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Why We Protest

Why We Protest

By Arthur Maxwell Powell II

International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Thank you for listening!
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Malcolm Nickens, Part 2: Accountability, Community, and Freedom
Malcolm Nickens, Part 2: Accountability, Community, and Freedom
What about accountability? Freedom? Community? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Malcolm Nickens. - Malcolm Nickens is a 20-year-old car salesman and Eagle Scout. Since a child, he has had a passion for the welfare and treatment of Black people. He is seeking and finding larger platforms to voice his opinion. Reach out to Malcolm: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/groovyymal/ & https://www.instagram.com/malcolmnickens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/groovyymal/ - This is my sixteenth interview, recorded on July 22nd, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here!: https://flow.page/whyweprotestpodcast Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:02:47
March 26, 2021
 Malcolm Nickens, Part 1: Police Encounters, Riot Shields, and Changing the World for the Better
Malcolm Nickens, Part 1: Police Encounters, Riot Shields, and Changing the World for the Better
What happened during Washington D.C. protests in March 2020? Why did only a select demographic of police officers have riot shields? How has Malcolm's encounters with police impacted his views on law enforcement as a whole? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Malcolm Nickens. - Malcolm Nickens is a 20 year old car salesman and Eagle Scout. Since a child, he has had a passion for the welfare and treatment of Black people. He is seeking and finding larger platforms to voice his opinion. Reach out to Malcolm: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/groovyymal/ & https://www.instagram.com/malcolmnickens/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/groovyymal/ - This is my sixteenth interview, recorded on July 22nd, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here!: https://flow.page/whyweprotestpodcast Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:15:13
March 26, 2021
Rev. Kevin Lamár Peterman: The Fight For Liberation
Rev. Kevin Lamár Peterman: The Fight For Liberation
What is the most vital aspect of the process of protesting? What was the difference between protesting during the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration? How important are Historically Black Colleges and Universities for the Movement for Black Lives? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Rev. Kevin Lamár Peterman. Kevin Lamár Peterman is graduate of Howard University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Kevin is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership & Policy at Howard University. In conjunction with his regular course work, Kevin has studied extensively throughout China, Japan, Ghana and South Africa in an effort to learn more about the region’s political, economic, and cultural affairs. Kevin has spent his career working to strengthen marginalized communities through faith and education. Prior to joining the staff of UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, he worked for the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the U.S. Department of Education, and the D.C. Public School system. As an activist, he has participated in demonstrations in Ferguson, Baltimore, Washington, DC, New York, Chicago and Ohio. He recently ended a series with National Public Radio where he was featured as a contributor on NPR’s Sunday morning show, The Weekend Edition. Peterman is a both an education scholar and an ordained Baptist minister. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Assessment at the Howard University School of Divinity and Associate Pastor at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to returning to the nation’s capital, he served at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York and the First Baptist Church of Vauxhall, NJ. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Ezra Youth Seminary, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Reach out to Kevin: https://divinity.howard.edu/about/staff LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-lamar-peterman/ - This is my fifteenth interview, recorded on July 6th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here!: https://flow.page/whyweprotestpodcast Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:06:34
March 18, 2021
Bria Howard, Part 2: Finding Accurate Information, Forming an Educated Opinion, and The Meaning of Looting
Bria Howard, Part 2: Finding Accurate Information, Forming an Educated Opinion, and The Meaning of Looting
Is there a bigger meaning to "looting"? How do we form an educated opinion rather than an undereducated opinion? How do we find news outlets that share accurate information on the 2020 protests? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Bria Howard. Bria Howard is a recent 2020 graduate of American University with a degree in Business Administration. During her time at American, Bria took on several positions, including a teaching assistant, supplemental instructor  and being a member on a the school of business’s leadership board. Bria is now continuing her education at American University as she pursues a Master’s in Accounting. In line with her passion for education, she’s on track to becoming a certified public accountant in order to help small black businesses with financial organization and literacy. Reach out to Bria: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/briavstheworld/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bria-howard-1768a2b8 - This is my fourteenth interview, recorded on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020.  International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here!: https://flow.page/whyweprotestpodcast Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:26:12
