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April 30, 2015  

Making Their Bones in Baltimore (Part 2)

The crisis in Baltimore has become a  backdrop for media hounds, political pundits, talking heads and just about every variety of sound-byte opportunist. Yet the systemic problems that are the Gordian knot around the embattled city are again being given short shrift. 
Even the "liberal" media are fully engaged in providing "coverage" that has more to do with sensationalism, stereotype and self-promotion than getting at the root of systemic problems that belie claims of social, political, economic and racial progress in America. 
Leid Stories tackles the issue head on.

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April 29, 2015  

Making Their Bones in Baltimore

The crisis in Baltimore has become a  backdrop for media hounds, political pundits, talking heads and just about every variety of sound-byte opportunist. Yet the systemic problems that are the Gordian knot around the embattled city are again being given short shrift. 
Even the "liberal" media are fully engaged in providing "coverage" that has more to do with sensationalism, stereotype and self-promotion than getting at the root of systemic problems that belie claims of social, political, economic and racial progress in America. 
Leid Stories tackles the issue head on.

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April 28, 2015  

Heartfelt Thanks for Your Support - Distorting the Truth About Baltimore
Utrice expresses thanks for the outpouring of love and support after yesterday's program.

A deliberate effort is being made to distort the crisis in Baltimore. Utrice explains why.

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April 28, 2015  

A Life-Changing Experience
An upset stomach turns out to be something that lands Utrice in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests that yield a somber diagnosis. 
She shares the experience with listeners.

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April 10, 2015  

Free Your Mind! It’s for Your—and Our—Own Good!

What a week we’ve had! But we’ve survived it—hopefully unscathed, or with only a few minor scrapes and scratches.

Now, take an analytical look at what we’ve come through and help us make sense of it. Give us your take on the insanities and absurdities we experienced this week. Or, take us someplace else entirely, introducing issues and ideas worthy of serious consideration and continuing debate.

This is the purpose of “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. It’s how we help each other keep a grip on reality while not going stark-raving mad.

Make your contribution to our collective mental health. Call in (888-874-4888; it’s free!) and share your unique insights with a hardy, well-mannered lot who appreciate sincerity of effort and independence of thought.

That done, you can then take comfort in knowing you’ve done your bit save the world.

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April 9, 2015  

Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan: Requiem for A Seeker and Teacher of Truth

Internationally renowned scholar Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” lies in state today at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem; a funeral service will be held at the church tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Ben died on March 19 at the age of 97, and new funeral arrangements had to be made to accommodate large contingents of mourners and dignitaries from across the nation and the world wanting to pay their respects.

A noted Egyptologist and specialist in ancient Nile Valley cultures and histories, Dr. Ben belonged to a revered group of African, African American and Caribbean scholars whose pioneering research and published works validated the centrality of Africa to world civilizations.  

Leid Stories pays tribute to Dr. Ben today. Dr. Arthur Lewis, a Harlem physician and community activist who was a close associate of Dr. Ben for more than 40 years, shares personal recollections of the scholar’s singleminded mission to advance and expand knowledge of Africa’s contributions to the world.

  

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April 8, 2015  

Post-Runoff Blues: Chi-Town the Day After

Rahm Emanuel’s Win Points Up Nagging Problem of Leadership

The day after The Great Runoff finds Chicagoans taking the outcome—Rahm Emanuel’s return to City Hall for a second term—in stride, and political gurus mining the numbers for hidden clues about the race.

Emanuel’s win, with 56 percent of the vote, came the hard way, and with a repeat of the message that he’s not nearly the gift he thinks he is to Chicago. Challenger and first-time mayoral contender Jesús “Chuy” García, a Cook County commissioner who helped block Emanuel from winning a majority of the votes in the Feb. 24 election (which forced the runoff), got 44 percent of the vote.

Leid Stories listener-correspondent Gardis H. Watts, a native Chicagoan who filed a report about the race on Monday, the eve of the election, describes the day-after mood in Chi-Town.

Host Utrice Leid follows with a blistering commentary: “Why Rahm Emanuel Should Have Been  Defeated.”    


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April 7, 2015  

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari: Really A ‘Fresh Start?

Badges, Bullets & Bodies: Police Killings at All-Time High

Former military strongman Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect, rode the crest of popular support for his campaign promise to rout both Boko Haram terrorists and rampant government corruption from the continent’s most populous nation. But as he forms his transition team and selects key members of his administration, which officially begins May 29, Buhari is already warning his countrymen not to expect “miracles.”

Buhari’s political triumph is being hailed as a “new start,” not only for Nigeria, but also for the region and the continent as a whole. Is there reason to believe that the former major-general who led a coup in 1983 that brought him to power and whose regime racked up more than a fair share of human rights abuses is now a born-again democrat?

Dr. Chika Onyeani, the Nigerian publisher and editor in chief of the New York-based African Sun-Times, gives his analysis of Buhari’s return to power and its potential impact on the war-ravaged region.

In March alone, 111 people—most of them unarmed and men of color—were killed by police, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice said that Philadelphia police had shot and killed 400 people in seven years, 80 percent of them African Americans. These and other statistics confirm an extremely disturbing pattern.

Michael Greys, cofounder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and cohost of “Community Cop” on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, says the race-based patterns of police killings long have been established. The issue, he says, is that they continue despite claims of systemic “reforms.”

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April 6, 2015  

Winds of Change in Chicago?: Rahm and "Chuy" Race to A Historic Finish

It's the eve of a historic election in Chicago, the first time an incumbent mayor has been forced into a runoff since the city adopted nonpartisan elections 20 years ago. The Windy City bristles with anticipation about the outcome. 
Even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his challenger, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" García, make last-ditch forays for votes,  they're homing in on two key blocs that will determine who next occupies City Hall--undecided voters, and African American and Latino voters. 
A weekend poll by Ogden & Fry was showing Emanuel with an appreciable lead over García going into Tuesday. But the poll also showed large numbers of uncommitted voters, and noted that Latinos were underrepresented in its data. 
Local media, also reporting a double-digit lead by Emanuel, nonetheless are hesitant to call the race because of García's upset the first go-round on Feb. 24 that forced the runoff. 
Leid Stories listener Gardis H. Watts, a native Chicagoan who has been following the contentious race, provides perspective on the significance of the Emanuel-García faceoff and how it's resonating at ground level in his home town.

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April 3, 2015  

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Progress Report

Your Own Pressure Valve—“Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories!

Keith Cook, the brother of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, gives a progress report on efforts to safeguard Mumia’s health and demand accountability by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for his deteriorated condition.

Last Monday (March 30), Mumia was found passed out from diabetic shock and almost in a comatose state. It has since been determined that he had been diabetic for quite some time in incarceration, but was neither diagnosed nor treated for the disease. In recent months, Mumia’s health has deteriorated significantly, leading his family and supporters to contend that it’s a deliberate attempt by the state to hasten his death through negligence.

Judging from the news headlines, the world is going mad. But you don’t have to. You can plug into a growing community of sane people who help each other make sense of what’s happening in the world by simply sharing their insights, opinions and analyses of what’s behind the headlines—and a lot more besides.

Don’t let them distort your reality. But do take advantage of the best reality check ever—“Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. It’s where the best minds gather for conversations that really matter.

Call in on 888-874-4888 and add your own unique perspective to the simmering pot. It’ll do you—and the rest of us—a whole lotta good!  

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