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By Taj Salaam | May 5, 2019 |

Today I’m talking with Shani Robinson and Anna Simonton about their book, “None of the Above: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Scandal, Corporate Greed, and the Criminalization of Educators”.

In March of 2013, 35 educators in the Atlanta Public Schools were charged with racketeering and conspiracy—the same charges used to bring down the American mafia—for allegedly changing students’ answers on standardized tests. The youngest of the accused, Shani Robinson, had taught for only 3 years and was a new mother when she was wrongfully convicted and faced up to 25 years in prison….

Lak (Lesson 2: Hip Hop & Education)

By Taj Salaam | Apr 28, 2019 |

Lak is a hip hop educator and emcee. He is also the CEO and founder of Smart HipHop Global. We will be talking about his album titled, “Lesson 2: Hip Hop & Education”.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History

By Taj Salaam | Apr 14, 2019 |

The civil rights movement has become national legend, lauded by presidents from Reagan to Obama to Trump, as proof of the power of American democracy. This fable, featuring dreamy heroes and accidental heroines, has shuttered the movement firmly in the past, whitewashed the forces that stood in its way, and diminished its scope. Historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light…..

Jabee (Thy Will Be Done)

By Taj Salaam | Apr 7, 2019 |

Jabee is an Emmy-Award winning emcee, representing Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His rhymes have been recognized by Chuck D of Public Enemy and Sway Calloway on Sway In The Morning. In 2014, his commercial work earned Jabee a regional Emmy. We will be talking about his EP titled, “Thy Will Be Done”


By Taj Salaam | Mar 24, 2019 |

RJ PAYNE is a phenomenal emcee, representing Philadelphia, PA. He has attracted the attention of numerous well-respected emcees/producers like Lord Jamar, Pete Rock, Erick Sermon, Black Thought, and that’s just a few. We will be talking about tracks from his extensive discography and much more.

The Science of Melanin

By Taj Salaam | Mar 10, 2019 |

In this ground-breaking work, “The Science of Melanin”, perhaps the first full-length scientific analysis of the substance found in practically all living organisms and inanimate objects, Dr. T. Owens Moore attempts to dispel the myths and rectify the common misconceptions associated with melanin….

Abasi Qadhafi (The 411 & Unplugged)

By Taj Salaam | Mar 3, 2019 |

Abasi Qadhafi is an emcee, representing New Orleans. We will be talking about his album, “The 411”, along with some tracks from his most recent album, “Unplugged”.


By Taj Salaam | Feb 17, 2019 |

Today I’m talking with the New York hip hop duo, Armand Hammer, which consists of Billy Woods and ELUCID. We will be talking about their album titled, “Paraffin”.


By Taj Salaam | Feb 10, 2019 |

Today I’m talking with William Loren Katz, about the updated version of his definitive book titled, “Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage”. Also, joining the conversation is Phil “Pompey” Wilkes Fixico. He is a direct descendent of the Seminole Maroons.

SAP (Self Improved)

By Taj Salaam | Jan 27, 2019 |

Sap is a Delaware-raised emcee/producer. He has produced for artists such as The Game, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q, Meek Mill, and Fat Joe, just to name a few. We will be talking about his album titled, “Self Improved”.