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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with.

Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes!

http://bzlistening.com

All songs included with permission from the artists.

Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

BZ Listening Beezy Douglas

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Beezy Douglas is a Cleveland-based musician, event producer, and family man. On this show he sits down to talk with grassroots performers, activists, and other persons of interest that he's had the fortune to cross paths with.

Follow me @bzdug, and use #bzlistening if you share any of the episodes!

http://bzlistening.com

All songs included with permission from the artists.

Tips are welcome at https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

    57. Cuyahoga County Ballot Panel Discussion

    57. Cuyahoga County Ballot Panel Discussion

    BZ Douglas moderates a panel discussion with local activists about who they're voting for up and down the Cuyahoga County ballot, and how they feel about their choices.

    Panelists:


    Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC
    Kareem Henton - Black Lives Matter Cleveland
    Keith Wilson - Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus

    • 1 hr 12 min
    56. Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC

    56. Mariah Crenshaw - Chasing Justice, LLC

    Today's episode contains bombshell revelations that have the potential to shake Ohio law enforcement to its core.

    My guest is Mariah Crenshaw of Chasing Justice LLC. According to her research, a significant portion of officers in the state ("40-60%" in her opinion), are currently operating while designated as "cease function" according to Ohio Revised Code 109.803 and Ohio Administrative code 109:2-1-12. 

    Crenshaw has widened her focus to EVERY DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE. Requesting 10s of thousands of records, cataloging, annotating, organizing, databasing, and preparing materials that could be used in lawsuits all over Ohio.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    55. Tim Tolka - Author, Blue Mafia

    55. Tim Tolka - Author, Blue Mafia

    (Audio fixed, if there's an audio gap in the intro, re-download the episode)

    Today my guest is Tim Tolka, author of Blue Mafia, which is best described by the closing line of the first chapter:

    “This is the story of two police departments, their turbulent relationship with the local community, and how a 'crazy' lawyer risked everything to bring in a higher authority.”

    Blue Mafia has many lessons for other cities in Ohio and across the nation. It is also a harrowing tale of how the gears of our legal and civic machinery can chew up activists, lawyers, and victims of police violence.

    https://timtolka.com/

    https://twitter.com/TimTolka

    https://twitter.com/BlueMafiaBook

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    Brian "BZ" Douglas is an independent movement journalist and podcast producer. All work is 100% reader/viewer supported. 

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bzdug

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    54. Jadon Woodard - Musician

    54. Jadon Woodard - Musician

    Today the show is returning to its roots, showcasing criminally overlooked grassroots artists, with one my favorite acts and friends from NYC, Jadon Woodard.

    We talk about his origins in music, the ups and downs, and his days free-styling on the trains of NYC alongside Charley Crockett as part of "The Train Robbers".

    This episode contains tracks from Jadon’s brand new album, “Late to the Party”, along with some audio from Train Robbers circa 2013.


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    53. A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

    53. A People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland

    Today I am interviewing members of the People's Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. I first learned of them while covering a Black Lives Matter Cleveland "Defund the Police" protest on the fourth of July, where volunteer Emily Forsee spoke about the importance of documenting police brutality. In this episode I’ll be speaking with Emily and two of the creators of the archive Carol Steiner and Keith Wilson, to discuss some of the work they've done, why they're doing it, and how you can help.

    When I interview musicians, I typically intersperse four or five songs throughout the interview. Today I'll be doing the same thing but using stories from the archive, specifically the 2015 People's Tribunal on Police Violence collection. You will hear the stories of Alicia Kirkman, Brenda Bickerstaff, Clarence Jones, and Bernadette Rolen.

    Visit archivingpoliceviolence.org or @policeviolence_cle on Instagram for more info.

    Support my independent journalism:

    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bzdug

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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bzdug

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

    Stoner Morning Show Interview Teaser

    Here's a teaser of my very first guest appearance on another podcast: Stoner Morning Show.

    The host, Shawn Wickens, is an old friend of mine from my improv days in NYC. Last year he mentioned on Facebook that he wanted advice on how to start a podcast, and I told him everything I learned in exchange for him being a guest on my show. 

    I can’t thank him enough for returning the favor so that I can talk a bit about the work I’m doing now, how I came to do it, how I will be doing it, and why I think it’s important.

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Customer Reviews

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Crrrrrrrrrevoewew ,

Grassroots music and activism

BZ is a great host, puts his interviewees at ease and asks great questions, the result? Ohio’s best podcast about grassroots creators and local politics

TC71087 ,

Awesome Podcast with Vivid Conversations about Music and Activism

I've been listening since this started, and its a great podcast. It covers Cleveland's local music scene, as well the producer's influences very well. It dives into activism too. It's a very personable podcast with a wonderful blend of music and conversation.
It has really exposed me to local musicians and helped me support them better.
I hope people will keep listening to this awesome podcast!

Rich in Cleveland ,

Music and interviews

It's great, very fun conversations. Get yourself learn'd

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