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The Breakdown with Shaun King

English, News, 1 season, 891 episodes, 4 days, 21 hours, 54 minutes
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Join Shaun as he unpacks the most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption, but also tells you who's fighting back and how you can support and join them with practical action steps.
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Ep. 841 - Ceasefire negotiations are underway + Nasser Hospital has been surrounded

Today is one of those days where all I know to do is pray. And to ask you to pray as well. Palestinian leadership has sent in their framework for what the need for a ceasefire and now the nations at the table will HAVE to find a way to make it work. Please pray for their success, OK? And, as we speak, the Israeli military has surrounded one of the last remaining hospitals in Gaza, and are killing anyone that comes or goes. Some of my closest friends in Gaza are in there right now. Please also pray for them! To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 840 - Endless massacres of Palestinians during the Super Bowl last night

Every night is horrible in Gaza. Without fail. But somehow, last night was one of the worst ever as Israel and the United States bombed refugee camps all over Rafah, in Southern Gaza. Over 1.6 million Palestinians have crammed into a community meant for 150,000 people - after they were told it was a safe zone, but now they are being bombed endlessly. And the fallout is beyond words. What I saw last night took my breath away. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202410 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 839 - Israel is in full, open defiance of the ICJ orders

Last week the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel is committing genocide and, in essence, ordered them to stop all genocidal actions, genocidal speech, and to open up ports for humanitarian aid. And gave them 30 days to do so. We are now within that 30 day period and Israel is in full, open defiance of every one of those orders. The genocide is in full force. The question now is this: what will the ICJ, and the rest of the world, do about it? Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202412 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 838 - The ICJ makes a very important ruling today.

Hey my friends. When you see this, the International Court of Justice will have either already made their ruling on the genocide case brought by South Africa against Israel or will be close to releasing their findings. Let me tell you what I expect to happen. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202412 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 837 - Tanks fired upon a UN center in Gaza yesterday, but the American media REFUSED to say who they belonged to

In the center of Khan Younis, in Southern Gaza, a United Nations training center that was housing thousands of Palestinian refugees was fired upon indiscriminately by Israeli tanks. The UN reported the massacre themselves across social media, but leading American newspapers, knowing full well that Palestinians don't own a single tank (or airplane or warship or submarine for that matter) outright REFUSED to say WHOSE tanks caused the massacre. At this point, the media is complicit in this genocide. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/20249 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 836 - Donald Trump just won New Hampshire, and likely the Republican nomination.

Ron DeSantis put all of his eggs in the Iowa basket and lost there to Donald Trump last week. Nikki Haley did the same thing in New Hampshire and lost to Trump just like DeSantis. This means the race is all but over. It's going to be Trump vs. Biden. If these men can live until the election, and if Trump can stay out of prison, they will be facing each other in November. Let me unpack and explain it.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202414 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 835 - What I think about the current temporary cease-fire option that's on the table

In short, the offer is a non-starter. A pause in your own genocide means next to nothing if Israel is openly admitting, as they are, that it will simply start back up again in 60 days. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 834 - Massacres all over Khan Younis in Gaza this morning

Hundreds of innocent men, women, children, and elders have been slaughtered by Israel and the United States all over the Gazan city of Khan Younis in Southern, Gaza. Bombs and missiles are being dropped everywhere - on homes, on refugee camps, on schools - nothing and no one is being spared. And this is where people were told to flee for safety. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202410 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 833 - What happened when a journalist called the White House out on their hypocrisy toward Palestinians.

Have you seen the gleeful videos posted by Israelis where they gleefully film themselves committing genocide? Well, another one went viral 2 days ago, and it showed Israeli's blowing up the largest university in Gaza - as in the entire university - and they said it took 350 bombs that they placed all over the campus - which was clearly empty and not being used by anyone. So, why did they blow it up, the journalist asked? And the White House simply could not come up with a remotely coherent answer. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 832 - 5 reasons I won't be voting for Joe Biden (Part 1)

I have 55 reasons, but for the next 2 days I want to unpack and explain 5 of them. Let's start with the horrific genocide of the Palestinian people. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202410 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 831 - Why it's ridiculous for The United States to put The Houthis on the nation's terror list

We live in a time where nations around the world have charged Israel with the genocide of over 30,000 Palestinian people, but the United States, which openly supports the genocide, and defends it at every turn, is rushing to put one of the nation's leading the charge against it, on its terror list. The Houthis, during this entire genocide, have not killed a single soul. It does not appear that they've even injured anyone. That's why I am hoping that the world sees just how outrageous it is to put these men on the terror list. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 830 - Let me explain what just happened at the International Court of Justice

As you may know, South Africa brought a genocide case against Israel before The International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. And yesterday, before the court, South Africa masterfully argued their case, and truly allowed the facts to simply speak for themselves. Today, pitifully, Israel attempted to defend itself, but we will have to wait to see the results. Because of the emergency nature of the genocide of the Palestinian people, the ICJ may rush this case and make a decision in the next week at the fastest, but I think it will likely be a month at the longest. Let me unpack and explain it.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 829 - BREAKING: We just filed a legal appeal with the Meta Oversight Board

Last night, my attorneys filed a legal brief with the Meta Oversight Board to not only have my Instagram account restored, but for them to change their policies, and address and correct the gross discrimination against Pro-Palestinian voices on their platforms. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202414 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 828 - The important difference between the ICC and ICJ

Today please allow me to explain the most fundamental differences between the ICC (The International Criminal Court) and the ICJ (The International Court of Justice) and how it all applies to the genocide and war crimes of Israel. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/20249 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 827 - Who are REALLY the dangerous organizations in this moment we are in right now?

The past 24 hours in Gaza were absolutely atrocious. Every day is bad, but some days are horrible and other days are somehow even worse. Yesterday and last night were such moments. And the WHOLE WORLD knows who the dangerous organizations in this moment truly are. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 826 - The single most important action happening right now for Palestine

I want to unpack and explain today why I think the actions of Yemen are the single most important actions happening in the world right now that have the best chance to stop the genocide of the Palestinian people. I will be very specific on why, but I need you to hear this today. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202419 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 825 - I'm being deplatformed and censored, but am undeterred.

Welcome back to Season #6 of The Breakdown with Shaun King. Tens of thousands of you are here for the first time - and tens of thousands more of you have been here listening for the past 6 years. Until this genocide ends, I am dedicating every single episode to Palestine. We're also going to bring back The Breakdown Live - my Twitch video show unpacking and explaining the news. Let me catch you up on where things stand and tomorrow I'll begin taking deep dives into individual stories that deserve our attention. Love and appreciate each of you. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202421 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 824 - Joe Biden should be charged with war crimes

Virtually every war crimes expert in the world now agrees that Israel is committing THOUSANDS of war crimes violations against Palestinians. I am posting these violations on my Instagram day and night. But what I need you to understand is that Joe Biden is also committing war crimes. And should be charged for them. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202310 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 823 - Some of the craziest few days of my life

The genocide of Palestinians from the hands and bombs of Israel and the United States is still fully in motion. Which makes me taking this episode to talk about myself frustrating, but for my own record, I must document what went down. I was the #1 trending topic in the United States after people first lied and said I took sole credit for freeing the American hostage, Natalie Raanan. That never happened. It's a complete fabrication. Quite the opposite, I said I was one of dozens of people that helped behind the scenes. Then the lie pivoted from me saying I took sole credit to people saying I never helped at all and made the whole thing up. Thankfully, my attorneys advised me ahead of time to keep records of every text, DM, and phone call I made about this. Then, yesterday, the Israeli military literally released a video of propaganda about me. All of this tells me one thing: what we are doing to fight for Palestinians is clearly seen as a threat. And we are influencing the hearts and minds of the world. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/23/202322 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 822 - Joe Biden is a war criminal that I would never vote for

I said this on Instagram yesterday and just want to be sure that you know I meant it. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ http://TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/20/202310 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 821 - Yesterday I was embarrassed to be an American

America is often a very embarrassing place to be from. And for me, yesterday was one of those days where our nation humiliated itself on the world stage when the United States was the ONLY nation in the world that voted against allowing humanitarian aid into Gaza for Palestinians. And then they vetoed it. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ http://TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/202311 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 820 - The United Nations calls Israel's actions against Palestine "ethnic cleansing"

 Right now, in real-time, we are witnessing ethnic cleansing unfold. We are already knew that this is what it was, but the world's experts all now agree - what Israel is doing to Palestine is ethnic cleansing, genocide, and Apartheid. The United Nations declared that it is an "ethnic cleansing emergency" this weekend. And the United States is funding it. And sending the bombs being used to slaughter women and children. It's disgusting. Let me unpack and explain it.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/16/202310 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 819 - 4 terms on the Israeli oppression of Palestinians that you must learn

What we are watching unfold in real time right now is not a war. It's not a conflict. It's genocide. It's ethnic cleansing. It's Apartheid. And it's settler colonialism. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202314 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 818 = The White House admits Joe Biden is lying about Palestine

Yesterday, almost like a trained actor, Joe Biden looked at the cameras, and said "never in his life," did he think he would see videos and photos of Palestinians behead Israeli babies. And then feigned being traumatized. Only for The White House to admit just a few hours later that he made all of that up. He never saw any such photos or videos. This is SO DANGEROUS. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/20239 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 817 - Why you mainly see videos from Palestine on my timeline

I've been asked this question, quite literally, a few thousand times over the past 72 hours. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 816 - My first raw thoughts on what's going on in Israel and Palestine

Today is one of those days where I have so much to say, but also nothing at all. Let me just share my raw thoughts today and I'll try to be more exact and surgical with my words in the days ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202323 minutes, 38 seconds
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A Homecoming Interrupted: Morgan State University

Hey everyone, It's Shaun here, and today we are bringing you The Momentum Advisor's latest podcast episode. It is a personal story that's close to our hearts. Homecoming for Allan and Tiffany looked very different this year as their alma mater experienced a violent shooting on campus and therefore all Homecoming festivities were cancelled for the first time in over 100 years. This episode talks about what was NOT cancelled! Including the opening of our new business on Morgan State University's campus and all the trials and hiccups that tried to prevent us from remaining #MorganStrong. This is a very special episode and we hope you take a listen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/9/202350 minutes, 20 seconds
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Exploring Martha's Vineyard's Rich Legacy

Hey everyone, it's Shaun here, and today we're bringing you a throwback episode of The Momentum Advisors Show. This one originally aired on August 20th, and it's all about a place with a rich history and a unique spirit—Martha's Vineyard. Now, Martha's Vineyard holds a special place in many hearts, especially in the Black community. It's a place known for its rich Black history, and it's often celebrated as 'for us, by us.' But there's so much more to Martha's Vineyard than meets the eye. In this episode, The Momentum Advisors take us on a journey through the island's history, its thriving entrepreneurship, and the wealth that's both generated and celebrated there. It's a deep dive into a place that holds a unique space in the tapestry of Black culture in America. So, whether you're familiar with Martha's Vineyard or just curious to learn more, this episode has something special in store for you. Tune in and let's explore the history and prosperity of Martha's Vineyard together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 815 - Why you should learn from what Sexxy Red just said

You may have seen the viral video of the young rapper, Sexxy Red, saying how much she loves Donald Trump and wants to see him back in office. It's all over my timelines, and about 85% of the responses I see are HARSH, 5% are celebratory, and the remaining people are trying to make a point that I hope to make today. At least try to learn something from her. Because A LOT of people feel just like she does. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202310 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 814 - For the first time ever, the United States Congress has no Speaker of the House

You've heard me say this before, but it's VERY hard to know a moment in history when you are living in it. Well, we continue to live in a very peculiar and disturbing time in American history - in the shadows of thousands of people trying to overthrow the American government, Republicans have now cannibalized one of their own, and voted out their own Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy. That has never happened before. And for the next week, or longer, the United States Congress won't even have a Speaker of the House because Republicans, who control the House, don't even have enough votes to select a replacement. It's just another clue at how unstable this place truly is. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202316 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 813 - The government owes Tennessee State University an astounding $2.1 BILLION dollars

Last night I learned something truly preposterous. Tennessee State University, which is one of the most important Black colleges in America, is owed $2.1 BILLION by the state and federal government after a federal research project determined they, and other Black colleges, were systemically underfunded for years. This is the literal definition of systemic racism. Today I want to unpack this story and also talk about what we can learn from the bigoted members of Congress that are about to shut the government down. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/202315 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 812 - Could Trump serve as President while in prison?

I've taken a deep dive down this rabbit hole and think I have a very clear answer to all of the possible scenarios. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202317 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 811 - Something happened in Philadelphia yesterday that I've never seen happen with a police brutality case in my entire life

Just last month, Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Dial brutally shot and killed a young man who was sitting in his parked car. And to cover it all up, the cops lied and said that the victim, 27 year old Eddie Irizarry, got out of his car and lunged at police with a knife - giving the city, and the nation the impression that the shooting was justified and in self-defense. Except police made the entire story up. And it's all on film. In fact, Irizarry never even got out of his car. Never opened his door. Never rolled his window down. It was all a lie. Police, within 7 seconds of seeing the man, shot and killed him through his car window, then, according to hospital officials, abused his body afterwards. Thankfully, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner charged the cop with murder, in what every expert called a clear open and shut case. But yesterday, a judge did something that I've never seen in my life. They just canceled the entire case and said that no evidence existed for the charges.WTF? Like what are we even talking about here. The evidence is on video. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202316 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 810 - Joe Biden is definitely going to be the Democratic nominee for President

Yes, Joe Biden is getting smashed by Donald Trump in several new polls. And yes, he called LL Cool J, who is 55 years old, a boy this weekend. But it's now abundantly clear to me that he is absolutely going to be the Democratic nominee. How do I know this? Staffers from the Democratic Party told me so. And they will abundantly clear and definitive. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202312 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 809 - What Ireland did to this young Black gymnast is utterly despicable

Today I have 2 important stories to break down. First, CONGRATS to the Writers Guild of America for coming to a new agreement while on strike for an astounding 146 days! You all are my heroes. Secondly, I want to talk to you about what Ireland did to this beautiful Black girl who got passed over again and again for the medal THAT SHE EARNED. I have an important update on this story. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/25/202315 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 808 - American cities are actually CAUSING anti-immigrant hate. And it was completely avoidable.

