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#73 Introduction to Islamic Liberation Theology - Professor Farid Esack
41:30

What is Islamic Liberation Theology? Listen in as we speak to Professor Farid Esack on how we may utilise Islamic liberation theology in our fight for justice

Farid Esack (born 1955 in Wynberg, Cape Town) is a South African Muslim scholar, writer, and political activist known for his opposition to apartheid, his appointment by Nelson Mandela as a gender equity commissioner, and his work for inter-religious dialogue.

 

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@MetalMaoMustafa

 

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@AshaariML

Dec 03, 2022
#72 Elections, Solidarity & Understanding US History - Dr. Gerald Horne
47:35

In this episode we speak to Dr. Gerald Horne on all things elections. He gives us his post-midterm election analysis whilst delving into the utility of elections and much more! 

 

Gerald Horne, is an American historian who currently holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston.

I.G. @TheGambian

@CtayJ

 

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@MomodouTaal

@Ctayj

Nov 21, 2022
#71 Let’s talk Film! - Comrade Yami
46:12

We're talking film, arts and politics with Comrade Yami

 

Xtian Osagiede is a Nigerian American artists and filmmaker. He's committed to creating Transgressive Cinema that depicts visceral, emotionally intense experiences. 

 

“Christian, also known as comradeyami on IG”

 

“Check out HUNTED his debut short film here:

https://vimeo.com/704682201

Nov 12, 2022
#70 A look at Cedric Robinson’s ’Black Marxism’ - Annie Olaloku-Teriba
37:10

In this episode Annie and I discuss Cedric Robinson's Black Marxism. Its rise to prominence, the position it occupies within the academy and what are some critiques?

 

Annie Olaloku-Teriba is a PhD student based in London, working on legacies of empire and the complex histories of race.

I.G. @TheGambian

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@MomodouTaal

@Annie_etc_

Oct 27, 2022
#69 The Western Muslim Scholarly class and Their Right Wing Obsession -Yahya Birt
51:20

I spoke to Yahya Birt regarding his article. We cover why so many Muslim scholars in the West have decided to align themselves with right wing ideologies. 

 

Yahya Birt has published over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on Islam in Britain and co-edited British Secularism and Religion (2016), Islam in Victorian Liverpool (2021) and The Collected Poems of Abdullah Quilliam (2021). In 2022, he published his first poetry collection, Pandemic Pilgrimage. As a research director at the Ayaan Institute in London, he published Ummah at the Margins: The Past, Present, and Future of Muslim Minorities (2022). He is a co-editor of the Oxford British Muslim Studies series for the Oxford University Press. He lives in West Yorkshire with his family and cat. He likes walking and being grumpy about the state of the world.

 

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@MomodouTaal

@YBirt

Oct 17, 2022
#68 Laundering Black Rage Part 2 -Too Black & Deej
46:21

In this episode, Deej takes over The Malcolm Effect for part 2 of the discussion with Too Black on his essay, ' Laundering Black Rage' 

 

Article can be found here

 

Too Black is a poet, traveling and teaching artist, and author fusing historical content, current events, creative practice, and interpersonal interaction on international stages. He is currently the host of the Black Myths Podcast: a podcast debunking the BS said about Black people while also the producer for The Last Dope Intellectual: an unapologetically radical Black web show hosted by Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly and Dr. Layla Brown.

Too Black blends critical analysis with biting sarcasm. He has headlined various stages and events including the historic Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, Princeton University, and Johannesburg Theater in South Africa. His words have been published in online publications such as Black Agenda Report, Left Voice, Blavity, and Hood Communist.

 

 

 

I.G. @TheGambian

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Too_Black_

@FanonIsCanon

Oct 08, 2022
#67 Laundering Black Rage Part 1 - Too Black
51:10

In this 2 part episode, we unpack Too Black's recent article, titled 'Laundering Black Rage'.

 

Too Black is a poet, traveling and teaching artist, and author fusing historical content, current events, creative practice, and interpersonal interaction on international stages. He is currently the host of the Black Myths Podcast: a podcast debunking the BS said about Black people while also the producer for The Last Dope Intellectual: an unapologetically radical Black web show hosted by Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly and Dr. Layla Brown.

Too Black blends critical analysis with biting sarcasm. He has headlined various stages and events including the historic Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, Princeton University, and Johannesburg Theater in South Africa. His words have been published in online publications such as Black Agenda Report, Left Voice, Blavity and Hood Communist.

 

Article can be found here: Laundering Black Rage

I.G. @TheGambian

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Too_Black_

Sep 28, 2022
#66 In Conversation - Dr. Cornel West
49:36

In this episode we speak to Dr. Cornel West about our current moment and his assessment of where we are today.

 

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@MomodouTaal

@FanonIsCanon

@CtayJ

@CornelWest

Sep 19, 2022
#65 The Case Against the Sex Trade - Isa
41:31

In this episode, Isa puts forwards arguments against the sex trade using a materialist analysis.

Isa is a 20 year old trans woman with a background in socialist organising. Isa is an avid reader who is able to teach complex theory in a digestible manner. Isa was recently involved a worldwide missing persons case that resulted in their abduction. 

 

I.G. @TheGambian

 

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@EndSanctions

Sep 02, 2022
#2 The Crisis Update
29:54

This segment is a new addition to The Malcolm Effect in which we aim to release a weekly news update in line with the spirit of internationalism

 

(This episode was recorded on the 26th June 2022)

Jun 27, 2022
#64 The Story of Imperialism in Puerto Rico - Dana López
34:23

In this episode, Dana takes us through the history and legacy of imperialism in Puerto Rico 

 

Dana López (she, her, ella) 39 years old lives in Aguadilla Puerto Rico with her daughter, partner, and 2 cats. Studying Master of Social Work remotely at Columbia University School of Social Work (Clinical Social Work and Social Welfare Policy) 

 

Dana grew up in several places across what is currently known as the United States racialized and socialized as a "middle class" white woman.  