March 12, 2021
Bria Howard, Part 1: Helping D.C. Protestors, Black Lives Matter, Reparations & #BlackJoy
Bria Howard, Part 1: Helping D.C. Protestors, Black Lives Matter, Reparations & #BlackJoy
What did Bria pack in aid packages to give to Washington, D.C. protestors for free? What's the difference between reforming, defunding, and abolishing the police? What is up with reparations for Black America? What advice does Bria have for people considering becoming a police officer? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Bria Howard. This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Bria Howard. Bria Howard is a recent 2020 graduate of American University with a degree in Business Administration. During her time at American, Bria took on several positions, including a teaching assistant, supplemental instructor  and being a member on a the school of business’s leadership board. Bria is now continuing her education at American University as she pursues a Master’s in Accounting. In line with her passion for education, she’s on track to becoming a certified public accountant in order to help small black businesses with financial organization and literacy. Reach out to Bria: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/briavstheworld/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bria-howard-1768a2b8  - This is part one of my fourteenth interview, recorded on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020.  International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here!: https://flow.page/whyweprotestpodcast Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:24:01
February 20, 2021
John Nehemiah Harper: Minneapolis, MN Protests, Racial Battle Fatigue, Community Activism & Healing and Policy Awareness
John Nehemiah Harper: Minneapolis, MN Protests, Racial Battle Fatigue, Community Activism & Healing and Policy Awareness
How did the 2020 Minneapolis, Minnesota protests play out? What is Racial Battle Fatigue (coined by William A. Smith)? How did the hashtag #BlackInTheIvory amplify the voices of Black academics to speak truth about racism in academia? What is an example of privilege in mass media? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with John Nehemiah Harper. Shoutout to Photographer Earnest Norris Jr., who captured moments during the 2020 Minnesota protests. Mr. John Harper currently serves in the office of the president at South Central College as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and as the Interim Director of Admissions. He holds a degree in Political Science and Masters of Educational Leadership and Administration from Minnesota State University in Mankato. John has experience in college admissions and is passionate about access and equity within higher education. At South Central, John actively works with academic deans and faculty to examine policy, procedure and assessments with an equity lens. He recently was accepted into Morgan State University and will begin his doctoral program this fall. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-nehemiah-harper-a7453516 - This is my thirteenth interview, recorded on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:21:31
February 18, 2021
Maria de Guzman, Part 2: Downtown Nashville, TN Protests, Christianity and Justice, Patriot Act, & Book Recommendations
Maria de Guzman, Part 2: Downtown Nashville, TN Protests, Christianity and Justice, Patriot Act, & Book Recommendations
What happened at the 2020 Downtown Nashville, TN protests? What is the relationship between fighting for justice and being Christian? Why is Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj important in the conversation about accurate news information? What are some books that can aid in the struggle for liberation for oppressed peoples in the U.S.A.? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Maria de Guzman. Reach out to Maria de Guzman in Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/mariafloramelle/ After earning her bachelor’s degree in film production, Maria de Guzman set her sights into helping other people. She is an aspiring high school guidance counselor with a passion for mental health and social justice. - This is part 2 of my twelfth interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:15:06
February 13, 2021
Maria de Guzman: Intersectionality, Privilege, bell hooks, the Model Minority, & the People Power Movement
Maria de Guzman: Intersectionality, Privilege, bell hooks, the Model Minority, & the People Power Movement
How have Asian Americans been treated in the United States of America? What is the "Model Minority"? What was the "People Power Movement" against the 1980s dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines? Is there room for everyone in Hollywood? Why is bell hook's Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics important? How were the 2020 protests in Nashville, Tennessee? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Maria de Guzman. Reach out to Maria de Guzman in Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/mariafloramelle/ After earning her bachelor’s degree in film production, Maria de Guzman set her sights into helping other people. She is an aspiring high school guidance counselor with a passion for mental health and social justice. - This is my twelfth interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:26:01
