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Taina Asili, Sammus, Tef Poe, Rebel Diaz & Immortal Technique on Trump’s Inauguration

In this special episode, I talk about my journey down to Washington DC to perform at three events in protest to Trump's Inauguration. These events were a inauguration day DisruptJ20 benefit concert, the DisruptJ20 protest on inauguration day, The Women's March on Washington the day after. While down there I spoke briefly with four hip hop artists whom I performed with at the DisruptJ20 benefit concert: Sammus, Rebel Diaz, Tef Poe, and Immortal Technique. I ask them about what it means to...


Charlotte Hill O'Neal - Healing Songs Made In The Motherland

In this episode I speak with Mama Charlotte Hill O’Neal, an accomplished vocalist, musician, poet, visual artist, and former member of the Black Panther Party. She has been living in the village of Imbaseni, near Arusha, Tanzania, for over 40 years. There she is the co-director of the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC), a center focusing on healing the community by providing a diverse array of art and media projects. This week we talk with Mama C about her musical history,...


Enmanuel Candelario - Protest Poetry and the Legacy of MLK

In this episode I speak with Enmanuel Candelario, a writer, performer and recording artist with The Peace Poets, a collective of artists from the Bronx, NY. Since 2005 The Peace Poets have celebrated, examined and advocated for life through music and poetry, with a stylistic emphasis on lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. In 2014, their song “I Can’t Breath” in memory of Eric Garner received national attention, being sung as a form of protest by activists, artists and celebrities. This week I...


Bonfire Madigan Shive - Music In Dialogue With Right Now

In this episode I talk with visionary cellist, vocalist, and community activist Bonfire Madigan Shive. Madigan began her career in the Pacific Northwest Riot Grrrl scene, releasing music with independent record labels K and Kill Rock Stars. She’s gone on to establish herself as a trailblazing performer, blending folk, punk, classical and avant-baroque styles. She is also a founding collective member of The Icarus Project, a progressive, peer led mental health community and support network....