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.
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
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
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:
Fred Hampton, Jr.
Momma Brenda – Somebody Better Say Something
Real Talk Real Women Live
I Am My Life Coach
Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow