• 01:34

    Anne Braden: Southern Patriot An Appalshop Documentary

    in Politics Progressive

    An Appalshop Films Documentary
    Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic. Ostracized as a “red” in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Braden’s story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman’s life spent in commitment to social justice.
    Anne Lewis makes documentary films about social actions, human rights, labor, environmental justice and cultural democracy. She came out of a movement to make media that creates opportunity for social change.
    Mimi Pickering documentaries often feature women as principle storytellers, focus on injustice and inequity, and explore the efforts of grassroots people to deal with community problems and work for change.
    You can see why these women were a perfect combination to come together in order to  make Anne Braden: Southern Patriot.
    Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvmasu_ was produced and directed by Appalshop filmmakers Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering.
    Anne Braden, 81, Activist in Civil Rights and Other Causes, Dies http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/17/national/17braden.html

  • 00:31

    Taking the Mississippi Cure

    in Women

    How did the daughter of a prominent lawyer, counselor to the segregationist Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, become a civil rights activist and free thinking liberal?  Join us Wednesday, July 20 for Tomatoes in the Trenches Blog Talk Radio Show when we have the pleasure of interviewing Norma Watkins author of a riveting memoir: The Last Resort:  Taking the Mississippi Cure.  Her memoir begins in 1943, when she is a carefree 7 year old loved by her family and their black staff and takes us to 1966, when she is a discontented 30 year old wife and mother of 4 children smothering under the strictures of genteel southern living.  Listen in Live this Wednesday, July 20 at 2 PM EST or 11 AM PST or on demand at your leisure. This is certain to be a fascinating discussion of one woman’s soul searching journey on the road to self discovery.

  • 02:00

    Republicans cite Lott in calling for Reid to quit GOP

    in Politics

    WASHINGTON – A double standard? Republicans seeking Sen. Harry Reid's resignation as majority leader over racial remarks he made about Barack Obama say yes — that Reid should be held to the same standard as former GOP Sen. Trent Lott, whose own racial gaffes cost him the Senate leadership in 2002.

    Democrats say no, that Reid's comments — while unfortunate — were nothing like Lott's.

    Reid apologized to Obama and a handful of black political leaders after a new book reported that he was favorably impressed by Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign and, in a private conversation, described the Illinois senator as a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

    Obama, who tries to steer clear of the political thicket of race and politics, accepted the apology and said he wanted to close the book on the episode. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president "didn't take offense" at the comment.

    Republicans were eager to keep the issue open Sunday, comparing Reid's remarks to those that cost Trent Lott the Senate leadership in 2002 and questioning why there was different reaction now.

    Lott had cheered the 1948 presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond — a segregationist Democrat opposing President Harry Truman — during a 100th birthday tribute to Thurmond, by then a longtime Republican senator.

  • 02:00

    White Male Power in America - every thing has changed - yet, nothing has changed.

    in Politics Progressive

    U.S. Senator Roland Burris has decided not to run for another term as U.S. Senator. This should remind all Americans that although Barack Obama is President of the U.S, yet, "White segregationist remain in power." Yes, even in the 21st century we find an all white senate. Yes, there are finally a noticeable amount of women in the US Senate, be they still a small minority, but when it comes to Color don`t even bother looking. Burris is it...

    Lets talk about how you can visit the Senate floor and it is still Lilly White. Let's talk the politics of color tonight, from a African American point of view tonight on African American Political Pundit's "Political SlugFest" LIVE Tonight at 10:00 PM - "If you can handle the truth."