She returned to university as an adult to complete undergraduate work in Psychology, Social Science and Writing. Then went on to graduate school at Columbia and through the process of education and returning to Puerto Rico during the pandemic to live closer to her partners family, became deeply interested- if not obsessed with the ways that oppressive US imperialist policy is enacted and impacts the people of Puerto Rico.  She discusses the throughlines from invasion to current issues of "status" of Puerto Rico. The ongoing displacement and gentrification of Puerto Ricans and the ways that the US obscures the colonial and imperialist "relationship" between Puerto Rico and the US. 

 

Only some of many books, articles and names for further learning about this issue:

 

-War Against All Puerto Ricans, Nelson A. Denis

-How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr 

-La Mordaza (The Gag Law), Ivonne Acosta Lespier

-Free Puerto Rico, Pedro Albizu Campos (anything about Albizu Campos)

-Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein

-For those who like Marx and poetry... Read Lo Terciario/The Tertiary by Raquel Salas Rivera

-Centro Archives at Hunter College CUNY

https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/library/#archivesSection

-Boricua College Archives

-University of Puerto Rico Archives 

 

Policy list and key points mentioned for further research: El Grito de Lares

Carta de Autonomia

The Jones Act 

The Gag Law

US Public Law 136 (forced sterilization of women in Puerto Rico)

Cornelius Rhoades

Ponce Massacre

Nationality Act

Act 20/22/60

PROMESA/ La Junta

Vieques bombings

History of pharmaceutical business, contraception testing

UN Decisions on decolonization of Puerto Rico

 

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Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@DLopezsocialwrk

 

 

 

Jun 21, 2022
#1 The Crisis Update
18:50

This segment is a new addition to The Malcolm Effect in which we aim to release a weekly news update in line with the spirit of internationalism

 

(This episode was recorded on the 10th June 2022)

Jun 13, 2022
#63 A Historical Analysis of Gun Laws in the USA - Dr. Gerald Horne & Christian Joseph
50:05

In light of recent mass shootings, Professor Gerald Horne takes us through a historical analysis of US gun laws.

 

Gerald Horne, is an American historian who currently holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston.

I.G. @TheGambian

@CtayJ

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Ctayj

Jun 04, 2022
#62 The Current Culture War and How The Left Should Respond - Dr. Aurelien Mondon
27:26

In this episode I spoke to Aurelien Mondon regarding how those on the left should, if at all, respond to the current iteration of 'the culture war'

 

Aurelien Mondon is a Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies and the mainstreaming of far right politics through elite discourse. His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speech published with Zed. His new book Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, is now out with Verso.

 

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Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@AurelMondon

May 20, 2022
#61 What is Materialism? And What Does a Black Materialist Politic Sound Like? - Aaron Booe
28:54

In this episode, I spoke to Aaron as they broke down what is materialism and why they choose to adopt a materialist politic when thinking about Black liberation.

 

Aaron Booe is an organizer with the Claudia Jones School for Political Education in Washington, D.C. Currently, they are studying Political Science and Economics at Howard University. 

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@aaron_bo02

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Afromaterialism

 

May 13, 2022
#60 Not All Blacks Have Your Back -Too Black
46:15

In this episode, I spoke to the dope Too Black regarding how we should organise and build politically, particularly focusing on what our approach should be towards the Black bourgeoisie

 

Too Black is a poet, traveling and teaching artist, and author fusing historical content, current events, creative practice, and interpersonal interaction on international stages. He is currently the host of the Black Myths Podcast: a podcast debunking the BS said about Black people while also the producer for The Last Dope Intellectual: an unapologetically radical Black web show hosted by Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly and Dr. Layla Brown.

Too Black blends critical analysis with biting sarcasm. He has headlined various stages and events including the historic Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, Princeton University, and Johannesburg Theater in South Africa. His words have been published in online publications such as Black Agenda Report, Left Voice, Blavity and Hood Communist.

I.G. @TheGambian

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Too_Black_

May 01, 2022
#59 ”What is Race?” - Professor Alana Lentin
44:56

We often hear that race is a social construct, however that doesn't actually tell us what race is doing. In this episode Alana Lentin calls us to think of race as a technology of power. Listen in for another amazing episode.

 

Alana Lentin is Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She is a Jewish European woman who is a settler on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. Her latest book is Why Race Still Matters (Polity 2020) and she previously published The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age with Gavan Titley (Zed, 2011). She co-edits the Rowman & Littlefield ‘Challenging Migration Studies’ books series and the ‘Decolonization and Social Worlds’ series at Bristol University Press. She is an editorial board member of Ethnic and Racial Studies and Identities among other journals. Her academic and media articles as well as videos, podcasts, and teaching materials can be found at www.alanalentin.net

 

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@MomodouTaal

@AlanaLentin

Apr 20, 2022
#58 A Material Analysis Of Space and Borders - Gregk Foley
58:22

Borders are imaginary however, their maintenance requires a series of material policies. Listen in as Gregk unpacks the nature of bordering and what a Marxist analysis of borders and space sounds like

 

Gregk Foley is an independent researcher based in the UK. His research interests concern the political geographies of border/ing regimes, policing, security and war.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Gregkfoley

Apr 07, 2022
#57 A Look At Now - Dr. Gerald Horne & Christian Joseph
51:25

In this episode I was joined by Dr. Gerald Horne & Christian, as we speak about Black politics today.

 

Gerald Horne, is an American historian who currently holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston.

I.G. @TheGambian

@CtayJ

 

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@MomodouTaal

@Ctayj

Mar 16, 2022
#56 An Introduction to Decolonial Theory - Dr. Jairo I. Fúnez
28:24

Listen in as Dr. Jairo I. Fúnez breakdowns what exactly is decolonial theory and decolonisation. 