First off, Happy 22nd Anniversary to my dear wife, Rai. I love you honey. Secondly, I have to weigh in on how American cities are truly bungling the migrant crisis that's going down across the country. And by spending tens of millions of dollars, and in some cases hundreds of millions of dollars, to care for the migrants, while mistreating and abusing and cutting funds to basic services to your own citizens, it's sparking a deep anger that I am seeing almost daily from coast to coast. Chicago, which has been tearing down the tens of its own homeless people, just announced that they are spending $29 million to build a tent city for migrants. And citizens, including brilliant homeless advocates there in Chicago, are BAFFLED at how that went down. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 807 - Texas fires teacher for sharing "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Oh Texas. We just talked about you yesterday. And here we are, yet again, covering your bigotry and ignorance. Yesterday it was you suspending a brilliant young man from school FOR WEEKS because of his natural Black hairstyle. Now you are firing teachers for teaching about Anne Frank! Like what? Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 806 - Even with the CROWN Act as law, Black students are STILL being punished for natural hair in Texas

Enough is enough. Outside of Dallas, the Barbers Hill School District has suspended a brilliant young man named Darry George, for week after week, because they say his beautiful natural hair style violates school rules. The wild thing is... it doesn't. And not only that, Texas passed a law called the CROWN Act, which prohibits discrimination against African Americans with natural hairstyles. But it's WILD that we even need such a law. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 805 - The 2 reasons opposing coaches have hated on Coach Prime 4 weeks in a row

I've been watching football for 40 years. Never in my life have I seen an opposing coach be hated on and talked about like we have Coach Prime for the past 4 weeks. It's unprecedented. In fact, it literally violates all coaching standards and norms. Coaches NEVER talk trash about opposing coaches. But those rules are all going out the window. WHY? 2 main reasons.... Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202318 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 804 - Sooooooo glad to be back!

After 4 months of fighting through some of the worst pain of my life, I am sooooooo damn glad to be back here with you all. Today, I want to tell you some of what I've been fighting through and preview what's next! Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Also, PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/18/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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Resilience and Grit are Key

Today on The Breakdown, we're featuring an episode of The Momentum Advisors Show that was originally released on November 27th, 2022. Get ready to dive into the power of resilience and grit! We all face obstacles on our wealth journey, and sometimes it's challenging to find that one thing we need to bounce back. Well, the answer is right here: resilience. In this episode, The Momentum Advisors discuss the incredible value of this intangible asset that is crucial for accomplishing your financial, professional, and personal goals. Discover how resilience can propel you forward and help you overcome any challenges that come your way. So, join us as we explore the key to resilience and unlock the strength you need to thrive on your journey to success. The episode title says it all: "Resilience and Grit are Key." To listen to more episodes, go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Momentum Advisors Show.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast (Episode 104). Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202343 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to Build Wealth at Every Age

Today, on The Breakdown, we're featuring another episode of The Momentum Advisors Show that was originally released on April 16th. This episode is all about building wealth at every stage of life. Whether you believe you're too young or too old, let me tell you, you're wrong. The Momentum Advisors dive into the key steps you can take at any age to create financial freedom and security. From your twenties to your sixties and beyond, they provide a comprehensive decade-by-decade guide on how to grow your wealth. It's never too early or too late to start building the life you desire. So, tune in and let's discover the strategies to make your financial dreams a reality at every stage of your journey. To listen to more episodes, go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Momentum Advisors Show.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast (Episode 90). Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 803 - CNN just made the mistake of a lifetime

It's unforgivable, really. Just days after a New York jury determined that Donald Trump sexually abused a woman - who happens to be a JOURNALIST - the network had Trump on for an open conversation - hosted by a conservative woman in front of a conservative audience. They had COUNTLESS chances to back out, but forged ahead and did it anyway - spitting in the face of decent people everywhere. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/20239 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 802 - Donald Trump is a sexual predator, but his supporters truly don't care

Why don't they care? Because they are a cult. And he is their cult leaders. Cult leaders are often sexual predators, but their followers just shape their morality and ethics around the abuse of their leader. They dismiss it. They justify it. Yesterday a jury of Donald Trump's peers found him civilly responsible for the sexual abuse and defamation of one of his many victims. It should absolutely mean the end of his public life. But it won't. Because America has ALWAYS been willing to look the other way as far as sexual abuse is concerned. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. Love and appreciate you all .Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202316 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 801 - I'm so tired of saying this...yet ANOTHER mass shooting in America.

This nation could absolutely stop these mass shootings or slow them down drastically, but it REFUSES to do the work. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202315 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 800 - The Murder of Jordan Neely

Last week, in broad daylight, on New York City's busy F train, a white man choked a Black man death in front of the entire train. It was one of the ugliest, most despicable acts of violence that I've ever seen. For over 4 minutes, Daniel Penny choked the literal life out of Jordan Neely. Until he died right there on the train. Other men held down Jordan's arms to prevent him from ever getting free of the brutal chokehold. Daniel Penny should've been arrested on the spot. But, of course, he wasn't. Let me unpack and explain it! PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202320 minutes, 2 seconds
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Living My Best Life

Hey everyone, today on The Breakdown, we have another episode of The Momentum Advisors that originally aired on August 14th, 2022. I know we've all dreamed of hitting it big and winning millions of dollars, but have you ever stopped to think about how much money is really enough to make your ideal life a reality? Well, that's exactly what this episode explores. Tiffany and Allan break down a recent survey that asked people from 33 countries just how much money they would need to live their best lives. The answers might surprise you! And even if you don't win the Mega Millions jackpot, they offer some valuable insights on how to make it happen. So, tune in and let's talk about how we can all live our best lives, whether we hit the lottery or not. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Momentum Advisors Show.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast (Episode 90). Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202348 minutes, 40 seconds
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Passive & Residual Income

Hey everybody, we're bringing back an episode of The Momentum Advisors Show from February 28, 2021. In this episode, they break down passive and residual income--which is one of the keys to financial independence. I mean, who doesn't want to make money while they're sleeping or on vacation, right? They go into unique ways to generate meaningful residual and passive income, so that you can start living the life you want. Residual income comes from a single original action and it keeps coming in over and over again. And passive income requires little to no effort to maintain the cash flow. If you're ready to learn more about these types of income and how to start making them work for you, tune in to The Momentum Advisors Show today. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202349 minutes
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We need to fund and build more monuments to brilliant Black leaders

Friends, I'm excited to bring you a throwback episode of The Breakdown that originally aired on August 12, 2022. You know, it's really astonishing to me that in America, when we look at the top 50 most represented people with monuments, half of them were enslavers. It's unacceptable. But what's the solution? Waiting for others to create monuments for us isn't going to cut it. We need to take action and build them ourselves. That's what I address in this episode - specifically, building monuments to honor the legacies of Malcolm X and Nat Turner. Take a listen and let me know your thoughts. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Internet has made too many of us mean as hell

Listen, I know the world is a hard place. And while the Internet, in some ways, is just a reflection of the world, I see way too many of us being mean as hell online. I'm not talking about trolls and white supremacists. I'm talking about us. Even in my own comment sections I see way too much hatefulness, and what I would call "casual bigotry" coming from otherwise good people. I have one simple strategy that I try to live out each and every day that I think could help some of us a whole lot right now. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202317 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 799 - A good update on the health and condition of Ralph Yarl

Today I want to give you all a good news update on the health, condition, and healing of young Ralph Yarl. I'll also give you a few thoughts and updates on the criminal case against the man who shot Ralph. Let me unpack and explain it! PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202314 minutes, 59 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Why are we ok with our taxes fully funding mass incarceration, but not education and healthcare?

Hey everyone, today we're revisiting an episode of The Breakdown that originally aired on July 14, 2022, but the question that we explored on that day is just as relevant now as it was then. Why do we accept a system where we fully fund mass incarceration but fail to fully fund education and healthcare? Budgets are moral documents that reflect our values and priorities as a society. Join me as we dig into this important topic once again and explore why we must demand better for ourselves and our communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202313 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Oxpecker, Rhinoceros, and New Entrepreneur

Today, we're featuring another episode of The Momentum Advisors Show that first aired on October 16, 2022. In this episode, the hosts discuss the concept of symbiosis and how it can be a positive force for wealth building in the world of entrepreneurship. They focus on how small businesses and independent contractors can form symbiotic relationships with large enterprises to create a mutually beneficial partnership that allows both parties to make more money on their own terms. Join Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins as they explore the world of wealth building through symbiotic relationships. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202358 minutes, 14 seconds
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What Happens When the Banks Fail

On today's episode of The Breakdown, we're revisiting an important topic in light of recent financial news. As the FDIC prepares to take over First Republic Bank, we're airing an episode of The Momentum Advisors that originally aired on March 19th. In this episode, they discuss what happens when banks fail and provide insight into the recent failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. They also delve into the history of bank failures in the US and offer tips on how to protect yourself if this happens to your bank in the future. It's a timely and informative episode that you won't want to miss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202351 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 798 - For 68 straight years America failed the family of Emmett Till

On some days I hate this place that we almost jokingly call "The United" States of America. United in what? Its determination to not make right its wrongs? From 1955 until 2023 this nation had endless chances to try to provide a semblance of justice and accountability to the family of Emmett Till, but for 68 straight years, every DA, every prosecutor, every Attorney General, every staff of the DOJ, and every presidential administration that had a chance to do right by this family, REFUSED TO DO SO. My best guess is that in the years ahead, now that no single living human being that participated in the lynching of Emmett Till is around to be held accountable, the government will eventually tell us what it should have done and offer an empty apology. The whole ordeal is about the most American thing I think we will ever know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202315 minutes, 26 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Is Your Money Racist?

On today's throwback episode, we're re-visiting one of our favorite episodes from Tiffany Hawkins & Allan Boomer from The Momentum Advisors. Have you ever thought about where your investment dollars are really going? Chances are, they're not being invested in the communities that matter most to you. In fact, they could be supporting institutions that go against your values, such as immigration, prison complexes, racism, and excess gun usage. In this eye-opening episode, we're asking the tough question: "Is Your Money Racist?" and providing you with the tools to take control of your investments and ensure they align with your values. Don't miss out on this important conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202355 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 797 - 4 lessons we should learn on the firing of Tucker Carlson

I'm nothing but glad Tucker Carlson was just fired from Fox News. The man was an open bigot. He was a white supremacist who employed other white supremacists. He's also a liar and a scoundrel. But I want us to pause for a quick moment and squeeze some lessons out of what just went down. Because here's what I know - Fox News is going to replace one bigot with another bigot. This man wasn't fired for his racism, he was fired because he was costing the corporation a TON of money. Period. They were ALWAYS willing to endure his racism. But let me unpack and explain what we really need to know about all of this. PLEASE BECOME A MEMBER of The North Star now @ TheNorthStar.com. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202317 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 796 - It's official. Joe Biden is running for reelection. Here are my gut thoughts

Moments ago, Joe Biden, who is a FULL 80 years old, just announced that he is running for reelection. Of course, I have some early gut thoughts to share. Some may surprise you. I wish he didn't run again, but I definitely understand why he did. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202315 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 795 - Let's do this for the family of Ahmaud Arbery

Hello Listeners,⁣ ⁣I promised Ahmaud’s dear mother, Wanda, that we could get 5,000 people to register for the 1st Annual Walk/Run with Maud 5K!⁣ ⁣The proceeds go to helping her build the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation (follow NOW @ahmaudarberyfoundation) which is all about helping young Black boys get the mental health tools they need. ⁣ ⁣ You can click the LINK IN MY BIO on IG or go straight to RunWithMaud.com to register.⁣ ⁣ You can run in person in Atlanta. Or…⁣ You can participate ANYWHERE in the world. ⁣ Or you can simply register to show the love. ⁣ ⁣  I’d like to say something difficult. ⁣ ⁣Ahmaud’s family hasn’t received a large settlement that they could’ve used to help them launch the foundation. They have us. That’s it. ⁣ ⁣That’s why we need to have their back, OK?⁣ ⁣Love and appreciate you all!⁣ ⁣Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202314 minutes, 37 seconds
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It's Time to Ask for Help

It's time to stop being afraid to ask for help when it comes to your money. On this episode of The Momentum Advisors, our financial experts (Tiffany Hawkins & Alan Boomer) discuss the common mistakes people make with their finances and why it's so difficult to ask for financial help. They provide actionable tips and strategies to help you overcome your fears and get the financial help you need. Don't wait until it's too late, tune in now and take the first step towards financial success! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202355 minutes, 34 seconds
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21 Questions (to Ask Your Financial Advisor)

Get ready to learn how to choose the best financial advisor for your needs with The Momentum Advisors. On this episode, Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins provide valuable insight on the key questions you should ask your financial advisor. From sorting through their qualifications to learning their investment philosophy, these strategic questions will help you find the perfect match. Plus, they even provide answers to these questions to give you an idea of what to expect from a suitable financial advisor. Tune in to this episode for essential financial advice that you won't want to miss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202346 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 794 - Happy 4/20 everybody!

Today I want to tell you just a little bit about my own personal journey with weed. I'm a late adopter and didn't start smoking all the way until I was 38 years old when my pain management doctor first prescribed it to help with my pain. But once I started smoking or taking edibles, which I mainly prefer, it helped me truly see the human value of cannabis in a way that I never quite understood it before. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/202317 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 793 - A really GREAT update on the healing and recovery of Ralph Yarl

Ralph is home and is healing. Today I have some important updates on how he's doing and what's next - including a very interesting call from President Joe Biden. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202316 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 792 - When we organize, we can do amazing things :: An update on Ralph Yarl

Today is another GOOD NEWS episode of The Breakdown. In just 24 hours, not only did we raise nearly $3 million for young Ralph Yarl and his family, but we helped ensure that the bigot who shot Ralph was arrested and charged for his crimes.Hundreds of thousands of you made phone calls and sent emails that helped make that happen. THANK YOU. This is what we can do when we move in the same direction, with the same goal. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun 9:30 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202315 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 791 - ACTION STEPS for Young Ralph Yarl

On this past Thursday, the unthinkable happened. An armed white man brutally shot a young Black boy over and over again after he rang the doorbell, just one street over from where he was supposed to pick up his younger brothers. Today I am going to unpack and explain the case and give you some ACTION STEPS to follow. Let's GO!Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202318 minutes, 50 seconds
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Before You Quit Your Job

Today, we welcome another episode of the The Momentum Advisors! Today's episode is all about the growing trend of people quitting their jobs to pursue new business ventures or career paths. But before you take that leap, there are important things to consider to ensure your success. Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins will guide you through the key factors you need to keep in mind before making the move. Don't miss out on this valuable insight. And be sure to tune in tomorrow for the next episode, where we'll continue the discussion on making strategic career moves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202358 minutes, 45 seconds
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An LLC is Not a Business

Today, we're thrilled to feature another episode of The Momentum Advisors, a podcast from The North Star network that's dedicated to equipping listeners with the tools they need to take charge of their finances. And make sure to tune in tomorrow for the next installment of this series, where they'll continue to provide valuable insights on investing and financial literacy. Original Air date: March 7, 2021 We hear a lot of people talking about starting LLCs. Their goals when starting these legal structures is to create additional sources of income and to create a financial legacy for their families. In the end, many people are simply filing papers to start a business--without ACTUALLY starting the business. On this episode, we help you understand how to really start a business and guess what? It has nothing to do with paperwork. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202354 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 790 - What therapy has done for me

Today I just wanted to take a moment to be super transparent and share what therapy has done for me. I've been doing weekly sessions for 2 years now. It's not magic. It doesn't solve all of your problems. But it has helped me be a healthier person IN SO MANY WAYS. If you are on the fence about therapy, I'd love for you to hear me out. And for those of you that are on a therapy journey, I hope something I share today helps you keep going. Love y'all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202316 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ep. 789 - Why so many Africans are HUGE supporters of Russia and Vladimir Putin.

