#INSIST



James Baldwin-Studs Terkel Interview (1961). James Baldwin: A Letter from the South. Reading an essay from James Baldwin’s 1961 book, Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son.

From “Black History” Month” to “Black Futures Month.” Discussing this question: What is the evolution of “Black History Month?”

Michele’s “Thought of the Day.” Michele Wilson shares how director Raoul Peck’s documentary film, “I Am Not Your Negro,” left a profound effect on her soul and psyche, as she revisited the words and speeches of civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin.

James Baldwin: “I am not a nigger”/”Who is the nigger?” What is it in the collective consciousness of white people that needs a “nigger?” Continuing our discussion on director Raoul Peck’s documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro,” based in part upon James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, “Remember This House.” (Including a film clip from a 1963 documentary, “Take This Hammer,” produced for National Educational Television by the KQED Film Unit in San Francisco).

Dante’s “Word of the Week.” (Interruption). Dante Bonner breaks down the word “interruption.”

Life Interrupted: Lessons from Leaving. Sharing lessons learned from the many times I have left, or been fired, from “jobs.”

Dante brings forward a conversation about the Oscars and Grammys, and how difficult it is for Black artists to get their just due; specifically, the “controversy” over Adele besting Beyonce’s “Lemonade” for Album of the Year.

We #INSIST! After the defensive posture of #RESIST, then what? Sharing a few thoughts from my list of what I am proactively insisting upon, in this new political era we are now fighting through.

School of Life 1.0 ? READ! Reading develops your vocabulary. And expansive vocabulary develops your language skills. And mastery of language means you are a threat to people who would otherwise demean, diminish, dismiss, and disrespect you. It all starts with reading.

In this episode: Writer-podcaster-television producer Robert Wesley Branch; television executive producer and business development consultant Michele Wilson; and supervisor of civil rights intake complaints for the state in which he lives, singer-songwriter Dante Bonner. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #228: #INSIST – originally broadcast on Saturday, February 25, 2017] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #RealRawRelevant #KeepItConscious

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