Brother Ali: Wrestling With His Ego While Creating New Album | ep. #03

Working on the follow up to Mourning in America, Dreaming In Color (2012), Brother Ali is mindful is focused on creating work that does no harm, as he told me during a recent interview for the podcast Below the Fold.

“The ego is such a ninja. The ego is so masterful in trying to destroy everything that we do. It can poison the work that we are doing in terms of thinking that my truth is the best and only truth. Even in being humble, the ego gets off on people saying ‘Oh man, I can’t believe how humble you are’.

JASIRI X – Black Lives Matter and the 2016 Presidential Election

Hip Hop Artist and social justice activist Jasiri X joins me to discuss Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and who should the black vote in 2016. We also talk about Hip-hop as a form of journalism, the reason behind the “Beyoncé Backlash” and whether or not artists like Jay-Z and Jamiri also weighs in on why he thinks the Green party has failed to inspire communities of color – among many other topics

#OscarsSoWhite Creator To Chris Rock: Do The Right Thing

Describing the moment when she started the viral #OscarsSoWhite campaign, April Reign says was inspired by Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing, seeing in the Oscar nominations of 2015 the equivalent of “no brothers and sisters up on the wall in Sal’s Pizzeria.”

Speaking to me during an interview for the podcast Below The Fold, April describes how frustration quickly turned to humor when she took to twitter with “#OscarsSoWhite they want to touch my hair.”

“It started out as a joke,” April told me. “Then the conversation turned into something much more serious expanding into a discussion about the lack of representation in film.”

#OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign | ep. 01

Below The Fold welcomes April Reign creator of #OscarsSoWhite, managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com and Editor at Large of NU Tribe Magazine to discuss the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and this unique historical moment informed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Also discussed, how do the recent performances of Beyoncé at the Super Bowl and Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys set the stage for Chris Rock to host the Academy Awards