HINT - it's not just because of Russian propaganda. Russia has a VERY long history of truly supporting the continent of Africa when almost the entire white world was either standing down or literally doing the oppressing during colonization and Apartheid. That's at the root here, but even beyond that, nations like Russia and China continue to provide billions of dollars not of "aid," but investment into massive development projects that again, most of the white world has ignored.And so, when Putin does something that I think is truly horrible in the invasion of Ukraine, and commits countless war crimes in the process, most African leaders are almost completely unwilling to call him out. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202317 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 788 - Fingers crossed: It appears Justin Pearson will be sworn back into office in Tennessee TODAY!

On Monday, 27 year old Justin Jones, after being chosen by the Nashville City Council to basically replace himself in the Tennessee State Legislature, was sworn in, and triumphantly returned to the floor of the Capitol. Today, it's time for Memphis to choose 27 year old Justin Pearson to return and be sworn in. And barring any hiccups, that's exactly what we expect to happen. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 787 - I can't recall a time where I saw more absolutely disgusted white men than I did yesterday

Yesterday, just days after they ousted and removed Tennessee State Representative Justin Jones from office, the City of Nashville voted to return him RIGHT BACK. And it was a GLORIOUS sight to behold. After being sworn in before a crowd of THOUSANDS of people, Justin Jones, Black power fist raised in the air, marched right back onto the floor of the legislature, into the belly of the beast, in front of dozens and dozens of evil white men who voted to remove him. And they HATED IT.These men just made Justin Jones into a national hero. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202317 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 786 - A key lesson from the strategy of Justin Jones and Justin Pearson in Tennessee

I know the conservative white supremacists in the Tennessee State Legislature thought they were teaching these two young Black men a lesson, but the truth is that the bravery of these two young brothers taught the entire world a lesson. When used in the right place, at the right time, non-violent civil disobedience functions as both a mirror and spotlight on the bigotry of this country - showing the nation just how racist it truly is. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202320 minutes, 2 seconds
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What You Must Know Before You Start Investing--That Most People Never Learn

Today, we're excited to share another episode of The Momentum Advisors, an The North Star production that's all about empowering you to take control of your financial future. Be sure to find and subscribe to The Momentum Advisors on your favorite podcasting platform! Original Airdate: September 25, 2022 Most people have a basic understanding of how to invest their money: open an account, buy some stocks, bonds, or other investment vehicles. Well, there's a lot more you need to know before you take these two steps, that are crucial to your overall investment plan. And guess what? Most people don't know them and miss out on all the real benefits to investing. On this episode we tell you the most important thing you need to know when getting started with investing your money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202354 minutes, 52 seconds
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Where the Money Resides: Compound Interest

Join Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins on The Momentum Advisors Show as they share their wealth of knowledge and expertise on financial literacy and empowerment. With actionable insights and practical tips, they'll guide you towards making smart financial decisions and achieving financial freedom. Don't miss this episode, it's packed with valuable information you won't want to miss! Chances are, you've heard of the term "compound interest," but do you know how it really works? If not, you're in the majority: 69% of Americans don't understand it. Compound interest is the "magic pill" that converts your "modest savings" into massive wealth. Through the power of compound interest is how most "everyday" people become millionaires. On this episode we are breaking down how compound interest works and how to make it work for you--at any age. Original Airdate: April 4, 2021 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202354 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 785 - SHAME SHAME SHAME on the Tennessee Legislature

As you have no doubt heard by now, the state legislature in Tennessee, on a near party-line vote, decided to steal expel and remove 2 young Black legislators not just from the room, but from their elected office. It's an abomination. American democracy has always been more of an ideal and aspiration than a reality. But the covers were pulled off yesterday. And something that I have never seen in my lifetime happened. Today I want to shine a light on the bravery of Justin Jones and Justin Pearson and tell you what I think will happen next. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun 8:21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202316 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 784 - This might be the single most outrageous injustice in America right now

Hey Breakdown Crew! We've been rocking together now for over 4 years and have gotten SO MUCH good done together. Today is one of those days where I need each of us to show up, OK? Have you heard the name LaKeith Smith? When he was just a 15 year old boy, police shot and killed his best friend, but prosecutors then went and charged LaKeith, who they openly admit was unarmed and non-violent, with his murder. It's an abomination. I already hate the felony murder rule, but I have NEVER seen it applied in this outrageous fashion. LaKeith was then sentenced to nearly 70 years in prison after police shot and killed his friend. And I have promised his dear mother, Tina, that we would raise enough money for her to take off of work for the next year so that she can fight full time to get her son free. Please, go now to my Instagram page, and CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO to chip in. We're already past 50% of the goal but predict we need 1,800 more donors to cross the finish line. Let's do this! To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/202314 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 783 - Let me tell you what I know about Manhattan's District Attorney, Alvin Bragg

Far right conservatives in this country have been allowed to define the narrative about who the DA that's prosecuting the leader of their cult, Donald Trump. They are saying that Alvin Bragg is a far-left radical. That he is doing what he's doing because he wants to interrupt Trump's ability to become President. That he is loyal to Joe Biden.But all of that is bogus. Lies. Let me tell you who he really is. I've known him for the past 10 years. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202317 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 782 - On the day of Trump's arrest, let me tell you the SECOND most important news story. It's pretty damn urgent.

Should Trump be the focus of the news 24/7? Of course not. But I understand why having the former president placed under arrest would dominate the news today. The problem is two-fold, though. It's going to dominate the news for weeks and months to come, even when it shouldn't, because it's clearly good for their ratings. And when Trump becomes the primary focus of the news, VERY VERY important stories end up not being told. Like what's happening in the Tennessee legislature as we speak. It's one of the closest things to fascism we've ever seen. At least 3 duly elected Democratic State Representatives are about to literally be removed from their positions because they participated in a peaceful protest about gun control. First their key cards were disabled and now legislation has been drafted to remove them from the legislature...permanently. It's a scary thing - and makes me very concerned about the path we might be going down right now. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202320 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 781 - White men LOST THEIR MINDS when a Black woman athlete did the same thing they celebrated a white woman for

I hate to say this, but racism is so deeply ingrained into every fiber of this nation's being that it seems like no matter how hard some of us try, we just can't escape it. And sure enough, it reared its ugly head last night during the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Today I'll break it all down, but if you hadn't heard, the basics are this: A star white player for Iowa has talked MAJOR trash all year and been celebrated for it - no matter how brash, crass, or over the top it was. But when a rival player from LSU talked that same brash trash right back to her, white folk simply lost their minds. The double standard was brutal. And it was just a painful reminder that even when we are seeking a form of escapism through sports, that bigotry is just lurking right their beneath the surface. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202321 minutes, 23 seconds
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Your Investments are (Probably) Funding Gun Violence

Today, we're excited to feature "The Momentum Advisors Show" with Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins. In this show, you'll gain valuable insights into financial literacy, empowerment, decision-making, and achieving financial freedom. We can't wait for you to hear it! In the aftermath of mass shootings, many Americans want to do something--anything--to help but, feel helpless. Petitions, donations and voting are all clear ways to start a path towards change but there is a very effective and immediate impact you can have from the comfort of your living room: changing your investments. Most investors are completely oblivious to how they are--and have been--funding gun production and warfare through their retirement accounts and investment portfolios. On this episode we tell you exactly how to uncover if/where this applies to you and how to defund these organizations in real time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202354 minutes, 55 seconds
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Building a Socially Responsible Portfolio

Today, we're excited to feature "The Momentum Advisors Show" with Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins. In this show, you'll gain valuable insights into financial literacy, empowerment, decision-making, and achieving financial freedom. We can't wait for you to hear it! The terms "ESG", "socially responsible" and "impact investing" are ongoing buzzwords in the financial services industry. But what does it all actually mean? Regardless of the confusing industry jargon, the essence of it all is aligning your portfolio with your values—without sacrificing returns. More than that, it presents greater opportunity for you to see stronger returns. On this episode, we teach you how to do it whether you're dealing with a financial advisor, HR department or you self-manage your investments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202355 minutes, 44 seconds
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How we are able to do what we do

Every single day of the week, I have friends that work for the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, and other major news outlets that tell me the same story. It goes something like this: "Shaun, I would get fired if I said what you say. We can't call out the Apartheid of Israel. We aren't even allowed to call it Palestine. We can't call out the Democratic Party and we damn sure can't call out Joe Biden. And time and space are RARELY made to cover police violence and white supremacy like you do." That right there, is why we have this podcast. It's why we started The North Star. And it's WHY I am asking you to PLEASE become a new paid member to support our work TODAY! For the next 31 days we are going to be fighting, kicking, scratching, clawing our way to get just 6,000 NEW PAID MEMBERS @ TheNorthStar.com and I am asking YOU, yes you, to join us. We simply won't be able to continue doing what we do without hitting that goal! If you have ever enjoyed this podcast, my articles, or anything good you see me doing in the world, please become a member now @ TheNorthStar.com.You can join for as little as $8. You can cancel anytime. You can become a monthly or annual member. And all of what you pay goes to underwrite the cost of our staff, our hardware, our software, and all of the other costs of doing what we do. We are only able to be so damn fearless because we aren't funded by big corporations. We aren't funded by big investors or funds. We are FULLY INDEPENDENT. So, get us closer to our goal and join today @ TheNorthStar.com! Love and appreciate you all! Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 780 - A horrible fire at an immigration detention center on the American border killed 40 immigrants

While it's HUGE news around the world, it's hardly gotten any coverage here in the United States. Right on the border with the US, where the United States is refusing to allow immigrants in, a new crisis is forming in Mexico. Thousands of immigrants that expect to be seen and processed in the United States are piling up in Mexico, which is not remotely prepared to house them. So, in a makeshift jail on the American border, nearly 40 immigrants, including, men, women, and children were all burned to death in a completely preventable fire. It's a human rights catastrophe. And it was completely preventable. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202319 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 779 - It turns out the Nashville school shooting could've possibly been stopped if this one single law was in place

We just learned late last night that the shooter in Nashville purchased an astounding 7 guns, including multiple assault rifles, from 5 different stores across Tennessee, and loaded up on tons of ammunition... all while being treated and evaluated for severe mental health issues. And no red flag was raised. WHY? Because conservatives in Tennessee fought against all red flag laws and made it one of the easiest places IN THE WORLD to purchase guns. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202315 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 778 - An honest conversation on why it's so hard to stop school shootings in America

It happened again. Yet another school shooting in America. Over and over and over again. We keep seeing them. They rips schools and communities apart. And as always, nothing substantive gets done about it. Today I want to push the conversation forward some and try to expound on WHY nothing gets done on this issue. It's not as simple as we make it out to be. It's not just the NRA. It's much deeper. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202324 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 777 - Why protests against the far-right government of Israel are bittersweet

As it stands right now, Israel might have the single most conservative government in the world. It's partly what allows them to oversee such a despicable system of Apartheid. But as we speak, protests have completely brought the entire country to a standstill. People are resigning from government jobs, businesses are shutting down, flights are being canceled - all because the far-right government is trying to change the laws to allow them to completely take over the judiciary. I support the protests. Injustice anywhere is always a threat to justice everywhere. However, it's wild knowing that these same people protesting have never protested with this much vigor against the Apartheid in their nation. And that if Palestinians came close to protesting like this, they'd be shot and killed. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202318 minutes, 15 seconds
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A special crossover episode with Momentum Advisors!

On today's special episode of The Breakdown I want to introduce to some of you, and reintroduce to others, my dear friends Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins of Momentum Advisors who give some of the smartest financial advice around. At The North Star we are proud to produce The Momentum Advisors show and today we are playing a full episode for you to check out. They are amazing. My wife and I learn so much from them each and every week and know you will too. You can listen to their podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and subscribe there for free by searching for "Momentum Advisors." Please also leave a great review for them, OK? Episode Title: The Mis-education (of All of us) "The Mis-education of the Negro, written in 1933, describes how the educational system in America was designed to teach Black people that we are inferior. Leveraging quotes from the book, we explore ALL of the ways we ALL have been Mis-educated in regards to careers, achievement, entrepreneurship and wealth-building." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202354 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 776 - Alabama just agreed to spend $1 BILLION DOLLARS on a new mega-prison.

Listen - they have money for what they believe in. They make money magically appear for the things they actually care about. If you ever want to know the true heart and priorities of a person (or company or government) just look at their budget. Period. And in a state that is STRUGGLING to cover healthcare costs and educational costs, suddenly they have a billion dollars to spare on mass incarceration. Today, I'm going to unpack and explain just how corrupt this all actually is. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202315 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 775 - Why conservatives are melting down at the thought of Donald Trump being held accountable for his crimes

I thought conservatives were the party of "law and order," right? But if that was the case, why would they be melting down at the mere possibility of Donald Trump being held accountable for his obvious crimes? The answer is obvious - when they call for "law and order" they mean it mainly for African Americans and immigrants of color. They don't actually love police. It's why they had no problem beating the life out of police all over the Capitol - and refused to honor any of the police that stood up against Trump supporters. They only love police when they are arresting or even killing Black folk. Anything else goes against their core values. And having an African American District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, holding Trump accountable is causing their brains to be overloaded. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202318 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 774 - I have ONE QUESTION for conservatives that gets to the heart of white privilege and white power

As their dear leader is nearing arrest, I have one simple question for conservatives. And I think this question gets to the heart not only of who they are, but what they actually believe about law and order, mass incarceration, policing, and so much more. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202315 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 773 - 3 things to know about Donald Trump's impending arrest

It appears that Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, is going to be arrested this week. Like most of you, I'll believe it when I see it, but it does indeed appear as if this is about to happen. I have at least 3 things I want you to know about this case and the likely arrest that's going to follow. It could get dangerous. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202320 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 772 - The State of Tennessee stole all 5 kids from a Black couple after a traffic stop. A month later, the state still has the kids, including a breastfed baby.

Exactly 1 month ago today, a wonderful Black couple and their 5 sweet babies, were traveling from Georgia to Chicago for a family funeral when they were pulled over by Tennessee Highway Patrol on a bogus traffic stop for "staying in the left lane and not actively passing someone." In other words, driving while Black. The children, which include a newborn, a 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old, and a 7 year old were asleep in the back. Police then arrested the father for possession of a tiny amount of weed - a misdemeanor - that is legal in much of Georgia but not Tennessee - and instructed the mother to drive to the local "justice center" to bail out the father. When the mother got there, it was a trap. Police and Child Protective Services surrounded her and forcefully took all of her kids, including her breastfed baby. My blood is boiling just typing these words. Police had lied and said the mother was arrested and called Child Protective Services to get the children. But she wasn't under arrest and had committed no crime. That was a month ago - and the state STILL has their kids. Let me unpack and explain it.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202321 minutes, 6 seconds
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How do we measure success for Black America?