 

Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies at Texas Tech University. His research works at the intersections of sociocultural studies of education, curriculum studies, decolonial theory, and qualitative methodology. He has a particular interest in the ways in which Latin American student movements create alternative pedagogical spaces within and beyond educational institutions. Through critical ethnography his work interprets how student activists construct political identities, knowledges, pedagogies, and practices of resistance that unsettle neoliberal education reform. Jairo’s research also theorizes the geopolitics of curriculum and examines how curriculum reform perpetuates coloniality within the context of neoliberal globalization. His most recent work advances transgressive decolonial hermeneutics in activist education research and examines the conceptual and methodological points of convergence between the decolonial and ontological turn in social theory.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

 

 

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@Jairo_I_Funez

Feb 18, 2022
#55 Imperialism, Revolution & Our Current Moment -Vijay Prashad & Christian Joseph
52:20

What is Imperialism? Is revolution feasible in our current moment? Listen in as Vijay Prashad, Christian Joseph and I think through these questions and more,

 

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator, and a Marxist intellectual. He is an executive-director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

 

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@PossibleHistory

@CtayJ

 

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@Ctayj

Jan 31, 2022
#54 What is Black Male Studies? - Professor Tommy J. Curry & Annie Teriba
01:05:11

*Trigger Warning* Some of the topics discussed here cover sexual violence

 

Super excited to share this conversation with you all. Listen in as Professor Curry, Annie and I discuss the project of Black Male Studies

 

Tommy J. Curry is an African American scholar, author and professor of philosophy. As of 2019, he holds a Personal Chair in Africana philosophy and Black male studies at the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, he won an American Book Award for The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood

 

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@Annie_etc_

@DrTJC

Jan 20, 2022
#53 Black Men, Privilege & Patriarchy - Deej
35:00

First episode of the new year and there’s no better way than to be in conversation with Deej on Black Men, Black Feminism(s), and Gender.

Khadijah Diskin is a PhD Researcher in Psychology. Her research explores the psychosocial dimension of Black students experiences in British higher education, using Lacanian discourse analysis to interrogate the intersubjective convergences of race, coloniality and neoliberalisation.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

 

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@FanonIsCanon 

   

 

Jan 12, 2022
#52 A material analysis of Palestine - Yara Shoufani
44:29

Yara joins me again on The Malcolm Effect to discuss what a material analysis of Palestine sounds like. 

 

Yara Shoufani is an organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement in Toronto. She holds a master's in political science, with a research focus on colonisation and gentrification in Occupied Palestine. 

 

Super dope episode! Listen in and share! 

 

I.G. @TheGambian

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Yaraxsh

Nov 17, 2021
#51 An Introduction to Gender Studies - Dr. Melyssa Haffaf
37:02

All things gender! Listen in as Dr. Haffaf takes us through an introduction to gender studies and an explanation of the current debates

 

Dr. Melyssa Haffaf is the Program Director of the Georgetown University Gender+ Justice Initiative, where she also teaches Women's and Gender Studies courses. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Paris IV – La Sorbonne, and a Doctorate in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies with a focus on Gender from the University of Miami. Her dissertation entitled Shifting Masculinities from North Africa examined discourse and literary representations of masculinity in post-colonial Algeria, Egypt and Morocco.

 

Dr. Haffaf’s research interests include North African cultural productions, Islamic studies, gender studies, feminist theory and praxis, and decolonial and racial theory.

Nov 03, 2021
#50 An Introduction to Political Economy - Dr. Bikrum Gill
37:48

All things political economy! An introduction to Political Economy with Dr. Gill

 

This episode gives an introduction to political economy and Marxian economies, we define key terms that we often hear in our circles.

 

Dr. Gill is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Race, Nature, and Accumulation: A Decolonial Political Ecological Analysis of Land Grabbing.”  This book examines the motives and consequences of the post financial crisis phenomenon of large-scale agricultural land grabbing, with a particular focus on the “South-South” case of Indian agricultural companies expanding into the Gambella province of Ethiopia. Combining political ecology, political economy, and decolonial theory, this work situates the land grab within the longue duree of colonial-capitalist modernity, and advances the argument that the land grab, as a distinctive post-crisis phenomenon, signifies an attempt to re-constitute the racialized social-ecology of global capitalist development.

 Dr. Gill’s subsequent work will build off from some of the larger implications of the book project, and will seek to intervene in particular into the emergent “epoch” debates which are centered upon locating the social-ecological crisis of climate change within a distinctive geological epoch defined by the rise of the human as geological agent. Specifically, he is concerned with the Eurocentric premise of the major approaches, whether identified as Anthropocene or Capitalocene, as they are all united in granting historical priority to the generative agency of the European human. His approach aims to extend the debate beyond such Eurocentrism, by foregrounding instead how the structuring relations defining the epoch of the climate crisis are born out of the European settler/master’s racialized response to the social-ecological world-making knowledge and agency of non-European peoples. This project thus engages a deeper global history and broader geography of social-ecological co-constitution in order to emphasize first how non-Europeans have been involved in landscape formation for millennia prior to the colonial-capitalist era, and, second, how such knowledge and practice have been both appropriated and erased by colonizing forces.

 

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@realDrcabbie

Oct 25, 2021
#49 Is Islam an anti black religion? - Mustafa Briggs
01:01:39

I believe that the discourse that Islam is an anti black religion, is a disingenuous engagement and routinely attempts to remove the revolutionary possibilities that have been found in Islam by figures such as Malcolm. Listen in as my bro Mustafa Briggs responds to the question.

 

Mustafa Briggs, is a graduate of Arabic and International Relations from the University of Westminster whose dissertation focused on Arabic Literature and Literacy in West Africa. Mustafa started an MA in Translation at SOAS, University of London with a specialisation in Arabic and Islamic Texts, before going onto al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt where he is currently doing another degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic.

Mustafa rose to international acclaim for his ‘Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam’ lecture series which saw him explore and uncover the deep routed relationship between Islam and Black History; and the legacy of contemporary African Islamic Scholarship and its role in the International Relations of the Muslim World as well as the vital role Female Scholarship plays in the West African Islamic Tradition, which he presented at over 30 Universities across 3 continents, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale.

Mustafa has also been featured on international media such as AlJazeera and Islam Channel to discuss themes such as Islamic History and Blackness and Islam and is currently working on forthcoming translations of Traditional West African Islamic Texts.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

@MustafaBriggs

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@MomodouTaal

Oct 14, 2021
#48 Cuba, Revolution and The Act of Solidarity - Manolo De La Santos
29:29

In this episode, I speak to Manolo about the reality on the ground in Cuba, how we can truly be in solidarity with those who are victims of imperial violence amongst many other topics.

