Black Owned Conversations Show Archives

The conventional wisdom among both white and Black American has always fetishized white women as kinder, fairer, and less hateful than white men. But what if white women are every bit as bloodthirsty as white men?

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National Archives at College Park, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Despite the defection of a growing number of the Black elite, the relationship between African Americans and Palestinians remains a close one. This solidarity owes its staying power to a simple, irrefutable fact: Palestinians in Gaza are terrorized by the white settler colonial state just as are Blacks in Gary, Indiana. Discussing this axis of resistance – formed during the international struggle against apartheid in South Africa – are the poet, artist, and journalist Esther Iverem, and Palestinian activists Hannah Schraim, and Dr. Sami Al-Arian.


How and why the Colorado Buffaloes became Black America’s Team virtually overnight.


The irony of both Red Summer as it came to be known, and the racial resentments at the core of today’s anti-Black terror, is that African Americans, in the main, have neither a pot to piss in nor a bed to push it under. If capitalism is, by definition exploitive, then racial capitalism is effectively a pyramid scheme which assigns Blacks permanently to the bottom rung tier. We are, in effect, the canaries in the mine, and our economic misfortune signals that something similar is bearing down on white America.

As the world celebrates 50 years of hip hop, Black Owned Conversations takes the opportunity to appreciate the irony that this soaring, celestial music owes its existence to the relentless and ruinous dispossession of African Americans by the white settler project.

Is Black revolution poised for a comeback? The legacy of George and Jonathan Jackson, and the brawl on the Montgomery riverfront on August 5th 2023, and their effects on the Black community.

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Blacks have no rights that whites are bound to respect,  Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney wrote in the 1857 Dred Scott decision. A decision last month by a Maryland Court added a codicil to Taney’s declaration when it ruled that Bethesda developers could sell property built atop a cemetery for slaves. The court did not question whether the land is, in fact, a burial ground but effectively ruled that whites need not respect Blacks either in life, or death.

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Less than 24 hours after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white cop in suburban St. Louis, Black Lives Matter organizers were on the ground, introducing a new catchphrase into the American lexicon. Like the Black Panthers nearly 50 years before them, BLM’s leaders were young, articulate, and, well, Black. Nine years later, however, BLM’s promise has all but evaporated, and the organization is widely seen as a front for white liberalism.

Black Owned Conversations’ co-hosts Jon Jeter and Denise Young interview Chairman Yeshitela–who founded the African Socialist People’s Movement and the international UHURU movement more than 50 years ago, about the FBI’s early morning raid on his St. Louis home last year, African Americans’ complicated relationship with Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the seamless continuity between his case and the the FBI’s counterintelligence program, COINTELPRO, that destroyed the radical Black Power movement of his youth.

 July 24, 2023 

formulanone from Huntsville, United States, CC BY-SA 2.0

Across the nation, Black folks have been talking about what is seemingly a kidnapping hoax committed by a young Black woman in Hoover, Alabama. But is this a hoax that Black folks need to be focused on? Let’s talk about it: When Black Folks Lie, People Don’t Die

 July 18, 2023 

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Most of us have had a Malcom Moment: The moment when white people have stolen from or attempted to steal from us our innate confidence and joy, discouraged us from believing in our capabilities, and crapped on our intrinsic value—because they fear our power, or more accurately, the moment we embrace our power.

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The Supreme Court recently ruled to eliminate affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard,  effectively ending the use of race-based affirmative action in higher education.

Black Owned Conversations asks Dr. Kelly Marie Shepard about her PhD journey.

We celebrate African American Music Appreciation Month by exploring the white settler Republic’s complicated relationship to Black music, and Black folks’ relationship to Tina Turner, who died in May at the age of 83. Turner was no doubt an American icon but did she represent the best of the Black musical tradition, or a backlash to it? We answer that question and ask another? What did Turner share in common with Saturday Night Fever, and January 6th?


We discuss the beautiful reality of Black Fatherhood: honoring, celebrating, and reflecting, especially for Black men – Father’s Day, what would have been Tupac’s 53rd birthday, and Juneteenth.