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Africa Today August 29, 2016 | Dr. Robin D. G. Kelley Join’s Host Walter Turner

In this week’s edition of Africa Today, host Walter Turner airs an interview with Dr. Robin Kelly who has said of Dr. Robinson, “Cedric Robinson was a wholly original thinker whose five books and dozens of essays challenged liberal and Marxist theories, political change, exposed the racial character of capitalism, on earth a black radical tradition, and examined a social political cultural and intellectual basis, interrogated the role of theater and film, informed the ideologies of race and class, and overturned standard historical interpretation of the last millennium. …

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Tavis Smiley on PBS | Connie Rice And Robin D.G. Kelley Discuss Police Shootings and Shootings in Dallas

Generally speaking on African Elements, when it comes to content I didn’t produce I generally will post a link and drive traffic to the producer (which I am doing in this case above), but in addition to that I am posting that content in a slightly altered format because I believe it will be of value to educators and those fostering discussion around the recent police shootings of African American civilians and the shootings of police in Dallas. In this two-part discussion with Tavis Smiley and historian and UCLA professor, Robin D. G. Kelley and Attorney, Connie Rice, Smiley covers quite a bit of ground including policing across race and class, the role of protest in the black lives matter movement, Obama’s response, and the political implications on the upcoming election. The alternative format provided here at African Elements has bookmarked those various topics allowing those fostering conversations to search within the video to jump to particular areas of focus. Additionally, using the search menu it is also possible to search within the video and jumped to specific key terms of interest.

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Africa Today May 30 2016 | An Hour with Dr. Gerald Horne

Dr. Gerald Horne is a John J. and Rebecca Moore Chair of History and American Studies at the University of Houston. His research addresses issues of race, internationalism, politics, civil rights and the global connections between developments in Asia, Africa, United States and Europe. He is the author a number of books, including, most recently Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow number two; The Counterrevolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origin of the United States Of America which is 2014 and the most recent one, Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic.

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Africa Today Delivers a Discussion With Author, Chernoh Bah and Filmmaker, Bilal Chapman

KPFA Radio’s Africa Today | A Discussion With Author, Chernoh Bah and Filmmaker, Bilal Chapman April 25, 2016 http://archives.kpfa.org/data/20160425-Mon1900.mp3 Africa Today begins an interview with Chernoh Bah. His book is entitled, The Ebola Outbreak In West Africa: Corporate Gangsters, Multinationals and Rogue Politicians. He also shares a discussion about noted academic Ibrahim Abdullah in the country of Sierra Leone. The second segment moves to a discussion around the ongoing San Francisco International Film Festival, and Bilal Chapman on the film, The Return. [Click Here To Visit Africa Today], A weekly news program providing information and analysis about Africa and the African Diaspora, hosted by Walter Turner. SEGMENT 1 Chernoh  Alpha Bah is an award-winning journalist and a political activist based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is the recipient of numerous awards for journalism and his first book was titled, Neocolonialism in West Africa and that was published in 2013. He is the chairman and founder of the African Socialist Movement of Sierra Leone, has been a consistent voice for democracy, human rights, and against the arbitrary power of multinational corporations. His most recent book, the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, challenges the established narrative about the outbreak of ebola in West Africa, and continues with the discussion of the world of war, political corruption, and demonization of West Africa and Africa as a basis for the political and health devastation that besets the African continent – particularly his country of Sierra Leone around the issues of ebola. Chernoh Bah joins Africa today to discuss his new book, titled The Ebola Outbreak in West Africa: Corporate Gangsters, Multinationals and Rogue Politicians. He’s also going to talk with us about another case of interest with our time here and that’s the case of Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah of Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone. SEGMENT 2 The 59th annual San Francisco international film Festival began on April 21 it runs through May 5. There are some great films there. There’s a film on San Francisco based poet, writer, legend, Bob Kaufman. Very exciting film which I watched recently and entitled, “The Return.” “The Return” focuses on the California 3 strikes law, which there was a reversal and under Proposition 36 it made number of people who had been incarcerated with life sentences eligible for parole. The film takes a look at the journey of several individuals who are making this transition. It takes a look at the Stanford based lawyers working on... read more

Black Women, Domestic Violence, and the “Battered Women’s Defense”

**MORE NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK’S HEADLINES IN OUR “WEEK IN REVIEW” RELEASED EVERY SUNDAY AT 7AM AT WWW.AFRICANELEMENTS.ORG** Black Women, Domestic Violence, and the “Battered Women’s Defense” One of the news stories on the April 1 edition of Democracy Now! highlighted troubling case of Cherelle Baldwin. On March 31, 2016 a Connecticut jury found her not guilty in the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey Brown. Baldwin was charged with murder after over Brown’s death, which took place just outside her home even though she had attained a court order barring threats, harassment and assaults during visits, but Brown continued sending Baldwin threatening text messages. Cherelle Baldwin’s case highlights many problems with regard to domestic violence policy (which is clearly written by men) – including the fact that oftentimes these women depend on their abusers and are thus reluctant to send him to jail, the fact that the debt took place just outside Baldwin’s home placed it in a different legal realm than if she had simply been stronger and more powerful and beat him to death inside the home, and the fact that being a convicted felon, Brown was ineligible for anger management treatment, which Baldwin had repeatedly attempted to acquire for Brown. All of the above is true across class and racial lines, but we MUST get real about one thing… Black women suffer in particular ways simply because (“angry black”) women do not fit the profile in the public imagination of the “battered woman.” As such, they are often unable to use abuse as a legal defense in clear-cut cases of self-defense. This is not just conjecture, this is a long established historically precedented fact. If proved is required, one need only look up the case of Kemba... read more

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