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The Drop Squad
102 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 21: Who Is The Working Class Anyway?
Reny, Jamel, Q and Nina talk about liberal narratives arising post-election to protect their negro-whisper positions and bags, the fake "radical" masks falling off left and right, and the problem with pretending that words don't have recognized meaning and media pundits and rich liberals collectively pretending not to understand who "the working class" is.
90 minutes | 20 days ago
Episode 20: The Internet is Not Your Friend
Nina, Jamel, Q, Reny and Ali talk about rappers who can't rap, the inconsistency and selectiveness of "cancelling" people and what it actually accomplishes, and this circus of a failure of an election cycle, as well as why it's good to be distrustful of folks online and in online political spaces because these folks are not our friends.
75 minutes | 20 days ago
Episode 19: A Very Conspiracy Episode
Jamel, Nina, Reny and Ali get into conspiracy theories, speak to which ones we believe are real and the validity and utility of conspiracy theories as a means of questioning the movements and motivations of our government and powerful people and groups. We also speak to our own political journeys, how we developed our politics, and how we hold grace for each other and Black people throughout our growth. #justiceforJaboukie https://twitter.com/jaboukie ! Give his Blue Check back! https://dailytargum.com/article/2020/03/jaboukie-suspended-for-cnn-tweet
72 minutes | a month ago
Episode 18: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers
Reny and Ali speak with Darryl "Waistline" Mitchell - cofounder of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Communist Labor Party - as he walks us through the history of 1960s Detroit and the conditions that set the tone for Black freedom movements.
114 minutes | a month ago
Episode 17: The Democrats Still Aren't Gonna Read Your Letters
In this episode, Jamel, Reny, Q and Nina talk about the economic impacts of COVID on Black people economically, including small businesses, and the fact that how money is produced and circulated in the US is a lie. Additionally, we discuss Black liberal academics and media pundits trying to scapegoat Black men to elevate Joe Biden in the hopes of getting more jobs, access and validation from whiteness via the democratic party.
88 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 16: Saying Nothing is Always an Option
Reny, Q, Nina and Ali return to our roots laughing at the contradictions in electoral politics and neoliberal support of Joe Biden, the "Get Well Fascism" campaigns from Ava Duvernay and other Black folks in the entertainment class when Trump was announced to have COVID, Trump as the Typhoid Mary of the Republican party, and the weird democratic allegiance to "decorum" and "honor" with folks who have neither.
99 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 15: Discourse on Colorism
Nina, Ali, and Jamel dive deep into analyzing anti-Blackness as a white supremacist power structure with a genocidal logic. While discussing the obsession with white (usually women) blackfishing to gain access and power within Black academic and organizing/political spaces, we get into how colorism factors into the benefits they are able to reap and how colorism is a facet of and cannot be delinked from anti-Blackness. Additionally, we speak to the uniqueness and defined nature of Blackness - specifically Black American culture - and the necessity in gatekeeping that culture, as well as why Ali hates seeing Black women find Black love.
88 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 14: The New Normal
Nina, Ali and Reny talk about the impact that COVID has had on socialization and navigating school, work, day to day existing, how we have been holding up in quarantine and impacted by COVID, the lack of support and interventions from our government, and what a "return to normal" looks like and how the effects will be felt by Black folks. Completely unprovoked, Reny also felt the need to let the rest of us know he can't cook and hates flavor. Hide your baked mac n cheese and your seasonings.*the article mentioned: https://www.theroot.com/the-caucasians-guide-to-aunties-1845028700^ we do not endorse nor do we recommend reading it.
106 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 13: Black Politics for Black People
Jamel, Reny and Nina welcome back Q. Anthony (on a probationary, guest host basis) to talk about the current political reality for Black people and the importance of promoting Black politics that are shaped by the realities of actual Black people being impacted by them. We discuss Breonna Taylor's murder, defunding/abolishing the police, and the infantilization of Black people politically that promotes ideas that we are completely unable to contextualize, theorize around, understand our experiences on a ground level and that what we truly need is celebrities, politicians and academics to save us.
101 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 12: A Post-Hollywood Analysis
Ali, Nina and Reny are joined by friend of the pod Keyma discussing music, Black political unity, Netflix's "Cuties" and what role Hollywood should play in Black political and social futures as a means of representing Black experiences and telling our stories.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 11: The Democrats Are Never Gonna Read Your Letters
This week, Jamel, Reny, Ali and Nina get into the failings of the Democratic party to engage Black people and our political needs beyond shallow, performative displays of "solidarity" and recognition of identities, the DNC, and the harm in the idea that we can hold politicians who have never displayed any concern for or allegiance to anyone or anything but their careers "accountable."
114 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 10: Black Male Studies Was Here (feat. Dr. Tommy J. Curry)
Reny and Jamel speak with Dr. Tommy J. Curry about his work in Black male studies and the failings of the academy to decolonize scholarship being taught, cited and upheld as representative of the experiences of Black men and boys. Have your drinks ready, because they letting the "ontology"s and "epistemology"s fly.
100 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 9: Black Left Politics (feat. Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly)
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly drops by to talk Black left politics, the history of Black communism, the current uprising for Black lives, and much more.
107 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 8: Kamala? That's Cute, If You're Into That
Nina and Jamel welcome Ashley (@brownblaze) and Imani (@imaniloves_you) to the podcast to talk Kamala Harris and electoral politics, why local politics should be paramount for true believers, the political utility of "visibility," COINTELPRO, and much more. Organizations mentioned: Heal The Land United Together (https://www.healthelandunited.org/)Planting Justice (https://plantingjustice.org/)
78 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 7: Not Your Imperialist Bestie
Reny, Nina, Ali, and Jamel chop it up this week about Black political engagement, the weaponization of trauma and victimhood in the service of liberal electoralism, how “Lesser of Two-Evils” politics harms Black communities, and how celebrity politics like "Protect Beyoncé at all costs" have, you know...actual costs.
118 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 6: King Krypto
Friend of the pod and polymath Dr. Kortney Ziegler (fakerapper) drops by to talk about cryptocurrency, his experience working in the intersection between tech and prison abolition, his film STILL BLACK: a Portrait of Black Transmen, the erasure and speaking over of Black trans male identity, and why Jamel will get washed 10 times out of 10 in a fight with a mountain gorilla.
79 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 5: (Part 1 of 2) Pan-Africanism for Beginners w/ Milton Allimadi
In part 1 of a 2 part interview, journalist Milton Allimadi (@allimadi), founder of Black Star News and African History professor at John Jay College joins the Drop Squad to talk about the history of pan-Africanism, the democratic primaries, and the roots of the Black Power tradition. Cheikh Anta Diop Interview: https://youtu.be/c5pDjJTUnb8 Walter Rodney: Race and Class in Guyanese Politics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9szjOu-yIPs
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 5: (Part 2 of 2) Pan-Africanism for Beginners w/ Milton Allimadi
In part 2 of a 2 part interview, journalist Milton Allimadi (@allimadi), founder of Black Star News and African History professor at John Jay College joins the Drop Squad to talk about the history of pan-Africanism, the democratic primaries, and the roots of the Black Power tradition. Cheikh Anta Diop Interview: https://youtu.be/c5pDjJTUnb8 Walter Rodney: Race and Class in Guyanese Politics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9szjOu-yIPs
94 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 4: Survivor's Guilt
The Drop Squad covers survivor's guilt in the time of COVID, Usman vs. Masvidal on UFC Fight Island, the impossibility of solving institutional racism with piecemeal policy, medical racism, Children's Aid and the destruction of Black and Indigenous families, pop-Afropessimism and Tragic Blackness, and Talib Kweli's uh...social media tendencies
94 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 3: Atlanta Uprising
Friends of the pod Devyn (@HalfAtlanta) and Asia (@fkaLuna_) drop by to talk about the Atlanta Uprising, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Killer Mike, the politics of polite protest, and more
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