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Kooley High (Never Come Down)

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Charlie Smarts is 1 of the 5 members from the North Carolina super-group, Kooley High. I’ll will be talking about their album, which was executive produced by 9th Wonder titled, “Never Come Down”

J. Nolan (Rise of ATLantis)

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J. Nolan is an emcee, representing Atlanta, GA. We will be talking about his album titled, “Rise of ATLantis”.

Magestik Legend (All This Time)

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Magestik Legend is an emcee representing Detroit, Michigan. And is also one half of the critically acclaimed duo, The Black Opera. We will be talking about his album titled, “All This Time”.

Class War, USA

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“Class War, USA: Dispatches from Workers’ Struggles in American History”, is a rich collection of stories about ordinary people who resisted oppression and exploitation against all odds. Brandon Weber’s succinct and vivid essays capture crucial moments of struggle when working-class people built movements of hope and defiance.

From the mines to the factories to the fields, Weber shares the experiences of the real-life men and women who organized, heroically resisted, and battled the bosses and corrupt politicians.

Class War, USA, is an invaluable tool for learning the lessons of grassroots struggle, and is the perfect counter-narrative to the myth that change comes only from the top.

Brandon Weber has written for The Progressive, Upworthy, Big Think, and many other online publications, and has been a union activist for over 30 years. His has also written for The Progressive Magazine, Common Dreams, Good.Is and Liberals Unite.

Awon (The Actual Proof)

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Awon is an emcee, representing Newport News, VA via Brooklyn, NY. We will be talking about his album produced by Phoniks titled, “The Actual Proof”.

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is the author of the fully revised and updated classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism titled, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”.

Enter any high school with a racially diverse population and you will find Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Why is this? Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, is president (EM-MERI-TAH) emerita of Spelman College and in 2014 she received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, which is the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association.

MCRE & Think 2wice (When No One’s Listening)

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Think2wice is an emcee from Portland, Oregon. MCRE is an emcee from Vernon, Connecticut. We will be talking about their album titled, “When No One’s Listening”.

Cavalier (Private Stock)

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Cavalier is an emcee representing Brooklyn, NY. He has shared the stage with Nas, DMX, Little Brother, The Beatnuts, Smif N Wessun, and many other renown emcees. We will be talking about his melodious and introspective album titled, “Private Stock”.

TiRon & Ayomari (WET: Wonderful Ego Trip)

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TiRon & Ayomari are both singers, songwriters, and emcees, representing Los Angeles, CA. They have received tremendous recognition by media outlets from Complex to RapGenius, and XXL, to LA Weekly, and The Source. We will be talking about their eclectic and melodically rich album titled, “WET: The Wonderful Ego Trip”.

Yugen Blakrok (Return of the Astro-Goth)

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Yugen Blakrok is an emcee hailing from South Africa. She has opened for legends like MC Lyte, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Edo G. She has also performed alongside legends like Public Enemy and Jeru the Damaja. Most recently she has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar on the Black Panther soundtrack. That was the opening track you just heard. We will be talking about her beat knocking and lyrically heavy album titled, “Return of the Astro-Goth”

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