Thursday Feb 23, 2023
Black Power radio fights back against Florida censorship
"We put these people in the same camp of what Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, is doing here with the banning of black history from education. By taking out history; by taking out the actual voice and opinions and the world view of black people from the public eye, they're trying to prevent what is even able to be communicated to our people and to the rest of the world." - Akile Anai
This Black History month, independent black community radio came under attack by the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners who voted to revoke $86,801 in funding for Black Power 96.3 FM in St. Petersburg, Florida - home of Black Power Talks.
We talk with African People's Socialist Party Director of media and communications Akile Anai. We also hear from:
- Eddie Maultsby, Black Power 96 Station Manager
- Janice Kant, African People's Education and Defense Fund Administrator
- Jabaar Edmond, host of Tampa Bay Breakfast Club, representing 99 Jams Carifesta Radio
- Allan Perry, aka Dally Boy, author and cultural worker
Black Power Talks is produced at Black Power 96.3 FM, WBPU in St. Petersburg, Florida. This episode was hosted by Dr. Matsemela Odom and Solyana Bekele. For more info, visit www.blackpower96.org.
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