Fresh podcast brings cutting political, social, cultural commentary and humor to the movement
Longtime political activists Kalonji Jama Changa and Kamau Franklin launched the Renegade Culture podcast offering new political, cultural and social perspectives, music, art and humor. Renegade Culture touches on topics such as whether or not socialism is good for Black people, the rights of Black people to bear arms, the state of hip-hop, and much more. Podcast creators Changa and Franklin released the podcast on the birthday of the leader Malcolm X in a tribute and the hope to bring new life to the national converstaion on race and politics. Renegade Culture is available on Apple (iTunes), Google Play, RadioPublic, Spotify and SoundCloud.
“I want to push beyond conversations of policy and talk about more fundamental questions for the Black community--brave questions that Malcolm X posed half a century ago--like self-determination, culture, ideology, and economic control,” said Renegade Culture co-creator Kamau Franklin. “We’re doing so in a way that's entertaining, informative and that pushes boundaries.”
"Renegade Culture is the most audacious, sociopolitical, witty--and seriously funny-- pavement poetry packaged and presented as the perfect podcast,” said Renegade Culture co-creator Kalonji Jama Changa. “We are opening up a conversation on Black issues that can be digested by people from the streets to the boardrooms.”
They have teamed up for this podcast and joint community organizing efforts under the banner of the Siafu Movement. They bring a natural comradery that delivers on content with sharp humor and knowledgeable story telling.
In less than a year, Renegade Culture has become one of the most sought after and highly requested podcasts on the market. This unique, raw, witty program has featured an array of quality guests such as 2x Grammy Award winning Arrested Development frontman Speech, six term US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Grammy Award winner Killer Mike, legendary poet Sunni Patterson, Wise Intelligent from Poor Righteous Teachers and many others.
Changa and Franklin say listeners can expect commentary that is relevant, insightful, humorous, and irreverent. By exploring power dynamics, historic and systemic racism, Renegade Culture promises to speak truth to power in the name of the powerless, as did the historic Black leaders who inspired the podcast co-creators. Both Franklin and Changa are deeply involved in their community in a wide breadth of issues, and their special guests, music and arts features come from an extensive national community of activists, thinkers, artists and social justice leaders.
Kalonji Jama Changa is an award winning Political Activist, hailed one of the most effective community organizers in the U.S. As Founder/National Coordinator of the social justice organization FTP Movement, Changa steered the growth and development of programs such as International Feed The People, Urban Survival Preparedness Institute, Siafu Youth Corps, National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism and more. Kalonji is author of the bestselling book, "How to Build a People's Army" and co-producer of the documentary "Organizing is the New Cool." Changa has also been featured on numerous media outlets including CNN, FOX and the BBC networks. Kalonji can be followed on twitter @KalonjiChanga
Kamau Franklin is a former movement attorney and dedicated community organizer for over twenty-five years, first in New York City and now in the South. Franklin recently started a new grassroots entity called Community Movement Builders a grassroots organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and Malcolm X. Kamau helped drive critical campaigns against police misconduct and creating sustainable urban communities. Franklin has led and developed community Cop Watch programs, youth freedom school programs, electoral and policy campaigns, large scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs.
Kamau can be followed on twitter @kamaufranklin
“Renegade Culture is the most unadulterated podcast point blank. Informative, creative and entertaining. Strictly for people who are looking to have their minds opened and aren't afraid to hear the raw truth”
-Lamar (Wilmington, NC)
“Renegade Culture...The REALEST podcast on the planet! Kalonji and Kamau breaks down what affects our culture in a RAW and UNCUT fashion like no other”
- Trent (New Orleans, LA)
"Renegade Culture is SOOOO Freakin' FUNNY and so REAL that when i'm stuck in I 95 traffic, i literally forget i'm in traffic! Really wish you guys came on everyday! Keep it coming brothas"
-Kenya (Bronx, NY)