February 10, 2021
Andrew Mott: Police Training Reform, Public School Education, & Black Representation in Hollywood
Andrew Mott: Police Training Reform, Public School Education, & Black Representation in Hollywood
How should police training be reformed? What has been left out and misrepresented in our public school system? Is there room for everyone in Hollywood? Why is Lena Waithe's Queen & Slim (2019) significant? How were the 2020 protests in Salt Lake City, Utah? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Andrew Mott. Reach out to Andrew Mott at https://linktr.ee/Andrew2True andrewmott2@gmail.com | Twitter: @Andrew2True | Instagram: @Andrew2True | YouTube Andrew Mott is a videographer and editor with a strong communications background. He is passionate about storytelling and is looking to further his career in a creative direction. - This is my eleventh interview, recorded on Monday, June 15th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:12:22
February 06, 2021
Rev. Jared Sawyer Jr.: Purpose, Jesus, Equity, Nonviolent Social Resistance, & Defunding Police Unions
Rev. Jared Sawyer Jr.: Purpose, Jesus, Equity, Nonviolent Social Resistance, & Defunding Police Unions
How does You Power Purpose Inc.'s Purpose Curriculum equip our future leaders with moral values to advance social growth? Did the ministries and teachings of Jesus Christ example how we should protest?  What are some suggestions Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave for protesting? What is the "Tired Movement"? What was the energy like at 2020 protests in Atlanta? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Rev. Jared Sawyer Jr. Reach out to Rev. Jared Sawyer Jr. at https://www.jaredsawyerjr.com/ and/or https://www.youpowerpurpose.org/ Jared Andre’ Sawyer Jr. is a young man of vision, ambition, and spirituality. A classic example of the anointing operating in Sawyer’s life, is when he was just 5, he was called by God in a dream into the gospel ministry. For 15 years, Rev. Sawyer has acclaimed an international ministry as a preacher, motivational speaker, and author. Jared’s support system has always been his family and being in rooted in the word of God. In 2008, Jared was featured in “The Child Preacher”, a European documentary produced by The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and “Around The World In 80 Faiths”, an original British television series aired by the BBC for two seasons. Rev. Sawyer is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Religion degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the 2013 recipient of the Trailblazer Leadership Award from Beulah Heights University. In November of 2012, he was graced to be the invocation speaker for the National Black MBA Association. Jared was also the keynote speaker at Howard University’s Paul Anthony Dillard Awards Program in Washington, D.C. Jared is the 2015 recipient of the NAACP’s Earl T. Shinhoster Youth Services Award and the Inaugural Recipient of The King Center’s Dream Forward Spiritual Faith Based Award. Passionate about community empowerment, Jared is a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association and an advocate for civil and human rights as an active member of the NAACP. Along with speaking at venues such as The White House, he has appeared on TBN’s Praise The Lord, Fox News, ABC Nightline, Huffington Post and numerous other media, sending a message to the world that “age is nothing but a number”. Jared is the founder of You Power Purpose Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to help the next generation of leaders discover and drive their purpose equip them with moral values, and advance their social growth. Rev. Sawyer has written 4 books, with his latest release, EMPOWER YOUR PURPOSE, available worldwide. 200,000 people follow on social media. He has been featured in several film and television projects, including Tyler Perry and The Best of Enemies, a feature film starring Taraji P. Henson. - This is my tenth interview, recorded on Wednesday, June 11th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening!  Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:01:59
February 03, 2021
Jayden Ford: Teargas and Rubber Bullets during Donald Trump's Photo Op in Front of St. John's Church
Jayden Ford: Teargas and Rubber Bullets during Donald Trump's Photo Op in Front of St. John's Church
This episode, Jayden Ford and Arthur converse about the day Donald Trump help up a Bible and posed for a photo op in front of the Ashburton House (St. John's parish house) on June 1, 2020. Jayden was one of the peaceful protestors in Lafayette Square when Former President Trump ordered that the protestors be cleared from the area with tear gas and rubber bullets. This is my ninth interview, recorded on Thursday, June 15th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
26:31
January 30, 2021
Zuogwi Reeves, Part 2: Wiping the Eyes of the Privledged
Zuogwi Reeves, Part 2: Wiping the Eyes of the Privledged
