Dedon Kamathi 323-646-4816 or Freedomnow@kpfk.org
Greetings this is Sista Arisa with Freedom Now agenda for this Tues November 11, 2009. Freedom now will address 2 major themes beyond our traditional African Drum Beat historical calendar. The film “Precious” which has been widely publicized and was a cover story in the NY Times magazine will be critically analyzed by Erin Aubrey Kaplan a journalist and cultural observer from a African women’s perspective. This film that has had raved reviews and has set a limited release record, reaping $1.8 million in just 18 theaters. “Precious” was marketed to the traditional African film market but interestingly, to the so called upscale or white locations such as the Bridge, Arc light and the Landmark theaters. . Clearly in this age of Obamaism, a film about a “Big Black, sullen faced, illiterate teenage mother who was raped and impregnated by her father, with no future and rooted in Harlem needs to be assess. History has shown that such films have a serious impact on US social policy towards national non-European populations among others Black folks.
Our 2nd and primary theme will be Mike Rupert who latest endeavor “Collapse” a documentary of the inevitable downfall of the Industrial/Technical base of the US is opening this weekend. Mike Rupert a frequent guest on Freedom Now is best known for confronting the then CIA Director John Deutch with facts on the CIA primary role in the cocaine / crack national epidemic. He then led the analysis of the notion of peak oil or the demise of the oil based US economy. He also successful forecasted the present economic depression in the 2004.Tonight Mike in studio will provide us insight into the future of the United States from a Macro-economic point of view.
We will also have a brief health commentary from Dedon on fruit juices and their dangers.. Our music mix will include: Zap Mama, Taumbu, Burning Spears, historical dub, Ghana’s tripe pong, Fred Hampton Jr, Wu Tang, clip from the film collapse and the Last Poets.
So stay for another journey into the land of Freedom Now and as always we stand “Ready For the Revolution:”.