 

Manolo De Los Santos is Co-Executive Director of The People’s Forum and researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He co-edited, most recently, Viviremos: Venezuela vs Hybrid War (LeftWord 2020).

 

I.G. @TheGambian

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@MomodouTaal

@manolo_realengo

Sep 14, 2021
#47 A Material Analysis of Race -Annie Teriba
50:32

What is material analysis? And why is it important to take a material analysis to race and understanding blackness? A masterclass on why we must take a material analysis when thinking about the dispossession of black people. 

 

Annie Olaloku-Teriba is an independent researcher based in London, working on legacies of empire and the complex histories of race.

I.G. @TheGambian

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Annie_etc_

Sep 06, 2021
#46 Afghanistan; past and present - Justin Podur
46:52

I was joined by anti-imperialist author, Justin Podur, as he breaks down the situation in Afghanistan today whilst highlighting key historical events that have contributed to the present moment.

 

Justin Podur is the author (with Joe Emersberger) of Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, and 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela (Monthly Review 2021), of America’s Wars on Democracy in Rwanda and the DR Congo (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and Haiti’s New Dictatorship (Pluto Press 2012). He has contributed chapters to Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan (University of Toronto Press 2013) and Real Utopia (AK Press 2008). He is an Associate Professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.

In fiction Justin is the author of three novels: The Path of the Unarmed (self-published on Wattpad 2020), Siegebreakers (Roseway 2019) and the Demands of the Dead (self-published 2014). 

A fellow of the Independent Media Institute’s Globetrotter project, he has previously reported from India (Kashmir, Chhattisgarh), Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico (Chiapas), and Israel/Palestine for ZNet, TeleSUR, rabble.ca, Ricochet, and other publications.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

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@MomodouTaal

@JustinPodur

 

Aug 23, 2021
#45 "From Conservatism to Nkrumah" - Tristan Graham
01:01:38

An engaging conversation with Tristan, a thinker and activist from Jamaica as we speak about the things he is thinking through politically. 

 

Tristan Graham was born on January 15, 2001, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a Revolutionary Pan-Africanist and young author who specializes in African/African Diaspora history, Philosophy, Gender Studies, and Political Science.

 

Tristan is a well-read young scholar who has an insatiable yearning for knowledge. He currently divides his time amongst, reading articles/books, university, and his love of sports.

The words of Malcolm X’s - You Can’t Hate The Roots of A Tree And Not Hate That Tree speech ignited a flame in his heart and mind at the age of 18. Since then, he has dedicated himself to rigid philosophical, historical, and political studies via his library of approximately 60 books.

Among his main influences are Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Ture, Marcus Garvey, Thomas Sankara, Dr Yosef Ben Jochannan, Cheikh Anta Diop, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Clenora Hudson-Weems, Dr. Cornel West, Karl Marx, Socrates, and Lao Tzu.

 

I.G. @TheGambian

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@MomodouTaal

@TristanG300

Aug 16, 2021
#44 The Global Imprint of Imperialism - Yara Shoufani
37:10

What is imperialism? Which countries are imperialist? Listen in as I discuss with all things imperialism with Yara

 

Yara Shoufani is an organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement in Toronto. She holds a master's in political science, with a research focus on colonisation and gentrification in Occupied Palestine. 

 

I.G. @TheGambian

Twitter:

@MomodouTaal

@Yaraxsh

Aug 02, 2021
#43 An Intro to Claudia Jones - Zifeng Liu
28:52

Listen in as Zifeng eloquently and succinctly introduces us to the life of the revolutionary Claudia Jones.

 

Zifeng Liu is an intellectual historian of the 20th-century Africana world with specializations in Black internationalism, anticolonial thought, and Afro-Asian solidarity. His current project "Redrawing the Balance of Power: Black Left Feminists, Mao’s China, and the Making of an Afro-Asian Political Imaginary" explores how Black leftist women’s understandings of race, class, gender, sexuality, and empire evolved as they sought Afro-Chinese solidarity within often difficult geopolitical contexts. His research has been featured in The Economist and CGTN. And his essays and reviews in English and Chinese on Black radicalism and African American political culture have been published in the Journal of Intersectionality, Journal of African American History, Journal of Beihang University, The Paper, Initium Media, and SINA News. Zifeng Liu is currently a doctoral candidate in Africana Studies at Cornell University.

 

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@MomodouTaal

@Zifeng_Liu

Jul 25, 2021
#42 "The Clever Blacks" - Nkazimulo Moyeni
47:04

In this weeks episode, I am joined by Nkazi from South Africa in which we discuss the all too often familiar phenomena of the black bourgeoisie/middle class, with a particular focus on the South African post apartheid context. 

 

Nkazimulo Moyeni is a Zulu storyteller who has been blessed with the opportunity to use corporate law, photography and writing as mediums of expressing his narrative. A father and a husband to a loving wife, who ensured that the whole house was silent while we did the podcast, ( it’s important that your listeners know this, or else that will be the last silence I experience)

 

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Nkosi_nkazi

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Jul 21, 2021
#41 Let's talk all things politics - Asad Dandia
47:59

Got to catch up with none other than Asad as we talk all things politics as it pertains to our current moment 

 

Asad Dandia is a Brooklyn-born writer, organizer, and teacher. He recently graduated Columbia University with an MA in Islamic Studies and holds a BS in social work from NYU. He was a co-plaintiff in the historic 'Raza vs City of NY' lawsuit which challenged NYPD surveillance on behalf of Muslim communities and organizations. He writes on modern Islamic thought, radical/labor politics, and post/de-colonial theory. He is co-host of the New Books in Middle East Studies podcast on the New Books Network and his writing has been featured in Al-Jazeera English, the LA Review of Books, the Washington Post, among other publications. His MA Thesis at Columbia was entitled, “Rethinking Islamic Studies: Muhammad Iqbal’s Philosophy as Decolonial Critique.” 

 

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@DandiaAsad

@MomodouTaal

Jul 13, 2021
#40 Let's talk Pan-Africanism - Dr. Layla Brown
50:52

Dr. Layla Brown joins me for another discussion on all things Pan-Africanism. Listen in as we discuss the pan Africanism as defined by Sékou Toure and Kwame Nkrumah, as well the problems with ADOS, Neo-colonialism and much more!

