KKFI celebrates 30 years of being on air with an Open House for the community!

Poet, Activist, Liberation Educator, Lloyd C. Daniel, joins in our celebration and reflects our story of raising our voices with 100,000 watts of people power.

KKFI Open House!
Episode date : February 24, 2018
On Urban Connections

Performance Artist and founder of 31st&Brklyn, Cat Mahari, joins us at the table to share part of her story through dance, body and blackness.

Dancing Her Blackness
Episode date : March 17, 2018
On Urban Connections

This week on CounterSpin: Corporate media have moved beyond rhetorically balancing right-wing claims of voter fraud with documented evidence of voter suppression, but have they taken the next step—to acknowledging the voter fraud pretense as part of the voter suppression effort? The federal trial over voter fraud mouthpiece Kris Kobach’s effort to change registration laws in Kansas is a good test case. We talk about it with Orion Danjuma, staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program.

Also on the show: “I don’t envy her trying to get through confirmation,” says a CIA lawyer quoted in the New York Times, talking about Gina Haspel, the agency’s current deputy director, now nominated by Trump for the top spot. The source, and to some extent the article, focused on the difficulties Haspel may face getting the job, as if her involvement in so-called “counterterrorism” programs that included torture were, above all, a potential career impediment. We get a different view from Maha Hilal, the Michael Ratner fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and an organizer with Witness Against Torture.

And Janine Jackson takes a quick look at Hollywood and guns.

Pipeline Resistance Groups and the film On A Knife Edge

It’s now more than one year since law enforcement evicted the last Dakota Access Pipeline resistance camps. The pipeline was near completion and was supposed to cross sacred Indian land in South Dakota in order to bring Canadian tar sand oil from north to south through the United States.

Then the project was stalled by a tremendous solidarity movement lead by indigenous peoples along with their allies only to be green lighted by the newly elected Trump administration which has proven to be a handmaiden of the fossil fuel industry.

Guest – Eli Kane, a Brooklyn-based producer who has worked in film and music for 15 years. He has made two other documentaries for PBS about land rights and food sovereignty, including Land Rush, which won a Peabody Award in 2013.

Guest – Attorney Pamela Spees isan attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights and represents environmental justice groups opposing the efforts of Tigerswan, a private military company which worked with corporate and governmental entities at Standing Rock in an attempt to suppress the movement against the pipeline, to operate in Louisiana.


Perpetual War and the Anti-War Movement

The United States of America has been in a perpetual state of war since September 11, 2001 and before that almost continuously since 1918. The United States has overthrown democratically elected governments it could not control since the invasion of Mexico in 1848. It has overturned elected government and assassinated or attempted to assassinate many heads of foreign states.

World War I was a massive slaughter between imperial powers with the United States, France, Britain and Russia on one side against Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the other. In one week alone, Great Britain lost 250,000 young men. The war wiped out almost an entire generation. It had been billed as the war to end all wars.

November 11th is known as the armistice between the hostile countries and was made a national holiday to venerate peace. It was called Armistice Day. But by 1953 Armistice Day was turned into Veterans’ Day and fighting was glorified.

Donald Trump plans to spend $30 million on a massive military parade in Washington DC this coming November 11, Veterans’ Day. Tanks, missiles and troops will be paraded through the streets of our nations capital in a show of military force and adulation of Trump. A coalition of antiwar organizations are planning mass actions against this military parade and the normalization of war, violence and authoritarianism

Guest – Ajamu Baraka, an initiator and leader of the Black Alliance for Peace, an organization which is part of the coalition. He has also just returned from a meeting of international leaders because the USAs involvement of a possible overthrow of the government of Venezuela. Ajamu Baraka helped organize a conference in Baltimore Last month concerning USAs 800 bases abroad particularly the new ones in Africa.


Hey y’all!

It’s my favorite time of the month! So you know what that means: “UNBOSSED AND UNBOTHERED w/ D. Rashaan” (Episode #8) airs LIVE in just a couple of hours.

It’s really going to be a very compelling hour. We’ll visit with friends of beloved local LGBTQ community member, Ta’Ron Carson aka “Rio”, who was recently gunned down just across the street from our studios in Midtown Kansas City. The mother of Ta’Ron, Monique Carson, and other family members will join us for an intimate look at his life and the culture of love and acceptance that allowed him to flourish as a Black gay man.

