TRWBS #221 – Pre-School to Prison Pipeline: Breaking the Soul Ties I
Show Notes – Saturday, October 29, 2016
In this episode: Writer-podcaster-recovering television producer Robert Wesley Branch; television executive producer and business development consultant Michele Wilson; and civil rights investigations supervisor, singer-songwriter Dante Bonner. [The Robert Wesley Branch Show #221: Pre-School to Prison Pipeline: Breaking the Soul Ties I – originally broadcast on Saturday, October 29, 2016] #TheRobertWesleyBranchShow #KeepItConscious #RealRawRelevant
- [[00:00] – [02:03]] Prison Industrial Complex Stats-Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”
- [[02:04] – [09:10]] Opening Song: “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (Remix) by The Temptations
- [[9:11] – [10:13]] Show Theme Song: Be Well, Be Encouraged, Be Inspired Every Day (Theme from The Robert Wesley Branch Show). © 2013 Written by Mai Maiesha Rashad and Robert Wesley Branch. Arrangement and vocals by Mai Maiesha Rashad. Keyboards by Leroy Scooter Taylor. Drums and additional instrumental parts by Derek Redfootz.
- [[10:14] – [34:33]] RWB Talks. Because he refused to “snitch” on his co-conspirators, 18-year-old Reno was sentenced (under the felony murder rule) to life without the possibility of parole, and he has been serving his time for over 20 years now, at one of the 27 “correctional” institutions in the state of Maryland. Revisiting the history of the Lorton Reformatory (in Lorton, Virginia), a prison where one of my uncles did some time, back in the 70s.
- [[34:34] – [54:15]] The conversation continues after “Life Without the Possibility of Parole,” as we introduce our “Pre-School to Prison Pipeline: Breaking the Soul Ties” series. Centering up on an article – “The Prison Industrial Complex” – by Eric Schlosser, published in the December 1998 issue of “The Atlantic” monthly magazine.
- [[54:16] – [58:46]] Commercial Break #1
- [[58:47] – [2:04:31]] An enlightened brother calls in to share his eye-opening wisdom on the state of affairs in the Black community and the prison-industrial complex. Afterward, we welcome brother Shakoure Char, who spent 23 years “behind the wall” – having been imprisoned since he was a very young man. Released 18 months ago (at the time of this recording), Shakoure speaks passionately about what it took to survive his prison experience; how he attained two bachelor’s degrees and one master’s degree while still inside the prison system; and why young Black men are gravitating to the streets and what their parents can begin doing about it. In the midst of brother Shakoure’s candid and poignant sharing, a mother of a young Black son calls in, seeking solutions for how to handle her son’s weed smoking and escalating trouble with the law.
- [[2:04:32] – [2:09:05]] Closing Song: “Like a Mack” by Prince.
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Robert Wesley Branch is a writer, podcaster, and television producer. District of Columbia-born. Maryland raised. Yoga developed. God made.
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