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The Kathleen Wells Show

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 »

Author, Rich Forer, Talks About his Book, Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion

Though not a religious Jew, Rich Forer had been a loyal defender of Israeli policy all his life and zealously supported Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon. In response to what he perceived as growing global anti-Semitism, he became a member of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, determined to discover the facts for himself.

With an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties.

Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other in a heartless way, Forer realized that the true root of conflict is one's presumed identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that identity, and that these presumptions are false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. Forer had recognized the heart of Judaism, which embraces the Universal and identifies with all of humanity.

Forer's book: Breakthrough -- Transforming Fear Into Compassion
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Filmmaker and Author, Jeremiah Camara, Talks Black Leadership and Religion

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. Read the rest of entry »

Taki S. Raton Talks about Clippers Owner, Sterling's, Racist Comments and the NAACP

Taki S. Raton is an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He is former founder and principal of Blyden Delany Academy in Milwaukee. Operating under the African Centered instructional and student-centered developmental model, this all-Black private school served area children from 1998 to 2008 in K4 through 8th grade learning levels. A writer and lecturer on the national stage detailing African World Historiography, urban community concerns with emphasis on education, the social development of Black youth and African American male issues, Raton is additionally host of the weekly Thursday evening radio show, “MenThink” on the Harambee Radio & TV Internet Broadcast network.

His work and authorship in the education of African American youth has been referenced in A House Divided No More – Time for Indigenous Communal Healing (James, 2011), “Why aren’t African Centered charters running turnarounds” (Herold, “The NoteBook” – February 2011), “The Afro-Centric Education Debate Alive in Milwaukee” (Asmerom, The Atlanta Post – November 22, 2010) Brother to Brother – A Message of Hope (James, 2008), American Journal of Education (Merry and New, 2008), and Why our children hate us – How Black adults have betrayed Black children (Grimes and Slaughter, 2006).

He is a contributing writer for The Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Courier newspapers. His series “Young, Gifted & Black” appears bi-monthly in the Courier highlighting exemplar achievements of African American youth elementary through college. Twenty-six articles will have been published under this banner marking its first year continuous series run as of February 22, 2013. He further organized and moderated two panel presentations on Tom Burrell’s book Brainwashed in Milwaukee at UW-M on May 7, 2010 and at Chicago’s Black Star Project on July 31, 2010. Raton has and currently assist in a consultantship capacity with private schools in obtaining their pre-accreditation and accreditation standard requirements.

Under the co-sponsorship of 100 Black Men Chicago and Milwaukee chapters, Mr. Raton has over the past four years from 2009 through 2012 respectively coordinated the bus coach trip of a total 65 top African American seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison for the annual Honors Student Reception in Chicago. Joining over 200 other Chicago area seniors, these select Southeast Wisconsin achievers are invited to interact with national college and university representatives to explore admissions and scholarship opportunities. Invitational student criteria include 3.3 GPA and 23 cum or above on the ACT. Read the rest of entry »

Former Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney Talks About the False Arrest of Leonard Rowe

Ms. Cynthia McKinney represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives for 6 terms. Leonard Rowe is a legendary concert promoter who has waged a civil rights and anti-trust lawsuit against the William Morris Agency for the past 15 years. His civil lawsuit was dismissed at the summary judgment level and closed in 2005. Late last year, Mr. Rowe filed commercial liens against William Morris and his own attorneys, for conspiring against him. 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 »
 
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