Pushback — Episode 3: The Burdens and Privileges of Being the Face of a Movement

On any given day in Philadelphia, you’re likely to hear Black Lives Matter activist Asa Khalif — whose 26-year-old cousin, Brandon Tate-Brown, was shot and killed by a police officer in 2014 — on the radio. At the same time, you may flip on television news to see him condemning the latest reports of police violence and racism in our region, speaking on everything from the inequities of stop-and-frisk numbers to discrimination in the Gayborhood. Khalif might be Philadelphia’s version of Deray McKesson, Shaun King and Jamal Green — activists who’ve emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement as memorable personalities on whom the news media often relies for commentary.

Some in the activist community have labeled him an opportunist – a common charge leveled at popular black activists throughout history – and say that his Black Lives Matter Movement Pennsylvania branding is too close in name to Black Lives Matter Philly, a sanctioned chapter under the national network, thus causing people and news organizations – like Breitbart, who ran a story about the Philly chapter using an image of Khalif – to become confused.

Guests (in order of appearance):

Asa Khalif, head of Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania

Pushback — Episode 2: Defining Black Intellectualism

The 2017 movie “I Am Not Your Negro,” about the life and times of James Baldwin, received nationwide acclaim. But it was hardly an anomaly in its presentation of black intellectualism to a mainstream audience. From the memoirs of Barack Obama to the essays of Ta-Nehisi Coates, there’s been a renaissance of popular interest in black thought. But how do we define a “black intellectual”? How does 21st-century media help or hurt black thought leaders? And how do we fix the problematic tendency to think of black intellectualism as a male-dominated sport?

Guests (in order of appearance):

Gregory Walker, First Vice Chair, Fifth Ward Democratic Executive Committee, and Managing Executive Director, The Brothers Network

Shahmar Beasley, president of the Drexel College Democrats

Carlo Campbell, actor/musician/performer

Dr. Nyasha Junior, professor of religion at Temple University

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, CEO of C.A.P.E.S

Ernest Owens, award-winning journalist and columnist

Pushback — Episode 1: Sightings of Solidarity: A Movement or Moment?

From safety pins to protests, acts of solidarity have been all over the news in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency. But how exactly does one stand in solidarity? What does the term even mean? And how can solidarity endure? In this episode, Flood and Malcolm speak with Mayor Jim Kenney, Villanova professor Sally Scholz, and social-justice organizers Erika Almiron (executive director of Juntos) and Rev. Gregory Holston (executive director of P.O.W.E.R) on these topics and more.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney
Villanova professor Sally Scholz
Erika Almiron (executive director of Juntos)
Rev. Gregory Holston (executive director of P.O.W.E.R)