Waiting on Reparations

Waiting on Reparations

Waiting on Reparations is a show about Hip Hop and politics. Hosts Dope Knife, a rapper and visual artist, and Linqua Franqa, hip hop artist and politician, explore the history of public policy and its impacts on Hip Hop life; what Hip Hop culture tells us about our political reality; and the role of Hip Hop in shaping our political future.

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June 9, 2022 24 mins

Our hosts Dope Knife & Linqua Franqa will discuss the reality of health risks and disparities in the marginalized communities that make up the majority of their audience. They will touch on mental health issues, particularly about the ways that health knowledge can empower mental wellbeing as well as physical wellbeing. Additionally, the two will examine how issues of health are treated in the scene/culture of hip hop.

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LF and DK are joined by Brown professor and afrofuturist rapper/producer Sammus (aka Dr. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo to discuss the relationship of lyric-craft to beatmaking, surviving academia, creative and emotional revelations during the Covid pause, and Dr. Lumumba-Kasongo's upcoming tour.

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April 7, 2022 63 mins

This week, LF and DK are joined by democratic operative John Jackson to discuss his work infiltrating the democratic party.

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This week the hosts take a gander at some gems from the newsweek, from the Unite Here picketing rich people at Jay-Z's Oscar party to Madison Cawthorn snitching on rich people in Congress and Eric Adams (net worth: $5 million) defunding errybody except the police.

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March 24, 2022 57 mins

This week, LF & DK are joined by activist and Twitch streamer Tamika Gadsden to discussion the intersections of racial and environmental justice in Charleston, South Carolina.

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March 17, 2022 40 mins

As they depart for their respective tours, LF & DK kick off a three-part series on liberation movements born and bred in Birmingham, Alabama, this time discussing the alliance between the Alabama Communist Party and poor Black folks during the Great Depression era.

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March 10, 2022 48 mins

"This week, the hosts visit the Breonna Taylor case, just shy of two years after her death and a week after Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved, was acquitted of his remaining charges. They also discuss increased police militarization, no-knock raids, and overcoming "revolution fatigue" that has caused such stories to fade from public view since the Uprising."

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March 3, 2022 51 mins

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February 24, 2022 52 mins

This week, DK & LF take a look back at John Singleton's 1995 film Higher Learning and discuss the sociopolitical implications of it's major themes of political awakening. 

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February 17, 2022 37 mins

"This week DK & LF discuss the implications of Coach Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL for alleged racial discrimination on the fight for racial equity and labor rights more broadly."

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February 10, 2022 59 mins

This week, DK & LF talk briefly discuss how not to be white, as recently illustrated by Joe Rogan. LF also speaks with Joan Mulholland, a white Freedom Rider and steadfast civil rights icon, and Loki Mulloholand, her son, about the role of art in movement-making and the lessons of the civil rights struggle-- in essence, the best way to be white.

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February 3, 2022 45 mins

This week, the hosts chat with Walter English, aka Former Love Poet, about the power of discovering one's genealogy and how he's giving that power to the people. 

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January 27, 2022 57 mins

"This week, Linqua Franqa dishes about the decennial redistricting process, all the local political dirt in their unsent tweet folder, and their implications for politics of various scales and contexts. 


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January 20, 2022 53 mins

This week, Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa examine all kind of wildness happening in our musicopolitical landscape: Young Dolph's alleged killer dropping a music video on the day of his arrest; Kanye meeting with Putin, and liberal Russiagate hysteria; and a police officer choking a fellow officer in the line of duty in Sunrise, Florida. 

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January 13, 2022 81 mins

This week, Myke C-Town of Dead End Hip Hop joins LF and DK to discuss the infamous Young Lords, a Puerto Rican street gang-turned-human rights organization that started a nationwide movement in the 1960s. In chatting about the group's tactics, philosophy, and successes, they consider the revolutionary potential of modern gangs and if the work of the Young Lords could be replicated today.

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January 6, 2022 74 mins

This week, Dope KNife chats with antifascist Iraq War veteran Kristopher Goldsmith about his experiences infiltrating and sabotaging right-wing extremist groups. As well, he and Linqua speak their thoughts on how to prevent the collapse of democracy.

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December 30, 2021 71 mins

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa kiss 2021 goodbye with a look back at the year's wins and losses, from the suckerpunches of the faux-end of the pandemic in early summer, the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise, and the electoral defeats of Nina Turner and India Walton, to the uplifting victories Senators Warnock and Ossoff and Minneapolis city councilperson Robin Wonsley Worlobah, as well as fire albums f...

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December 23, 2021 90 mins

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa are joined by ex-army ranger John Hanna to discuss the week's happenings, from Obama's 2021 playlist and Chile's presidential election to the latest wackiness over at Fox News and Drakeo the Ruler's tragic passing. 

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December 16, 2021 60 mins

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa discuss the illustrious life of comedian and activist Dick Gregory, from the incisive racial commentary in his stand up and ensuing legal struggles to his runs for office, relationship with Medgar Evers, opposition to the Vietnam War, and his allyship with the feminist movement.

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December 9, 2021 58 mins

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa recap the results of last week's municipal elections across Georgia, from the trouncings of pro-cop candidates all across Atlanta, to the election of a Democratic Socalist mayor on its outskirts; and what all this might mean for next year's midterm elections-- with a hat tip to Ludacris at the end, of course.

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