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76 minutes | 5 days ago
Flint Taylor - Fred Hampton's attorney
Host Bob Hercules sat down with attorney Flint Taylor to discuss the murder of Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton in 1969, who is the subject of the recent film, “Judas & The Black Messiah.” With five Oscar nominations, including for best picture, this movie ultimately took home an Academy Award for Daniel Kaluuya’s performance as Fred Hampton in the Best Supporting Actor category.Along with his partner, Jeff Haas, in the People’s Law Office, Flint Taylor takes us through the journey of how they uncovered and proved the truth about what happened to Fred Hampton and fellow Black Panther, Mark Clark. They were able to alter the public’s perception being put forth by Cook County State’s attorney Edward v. Hanrahan and other public officials that the Panthers were a terrorist organization and were the aggressors in this altercation. Even though the media reported this fabrication initially as the truth, these two remarkably persistent lawyers were able to shine a light on the orchestrated assassination of Fred Hampton which was part of a larger Counterintelligence program initiated by the FBI, aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, disrupting and neutralizing American political organizations and leaders deemed subversive.Flint Taylor is an American human rights and civil rights attorney based in Chicago, Illinois, who has litigated many high-profile police brutality, government misconduct and death penalty cases. Taylor has pursued public interest law to take on allegations of corrupt police tactics and wrongful convictions in the city of Chicago and elsewhere. Taylor was part of a team of negotiators in the 2015 landmark decision by the City of Chicago to award reparations to the survivors of police torture, becoming the first municipal government to do so.
177 minutes | 6 months ago
Host Steve Ordower has a fascinating, inspiring and downright hilarious conversation with actor Ernie Hudson, as they discuss his long and winding journey with his career. Ernie reflects on his serendipitous meeting with director Gordon Parks, his breakout role in "The Great White Hope," playing the lead role in the play about the life of fighter Jack Johnson, along with his time attending the Yale school of drama. Hudson has been a fixture in film and television for decades, and he talks about some of his favorite roles on screen, where he honed his craft, as well as working with Ordower on the film, THE MAN IN THE SILO. We also get a glimpse into Hudson's personal philosophy that has guided him throughout his life.This podcast is hosted by Buzzsprout, and we couldn't be happier with this company. You can find out more information about their excellent services for podcast distribution and monetization, as well as sign up here:https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=1017514
138 minutes | 8 months ago
Host Bob Hercules speaks with the acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Steve James, who’s first film, Hoop Dreams, made an indelible mark on the cultural and sociological landscape in the U.S.. This film won every major critics award in 1994 as well as a Peabody, and picked up many more accolades along with way. James also directed, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, that was nominated for an Academy Award, and tells the story of a small financial institution that was the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States 2008 mortgage crisis. He also teamed up with writer Alex Kotlowitz on The Interrupters, a film that brought us an intimate and fiercely honest portrayal of ex-gang members that transitioned to interrupting conflicts to stop gang violence. His laundry list of vital and important films brings incredible insight to the world around us, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the show.
45 minutes | a year ago
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Today on the show we welcome one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. This episode is part of an ongoing series about the Emmy Award winning Gospel television program, JUBILEE SHOWCASE, that was a who’s-who of Gospel Greats in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and its outspoken civil rights activist producer and host, Sid Ordower. This episode is filled with excellent Gospel Music from JUBILEE SHOWCASE!Host Steve Ordower sat down with Rev. Jackson for a documentary interview about this vital piece of American Culture at Rainbow PUSH on the south-side of Chicago, the headquarters of an organization Rev. Jackson founded years ago that merged Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity), and the National Rainbow Coalition. The mission of this merged organization is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.Before this, Rev. Jackson worked closely with Dr. King becoming a full-time organizer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and was soon after appointed to direct the critically important Operation Breadbasket program. Over the past forty years, Rev. Jackson has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, economic and social justice.
82 minutes | a year ago
Today on the show, guest host Bob Hercules welcomes the dynamic musician and visual artist, Jon Langford, to discuss his illustrious career. Jon has lead several bands, most notably The Mekons, The Waco Brothers, and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.Since the mid-1980s, Langford has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock.
74 minutes | a year ago
Guest host, Bob Hercules sits down with the prolific author, journalist and filmmaker, Alex Kotlowitz, who is best known for his books exploring the intersection of poverty, urban violence and race, which includes his landmark book, THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE.
56 minutes | 2 years ago
Host Steve Ordower sits down with music icon Mavis Staples to discuss her family starting out as The Staple Singers, her collaborations with notable artists such as Prince, her father's distinctive guitar style, and her experience appearing on the Gospel music TV show, Jubilee Showcase.
75 minutes | 2 years ago
Bob Hercules - Filmmaker
Host Steve Ordower sits down with filmmaker Bob Hercules to discuss his recent documentary, “Maya Angelou l And Still I rise”, along with the rest of Hercules’ prolific career.
55 minutes | 2 years ago
Leaps Of Faiths
Bob Hercules interviews Steve Ordower & David Kovacs about their new documentary film about interfaith marriage, LEAPS OF FAITHS.
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