Brooklyn Deep Third Rail

Third Rail Eps 45: Nothin’ But a G Thing

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On the eve of the NYC elections, the Brooklyn Deep team examines all the local gentrification drama that helped define the political landscape this summer. Joining us is Michael Higgins, the lead organizer for Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE). Also, Brooklyn Deep’s engineer and co-producer, TK, hooks on a mic and joins the action.

Segment One: Michael Higgins reviews this summer in Central Brooklyn gentrification and  discusses what prompted the recent Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network’s (BAN) “March Against Police Violence, Racism and Gentrification.”

Segment Two: The Brooklyn Deep team provides updates on the Summerhill controversy heating up on Nostrand Avenue in north Crown Heights.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

 

Links:

Jay Smooth: How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist

FUREE: Upcoming Events

NYC Primary Election Results

 

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

 Episode Music: "Fog Lights” by VYVCH.

Third Rail Eps 44: Summer Black

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If there is any question about what Black culture remains in Brooklyn, all you have to do is check out the summer scene on the streets of Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and even Dumbo where festivals and block parties celebrate Brooklyn negritude.

Mark, Veralyn and our guests, Zawadi Morris, Editor of BK Reader, and Tai Allen, poet and event curator dedicate this episode to look at Brooklyn Summers. Join us as we take a critical guided tour through the histories and happenings of the events that help define Black cultural life in the BK. 

Segment One: We take a walk through neighborhoods of Brooklyn to document the summer line up of events. Who is doing what and when.

Segment Two: We provide commentary on these events and how summers in Black Brooklyn have changed over the years, whether for better or for worse.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music: "Earth, Wind, Fire”, “Purpose”, & “Summer” by Ryan Little.

Third Rail Eps 43.5: Blewish Part Two: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.

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In this special mini-episode we continue our conversation about Black-Orthodox Jewish relations and take a look at the conflicts between two othered communities in one area, Crown Heights.

Mark talks to Leo Ferguson a leader in Jews for Economic and Racial Justice (JFREJ) about equating Jewishness with whiteness, the similarities and differences of Black and Jewish communities, and why it's in our best interest to work together.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music: "Broke for Free" by Night Owl.

Third Rail Eps 43: Blewish: The easy myths and hard truths of Black-Jewish relations.

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Crown Heights is America’s most infamous Black-Orthodox Jewish conflict zone. Mark and Veralyn explore the intersections of these identities with Chava Shervington, a Black orthodox woman who spent 5 years in Crown Heights, but now lives in California. Joining us remotely, Chava reflects on dueling narratives of Black anti-semitism and Jewish racism.

Segment One: We ride along Chava’s personal journey and public life while gaining insight into Jewish participation in whiteness.

Segment Two: We discuss the “othering” of each other’s communities by Blacks and Jews and consider their common interests.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music: Holy Roller (instrumental) by YACHT.

 

Third Rail Eps 42: Airbnb in Central Brooklyn: Chaos or Community?

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A recent article in Brooklyn Deep ran an exclusive on a study by Inside Airbnb, an Airbnb activist project that has been largely critical of the Airbnb enterprise.  The study concludes that Airbnb acts as a racial gentrification tool in New York City’s predominantly Black neighborhoods.

“Across all 72 predominantly Black New York City neighborhoods, Airbnb hosts are 5 times more likely to be white” writes Murray Cox, the author of the report, and the founder of the Inside Airbnb project.  Also, White hosts in Black neighborhoods  earned $159.7 million, the report estimates, while only $48.3 million went to Black hosts.”

Critics of Airbnb have claimed that their hosts are taking rentable apartments and rooms off the rental market and impacting affordable housing.

On the other hand, hosts and Airbnb representatives themselves contend that Airbnb helps New Yorkers make ends meet. Furthermore, they argue, it serves as anchor for a growing neighborhood based tourist economy that helps lift the entire neighborhood. What could be wrong?

Guests, Murray Cox, founder of Inside Airbnb and Jason Mondesir-Caesar, Brooklyn resident and AirBnB Super Host join us for a stimulating conversation.

Segment One: Who? What? Where? Why Airbnb?

The Third Rail crew explores how Airbnb is being used in Central Brooklyn.

Segment Two: Mark and Veralyn ask the question...

Is Airbnb a good or bad thing? 

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"

An unexpected plot twist, dating in 2017, and being policed in Brooklyn.

 

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:Instrumental clips from "Divider" and "It's Always Too Late to Start Over"  by Chris Zabriskie

Third Rail Eps 41: Human Trafficking: Are Black Girls Safe in Brooklyn?

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An estimated 2,200 children are victimized by commercial sexual exploitation annually. Mark and Veralyn delve inside this world and explore the impact of human trafficking on the lives of Black girls in Central Brooklyn and what it means for local “public safety.” On hand are Shelley J. Klein, Esq, Chief Communications and Development Officer for Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and Aiesha Turman, founder of The Black Girl Project.

Segment One: Who is targeted by commercial sexual exploitation?