In this throwback episode, we revisit the important question of how to measure success for Black America. Together, we'll explore the metrics that really matter when it comes to moving our community forward. Is it home ownership? Is it college education? Is it the number of people killed by police or incarcerated? Or is it wealth? We'll delve into the outcomes and numbers that truly show whether we're making progress as a people. Join us as we re-examine this critical issue and consider the 5-10 things we should be fighting for to achieve a better future for all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202317 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 771 - 3 reasons we struggle to build the systems and structures that produce deep, lasting change

Last night, I was up late thinking about what appears to be a horrible case of injustice deep in Mississippi. Hours earlier I was thinking about a horrible case of injustice in Buffalo. And hours before that, and before that, and before that I was being contacted about egregious cases of injustice from coast to coast. And I felt a bit overwhelmed, in great part, because it appears to me that the problems we hate the most seem determined to stay here forever. Why is that? Today I want to unpack and explain 3 reasons we struggle to build the systems and structures we actually need to produce deep, lasting change. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202320 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 770 - I am fundamentally anti-war, but I think my take on Ukraine might surprise you.

War is hell. And the war in Ukraine is no different. Russia has already created nearly 10 million Ukrainian refugees. Entire towns have been destroyed. Tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. That's ALWAYS what war does. But I think my take on this war might surprise you. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202318 minutes, 9 seconds
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Ep. 769 - Nah, Silicon Valley Bank SHOULD NOT Be Bailed Out. Hell no!

As the executives of Silicon Valley Bank privately rushed to give themselves their annual bonuses and sell their stock in the company, the general public had NO IDEA the bank was about to crash. It's one of the largest single banks to crash in American history. And in some ways Silicon Valley Bank not only knew it was going to happen, they helped cause it by alerting their biggest investors, who in turn told of their friends to take all of their money out of the bank as soon as they could - which caused it to literally collapse overnight. Now, the same people that refuse to bail out Americans that need student loan debt relief or universal healthcare are saying the federal government should bail out this bank. HELL NO! Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202327 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 768 - 2023 is now on pace to be the deadliest year ever measured for police violence, but the media is nearly silent

With the exception of the police murder of Tyre Nichols, can you name even ONE other victim of police violence from this year? That’s by design. Today I’ll explain why. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/202315 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 767 - The Democratic Party just betrayed Black people in the worst way possible

Am I surprised? No. But am I disgusted down to my bones? Absolutely. After begging and pleading for Black votes... After wearing Kente cloth and taking a knee for injustice in America... After marching and protesting against injustice - the Democratic Party just spit in the face of Black leaders, Black voters, and Black people in general. Let me explain. The Washington DC City Council voted 12-1, in a near unanimous vote, to pass important criminal justice reforms for the city. And I say this with all due respect to the City Council, but the reforms are moderate. They aren't revolutionary or radical. They are basic.DC is a majority Black city. The City Council is a majority-Black body. And suddenly after they passed these reforms, rich white people in the city flipped out. Then conservatives flipped out. And that's an important observation to make, because it was seeing this that caused the conservative media to flip out. Which in turn caused Republicans in Congress to say they were going to do something that has not been done since 1991. They were going to use their power in Congress to overturn the Washington DC City Council. Since DC is not a state, Congress has this weird power, but it's RARELY used. The thing is, they would need Biden and some more Democrats to side with them - and after pressure, they've agreed to do just that. And here's the rub. To get this support, conservatives AND Biden have flat out lied about these reforms - particularly around the issue of carjacking. The reforms took the sentencing for carjacking down from 40 years, which is the highest and harshest in the nation, down to 24 years, which is still the highest and harshest in the nation. And Biden has been parroting Republican talking points saying this is going to make the city less safe. But here's the thing - DC has the harshest sentencing on carjacking in America right now, and it's STILL a problem. Why? Because 40 years for carjacking doesn't solve the problem. I have a whole lot to say. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202314 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 766 - Yesterday NFL teams did something truly dirty to star quarterback Lamar Jackson

My guess is that about 75% of my audience is actually not into the NFL. Let me explain to you why what happened to star quarterback Lamar Jackson yesterday should matter to all of us. It was clearly a case of collusion. It was unethical at best and illegal and racist at worst. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 765 - If I could have just one wish in politics it would be this...

As the United States continues the march toward having 400 million people, we are still stuck with an antiquated 2 party system that was created hundreds of years ago. Do you know how many people lived in this country in 1776? 2.5 million people. Cramming 400 million into 2 political parties is preposterous. And it's why almost every developed democracy around the world has at least 4, but sometimes has 10-15 parties - all with members in their congress. If we just had 4 parties, it would at least be a start of more people feeling like they have true political representation. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202317 minutes
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Ep. 764 - Hoping that Ja Morant averts real tragedy moving forward

I'm a huge sports fan. And follow the NBA closely as a hobby. Ja Morant, the young Memphis Grizzlies star, is definitely one of my favorite players to watch. My whole family loves him. But sadly, over the past year, he has had at least 3 incidents with guns, that have made it clear, to say the least, that Ja is not quite on the right path. Truthfully, a full fledged intervention needed to happen after the first incident. And it never happened. It definitely needed to happen after the second incident. And it never happened. In fact, nothing substantive happened either time. Then, this weekend, Ja could be seen flashing a gun on his Instagram live, and it seemed to be the straw that broke the camels back. While he's now suspended from the team for what might've been the least dangerous of the 3 incidents we know of, this is bigger than basketball. We need to be thinking about this young man's life. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all.Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 763 - Joe Biden just partnered with Republicans to undo criminal justice reforms in Washington DC

It's completely and utterly disgusting. And racist. That's all I can even muster the energy to type right now. Listen to the podcast to hear me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202318 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 762 - Conservatives truly need to leave drag queens alone. They are about the least harmful group of people in America.

Do you know who the FBI and Department of Defense says the single biggest threat to the safety and security of America is? It's damn sure not drag queens? It's conservative white supremacists. But somehow, instead of thinking about how they can address the violent racists in their own home, conservatives have decided to do what they always do... play a dangerous smoke and mirrors game where they make their base think the biggest threat to them, and to their kids in particular, are people dressed up in drag. This is what they always do. They used to focus on Muslims, then immigrants, then someone else, and someone else, and now it's drag queens, but it's all a dangerous ruse to get their base riled up and angry. And I think it could bring real harm and violence upon people who don't deserve any of it. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all.Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/202318 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 761 - Ron DeSantis is a white supremacist

The fastest path to the Republican nomination for President is white supremacy. In part, that's why Nikki Haley, who is an Indian American, and Tim Scott, an African American, will never win the nomination. Nearly 8 years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote something that actually shocked me - where he called Donald Trump America's "First White President." Of course, America had 43 white presidents before Trump, but what Coates meant is that Trump was the first President to basically run on whiteness and the advancement of white people at the expense of everyone else. Ron DeSantis is taking that same blueprint and running with it in Florida - first banning the honest teaching of Black history across the state and now defunding and removing all diversity offices at every state college and university - a policy he just announced yesterday. It's not just outrageous, it's dangerous and deeply problematic. These policies are all about positioning himself to be, to paraphrase Coates, "The Next White President" for white people, by white people. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202318 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 760 - Ron DeSantis will win the Republican nomination and absolutely clobber Joe Biden if he's the nominee

I don't know if you saw the news, but Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just took over the Disney tax district and literally appointed his homies to run it. His memoir comes out today. He's openly homophobic.And is fighting hard to make sure Black history isn't taught in Florida and his base LOVES IT. In case you missed it, the Republican primaries for President are underway. Trump has announced he's running. Nikki Haley has announced. Senator Tim Scott is up next. But I truly believe Ron DeSantis will defeat all of them and win the Republican nomination. He's even more conservative than Trump, but without all of the baggage, lawsuits, criminal investigations, ex-wives, failed businesses, etc. And here's the question that Democrats HAVE TO ANSWER... do you actually think Joe Biden could beat Ron DeSantis. I don't. I don't even think Joe Biden thinks he could beat him. And that's why Biden should announce he's not running for President and Democrats should have a serious primary for a candidate to defeat Ron DeSantis. Let me unpack and explain it.To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 759 - A strong word of caution about WHERE you get your news

It's a big decision, TBH. Where you get your news is something that I really want you to think long and hard about. Who invests in that company? Who runs it? What is their public and private agenda? Who is their core audience?All of those questions have a HUGE impact on what stories they tell, how they tell them, and ultimately impacts what stories they completely ignore. Because right now I see ALL of the major news organizations almost completely ignoring some of the biggest issues going on in the world. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202315 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 758 - We now have proof that the FBI was trying to destroy the Black Lives Matter Movement from the inside out

When you get a chance, go listen to the important new podcast, Alphabet Boys. In it, a brave reporter breaks the news that the FBI planted a paid informant inside of the movement in Denver to not only feed the FBI information, but to destroy the people leading the movement there by trying to get them to commit crimes they had no previous intent to commit. I have 2 main conclusions that I want to share with you today. This was definitely happening in every major city in America. It's still going on today. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all.Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/202314 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 757 - Both Trump and Biden played a serious role in causing the environmental disaster unfolding in East Palestine, Ohio after the train crash there

As you have likely seen, a horrible and completely preventable environmental disaster is rapidly getting worse in Ohio - and a ton of blame can go around - from Trump to Biden - and certainly to Norfolk Southern - which owned and operated the train that derailed. It's super easy for Democrats to blame Trump - who repealed policies that might've prevented this accident. And it's easy for Republicans to blame Biden - who seems to have not only bungled the response to it, but also broke up the union strike that was fighting for better policies, better pay, and more staff for the trains. But the truth is that both Biden and Trump failed here and both bent over backwards to help the train industry make more money at the cost of safety. And now the chickens have come home to roost. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202317 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 756 - Today Israel committed war crimes and human rights violations against Palestinians

You wouldn't know it from watching the news today, but at least 10 Palestinians were slaughtered by Israel today - including women, children, and senior citizens. They were shot, bombed, and run over by armored cars. I've seen the videos and photos for myself. It's atrocious. It's despicable. And we have to push back. The leading human rights organizations in the world call what Israel is doing to Palestinians "Apartheid," but I've grown to think that's not even strong enough. These are war crimes. And more. 2023 is on pace to be the deadliest year ever measured for Palestinians. And don't believe the lies that Israel is just killing "terrorists." They use that blanket excuse to describe everything they do to shut down the truth. They've killed at least 12 children. Almost everybody that was killed has been unarmed. And they are doing it without even a hint of accountability. Let me try to unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202316 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 755 - 99% of American Presidents were monsters - including your faves.

First off, I'm glad to be back after far too long of a hiatus fighting off a lung infection. Thanks for sticking with me and with the podcast. As you no doubt know, yesterday was President's Day. And I just need to remind us that 99% of the presidents in American history were complete monsters. If they didn't literally buy, sell, and trade human beings - they oversaw war crimes, genocide, and so much more - right up until today. And it took me a long time to understand just WHY that was. Ultimately, it all comes down to WHO is teaching you about the history of this country and the world at large. Let’s talk about it! To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202321 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 754 - Turns out a white police lieutenant was informing and collaborating with the Proud Boys ahead of January 6th...and still has his job

This is one of those things that we always suspected was happening but never quite had the proof. DC Police Lt. Shane Lamont was feeding the Proud Boys all manner of information for months leading up to January 6th… and somehow still has his job. Why has he not been fired? Or charged? Are his previous cases going to be reopened? How did he get introduced to the Proud Boys? Was he a member himself? I’ve got questions. Let’s talk about it! To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202314 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 753 - Been out sick for the past few weeks, but thankfully I'm recovering

Hey everybody. I am so glad to be back today after being out sick for the past few weeks. I'm still not fully recovered, but am pretty sure that I'm on the mend. It wasn't COVID, but started off as a common cold I got from the kids, then it became a sinus and ear infection that spread to my lungs and just will not go away. I go back to the doctor tomorrow after having some tests run yesterday. But I tell you what, I'm just very grateful that I have been able to take this time off when I needed it. And I couldn't do that without the generous support of everyday people just like yourself. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202313 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Crisis of Christian Whiteness | Replay of Episode 476

Listen to the replay of episode 476, originally aired on July 7, 2021. In this episode, Shaun King explores the issue of the depiction of Jesus as a white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed figure and how it has been used as a tool of oppression for centuries. Join Shaun as he breaks down the topic and provides insightful analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/202319 minutes, 42 seconds
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How to Make Police Brutality Illegal - Part 3 of 3 | Replay of Episode 14

On today’s throwback episode of The Breakdown, the final episode in a 3 part series explaining the leading Supreme Court cases that make police brutality functionally legal in the United States, Shaun gives us action steps and solutions for how we make police brutality illegal. It won’t be easy or quick, but it’s necessary.  If you haven't already, go listen to Tuesday & Wednesday's episodes to hear part 1 and 2 of the series! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Graham v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 2 of 3 | Replay of Episode 13

Listen to a replay of our 13th episode as Shaun King explores the reasons behind the legality of police brutality in the United States. This is the second episode of a three-part series where Shaun examines the Supreme Court case Graham v. Connor and how it, alongside Tennessee v. Garner, protects police from being held responsible for their brutality. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal framework and be ready for the next episode where Shaun will delve into potential solutions to bring about change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202319 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tennessee v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 1 of 3 | Replay of Episode 12

For Today's episode of The Breakdown, we are going way back and replaying our 12th episode. The first in a 3-part series that dives into the issue of why police brutality is effectively legal in the United States, by analyzing the Supreme Court cases that protect even the most abusive officers. In the first and second episodes, King breaks down the cases and their implications. But in the third episode, he doesn't just leave us with the problem, he offers solutions and empowers us by telling us what we can do to bring about change. Tune in over the next two days to learn about the legal landscape and how we can work toward justice for victims of police brutality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202317 minutes, 45 seconds
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Are you racist? | Replay of Episode 223

Join us for a thought-provoking episode as we delve into the question, "Are You Racist?" In this episode that was released back in April of 2020, Shaun encourages listeners to reflect on their beliefs and actions and challenges them to strive for not just being "not racist," but actively being anti-racist. With insights from Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How to Be an Antiracist", this episode is a powerful reminder of the work we all must do to create a more just and equitable society. Even if you've heard this episode before, it's worth revisiting. Don't miss this important conversation on the path to becoming an antiracist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202316 minutes, 30 seconds
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Let me explain what "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" truly means. | Replay of Episode 576

For today, we have a replay episode. Released almost a year ago, this necessary lesson from Ep. 576 will forever ring true. We hope you enjoy: Those words from Dr. King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" is a life quote for me. I think about it daily. It has guided much of my life for the past 25 years. And for me, today, those words matter more than ever. Can I teach for a moment? Let me unpack and explain for you what I think these words mean. I hate war. I hate what Putin is doing right now to Ukraine. But I see a lot of people saying that none of us should even care. I see people saying the same thing about the horrible decision from the Governor of Texas to criminalize being a parent of a transgender child or teenager. I see people I know actually celebrating this decision. And I have to speak up on why this is wrong and horribly short-sighted. Because truly, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. "You may see those situations, and think they have nothing to do with you, but when the rights and safety of some people are attacked and eroded, believe me, it's only a matter of time before yours are next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 752 - Let's buy these 2 boys a new home. We are the village. And we are already more than halfway to the goal!

