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Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.

Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.


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Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.




Ep. 455 - Jim Clyburn just crushed qualified immunity

Yesterday Congressman Jim Clyburn, one of the leading Democrats in the country, basically crushed any chance qualified immunity had of passing on the federal level. It's disgusting. Let me break it down.


Ep. 454 - Olympic Athletes Should Ignore the Ban on Black Lives Matter Gear & Protests

It's weird, but the Summer Olympics are less than 3 months away. And athletes are just now starting to get detailed notifications that they can't wear anything that says or represents "Black Lives Matter" in any way whatsoever. Black power fists are banned. Taking a knee is banned. But they should all ignore this...together.


Ep. 453 - When a Monster Threatens to Sue You

Today me, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner, and our organization, Real Justice, were just threatened with a lawsuit from the evil monster of a man, Carlos Vega, Larry's opponent in the DA's race there in 12 days. Let me break it all down for you. I stand by every word I said.


Ep. 452 - New Takeover Episode from Rai King

Blanca and Rai sit down with Dr. Hasina Mohyuddin, a scholar and DEI professional at Vanderbilt University, to hear her story of being a Muslim woman in America. She shares her research with us about the effects of Islamaphobia on children. We also discuss what your workplace can do right now to support its Muslim workers.


Ep. 451 - I'm never going to stop raising money for these families

Yesterday we raised nearly $100,000 for Myon Burrell, who was wrongly convicted for a murder he had nothing to do with in Minneapolis nearly 20 years ago. He was just a kid and spent 18 years of his life in prison. I'm so grateful for everybody who gave. And I just want to be clear - no matter how many lies people tell on me across the Internet, I am literally never going to stop raising money for these families impacted by police violence, racial injustice, and mass incarceration.


Ep. 450 - This needs to happen in your hometown

This past week New York City announced that all non-violent mental health calls will be rerouted away from the NYPD and sent instead to mental health professionals. This amounts to nearly 154,000 calls a year - or over 400 calls a day to 911. When it gets instituted, this is going to change the city and change policing in a major way.


Ep. 449 - A setback in North Carolina but some good news in Georgia and Louisiana

Yesterday, I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was, when a judge ruled that police did NOT have to release body camera footage of their murder of Andrew Brown. Hours later we learned that crime charges would be filed against the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery. And this morning we just learned that my friend and brother Gary Chambers is launching a brand new organization called Bigger Than Me.


Ep. 448 - Andrew Brown, Jr.

I need you to know this name and know this story. Police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina executed a Black man named Andrew Brown, Jr. and they refuse to release the body camera footage or even really admit to any of what went down, but what we know so far tells me this is going to be a national case and local police know it.


Ep. 447 - Where the Money Resides: Compound Interest

Chances are, you've heard of the term "compound interest," but do you know how it really works? If not, you're in the majority: 69% of Americans don't understand it. Compound interest is the "magic pill" that converts your "modest savings" into massive wealth. Through the power of compound interest is how most "everyday" people become millionaires. On this episode we are breaking down how compound interest works and how to make it work for you--at any age.


Ep. 446 - A real life supervillain is running for office

When I heard that Carlos Vega was running to be the next District Attorney of Philadelphia, I thought it was a joke. He was literally fired from that office for gross misconduct. In his 35 years there, his department wrongly convicted dozens of innocent people that they framed for crimes they had absolutely nothing to do with. I don't think a more disturbing person is running for office in 2021. Together we have to stop him.


Ep. 445 - When Self-Care Means Walking Away with Amber Field

Today we have an episode of another podcast produced by The North Star - W.O.C. at Work. Hosted by Rai King and Dr. Blanca Ruiz, it explores what it means to be a W.O.C. at Work by elevating the voices of female-identifying leaders of color in order to shed light on their common experiences as they push for transformational change in organizations across the country. Feel stuck in a job that you know doesn’t serve your needs, but not sure you can walk away? In this episode of WOC at Work,...


Ep. 444 - Is Your Money Racist?

When you contribute to your retirement savings do you know what your investments are contributing to? Are your investment dollars circulating wealth into the communities that matter to you the most? Unfortunately, the answer is probably: NO. And the worse news is that your retirement and investment dollars are likely supporting companies and institutions that would rather support immigration, prison complexes, racism and excess gun usage before supporting people that look like you. In this...


Ep. 443 - A good day. A bad day. A victory. And a horrible loss.

Yesterday Derek Chauvin was held fully accountable for his murder of George Floyd. He was convicted on all charges. And it was an important victory in the pursuit of justice. While that was being celebrated - we learned of the horrible shooting death of 16 year old Makiyah Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. I'll talk about all of this and more today.


Ep. 442 - Now we wait

There is something ugly about the waiting game we are playing right now as the jury deliberates in the trial of Derek Chauvin. The jury is doing what they have to do, but it's like the whole nation knows that our country could fall apart if Chauvin isn't held accountable.


Ep. 441 - The prosecution did their job. Now it's about to be in the hands of the jury.

The closing arguments in the prosecution of Derek Chauvin are today. For the past 3 weeks, the prosecution did a very good job. Maybe better than I've ever seen in a case against a police officer. I'll explain why and tell you what I truly think will happen next.


Ep. 440 - Adam Toledo

The Chicago Police shot and killed an unarmed, compliant 13 year old boy and then lied to cover it up.


Ep. 439 - Heard about the school shooting in Knoxville on Monday? It's not what you think.

On this past Monday, like millions of Americans I got the news that yet another school shooting happened in Knoxville, Tennessee. Except what police and reporters initially stated was all a lie. There was no school shooter. And the only officer who got shot, shot himself. And a young Black boy named Anthony Thompson is dead.


Ep. 438 - I think we are entering a new dip

If you've read my book, you've seen the concept I have for "The Dip." It's what happens in American society when white people in power feel threatened or insecure. I think we're experiencing some of those tremors right now.


Ep. 437 - Kim Potter, Earle Brown, the KKK, and the murder of Daunte Wright

Since yesterday we've learned so much more not only about the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, but about the deeply racist origins of the town where he was killed.


Ep. 436 - Daunte Wright

Yesterday police outside of Minneapolis shot and killed an unarmed, non-violent Black man named Daunte Wright after pulling him over for having an air freshener hanging from his rear view mirror. And it's all just too much.