The Third Rail crew explore the dimensions of the sexual exploitation trade globally, nationally and locally. Who is targeted by commercial sexual exploitation? Are low- and moderate girls of color particularly vulnerable? What social forces allow this human trafficking to continue? How does this affect the displacement of Black people in Central Brooklyn?

Segment Two: How can Black girls heal?

Mark and Veralyn examine what a community self defense strategy looks like in the context of human trafficking. How can Black girls be protected and recovered? How can they heal?

Visit Polaris Project for tools and help with human trafficking and exploitation: https://polarisproject.org/facts

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"         

Veralyn, Aiesha, and Shelly take on Dave Chapelle, White supremacy in the education system, and contend with Donald J. Trump.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

Instrumental clips from "Brick Wall", "Once in A While", "A Fine Day" by Simon Panrucker.

Third Rail Eps 40: Toward a Black and Muslim Future

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Mark and Veralyn discuss the intersections of Black and Muslim identity and the possibilities for Non-Muslim Black and Non-Black Muslim solidarity.

Segment One: On Being Black & Muslim.

The Third Rail crew explore the multi-layered relationship between Islam and Black American identity. In studio guest: Naima Muhammad, aka "Queen" of the podcast Tea with Queen and J .

Segment Two: Intersectional Solidarity.

Mark and Veralyn discuss what it would take to achieve deep and meaningful solidarity between Black folks and non-Black muslim immigrants. Field Interview Guest: Aber Kawas, the Youth Lead Organizer of the Arab American Association of New York.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"         

Mark, Veralyn, and Queen go through a topical range of emotions starting with Trans representation, Rachel Dolezal, & Van Jones/Donald Trump.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

"Brooklyn Bridge", "Cruise The World", & "Home Sweet Home" by Willbe.

                  

 

 

 

Third Rail Eps 39: By Any Means Necessary?

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Mark and Veralyn sit down with Alicia Boyd, the fiery founder of Movement to Protect the People, and pose the question: Are there limits to what an activist should be willing to do in the fight for social justice? Also informing the discussion is an interview with Daniel Goldstein, who looks back on his controversial refusal to leave his home when developers wanted to tear it down to build the Barclays arena and the surrounding high rises. 
 
Segment One: Alicia Boyd and the art of anti-respectibility politics.
Mark and Veralyn interview Alicia Boyd about what it’s like to be known as a grenade thrower among her neighbors as she takes on development and what she describes as community board corruption.
 
Segment Two: Daniel Goldstein and the solitude of disruption.
Mark interviews Daniel Goldstein, the public face of Develop Don’t Destroy, which took on the Mayor, Bertha Lewis, and one of city’s biggest developers in a campaign to stop the building of the Barclays arena. Veralyn, Alicia and Mark then discuss what it takes to be a force of one.

Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"                            

Veralyn and Alicia talk through the mixed feelings of the recent Women's March.

Intro and Outro theme Music:

“City Survival” by MC K-Swift featuring TreZure Empire.

Episode Music:

"Coronea", "Basurera", & "Stipple" by Blue Dot Sessions.

Third Rail Eps 38: Dear White Friend

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Through this provocative lens, Mark and Veralyn explore what it looks like to show up for racial justice as a white person, and how Black people should position themselves relative to white folks figuring that out.  This is a candid discussion about action and solidarity around combatting racial violence, privilege and institutionalized oppression.
 
Segment One: Dear White Friend
Mark and Veralyn have a candid discussion about action and solidarity around combatting racial violence, privilege and institutionalized oppression with their white friends. Featuring Mark’s friend, Jon Stout of Free Speech TV and Veralyn’s friend and collegue, Illana Millner at Slate.
 
 
Segment Two: Dear White Constituent
Councilmember Brad Lander, who represents District 39 a predominately white constituency in Brooklyn talks with us frankly about the role of white citizens taking action against racial oppression and what his role is in mobilizing his community as a politician.
 
Segment Three: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"
Hamilton vs Golden Globes.
Veralyn and Mark go toe to toe with recent moments in media they are “mad” at.

Third Rail Eps 37: Trump’s America: Immigrants as enemies

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Veralyn and Mark discuss the local and international implications of Trump’s immigrant scapegoating and his campaign pledge to wage war on “foreign” elements within U.S borders. Guests voices include Ben Ndugga-Kabuye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and Mary Tal of the South African-based Whole World Women Association.

Segment one: Post - Election Reactions
We discuss our post election feelings and reactions from South Africa to Brooklyn.
 
 
Segment two: Ben Nudgga-Kaye of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Ben discusses immigration during the Obama Administration and what may change for locally, under the Trump Administration. Mark and Veralyn unpack what this may mean for Central Brooklynites.

 

Segment three: Mary Tal of the Whole World Women Association
Mary talks about the international dangers of a Trump Presidency. Mark and Veralyn react to these very serious concerns.
 
 
Segment four: "Tell 'Em Why You Mad"
Mark and Veralyn hope to inspire you with a new twist to the segment!