On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with activist, community organizer, National Surrogate for Bernie Sanders, and co-founder of The Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew. Over the course of the next hour and change, the trio dives deep into the importance of HBCUs to the black community, the case for electing Bernie Sanders, and the issues of reparations and identity politics. The conversation is full of big ideas tempered by plenty of laughter.
As the show progresses, Talib, Phil, and Jasmin also discuss how Occupy Wall Street informed later social movements, talk about the massive influence of Harry Belafonte, the revolutionary art of Paul Robeson, and the issues Phil took with the Spike Lee movie ‘Chi-Raq‘. Later, Phil speaks openly and honestly about his struggles with social media, how the Black Panthers in general (and Elaine Brown in specific) shaped his ideas of activism, and the ADOS movement, which Kweli actively opposes.
The entire interview balances big ideas with levity. (Phil’s joke about Bernie’s hair had the crowd roaring).