Leid Stories Stories and news that affect us all

February 20, 2018  

It’s already one for the movie record books. The weekend opening of Black Panther in the United States and Canada alone raked in an estimated $235 million, while international ticket sales, not including major markets like China, Japan and Russia, added another $169 million to the film’s debut total.

On the one hand, Black Panther’s spectacular box office success validates longstanding arguments that the industry, at its own financial peril, has clung to the racist status quo instead of pursuing available new markets and demographics with new products relevant to them. On the other hand, is the aggressive pursuit of new audiences—in the way Black Panther has gone about it—fraught with too many risks that the industry is simply recalibrating itself until it finds a new racist equilibrium?

 
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February 16, 2018  

Leid Stories invites you to our weekly open forum, “Free Your Mind Friday,” our growing community of thinkers whose freewheeling opinions and ideas are the show’s stock in trade.

We are kind, mannerly folk and we appreciate a sense of humor.

Come join us for some thoughtful, unscripted discussion and debate. Call 888-874-4888 and chime in!

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February 15, 2018  

A former student who reportedly had been expelled from a high school in well-to-do Parkland, Fla., for behavioral problems returned to the school armed with an assault rifle yesterday and killed 17 people before he was apprehended by police.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, also injured more than a dozen others during his murderous rampage, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said, adding that Cruz was arrested in an adjacent neighborhood as he tried to flee.

The worst mass school shooting since lone gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six school employees at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 14, 2012, yesterday’s mass attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised once again the national debate about ways to stop this kind of extreme violence. But are important clues being missed in understanding the problem?

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February 14, 2018  

On June 4, 1962—two years after a plebiscite ratified a new constitution and Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was elected the first prime minister and president of the Republic of Ghana, a Conference of African Freedom Fighters was held in Accra, the nation’s capital.
Nkrumah had led Ghana, formerly known as The Gold Coast, to independence from Britain in 1957. He titled his speech, “Step to Freedom.”
The aim of the conference was to bring together freedom fighters in independent and still-colonized states to map out strategies for a united Africa and avoid re-colonization by enemies who, he warned, would not let go of the African territories they controlled through imperialist and colonialist wars and other external pressures that would keep the continent politically divided and economically devastated.
Nkrumah, the acknowledged “Father of Pan-Africanism,” saw African unity as a global endeavor, consolidating the power, interests and wealth of all African nations.
Leid Stories shares Nkrumah’s powerful and prescient address.

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February 13, 2018  

We delve deeper into yesterday’s question: What is the purpose of Black history? As callers discovered, it is a deceptively simple question.

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February 12, 2018  

Seems like a simple question, but not the way Leid Stories asks it of listeners on today’s program.

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February 9, 2018  

No, you’re not imagining things. You know intuitively that Trump’s rosy picture of the “new” America simply is not squaring with what we’re seeing and experiencing every day. Even diehard Make-America-Great-Again believers are worrying about the growing distance between them and the goodies they were promised. They lost their minds to sweet talk.

We at Leid Stories don’t go for sweet talk. Instead, we like to think clearly and analytically and talk things through. We know the battle is for our minds. They’ll get no easy victories.

Call 888-874-4888 and join our free-wheeling ‘Free Your Mind Friday” open forum.

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February 8, 2018  

Bill and Hillary Clinton, veteran survivors of many personal and political battles and scandals, won’t come out of their current predicament unscathed. Their magic formula—deny everything, accuse their accusers, and feed fresh meat to the hounds at their heels—doesn’t seem to be working. They’re smack-dab at the center of multiple criminal investigations, any one of which could net them and their co-conspirators serious time.

The Clintons, fast running out of legal options and wiggle room on possible federal charges, may just play their biggest “Trump” card, says Leid Stories: Throw former President Barack Obama under the proverbial bus and unmask his alleged knowledge of and role in their unparalleled unlawful schemes.

Wall Street banker turned financial investigator Charles Ortel, whose own independent probe has led him to call the Clinton Foundation and its network of spinoff “nonprofit” organizations “the largest unprosecuted charity fraud in world history,” reports his latest findings.

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February 7, 2018  

Longtime union activist and independent scholar Dr. Jeffrey Perry presents Part 2 of his portrait of Hubert Harrison, “the father of Harlem radicalism,” whose political philosophies were far ahead of their time. Harrison influenced the thinking of many Black leaders of the day—both within the United States and the African diaspora—but is not widely known.

Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison Papers (now at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library), and is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and Harrison’s When Africa Awakes: The “Inside Story” of the Stirrings and Striving of the New Negro in the Western World (Diasporic Africa Press, 2014) and he is the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008). He currently is working on Volume 2 of the Hubert Harrison biography.

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February 6, 2018  

A mere shadow of its past, Harlem today gives almost no hint that it was the epicenter of the Black world. Segregationist, white-supremacist laws and policies rigidly controlled life in America, especially in its nonwhite communities, and the system thought it would permanently have the upper hand. It vastly underestimated the enduring impact of the Black church and radical Black political thought.

Longtime union activist and independent scholar Dr. Jeffrey Perry presents a portrait of Hubert Harrison, “the father of Harlem radicalism,” whose political philosophies were far ahead of their time. Harrison influenced the thinking of many Black leaders of the day—both within the United States and the African diaspora—but is not widely known.

Perry preserved and inventoried the Hubert H. Harrison Papers (now at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library), and is the editor of A Hubert Harrison Reader (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and Harrison’s When Africa Awakes: The “Inside Story” of the Stirrings and Striving of the New Negro in the Western World (Diasporic Africa Press, 2014) and he is the author of Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918 (Columbia University Press, 2008). He currently is working on Volume 2 of the Hubert Harrison biography.

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