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The Black Reality Think Tank

Host, William Rogers 

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF BLACK FACE IN AMERICA

There is a brief delay at the beginning of the broadcast.

What is it about “blackface” that feeds the soul and spirit of White America? What ethical and moral platform supports this behavior.

The Black Reality Think Tank will discuss many of the racial innuendoes underpinning the practice of “blackface.”

Why White Racism Won’t Go Away

Host: Dr. William Rogers

Join us for an open discussion on why White Racism and all of its symbols and nuances, sewn into the fabric of Eurocentric life, will not disappear..

Navigating The Journey To The Mountain Top

A dialog in order to make sense of our world and understand the “hidden hand” behind the daily political and economic activities.  How do African people use this understanding to move forward?

Who’ll Pay Reparations on My Soul?

Jamaican filmmaker creates a documentary on Slavery, Reparations, and Repatriation in Jamaica. The name of the film is “The Price of Memory.” She will be a guest on the Black Reality Think Tank Tuesday 11/20 at 8pm eastern time.

The film is available for viewing for a limited time at no cost for Black Reality Think Tank listeners prior to tomorrow’s broadcast.

 

All of History is a Current Event

The Black Reality Think Tank is honored to have as our guest conversationalist on this week’s broadcast, Mr. Gene Peters.

Mr. Peters is a Historian, Educator, Educational Consultant, and noted Heritage Collector. His private collection is called “THE GENE ALEXANDER PETERS COLLECTION OF RARE & HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS.” He is also President of The Schomburg Corporation (the officially chartered, independent advisory affiliate to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) headquartered in Harem, NY.

Mr. Peters was recently invited to curate and feature a custom: “SLAVERY IN NEW YORK CITY: The African Burial Ground Tribute Exhibit” for the National Black Theater in Harlem, NY!!
The production entitle “UNHEARD VOICES,” conceived, developed, and produced by 4x Emmy award winning writer & playwright JUDY TATE, is a powerful, original, monologue play in which featured actors “Give Voice” to the 419 unnamed African and African American men, women, and children who are buried in the “rediscovered” colonial era burial ground in NYC, originally named, ‘Negroes Burying Ground’ or ‘Negroes Burial Ground’ (@1690 – 1794).

 

AMERICAN HISTORY: WHY WERE THESE IMAGES NECESSARY FOR EUROPEAN AMERICANS?

This week’s guest on The Black Reality Think Tank is Bill Doggett a well respected published historian, archivist, and lecturer specializing in African American Performing Arts History. In 2015 Doggett was commissioned by The Recorded Sound Division of The Library of Congress to produce a project on Race and Early Sound Recordings for The National Jukebox.

Bill Doggett has a Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA and has been recognized for leadership in utilizing history and The Arts in creating intergenerational dialogue within and across Bay Area communities by former San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom, Berkeley Mayor, Tom Bates, and State Senator, Mark Leno.

Mr. Doggett will share with our listening audience the reason and motivation behind these images. He will also give a sample of his collective work from The Library of Congress.

REAL MEN DON’T BEAT THEIR WOMEN: HEALING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

We must address the issue of domestic violence in the African American community now. The Black Reality Think Tank will convene a panel of specialist from the Alma Center in Milwaukee. Using the best research available, the center has developed a group of core programs to support men who desire to live a more productive lifestyle, be better fathers, husbands and community role models. The programs are Men Ending Violence, Restorative Fatherhood, Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery, and Reentry Services.

Mr. Kitonga Alexander and James Mosley, the staff of the Alma Center will discuss the cause, effect, and solutions to family violence in our community.

The goals and objective of the Black Reality Think Tank are to study and understand the past, in order to dissect the present and support implementing a meaningful future.

Black Reality Think Tank With Dr.William Rogers; Interview with Marvin X

'WRITING IS FIGHTING! DECLARING WAR ON PAPER Tuesday 7/17/18 – 8pm (eastern time) Steaming live on www.timeforanawakening.com The Black Reality Think Tank will feature one the great African American poets and writers of our time, Marvin X. Jackmon. Because of X's affiliations with Black Panther activists of the day (Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver) and his work in Black theater with Ed Bullins, X is considered one of the major essayists and playwrights of the Black Aesthetics Movement.[2] Marvin attended Oakland’s Merritt College where he encountered fellow students who organized the Black Panther Party. He indicates they taught him Black Nationalism. Marvin’s first play Flowers for the Trashman was produced by the Drama department at San Francisco State University, 1965. Marvin X went on to establish his own Black Arts West Theatre in the Fillmore, 1966, along with playwright Ed Bullins. Months later Marvin would co-found Black House with Eldridge Cleaver, 1967. Marvin introduced Eldridge Cleaver to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Eldridge immediately joined the Black Panther Party. Huey Newton said, “Marvin X was my teacher, many of our comrades came from his Black Arts Theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas and Samuel Napier.” One of the movers and shakers of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) Marvin X has published 30 books, including essays, poetry, and his autobiography Somethin’ Proper. Important books include Fly to Allah, poems, Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays on consciousness, and How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, a manual based on the 12 step Recovery model.'

The Black Reality Think Tank will feature one the great African American poets and writers of our time, Marvin X. Jackmon. Because of X’s affiliations with Black Panther activists of the day (Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver) and his work in Black theater with Ed Bullins, X is considered one of the major essayists and playwrights of the Black Aesthetics Movement.

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