Who knows what Juneteenth really is?

Intro Music: SOLO BLUES CONTES Closing Music: Wolf Introduction In this episode, I decided to conduct a small sociological experiment by asking random people in Chicago, “What is Juneteenth”. I asked people in the Loop (downtown) and on the South Side, ranging from 15-80 years old. Make sure you stay tuned for parts 2 and [...]

Civil Rights Movement vs. Black Lives Matter

PODCAST NOTES About co-host, James Parrish Smith 2. Tell us about the history of BLM 3. Civil Right Movement vs. Black Lives Matter The movie, 5 Little Girls- good look at past movementDifferences iphones/videos showing how blacks are treatedphotos from media in the pastCurrently organized Leadership MLK Quote Why rioting and loots? Mental Health in [...]

The History Behind Black History Month

The History Behind Black History Month

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February in the United States as National Black History Month. Other countries around the world, such as Canada (1995), United Kingdom (1987), and Ireland (2010), also devoted a month to celebrate black history.  Dr. Carter G Woodson In 1916 Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the [...]

My thought on Kwanzaa

My thoughts on Kwanzaa Read the full blog here. Outline What is Kwanzaa? The founder. Maulana Karenga and his birth name, Ronald McKinley Everett. Karenga assault charges, arrest and jailed for torturing two women. 4. Only thirteen percent of black Americans celebrate this holiday 5. Kwanzaa in December vs. February during black history month 6. [...]

Five Unknown Facts About Kwanzaa

Five Unknown Facts About Kwanzaa

In 1966, Maulana Karenga, author, and activist who was involved with the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s, founded Kwanzaa. His goal was to create the first Black holiday. He said he wanted to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday to allow Blacks to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply [...]

What should black Americans know about Ghana?

In this episode, Vanessa speaks with a woman from Ghana, asking her perspective on what she thinks about black Americans and what we should know about Ghana. Photo Credit: Buzz Ghana Teller: This is Gladys, from Ghana. What do you learn about black Americans growing up? Gladys: They were slaves What should black Americans know [...]

The First Celebrity Chef in America was enslaved!

The First Celebrity Chef in America was enslaved!

My husband and I are "foodies." We love to try various cuisines from hidden mama and papa dives to food trucks and even fine dining. We know our Chefs, and I am a Food Network, "junkie." However, before the time of Wolf Gang Puck, Anthony Bourdain, James Beard, Marcus Samuelsson or even B. Smith, there [...]

A short Black Music History Lesson

Intro Music: SOLO BLUES CONTES Closing Music: Wolf Mr. Smith gives us a short black music history lesson. "History goes back to Africa. They had their guitars and musical instruments like the drums and brought to the United States," he says. The music today is about making money and not about quality work. Mr. Smith [...]

A Memphian’s voice of reason

Podcast Notes Closing Music Credits: WOLF In this episode, Bernita Jordon introduces herself as a true Memphian born and raised. She discussed the time she recalled when Martin Luther King Jr. was visiting Memphis and tanks were driving up and down her street. Her mother was making sure her siblings were all inside because they [...]