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In part 2 of this episode, Zuogwi quotes a Black Roman philosopher name Terence, poet and activist Audre Lorde, and the book of Amos, chapter 5 verse 23. We discuss the breaking down systemic oppression, reoperations, paving the way for others, and reaping what you've sown. Zuogwi Reeves was born in Washington, D.C., and is a first-generation Liberian American. He is the first son of Deaconess Myra Sampson Reeves and the late Reverend Justus Y. Reeves. He has spent several years working in the nonprofit and education sector, supporting first-generation students primarily from Ward 7 and 8 in the District of Colombia. Reach out to Zuogwi Reeves on, https://www.zuosaidit.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zuobaku/ This is my eighth interview, recorded on Thursday, June 12th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
55:45
January 28, 2021
Zuogwi Reeves, Part 1: Call to Ministry, Social Norms, Shared Oppression, Education, & 8:46
Zuogwi Reeves, Part 1: Call to Ministry, Social Norms, Shared Oppression, Education, & 8:46
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Does Jesus exemplify Justice in the Bible? What is the meaning and message of "8:46"? Is there a correlation between modern oppression in the U.S.A. and the four leprous men in 2 Kings 7:3-18? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Zuogwi Reeves. Zuogwi Reeves was born in Washington, D.C., and is a first-generation Liberian American. He is the first son of Deaconess Myra Sampson Reeves and the late Reverend Justus Y. Reeves. He has spent several years working in the nonprofit and education sector, supporting first-generation students primarily from Ward 7 and 8 in the District of Colombia. Reach out to Zuogwi Reeves on, https://www.zuosaidit.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zuobaku/ This is my eighth interview, recorded on Thursday, June 12th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:10:39
January 13, 2021
Demarcus Walker, Part 2: Houston, TX Police "Throwing Bait," Mass Media Perceptions of Black People, & Defunding the Police
Demarcus Walker, Part 2: Houston, TX Police "Throwing Bait," Mass Media Perceptions of Black People, & Defunding the Police
How do Houston police officers "drop bait" and what does it mean? What do you feel when you protest? What is the significance of voting when dismantling racism? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Mr. Demarcus Walker. Demarcus Walker is a Las Vegas, Nevada native that now reside in Houston, Texas. Demarcus is a graduate of Texas Southern University (TSU), an HBCU in Houston. At TSU, Demarcus was track and field athlete and coach. Now, Mr. Walker is a Black educator and founder of the Gents/Gems League. Reach out to Demarcus Walker on, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demarcus.walker.5 This is my seventh interview, recorded on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
53:58
October 14, 2020
Demarcus Walker, Part 1: Houston, TX Education Curriculum Reform, Racial Inequality, & Virtual Learning during COVID-19
Demarcus Walker, Part 1: Houston, TX Education Curriculum Reform, Racial Inequality, & Virtual Learning during COVID-19
Is there an education disparity targeting Black America during the COVID-19 pandemic? What resources do teachers need for learning to be more effective? What should be incorporated when reforming education curriculums? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Mr. Demarcus Walker. Demarcus Walker is a Las Vegas, Nevada native that now reside in Houston, Texas. Demarcus is a graduate of Texas Southern University (TSU), an HBCU in Houston. At TSU, Demarcus was track and field athlete and coach. Now, Mr. Walker is a Black educator and founder of the Gents/Gems League. Reach out to Demarcus Walker on, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demarcus.walker.5 This is my seventh interview, recorded on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
27:33
October 07, 2020
In Memoriam: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, 1963 & James Baldwin’s “Hope of Christian Love”
In Memoriam: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing, 1963 & James Baldwin’s “Hope of Christian Love”
Addie Mae Collins, 14. Cynthia Wesley, 14. Carole Robertson, 14. Carol Denise McNair, 11. These young, beautiful, black girls had their lives taken by an act of white supremacist terrorism in Birmingham, Alabama. White supremacists bombed the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, September 15, 1963. In a Protestant Council of the City of New York panel discussion with James Baldwin and Reinhold Niebuhr, Dr. Thomas C. Kilgore, Jr. asked, “Does this faceless picture suggest to you a meaning of the Birmingham tragedy?” Baldwin rebutted, “It suggests to me several meanings. If I were going to be cynical this morning, I would say that the absence of the face is something of an achievement, since we’ve been victimized so long by an alabaster Christ. It suggests much more seriously something else, and to me it sums up the crisis that we’ve been living through. If Christ has no face, then perhaps it is time that we … give him a new face. … And make the whole ideal, the whole hope of Christian love, a reality.” Baldwin challenges us to act with the “hope of Christian love” and give Christ “a new face” in the world. This episode is was recorded on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, exactly 57 years after the 16th Street Baptist Church. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening!
