Tuesday, July 1, 2014

"Confronting the New Amerikkan Empire" l In Conversation with Cynthia McKinney

"Confronting the New Amerikkan Empire"
In Conversation with Cynthia McKinney

2014 Session Two: OUR COMMON GROUND
OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham
Saturday, July 5, 2014 10 pm ET LIVE 

“The most powerful state in history has proclaimed, loud and clear, that it intends to rule the world by force, the dimension in which it reigns supreme.” – Noam Chomsky, 2003

And now they have forged a domestic will to assume such power within the borders.
OUR COMMON GROUND OPENS THE 2ND Session of 2014 on July 5, 2014. We are honored to have as our guest, Cynthia McKinney former U. S. Congresswoman, international human rights activist and former Presidential candidate, to discuss domestic and foreign policy in the new Amerikkan Empire.

Monday, May 19, 2014

OUR COMMON GROUND Returning July 5, 2014

We are off doing production and re-tooling work until July 5, 2014.  We hope that you will join us then.  We thank you for your support and listenership and hope that you will bring friends and recommend us when we come back for Part II of the 2014 Season "Black America: State of Emergency". 

 July 5, 2014    LIVE

"I'll Be Listening for You"


Thursday, May 8, 2014


10 May 2014

Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls ⊕ Mid-Term Elections ⊕ Supreme Court ⊕ Net Neutrality

Sunday, April 27, 2014

HE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE <> May 3,2014 <> Dr. Byron E. Price

OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham 
Saturday, May 3, 2014 10 pm ET

Guest Co-Host: Dr. Byron E. Price 





How you can begin to challenge the damaging policies and programs which feed into the school to prison pipeline for children in your community.


 A 2007 study by the Advancement Project and the Power U Center for Social Change says that for every 100 students who were suspended, 15 were Black, 7.9 were American Indian, 6.8 were Latino and 4.8 were white. The same study reports that the U.S. spends almost $70 billion annually on incarceration, probation and parole. This number lends itself to a 127% funding increase for incarceration between 1987-2007. Compare that to a 21% increase in funding for higher education in the same 20-year span. Local police have a presence in almost every American mid and high school in America where the student demographic is above 30% Black. That is how it begins.

EDITORIAL • Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Illustration: Seth Tobacman

By the editors of Rethinking Schools
“Every man in my family has been locked up. 
Most days I feel like it doesn’t matter what I do, how hard I try—that’s my fate, too.” 
—11th-grade African American student, Berkeley, Calif.

What Is the School-to-Prison Pipeline?

Mass Incarceration: A Civil Rights Crisis

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

OCG <> Author Activist Educator, Agyei Tyehimba l April 26, 2014 l LIVE

OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham 
April 26, 2014 LIVE 10 pm ET

OUR GUEST: Agyei Tyehimba
     Author Activist Educator

Joining us is Agyei Tyehimba in a discussion of his work, philosophies and newest book, " "Truth for Our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens"

Agyei Tyehimba was born and raised in the famed 'Sugar Hill' section of Harlem. His parents - George and Adrienne Stith - gave him the best of both worlds. His mother emphasized the importance of character development, education and charity, while his father developed street sense and a love for Black history and culture. As a child, Agyei, then known by his born name Quentin, excelled in football, student government, and poetry.

Mr. Tyehimba entered Syracuse University in 1986. As a Syracuse University undergraduate, Agyei became Editor-in-Chief of the Black Voice Newsletter in 1987. As two-term President of the Student African American Society, Mr. Tyehimba published several editorials in the nationally acclaimed Daily Orange newspaper, and was featured in various local newspapers and radio and television programs. He participated in successful efforts to hire more Black faculty, and to strengthen the African American Studies Department. While his organizing efforts brought notoriety (he was threatened with expulsion, and received numerous death threats), they also earned recognition and validation; Mr. Tyehimba received the Malcolm X Award for Leadership, the Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Outstanding Service, and the Syracuse NAACP Freedom Fund Award. In the academic arena, he received the HEOP Outstanding student award, and was named in graduate school to the National Dean's List.

During his undergraduate years, Agyei delivered opening speeches for such notables as Nikki Giovanni, Naim Akbar, Kwame Ture, Martin Luther King III, and Susan Taylor. Agyei's work at Syracuse University caught the attention of student organizations at neighboring universities who began inviting him to speak about his experiences and to provide political consultation. This led Agyei to become a professional motivational speaker in 1990. His topics included student activism, racism, and the urban drug epidemic. The author delivered presentations at Syracuse University, Cornell University, Colgate University, Morrisville College, and a number of colleges within the State University of New York system.

In 1995, Mr. Tyehimba began graduate studies at Cornell University's prestigious Africana Studies & Research Center. He became President of the Africana Graduate Student Association and coordinated a student activist conference featuring Kwame Ture as the keynote speaker. Mr. Tyehimba wrote and successfully defended a thesis about the movement to create Black Studies Departments on college campuses in the 1960's. As a graduate student Agyei gave presentations to teenagers residing in the Louis Gossett Jr. Residential Center for Youth, a detention center for troubled female teens in Lansing, New York. Inspired by the Million Man March in 1995, Mr. Tyehimba and a number of other concerned men in Ithaca, New York founded the October 16th Rites of Passage Program. This organization of Black men provided structured and developmental mentorship, recreational and educational activities for a cohort group of Black male teens over the course of two years. As the educational coordinator, Agyei created and facilitated activities to help the teens develop life management skills like time management, fundraising, budgeting, decision-making and career planning. Under the mentorship of Dr.James Turner, Agyei earned his Master's Degree of Professional Studies in Africana Studies.

Agyei taught 5th and 8th grade Social Studies in New York City public schools for 4 years. In the year 2000, Mr. Tyehimba co-founded the Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy (KAPPA) Middle School. Between 2002-2003, Tyehimba taught African American Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Among other classes, Professor Tyehimba taught Ancient African Civilizations, African American History 1619-1865, and Modern Black Political Thought.
From 2003-2005, Agyei coordinated an after school program for high school students in the Bronx, New York. In addition to providing college application and admissions assistance, he helped students gain summer employment in the fields of their choice and developed workshops to help them develop life management skills.

In 2002, he approached legendary kingpin Azie Faison about writing his life story. Mr. Tyehimba's goal was to steer youth away from drug dealing and other counterproductive activities. In 2007, Simon & Schuster published their book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, which received national press and continues to be commercially successful. 

In addition to teaching, Mr. Tyehimba has provided numerous workshops to help parents understand and exercise their rights and to advocate for their children's academic success. Agyei currently coordinates Boys To Men, a group providing mentorship and life management skills to middle school boys between the ages of 10 and 13.

Tyehimba's other books include:
<*> The Blueprint: A Black Student Union Handbook

With "The Blueprint: A BSU Handbook," educator, author, and activist Agyei Tyehimba provides Black college students with all the information they need to effectively lead Black Student Unions on college campuses. Chapters include "The Purpose of a BSU," "Leadership Training," "Maintaining Archives," "Alliances," "Programming," "Propaganda," "Utilizing Media," "Building Morale," "Making Decisions," "The Anatomy of a Movement," and much more. Easy to follow, and chock-full of useful information, this groundbreaking book will put student leaders and their organizations way ahead of the curve.

<*> Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler
by Azie Faison, and Agyei Tyehimba

Agyei Tyehimba has co-written a book entitled Game Over: The Rise and Redemption of a Former Harlem Hustler which was released on August 7, 2007. Published by Simon & Schuster, Game Over chronicles the life of former Harlem hustler Azie Faison.

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