July 1, 2020
June 27, 2020
“The Black Firewall”
Guest: Dr. Ron Daniels, Ph.D.
Veteran social and political activist; journalist, professor; broadcaster. President and Founder the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Dr. Daniels was an Independent party candidate for US President, 1992.
June 24, 2020
June 20, 2020
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is the Co-founder of Racial Justice NOW and National Director of Activism at Brightbeam. She speaks to audiences across the country on issues of race and equal opportunity in schools while promoting strategic frameworks for change. In addition to other awards and appearances, Zakiya was named to the inaugural #Power50 Leadership Fellowship for women of color with Community Change and was recently featured in the HBO series, Problem Areas.
June 13, 2020
Dr. James L. Taylor, Ph.D is the Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS); and, he is the author of, “Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama” He has been an OUR COMMON GROUND Voice since 2011. He serves as an OCG political analyst.
Our discussion with him this week will be centered on strategic questions facing Black people struggling at this crucial historical juncture to see forward.
▪️Police Defunding and new public safety strategies
▪️Police Accountability and Reform – “Cold Cases”
▪️Demands and Challenges of the Black Vote
▪️ Black Trauma and Grief
May 30, 2020
Dr. Winbush is a research professor and the Director of the Institute for Urban Research. As a scholar and activist, he is known for his systems-thinking approaches to understanding the impact of racism/white supremacy on the global African community. His writings, consultations, and research have been instrumental in understanding developmental stages in Black males, public policy and its connection to compensatory justice, relationships between Black males and females, infusion of African studies into school curricula, and the impact of hip hop culture on the contemporary American landscape.
He has served as a faculty member and administrator at a number of universities including: Oakwood University, Alabama A&M University, Vanderbilt University, and Fisk University. Over the last 40 years, Winbush established numerous projects to raise awareness of America’s race relations and their impact upon the lives of Black people. He received grants to further his work from the National Science Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, West African Research Association, Pitney Bowes, Inc., the Ford Motor Company, and the Kellogg Foundation. In 2000, Dr. Winbush helped organize the first international conference of the National Council for Black Studies in Ghana, and in 2002 he aided in establishing the Global Afrikan Congress, the largest pan-African organization in the world.
Dr. Winbush appeared as race relations expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. His books, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys and Should America Pay? Slavery and The Raging Debate on Reparations were published in 2001 and 2003 respectively. His latest book, Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations For The Transatlantic Slave Trade (is considered a “prequel” to Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, and provides an overview of how reparations for the TransAtlantic Slave Trade has been a consistent theme among African people for the past 500 years.
May 16, 2020
One Side Dark, Other Side Hard : Black America In the GAP ”
Guest: Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Ph.D.
Author, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology”
Professor and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Deirdre Cooper Owens is the Linda and Charles Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is an Organization of American Historians’ (OAH) Distinguished Lecturer and has won a number of prestigious honors that range from the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies to serving as an American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow in Washington, D.C.
Cooper Owens earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in History and wrote an award-winning dissertation while there. A popular public speaker, she has published articles, essays, book chapters, and think pieces on a number of issues that concern African American experiences. Recently, Cooper Owens finished working with Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center on a podcast series about how to teach U.S. slavery and Time Magazine listed her as an “acclaimed expert” on U.S. history in its annual “The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now.”
Her first book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology (UGA Press, 2017) won the 2018 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the OAH as the best book written in African American women’s and gender history.
Professor Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. She is working on a second book project that examines mental illness during the era of United States slavery and is writing a popular biography of Harriet Tubman that examines her through the lens of disability.
May 9, 2020
OUR COMMON GROUND
“Black Economic Inequality: #RACEMatters”
Guest: Dr. Toure F. Reed, Professor of History and Author of “Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism”
Dr. Toure Reed earned his BA in American Studies from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), and his PhD in History from Columbia University (New York, NY). He is a fourth generation African American educator and third generation professor. Having spent his formative years in South West Atlanta, GA and New Haven, CT, Dr. Reed’s research interests center on race, class, and inequality.