Layla Brown is a member of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party-GC and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  

Layla earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in her home state of North Carolina where her research focused on Black racial identity formation in Latin America and the US and its impact on Black Radical Organising in the era of Black Lives Matter.  She is currently working on her first book manuscript Return to the Source: The Dialectics of 21st Century Pan-African Liberation based largely on her dissertation research.  

Layla spent all of 2020 as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study where her research expanded to examine the crisis of racial capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the fall of 2021 she will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research. Her most recent scholarly work “The Pandemic of Racial Capitalism: Another World Is Possible” can be found in From the European South: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Humanities.

 

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Jul 06, 2021
#39 What Are Our Sources for Struggle? - Dr. Joy James & Khadijah Diskin
45:06

In this episode I speak with Dr. Joy James and Khadijah Diskin in which we talk all things liberation. We spoke on black feminism today, sources of our struggle, how we can develop a language that speaks to the race, class and function dynamics and so much more

 

Joy James is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities at Williams College.

James is author of: Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics; Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals; Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture. Her edited books include: Warfare in the American Homeland; The New Abolitionists: (Neo) Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings; Imprisoned Intellectuals; States of Confinement; The Black Feminist Reader (co-edited with TD Sharpley-Whiting); and The Angela Y. Davis Reader. James is completing a book on the prosecution of 20th-century interracial rape cases, tentatively titled “Memory, Shame & Rage.” She has contributed articles and book chapters to journals and anthologies addressing feminist and critical race theory, democracy, and social justice.

She is the recipient of grants, fellowships or awards from: the Fletcher Foundation; the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; the Rockefeller Foundation; the Bellagio Fellowship; the Aaron Diamond Foundation/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Ford Foundation; and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award.

 

Khadijah Diskin is a PhD Researcher in Psychology. Her research explores the psychosocial dimension of Black students experiences in British higher education, using Lacanian discourse analysis to interrogate the intersubjective convergences of race, coloniality and neoliberalisation.

 

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Jun 20, 2021
#38 How Can The Left Win? -Dr. Aurelien Mondon
38:06

In this episode, Aurelien and I discuss what the left needs to do to win.

 

Aurelien Mondon is a Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies and the mainstreaming of far right politics through elite discourse. His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speech published with Zed. His new book Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, is now out with Verso.

 

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Jun 11, 2021
#37 Our Present Moment - Professor D. G. Kelley
57:30

A 3 way conversation with the legendary Robin Kelley. In this episode Christian and I discuss with Robin Kelley on matters related to our present moment and his works. 

Born in New York City, Kelley earned his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach, in 1983. By 1987 he had earned a masters in African history and doctorate in US history from UCLA.[8]

After earning his doctorate, he began his career as an Assistant Professor at Southeastern Massachusetts University, then to Emory University, and the University of Michigan, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He later moved to the Department of History at New York University, where he was promoted to the rank of Professor and taught courses on U.S. history, African-American history, and popular culture. At the age of 32, he was the youngest full professor at NYU.[8] He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

Kelley has spent most of his career exploring American and African-American history, with a particular emphasis on radical social movements and the political dynamics at work within African-American culture, including jazzhip-hop, and visual arts.[9][10][11]

Although influenced by Marxism, Kelley has eschewed a doctrinaire Marxist approach to aesthetics and culture, preferring a modified surrealist approach. He has described himself in the past as a "Marxist surrealist feminist who is not just anti something but pro-emancipation, pro-liberation."[12]

Kelley has also used the concept of racial capitalism in his work

 

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May 30, 2021
#36 Sham says read 'Pedagogy of The Oppressed' - Sham
30:44

What is revolutionary education? Sham and I discuss the current educational system and why reading Paulo Freire's Pedagogy can provide much needed insight into developing a radical education

 

Sham is a Baghdad born Masters in Law graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Development. Sham so the co-founder of A is for Activism, a local grassroots bookclub that focuses on works of radical Marxists

 

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May 24, 2021
#35 Climate Justice is Racial Justice - Athian Akec
21:28

Are you aware how racism plays a role in climate justice activism? Athian helps me unpack how the two are connected.

 

Athian Akec is an 18 year old activist, writer and speaker. His main areas of focus are climate change, youth violence and racial inequality. As a part of this he's written for the Guardian, Independent, Huffpost, I-d magazine, Huck Magazine, Hunger Mag and other national newspapers. Additionally he's spoken in the House of Commons as a part of the UK Youth Parliament. Athian also sits on the board of a youth charity and a commission in Camden focusing on economic renewal following the pandemic.

 

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May 14, 2021
#34 Choppin' It Up - Christian Joseph
36:47

A catch up with my dear friend Christian on some of the things we’re thinking about currently. 

 

Christian Joseph is a recent college graduate, who has a keen interest in political economy and questions that concern Black liberation 

 

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Apr 30, 2021
#33 Race, Capitalism and the Myth of the Black Capitalist - Dr. CBS
40:30

We often here that you cannot separate race from capitalism or that we can reform capitalism and make it more ethical. Listen in as I discuss with Dr. CBS on what is the link between race and capitalism, the myth of black capitalism, black liberals and advice on how we should organise

Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly is the 2020-2021 Visiting Scholar in the Race and Capitalism Project at the University of Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College. She is the co-lead of the Black Alliance for Peace Research & Political Education Team. A scholar of critical Black studies, political theory, political economy, and intellectual history, Burden-Stelly is the co-author, with Gerald Horne, of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Black Scare/Red Scare: Antiblackness, Anticommunism, and the Rise of Capitalism in the United States. Burden-Stelly’s published work appears in journals including Small Axe, Souls, Du Bois Review, Socialism & Democracy, International Journal of Africana Studies, and the CLR James Journal. Her public scholarship can be found in venues including Monthly Review, Boston Review, and Black Perspectives. She is the host of “The Last Dope Intellectual” podcast, which is part of the Black Power Media network and the co-editor of The Black Agenda Review.

