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On this episode we speak with Pittsburgh-based critically acclaimed activist and eMCee, Jasiri X on the role of community-based alternative media, the inspirations and directions in his music, and the development of his critical media justice organization, 1Hood. On the second half of the show we welcome TRGGR family, Rosa Clemente, for a multi-pronged discussion including recent news of Chicago school closings, homophobia in Lauryn Hill’s new song “Neurotic Society”, and the recent commencement addresses by President and Mrs. Obama and why they seem to only speak in condescending terms when addressing African American audiences. Enjoy!

Part 1: Featuring Jasiri X

Part 2: round table discussion of current events
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Peace. Here’s the convo Chris and Rec had with Rebel Diaz last month. Finally getting it out to y’all. Also, be sure to check out the Stop and Frisk spoof (shout out to Hampshire College alum, Divad Durant). Be sure to check out the RD joint “Stop! Stop and Frisk!”

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Peace, on this episode we paid tribute to the life and work of writer Piri Thomas (September 30, 1928 – October 17, 2011); and later in the show we spoke with Lori Lobenstine, founder of Girls Got Kicks/Female Sneaker Fiend about the release of her new book on female sneaker culture and the bonds of friendship and sisterhood.

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Part 2: featuring Lori Lobenstine


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Peace, on this episode Chris and REC were joined on the phone by author Sujatha Fernandes to talk about her work exploring the global dimensions of Hip-Hop from Paris to Caracas to Australia. As she writes in her latest book, Close to the Edge (Verso 2011) “The story of the global spread of hip hop is itself one of movement. A movement of ideas, a movement of commodities, a movement of people. If there is anything that marks this moment, it is as much the motion and mobility that bring us together as it is the boundaries and borders that divide us. Hip hop is a force defined by rupture and flow, and it remains to be seen whether global hip hoppers can reinvent themselves in the diaspora and build enduring links with their homelands” (189). We also briefly provide an update on the Occupy Wall Street mobilization, as well as hear commentary from Mumia Abu Jamal. Enjoy & Circulate!

Part 1: featuring Sujatha Fernandes

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Peace, we had a crazy packed show that you definitely need to get caught up on. Chris, Rec, and Unique were joined by local activist Roberto Garcia-Ceballos, writer and activist Kenyon Farrow, and hip-hop scholar Sohail Daulatzai in conversations about local organizing (Disowning Columbus, Celebrating People’s Resistance), People of Color and the “Occupy” movement, and the staying power of Nas’ ILLMATIC album, among other issues and histories. Enjoy and spread the word!

Part 1: featuring Roberto Garcia-Ceballos and Kenyon Farrow

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Part 2: featuring Sohail Daulatzai

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