Dr. Reed is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950, (UNC Chapel Hill Press, 2008) and the recently published Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (Verso Books, 2020). He is also co-author of Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of Black American Thought (Paradigm Publishers, 2009).
ABOUT the Book
Examines the fate of poor and working-class African Americans-who are unquestionably represented among neoliberalism’s victims-is inextricably linked to that of other poor and working-class Americans
In the book, Reed contends that the road to a more just society for African Americans and everyone else is obstructed, in part, by a discourse that equates entrepreneurialism with freedom and independence. This, ultimately, insists on divorcing race and class. In the age of runaway inequality and Black Lives Matter, there is an emerging consensus that our society has failed to redress racial disparities. The culprit, however, is not the sway of a metaphysical racism or the modern survival of a primordial tribalism. Instead, it can be traced to far more comprehensible forces, such as the contradictions in access to New Deal era welfare programs, the blinders imposed by the Cold War, and Ronald Reagan’s neoliberal assault on the half-century long Keynesian consensus.
May 2, 2020
Guest: Dr. James Lance Taylor, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Politics,former President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), an important organization of African American, African, and Afro Caribbean political scientists in the United States, 2009-2011
On March 3, Biden began putting together the coalition of minority and white-suburban supporters that made him the nominee via wins in ten of the 14 states holding contests that day. African-Americans were his base: According to exit polls he won 58 percent of black voters across this vast landscape. Will it hold. What plays will this base make and for what are Black people holding him accountable in return for our vote. Will the “Black agenda” survive going forward? Under what political infrastructure will “this base” hold the line? We will talk with Dr. James Taylor, a renowned political scientist and professor the urgency of the issues going toward a Joe Biden nomination and the Democrats historical failure to address them.
April 20, 2020
Page One and Two: With Dr. Sales we will sit on her front porch. From her blog writings, “From My Front Porch”.
“What do you feel about the 17 bodies of nursing home residents whose dead bodies nursing home staff stacked in a garage like disposable waste ?
What do you make of the executive order by the Governor of GA to demand that residents return to work beginning with workers in salons, barber shops, beauty shops and massage parlors?
None of this surprises me. These acts emerge out of the hearts of White men who fetishize and thrive off death and death driven policies in a culture of Whiteness. Henry Giroux calls them the avatars of death. They kill everything they create or touch. They kill our humanity. They kill all of our selves and our histories by reducing us to mere skin. They committed genocide against indigenous peoples in the Americas killing whole nations of indigenous people(s). They exterminated the buffalos and other animals. They committed cultural genocide against enslaved Africans by forcing them away from the familiar including their village and family and robbing them of their native names, languages and sacred traditions. They kill the earth and the environment . . . US ratified and signed it
I charge Trump with the crime of genocide because he is guilty of violating all of the following articles and is guilty of intentionally destroying lives by creating knowingly creating policies during this pandemic to destroy the lives of various communities in this country. By withholding resources and tests that we need to save our lives. I charge him with genocide for using the distribution of life saving health products such as masks as a political tool without any regard for the safety and lives.”
April 18, 2020
Page One: In-depth discussion of Black health risk in the pandemic with Dr. Camara P. Jones, MD, MPH, Ph.D
2019-20 Radcliffe Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; Assistant Professor ,Harvard School of Public Health (1994 to 2000); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000 to 2014), Medical Officer and Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity. Work focused on race-associated differences in health outcomes.