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Apr 23, 2021
#32 What Comes After The Race Report? - Khadijah Diskin
39:29

We are still reeling from the government’s terrible race report. Listen in to my conversation with Deej about what our focuses should be in terms of organising and going forward. 

 

Khadijah Diskin is a PhD Researcher in Psychology. Her research explores the psychosocial dimension of Black students experiences in British higher education, using Lacanian discourse analysis to interrogate the intersubjective convergences of race, coloniality and neoliberalisation.

 

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Apr 16, 2021
#31 Has Racism Ended In Britain? - Dr. Nick Guyatt
39:59

The Government’s Race report has concluded that there is no institutional racism in the U.K. 

Listen in as I discuss with Dr. Nick Guyatt as we unpack the report

 

Nick Guyatt teaches American history at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He’s written about history, race and politics for the Guardian, the New York Times, the London Review of Books and many other publications. His most recent book is Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation (Basic Books, 2016). 

 

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Apr 11, 2021
#30 Marxism; Myth Busting - Vijay Prashad
38:26

A lot of you asked me to do a breakdown of commonly used terminology that we hear in politics and economics. So I sat down with Vijay Prashad, where we talk all things Marxism. 

 

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator, and a Marxist intellectual. He is an executive-director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books.

 

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Apr 02, 2021
#29 Rest is Revolutionary - Nabila “Nebulosity” Wasi
26:17
Loved this conversation surrounding the role of meditative practices in activism   Nabila “Nebulosity” Wasi, M.A., Wellness Entrepreneur and Founder of MindBodySol Wellness, is an Educational Leader/Educator, a Program Management Professional, Certified Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, community organizer, researcher, multi-genre storyteller, and abolitionist. Her current programming and research emphasis is rooted in holistic and prophetic wellness, anti-racism education, distance learning and instructional design, social impact storytelling, transformation coaching, and women’s leadership development. For her commitment to leadership, social justice, and cultivating community, she was selected as a Champions for Change Leaders of Color Fellowship.

 

She holds a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento in Education Leadership, as well as a BA in Psychology and Spanish, with a minor in African/African American Studies from the University of California, Davis. As a lifelong seeker of sacred Islamic knowledge, she has studied under a variety of renowned Islamic teachers, attended courses at Zaytuna College, and traveled the world spreading and studying Islam.  

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Mar 28, 2021
#28 What does it mean to be a Pan-African Feminist? - Dr. Layla Brown-Vincent
31:10

What does it mean to be a pan African feminist? In this episode I had the privilege to speak to Dr. Layla Brown-Vincent as she helped unpack these terms.  

Layla Brown-Vincent is a member of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party-GC and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  

Layla earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in her home state of North Carolina where her research focused on Black racial identity formation in Latin America and the US and its impact on Black Radical Organising in the era of Black Lives Matter.  She is currently working on her first book manuscript Return to the Source: The Dialectics of 21st Century Pan-African Liberation based largely on her dissertation research.  

Layla spent all of 2020 as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study where her research expanded to examine the crisis of racial capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the fall of 2021 she will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research. Her most recent scholarly work “The Pandemic of Racial Capitalism: Another World Is Possible” can be found in From the European South: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Postcolonial Humanities.

 

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Mar 21, 2021
#27 How to love black people (Politically) - Janine Francois
34:21

In this episode I discuss with Janine on how we adopt a politic that is the highest form of love for black people.

Janine Francois is a Black British Feminist, Critic and Writer and her practices deconstructs whiteness (and race) within cultural and academic institutions by way of writing, curating/ producing, research and teaching. Janine is also a Ph.D candidate at University of Bedfordshire/ Tate.

 

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Mar 14, 2021
#26 'The F Word' - Dr. Aaron Winter
39:22

Always a pleasure speaking to Dr. Aaron Winter. In this episode we discuss Fascism, Populism, The Right, Deplatforming and much more

 

Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London. His research is on the far-right with a focus on racism, mainstreaming and violence. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge 2010), Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge 2020), and co-author with Aurelien Mondon of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He is also an associate editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and co-editor of the Manchester University Press (MUP) book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change.

 

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Mar 07, 2021
#25 Getting the all clear on Covid - Dr. Azza Gadir
53:34

In an age of misinformation and hot takes from non-experts. I was joined by Dr. Azza, who helped me understand all things Covid. Ranging from what viruses are to how the vaccine was produced and much more 

 

Dr. Azza Gadir, PhD is an immunologist who completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School / Boston Children’s Hospital. Her published research is focused on the role of the gut microbiome in protecting against diseases early in life. For this work, she holds issued and pending patents and has collaborated with industry partners to accelerate the discovery of microbiome-related immunotherapies. Azza currently serves as the Director of Research and Development at Seed Health. She grew up in London and received her PhD at 26 from University College London.   *CORRECTION*: We mention that Sweden had the lowest gdp as a result of their COVID-19 no-lockdown policy compared to other Nordic countries, however this was the case in Q2 2020 before they put restrictions in place (Sweden's GDP slumped 8.6% in Q2 more sharply than its neighbours). Read more here.  

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Mar 01, 2021
#24 What radicalised you? -Tyler Greene
35:26

In this episode I discuss with Tyler Greene about how he developed a radical politic at such a young age

 

Tyler Greene is the Founder of Covid Classroom, an online platform that provides HBCU students with a forum to have meaningful discussions and the resources to network, collaborate, and serve our community while a distance. He is also a Freshman Sociology major from East Orange, New Jersey with interests in social psychology, philosophy, and political science. With a passion for community empowerment, he currently serves as the President of the Class of 2024 at Morehouse College.

 

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Feb 21, 2021
#23 The First Black Prime Minister of The U.K.? - Athian Akec
23:52

Had the absolute pleasure of speaking to Athian, who I believe will be a force for transformative change in the future. We discussed progressive politics, activism and are young people more political today than ever before.

 

Athian Akec is an 18 year old activist, writer and speaker. His main areas of focus are climate change, youth violence and racial inequality. As a part of this he's written for the Guardian, Independent, Huffpost, I-d magazine, Huck Magazine, Hunger Mag and other national newspapers. Additionally he's spoken in the House of Commons as a part of the UK Youth Parliament. Athian also sits on the board of a youth charity and a commission in Camden focusing on economic renewal following the pandemic.