On the evening of October 12th, 2019, a Ft. Worth police officer literally shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson through her bedroom window while she was playing video games with her young nephew, Zion. She was just 28. Soon after Atatiana was murdered, both of her parents died. And just this week, Amber Carr, who was Zion's mother, just died at the age of 33. You've heard me say this so many times, but police violence NEVER has just one victim. It ravages entire families. But we now have a chance to step up and buy a new home for Amber's two sons, Zion and Zayden. If you can, please go now to my Instagram profile and CLICK THE LINK in my bio there. It will take you to a GoFundMe link where we have already blown past 50% of our final goal. We have advised the family to go ahead and get a realtor. Give the best donation you can, OK? Love and appreciate each of you! To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all.Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202311 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 751 - Why we should all accept that the United States Congress will do NOTHING, now, or later, about police brutality

Just as the United States Congress has done nothing of substance to move the needle on gun violence and mass shootings and school shootings, even as gun violence literally became the #1 of cause of death for KIDS in America, the same is true of police violence. Congress will do nothing. They did nothing 2 years ago, in the shadows of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, even when Democrats controlled Congress, and they will do nothing now, in the wake of the murder of Tyre Nichols. NOTHING. Listen to my heart. This is not me being pessimistic. These issues are not really a priority for the voting majority in Congress. Period. And the sooner we accept that, the better. Because 30 minutes spent lobbying Congress on this issue is 30 minutes of your life that you will never get back. HOWEVER, change can happen, and WILL happen on the city, county, and state level in many places all over the country. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202318 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 750 - Teachers all over Florida have been told to remove or cover all of their books or risk being arrested and charged with felonies

You've heard me say this a million times, but it's VERY hard to understand a moment in history when you are in it. But right now, Florida is facing a frightening and deeply concerning moment in history. And it's not just a horrible sign of things to come, it's a horrible sign of where Florida already is. I am now seeing pictures of school libraries and classroom libraries all over the state with nothing but empty shelves. Students and teachers and parents are devastated. And it's scary on a deep level because it feels to them like they are now a part of an authoritarian regime. And in effect they are. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202314 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 749 - Let me teach you this very important trick politicians LOVE to pull on police brutality

In the shadows of the brutal police murder of 29 year father, Tyre Nichols, I see politicians from the President of the United States on down pulling one of the oldest tricks in the book on all of us. I see hundreds of them doing it actually. And once you see it, and understand it, you will have a radar for it for the rest of your life. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202318 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 748 - Memphis has modeled precisely how police brutality must be addressed

As you likely saw, the 5 Memphis Police Officers who murdered Tyre Nichols have all been fired and charged with his murder. Obviously, charges aren't convictions, but this is progress. With a brand new police chief and a brand new District Attorney, local voters and organizers in Memphis need a lot of credit for how all of this went down. What hundreds of police departments and DA's offices have said for generations that simply could not be done, or would take years, Memphis did in days. And it has truly created a new model not just for the speed of it all, but the true compassion and humanity shown by the police chief and DA. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/202316 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 747 - I just need you to hear this statement from the Chief of Police in Memphis. It's the best I've ever heard

In all my life, I don't think I've ever shared or bragged about a statement from the police. They are almost always terrible, inhumane, and full of nothing but what we call copaganda designed to protect police. But last night, Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, in the shadows of the brutal murder of Tyre Nichols by officers in her department, Chief Davis not only fired the 5 main cops involved, she has made it abundantly clear publicly and privately that everything about what those cops did was absolutely horrible. I just want you to listen to her entire statement today and see it as a model for what's possible with policing in America. It would be best, of course, for Tyre to be alive, but this is what accountability and humanity should look like.Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202316 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 746 - The United States has now had 40 mass shootings in the first 25 days of 2023.

Mass shootings are now MORE American than apple pie. 300% more Americans have been shot and killed since the start of the war in Ukraine than Ukrainians have been killed in the war. That's how violent this place is. I know it's our home. But 40 mass shootings in 25 days? How is this sustainable? And what do we do? Because we are the only nation in the world that has more guns than people. And it's not even close. And as long as we have a staggering 400 million guns (and growing) in circulation, the mass shootings, and all of the other gun violence appears like it will be here to stay. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun (edited)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202315 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 745 - You need to know this name: Tyre Nichols

Yet again, in this brutal place we call the United States of America, another Black man has been beaten to death by police. Yesterday, family and attorneys saw the body camera footage and said that Tyre was beaten worse than Rodney King. They said it was like they were beating a human piñata. And it's all so outrageously exhausting. We've already marched and protested and demonstrated and the best thing I can compare this country to is an abusive spouse. That clearly doesn't love or respect us in any way. I know the District Attorney in this case and our staff @RealJustice helped get him elected. We believe he will do right by this family. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202316 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 744 - Why I've lost the little bit of confidence I had in Joe Biden's DOJ.

The moment Joe Biden was elected, I had very little expectations that he'd do much about the issues of police violence and mass incarceration. He was already damn near 80 years old and hadn't done much of anything good about those issues his entire life. But when he appointed Merrick Garland, a bland, moderate, conservative white man who has always lacked the courage for bold moves on police violence and mass incarceration, it was clear that those things were not true priorities for Joe Biden Biden. And here we are, in year 3 of their administration, and next to nothing has been done. A few cases have been prosecuted here and there, but the 2 cases the DOJ most famously filed charges for, of the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, had literally already been successfully prosecuted in Minnesota and Georgia. I've formally submitted lists of HUNDREDS of cases from the 1950s until today and this DOJ continues to ignore them all. Listen, it's not that I'm surprised, but I am frustrated and disappointed that we continue to get damn near the same shit on issues of police violence no matter who we elect. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202320 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 743 - Democrats now have a window to challenge Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2024. Should they?

Let me give you my answer right off the top - YES! Because of the growing scandal with Joe Biden having classified and even TOP SECRET documents all over this house and offices, a window has opened up for some Democrats to do something that rarely happens - challenge a sitting President from within the party for the nomination. Beyond the fact that Joe Biden would be 82 years old when he would start the next Presidency, this classified document situation has weakened him and damaged the entire party. Before this current scandal, it seemed highly unlikely that anyone would challenge Biden for the nomination, but I'm hearing a ton of chatter behind the scenes now that 2-3 candidates might go ahead and announce they are running anyway. I hope they do. What do you think? Let's talk about it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202319 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 742 - Ron DeSantis just banned African American Studies from being taught in Florida

Yes, I'm serious. The State of Florida, under the leadership and legislation of Ron DeSantis, just banned African American Studies from being taught in public schools. This is actually a DEEPLY disturbing setback. It's not just racist and foolish, it's dangerous. It's a sign of where this country is right now - and a grave sign of where we are heading. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202315 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 741 - My thoughts on the new King Family monument in Boston

Alright. I didn't plan on talking about this, but I have to. Most people who see this monument see two sets of arms and hands embracing each other. And it's based on a beautiful photo of Dr. King and Coretta embracing each other after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. But other people swear they see a hand holding a penis. And it's true, that from one angle, if you are already thinking that, it's hard to un-see it. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202321 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 740 - Why I found MLK Day to be a bit frustrating this year

I'm a HUGE Dr. King fan and follower and have been for most of the past 30+ years. But this year, for the first time in a long time, I found myself with the time and space to reflect on how this nation honors (or dishonors) Dr. King on his birthday year after year. Don't get me wrong - I am nothing but glad to see Dr. King honored at this time every year, but part of me has grown to think that we are no longer actually honoring Dr. King, but this nation is, instead, creating a bland, toothless, colorless caricature of the man and forcing it on all of us. Dr. King was a revolutionary. The man had more courage in his pinky toe than most of us have in our entire body. He spoke truth to power. And this nation hated him for it. I saw a few things yesterday that made me sad and certainly a bit frustrated. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202321 minutes, 16 seconds
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The MLK You Never Knew

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we are re-running one of our most popular episodes that highlights a lesser-known side of the civil rights hero. The words and legacy of Dr. King have been reduced and sanitized in so many ways. Today Shaun King plays 5 very special audio clips of Dr. King that you have likely never heard before and breaks down why they are so very important. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202326 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 739 - Why police brutality seems so permanent in the United States

Yesterday, like tens of millions of Americans, I saw the brutal police murder of 31-year-old Keenan Anderson, by the LAPD in broad daylight. Keenan, like so many Black men before him, was unarmed and non-violent. At most he needed medical attention. Instead, he was Tasered to death. And we continue to see this, with new names and faces, but the same story of police violence, because this country just barely tinkers with policing when the entire system would actually need to be completely overhauled in order for us to see something totally different. It can be done. But so far not even one single large American city is willing to drastically overhaul how policing is done there. And so we continue to be the only developed nation in the world that does this, day after day, year after year, to its citizens. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 738 - You MUST be willing to have a critical eye on ALL politicians and political parties

My People. My People. Please let me teach you an important lesson today. I've already learned it and it took me far too long to accept. Politicians and political parties make HUGE mistakes. They even do evil shit. All of them. And the moment you are unwilling to believe this truth is the moment that you've been duped. ALL OF US must be willing to look at both Democrats and Republicans with a critical lens. Because both parties deserve critique. And if your favorite party or politician cannot withstand some criticism then they aren't worth following. It's happening right now with Joe Biden. Dude clearly made a huge political mistake. And it is already being weaponized. The sooner you accept this, the better. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202315 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 737 - Like Trump, Joe Biden was just found hiding classified documents in an old office, but Democrats don't seem to care

Well, this is a HUGE mess for Joe Biden and for his DOJ.As you may have heard, classified, TOP SECRET documents were just found in an old office Joe Biden was using before he became President. But Democrats don't even seem to care...at all. After all of the outrage about Trump, I don't think I've seen a single prominent Democrat speaking out about Biden doing the SAME EXACT THING that they called for Trump to be arrested and prosecuted for. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202315 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 736 - Last year was the single worst year for police brutality ever recorded.

For me, this news is devastating. And I take it personally, because above all else, it means that in spite of our best efforts to reduce the number of people killed by police, what we are doing is just not working. Listen, I don't even think that we have been wrong for fighting to hold police accountability and change policies on the city, county, state, and federal level, but what he must conclude is that our combined efforts to curb police violence have effectively failed. Have we had a few important victories? Of course. But the problem we've aimed to solve simply has gotten worse and we must ask ourselves that hard questions about what this means.Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 735 - The United States should extradite Jair Bolsonaro back to Brazil TODAY

As you no doubt saw - conservative Brazilian supporters of their recently ousted President, Jair Bolsonaro, inspired by the January 6th insurrection 2 years ago in the United States, just attempted to take over the Congress, Supreme Court, and Presidential Palace in the Capitol of Brazil. Almost 2 years to the day, under almost identical circumstances, these conservatives attempted and failed the same foolishness that we saw right here in the US. And here's the thing - it looked so similar, because they were literally coached by American conservatives. And several things need to happen immediately. Jair Bolsonaro, who is an open bigot, should be deported/extradited BACK to Brazil. The man is literally hiding out in Florida - which is simultaneously wild and makes perfect sense at the same time. Of course he would travel to the home state of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis to hide. But the United States has an extradition treaty with Brazil and should send him right back home to face the consequences for what he caused. Secondly, an immediate investigation needs to be launched into the American conservatives that coached Brazilian conservatives through all of this. They openly admit, publicly and privately, that they've been telling Brazilians exactly what to do to undermine faith in their elections and in their democracy. And Brazil should charge them - so that they can also face the consequences for what they just caused. Let me unpack and explain it all. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202318 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 734 - Why I think what the ultra conservatives are doing in Congress is brilliant

As you may know, nearly 20 ultra conservative members of Congress are doing something that we have not seen in America since before the Civil War. They are REFUSING to vote for the Speaker of the House nominated by most of their party. They’ve literally had 12 different votes and they refuse to budge. They want a long list of concessions and even prefer for Kevin McCarthy to step down altogether. And here’s the thing, it only takes 5 of them to block this vote.  They have the numbers. Now, I loathe these 20 Republicans, but this strategy they are employing already happens all over the world. And we should study and use it ourselves all over the country. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/202315 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 733 - The NFL should do the compassionate thing and postpone all games until next week

Now, let's be real, the NFL, and it's good 'ol boy network of owners, are not known for doing the right thing, or the compassionate thing, when it comes to its players. But to be real - I don't even think it's safe for them to play this weekend. I damn sure know it's not safe for the Bills to play this weekend. Those men are traumatized. Their brother is fighting for his life in the hospital and they literally watched him die and be brought back to life on the field. But it goes beyond the Bills, and even the Bengals - players all over the league have said publicly that they have not been able to sleep and that seeing what happened to Damar Hamlin has traumatized them as well. Simply push the games forward one week. It won't delay the Super Bowl. Just give these players time to process this.What do you think? Let's talk about it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202319 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 732 - The Compounding Impact of Police Violence

This week I learned that Amber Carr, the sister of Atatiana Jefferson, who is just 33 years old and has two young sons, has been told that she may not live until this weekend. Her heart is failing and it has impacted every other organ of her body. It was Amber's own son who was in the room playing video games with Atatiana when she was shot and killed. And in the months that followed Atatiana's mother and father both died. It's too much. It's too much for heart, mind, body, and soul. And over and over again I've seen entire families impacted by police violence experience a horrible ripple effect that had a devastating impact that goes far beyond the initial victim. Today, let's all chip in and do everything we can to support Atatiana's family. They need our help. Let's talk about it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202313 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 731 - Damar Hamlin and fragility of life

Happy New Year my friends. It's good to be back. But as sports fans, and just good citizens, it's a painful day after what can only be called a catastrophic near death experience that happened on live TV last night. Damar Hamlin, a young defensive player for the Buffalo Bills, went into cardiac arrest after a hard hit, and appears to have basically died right there on the field until he was finally resuscitated with CPR and other techniques. It is, perhaps, the most brutal moment for football - in a long list of brutal moments, but it also became a moment where Americans, even rival football fans, put aside their differences to pray and hope for the life of a young man that they most likely had never heard of before.And suddenly, we were no longer looking at a football field, but we were looking at mortality, at life, at death, and so much more. Let's talk about it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us.Love and appreciate you all.Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202319 minutes, 37 seconds
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Here's what they do to "good cops" who speak out on police brutality

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes, we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. Every day I see people rightly ask why more "good cops" don't speak out on police violence. Well - today I'll show you why. This brave officer posted his professional opinion about the murder of George Floyd - and just got fired over it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/30/202211 minutes, 16 seconds
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Understanding the Inside/Outside Ways of Fighting for Change

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes, we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. Today I want to share a painful, personal story about a lesson that I learned about organizing for change as an outsider and organizing for change as an insider. In the winter of 2014, I found myself in a deep funk after failing in so many fights for families fighting for justice. And I got a call from The White House that forever changed the way I saw my role in this movement. I wanted to speak like and lead like Malcolm, but have the access to rooms of power and privilege like Martin. It didn't work. Let me unpack and explain how that informs almost everything I do as a leader today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/29/202223 minutes, 43 seconds
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American Police Exist to Advance White Power

Happy holidays everybody! We will be playing some of our most downloaded episodes for the next few days. This was released the day after Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed three men, two fatally, during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin back in August of 2020. Last night in Kenosha, Wisconsin armed white supremacists literally worked directly with local police, sharing water and refreshments, and strategies with them, before they murdered two people and injured another Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/28/202211 minutes, 31 seconds
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30,000 Tiny Justice Systems

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. The United States does not have one justice system or one legal system. We often talk about changing the system, but in reality, we have 30,000 micro systems. Each micro system has its own set of rules, laws, and politics, which is simultaneously great news in our fight to change the status quo, as well as horrible news. Today. Shaun breaks down what this means. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/27/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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How do we measure success for Black America?

