Thursday, July 14, 2016

MEDIAFRENZY FRIDAY - 16-07-08 #BlackLivesMatter Edition 2016

On this edition I discuss the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the reasons the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is problematic, the recent deaths at the hands of police along with other injustices that the black community has faced, and both current and historical social movements involving racial issues within the last century.  I paired the spoken information with radical, revolutionary songs from those movements or with songs with lyrics that address social issues regarding racism, slavery, discrimination, immigrants, refugees, poverty, police brutality and the prison industrial complex. 


This edition of mediafrenzy fridays was extremely difficult for me, for a few different reasons: 

On one hand, I have some strong opinions and I felt a desire and need to bring up some of these issues, to make sure they are discussed in the media and that the stories are not silenced.  However, I do wish that I had organized this show with enough time to invite people from the #BlackLivesMatter movement to join me in the studio.  I realize perhaps it shouldn't have been my voice in the spotlight, but I had only decided on the morning of the show that I absolutely had to focus on #BLM and through the radio, I have the avenue to broadcast ideas, so I did just that.

The other difficulty I had was personally not letting my emotions overtake me during the broadcast. Usually I can keep my composure but I, like many of you, have been feeling grief, sadness, anger and guilt for the tragic events happening in the streets and in our communities.  These emotions are detectable in the dialogue portion of this program.  I'm not apologizing for that.  Things are messed up around the world and I spoke from the heart, be it stuttered and awkward in parts.

My goal of this program was to share the words of these musicians, because music always has a role in sparking positive change. Music tells stories.  Music speaks to the beat of our souls and that's universal.  Thanks to Jason, Ando and Al for the requests.  Also thanks to everyone who called in and congrats to those who got their name entered for the Way Home Fest tickets.

Much love and appreciation for Toronto Black Lives Matter.

This show aired on July 8th, 2016 on CHRW 94.9FM


Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur
Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddamn
Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People
Gil Scott Heron - Whitey on the Moon
Eugene McDaniels - Supermarket Blues
Irma Thomas - Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
Shad - FamJam
John Coltrane - Blue Train
Shabazz Palaces - New Black Wave
Janelle Monae - Hell You Talmbout
CQuel - The Death of Me
Taina Asili - Freedom
Invincible & Waajeed - Detroit Summer
Lauren Hill - Time Moves Slow
BadBadNotGood - Time Moves Slow
Neil Young - Southern Man
Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Factor - Factoria

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