 

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Feb 14, 2021
#22 'President of Gen Z' - Elijah Manley
26:03

Thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with the self styled and inspirational ‘President of Gen Z’, Elijah Manley

 

We talk about his personal life, how he got involved in politics and his future plans

 

Elijah Manley was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As of June 2020, Manley was attending Broward College for undergraduate study. Manley's career experience includes working in insurance and holding an active 2-14 license. He has been affiliated with the National Youth Rights Association as a board member and immediate past vice president, with the Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward, as a vice-chair with the Broward school board's human relations committee, and with the United Nations Youth Assembly.

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Feb 07, 2021
#21 A World Without Police? - Yusuf Abdul-Qadir
33:17

Yusuf joins me in this episode as we speak about reimagining law & order, activism, ‘defund the police’, abolition, political slogans and much more! Yusuf Abdul-Qadir is the Inaugural Senior Strategist for Racial Justice at the New York Civil Liberties Union. As the Senior Strategist for Racial Justice, he advances and integrates an intersectional racial justice lens and across departments within the NYCLU, and manages a docket that includes environmental/climate justice, indigenous rights, and reparations among other racial justice issue areas at the NYCLU. He is a co-chair of the Racial Justice Working Group.

 

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Jan 31, 2021
#20 Asking The Right Questions Regarding Racism - Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper
25:50

Dr. Adam Elliot-Cooper joins me in this episode as I ask questions that help us better understand racism and race relations in the U.K.

 

Dr Adam Elliott-Cooper is a research associate in sociology at University of Greenwich. His research interests including policing and anti-racism, and his book, Black Resistance to British Policing will be published in May 2021. He sits on the board of The Monitoring Group and organises with UKBLM

 

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Jan 24, 2021
#19 Covering West Africa; a journalist's perspective - Amandla Thomas-Johnson
35:16

Amandla and I discuss his journeys across West Africa as a journalist. 

 

Amandla Thomas-Johnson is a London-born journalist of African-Caribbean descent based in Dakar, Senegal, covering West Africa. He has worked for Middle East Eye, the Daily Telegraph, BBC, The Guardian, Aljazeera and Channel 4 Dispatches. He is the author of Becoming Kwame Ture, a biography of the civil rights activist formerly known as Stokely Carmichael.  

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Jan 17, 2021
#18 There are Two Americas - Arqum Rashid
36:27

This past week we witnessed the capitol building being overrun by white supremacists and many of us can’t help but think what would have happened had the perpetrators been black or non-white, further reinforcing what we already know to be true, that there are two Americas. Arqum Rashid discusses with me what we witnessed.

 

Arqum Rashid is the Resident Scholar and Imam at the Islamic Society of Central Delaware in Dover, Delaware and the Director of Riwaq Institute. He is a graduate of Al-Azhar University with a degree in Sharia (Islamic Law) and a graduate of Delaware Law School with a J.D. (Juris Doctor). Arqum is a licensed Attorney and currently pursuing a Master's in inter-religious studies at Hartford Seminary.

 

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Jan 09, 2021
#17 The Politics of Black Hair - Marie-Claire Umwiza
41:09

The subject of black people’s hair, particularly women’s, continues to dominate our public discourse. Listen in as we discuss all things related to what, is at times a contentious subject, black hair.

 

Marie Claire is in her final year of her sociology and criminology degree at Goldsmiths university, London.

 

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Jan 04, 2021
#16 Confederacy; a history lesson - Amir Webb
49:56

The past often informs our present. Listen in to a history lesson on the Confederacy and how America decides to deal with its black citizens Born and raised in Washington D.C, Amir Webb is a public historian that focuses on Civil War history, especially Confederate history."

Dec 27, 2020
#15 Trauma & Healing; Beyond Buzzwords - Dr. Kameelah Rashad
31:27

We often hear the terms trauma and healing on social media. But what do they actually mean? Are there merely terms to explain our bad behaviour and personality or is there something to deeper to it? Dr. Kameelah and I discuss.

 

Kameelah is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education, and training. Muslim Wellness Foundation envisions a future in which faith communities are at the forefront of mental health advocacy and committed to developing an inclusive culture of compassion, understanding, and holistic health.

 

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Dec 18, 2020
#14 All Things Astrology - Professor Ali A Olomi
28:02

Is astrology real? Or merely a superstition that ancient societies once believed in?

 

Professor Ali discusses all things astrology with me in what was a truly eye opening conversation 

 

Ali A Olomi is an Assistant Professor of History at Penn State Abington. He researches, writes, and teaches on how Muslims imagined their world through the intersection of science and religion in the service of empire. His work examines discourses of cosmology, geography, and gender and sexuality and how they were drawn together to fashion ideas of a Muslim "homeland." He also examines how premodern intellectual history was drawn into the religious nationalism of the 19th and 20th century. 

 

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Dec 11, 2020
#13 The Myth of 'the left behind' - Dr. Aaron Winter
28:54

We often hear that we live in a post racial society and in fact it is actually the white working classes who are being left behind in society. I discuss this and more with Dr. Aaron Winter

 

Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London. His research is on the far-right with a focus on racism, mainstreaming and violence. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge 2010), Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018) and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice (Routledge 2020), and co-author with Aurelien Mondon of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He is also an associate editor of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power and co-editor of the Manchester University Press (MUP) book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change.

Dec 02, 2020
#12 Representation & Remaining True in the Legal System - Sultana Tafadar
33:25

How easy is it to stay true to yourself whilst working in a system that is designed to disadvantage you? Does selling out help you rise the ranks in your career or is it purely based on merit? Sultana and I discuss 

 

Sultana is a human rights, international law and criminal justice barrister. She defends in high profile cases, including counter terrorism and national security cases. She is part of the OSCE Roster of Experts dealing with Counter Terrorism; the Convenor of the Muslim Lawyers Action Group; Convenor of Oxford Advocates on Human Rights; Member of the Legal Expert Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International; and Member of the Detention ExPEERience of Avocat Sans Frontieres. 

Sultana also advises large multi-national corporations on Diversity & Equality matters. She is also the Founder of Modest Fashion Festival which attracted a global audience of 1.56 billion.