24:23
September 15, 2020
Alexandrea Wilson, Part 2: Trapped By Chicago Policemen and Protestors Honoring Black Women
Alexandrea Wilson, Part 2: Trapped By Chicago Policemen and Protestors Honoring Black Women
What is the difference between protesting in a privileged community versus a suffering community? As a Black woman, how does it feel to be honored by protestors during a Black woman-led protest? How much bias is shown on the news? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Alexandrea Wilson. Alexandrea Wilson is a Chicago native, currently studying for her masters degree in social work focusing on the intersection between health outcomes, food security and justice. Reach out to Alexandrea Wilson on, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sincerelyalexw/ This is my sixth interview, recorded on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
35:12
July 15, 2020
Alexandrea Wilson, Part 1: Chicago Police, Collective Action, Prayer, & a Poem for Breonna Taylor
Alexandrea Wilson, Part 1: Chicago Police, Collective Action, Prayer, & a Poem for Breonna Taylor
What is growing up in "one of the most segregated [major] cites in America" (Chicago, IL) like? What is it like seeing someone get hit by a police car at eight years old? Is the Black Lives Matter and Civil Rights Movement polluted with sexism and patriarchy? This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II discusses these topics with Alexandrea Wilson. Alexandrea Wilson is a Chicago native, currently studying for her masters degree in social work focusing on the intersection between health outcomes, food security and justice. *Bonus* She reads a poem entitled, "I'll Make Room For You: Flowers for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley-Jones." Reach out to Alexandrea Wilson on, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sincerelyalexw/ This is my sixth interview, recorded on Thursday, June 11th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
36:04
July 15, 2020
Essence Epperson: Pro-blackness, Privilege, "Sheltering", and Humanizing Our Black Heroes, Part 2
Essence Epperson: Pro-blackness, Privilege, "Sheltering", and Humanizing Our Black Heroes, Part 2
What does it mean to be "pro-black"? What isn't being captured at D.C. protests? Who should we have learned more about in America's school system? How are African Americans "sheltered without living sheltered lives" in, what Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III calls, these "Disunited States of America"? Arthur Maxwell Powell II asks Essence Epperson, Tuskegee University history major and Prince George’s County, Maryland native. Essence Epperson has her foot in multiple doors as she expresses her beliefs and racial identity through her writing, photography and painting. Reach out to Essence Epperson on, Twitter: https://twitter.com/essenceepps Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essenceepps/ The Blackest Coffee: https://www.instagram.com/theblackestcoffee/ Recovering Pessimists: https://www.instagram.com/recovering.pessimists/ This is my fourth interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening! Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
51:29
July 11, 2020
Essence Epperson: Pro-blackness, Privilege, "Sheltering", and Humanizing Our Black Heroes, Part 1
Essence Epperson: Pro-blackness, Privilege, "Sheltering", and Humanizing Our Black Heroes, Part 1
What does it mean to be "pro-black"? What isn't being captured at D.C. protests? Who should we have learned more about in America's school system? How are African Americans "sheltered without living sheltered lives" in, what Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III calls, these "Disunited States of America"? Arthur Maxwell Powell II asks Essence Epperson, Tuskegee University history major and Prince George’s County, Maryland native. Essence Epperson has her foot in multiple doors as she expresses her beliefs and racial identity through her writing, photography and painting.  Reach out to Essence Epperson on, Twitter: https://twitter.com/essenceepps Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/essenceepps/ The Blackest Coffee: https://www.instagram.com/theblackestcoffee/ Recovering Pessimists: https://www.instagram.com/recovering.pessimists/  This is my fourth interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. International protests following the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have dominated recent news coverage. However, the peaceful demonstrations' character, purpose, and scale have been miscommunicated. Birthed out of his frustration, Arthur Maxwell Powell II created this podcast to have direct conversations with protestors from Las Vegas, NV to Washington, D.C. Check it out here: https://anchor.fm/whyweprotest Thank you for listening!  Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
01:02:41
July 08, 2020
Oscar Lopez-Huerta: The Truth About Protesting on The Strip in Las Vegas, NV
Oscar Lopez-Huerta: The Truth About Protesting on The Strip in Las Vegas, NV
This episode, Oscar Lopez-Huerta and Arthur Maxwell Powell II converse about confidence & tranquility, taking a knee & putting up his fist, protesting in Las Vegas in front of SWAT and LVPD, finding meaning in our darkest moments, mental health, and passing on our education to others. A recent University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) graduate, Oscar finished a degree in Athletic Training where he interned with a variety of sports teams: from low income high schools to Division I football. He has been involved in several organizations that are based around volunteerism and activism. His time at UNLV sparked a drive to help people through different means: one on ones like working with an athlete to organizing events for students to joining a cause that is bigger than him. Reach out to Oscar Lopez-Huerta on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/its_athletictraining_student/ or by sending a message to his email at lopezhue@unlv.nevada.edu This is my third interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will live in a better world?
