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Filmmaker And Author, Jeremiah Camara Asks: Why Are Black Folks So Religious (Part 2)

Jeremiah Camara is the producer, writer and director of the full-length, documentary film entitled, Contradiction: A Question of Faith. Contradiction explores the impact of religious loyalty and how an unyielding commitment to faith in an omniscient and omnipotent being is affecting society, particularly the African American segment.

Camara made the film seeking to understand the paradox of the saturation of churches in Black communities coexisting in the midst of poverty and powerlessness and if there is a correlation between high-praise and low productivity. Read the rest of entry »

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj of Afghanistan Talks About His Country

Prince Abdul Ali Seraj is a direct descendant of nine generations of Kings of Afghanistan. He is the nephew of His Majesty King Amanullah (1919-1929), who was known as the Victor of Afghanistan, the grandson of His Majesty Amir Habibullah (1901-1919), and the great-grandson of His Majesty Amir Abdurrahman (1880-1901), who was known as the Iron King. His ancestry continues back for ten generations to His Majesty Amir Dost Mohammad, who assumed the throne in 1827. The Seraj part of Prince Ali's name comes from the title given to King Habibullah -- 'Seraj -ul- Millat wa deen' (Light of the Nation and Religion). Read the rest of entry »

Filmmaker and author, Jeremiah Camara ask: Why are Black Folks Religious

Jeremiah Camara was once a member of one of the largest Black churches in Cincinnati, Ohio, his place of birth.

Baptized at an early age, Jeremiah moved to Cleveland, Ohio, shortly after high school, where he began his quest toward a deeper understanding of spirituality. He also taught himself to play the flute shortly after graduating from high school, and later took private lessons at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

While in Cleveland, he began to diligently study the Bible and gave serious thought to becoming a minister, or at least living an active life in the church. During that time, he attended a Baptist church, at least two or three times a week. Despite Mr. Camara’s heavily Jazz-infused upbringing, the only music he listened to at that time was gospel.

Like many, he felt the church could provide him with the substance he was missing in the way of answers, meaning and purpose in his life.

Growing up, he had not been raised in any one particular church. His parents were not consistent churchgoers, and never insisted that he nor his brothers and sisters attend church. Nevertheless, he did manage to go quite often.

There came a time, however, when he began to distance himself from the church; not because of a particularly bad experience or negative incident, but because he had begun to expose himself to other forms of thought, spiritual concepts and ideas.

“I began to see the church as just one source of guidance and inspiration. The diversity of the world and its kaleidoscopic array of infinite ideas and wisdom, would not permit my spirit to be confined only to the teachings of the church. It also disturbed me deeply to witness Blacks praising so much, but producing so little,” says Camara.

Jeremiah Camara returned to church, but this time as an investigator. Visits to churches of varying denominations, brought to light a common thread linking the vast majority. Mostly all, in his opinion, were preaching a gospel of powerlessness.

As the former owner of Word Up Bookstore, Camara created a videocassette documentary in 1989, Psychological Wars, which examined subliminal messages in sit-coms, cartoons and commercials that negatively impacted the psyche of African Americans. The documentary received international attention and endorsements by noted Black educators, Na’im Akbar and Jawanza Kunjufu.

Following a long investigative hiatus, he rediscovered this same theological impotence when he moved to the Atlanta metro area, where he quickly discovered that church was big business. He knew then the time had come for him to write a book shedding light on the many psychologically crippling aspects within the church that keep Blacks in a state of “Holy Lockdown.”

Jeremiah Camara is the author of the books:
•Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and
• The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief

Camara is also a poet and has won several poetry awards; the most notable at The National Black Theater in Harlem, New York. He has performed poetry at the prestigious Apollo Theater, and is also the author of Smoke & Haze, a timeless collection of poetry, which reflects his vivid imagination, along with his prolific and sometimes humorous outlook concerning social injustice.

He branched out to blogging with video production by creating Camara’s Classics, Camara’s Contemplations and the acclaimed 10 minute, or less, video series, Slave Sermons. which addresses the perils of religious intoxication and the deleterious consequences of being theologically conditioned to rely upon supernaturalism and divine intervention to deal with critical issues.

Additionally, Jeremiah is the producer, writer and director of the full-length, documentary film entitled, Contradiction: A Question of Faith. Contradiction explores the impact of religious loyalty and how an unyielding commitment to faith in an omniscient and omnipotent being is affecting society, particularly the African American segment.

Camara made the film seeking to understand the paradox of the saturation of churches in Black communities coexisting in the midst of poverty and powerlessness and if there is a correlation between high-praise and low productivity.
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Activist and Writer Scot Nakagawa Talks about the Mass Murders in Santa Barbara

Scot got his first job as a community organizer in 1979, and since then has worked in community campaigns, social research, public policy analysis and advocacy. He has been a literacy teacher, a service provider, and an activist ever since. Before forming ChangeLab, Scot served as the Field Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Associate Director of the Western Prison Project (now the Partnership for Safety and Justice), Executive Director of Social Justice Fund Northwest, Executive Director of the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, and as Education Co-Coordinator of the Highlander Research and Education Center. Scot’s primary work in progressive social change has been as a social movement analyst with a particular emphasis on analyzing and creating strategies to counter racial violence and structural racism.

Scot's writings can be found at: racefiles.com Read the rest of entry »

Dr. Francis Cress Welsing Talks About Donald Sterling's Comments and the Mass Murders in Santa Barbara

Dr. Francis Cress Welsing is a psychiatrist, utlizing, a broader framework, encompassing biology, psychology, and physics, to understand racial conflict.

