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Last Updated: Jul 6th, 2014 - 18:23:35

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The Supreme Court Gang
'ON THE GROUND' RADIO SHOW: With two rulings that strike a blow at the rights of women and labor, many are asking, what can we do about the right-wing gang on the Supreme Court? On Esther Iverem's NEW RADIO SHOW, ON THE GROUND. LISTEN HERE

Jul 6, 2014, 16:34

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Justice For The Central Park 5
This Daily News headline was typical of the racist coverage and police handling of the Central Park jogger case.
And More 411: New York City Finalizes Central Park 5 Settlement..U.N. Experts: Detroit’s Mass Water Shut-Off Violates Human Rights...Relatives of U.S. Drone Strike Victims Won’t Appeal Court Ruling..State Dept. Dropped Blackwater Probe After Manager Threatened to Kill Investigators..Civil Rights Activists Join Nissan Worker Protest During "Freedom Summer" Commemoration..Report Calls for a New Freedom Summer To Empower Disenfranchised Blacks in the South..Report: U.S. Deported Over 72,000 Parents of U.S.-Born Children in 2013..And MUCH more! Check the news!

Jul 5, 2014, 15:11

The 411
“On the Ground” hosted by Esther Iverem, covers social justice activism, with a special emphasis on sustainable living, the environment, economics, labor and the left edge of culture and media. every Thursday, 11 AM ET on WPFW FM, 89.3 in Washington, DC and streamed live and archived on and archived permanently on the show's website,

Jul 6, 2014, 17:17

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To Serve and Protect?
Pearlie Golden and her killer.
And More 411: Rights and Race:Residents Protest Police Killing of 93-Year-Old Black Woman in Texas..California: Police Officers Acquitted in Beating Death of Homeless Man..Black Teen Charged After Suffering Genital Injury in Search by Philadelphia Police..Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics..Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO..Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school..Family Seeks New Trial for Black Teen Executed in 1944..Senate Intel Committee Votes to Release Parts of Torture Report..Vet Nearly Killed by Police Beanbag at Occupy Oakland, Settles Lawsuit with City. And MUCH more! Check the real news.

May 14, 2014, 01:12

Two Real Soul Brothers
A tribute to Two Real Soul Brothers: Vincent Harding & Sam Greenlee. "It is no small thing to choose to be voices for justice and life-long critics of injustice, no small thing to have created a masterpiece in words or a compelling film that speaks across time from history to present chaos with an unapologetic demand for revolution."
By Stephanie Dunn

Jul 6, 2014, 15:51

The 411
The Racist Roots of the 'Housing Crisis'
And More 411: Politics and Economy:Wall Street firms quietly grab huge swaths of the rental housing market..As Red States Like Florida Continue to Deny Medicaid Expansion to the Working Poor, The Results Are Deadly For Thousands..Georgia Activists Confront GOP Rejection of Medicaid as Moral Mondays Spread Across South.. Supreme Court Undermines Democracy by Allowing Billionaires to "Buy Elections" And MUCH more. Check the REAL news!

Apr 26, 2014, 21:34

Angelou As Freedom Fighter
Maya Angelou with Malcolm X.
Society often forgets her legacy as a fierce civil rights activist, and someone who did not shy away from political controversy. Writing in, Carimah Townes lists five facts about about Maya Angelou, the freedom fighter.

Jul 5, 2014, 16:33

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Warrior for the People
Fred Ho, who spoke truth to power through his music, books and activism, joined the ancestors on April 12. He was 56 years old. Inspired by the Black Arts Movement, Ho formed many bands, including the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble. He also authored compositions dedicated to the Black Panthers and Muhammad Ali.

Apr 14, 2014, 08:35

'Anita' Speaks Truth to Power
"Anita: Speaking Truth to Power” tells the story of Anita Hill, the young, cute law professor who testified how Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her on the road to being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.

Apr 26, 2014, 20:22

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Justice for LaVena Johnson
And More 411: The Military-Spy-Prison-Complex:Father of Black Teen Killed in Iraq Continues Quest for Justice in What He Believes was Her Violent Rape, Torture and Murder on a U.S. Army Base..Accused U.S. Servicemembers in Japan Evading Punishment for Sex Crimes...U.S. Vets Shunned by Army Racism Awarded Medal of Honor..NSA, FBI, DIA Sued over Refusal to Disclose U.S. Role in Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela..U.N. Urges Probe of Drone Strikes..U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights...Snowden: NSA "Setting Fire to Future of Internet"...Study: U.S. Drones Killed Up to 4 Civilians in Pakistan, 29 in Yemen During 2013...And MUCH more. Check THE REAL NEWS!

Mar 28, 2014, 17:10

Not That Long Ago...
In a world of popular culture, where even the new big-budget, special effects release “Noah” draws controversy, a movie like “Caesar Chavez,” which extols the heroic struggles of impoverished people, is most certainly placed in the political and ideological crosshairs.
By Esther Iverem

Apr 21, 2014, 22:19

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The Sixth Extinction...
New Report: When Tyrone Hayes discovered the the pesticide atrazine was dangerous to humans and the planet, the company Sygenta started a smear campaign against him. 411: The Planet: The Sixth Extinction: How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age...Ailing U.S. Sailors Sue After Exposure to High Radiation Levels During Fukushima Mission... Black Scientist Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta..Are Any Plastics Safe? Industry Tries to Hide Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Bottles, Containers..AP: States Confirm Oil, Gas Drilling Contaminates Well Water. And MUCH more...Check out all the real news.

Mar 23, 2014, 23:05

A Genius and Innovator
For those of you who did not know him or his work, Fred Ho was a musical genius and innovator. Though he was of Chinese-American descent, he was inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and—like the work from that movement—Fred’s music was always about speaking truth to power, social change and revolution.
By Esther Iverem

Apr 21, 2014, 22:05

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The Murdered and Missing
And More 411--Social Justice:U.S. Attorney to Probe Mysterious Death of Georgia Teen..Chicago Cop Faces No Charges for Shooting Unarmed Black Man 7 Times..Charges Filed Against Homeowner in Shooting of Renisha McBride..Family Says African American Slain by Georgia Police Was Unarmed..Marissa Alexander Freed on Bond Ahead of Trial..Wealthy Texas Teen Gets Probation for Fatal Crash After "Affluenza" Defense..Alabama Pardons Last 3 of "Scottsboro Boys" And MUCH more...Check the news!

Dec 28, 2013, 00:36

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
      --Tavis Smiley

"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap.
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