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Controlling Our Narrative
81 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
Police shot Jacob Blake in his back in Wisconsin, while his children were in the car— guests Dr. Calvin Smith, Jarrett Hill, and Co-EP OJ Smith discuss their feelings after this latest shooting that has sparked protests and athlete strikes. Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron speaks on Breonna Taylor’s family at the Republican National Convention. We laugh about what tv we’re watching to spark joy and what shows have not held up. Rapper Akon causes a friendly debate in this week’s Out of Africa segment.
65 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
She IS Black
Kamala Harris is the first Black Vice Presidential Candidate for a major party, in history. A Black man in Louisiana might spend the rest of his life in prison for trying to steal hedge clippers. Actor Ryan Reynolds apologizes for getting married at a slave plantation, what’s the big deal? The panel talks about the problems with using Africa as a benchmark for failure. Attorney Janika White and Vincent Winston guest host.
55 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Black Is King
Trump talks Covid-19 deaths and upsets many. TCU’s Football Coach apologizing for using a racial slur. Latinx representation in Hollywood and the work that still needs to be done. Beyonce’s Black Is King. Guests: Marileny Acevedo and Chriss Holliday
49 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Black AND Jewish
We break down Nick Cannon’s anti-Semitic comments, the fall out, and support. What happened after and why? Rebecca Pierce, a Black and Jewish writer and filmmaker shares her perspective. Counseling Psychologist Dr. LaVonya Bennett joins the show as well. The St. Louis couple who pointed guns at peaceful protestors are charged but Missouri’s Attorney General wants it all dismissed. Why is Georgia Governor Brian Kemp suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
45 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
95 percent of Syracuse police officers do not live in the city. A child in Michigan is sent to juvenile detention for not completing her homework. The White House has a new campaign focused on careers. Does it miss the mark or get it right? Plus, this week’s Out of Africa. The Root’s News Editor Monique Judge and Aerospace and Defense executive and motivational speaker Crystal Jackson join the conversation.
68 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Black and Disproportionately At Risk For Covid-19
Emmy award winning actor Terrence Terrell and Clinical Psychologist Karmen Thulin join us to talk about how Black Americans are twice as likely to die from Coronavirus as their white neighbors and why the New York Times had to sue the CDC to get the data that backs the fact. The shocking death of a 16-year-old foster child brings us all to tears. Was “Connie” actually shopping at a Baton Rouge School Board meeting? A prominent Ethiopian singer was shot dead in the capital. Co-EP OJ Smith breaks down why the shooting sparked protests in this episode’s Out of Africa
34 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Black Master Bedrooms
Jamal Jimoh and Nick Burchett join the show to talk Universal Basic Income, chokehold bans, apologies from Belgium and way too much talk about master bedrooms.
42 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Black Lives Matter
After the killing of Rayshard Brooks, two officers face charges and Atlanta’s police chief steps down. What should happen next? House Democrats and Senate Republicans both unveil police reform bills. A 15 year veteran officer cries on camera after her McDonald’s order takes too long. 54 African countries are standing together in an international fight to protect Black Americans. Artist Chris Paul Thompson and Realtor and CPA Jessica Hardrick join this week’s show.
57 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Black Slogans for Progress
Television producer Nisa Ahmad and Civil Rights Attorney Sue-Ann Robinson talk about the move to “defund the police,” how we talk to our white friends about racism and when it becomes too much, plus what find out what we’re all doing to take a little break. This week’s Out of Africa has a country mourning a long time leader and a book by British Nigerian author Bernadine Evaristo that reimagines slavery.
53 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Black and Protesting Racism
Attorney Janika White and Dr. Calvin Smith join us to break down the charges against 4 former Minneapolis police officers for the murder of George Floyd, the future of Covid-19 post-protests but why its necessary to keep fighting, and how police officers are behaving while protests go on in all 50 states. Plus OJ gives us a look at how people all over Africa are showing solidarity with Black Americans in the fight against police brutality.
58 minutes | May 29, 2020
Brooke, OJ and Philly journalists Sean Bell and Jay Scott Smith discuss their feelings after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. We talk about how police brutality caught on camera has begun to change journalism. Everyone has an Amy Cooper in their lives. Joe Biden said what? Plus Out of Africa takes us to the Congo this week.
53 minutes | May 22, 2020
Entertainment attorney Nyanza Shaw and TFtours owner Tina Farris join the show to talk liability protections, risk taking as states reopen, and retail workers forced to enforce mask and social distancing rules. OJ’s Out of Africa takes us to the Republic of Burundi.
48 minutes | May 13, 2020
A Black Woman, Shot and Killed by Police
Why did Trump specifically ask one reporter about China? We discuss that and what happened when police shot Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. OJ takes us to Ethiopia for this episode’s Out of Africa. Filmmaker Jamin Keene and host of “Disruption Now” Rob Richardson join the show.
46 minutes | May 8, 2020
Black Political Agenda
TV producer Nisa Ahmad and journalist and tv host Jason Carter join the show to talk about Joe Biden’s “Lift Every Voice” plan, the horrible “Tip Your Mask,” and what we’re watching while safe inside.
32 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Georgia starts the reopening process. The mayor of Las Vegas shocks. We break down what’s going on with the restaurant industry and talk about things we will never do again in a post-COVID world. Former CBS News correspondent Don Champion and LA based HR professional Staci Smith join the conversation.
37 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Black Men in Masks
Dr. Calvin Smith and Ed King, an HR professional based in Texas join the show. We break down tv famous doctors blowing it, how you can be kind to grocery store workers, and our WFH dress code. Plus, a tip the USA could take from Ghana when it comes to helping people out during a pandemic.
52 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Trump wants to “open the country back up.” What does that mean and what could happen? We break it all down. Plus, Emergency Medicine Physician Dr. Eman Spaulding talks about life in an ER right now. Also, you know him from Apple Music, Dussepalooza and so much more— Low joins the conversation too and let’s us know why he started the “cheat sheet” to go along with Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s “Verzuz.”
55 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
We’re talking Bernie or Busters, the US Surgeon General’s request to Black Americans, what higher education looks like post-the new coronavirus and more. Dr. Tara Pixley, a Los Angeles-based visual journalist, writer, professor and critical race scholar along with writer and professor David Dennis Jr. join the conversation this episode. OJ breaks down reports of mistreatment of Africans in China.
57 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Black and Voting No Matter What
Wisconsin Voters risked their health to vote. We’re talking about what the latest Supreme Court decision meant for them and what it could mean for us all in November. Will there be sports in 2020? We break down our thoughts. Bernie Sanders suspends his bid for President. Plus, OJ has an update on last episode’s Out of Africa talker. On-air talent, video producer and digital media alchemist Jeff J. And Adidas Senior Communications Manager Richard Boadu join the show this episode.
40 minutes | Apr 5, 2020
Black Communities and COVID-19
We’re breaking down why the new Coronavirus is hitting black communities hard. What’s the point of Trump’s daily press briefings? Also, what should be done to protect those in prison or jail from the disease? Plus, Tiger King. This episode’s guest hosts are Philly sports host Sean Bell and Memphis attorney Janika White. And OJ has an Out of Africa that may terrify you.
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