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Last Updated: Feb 17th, 2015 - 23:17:24

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Cuba and the New 'Cold War'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 12, 2015: WHAT WILL A NEW “COLD WAR” MEAN FOR THAWING US-CUBA RELATIONS? A NEW EXHIBIT TAKES A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY THOUGH THE DIASPORA AND A NEW OSCAR-NOMINATED MOVIE,”TIMBUKTU” FOCUSES ON AFRICA. Headlines on DC celebration for release of the Cuban 5 and more. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Allen Uzikee Nelson, Januwa Moja, Joseph Torres and Alicia Jrapko.

Feb 17, 2015, 21:12

Spirit/Health
Heart to Heart is Back!
Our Heart to Heart advice column is back! Send your letters about relationship issues (romantic, family, job, etc.) to heartoheart@seeingblack.com and Patricia Elam will respond with compassion, wisdom and realness. Read the first letters here.

Feb 17, 2015, 22:32

The 411
Whose Power? Our Power!
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' FEBRUARY 5, 2015:
THE PLANNED TAKEOVER OF DC’s ELECTRIC UTILITY BY A NUCLEAR GIANT
On this first day for us of the Winter Fund Drive, we’re talking about a FAR LARGER MONTHLY bill—our electric bill. You may not know about it but there is a planned multi-billion dollar takeover of PEPCO—Washington, DC’s electric power utility—by Exelon, a Chicago-based nuclear energy giant. And you also might not know that the conventional wisdom in conventional political circles is that this planned merger is ALL BUT A DONE DEAL. But a diverse coalition of citizen groups, environmentalists and other social justice organizations are saying NOT SO FAST. This coalition, called Power DC, is urging DC residents and other concerned citizens of the DMV to write the DC Public Service Commission by March 26th. If this merger goes through, activists say DC’s electric bills will be higher and service will be even less reliable than under PEPCO.

Feb 17, 2015, 20:53

The 411
Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner
Three civil rights activists murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1964 have been posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.. A leading Palestinian activist has been jailed in her what supporters call a selective prosecution..Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Pennsylvania law he says violates his free speech..President Obama has issued his strongest statement to date in favor of a free and open Internet..And the killing of unarmed teen-ager Michael Brown remains an international issue. CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 16, 2014, 21:38

The 411
Exploring Dystopia as our Reality
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 29, 2015:
EXPLORING DYSTOPIA AS OUR REALITY

When it comes to state violence, surveillance and repression, is our reality stranger than fiction? Today we’re introducing our new arts and politics segment for each fourth Thursday of the month. Today, we’ll consider literature and movies that depict a dystopia—defined as a society characterized by human misery and oppression. We’ll talk to a teacher whose students are exploring how WE are living in a dystopia. GUESTS AND VOICES: Sheryl Byfield, Margaret Flowers, Kevin Zeese and Medea Benjamin. Headlines on TPP protests and more.

Feb 3, 2015, 01:05

The 411
Driving Ms. Claire
Senator McCaskill, My intent in writing is to register alarm at your intrusion into the machinations of the Department Of Justice. Specifically, I am informed that you requested of Mr. Holder’s agency that an investigation into St. Louis County’s municipal court and police practices be discontinued.
By Ruth-Miriam Garnett

Nov 24, 2014, 22:33

The 411
From Selma to Ferguson to Gaza
Jasiri X
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 22, 2015: FROM SELMA TO FERGUSON TO GAZA TO HERE
On #RECLAIM MLK WEEKEND, thousands of people, from Oakland to LA to Miami to Maine, to New York City and of course to DC were out in the streets, continuing to draw the links between denied human rights and state violence here in the US and abroad in places like Gaza. We hear from hip-hop artist and community activist Jasiri X and launch a new feature called “The F Word,” which will explore on the third Thursday of each month the ways that the United States is-–and is not-—a fascist country. GUESTS AND VOICES: Jasiri X, Gerald Horne, Rep. Keith Ellison. Headlines on the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and more.

Feb 3, 2015, 00:49

The 411
Stealing Black Votes
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: DISENFRANCHISEMENT EQUALS REPUBLICAN VICTORY... RECLASSIFYCING CRIMES IN CALI... MILLION MASK MARCH AROUND THE WORLD..THE BLACK IS BACK COALITION MARCHES IN DC..STOPPING LNG EXPORT FACILITIES...AND MORE...CHECK THE REAL NEWS.

Nov 11, 2014, 22:36

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From 'I Am A Man' to 'Black Lives Matter'
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 15, 2015: FROM 'I AM A MAN' TO 'BLACK LIVES MATTER'
When the Rev. Martin Luther King was gunned down in 1968 in Memphis—where he had gone to support striking sanitation workers—the workers in the city marched with those iconic signs that read “I Am A Man.” Today—on the day that King would have been 86 years old—the signs carried by protesters of police killings and violence convey the same but broader affirmation—that “Black Lives Matter.” Today’s We talk to Liana Asim, who administers the popular Facebook page "2014 Michael Brown death and aftermath in Ferguson Missouri" about the killing of Michael Brown and police killings and brutality. We’ll also talk to Ebony Washington, organizer of a protest that will be held outside the White House on the MLK holiday and also Salim Adofo, of the National Black United Front, which is holding teach-ins this weekend. Headlines on Republican White supremacists and more.

Jan 20, 2015, 23:05

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Headlines:Police Gone Wild
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: Human Rights Watch: Israel Committed War Crimes...Cuba To Help Fight Ebola...Darren Wilson Testifies Before the Grand Jury..Another Witness to the Shooting of Michael Brown Comes Forward...Utah Police Questioned in Killing of Black Man...SIL, Iran, Money in Politics, Justice Appointments and Environmental Policy...9-11 Group Launches New Ad Campaign and Film Premiere..Oklahoma City Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Eight African-American Women...NRA Show Lauds Post-Katrina Racist Mobs.. And more...Check the REAL news!

Sep 23, 2014, 13:57

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The Black Freedom Movement
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' JANUARY 8, 2015: In 2015, one fight for the social justice community is the fight for voice, for the TRUTH—in Ferguson, Missouri, on Staten Island, New York and in the nation's capital, where ties have been revealed between high-ranking Republicans and ULTRA RIGHT-WING White Supremacists. WE HEAR VOICES that aren’t often heard, of activists on the ground, on various frontlines. GUESTS AND VOICES: Charlene Carruthers and ROSE AFRIYIE OF BLACK YOUTH PROJECT 100, author and activist Bill Fletcher also joins us. Headlines and more.

Jan 11, 2015, 18:46

The 411
Justice For Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More SeeingBlack.com 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

The 411
The Struggle Continues!
DC-area and Ferguson activists took the mike at the Dec. 13 march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Pictured: Ericka Totten, DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and Leon Kemp.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND' DECEMBER 18, 2014: FROM DC TO OAKLAND AND BEYOND, THE NATION HAS BEEN SHAKEN TO ITS CORE by protests over police terror against African Americans, the broken criminal justice system and, increasingly, against the economic apparatus underpinning the injustice. These were hot topics for the thousands of activists and protests who descended on the nation’s capital for a march led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and for activist gathering RootsCamp. And, for this final "On The Ground" show for 2014, they are hot topics as we look back at 2014 and forward to 2105 with author and activist Gerald Horne. Headlines and more.

Jan 6, 2015, 16:13

The 411
Killing Abroad and at Home
LISTEN:ON THE GROUND--NOVEMBER 13, 2014
WHAT DO MIKE BROWN, THE MURDERED STUDENTS IN MEXICO AND THOSE DETAINED IN IMMIGRANT PRISONS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?
The activists at SOA Watch say that it’s a militarized, violent police that are out of control abroad and now at home. SOA Watch prepares for its 25th annual vigil at the School of The Americas–also known as the “school of the assassins”--a combat training school for Latin American soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. that has left a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned. Also, a more than decade-long anti-war vigil in Baltimore. Guests and Voices: Arturo J. Viscarra, Max Obuszewski, Cindy Farquar and Sharon Jones. And speaking from the U.N. in Geneva, Daryl Parks, attorney for the parents of Mike Brown. Headlines and more.

Nov 16, 2014, 20:21


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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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