Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Mumia in Gen Pop - Feb. 2012
Chris and Rec speak with Johanna Fernandez, (pictured above at left/on Mumia’s right) professor of History and Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College of CUNY and writer and producer of Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu Jamal. Connecting the campaigns to free political prisoners with other movements to attain racial justice, dignity, humanity, and self-definition, this episode of TRGGR Radio discusses Mumia Abu-Jamal’s current situation on Death Row, the state of the international movement for his release, and its relationship to the addition of Assata Shakur to the Most Wanted Terrorist list.

Our second guest is Kim Adino, speaking about the international organization Better Future and the cultural and educational work they engage in with youth in the Dominican Republic through the Women Worldwide Initiative. On the way out we briefly discuss the track, Neurotic Society, that Lauryn Hill was forced to release.
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Chinua Achebe 1930-2013 by Taylo Fatunla, Nigeria:UK

Chris and Rec pay tribute to Chinua Achebe and Robert Chrisman; interview with Rebel Diaz on the struggle to preserve RDAC-BX. Tons more. Enjoy.

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Photo credit: “Chinua Achebe, 1930-2013” by Taylo Fatunla, Nigeria/UK


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Although since 2000 some national indicators are pointing in the right direction, statistics for black males throughout the country are far from positive. For example, the Children’s Defense Fund and the Educational Testing Service’s report released last summer, entitled: A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for Educational Success” contains some alarming numbers. For example, the poverty rate for Black children is 36 percent, compared to 12 percent for White children. In February 2011, the unemployment rate for Black males age 20 and over was nearly twice that of White males (17.5 percent versus 9.1 percent). And the homicide victimization rate for Blacks (20. 6 per 100,000) is more than six times higher than the rate for Whites (3.3). They also cite Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, high rates of foster care, school achievement, parent employment, parent education, poverty, and school segregation as critical areas painting a bleak outlook for males. Joining us to talk about this crisis is James Arana, Associate Director of Men’s Resource International, prevention specialist, and community organizer. James is a native of Belize and former resident of the Bronx. He has been a Social Worker and Community Organizer for over 25 years, working primarily with young adults and at-risk children. We speak with him about the health crisis facing Black boys and young men.

Darlene Elias joined us in the second half of the show to update us on Holyoke’s Lyman Terrace struggle to prevent the displacement of 400 residents from one of America’s oldest housing projects. Check us out and let us know what you think! Email: trggrfreedom@gmail.com or leave us a comment on this page.

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During this episode of TRGGR Rec and Harmonie spoke with Anonymous 127 a music producer out of Springfield, MA. In honor of fathers day he used his talents to pay homage to the many loving and dedicated fathers through music. Anonymous 127 kept his his true identity hidden from the listeners to emphasis his work with the music and to promote the positive aspects of fatherhood. Having no children of his own, Anonymous 127 credits the inspiration behind the lyrics in his song to the strong influential male figures in his life, as well as his mother.

Later in the show Harmonie and Rec were joined by the Futuristik Boys, a young up and coming hip-hop duo out of Lawrence, Ma. The group showcased their latest single Melancholy Mode for the first time on radio airwaves. During the interview the Futuristik Boys talked about some of the challenges they faced transitioning from being two solo artists to working together as a duo. They also spoke about some of their recent performances including their scheduled performance Sunday June, 17th at Centro Night Club in Lawrence Ma, opening up for Recording artists 2 Chains.

Towards the end of the show Rec and Harmonie were joined in the studio by longtime dream team member and founder of Jointed Creativity Jose Cotto. In addition to his good vibes, Jose brought the latest update to The Sneakers for Success Sole Connections Event taking place June 28th, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY.

The soundtrack for Chris’ course: Cultures of the African Diaspora taught at Hampshire College in Spring 2012. Enjoy! CSI 116 Cultures of African Diaspora SYLLABUS

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CSI 116 Playlist Tracklisting 2012


On this packed episode we are joined by Dr. Nat Turner, assistant professor of education at UMass, Amherst and Tyson Rose, who along with Turner, is currently offering the undergraduate course Hip-Hop Nation Language and Literacy Practices. We talk about the approaches taken in the class and some of the strategies and challenges of Hip-Hop in the Academy. In the second half of the show we speak with Jaymes Winell, a local student organizer with the group Preserving Our Civil Rights, a group organizing against Secure Communities (S-Comm), a collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and local police departments. Later, we hear from Dr. George Gathigi, visiting assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Hampshire College. Professor Gathigi’s work explores the history and evolution of Hip-Hop and Popular Culture in East Africa, specifically focusing on Kenya and Tanzania. Finally, we send a special note of congratulations to one of our interns, Sam De Pilar, who recently won a design award for his Sneakers4Success project from the School of Management. Steady move makin’. Enjoy!!

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A Response to KONY2012…

Posted: March 10, 2012 by trggradio in Activism, Africa, Kony2012