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Last Updated: Aug 22nd, 2014 - 09:15:32

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From Gaza to Missouri
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--AUGUST 14, 2014. FROM GAZA TO MISSOURI: A look back at how the horrors of Gaza came to be. Also, living in a world of increased U.S. militarism and militarized police. Guests and voices: Zein El-Amine and Yousef Munayyer.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:36

African Diaspora Films
An image from the movie "Azu."
The 8th DC African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) starts Friday, August 22 in the DMV and will feature ten films, including eight DC premieres. For a full schedule for the 8th DC African Diaspora International Film Festival and to order advance tickets call 212.864.1760 or visit

Aug 22, 2014, 08:53

The 411
No War Crimes In Our Name
LISTEN: "ON THE GROUND"--AUGUST 7, 2014. THOUSANDS GATHER outside the White House in what is called the largest rally ever in the U.S. for Palestinian rights. Also,the Africa Summit winds up in the nation’s capital. Guests and voices: Gerald Horne, Cornel West, John Dugard.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:26

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Justice For 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
$ for Bombs, Not Healthcare
The Rev. William Barber of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina stood with Mayor Adam O'Neal in his 272-mile walk to DC for health care for all.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 31, 2014. U.S. TAX DOLLARS FOR THE ATTACK ON GAZA BUT NOT FOR U.S. HEALTH CARE:With more than 1200 Palestinians dead, activists against Israel’s attack on Gaza escalate their protests to civil disobedience and arrests. Also, Mayor Adam O'Neale walks 272 miles from Belhaven, North Carolina to DC to save health care at a rural community hospital and to advocate for millions of working poor Americans who are being denied expanded Medicaid due to them under the Affordable Care Act. Guests and Voices: Mayor Adam O'Neale, Ben Norton, All McCracken, Nii Akuetteh and Ilan Pappe.

Aug 18, 2014, 23:17

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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

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Would Jesus Kill Children?

Aug 18, 2014, 23:06

The 411
Racist Roots of the 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

The 411
In D.C. to Save The Planet
The Rev. Lennox Yearwood speaks out against fracking.
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 17, 2014. FROM THE RALLY ON THE NATIONAL MALL TO STOP FRACKING AND FRACKED GAS EXPORTS. And we speak to a member of Jewish Voice for Peace about Israel’s latest attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza. Guests and Voices: Cherri Foytlin, Winona Hauter, Tim DeChristopher, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and Seth Morrison.
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Aug 18, 2014, 22:58

The 411
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

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What the Frack?
LISTEN: 'ON THE GROUND"-- JULY 10, 2014. The DMV is the nation’s capital region—but will it become the capital for fracking? Activists, including Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox join us to say “No.” And will the corporate media ever portray Israel as the aggressor against Palestinians? Headlines and more! Guests and Voices: Josh Fox, Ted Glick, Mike Tidwell and Zein El-Amine.

Aug 18, 2014, 22:19

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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

The 411
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

The 411
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

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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.

Early raves for We Gotta Have It:

"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.
      --Warrington Hudlin

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