Podcast with Areva Martin

Thought provoking interviews with the nation’s leading experts, newsmakers and influencers on race, politics, pop culture, the law, current affairs and issues of the heart.

Podcast with Areva Martin

Thought provoking interviews with the nation’s leading experts, newsmakers and influencers on race, politics, pop culture, the law, current affairs and issues of the heart.

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With Areva Martin

This reformed KKK member says this is how you defeat Trumpism | Ft. Christopher Buckley

Gaining a new perspective can be a life-changing experience.  But few Americans understand this better than Christopher Buckley. After serving his country in the War on Terror, Buckley developed what he called ¨an addiction to hate¨ leading him into the clutches of the Ku Klux Klan. The now-former member of the ¨Georgia White Knights¨ grew to benefit from the privilege of perspective, with his recent op-ed for CNN gaining national attention. The reformed white supremacist visits us today to discuss a path forward through understanding. 0:18 A Clear Statement of Intent Although the so-called ¨Million MAGA March¨ did not technically

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The Last Days of the Mad King | Ft. Omarosa

From the entertainment world to the political sphere, Omarosa Manigault-Newman holds an undeniably unique position in our cultural moment. The Apprentice cemented her as a powerful voice in contemporary culture. Today´s conversation details her ascension to the White House alongside former Apprentice host President Trump, including firsthand accounts of chaos in the West Wing. 1:18 The Mad King In her new book ¨Unhinged,¨ Omarosa pulls no punches when describing the dysfunction running rampant in the nation´s highest halls of power. While serving as personal assistant to President Trump, she frequently encountered the chief executive´s racism and sexism. The President retaliated

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Saving Christianity from Donald Trump – Ft. Pastor John Pavovlitz

In America Christianity has become increasingly associated with the Republican Party.  John Pavlovitz is a Christian pastor, an author and activist known for his social and political writings. His popular blog Stuff That Needs to be Said is read by millions. He has two books out one bearing the same name as his blog, and is a collection of some of his most widely read and beloved essays on faith, politics and greed. His second book, A Bigger Table was recently re-released. We’re so happy today to be welcoming John to the show, and having an opportunity to sit down

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Why the black community will be targeted during the election | Ft. Rev. Al Sharpton

The Reverend Al Sharpton has never shied away from speaking truth to power, and in these unfamiliar hours his voice may have never been more important. After making an indelible impact on the social justice movement in recent decades, his perspective gains tremendous gravity in today´s conversations. In this electrifying edition, the civil rights icon sits with Areva Martin to deliver his views from the front in the ongoing fight for true freedom. TIMESTAMPS 2:01 Hard Truths The Reverend speaks on finding himself in a place of hope even as difficult discussions continue to unfold in practically every aspect of

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Why “essential workers” have been made invisible in America | Ft. Dolores Huerta

The word ¨legendary¨ can be overused, but Dolores Huerta´s role in the story of labor, racial, and women´s equality truly merits the term. Fighting at the side of the equally iconic Cesar Chavez, Huerta was instrumental in winning worker protections that transformed life in America for migrant workers. Over half a century later, she continues her work in defending the rights of the people that power our modern society. Today´s compelling conversation with Areva offers her pertinent perspective of the COVID-19 crisis at the ground level. 3:13 Essentially InvisibleAs the numbers clearly show, the fallout from COVID disproportionately affects people

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What the civil rights movement teaches us about this moment | Ft. Jesse Jackson

The name Jesse Jackson evokes a range of reactions in the United States of America, but his cultural impact is undeniable. Over his decades in the public eye, his words and actions have made an indelible impression on the national consciousness. From controversial spiritual leader to one-time presidential candidate, the iconoclast´s unvarnished perspective on these volatile moments in history is the focus of today´s compelling conversation. 2:07 The Longest Struggle After spearheading the fight for equality for decades, the Reverend Jesse Jackson has practically become synonymous with race relations in America. Commonly viewed as an incendiary presence, the roots of

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Being funny in unfunny times | Ft. Kim Whitley

Actress and comedian Kym Whitley has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis.  These ¨interesting times¨ have fundamentally altered her personal life as well. 2020 has brought on a profound period of evolution for this longtime TV star.  She sits with us today to share perspective on personal growth in trying times. TIMESTAMPS 0:40 Strengthened through Shared Struggle Like most of us, Kym Whitley has had both friends and family members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic uncertainty. As a result, finding any sense of normalcy has proven a challenge. Enduring such difficult moments while retaining a creative

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Why police departments have to be defunded now! | Ft .Minneapolis City Councilwoman Lisa Bender

The demonstrations that have awakened citizens in every corner of the country got their spark in the streets of Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered by police officers. Lisa Bender, President of Minneapolis City Council, has tasked herself with ensuring his death was not in vain by compelling law enforcement to reimagine the way it interacts with the public. One of the most visible points of progress was the recent resolution to disband the MPD, and here she goes into detail on what a new model of policing may look like. 0:59 Decoding Defunding At first glance, a phrase like

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Ella Jones

Interview with Ella Jones

Few public officials today have a connection to the social justice movement of today quite like Ella Jones, Mayor of Ferguson, MO. After spending the early part of her adult life in the private sector as well as immersed in the Church, she underwent an evolution of purpose after one of America’s most infamous incidents of deadly police misconduct, and this engaging episode follows her footsteps to the forefront of local politics. 2:34 Forged in FergusonThe case of Mike Brown was a traumatic incident for much of the nation, and for residents of Jones´ Missouri hometown in particular. After extensive

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Dr. Melina Abdullah

Interview with Dr. Melina Abdullah

While much of recent American history has been shaped by incremental change, the ongoing protests that have gripped the hearts and minds of a nation demonstrate that the time for deliberation has passed. Dr. Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter LA Chapter, has worked tirelessly to catalyze change both for those that rely on her most and in society at large, and expands on her perspective in this engaging conversation. 3:34 Women of the FutureAs chair of the Cal State LA Pan-African Studies department, Dr. Abdullah has persisted as an agent of change for her entire adult life.

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Jane Elliot

Interview with Jane Elliot

Jane Elliott, world-renowned educator and advocate, can hardly believe the world is still in such need of her work. Today working as a diversity trainer for organizations, Jane´s road to the forefront of allyship has spanned over 5 decades, and involved many moments of pain and deep introspection. Here, she offers her perspective on a world that isn´t quite as different as she´d imagined after a half a century fighting the good fight. 0:37 Early EducationAs racism is a learned behavior rather than an innate attribute, Jane Elliott holds early education on the topic paramount in creating individuals well-suited to

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