Oct 27, 2020
The 'Residue' of Gentrification
1 hr 6 min

Guest hosts Yasmina and Tarik  interview filmmaker Merawi Gerima, who discusses his new film Residue. The film puts the spotlight on gentrification in DC, and all the racist, violent baggage and displacement that accompanies it. 

They discuss the process of 'community filmmaking' that helped create the film, the role of capital in dictating creative directing choices, the importance of Black film and narrative-shaping, the Gerima  legacy of filmmaking and community building, the power of DC's go-go music, and much more.  

Tech Won't Save Us
Tech Won't Save Us
Paris Marx
How Spotify is Built On Artist Exploitation w/ Liz Pelly
Paris Marx is joined by Liz Pelly to discuss how the Spotify model of streaming music continues a long trend of exploitation in the music industry and why musicians need to organize around a vision for a different world of music. Liz Pelly is a freelance writer and critic who has spent the past decade working with community arts spaces. She is also a contributing editor and columnist at The Baffler. Follow Liz on Twitter as @lizpelly. Tech Won’t Save Us offers a critical perspective on tech, its worldview, and wider society with the goal of inspiring people to demand better tech and a better world. Follow the podcast (@techwontsaveus) and host Paris Marx (@parismarx) on Twitter. Read the plan for the future of the show and supporter benefits on Patreon. Find out more about Harbinger Media Network and follow it on Twitter as @harbingertweets. Also mentioned in this episode: * Liz’s work looks at many aspects of Spotify, including the model it’s pushing on musicians and increasingly on podcasters * Paris has written about how consolidation and the emergence of streaming is having similarly negative effects in film and television * Naomi Klein explains how New Deal arts programs funded 225,000 musical performances which reached 150 million Americans — and much more * Cherie Hu tweeted a diagram showing how different streaming and music companies have stakes in one another * The Verge obtained Sony Music’s contract with Spotify * How Galaxy 500 and Pavement had random songs take off on Spotify * Spotify CEO says artists need to record music more frequently * Henderson Cole’s proposal for an American Music Library * The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers launched the Justice at Spotify campaign Support the show (
44 min
Black Agenda Radio
Black Agenda Radio
Progressive Radio Network
Black Agenda Radio - 11.30.20
Welcome to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Margaret Kimberley, along with my co-host Glen Ford. Coming up: New and updated terms have entered the vocabulary of Black liberation. We’ll speak with an academic and activist about critical race theory, racial realism and Afro-pessimism. And, we’ll take a look at the history and current struggles of quilombos, the autonomous Black and indigenous settlements of Brazil. But first -- A globally important webinar on U.S. militarization of Africa, through its military command, AFRICOM, will be held on December 4. One of the panelists is Marie Claire Far-EYE, a Congolese member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Far-Eye currently lives in Great Britain, a country where, like the United States, most people are not even aware that the greatest genocide since World War Two is still unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shameka Powell is co-director Educational Studies at Tufts School of Arts, and co-author of an essay titled, "Kissing Cousins: Critical Race Theory’s Racial Realism and Afropessimism’s Social Death.” These are subjects that are hotly debated in Black academic circles, and among some activists, but not the stuff of daily Black conversation. We talked with Prof. Powell about the relevance of Racial Realism and Afropessimism. Brazil is home to the biggest Black population in the world outside of Nigeria, yet Blacks wield very little institutional power. Carla Maria Guerrón Montero is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Delaware. She’s done extensive studies of Black populations in Latin America. Most recently, Professor Montero immersed herself in the Quilombos of Brazil, autonomous settlements established to escape slavery and ongoing oppression of Black and indigenous people.
57 min
Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales)
94. Engels on The Housing Question
What did Engels have to say about the housing crisis? Cramped homes. Extortionate costs. Rip-off landlords. Rising homelessness. Projects to upgrade areas just used to force workers and poor people out. Meanwhile, posh new houses lie empty. It could be any major town or city in the 21st century. But it was all described by Friedrich Engels back in the 19th century. Why does capitalism endlessly recreate this social crisis? Why didn’t increasing home ownership solve the problem? What can we learn from Engels’ arguments against anarchists and liberals about housing? And how can socialists start to fix it today? This episode of Socialism, part of a short series on Engels, looks at the fight for the right to a home: The Housing Question. Further reading and listening The Housing Question (Engels): Housing crisis: what now and after the pandemic? The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis? (2015): Socialism episode 45. How renters can beat gentrifiers: Socialism episode 31. Grenfell and Barking: safe homes for all now:
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