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September 21, 2020 61 min
Episode 2 Speaking of Solutions Guest: Afrika Porter – CEO of Afrika Enterprises On this episode we are speaking about solutions. Our city (Chicago) and cities across the country are hurting. We need solutions to the two pandemics that are killing our loved ones – systemic racism and COVID-19. I invited my friend and activist Afrika Porter, known as Sista Afrika or AF, to talk about ways we can all help. At 13:27 Afrika tells me she has lost 86 people to COVID – and that’s all I have to say. Please listen. Listening notes: 1:30 Solutions 1:50 Welcome Afrika Porter! 2:17 How is love speaking to you today? 3:48 The Speaking of Race episode 4:06 Afrika’s loss of a family member to gun violence 4:56 #WeAreOurOwnSolutions 5:42 “On top of a pandemic we have a pandemic.” 5:50 Fred Hampton, Jr. – Chairman of the Black Panther Party 6:30 SOLUTION #1 – SPEAK TO PEOPLE 7:42 Everyone has a story 9:27 “I needed my black sons to see that.” – The Equal Pay Rally 10:14 When did you know you were an activist? 13:27 “I’ve lost 86 people to COVID.” 14:27 Leek & Sons Funeral Home family 15:07 The number reveals the racial inequities 17:53 SOLUTION #2 – BE COUNTED! 20:00 Lessons from Afrika’s parents 22:12 “I know every homeless person in my community by name, and they know me.” 22:37 “If you’re hungry I’m gonna feed you.” 24:40 Doing our father’s work 25:08 How do you teach that (your dad’s lessons) to your sons? 25:40 The elevator moment with Afrika’s son 26:30 SOLUTION #3 – USE YOUR VOICE - Afrika took the moment to speak up 26:54 “I’m trying to use my voice better and teach my son.” 28:07 A lesson for Afrika’s son 28:16 If you’re comfortable you’re not working 28:52 The Ripple Effect 29:04 “When black boys are smaller they’re cute. When they grow up and Become men they are a threat.” 29:29 The “Shawty’s gonna get all the H’s” moment 30:13 Momma Brenda’s poem “Somebody Better Say Something” 31:29 My baby crawling down the sidewalk moment 32:20 My story about teaching my son about respect 34:16 SOLUTION #4 - ACCOUNTABILITY 35:27 Gun violence 36:06 SOLUTION #5 – HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE WHO PURCHASEGUNS ILLEGALY 37:09 The laws have to change 37:36 “The people we vote in – we have to get to them and have real conversations about gun control.” 38:14 Real Talk Real Women Live 40:19 “The mission is to help people during this time cope.” 41:00 What’s been your gift during this time? 43:14 My family has been my gift 45:32 Do you have a daily prayer? 46:20 Afrika’s friend’s son lost his life to suicide – I am My Life Coach 47:22 Afrika lost her own son in 2011 47:50 “A day doesn’t go by when you don’t think about the people you lost.” 48:48 Prayers for Jahari 50:16 Who inspires you? 50:36 The Little Warrior – Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow – Co-founder of Operation PUSH 52:27 Compliments 53:12 Ida B. Wells 53:25 “My mom is one of the oldest founding members of the Alfreda Wells Duster Club – named for Ida B. Wells.” 54:09 Afrika’s sisters 54:58 “All my siblings work in social service.” 55:45 The Porter family did it right. 57:18 The 86 will never leave me 58:00 Where can we find you? 1:00:00 “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell Connect with Afrika: Facebook Instagram Twitter Resources: Fred Hampton, Jr. Census 2020 Momma Brenda – Somebody Better Say Something Real Talk Real Women Live I Am My Life Coach Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow Kim-ISTRI Jewelry
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