This is a show you do not want to miss! Listen as we discuss the recent controversy around the life and activism of the late Japanese American prominent member of the Black Panther Party, Richard Aoki.
In the first hour we are joined by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, professor and author of Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity, and current University Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Connecticut. In the second hour the activist, author, and baritone saxophonist par excellence Fred Ho joined us to give his personal account of Richard Aoki, and explicitly refutes the claim that Aoki worked with the FBI. The legendary Fred Ho has numerous jazz recordings, including the Black Panther Suite, The Way of the Saxophone, Warrior Sisters, and Turn Pain Into Power. He has also published widely including, Sounding Off: Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution (1995), Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America (2000), Wicked Theory, Naked Practice (edited by Diane Fujino, 2009), and Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level (2011).
Earlier in the day, Chris sat down with author and professor, Scott Kurashige of the University of Michigan to discuss the Aoki case. Checkout his reading of the controversy in his essay “Each Generation Must Discover Its Own History: Some Thoughts on the Richard Aoki Debate” published at NewBlackMan (inExile). We are providing our interview for you for the first time here. Professor Kurashige has been a campus and community activist since the late 1980s, was based in Los Angeles in the 1990s, and has been primarily based in Detroit since 2000. He is the author of The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles and co-author with Grace Lee Boggs of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. He is also director of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program and a professor of American Culture and History at the University of Michigan. We close out the live portion of the show with Isabel Espinal, one of three co-chairs of the Latino Caucus of the Green Party USA, and Communication Director of the Green/Rainbow Party of Massachusetts. During the show we played the trailer from AOKI: A documentary film, by Mike Cheng and Ben Wang. Props to them as well.
Part 1 feat. Jeff Ogbar
Part 2 feat. Fred Ho and Isabel Espinal
Bonus Material: Chris Tinson & Scott Kurashige