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  • How do we end police brutality?

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    Unless you've been under a rock or on a distant planet you have seen the plethora of Black citizen being brutalized by law enforcement. We march, We plead and we beg for justice and our cries seem like they are falling on deaf ears.


    They tell you "All Cops Aren't bad". If this is true why is it that every time a Cop becomes a whistle-blower he quickly becomes an Ex-Cop?


    A Baltimore City cop who attempted to hold his fellow officers accountable for on the job misconduct has been intimidated to the point of leaving the police force entirely.


    Detective Joe Crystal became a target of intimidation for his entire department after testifying against other officers in a misconduct case.  Following his testimony, he received threats from other officers, and even found a dead rat on his car one day.


    “He saw a wrong and decided he couldn't live with himself and did the right thing and was punished, I think that’s just unbelievable,” Nicholas Panteleakis, Crystal’s lawyer said.


    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/good-cop-dead-rat-car-testifying-officers/#H5mgFxpv0Reef7wb.99


    Seems like their are two types of Cops. Bad Cops and ex-Cops. What do you think?


    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.


     

  • 02:00

    Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black'

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    (CNN)Rachel Dolezal -- fresh off of stepping down as head of the Spokane NAACP chapter over criticism that she's portrayed herself as black, even though she was born white -- stood by that self-assessment Tuesday, insisting, "I identify as black."


    Dolezal did not deny her biological parents are white or that she has changed how she looks at herself over the years in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. And she admitted not having corrected various published reports over the years labeling her as transracial, biracial and black.


    At the same time, Dolezal -- while admitting she might have conducted some interviews differently -- insisted she'd do the same thing again overall when it comes to how she has portrayed herself racially.


    CNN's Ed Payne, Dana Ford, Alyssa Jackson, Ray Sanchez, Ashley Fantz, Stephanie Elam, Paul Vercammen, Gary Tuchman, Tony Marco and Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.


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  • 02:00

    The reason I never joined a Gang

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    Growing up in the Bronx I had plenty of friends that were in gangs. They rocked (wore) colors and some had pretty high rank in the gangs they were affiliated with. I had no problem with them and they had no problem with me. I have a life philosophy that I follow that some folks understand and some don't, but it's my mantra and it works for me. Do you belong to a gang? Religious, political, Street or Military? if so why? Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they discuss this and other important topics on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.

  • 02:00

    Is Divorce a Cop-out?

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    Is divorce a cop-out? Is there ever a point in a marriage when the circumstances are bigger then your feelings? If you have children should you commit to your marriage until they are grown? Should you get back together just for the sake of the children? What do you think?


    Join Uptown and Zaiyah as they ponder this and other interesting questions, thoughts and rumination on this weeks edition of Zaiyah's House.

  • 02:00

    The wasted art of Sexual Relations in the free world

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    Throughout history humans have practiced and perfected sexual techniques that could curl toes and get bills paid! But unfortunately it is taboo in American culture to teach your child the sexual techniques it took you years to perfect.


     So we sit back and watch our children get taken advantage of by partners that are more sexually knowledgeable then they are. Is there a better way?


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  • 02:00

    Can we trust our government

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    It seems like another skeleton falls out of the United States’ closet every day. Whistleblowers are coming out of the woodwork, and the government is struggling to keep the scandals contained


    In 1996, Gary Webb, a writer for the San Jose Mercury News, published a series of articles known as “Dark Alliance.” The articles detailed how the CIA turned a blind eye as Nicaraguan drug traffickers sold and distributed crack cocaine in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s. It also described how the Reagan administration protected drug dealers from prosecution.


    US Army Private Bradley Manning is responsible for what some have called the biggest leak of secret military data ever. His actions also helped put WikiLeaks on the map, as he provided the organization with hundreds of thousands of classified documents.


    Among the things Manning revealed were:


    • A secret video, nicknamed “collateral murder” that showed US air crew laughing after killing dozens of people (including reporters and civilians) in an air strike.
    • Detailed records of the civilian death toll in Iraq (even though the military repeatedly said there was no record). Out of 109,000 deaths logged in a six year period, 66,081 were unarmed civilians.
    • US Soldiers committed horrific acts of torture on Iraqi prisoners, and despite hundreds of filed complaints, authorities never investigated.
    • US defense contractor DynCorp was involved in child trafficking.


    Currently Manning is being imprisoned by the military and is facing 21 charges, including “aiding the enemy,” which comes with a life sentence. Yes . . . Manning is in jail for exposing the US government paying a company that sold child slaves.


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  • 02:00

    What is the future of Hip Hop?

