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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Let's try a Part 2: the Shane Johnson interview, Are Blacks really 2 races and is it time for new leadership-Next on Afronerd Radio

Unfortunately due to a scheduling mix-up our interview with Mr. Johnson fell through but we are working to set something up-hopefully by Thursday in time for the next show. Nevertheless, Sunday's program went forward and it was so lively that we are going to do a part 2 for this Thursday's broadcast. Perhaps due to last night's show in which the debunking of the Black monolith was discussed (in conjunction with Johnson's counter-protest efforts) I have been thinking more about the sometimes debilitating role that the African-American church plays in the lives of melanated people. First off, I must clearly state that I do have a historical appreciation for the Black Church's involvement in providing leadership as well implementing dire social and political change for the greater part of a century. Where would heroes such as Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. have come from if it were not for the church? But this type of "no holds barred" life-risking leadership just does not appear to exist in the new millennium. Case in point-check out what some deem as the standard in Church leadership:

And perhaps the alternative:

For the uninitiated, the two videos are of Reverends Juanita Burnam and Harry Jackson-more on these two and their differences at a later date. Meanwhile, let's flesh out Afronerd Radio Par Deux on Thursday the 29th at 9pm eastern. Call us "live" at 646-915-9620 or via IM/email at afronerdradio@yahoo. Share your opinions with us and as always Be there and Be square.

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