Page Two: The mad President. How we cope and how we prepare. Understanding the carnage in our government and how to rescue a Black political infrastructure to survive it all with Dr. James L. Taylor, Ph.D
Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. Immediate Past President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS);
Author, “Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama”
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FEATURED SELECTIONS FROM OUR PREVIOUS BROADCASTS
July 5, 2014
In Conversation with Cynthia McKinney
May 3, 2014
April 26, 2014
April 19, 2014
April 12, 2014
April 5, 2014
March 29, 2014
March 22 and 29, 2014
March 15, 2014
March 8, 2014
March 1, 2014
February 22, 2014
February 15, 2014
February 8, 2014
February 1, 2014
January 25, 2014
January 18, 2014
January 11, 2014
December 16, 2013
OUR COMMON GROUND ANNUAL KWANZAA TEACH-IN
November 23, 2013
November 16, 2013
Dr. Raymond A. Winbush is the Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland.
Dr. Raymond Winbush is an American-African, scholar/activist in the field of developmental psychology of African boys and r
eparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He is the author of three books, including, “Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations for the Transtlantic Slave Trade”, (Xlibris, 2009) a “prequel” to his book,” Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations” which was published by HarperCollins in 2003 and hit Essence Magazine’s bestsellers list shortly after its release. It has been called by Cornel West a “must read” when it comes to understanding the struggle for reparations.. His book, “The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys”, (Harper Collins, 2001), is a comprehensive African-centered program for rearing healthy Black boys in a racist society.
A clinical psychologist and director of The Warrior Institute (TWI), he is engaged in research concerning adolescent development, education, health and Black men and boys. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books “The Warrior Method: A Parents’ Guide to Rearing Healthy Black Boys” and “Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations”. In 2007, Winbush traveled to Australia to participate in a 5-day National Conference on Racism held at Murdoch University and delivered a lecture series at Australian National University.
November 2, 2013
Dr. David Ikard, Professor and Author
“Blinded By Whites” and “A Nation of Cowards
October 26, 2013
“In Conversation with George Curry”
October 19, 2013
October 12, 2013
October 5, 2013 SATURDAY NIGHT OPEN MIC
September 28, 2013
Sexual Assault and Mental Health Crisis in the Military: Black Pain Invisible”
Cathy Santos, Founder, National Alliance of Women Veterans
September 21, 2013 Returns
Our Guest: Dr. Tommy J. Curry
Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
Tommy J. Curry’s work spans across the various fields of philosophy, jurisprudence, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies. Though trained in American and Continental philosophical traditions, Curry’s primary research interests are in Critical Race Theory and Africana Philosophy. In Critical Race Theory, Curry looks at the work of Derrick Bell and his theory of racial realism as an antidote to the proliferating discourses of racial idealism that continue to uncritically embrace liberalism through the appropriation of European thinkers as the basis of racial reconciliation in the United States. In Africana philosophy, Curry’s work turns an eye towards the conceptual genealogy (intellectual history) of African American thought from 1800 to the present, with particular attention towards the scholars of the American Negro Academy and the Negro Society for Historical Research.
In Biomedical ethics, Curry is primarily interested government regulation, the ethical limits of government intervention in the practice of medicine, and democratic potentialities that arise from collaborative doctor-patient diagnoses and regenerative medicine like stem cells. Currently his research focuses on the linking the conceptualization of ethics found in the Belmont Report to Civil Rights and social justice paradigms.
April 20, 2013
An Evening with Dr. Runoko Rashidi: His Life and Work”
Runoko Rashidi is an extraordinarily gifted historian, research specialist, writer, world traveler, and public lecturer focusing on the African presence globally and the African foundations of world civilizations.
Dr. Rashidi is the author of Introduction to the Study of African Classical Civilizations(published by Karnak House in London in 1993), the editor, along with Dr. Ivan Van Sertima of Rutgers University and a major pamphlet titled the Global African Community: The African Presence in Asia, Australia and the South Pacific (published by the Institute of Independent Education in 1994). In 1995, he completed editing Unchained African Voices, a collection of poetry and prose by Death Row inmates at California’s San Quentin maximum-security prison.