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes, we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. Today I'm going to be a bit nerdy/wonky and talk about metrics, by asking the question "How do we measure success for Black America?" What are the outcomes and numbers we should be able to agree really show whether or not we're moving in the right direction as a people? Is it home ownership? Is it a college education? Is it the number of people killed by police or incarcerated? Is it wealth? I can think about 100 things I wish we were routinely measuring and fighting for. But what if we all just agreed on 5-10? What would they be? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/26/202216 minutes, 35 seconds
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What is justice? A hard conversation.

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes, we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. I'm fighting for it. You are fighting for it. But let's take a moment to define what justice really means for families impacted by police violence and racial terrorism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/23/202213 minutes, 8 seconds
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White people are effectively banning their own discomfort all over the country. Why I think we should be VERY concerned.

Happy holidays everybody! For the next few episodes we're going to be playing some of our greatest hits. This is one of them. One tool of the oppressor is to throw so much oppression your way that you can't possibly be effective at fighting back any of it. For most of the past year, I was irritated by white people organizing to ban what they were calling Critical Race Theory, but I am already committed to so many other causes and fights that I just didn't have the time or focus to make that cause my own. But here's the thing - they aren't actually banning Critical Race Theory across the country. They are banning the truth telling of Black history and American history - all because that truthful telling makes millions of white people VERY uncomfortable. And they are winning. White people all over the country are, in essence, making their comfort into law. And it's an extremely dangerous precedent. It's not on the way to becoming dangerous. We're already there. When white comfort becomes law, we should all be very concerned. I'll unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/22/202213 minutes, 11 seconds
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Hey everybody! I'm taking the next few days off to spend some time with my family and just wanted to drop by to wish each of you well. I know sometimes this holiday season can be tough if you are suffering through grief or loss. I am praying for your peace and strength and healing. See you all back here next Tuesday! PS: If you have not already subscribed to our podcast on Apple Podcast or Spotify, please do today and try to catch up on some episodes you've missed! Love y'all! Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/21/20223 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 730 - Donald Trump is the least accountable white man in America

In fact, Donald Trump is the least accountable human being in America. But it's his whiteness and his wealth that are at the center of what has effectively been a force field around this man for his entire life. Going all the way back to the early 70s, Donald Trump and his family have been accused of criminal wrongdoing. And in every single decade since, Trump has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, financial crimes, tax crimes, fraud, and more, but in every decade, he has somehow eluded all accountability. Today I will explore whether or not that nearly 80-year run of never being held to account for his crimes and wrongdoing is going to finally come to an end. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/20/202216 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 729 - More Black boys may be shot and killed this year than any year in American history

That's where we are right now. That's how critical the problem is. It's worse today than it was during the 80s and early 90s. It's setting records. And ravaging families, communities, schools, and cities all over the country. First, I need us all to accept that it's a complex problem. And that no simple solutions exist. Anybody saying otherwise is either misinformed or lying. But we've addressed and solved hard problems for generations. This one should be no different. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/19/202219 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 728 - Last night Elon Musk did something deeply disturbing on Twitter

After saying for months on end that he wanted Twitter to be the "Town Square of the World" and that he believed in what's called "free speech absolutism" - which is basically the belief that all speech should be allowed all the time - Elon Musk made a deeply disturbing pivot. After weeks of bringing back conservatives to Twitter that were actually suspended for repeated violations of Terms of Services, Musk began suspending MAJOR accounts from the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, The Intercept, Mashable, and more. In the entire history of all social media, we've never had a day where accounts like that have been banned. Some people are calling it the "Thursday Night Massacre," and while that may sound harsh, today I want to tell you why I think it's absolutely a sign of things to come on Twitter - and in our country and world. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/16/202218 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ep. 727 - I just don't think Trump can win the Republican nomination

Trump is struggling. At life. At politics. And, of particular note today, he's struggling IN THE POLLS. Multiple new polls have Trump tanking. And for good reason. He was like poison to every major candidate he endorsed in the mid-terms. He was seen as such a liability to Herschel Walker, HIS HAND PICKED CANDIDATE for Georgia, that in the final days, the Walker campaign basically told him to stay far away. The Trump Organization itself was just convicted of multiple crimes. And it's highly possible that he's going to be charged with multiple crimes himself in the months ahead. But if Trump can't win, I just don't think that Joe Biden is the right candidate to go against someone like Ron DeSantis. Biden can absolutely beat Trump, but I think he would struggle against most other candidates. Which puts a lot of candidates, and the Democratic Party itself, in a very weird position. What should they do? Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/14/202215 minutes, 46 seconds
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Ep. 726 - Black children are being illegally forced into the Junior ROTC and then sexually abused all over the country

This is absolutely infuriating. On Sunday, the New York Times released an explosive new report detailing how thousands of children all over the country are being enrolled into the JROTC without their permission. These kids are literally showing up at school, getting their schedules, and finding out that they've been signed up for the military against their wishes. And it's happening almost exclusively in predominantly Black schools. Then, when kids and their families request that their kids be released from the program, they are refused. It's all outrageous. And we are learning this just weeks after the American military admitted that kids all over the country are being molested and sexually assaulted by ROTC leaders. Heads need to roll. People need to go to jail. And here's what I know. They'd never pull this shit at white schools. Or in rich zip codes. Or at private schools. They are doing this where they thing they will be able to get away with it.I have a lot to unpack and explain. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/13/202215 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 725 - White supremacists held a swanky banquet this weekend. I am very, very concerned.

This weekend, at an ultra-swanky banquet hall in the middle of Manhattan, white nationalists and white supremacists from all over the world, including US Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, gathered together as a sign of solidarity and support for one another. That fact alone is a disturbing sign of the normalization of bigotry and racism, but Marjorie Taylor Greene said something that is so disturbing, and dangerous even, that it has me truly concerned. She said, in plain English, that if she had been able to plan the January 6th insurrection that she would've made sure everybody was armed and that it would have succeeded. Do you understand the gravity of that? What does she mean by succeeded? That they would have kidnapped and executed politicians? That they would've permanently taken over Congress and kept Trump as President. What does she mean? Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/202215 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 724 - 3 ways policy change will have to get done in 2023

While Republicans were expected to have a blowout in this past month's elections, it didn't quite happen that way. Nonetheless, Republicans will now take over the House next month, which is going to mean that almost any chance of serious legislation passing and getting signed into law is slim. Today I want to talk about the 3 primary ways that Democrats are going to have to fight for change in 2023. Change can still happen, but it's going to look a lot different. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/9/202213 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 723 - 3 thoughts on the release of Brittney Griner

Hours ago we learned that WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from a Russian prison in a prisoner swap with the United States. This is GREAT NEWS, of course, but today I want to unpack and explain what all of this means. I have 3 observations and conclusions that I want to share. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/8/202218 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 722 - I have 1 MAJOR takeaway from Raphael Warnock's victory yesterday

I don't know if I'm more glad that we won't have Herschel Walker in the Senate or that we will have Raphael Warnock in power! That's just how bad Herschel Walker was. But I see so many lessons that we can take away from what went down yesterday. The one thing I just can't shake, though, is that without the near-unanimous support of Raphael Warnock, and even of Joe Biden for that matter, Democrats wouldn't have any power at all. Black people are the only ethnic group in America that is expected to have almost 100% support for Democrats. It's literally not that way with any other group in the country. And without that support, Democrats could hardly win a race. Considering that, I am just not convinced that Democrats have an AGENDA that matches the effort of its Black voter base. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/7/202214 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 721 - GEORGIA!! Today is the day you send Herschel Walker back home to Texas.

I don't remember a single time Herschel Walker opened up his mouth where he didn't embarrass himself. The man is perpetually humiliating. But today is RUNOFF DAY in Georgia - and if you live there and have not voted yet, please stop EVERYTHING and go vote right now. And if you don't live there, but know ANYBODY who does, please contact them immediately, because this race, in my opinion, is the single most important Senate race of 2022. Today I'm going to unpack and explain why it matters so doggone much. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/6/202216 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 720 - My honest thoughts on Deion Sanders going to coach at the University of Colorado.

Over the past few days I've sat back and observed a WIDE range of opinions being expressed about Deion Sanders leaving his HBCU coaching job at Jackson State for a new position at a struggling predominantly white institution. And I've seen EVERYTHING you could imagine be expressed from what seemed like genuine anger and rage to excitement and encouragement for him - and everything in between.Today I want to unpack and explain my own thoughts on the matter. First and foremost, I'm just glad that he ever chose to spend the past 3 years at an HBCU. And he clearly poured his heart and soul into the program. He was brilliant. Do I wish he would've stayed longer? Sure. But I don't know his long term goals and dreams. Clearly he has other aspirations. But more than anything, as a super fan of sports, I think what Deion Sanders just did is EXACTLY what every single college coach in sports does. They all promise parents and students and programs that they will be there forever - and eventually they leave for something else. In fact, it happened about a dozen times this past week alone. I just guess all of hoped Coach Prime would be different. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202219 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hundreds of brilliant students in Brooklyn need our help to study abroad in Africa. Let's do this!

So often, we help families after their loved ones have been killed. THIS IS DIFFERENT.⁣ ⁣We are going to help send HUNDREDS of students from Brooklyn, New York on a life-changing 6-week study abroad experience. ⁣ We have to raise the funds for passports, flights, lodging, ground transportation, and more. ⁣ In 2018, Ember Charter School in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, took over 100 students and staff to South Africa for an unforgettable 6-week study abroad experience. The intention was to repeat this trip every two years to continue to expose our students to the benefits of studying abroad. However, the pandemic interrupted global travel, and now financial constraints threaten to halt the program altogether. We just CAN’T allow this!⁣⁣ To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 719 - Hundreds of brilliant students in Brooklyn need our help to study abroad in Africa. Let's do this!

So often, we help families after their loved ones have been killed. THIS IS DIFFERENT.⁣ ⁣ We are going to help send HUNDREDS of students from Brooklyn, New York on a life-changing 6-week study abroad experience. ⁣ ⁣ We have to raise the funds for passports, flights, lodging, ground transportation, and more. ⁣ ⁣ In 2018, Ember Charter School in the heart of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, took over 100 students and staff to South Africa for an unforgettable 6-week study abroad experience. The intention was to repeat this trip every two years to continue to expose our students to the benefits of studying abroad. However, the pandemic interrupted global travel, and now financial constraints threaten to halt the program altogether. We just CAN’T allow this!⁣ ⁣ To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/29/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 718 - The #1 reason Republicans refuse to denounce Donald Trump for dining with a Neo-Nazi bigot

As you no doubt heard by now, last week Donald Trump literally dined with one of the single most disgusting bigots in the country. Nick Fuentes is an open racist. This man jokes about the Holocaust and openly calls Black folk the "n word." It would seem to be a softball for Republicans to denounce Trump meeting with a Neo-Nazi. But they actually can't. Why? Because CURRENTLY ELECTED members of their own party have BEEN meeting with Nick Fuentes. And to denounce Trump for meeting with him would require them to literally denounce themselves. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202217 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 717 - Donald Trump just dined with a literal Neo-Nazi and white supremacist. It's a dangerous normalization and escalation of bigotry in America.

My friends. I am not an alarmist or conspiracy theorist. I am a hopeful and optimistic person. But right now, before our very eyes, we are witnessing a truly dangerous normalization and escalation of hate and bigotry in America. I have studied hate and bigotry all of my life. And before racist violence spikes in a country, the very things that are happening RIGHT HERE and RIGHT NOW take place. When the former President of the United States who is now running for President meets with a man as despicable as Nick Fuentes - who is one of the single most dangerous racists in America - it's not simply a warning sign of things to come, it's a sign that the normalization of hate and bigotry is already fully underway. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast.If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun I don't know how often you've seen me say what I am about to say, but I am very, very concerned about what's coming next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/25/202214 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 716 - The one solution for sports teams owned by open bigots

By now, you've likely seen the photo of Jerry Jones, the owner of "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys, protesting with other young white men in 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas - in an attempt from keeping Black students entering their school. It's been confirmed. And what's perhaps most revealing is that I haven't heard a single person shocked by Jerry Jones being in this photo. In makes sense, actually. And today I will unpack and explain not only my feelings on what this photos means today, 60+ years later, but I want us to talk about the one solution that exists that can help us guarantee something like this never happens again. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/24/202214 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 715 - HOLD UP! Herschel Walker just admitted on his taxes that his primary residence is in Texas.

Herschel Walker isn't even hiding it. On his 2022 taxes he literally received a tax credit from Texas because he listed it as his primary residence. I can think of a million reasons for voters in Georgia to not support this man, but now we understand that he's doing the exact same thing that Dr. Oz just tried to pull in Pennsylvania. Oz literally lives in New Jersey and tried to pretend that he lived in Pennsylvania. And voters rejected it...and Dr. Oz. This race shouldn't even be close, frankly. In every measure that matters, including the most basic issue of residency, Raphael Warnock is the MUCH better candidate. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/202213 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 714 - Kyrie Irving NEVER needs to apologize again for sharing a link on Twitter. He has apologized more than enough.