As always, I’ll be #ReclaimingMyTime and in this installment, I want to talk about the importance of what I like to call “Radical Self-Care.” Sometimes you’ve just gotta shut the whole world out and focus on yourself. I’ll tell how — and why — I did it and how you can too!

Our featured artist is none other than one of all of our favorites, Aida Ade, via her debut album, “Soundwheel.”

I invite you to catch the live broadcast at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time. Here’s how:

1. You can find me on local radio (in Kansas City) by tuning to KKFI 90.1 FM or,

2. Listen from anywhere in the world via the internet at www.KKFI.org (just click on the big “Listen Now” button in the upper right hand corner), or

3. Via Facebook Live!

The call-in number is: (816) 931-5534 and I definitely want to hear from you.

One day, someone will make a truly good movie based on a video game. We’re still waiting. Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander is the latest to log in for a paycheck. “Tomb Raider” reboots the old Angelina Jolie franchise and the results are loud, busy and mind numbing. The so-so special effects are a distraction and it lacks the humor that makes its obvious inspiration, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” a classic. Vikander is good, but the filmmakers work hard to set up a sequel, which, I suspect, will never happen. No 1-up for “Tomb Raider.”

“Love, Simon” isn’t perfect, either, but why nitpick? In this comic coming of age film based on a popular YA novel, Nick Robinson plays a closeted gay teen who makes some bad choices to prevent people from discovering his secret. The cast, which includes Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as his supportive parents, is likable and the movie has a positive spirit. It plays a bit too much like a made for TV movie, however.

It’s amazing that one of the most daring rescue operations of all time has yet to be made into a fully satisfying film. “7 Days in Entebbe” is at least the fifth attempt. Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl play wannabe revolutionaries who skyjack an Air France jet in 1967 and hold the 94 Israeli passengers hostage at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda. Although competently made and well acted, the movie doesn’t build sufficient tension. “7 Days” just seems like that’s how long it takes to watch.

Also opening this week, “November” is a sci-fi fantasy film from Estonia based on an acclaimed novel. “Josie” is a dark film noir thriller starring Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott. “The Young Karl Marx” is a biopic about the early days of the famed socialist thinker.

Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous Hollywood star of the 1940s and 50s. Often cited as the most beautiful woman in the world, she’s probably best known for the Cecil B. DeMille classic, “Samson and Delilah.” She had a unusual secret. She was also a brilliant inventor who developed ‘frequency hopping’ technology and donated it to the US military during WWII, never receiving a dime. That technology enables cell phones, bluetooth, wi-fi…an industry worth $64 billion today. It’s a story stranger than fiction.

Ricky Kidd and Frank Pollina – Two Stories of Reaching Within To Find Ones True Self While Incarcerated

For many of us our image of prison has been shaped by the news and entertainment media, as well as politicians and prisoner administers. Those visions range from country club facilities that house privileged individuals to 3 hots and a cot housing ne’er do wells living off your taxes to hell holes for society’s worst where rape and violence are rampant. Each of these images of prison evokes its own characterization of prisoners, images that range from errant bankers stealing millions from institutions to depraved animals worthy of only the worst degradation that can be heaped on them.

Most states name their prison system the department of Corrections, or something similar, implying that there is a real effort to direct the prisoner onto a lawful path. Unfortunately that is an ideal that seldom gets the resources it needs and is totally absent in most county jails where a large percentage of prisoners spend there time. It is the strong and focused individual that can take their time in prison and use it to redirect their path amid the turmoil surrounding them. That can be done by rejecting the games and distractions of prison life as well as use the time away from the games and distractions of life on the outside to work on their own inner self.

Today host Jeff Humfeld talks to Ricky Kidd going on 22 years incarceration for a crime he did not commit and Frank Pollina who has been in and out of prison on various charges. Ricky will talk about his struggle with the unfairness of his conviction and how he found his talents as a leader and an artist. Frank will tell us his story of a man that worked hard, played harder and hung around a crowd with the wrong priorities and how a conversation with his son turned him around and got him ready to redirect his life down the right path.

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