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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May 6, 2021 50 min

This week, Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa explore Haitian unrest past and present, from the Haitian Revolution of the 1790's today's uprising against president Jovenel Moise. Linqua Franqa speaks with journalist and activist Eugene Puryear about his recent travels to Haiti and coverage of the most recent popular uprising against authoritarianism and government corruption that has taken the country by storm in recent months. A...

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And we're back! This week, Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa resurface to address the Derek Chauvin verdict before turning to their main feature: a conversation with activist and underground Hip Hop legend Immortal Technique about his community organizing, the roots of his revolutionary views, his anti-imperialist political praxis and his long awaited, forthcoming album "The Middle Passage."

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April 1, 2021 52 min

This week, Linqua Franqa speaks with Atlanta city council candidate, community organizer, and Black Futurist Group co-founder Devin Barrington Ward about the odious recent work of the Georgia state legislature, from the infamous voter suppression bill that saw Representative Park Cannon arrested last Thursday and to efforts to roll back progress around reimagined public safety, as well as what these pieces of legislation tell us ab...

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March 25, 2021 54 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa explore the history of vaccine hesitancy and today's sources of skepticism around getting the Covid jab, beginning way back in the largely forgotten era of smallpox and bringing us into the contemporary discussion around vaccine education, access, and weariness, weaving together the voices of artists from MIA to Royce Da 5'9 and Nas as they explore the range of perspectives arou...

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March 18, 2021 36 min

Hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa continue their recent globetrotting with a trip to Uganda, where last week opposition presidential candidate and rapper Bobi Wine was arrested for protesting the detention of supporters who called into question the results of January's Ugandan presidential election. They discuss the slow rise of multiparty politics in Uganda, Wine's personal rise to political power, the appeal of liberal d...

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March 11, 2021 58 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa explore Hip Hop's weaponization as propaganda in response to the recent musical clash between a team of anti-communist, Cuban-exiled emcees and their homeland government's defensive line of patriotic salseros. They then globetrot to examine other examples of rap used to further political agendas, from the jihadist rap of Deso Dogg and Salah Edin, raising eyebrows in Germany and ...

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March 4, 2021 54 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa unbundle the issues of homelessness and housing precarity, examining their intersection with mental health, substance abuse, poverty wages, and the cascading effects of capitalist pressures on the housing market. DK speaks with Xulu Jones, speaker and frontman for the Savannah-based psychedelic rock group Xulu Prophet, about his personal experiences of the unseen realities of living on ...

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February 25, 2021 45 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa cast a spotlight on last week's riots in Spain in response to the incarceration of Marxist-Leninist rapper Pablo Hasel over controversial tweets and song lyrics in support of armed revolutionary groups and calling out the Spanish crown. They discuss the way free speech concerns in Spain can reframe our understanding of the first amendment and the rise of fascism in the United States...

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Fresh on the heels of the streaming debut of the new Fred Hampton biopic, Judas and the Black Messiah, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa explore the revolutionary organizing and public policy demands of Chairman Hampton and the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther party in the late 1960s and how their vision for Black socialist self-determination and cross-cultural coalition building compares with today's demands, tactics, and...

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February 11, 2021 52 min

Honoring the 15th anniversary of J Dilla's iconic instrumental masterpiece, Donuts, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa pour one out for the master beatsmith with a look back at Dilla's impacts on Hip Hop culture, discussion the medical struggles that lead to his premature death, and analysis of what these struggles and the struggles of those like him tell us about the healthcare system in the United States.

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February 4, 2021 75 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa trade takes on cancel culture, from the current calls to censure Republican lawmakers responsible for stoking the January 6th insurrection to Lin Manuel Miranda's criticisms of whitewashing US history to the blowback experienced by rappers Trina, for her comments on the George Floyd protests, and Lil Boosie, for allegedly arranging the statutory rape of his teenaged son. Along the w...

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January 28, 2021 70 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa unpack the whirlwind week of transition between the 45th and 46th presidencies, detailing the nature and history of the presidential powers to pardon and enact executive orders as well as their most recent uses: pardoning Kodak Black, Lil Wayne and others, on the DJT side of things, and rejoining the Paris climate accord and doing immigrants a solid, on the Joe Biden end of the spectrum...

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January 21, 2021 48 min

It's been a heavy couple weeks-- months?-- and as such, Hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa take this episode to indulge in some nerdy escapism, detailing the relationship between nerd culture, from comic books to video games to science fiction, and Hip Hop, touching upon the roots of all this in afrofuturist aesthetics and philosophy. Along the way, they speak with nerdcore rap icon MegaRan about his unique niche, and the impor...

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Hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa are joined once again by powerhouse organizer Paul Glaze to discuss last week's attempted coup at the Capitol and what's next for our country in the fight against fascism, dipping their ears into the insurrectionist musical fair of Ice Cube, DJ Green Lantern and Geto Boys.

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January 7, 2021 52 min

In the wake of the stunning and historic elections of Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate in their home state, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa take a deep dive into the community organizing that brought Georgia to this moment, what these wins mean for the Democratic Party, and what's next for their newly Blue state, joined by Paul Glaze, long-time Northeast Georgia organizer and former Deputy Campaign ...

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December 31, 2020 83 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa draw 2020 to a close with a recap on the biggest stories in politics and hip hop, from the assassination of Qasem Soleimani and the portents of war that kickstarted January to the spring's presidential primary ups-and-downs, to the summer's twin detonations of Covid and Black Lives Matter to where we are now: still in lockdown, still fighting for Black Life, still spittin' m...

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December 24, 2020 58 min

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage underresources indigenous communities across the United States, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa consider the ways our country's Eurocentric obsession with quantification and categorization have fed the marginalization of Native peoples and African Americans alike, and how the historical undercounting of Native populations has led to the COVID crisis our indigenous brothers and sis...

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December 17, 2020 4 min

The WOR crew is off this week, however Dope KNife sets the table for Next weeks episode and spits an exclusive freestyle

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December 10, 2020 63 min

Baby, it's cold outside... And keeping it warm INSIDE is expensive as hell! This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa discuss the impacts and perceptions of climate change in the Black community and the link between climate and economic justice when it comes to renewable energy. They speak with Daniel Blackman, Democratic candidate for Public Service Commissioner in Georgia, the lesser-known of Georgia's January runoffs...

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December 3, 2020 56 min

This week, hosts Dope KNife and Linqua Franqa discuss the true winner of the 2020 general election: weed. Now legalized in four more states and with one-third of the US population now living in a legal weed state, DK and LF discuss the history of cannabis prohibition and legalization, racially equitable policies around legal weed in various states and municipalities, as well as the roots of Hip Hop's sacred bond to sweet Cheeba...

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