 

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Nov 27, 2020
#11 The Image Of Whiteness - Daniel C. Blight
27:02

If you’re white, does it mean you’re racist?

I discussed with author and lecturer Daniel Blight. I pushed back on separating systems of oppression and white supremacy versus the people these ideas filter through. Nonetheless it was a truly insightful and interesting conversation. 

Daniel C. Blight is a writer based in London. He works on various forms of the essay, fiction and poetry, and has written for 1000 Words, Aperture, Foam, frieze, The Guardian, Philosophy of Photography, Photoworks, Vogue Italia, Manchester Art Gallery, UCL Art Museum, Art Museum of Estonia, FOMU Belgium and the Australian Centre for Photography. His first book, The Image of Whiteness: Contemporary Photography and Racialization, was co-published by SPBH Editions and Art on the Underground in September 2019. He is Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Historical & Critical Studies in Photography, School of Media, University of Brighton.

 

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Nov 21, 2020
#10 Working For Justice In An Unjust System? - Omran Belhadi
29:25

Inside the system, but this time on the defence. Is this the best way to ensure justice in a unjust system? Omran Belhadi details why he chose to work as a defence barrister. Omran mentions some heartbreaking cases, why representation matters and we play a game of hypotheticals. 

*Not official legal advice* 

 

Omran Belhadi is a criminal barrister at Nexus Chambers. He works on a range of cases including protest cases, large scale drugs and firearms conspiracies and serious violence. Omran has an interest in cases where the State has abused its power. Before practicing as a barrister, Omran worked on cases of detention without trial, drone strikes and torture at Reprieve. Omran is the co-head of the Racial Justice Working Group at the Muslim Lawyers Action Group.

 

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Nov 17, 2020
#9 Changing The System From Within? - Hauwa Shehu
01:12:01

In a system that statistically and routinely disadvantages many groups of society, particularly people of colour. Is there much hope of transforming it from within and is this the best course of action. Hauwa Shehu a prosecutor for crown prosecution service discusses it here

 

Hauwa is a Criminal Barrister with experience in the Criminal Justice Sector, both domestically in the UK and internationally. Hauwa was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 and joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2014. 

 

Hauwa has a breadth of experience prosecuting a range of criminal offences including serious violent and sexual assaults, domestic abuse, hate crime, youth cases and organised crime. She has extensive experience of working with vulnerable victims and witnesses and dealing with cases in the Magistrates, Crown and High Courts.

 

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Nov 12, 2020
#8 Race, Class & Comedy - Nabil Abdulrashid
01:07:41

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Nabil Abdulrashid, was probably the most talked about contestant in this year’s contest. His act saw ITV receive several complaints. He speaks on his experience as a comedian, his time on the show, perfecting his craft and much more

 

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Nov 08, 2020
#7 Can Politics Yield Real Change? - Baroness Warsi
36:06

A truly insightful conversation with Baroness Warsi, where we discuss activism, political apathy, the state of politics today and much more.

 

Sayeeda Hussain Warsi, Baroness Warsi is a British lawyer, politician and member of the House of Lords who served as co-Chairwoman of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2012. 

 

She served in Cameron–Clegg coalition, first as the Minister without portfolio between 2010 and 2012, then as the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as the Minister of State for Faith and Communities (styled as "Senior Minister of State"), until her resignation citing her disagreement with the Government's policy on the Israel–Gaza conflict in August 2014.

 

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Nov 03, 2020
#6 Is Charity The New Colonialism - Bushra Rehman
26:03

Charity and the saviour complex? Is charity is lesser economically developed countries merely a new form of colonialism?

 

Bushra has worked in protection, inclusion and safeguarding in humanitarian work for an international non-government organisation. Prior to this, she worked as a research officer for another humanitarian organisation. She holds a master's in conflict, security and development and has received an award from the Development Studies Association for her dissertation on disability inclusion for displaced Syrian refugees in Jordan.

 

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Nov 01, 2020
#5 CRT; A Force for Good or Evil Ideology? - Dr. Yassir Morsi
42:52

Critical race theory is on the tongues of many in our current climate. Whilst many deem it a necessary tool to understand racism, there are many who deem it as divisive.

Dr. Yassir Morsi in this episode breaks down what critical race theory is and responds to some of the criticisms.

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Dr Yassir Morsi is a lecturer in politics at La Trobe University and previously a post-doctoral Researcher at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia. His main area of research is the critical analysis of contemporary racism and Islamophobia.

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Oct 27, 2020
#4 The Black Man's Body - Mr. Ugandan Schnack
33:01

Calling himself The Ugandan Shnack, Arif is basketball player, model, entrepreneur and a creative content creator who has modelled for places like Gym Shark, Puma, Adidas, GQ, JD and many others. He joins me to speak on male body positivity and his experiences as a black man in the modelling world. He offers quite a few insights to the aspect of the industry that many are unaware of.

 

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Twitter: @MomodouTaal

Oct 09, 2020
#3 Britain Ain't Racist? - Momodou Taal
15:49

For this episode in conjunction with Black History Month (U.K) Host Momodou Taal explores the question 'Is Britain Racist?'.

 

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@Kultural.Renaissance

Twitter: @MomodouTaal

Oct 03, 2020
#2 Covid Conspirators - Ridwan Rahman
01:12:30

To help you navigate this post-Covid world we wanted to discuss your concerns, anxieties and conspiracies with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Tedros Adhanom. Unfortunately we didn’t have the budget.

Instead I brought my friend Ridwan along to discuss conspiracies with us. Ridwan has a Masters in Pharmacy, a Masters in Islamic Studies and is less than a year away from completing his third (THIRD!) degree in medicine. You read that correctly; he has no social life.

In all seriousness, I couldn’t think of a better, nicer and competent person to discuss this topic with and I hope you guys enjoy listening as much as I had recording.

Sep 25, 2020
#1 The Story Goes w/ Momodou Taal
29:36

A deep and personal account of host and founder Momodou Taal's journey so far. 

 

IG: @TheGambian

Twitter: @MomodouTaal

@Kultural.Renaissance

Sep 18, 2020