After being suspended for 8 games, Kyrie Irving has now apologized for sharing a link on Twitter on social media, in print, behind the scenes, face to face, in person, at press conferences, and more. I don't know if I've ever seen a human being apologize more times, in more ways, than Kyrie Irving has had to apologize. Yet, every chance the almost exclusively white members of the sports media get, they continue to press him for more apologies, more acknowledgements, more contrition, more insight, and it's all WAY TOO MUCH. Name an athlete or entertainer who has ever been forced to apologize so many times. And now the hyper-policing of Black speech and Black tweets is expanding to other players. And here's the thing - it has crossed a clear line where this is no longer about fighting bigotry or hatred, to where now it's about making an example of Kyrie Irving. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/22/202215 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 713 - The Internet has made too many of us mean as hell

Listen, I know the world is a hard place. And while the Internet, in some ways, is just a reflection of the world, I see way too many of us being mean as hell online. I'm not talking about trolls and white supremacists. I'm talking about us. Even in my own comment sections I see way too much hatefulness, and what I would call "casual bigotry" coming from otherwise good people. I have one simple strategy that I try to live out each and every day that I think could help some of us a whole lot right now. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/21/202218 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 712 - Democrats are going to have to quickly make some hard decisions about who all runs for President

Trump is running for President. He could win the Republican nomination. But so could Ron DeSantis. Can Joe Biden beat both of them? I think Biden could actually beat Trump. But I don't think Biden would beat DeSantis? So who else should run? Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown, CLICK THE LINK IN MY INSTAGRAM BIO, or go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/18/202216 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 711 - EMERGENCY. Conservatives in Pennsylvania just voted to impeach Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner

After they just lost their majority in the Pennsylvania State House in the midterm elections, white conservatives in Pennsylvania just rushed through a vote in the 5 weeks they have left in power, to impeach Philadelphia's duly elected DA, Larry Krasner. It's a catastrophic development. Larry not only just won reelection in Philly in an absolute blowout, he may have the most support of any elected official in the entire city.  And white conservatives that don't even live there are VERY CLOSE to overturning the will of Black voters in Philly - not because Larry is unethical or broke the law, but because they hate what Larry stands for. This has NOTHING to do with the safety and security of Philly. Those white conservatives don't give a DAMN about the well-being of the city. This is about power, about them flexing the little power they have left, and about them getting a feather in their cap for their base. But let's be clear. THIS IS A TREND. And it's coming to a city near you. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown, CLICK THE LINK IN MY INSTAGRAM BIO, or go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/17/202216 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 710 - Let’s talk about Donald Trump running for President…again.

Well, the worst kept secret in politics is now out. Donald Trump is running for President. Today on @TheBreakdown podcast I want to talk to you about how I think he’ll do, who I think will win the Republican nomination, what’s different this time around, how I think Trump would do against Biden, and much much more. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown, CLICK THE LINK IN MY INSTAGRAM BIO, or go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/202221 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ep. 709 - The one MAJOR reason ALL of us need to help Raphael Warnock get elected in Georgia

Listen - anybody with an ounce of integrity or decency knows that Raphael Warnock is an infinitely better leader (and human being) than Herschel Walker. It's shameful that we even need to have that discussion. But it's easy for all of us that DO NOT live in Georgia to think that this race doesn't really matter to us. I could give you 100 reasons why electing Warnock matters to ALL of us, but today I want to give you the #1 reason why I think having him in the Senate literally matters to people in all 50 states. I am not sure if you are aware of what I'm about to tell you. But having him there is going to impact ALL OF US. That's why I want you to listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown. It's FREE. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown, CLICK THE LINK IN MY INSTAGRAM BIO, or go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/15/202219 minutes
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Ep. 708 - Black speech is CLEARLY being over-policed right now

I am disturbed. Because if one thing is clear to me right now it’s this… we’ve clearly crossed over into a period where the speech, language, performances, and even social media of Black people are being over-policed in an outrageous fashion right now. Dave Chappelle’s monologue this weekend on Saturday Night Live was MASTERFUL. Beyond the fact that his jokes were hilarious, he was vulnerable and transparent about the fact that Kanye West is his actual friend and that Kanye West had crossed a line that even bothered Dave. And instead of embracing the fact that Dave literally called out the problems with saying all that Kanye said, leading Jewish advocacy groups like the ADL simply labeled Dave as anti-Semitic as well. Here’s the thing - Jewish people have every right to define for themselves what they find bigoted and what they don’t. But we’ve crossed over into a period where it now seems like if someone even talks about their actual thoughts and feelings about something that involves Jewish people, it’s labeled anti-Semitic. And to be very frank, that is not a sustainable or effective way to combat anti-Semitism. People have to be given space to talk about their own thoughts and feelings on issues like Dave just did without feeling like doing so will cost them their entire career. To listen to today’s FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for “The Breakdown with Shaun King.” Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202221 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 707- Let's have a serious conversation about OWNERSHIP

Ownership is EVERYTHING. And we need to talk about it and do something about it. Because when you dominate in an industry or space that you don't actually own, no matter how gifted you are, you will ALWAYS be at the whims and will of owners. We see it the NBA and NFL. We see it fashion. We see it now at Nike. We have to be owners in ALL of the spaces we dominate. Let's talk about it. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/202214 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 706 - On Tuesday MILLIONS of Americans voted to KEEP SLAVERY as punishment for a crime in their state constitutions.

Something truly inspiring happened on Tuesday. 2 red states and 2 blues states voted to remove "slavery as punishment for a crime" from their state constitutions - something that should've happened over 100 years ago. Progress can be very slow sometimes. It's a credit to the amazing grassroots organizers on the ground that these things passed - and it's a sign that bi-partisan support exists for at least a few issues. However, something troubling was revealed in all of this. In those 4 states - millions of people voted to KEEP SLAVERY as punishment for a crime. They were out-voted, yes, but in Oregon alone, nearly 50% of all voters, over half a million of them, voted to keep slavery. Like....WTF? I am a student of history - and even I have to admit that I would not have guessed that so many Americans would choose to keep such an abhorrent thing enshrined in the law, but they damn sure did. Let's talk about how truly insightful this is. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/10/202214 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 705 - Let me give you 10 GOOD NEWS stories from the election yesterday!

Listen, it's a RARE day when I have 10 different good news stories to share, but today is THAT day. Yes, we had a few very tough defeats, but the victories across the country were pretty amazing and actually surprising. We aren't yet sure if Democrats will be able to hold on to the House or Senate, but some AMAZING new leaders were elected to Congress. Democrats took control of the entire state governments of Maryland, Michigan, and Massachusetts. Amazing District Attorneys won. Horrible sheriffs lost. Weed was legalized in more states. Slavery was removed from several state constitutions. And much, much more! To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the whole podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202223 minutes, 50 seconds
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Ep. 704 - Why I expect today will be a horrible day for Democrats across the country

It's Election Day. And by the end of the night I expect it will likely be a bloodbath for Democrats from coast to coast. I truly hope I'm wrong, but we're on pace for Democrats to lose Congress, to lose important statewide races, and find themselves back in a familiar place where they control the White House but not much else. Today I want to unpack and explain why we're here. It didn't have to be this way. But at the end of the day, 4 factors are playing a HUGE role. #1: Conservative voters feel like Republican leaders have kept their promises. #2: Democratic voters could hardly even tell you what Democrats ever promised them, but they know they haven't seen much. And, on the 2 issues that drive people to the polls the most, voters say they trust Republicans more. That's: #3: The economy and #4: Issues of crime and public safety To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. If you are already on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/8/202212 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 703 - Why I won’t be canceling Kyrie Irving

In 1990, soon after his release from prison, Nelson Mandela traveled to New York, and was interviewed by Ted Koppel in front of over 1,000 people at City College. To start the event off, a man in the audience all but demanded that Mandela denounce Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, and Muammar Gaddafi. On today’s full episode of The Breakdown I’ll play Mandela’s brilliant and timeless answer, where, in short, he tells the man, “You make a big mistake to think that your enemies are my enemies.” Kyrie Irving is not our enemy. I know this man personally. He is a kind, compassionate, giving, inquisitive soul. He is a dedicated father and son. And I have seen him, time and time again, actually BE THERE for Black people at our time of need. Not just with words, but with resources. Does that mean I support everything he says or does? Or vice versa? Of course not. I can’t name a single soul on Earth in which that is true for me. I don’t even agree with everything my own wife or mother say or do. And that can never be the standard. I’m not here to pit Kyrie and Kanye against each other, but they aren’t the same person and aren’t guilty of the same things. Kyrie has owned his words and actions. And apologized for the ways they caused offense. Now, I will literally defend the right of Jewish people for that to not be enough for them. That’s their business. But we simply cannot allow other people to define for us who we cancel and who we don’t. That ends with us having no leaders and heroes. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. If you are already here on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202223 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 702 - 3 lies that we must confront about gun violence in our communities

I really, REALLY need you to understand something. The LOUDEST voices about gun violence in Black communities don't love Black people and don't love our communities. They talk about "black on black crime" not because they care about Black people, but as a way to make us look like subhuman. But their lies are in the way and preventing us from making the progress that I know we can and MUST make. Let me tell you the first 3 lies that we must confront and overcome immediately. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. If you are already here on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, please subscribe, listen, share, leave reviews, and listen daily to the entire episode. The more of it you listen to, the better it is for us. Love and appreciate you all. Shaun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/3/202217 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 701 - Can we agree on these 4 thoughts about gun violence? I'm searching for some common ground.

Earlier today we all learned the horrible news that another brilliant young Black man was shot and killed in America - this time it was Takeoff, the rapper of Migos fame. And it's all clearly way too much. It's an epidemic. And I see good people struggling to say something meaningful right now. Even more, I see good people accidentally saying the wrong things, but with the best of intentions. Let me try to offer 4 things that I hope we can agree on when it comes to gun violence in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/1/202212 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 700 - When the world is feeling overwhelming, don't watch the news 24/7.

A whole helluva lot is going on right now. In America and around the world. It's overwhelming. Wars. Rumors of wars. Elections. Assassination attempts. And that's barely scratching the surface. Whenever it gets like this, and it's been getting like this much more frequently lately, a real temptation exists to watch the news 24/7, but I implore you, don't do that. It only makes your anxiety worse. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202215 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 699 - 2 barriers that will prevent Twitter under Elon Musk from becoming a white supremacist haven

I am gravely concerned about what Twitter is going to become under Elon Musk, but 2 pretty concrete barriers are in place that I truly believe will prevent it from becoming a haven for racism and bigotry. Musk has called himself a "free speech absolutist" - which means he believes all speech, including hate speech and targeted harassment should be allowed. But that's actually not going to be possible - no matter how badly he wants it to be so. Let me unpack and explain it. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/28/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 698 - Democrats are losing on 2 key issues that are ALWAYS essential to voters

No matter what is going on in the world, when voters decide to cast a ballot in election season, two key issues are always on their mind - the economy and public safety. Everybody - from every race and background in America - wants to be safe and wants to know that they have enough money to get them through the month. And as it stands right now, dozens of polls show that voters currently prefer conservative candidates on the economy and on issues of crime/safety. Why? Well, it's not because Republicans actually have coherent plans for either issue, but they've done a masterful job at convincing voters that any problem that exists with the economy or crime is the fault of Democrats and Democrats alone. It's foolish, but if we've learned anything over the past few years, it's that tens of millions of voters vote on feelings over facts. Never mind that the 10 states with the highest crime rates are almost exclusively led by Republicans. Facts don't matter nearly as much in 2022 as they have in years past. It all comes down to what you can make people believe. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/27/202211 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 697 - The Kanye West Rorschach Test

Are you familiar with Rorschach tests? It's where inkblots are shown to people and they are asked to describe what they think they see. And 100 people can see the exact same inkblots and see WILDLY different things. That's absolutely what I see happening now with Kanye West. How you respond to all that he's said and done now says more about you than it does about him. Today I want to discuss two VERY different conclusions a lot of people are coming to - and both conclusions seem to be rubbing entire groups of people the wrong way. We need to talk. To listen to today's FULL EPISODE of The Breakdown go now to Apple Podcasts or Spotify and search for "The Breakdown with Shaun King." Subscribe there for FREE and listen to the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 696 - How Kanye West is causing a spike in Neo-Nazi hate and bigotry

Having a thoughtful, mature, and even difficult conversation about who owns and controls the music industry is COMPLETELY POSSIBLE without it devolving in hate against Jewish people that is so ugly that it causes Neo-Nazis to come out of the woodwork. But Kanye West is not healthy, thoughtful, or mature. And when ANYONE that is unhealthy, immature, and by their own admission - a self-centered narcissist - tries to have a conversation about the role of ANY particular group of people in society - particularly a group they aren't a part of - that conversation has a 99.9% chance of not just being a failure, but causing actual harm. And open Neo-Nazis are now calling Kanye their ally. And THIS is the repeated M.O. of Kanye West. In the midst of dangerous stupidity, bigotry, and misogyny he might drop a nugget of truth. Trump is the same way. And Trump supporters are willing to look past the racism and bigotry and misogyny of Trump to highlight the little nuggets of truth - because the dangerous things Trump says, like the dangerous things Kanye says, rarely impact their core audience. So they just put blinders on and keep being dangerous. I hope you list to today's episode of The Breakdown before commenting on it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202219 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 695 - I think we've put far too many of our eggs in the wrong basket

I've been feeling this way. As taxpayers and citizens of this country, we are right to demand that this government - on the local, state, and federal level, do right by us. No telling where we'd be if we didn't fight and force our government to do the right thing. But I've grown to think that far too much of our energy and attention is spent making demands of the government. I'm not saying we stop making those demands or stop fighting for people that actually care about us being in elected office. Those are worthy fights. But we MUST MUST MUST spend more of our time, energy, intellect, skills, and resources on building our own systems, structures, strategies, and institutions - that we own and control. Can you imagine what we could build and accomplish if HALF of all of us dedicated our lives to building and funding our own solutions? That's what I want to see and work on for the rest of my life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/21/20229 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 694 - An emergency update on the condition of Kastellio Vaughan

In spite of all of the attention, and all of the pressure we've put on local officials to take Kastellio to the hospital - they continue to refuse to do so and his condition remains dire. Our team @GrassrootsLaw set up a hotline that we need YOU to call immediately. When you call, I will be on the line to talk you through everything and then I will transfer you to local officials on the case. The number is: 334-605-8572.Let's keep on pushing and demand that he gets the emergency medical care he needs and ultimately gets released from prison to the care of his family. This man is no threat to anyone and the prison clearly has no intention on taking care of him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/20227 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 693 - I have to say this ONE important thing about George Floyd

When an argument is completely based on a lie or a false premise - nothing else you say in defense of it matters. I needed to preface what I am about to say with that. Of the hundreds of millions of people that demanded justice and accountability for the brutal murder/lynching of George Floyd, I don't think a single person fought for him because he was our hero. I never heard anyone say this. I never heard about anyone saying this. We fought for George Floyd because he was a human being that was killed, in broad daylight, in one of the single most depraved and inhumane acts in modern American history. We fought for George because he was a victim and because he did not deserve a single thing that happened to him. I did not care then and do not care now if George Floyd struggled with drugs or alcohol. In fact, it breaks my heart for him even more - because it means he was denied the chance to overcome his struggles in his own time - which I am sure he would have. Nothing anyone can ever say about George Floyd will EVER make me feel like his life wasn't worth fighting for. NOTHING. All Black Lives Matter to us. And I can think of nothing more despicable than trying to tear down the humanity and memory of a man that already died such a horrible death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202215 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 692 - My #1 favorite school in the entire country

