Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Episode 150: "Wheels Across Africa"

Here it is ladies and gentlemen...episode 150! Another milestone for the BMA. I'm not going to try and say too much about this one (if I get all the way to 200 I'll do it BIG!), other than to say thank you to everyone for listening/watching, subscribing, and passing the word along about the BMA podcast. I truly appreciate all of the support that I've received for this podcast and blog, and I'd appreciate it even more if y'all would drop a comment on the BMA iTunes page.

This episode is the 1926 documentary "Wheels Across Africa", presented by Dodge (a division of Chrysler Corporation) and adventurer/filmmaker Armand Denis is a road trip that takes you on a motor expedition (courtesy of Dodge trucks) straight through the colonized African continent. This film shows a very interesting portrait of 1930s Africa, starting at the Mediterranean (complete with a snake charmer in Morocco), and following all the way to the Indian Ocean. You get to see some cool stuff on the course of the journey, as the crew struggles to cross the Sahara Desert amongst the Arabs of North Africa, then continues on with the people and villages along the Niger River, and along on a wildlife safari through the east African plains and valleys. All in all it is an enjoyable look at an Africa of decades ago. I think y'all will dig it. Peace.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Episode 149: Malcolm X

Back-to-back Malcolm! This episode is a lead up to episode 150...and in it, Malcolm speaks on the subject of "You Can't Hate the Roots of a Tree and Not Hate That Tree". Delivered in 1965, Malcolm makes the case for gaining a knowledge of your African ancestry and culture. And since that is part of the foundation for this podcast and blog, I wanted to share this with my audience. Episode 150 and beyond is next. Peace to you all.

Hurricane Ike

Man, it's been a heck of a week. Ladies and gentlemen...Hurricane Ike was/is the reason that this beloved podcast and blog has been delayed over the past week. Out here in Houston and Galveston, Ike hit us pretty hard. Me and the future Mrs just moved out here a few months ago, and we've already survived our first hurricane! But all is well, and now that the worst has passed, I'm finally getting back down to business. There are a lot of people in the Houston area that could use some help though, so please look into volunteering or donating to the hurricane relief effort, or supporting the Red Cross to aid the relief effort. Ike was a big ole category 2 storm, and it'll still be awhile before things are back to normal out here. But in the meantime, Texas keeps pushing on. Peace y'all.

Episode 148: Malcolm X

Following up with the blog backlog...next up is Malcolm X in this incredible interview that he gave at UC Berkeley back in 1963. Since I'm still playing catch-up, I'll keep it short, but this interview seems to touch on so many topics that still have relevance, that it is a must-hear. I'm not going to take too much time to try and break it all down, but when brother Malcolm spoke...whether they agreed or disagreed, people listened. So sit back and enjoy this episode, and I'll keep it moving. Peace.

Episode 147: Gil Scott Heron

Man...what a week! Needless to say I got some catching up to do on my blogging. First up, Gil Scott Heron explaining and reciting his poem "Whitey on the Moon". It's brilliant social commentary. If you've never heard it before...you'll love it. Ain't nothing that I can add with my lil' commentary, so I'll move it right along. Enjoy. Peace.