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This month, The Clarkie-Connection turns a long-awaited focus towards the state of the African-American family, specifically, with respect to education, incarceration, empowerment and several other potent issues. Of course, there will be significant time spent discussing violence against black youth, in particular, the Michael Brown story and all that has transpired in the weeks since he was shot and killed by a police officer in St. Louis. It seems like unarmed young, African-American men are being systematically gunned down by Caucasian police officers at an alarming rate - one study reveals that a black youth is killed every 28hrs!. Without allowing this disturbing trend to adversely inform the nation's perceptions of African-American youth, or the good police officers we rely on for peace and protection, it would appear that - at the very least - a sober conversation is warranted to dissect and discuss the issues within, behind, and surrounding this trend. Join the Clarkie-Connection and chime in with your thoughts and feelings on the issue which will eventually affect every African-American family, sooner or later, in either its prevention or cure! ....This is what great talk-radio is meant to be about!~
Bushra’s poetry has been collected in the chapbook Marianna’s Beauty Salon (Vagabond Press, 2001). Her writing been featured on BBC Radio 4, WNYC, KPFA and in The New York Times, India Currents andNY Newsday. Her work has also appeared in ColorLines, Crab Orchard Review, Mizna, Curve, Sepia Mutiny, The Feminist Wire and SAMAR. Bushra’s work has been anthologized in: Indivisible: Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion and Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press), Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender (Temple University Press), And the World Changed: Contemporary Pakistani Women Writers (Feminist Press), Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (Kent State University Press) and Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality (Seal Press.
Her first novel Corona (and I’m not talking about the beer) is now available from Sibling Rivalry Press.
Occupy Everywhere: Michael Moore, Naomi Klein on Next Steps for the Movement Against Corporate Power
How does the Occupy Wall Street movement move from "the outrage phase" to the "hope phase," and imagine a new economic model? In a Democracy Now! special broadcast, we bring you excerpts from a recent event that examined this question and much more. "Occupy Everywhere: On the New Politics and Possibilities of the Movement Against Corporate Power," a panel discussion hosted by The Nation magazine and The New School in New York City, features Oscar-winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore; Naomi Klein, best-selling author of the "Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism"; Rinku Sen of the Applied Research Center and publisher of ColorLines; Occupy Wall Street organizer Patrick Bruner; and veteran journalist William Greider, author of "Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country."
RT delves a little deeper into what lies behind the Occupy movement, our correspondent Alyona Minkovsky talks to the political rapper - Immortal Technique. He thinks a gradual erosion of basic rights has inspired the nationwide wave of protest.
Brian Palmer, an independent reporter, photographer, and filmmaker's "Full Disclosure," airs on the Doc Channel Tuesday, May 31, at 8 PM (ET/PT). Full Disclosure is based on three embeds in Iraq with the same U.S. Marine infantry battalion. His photographs have appeared recently in The New York Times, Politiken, ColorLines, and other publications. From 2000 to 2002, Palmer was a CNN correspondent. He was the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News & World Report from 1996 to 1998. Next we have in the studio Director/Producer Kim A. Snyder to talk about her latest film: Welcome to Shelbyville," which has a free community screening in Oakland, CA, this evening, May 25, 2011, at 6 PM at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 2nd floor of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza in Oakland's Chinatown, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290. Kim Synder is an award-winning filmmaker with more than a dozen shorts and two feature documentaries, including I Remember Me. She co-founded the BeCause Foundation to produce socially conscious documentaries that further the work of the social innovators they highlight. We close with Lawrence Beamen, whose rendition of Barry White's “My First, My Last, My Everything” on America’s Got Talent in 2009, Piers Morgan declared that he was “The New Barry White.” On May 27, Beamen will reveal a new show that pays tribute to the R&B crooner. "Real music is power,” said Beamen. “It can do things we can't even imagine. Like true love, it penetrates the soul." Visit Beamen’s webpage: The shows are Friday, May 27, 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. at Pier 39 Theatre, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, San Francisco, www.lawrencebeamen.com For tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com
For years, I deliberated over my options for creating a family. I knew the choice of an open transracial adoption of a newborn black child by a single, gay, white dad would involve daily and lifelong learning.
Viewing me with suspicion is justifiable when you look at the big picture, where even well intentioned white people still don’t have the best track record for effectively dealing with [RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY].Admitted Racist/White Supremacist, Terry Keleher visits The Context of White Supremacy. Mr. Keleher is the Director of the Midwest Office of the Applied Research Center [A National Racial Justice Think Tank] and Program Director of the Racial Justice Leadership Action Network. He coordinated the national ERASE Initiative (Expose Racism and Advance School Excellence) and has authored several reports on race and equity issues. In addition to being an Admitted Racist/White Supremacist, Mr. Terry Keleher is "gay". We'll discuss why he adopted a black child, and how this combats or contributes to the System of White Supremacy.
