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The Breakdown with Shaun King

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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.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 544 - My first thoughts on the guilty verdict for the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery

11/30/2021
Last week I never really had a chance to tell you all my thoughts and feelings on the guilty verdict for the 3 men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery. I’ll break it all down here today.

Duration:00:17:28

Ep. 543 - Reflecting on the life and death of Virgil Abloh

11/29/2021
Today I just wanted to freestyle and share some thoughts from my head and heart on the life and death of Virgil Abloh. What a loss.

Duration:00:12:22

Ep. 542 - I’m a bit more nervous on Day 2 of jury deliberations

11/24/2021
Let me unpack and explain what’s going on and why I’m a bit nervous today about the outcome of the trial of the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery

Duration:00:09:46

Ep. - 541 - Can these 11 white jurors convict 3 white men of murdering Ahmaud Arbery?

11/23/2021
Closing arguments just wrapped up and the rest of this case is now in the hands of a nearly all-white jury. Today I’ll share my hopes and expectations and also talk about why yesterday was a true low moment for the entire trial.

Duration:00:12:11

Ep. 540 - You can literally be a black oppressor

11/22/2021
I'm still on the road. So for today, the team at The North Star will run one of their favorite throwback episodes. Though it references Joe Biden's first few days in office, the message is still relevant today. Please listen as I breakdown how one can literally be a black oppressor. www.TheNorthStar.com

Duration:00:18:03

Ep. 539 - Listen to these 4 clips of Malcolm X

11/19/2021
While I'm out on the road this week, the team at The North Star are replaying some of their favorite episodes of The Breakdown. With the news of the 2 men that were convicted of Killing Malcolm scheduled to be exonerated, we want to replay an episode that runs four of the most powerful clips from the speeches and interviews of Malcolm X. They are also painful because they shouldn't even be relevant anymore, but he literally could've said these things yesterday. Listen and learn.

Duration:00:18:43

Ep. 538 - Why simply telling people to "vote" is just not specific enough

11/18/2021
While I'm out on the road this week, the team at The North Star are replaying some of their favorite episodes of The Breakdown. Did you hear the disturbing clip of Kenosha, Wisconsin Sheriff David Beth saying Black people need to be locked up, warehoused, and never let out again? He said this after a shoplifting incident. But listen, that man was VOTED into office. We have to start be very, very specific about who and what people should be voting for and against nationwide. Or we get...

Duration:00:09:55

Ep. 537 - Understanding the Inside/Outside Ways of Fighting for Change

11/17/2021
While I'm out on the road this week, the team at The North Star are replaying some of their favorite episodes of The Breakdown. In this episode, I share a painful, personal story about a lesson that I learned about organizing for change as an outsider and organizing for change as an insider. In the winter of 2014, I found myself in a deep funk after failing in so many fights for families fighting for justice. And I got a call from The White House that forever changed the way I saw my role...

Duration:00:23:20

Ep. 536 - American Police Exist to Advance White Power

11/15/2021
The trial of white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse who murdered two people at a Black Lives Matter protest is going on right now. I’m following it closely and I encourage all of you to do the same. Today we are rerunning the first Breakdown episode on the Kenosha shooting as we brace ourselves for what’s next.

Duration:00:12:56

Episode 535 - The lynching of Ahmaud Ahmaud Arbery.

11/12/2021
This is one of the most important civil rights cases in the history of our country.As the trial of the McMichael’s and Roddie Bryan begins, we’re rerunning the first Breakdown episode examining the heinous murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Duration:00:14:59

Ep. 534 - Why I’m more encouraged today that the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery will be convicted

11/10/2021
Yesterday was an ESSENTIAL day in the trial of the bigots that murdered Ahmaud Arbery. The testimony was as important and as damning as anything we will hear during the entire trial. And for the first time in a few weeks, I’m feeling more hopeful about the possibility that these men will be convicted. Let me unpack and explain it.

Duration:00:13:51

Ep. 533 - I am gravely concerned they might actually execute Julius Jones.

11/9/2021
We are now just 9 days away from the scheduled execution of Julius Jones. I honestly never thought we’d get here. The Oklahoma Board of Pardon and Parole has now ruled TWICE that Julius Jones should be removed from death row and that his sentence should be commuted to life with parole. But Governor Stitt of Oklahoma is ignoring his own board. I’ve never seen it in my life. I need you to stop what you are doing and do 2 things for us please. FreeJuliusJones.com405-777-7840

Duration:00:09:51

Ep. 532 - The Democratic Party is struggling at a time when they should be crushing it

11/8/2021
Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency. Conservatives led a failed insurrection at the American Capitol earlier this year and are literally going to prison. This should be the time that Democrats step up to lead, but instead, they are throwing it all away.

Duration:00:18:08

Ep. 531 - I am gravely concerned about the trial of the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery

11/5/2021
Opening statements are now underway and the full trial of the three white supremacists who murdered Ahmaud Arbery is now underway. I am gravely concerned. The judge is OK. That’s the good news. But the jury looks like a Trump rally. And the prosecutors really did bomb in the jury selection process.

Duration:00:15:26

Ep. 530 - On the road today

11/3/2021
I’m on the road today and will be right back here tomorrow to unpack and explain the results from Election Day. Hope each of you are doing well.

Duration:00:00:47

Ep. 529 - Frustrated Black Voters + An Update on Julius Jones

11/2/2021
It’s Election Day across America. And while I’m still honored to have the right to vote, I see the growing frustration among Black voters with the Democratic Party as they continue to overpromise and underdeliver.Also, today I have some very good news on the Julius Jones case.

Duration:00:16:19

Ep. 528 - Free Julius Jones!

11/1/2021
In 17 days Oklahoma is scheduled to execute an innocent young Black man for a crime he did not commit. The Oklahoma Board of Pardon & Parole already voted 3-1 to stop this execution and give Julius life in prison, but the Governor is ignoring his own board full of conservative appointees. That’s why we need you. Please go now to FreeJuliusJones.com to learn all about the case and then call 405.777.7840. I am counting on you. Julius is counting on you. Together we are strong.

Duration:00:18:20

Ep. 527 - The brutal, grotesque, barbaric execution of John Grant was quintessential America. And illegal.

10/29/2021
Last night Oklahoma executed a man named John Grant. What happened was as gross as anything I’ve ever heard of. Let me unpack and explain to you why it was illegal. It’s also more American than apple pie or baseball. Between me and you all - this was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard of in modern American history. And I cover and fight evil for a living.

Duration:00:17:07

Ep. 526 - I’m betting on myself.

10/28/2021
I’m a writer. I’m a lot of things, but a writer will always be high on that list. After a few months of working to get out of all of my contracts with my book publisher and literary agent and talent agent, who were good to me by the way, I’m breaking out on my own. I’m betting on myself. My last book was a New York Times Bestseller, but I don’t desire or ever plan to be on that list again. I’m going in a very different direction with my next 4-5 books. I need the space to be able to...

Duration:00:20:36

Ep. 525 - Police FINALLY indicted for the murder of Jamarion Robinson

10/27/2021
His name should be a household name that we say alongside so many other victims of police violence. Over 5 years ago police fired hundreds of shots at Jamarion Robinson - shooting him 76 times and killing him. Today I’ll speak about the case and the peculiar nature of why some cases go viral, but most never do.

Duration:00:12:48