe Adefun II began his destiny on earth December 21, 1976. He is the 14th child of 22 children to His Royal Highness Oba Efuntola Adefunmi I , and the third child of five born to Iya Esu Ogo Oyewole. The King was raised in the Kingdom of Oyotunju and began drumming at 7.
HRM became the Oyotunji King on July 3, 2005, thus continuing the legacy of Yoruba Kings in America that has been confired and supported by the Oooni of lle-Ife(the King of the holy city or ife). Thousands of Yoruba Americans came to celebrate the Royal Coronation. We will gain knowledge from him and open the lines and chat for great dialogue.
Tribal raine is a multi-recorded and published artist whose words have been used as teaching tools for college poetry courses. She has performed on stages nationwide with legends and leaders of the Spoken World realm, such as NJ Poet Laurate Imiri Baraka, Abiodune Oyewole of the Last Poets, Georgia Me, HBO Def Jam Poet Abyss, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Nappy Roots, Queen Sheba, Black Ice, Suny Patterson, Autumn Ashante and more.
Scores of cities across the nation are experiencing protests about an illegal and unusual process that happened in the grand jury investigation into the death of Michael Brown. The missing element is legal representation.
The right of legal representation does not only inure to the family of Michael Brown but also to all of the residents of Missouri. There is a legal maxim which says that whenever there is a wrong there is a right. Unfortunately, it takes competent and legal counsel to seek a redress of grievances. This would mean a resubmission of the evidence to a second grand jury.
The double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment is not a constitutional bar to a second grand jury investigation. This happened in the contentious case involving the death of Michael Stewart. Of course, the estate of Michael Stewart had competent and zealous lawyers. This meant constant motion practice instead of press conferences which is a favorite tool of ": media hounds" and "ambulance chasers."
Black leadership on all fronts is missing. Among other things, there must be an impleader under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and a writ of mandamus to enforce the civil rights of Michael Brown. The U.S. Justice Department should not be sitting on its hands. It allowed for a civil rights prosecution of Lemrick Nelson for allegedly violating the civil rights of Yankel Rosenbaum. By Alton h. Maddox, jr.
Special guest Asadah and Abiodun
Join Queen Mother Imakhu and her team of Sista correspondents as they present, "Renegade Wise Woman Radio." Celeb Interviews, News & Views, Artist-Activism, Matriarchy, African Culture, Health, Parenting, How-Tos, Music, Poetry. Panel discussion in the first hour - "Self-Motivation & Collaboration in Sistas' Empowerment Today." Includes guests Sandra Hayward, founder of P.O.P.C.O.R.N. Kidz, Queen Mother MaShiAat of Kindred of ShiEndra, and Sista correspondents Karen Hatter, Southern Seshet and Soil Edwards. Second hour is renown founder of The Last Poets, ABIODUN OYEWOLE, sharing his poem and thoughts on the passing of Maya Angelou, and his new poetry book, Branches from the Tree of Life. Also, Maliq Fambiz, producer of Newark's, "Queen of the Mic" spoken word event (Sunday, June 1st). He'll be joined by popular Sista poets/rappers who'll be blessing the mic that evening (including Queen Mother Imakhu, and Teesh ThaWriter). Progressive poet RainMaker will be sharing a relationship poem, and about his unique spoken word, Scribes Open Mic in NYC on May 31st. Visit www.renegadewisewoman.com
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