01:21:58
July 04, 2020
Eze. Chinedu Nwokeafor: God-Led Leaders, Taking Initiative, and the Youth
Eze. Chinedu Nwokeafor: God-Led Leaders, Taking Initiative, and the Youth
Nigerian activist, orator, and change maker Eze. Chinedu Nwokeafor advocates for cooperation, collaboration, and Black excellence in education. This episode, Chinedu converses with Arthur Maxwell Powell II about the youth, systemic racism, mainstream media, being led by God, fighting for justice, and disrupting order.  Activism has been a major pillar in the development of Chinedu. He has led major peaceful protests in the Baltimore area, since 2012. He prides himself on being a voice for his community as well as a leader to his peers. In 2012 he led hundreds of Morgan State University students through the streets of Baltimore as they demonstrated after Trayvon Martin Died. As the years went by similar demonstrations took place for Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, and so many others. Activism is dear to Chinedu's heart, and no matter what field he is in, he continues to question the status quo, and create new opportunities for growth and cooperation from opposing sides. Currently, Chinedu serves as a minority business liaison at Morgan State University. He was also a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar, China-U.S. Relations Fellow at Harvard (Project Pengyou), and plaintiff for the HBCU Equity Lawsuit. Ultimately, Chinedu envisions a career with the White House Initiative on HBCUs under the U.S. Department of Education.  Reach out to Eze. Chinedu Nwokeafor: https://www.thechinedu.com/ This is my second interview, recorded on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will line in a better world?
31:59
July 01, 2020
Justus Hawkins: D.C. Protest, Baltimore March, & Changing The Tides
Justus Hawkins: D.C. Protest, Baltimore March, & Changing The Tides
This episode, Arthur Maxwell Powell II and Mr. Justus Hawkins discuss protesting in Washington, D.C., the "March for Black Lives" at Morgan State University, police brutality, and reworking of the  whole police system. Mr. Hawkins, Bloomberg Business Journalism Scholar, Online News Association (ONA) Scholar, HBCU in LA Scholar, and Walt Disney Corporate Scholar at the illustrious Morgan State University. In addition, the Calvert County, Maryland, native is a SCOM (Strategic Communication) major in Morgan’s School of Global Journalism and Communication. “My long-term goal is to work for the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in California, in their social impact department,” he said. “CAA is known for its influence as a talent and sports agency and for its many clients. I also want to create campaigns that inform low-income communities about self-care and financial literacy.”   Reach out to Justus Hawkins on: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blog.jermaine/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlogJermaine READ: https://thealtblack.wordpress.com/ This is my first interview, recorded on June 8th, 2020. Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will live in a better world?
01:02:19
June 25, 2020
Rev. Marc Lavarin: Jesus, Justice, and Theological Racism
Rev. Marc Lavarin: Jesus, Justice, and Theological Racism
What is the connection between Jesus and Justice? What is Theological Racism? Arthur Maxwell Powell II asks Rev. Marc Lavarin, Assistant to the Pastor for the Online and Young Adult Ministries at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. In addition, Rev. Lavarin is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and a son of Haitian immigrants. Main questions: How do you define “protest”? Why is protesting important? Why did YOU decide to protest? How did you prepare for protesting? What happened on the way to, during, and after your protesting experience? Has mainstream media and major news corporations reported on protests accurately? How so? What can we do to end systemic racism in our society? What keeps you hopeful that our descendants will live in a better world?
01:04:31
June 17, 2020