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Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in Colorlines Magazine. Selly was formerly the producer for the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, which gathered over 2000 interviews from African-Americans across the United States. She is the founder of None on Record (NOR), a transnational audio-based oral history project that collects the stories of Africans that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer from the African continent and in diasporic communities.
Tonight on BURN, I have a discussion with Jose Palafox. Jose is a long time punk rocker, political dissident and theorist, film maker and down motherfukker. This is form his bio on www.eviltwinbooking.org, a booking agency for radical speaker, performers and film makers ran by long time friends Scott Beiben and Liz Cole.
José Palafox has long been involved with immigrant and border rights. As a musician and activist, Palafox has been part of the punk-hardcore underground scene since the early 1990’s (bands include Struggle, Swing Kids, Bread and Circuits, Yaphet Kotto, and Baader Brains).
His PhD work was in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, “Challenging Fronteras: The Historical Origins and Transformations of U.S.-Mexico Border Social Movements in Arizona and California,” examines the historical origins, the development, and transformations of cross-border rights activists and organizations.
Palafox has taught courses on the U.S.-Mexico border, Latino/a Immigration in the capitalist World-System, Paradigms in Chicano/a Studies, Racial Inequality in America, and Comparative Social Movements at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Mills College, and at the University of San Francisco. He was born in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico and raised in San Diego, CA.
He is associate producer of the critically acclaimed documentary “New World Border” (2001, 28 min). He has published extensively on the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border (e.g., Social Justice, Z Magazine, Covert Action Quarterly, ColorLines Magazine, Maximum RocknRoll) and other publications.
He was recently an active collective member of AK Press, an anarchist publisher and distributor in Oakland, CA.
Special Guest: Yvonne Bynoe is the founder of the blog SophisticatedWomanandMama.com, a blog focusing on Gen-X/Hip Hop generation working mothers.
Yvonne edited “Who’s Your Mama?”: Unlike other “motherhood” books that focus exclusively on the experiences of affluent, married White women, Who’s Your Mama? The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers centers on the perspectives of a cross-section of American women who are actively engaged in crafting identities and family structures (including remaining single and/or childless) that speak practically to their personal beliefs, intimate relationships, and socioeconomic realities.
Yvonne is the co-founder and former president of the Urban Think Tank, the first Hip Hop generation policy organization, has been acknowledged as an expert on popular culture and politics by news outlets such as the New York Times, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times. She has been interviewed on CNN, FOX, MSNBC and numerous national and regional radio programs. Yvonne is the author of Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture and the Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture. Her writings have been included in several anthologies, including We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life, are used in numerous college courses and have appeared in the Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Colorlines, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, AlterNet.org, the Urban League’s Opportunity magazine and other publications.
new investigation from ColorLines Magazine supported by the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund shows that some poor families are forced to sell their food stamps on the black market for cash in order to survive this prolonged recession. We speak to journalist Seth Wessler, whose investigation focuses on the impact of both the recession and welfare reform in Hartford, Connecticut, a state which has the shortest welfare time limit in the United States. We’re also joined by Luz Santana, a veteran community organizer and welfare rights activist who heads the advocacy group
Today we will celebrate Freedom Archives which is having a 10th Anniversary Party, Nov. 11 in San Francisco. We will have Claude Marks and Leticia Miranda on the air. Claude is the Project Director and a former political prisoner. Leticia is the youth program coordinator and an editorial intern at ColorLines Magazine. The Freedom Archives party is at 330 Ritch Street, in San Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 -$50 (No one turned away for lack of funds) and is Wheelchair accessible. Visit www.freedomarchives.org
Celebrating 10 Years
- preserving the past
- illuminating the present
- shaping the future
Juba Kalamka is an African American bisexual artist and activist recognized for his work and founding member of homohop group Deep Dickollective (D/DC) and his development of the micro-label Sugartruck Recordings.
Kalamka has coordinated the release and promotion of five critically successful D/DC albums, the Outmusic Award winning solo debut of former Sister Spit member Rocco "Katastrophe" Kayiatos, and the distribution of the work of numerous other artists in the homohop community.
Kalamka's personal work centers on dialogues on the convergences and conflicts of race, identity, gender, sexuality and class in pop culture. He has written and illustrated several articles for pop culture magazines and journals, Kitchen Sink, ColorLines, and the now-defunct bisexual issues magazine Anything That Moves.
In November 2005, Kalamka was chosen to be one of six plenary speakers at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 2005 Creating Change Conference and received a Creating Change Award for his activist work in queer music community.
Kalamka served as the curator/director of PeaceOUT World Homo Hop Festival which ran annually from 2001 through 2007. The success of PeaceOUT inspired the creation of three now-defunct sister festivals; Peace Out East in New York City, Peace Out South in Atlanta, Georgia, and Peace Out UK in London, England.
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