If you are awarded a grammy, you are considered to be the best artist among your peers. The problem is, the Grammys is a white-dominated organization and while it has long "included" non-white people, specifically Black people in the music business, the industry continues to support, promote and reward music that is harmful to black people in general and black women and girls specifically.
We have a special program tonight featuring two incredibly active and powerful voices from guests who also happen to be New Abolitionists.
Muhiyyidin D’baha will be on shortly. He is a lead organizer in the Charleston, SC chapter of BLM, a social activists and an abolitionist. He’s on the ground and on location across America’s rebellion hot spots. He’ll be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary which tapes this weekend. Muhiyyidin and I have had some incredibly memorable experiences together over the past year and tonight he shares his insights with us and you.
Our second guest will be Christopher Irvin. Abolitionist, Social activist, human rights advocate, a lobbyist on behalf of post sentence prisoners’ rights and a City Council candidate in Baltimore. MD.
• We’ve also got a few big stories on our list and if time allows we’ll try and squeeze them in. Be sure to follow us in real time on our facebook page for links to the articles we’ll discuss.
• Here’s a few questions. What state did not even bother to ratify the flawed 13th amendment until 2013? What states longest running commissioner of prisons is in prison himself for using the entire states prison system as his own personal money maker? What state has had federal judges call their juvenile detention centers “Cesspools of unconstitutional violations?” The answer is Mississippi. Tonight we show that Mississippi is #Ferguson.
• This week’s Rider of the 21st Century Underground Railroad is 34-year-old Jarrett Adams who was incarcerated after a rape conviction in Wisconsin at 17. With help from the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Adams was exonerated after 10 years in prison.
• Our Abolitionist in profile is Anna Murray Douglass (1813-1882) who is best known as the first wife of black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
If you are convinced that slavery was never abolished in the USA and you want to join with other abolitionists, join the group Move To Abolish 21st Century Slavery & Human Trafficking.