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Arts and Activism on the Air


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"Arts and Activism on the Air" is a radio show produced by AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. (a communications agency established 1993 by April R. Silver). "Arts and Activism on the Air" (#AAAOTA) features insightful chats from people who live and work as progressive artists and/or activists. Topics range from arts and culture to social justice, with a special focus on how these topics connect. Launched in 2010, AAAOTA produced monthly shows for nearly 2 years, took a hiatus, and returned to production, unceremoniously, in September 2014 Host: APRIL R. SILVER, social entrepreneur, writer.

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Shantrelle P. Lewis, Director of Programming and Exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), talks about her passion for Black history and culture and how that relates to the visual arts. Ms. Lewis was... more

Sheila R. Rule is the founder of the Think Outside the Cell Foundation. Its mission is to support the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their loved ones in honoring their personal power and achieving their full potential. The... more

Sonia Sanchez — poet, activist, scholar — was the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University. She is the recipient of both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to... more

A pioneering hip-hop journalist, JOAN MORGAN began her professional writing career freelancing for THE VILLAGE VOICE. There, she quickly established a reputation as a black-feminist writer who was unafraid of tackling the most highly... more

Highly respected activist MONIFA BANDELE discusses the role and relevance of the arts in her work as a community organizer. She also highlights the Black August Hip Hop Project (a project of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement), the... more

Award winning poet, educator, and storyteller MO BEASLEY talks to us about "If the Blues Knew," his poetic tribute to blues and hip hop! Also, this father of three discusses fatherhood and his contribution to the anthology "Be A Father To... more

He's back from Russia (after teaching there for a semester); his latest book (on Barack Obama) came out this month, but what we really want to know is: Who is Jelani Cobb's favorite MC of all time, LOL! Join us for a catch all dialogue with... more

For over 15 years, DJ Kuttin Kandi - a Filipina from Queens, NY who now resides in San Diego - has made her mark in the hip hop and activist circles all over the globe. As a pioneering battle DJ and world celebrated turntablist, Kuttin Kandi is... more

Acknowledged as the nation’s foremost expert in audience development, Ms. Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. She was formerly Director of Marketing and Audience Development... more

The premiere interview for "Arts and Activism on the Air" focuses on "When Fela Came to Brooklyn!" In 1990, the International African Arts Festival (formerly known as the African Street Festival) bought Afrobeat musical giant FELA... more
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