He joins us on OUR COMMON GROUND to discuss his life, his scholarship and his life’s work
MARCH 2, 2013
OUR COMMON GROUND kicks off “Witnesses On the Bridge – Lessons Learned” Series
“Witnesses On the Bridge – Lessons Learned”
OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham
02 March, 2013
Florence L. Tate, ” FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary”
ABOUT Florence Tate
Many would think becoming an octogenarian reserves one the right to rest on her laurels — but Florence L. Tate, 81, says, “There’s still work to be done.”
The former Civil Rights activist, Dayton Daily News reporter, and press secretary for the historic 1984 Jesse Jackson Presidential campaign has lived through seven decades of American epochs – and now she’s writing about her impressive experiences and achievements in a new memoir – tentatively titled, The FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary Opens Her Files on Civil Rights, the Black Power Movement, and Black Partisan Politics.
At a time when our country should be experiencing a sense of accomplishment at realizing the fruits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work — evidenced by the election of the first African American President –Tate feels instead that the racial unease and tension revealed by events like the current drama surrounding the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case signify America still has a long way to go in race relations.
“The country has gone backwards from the time of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; we have regressed. There’s been an attempt to take things back to the pre-Civil Rights days,” says Tate.
In her memoir, Tate draws upon her extensive experience integrating major companies like Bell Telephone, and Globe Industries, working with seminal civil rights groups including SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and CORE (Congress for Racial Equality).
As the first African American female journalist at the Dayton Daily News, she also covered current events — including the Dayton riots that occurred during the “summer of ‘68” race riots that swept across the country.
The work that brought her into close confidence with key activist figures — such as Stokely Carmichael and H. Rap Brown — also eventually brought Tate, a middle class Dayton housewife and mother of three children, under the surveillance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation – evidenced by the giant file she received from the FBI when she petitioned for them decades after her civil rights and Pan Africanist work.
Tate wasn’t all that surprised by her voluminous FBI file. “We suspected we were under surveillance because, for example, we would pick up the phone, to try to use the phone, and there would be a silence there… we didn’t know, but we suspected… We suspected there would be people in the meetings, sometimes people who gave off vibes that they were not there to work with us… they were there to spy on us. And figures like Stokely Carmichael were always being followed by the FBI; they didn’t even try to hide it. They would sit outside in cars – for example, if he were at a meeting at my house, or wherever he was, they would be sitting outside my house. When I got my FBI file, then I knew exactly when they had been watching, spying…or infiltrating.”
Tate’s memoir chronicles her journey — from growing up under segregation in the South from the 30s through the mid-50s — to moving north in the late 50s…to finally become an influential figure in the small but dedicated civil rights movement ground work happening in Mid Western cities like Dayton.
“The civil rights activists were working in parts of the country other than the south – where the ground work was well publicized. Little or no publicity was given to the work being done in Mid Western cities like Dayton, Ohio,” she shares.
Related experiences — as Communications Director of the National Urban Coalition, and National Information Coordinator for ’72 African Liberation Day Coordinating Committee — landed Tate the role of Press Secretary in Marion Barry’s first campaign in his successful bid for Mayor of Washington D.C. in 1978, and Press Secretary during his first two years in office. Later she would repeat that role for Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Presidential campaign — during which time she traveled with him to Damascus, Syria during his historic rescue mission to free downed U.S. Air Force pilotLt. Robert Goodman.
Tate also writes of another major life-defining segment of her journey: her experiences with mental and physical health issues. These include battling breast cancer, suffering a major stroke after the birth of her third child — and the subsequent 50-year-long battle with clinical depression triggered by that stroke.
Tate says she hopes her memoir will encourage young people – and especially young women – to understand and act on their power to impact the world around them. But like a true mother, grandmother – and now, great-grandmother — she admits her main reason for penning her memoir is for her children.
“My children and grandchildren have repeatedly asked me to write my biography — so they will know who I am…so they can
Learn more about Florence. Listen in on March 2, 2013.
The FBI’s Most Wanted Press Secretary