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News talk podcast featuring national, regional, and global news in the funkiest way possible! Tackling real issues with some of the most notable guests in the country and addressing the concerns that mainstream media leaves out! Enjoy politics from the overall perspective of the Black community while highlighting Southern voices and opinions. It’s our news, our narratives, our way.

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News talk podcast featuring national, regional, and global news in the funkiest way possible! Tackling real issues with some of the most notable guests in the country and addressing the concerns that mainstream media leaves out! Enjoy politics from the overall perspective of the Black community while highlighting Southern voices and opinions. It’s our news, our narratives, our way.

    DEI, SOTU and PTSD

    DEI, SOTU and PTSD

    It's the alphabet soup show! We are breaking down all these letter clusters with guests Tracy Anderson and Dr. Altha Stewart. Tracy is currently the Executive Director of Integrated Communications at the Ten 35 agency but before that she was working with the DEI arm of Toyota Motors. She talks about her experience, how to avoid reheated affirmative action, symbolism and tokenism. The Funky Bunch then weighs in on Biden's State of the Union speech before welcoming Dr. Stewart back to discuss Karen Attiah's  piece on PTSD in the Washington Post. Our community is suffering psychic trauma from watching Black bodies being battered and lives being casually and mercilessly being taken. Whether we know it or not "murder porn" has  a deleterious effect on our spiritual health. Dr. Stewart brings a word as usual! Check it out!

    • 55 min
    Reparations, Integration and GA Cop City

    Reparations, Integration and GA Cop City

    On this episode of Funky Politics, the Funky Bunch revisits reparations. In light of yet another "Tulsa" in Nicodemus, Kansas and the reparations proposal in California, the conversation has taken a turn. We're keeping an eye on California to see how this plays out. The conversation turns to integration. Did it do more harm than good? Lots of opinions on this one. Professor Charles McKinney (Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History) is the guest for both. Kwame Olufemi joins us to talk about the Cop City training compound that will be constructed smack in the middle of Atlanta, sprawling across nearly 300 acres of (razed) green space. Very problematic and we're unpacking it. 

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Black Resistance and the Black Wealth Gap

    Black Resistance and the Black Wealth Gap

    To kick of #BHM, Community Activist Danielle Brown joins the show to talk about Black Activism past and present. Then the conversation dovetails into Black activism and Blue Wall. What happens when the bad actor or rogue cop is Black? Then our financial expert, Mark Smith, dropped in to talk about the wealth gap between Black and White families. Did you know that the average Black family has a net worth of $8??! He shares with us how net worth is calculated and the simple formula for building and growth. This entire hour was a spicy one. Pull up!

    • 59 min
    Grading Biden

    Grading Biden

    Rhyane, Jasper, Lenny and Terence give Biden his grades on Year 2. What say you? Has he been effective? Has he done enough? Has he held up his campaign promises? What should his next moves be? Then they segway to Governor DeSantis - very unaffectionately dubbed Ron Ron by Rhyane - and his move to block AP African American history in Florida school. Yet another odious, hypocritical and outwardly racist maneuver to subvert Black people's importance and erase our country's sullied and bloodied history of othering and oppression. Then moving from one form of idiocracy to the next -- the Funky Bunch talks about the cheating economy. What is that you say? It's a real thing. Listen up to learn more. 

    • 54 min
    Biden, Biden, Biden

    Biden, Biden, Biden

    Terence, Rhyane, Jasper and Lenny are joined by Funky Politics Memphis host DC to talk about the melluva hess that President Biden is in with the discovery of classified documents in his personal residence. Is it the politics of distraction? What makes it so different than the 45 situation at Mar-a-Lago? Then there's the government's stilted position on deportation, asylum and Title 42 as it relates to Haitian immigrants. Lastly, our financial expert Mark Smith (SVP and Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo) joins the show to talk about the debt ceiling. They are raising it AGAIN.  What does all of this even mean? Will America eventually go belly up? What are some predictions for preventative measures? He helps the "little people" understand the big bucks of big politics. Another "edutaining" episode. Pull up and tune in!

    • 56 min
    Something's Funky - The Recession, Trump's Taxes, FTX

    Something's Funky - The Recession, Trump's Taxes, FTX

    Terence, Lenny and Rhyane - The Funky Bunch - opens with more honorable (Hakeem Jeffries!) and dishonorable mentions (Trump's taxes). Later they're joined by Mark Smith (Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo Advisors) to talk about recession-proofing and what Wall Street is saying. He also breaks down the Sam Bankman Fried debacle, the privilege of it all, investing in crypto with caution, better investment options and why anyone would put their faith in this dude anyway! DC (host, Funky Politics Memphis) is on deck to fill in for Jasper.

    • 51 min

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