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    I went to an event the other day and they were playing Rap music, as I listened I noticed that every song was about "Bitches", "Niggers" sexual organs, sexual acts and doing bodily harm to someone. Music is very powerful, it can get you through hard times. The military sings cadence when they train. Certain songs and musical instruments have been outlawed by countries.


    Songs are sung in protest and in churches to inspire and bring people together. At one time there were plenty of Rappers who made music to bring people together and give them a sense of pride but you'd be hard pressed to find one on the top ten nowadays. All this negativity has to be effecting our younger generation. What is the future of Hip Hop?

  • 01:57

    Freddie Gray

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    Freddie Gray's death on April 19 leaves many unanswered questions. But it is clear that when Gray was arrested in West Baltimore on the morning of April 12, he was struggling to walk. By the time he arrived at the police station a half hour later, he was unable to breathe or talk, suffering from wounds that would kill him. Gray died Sunday from spinal injuries. Baltimore authorities say they're investigating how the 25-year-old was hurt—a somewhat perverse notion, given that it was while he was in police custody, and hidden from public view, that he apparently suffered injury. How it happened remains unknown. It's even difficult to understand why officers arrested Gray in the first place. But with protesters taking to the streets of Baltimore since Gray's death on Sunday, the incident falls into a line of highly publicized, fatal encounters between black men and the police.


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    .http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/the-mysterious-death-of-freddie-gray/391119/

  • 01:58

    20 Life Skills Not Taught In School

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    http://Successful Student A resource for students to excel.


    From http://successfulstudent.org/


    The following is an excerpt from: Successful Student


    An education should involve learning life skills that a person will carry with them after college in order to navigate relationships and careers and be a well-rounded, successful person. This article has compiled 20 life skills not taught in school, which are valuable in life in general. Though high school and college is excellent in teaching many valuable skills, our current academic curriculum doesn’t teach many aspects necessary to succeeding and thriving in life in general, such as financial responsibilities and investments, how to think logically–retaining information and not merely temporarily memorizing information, and how to apply such abilities to real-world scenarios which are bound to occur.


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  • 01:59

    Zaiyah's House presents the hugely gifted and multitalented Royce Hall

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    http://www.roycehallmusic.com


    Described as "Soul Music's MC", Royce Hall (Chinyelu Alimayu) is much more than your typical Hip-Hop lyricist and Neo-Soul vocalist. This actor, arranger, composer, songwriter (Yo! Royce Be Easy Music Publishing, ASCAP), and alum of Florida A & M University, is also a multi-instrumentalist, who happens to be well versed in over 5 instruments, including but not limited to clarinet, alto sax, piano and drums. He has been internationally chosen and featured 3 times by Hip-Hop Sisters(an organization under the leadership of and founded by pioneer MC Lyte), selected as a Style Icon and runway model for 24 Hours of Fashion with Cotton, Inc., E! and MTV, currently stars on Atlanta based webseries "Refracted Reflections", can be seen on season two of Tyler Perry's "Have's and the Have Not's" and "Love Thy Neighbor" as well as The CW's "The Originals", the stage play "Beyond Betrayal" playing the lead role of 'Nathan', holds an MC battle wins record of 44-2, shared the same stage with greats such as Lauryn Hill to Talib Kweli, is the owner of AMANDLA! Apparel of Power & Purpose and currently recording material for his sophomore release, "The Groove Theory", features neo fusion jazz and neo soul, which is the follow-up to his freshman release, "ENC 1101: THE YEAR BOOK".


    Join Zaiyah and Uptown for a great evening of music and conversation with the phenominal Royce Hall.

  • 02:00

    Zaiyah's House welcomes The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention

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    The East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC)  established in 2002 by President and Founder         Brother Yumy Odom as a community-based educational, literacy, literary and artistic initiative with the following objectives:
     
    1] To bring together the men / women in the comic book industry, including sci-fi, fantasy and political satire, cartooning / animation, to share ideas and showcase their work;
    2] To discuss the impact of the comic book industry;
    3] To look at the business aspects of the comic book industry;
    4] To look at how the comic book industry can more actively serve as a tool to address community concerns: literacy, incarceration, addictions, homelessness, racism, sexism, etc.; and
    5] To establish a network / consortium (ECBACC Synergy Group) and an annual convention (Comic-Con) to address this initiative in an open and public forum.
    ECBACC, Inc. continues to fulfill this mission. A s the region’s premiere “Black Comic Book Convention” and the forerunner and template for urban comic book & sci-fi conventions.


    Join Zaiyah and Uptown as they interview ECBACC's Innovative President and Founder Brother Yumy Odom.