Dr. Welsing practices in Washington, D.C. and is noted for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation", which explores the practice of white supremacy. Dr. Welsing is the author of The Isis Papers; The Keys to the Colors. She is a lecturer and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows.


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Comedian and Activist, Randy Credico is Running for Governor of New York and Spills the Beans on Cuomo

Randy Credico is a former comedian turned political activist/drug law reformer who worked as Director for the William Moses Knustler Fund for Racial Justice the 12 years.

Now, he’d like to take on, challenge and change New York City -- he is running for governor.




He talks to us live from the state democratic convention.

Check out his position on the issues at: Credico2014.org Read the rest of entry »

Middle East Expert, Jeff Blankfort,Talks about Ukraine, Sanctions Imposed on Russia and the Ramifications of Both

Jeff Blankfort is a Middle East analyst who has written extensively on the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is a former editor of the Middle East Labor Bulletin, a photo journalist and currently hosts a program on international affairs called "Takes on the World" for KZYX, the public radio station of Mendocino County in California.

Blankfort participated in a conference on Israel's nuclear weapons held at the Spy Museum in Washington DC and sponsored by the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy.

Last month, Jeff was a panelist at the NATIONAL SUMMIT TO REASSESS THE U.S. - ISRAEL "SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP"

Audio of that summit, can be heard here:

http://natsummit.org/program.htm

Jeff is a frequent guest and in this show we discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Read the rest of entry »

Grant F. Smith Talks about the Natl' Summit Reassessing the US/Israel Special Relationship

Grant Smith is the director of the Washington DC based Institute for Research Middle Eastern policy (IRmep)/ IRmep is an independent nonprofit that studies U.S. policy formulation toward the Middle East. Smith’s research and analysis about trade, law enforcement and opportunity costs have appears in Antiwar.com, the Financial Times of London, Arab News, Kiplinger, Gannet, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the New York Times, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and other specialty publications.

Smith is a frequent guest analysis on Voice of America, Radio France Internationale. He has also appeared on the BBC, C-Span, Al Jazeera, CNN and Press TV.

In 2003, Grant launched his Institute for Research Middle East Policy at a policy symposium in the Raburn House Office Building on Capital Hill warning about the grave dangers of adopting a 1996 neoconservative plan for involving the US military more deeply across the Middle East.

Grant was on The Kathleen Wells Show previously, and discussed his book: Divert! Divert details how an American company diverted/smuggled enriched uranium out of the country to Israel.

Grant’s book, Spy Trade: How Israel’s Lobby Undermines America’s Economy, shows that American’s problem is not only Israel and it’s lobby, but perhaps more dangerously blanket immunity from prosecution.

The harmful activities in which the Israel Lobby leaders engage are only possible because of their ability to corrupt US politics at every level of government.

On today's show, we discuss the national summit he co-sponsored, which aired on CSPAN, last Friday (March 7, 2014) that reassessed the US/Israel Special Relationship.

You can listen to last Friday's summit here:

http://natsummit.org/program.htm
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Dr. Francis Cress Welsing Talks About the Michael Dunn Trial and the Jordan Davis Murder

Dr. Francis Cress Wesling is a psychiatrist, utilizing, a broader framework, encompassing biology, psychology, and physics, to understand racial conflict.

Dr. Welsing practices in Washington, D.C. and is noted for her "Cress Theory of Color Confrontation", which explores the practice of white supremacy. Dr. Welsing is the author of The Isis Papers; The Keys to the Colors. She is a lecturer and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows.

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Dr. Philip Caper Updates on Healthcare in America and Blake and Hal, with The Vacation Network

In our first half hour, Blake Robinson and Hal Culbertson, gives us the update on my new sponsor: The Vacation Network. They talk about how you can earn money, while going on vacation.

In the 2nd half of the hour, Dr. Phil Caper on Healthcare in America.

Philip Caper received his BA, MS and MD degrees at UCLA, and was trained in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Unit at Boston City Hospital. He and has held professorships at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (where he was also Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief of the Medical Staff and Hospital Director), has been an adjunct lecturer on Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, a Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an Associate in Health Policy and Management at the The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

From 1971 to 1976, he was a professional staff member on the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Health, chaired by Senator Edward Kennedy. Dr. Caper was a charter member of the nation’s top health care advisory panel, the National Council on Health Planning and Development (created by PL93-641) from 1977 to 1984, chairing the panel from 1980 to 1984. He was also founder and chairman of the Codman Group (1986-2001), a health care software and consulting company with an international reputation and clientele. Codman pioneered the use of PC-based statistical data to provide its clients with detailed information about the costs and quality of medical care used by defined populations. Clients included over 20 Blue-Cross/Blue Shield companies, and over a dozen state health departments, data agencies and Medicaid programs.

He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. For the past 10 years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Medical Foundation (now Health Resources in Action), a Boston-based health care organization whose mission is the promotion of public health and advancement of medical research. He currently serves on the Board of Maine AllCare, the PNHP chapter in Maine, a group advocating for a universal improved Medicare-for-All program for the state of Maine and is a member of the national board of Physicians For A National Health Program.

He has published numerous articles in professional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Business and Health, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Public Health Policy and Health Affairs where he served on the Editorial Advisory Board from its founding to 2003. He has also written numerous letters to the editor and op-ed articles advocating for a publicly run universal health care program for Maine and the U.S., and is now a regular monthly columnist for the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s second largest paper, where he writes about health policy. Read the rest of entry »
 
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