For my ENTIRE life I have said that we need schools that are for us, by us, but to this day we have so few schools in America that have Black and Brown founders AND leaders. @EmberCharter in the heart of Brooklyn IS THAT SCHOOL. And I’m pushing all of my chips in to back and support this beautiful community. If you haven’t already, check out the video about the school on my IG page. And listen to the students for yourself. It’s special. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/14/202211 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 691 - What’s happening in Los Angeles RIGHT NOW might be the most eclectic and effective coalition on the left we’ve ever seen

I’m struggling to think of an example where we’ve seen almost every single stakeholder on the left, from radical activists all the way to the moderates at the White House all agree on one single political idea…That the racists on the Los Angeles City Council need to resign immediately. We saw some HUGE coalitions emerge in 2020 around convicting people for crimes against Black people. But when have you seen more people, from more backgrounds, all agreeing on one single political point like what we are seeing right now? It’s RARE. A unicorn. It almost never happens. But we must study it. Because it’s an example of what can happen when the left - and I mean the whole left - young, old, all religions, races, orientations, ethnicities, backgrounds, and more, comes together.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/13/202210 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 690 - The 2 reasons I think the racist members of the Los Angeles City Council REFUSE to resign

It's Wednesday, and the 3 overtly racist members of the Los Angeles City Council remain in office - clearly refusing to resign. Today I want to unpack and explain at least 2 reasons why I think this is the case. More than anything, I think they are studying the new playbook for politicians from both parties when caught in scandal - which is to WEATHER the storm and refuse to resign. And I think these 3 members of the city council are digging in their heels for 2 key reasons. They need the job - and the income, benefits, and power it provides them. And are betting that they can outlast the outrage. They know that they are safer, legally, if they are still ON the council, where they have 3 important votes and access to any information or investigations launched by the council. It's the same way that Donald Trump knew he was safer as long as he was still in office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/202212 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ep. 689 - 3 overtly racist members of the Los Angeles City Council must resign immediately

Over the weekend audio clips were released that revealed the OVERT anti-Black racism of Los Angeles City Council members Nury Martinez, Kevin de Leon, and Gil Cedillo. All 3 of them must resign immediately or be removed. Another person involved, a local labor leader, has already done the right thing and stepped down. We have a lot to talk about here - because what their disgusting racism reveals, is that we have very narrow definitions of WHO is racist in this country. When most people think of racism they think of racist white people. Who are likely conservatives. And maybe in the Deep South. But that is a very narrow way to see racism in this country. Let's be clear - a lot of racism comes from those groups, but that's not all of it. These 3 city council members are prominent members of the Democratic Party. And they are Latinos. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/202212 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 688 - Why we can't simply ignore Kanye West

I see hundreds of you asking me, and others, to simply ignore Kanye. I get it. I wish it was that simple, but when someone that influential, spouts so much foolishness across social media and cable television, a public critique is required. What I have learned across 25 years of public leadership is that harmful public rhetoric has to be confronted publicly - as an act of public education. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/7/20228 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 687 - Herschel Walker may be the single worst candidate ever for the United States Senate

This is my first time every saying his name here on the podcast, but DAMN Herschel Walker is a hot mess. Like...that's even an understatement. It's not just that he doesn't have any experience - he also doesn't have any integrity, honesty, ethics, or decency. Or wits. I don't want to blame everything on CTE, but the man can't answer a simple question on most days. His entire family begged him not to run. He was physically violent with women and threatened to kill them at gunpoint. His own son called him a liar with no morals. He says he is against abortion but apparently has been paying for them on the side....So - HOW IN THE HELL does this man still have the support of 44% of voters in Georgia? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/6/202212 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 686 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has taken the bitter & grumpy approach to being an elder

Kareem is a legend. Period. Which is why you won't find LeBron James and other elite Black athletes that Kareem continues to fire harsh critiques against - firing them back - which is probably the right thing to do. But for me, it's sad to see. Instead of being a mentor, advisor, coach, or confidante, Kareem has decided to use his platform to blast young Black athletes - often with over-the-top critiques. Yesterday he went viral for saying that every corporation and sponsor that works with Kyrie Irving should drop him and that people should call and write those sponsors and demand they drop Kyrie? It's too much, frankly. Because for all the criticisms he might have of Kyrie - he overlooked that he is literally one of the single most generous athletes in all of sports and has consistently spent millions of dollars to support people impacted by police violence and racial injustice. And when you dig a little, you learn that he doesn't even know any of these guys and hasn't made an attempt to get to know them. I just hope that when I'm an elder - I take the advisor and mentor approach instead of the grumpy old man path. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202213 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 685 - America will ALWAYS make a place for Black white supremacists

From the plantation until today, this country has ALWAYS made room for Black people who are willing to do the bidding and work of white supremacists. ALWAYS. And more than anything, it gives moral and emotional cover for racist and bigoted white people to feel comfortable about their own racist ways. It's a strategy that is literally hundreds of years old. And while 99% of Black people never opt for these roles, 1% of Black people take the self-hating bait and then bask in the protection they then receive from operating with the adoration and approval of the worst white people in our midst. That's where Kanye is right now. And it's where he's been for a long time. And it's not as simple as ignoring him. I have to say what I am about to say again and again - either hip hop culture is CRAZY influential in the world - and it actually influences people good, bad, and ugly - or it's not that influential and we can end this conversation. The truth is that hip hop is SUPER influential in the world. And when that influence is used for evil and foolishness - it must be confronted and called out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/4/202210 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 684 - Why we must STOP saying NFL players "got their bell rung."

Yesterday a brother I am friends with in the NFL received a brutal concussion. It was hard to watch for a thousand reasons, but when you get to actually know these men as human beings, seeing the physical toll it takes on their brain and body is pretty terrible. And as soon as he received the concussion, I started seeing people online and on television say something about him that I've heard my whole life. They started saying that he "got his bell rung." But here's the thing - human beings don't have bells. We don't get rung. And that cartoonish description of someone "getting their bell rung" masks what we are really talking about. Their brains are being smashed against their skulls - which is what a concussion is - which ultimately causes CTE. Each concussion is a traumatic brain injury. And we have to stop making it sound like something other than what it really is. Also, FYI: one of the doctors that cleared Tua to play for the Dolphins after his concussion has been fired. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202212 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 683 - The NFL and the Miami Dolphins failed Tua Tagovailoa - and it could've cost him his life

In professional sports, it's the job of the team, and of the league, to sometimes protect players from themselves. Their sheer determination to play, and sometimes play injured, can be so strong, that it's up to coaches, medical staff, and league policies to protect players from making bad medical decisions for themselves in the heat of a moment. And that's exactly what just happened to Miami Dolphin quarterback Tua Tagovailoa - who clearly got a concussion (which is a traumatic brain injury) this past Sunday, and was allowed to keep playing. And instead of sitting him out and allowing his brain and body to heal, they rushed him back out to a game last night, where his head hit the ground, and clearly caused an even more severe injury to his brain. He's lucky to survive it, but heads need to roll. At least a dozen different people on the team, including their head coach, their GM, and the medical staff for the team all failed to protect this man. The thing is, the NFL - and the Dolphins in particular - are dirty - and have a history of doing players wrong - so I have very little confidence that anything will happen here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/30/202213 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ep. 682 - Call and save THIS number to help save the life of Kastellio Vaughan.

Today our team at the Grassroots Law Project has created a hotline for you to call and express your outrage at the despicable human rights abuses and medical malpractice being committed against a young incarcerated brother who does not deserve any of this. The number is 334.605.8572.And when you call that number, I will be there to talk you through what you need to say and do next. Then save this number in your phone. Share it with everybody you know. And let them know to join you and join us. THOUSANDS of incarcerated men and women in Alabama are on strike right now and they need us to stand up for them and alongside them the best we can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/29/20229 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 681 - Italy just elected a racist, fascist, ultra-conservative as their new Prime Minister. Here's why it should matter to you.

The United States exports a few things around the world. One of them is white supremacy and ultra conservative ideology. The latest recipient? ITALY - which just elected its single most conservative politician since World War II. And what's wild is that she is literally parroting and quoting the exact same talking points we hear from white supremacists in the United States. It's dangerous - and bigots around the world are literally celebrating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202212 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 680 - Let me explain what's REALLY happening to Kastellio Vaughn

For the past few days as we've told the story of the egregious human rights violations and criminal neglect of Kastellio Vaughn I see people asking some form of this question...What's REALLY going on with him? Because they are having a hard time believing that a prison would actually treat a man as horribly as they are treating him. Today I want to answer that question very clearly for all of us. All over this country, but doubly so in Alabama, from slavery until today, incarcerated men and women have been treated like throwaway people - in great part because they are counting on us either never finding out - or not actually caring once we do. Let me unpack and explain what's really going on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/27/202212 minutes, 1 second
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Ep. 679 - 3 reasons you should care about the protests in Iran

Nationwide protests in Iran are now nearing their second week and they are centered, in great part, around something very familiar to us here in the United States - police brutality and mass incarceration - and the death of a young woman in police custody. We've seen that our whole lives here in the US - and today I want to unpack and explain 3 reasons why I think we should care about these injustices happening in Iran - as police now shoot, kill, injure, arrest, and detain protestors all over Iran as protests continue to grow and spread. At the root, are women's rights and human rights - and whether or not women in Iran have the legal right to choose if they want to wear hijabs and other restrictive clothing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202214 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 678 - I am increasingly convinced that police violence will never go away in our lifetime

In spite of all that 2020 meant for civil rights in this country, 2021 was the worst year for police violence ever measured. Why? How? Today I want to unpack and explain the 3 reasons why, in spite of our very best efforts, police violence continues to actually get worse. Does this mean we shouldn't fight against it? HELL NO. If we didn't fight against it, I have no idea how much worse it would be. But we also need to adjust our expectations. As long as the root causes remain, police violence will remain. Listen to today's full episode of The Breakdown so I can unpack and explain what I mean. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/23/202220 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ep. 677 - All charges need to immediately be dropped against the revered executive Chaka Zulu

This past June, at his own place of business, at least 4 men brutally attacked, beat, stomped, and shot the revered 51 year old music executive and entrepreneur, Chaka Zulu, outside of his own place of business. I have known Chaka for years and he is literally one of the most peaceful, respectful, kind, and outgoing men I've ever met. When I learned the news of what happened to Chaka, like thousands of others, I was devastated. When I saw the footage of what happened to Chaka, and to a female colleague of his that was also brutally attack by the men, it broke my heart. It's a miracle he even survived. It was my expectation that the men who assaulted them were going to be charged. They should still be charged, frankly. And ANYONE who sees what happened, will think the same thing. That's why it makes NO SENSE that somehow the Atlanta Police charged Chaka with murder when the ONLY thing he was doing was literally defending himself from being killed. It's outrageous. Chaka fired his gun in self-defense and self-defense alone. And he might have died had he not done so. It is a textbook case of someone standing their ground - not just during a threat, but during a literal life or death assault. Immediately, these bogus charges against Chaka need to be dropped. It's stupid that we are even in this position. This should not go to trial. This should not have a plea deal. Chaka did what he was legally allowed to do to defend himself. But what we are clearly seeing is that laws that regularly protect white men, suddenly seem to have no teeth when they need to protect a Black man. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/22/202212 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 676 - Why it's horribly wrong to trick and ship undocumented immigrants all over the country

I didn't think I needed to explain this, but I clearly do. What Republicans are doing right now - lying to undocumented immigrants - who've often escaped treacherous conditions - and are desperate and exhausted - and tricking them into being flown and bussed all over the country - is dead wrong. It's immoral. It's unethical. And it appears to actually be illegal. And here's what I know - Florida Governor Ron Desantis would NEVER do any of this to white immigrants - no matter where they came from. You know he wouldn't. And so we must ask ourselves why they think it's OK to treat immigrants of color like this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/20/202216 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 675 - What role does hip hop play with violence in our communities?

This question is as old as hip hop itself, right? Most hip hop artists will tell you that the violence they rap about is simply a reflection of the violence in our communities. Most critics will say that hip hop is not a reflection of the violence in our communities, but is a primary cause. The truth, I believe, is somewhere in the middle. First, we must admit that violence in our communities is an epidemic. For instance, last year was the single deadliest year for gun violence EVER recorded for Philadelphia. But this year is on pace to break last year's record. This is a problem. And people always want scapegoats more than they actually want solutions. The truth is that DOZENS of factors are to blame for violence in America and violence in our communities - and the only way to take it seriously is to approach the problem as if it is truly complex. However, we cannot argue on one hand that hip hop is the most influential culture in the world and THEN, on the other hand, argue that it isn't having any impact on the way people think and act in our communities.Hip hop does indeed reflect the violence we have in America, but we are lying if we don't also admit that it glorifies and romanticizes it. If I listed the Top 25 causes of violence in our communities - hip hop (and Hollywood and video games) would make my list, but they wouldn't be in the Top 10. Should we still address it? Absolutely. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202217 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 674 - GREAT NEWS! Prosecutors just dropped the death penalty from Marvin Guy's case.

Nearly 2 years ago my team at the Grassroots Law Project took on the case of Marvin Guy - who was wrongly arrested for shooting and killing a police officer over 8 years ago in a horrible no-knock raid. Wanting to see blood, they charged Marvin with murder and have been pursuing the death penalty. And for the past 8+ years, Marvin has been sitting in a local jail cell in rural Texas without ever being convicted of a crime. It's outrageous. Well, yesterday, prosecutors finally decided what we knew all along - that they never should've pursued a case to execute Marvin - and they dropped that pursuit altogether. This means we will still likely go to trial, but it also means they know they have a weak case. THANK ALL OF YOU who've supported Marvin all these years. You can still join us now @ FreeMarvinGuy.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/15/20229 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 673 - Pennsylvania conservatives are trying to remove Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner from office

I need you to understand what's happening right now. It's VERY disturbing. Last year Philadelphia's DA, Larry Krasner, won his reelection bid with a blowout victory of nearly 70% of the vote - making him one of the single most popular elected officials in the city. But conservatives HATE Larry. They always have. He has exonerated so many people and is holding corrupt cops accountable and they can't stand him for it. And in spite of Larry having impeccable integrity - and breaking no laws - they are doing everything they can to remove him from office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202210 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 672 - The murder of PnB Rock and the exhausting cycle of gun violence in America

Listen to me. Stop thinking of the Wild Wild West as something that took place in the 1800s. We are living in it RIGHT NOW. And day after day, week after week, month after month, we can reasonably assume that men, women, boys, and girls are going to get slaughtered by guns in America. Experts say that 316 people PER DAY are shot in America. PER DAY!!! This is not OK. Many developed nations don't have 316 people shot PER YEAR. Some don't even have that many per DECADE. And in this country, doubly so in our own communities, gun violence is chewing us up and spitting us out. I don't believe we have any easy answers or solutions, but what I do know is that what we are doing right now simply is not enough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/13/202215 minutes, 32 seconds
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Ep. 671 - If you don't know these 4 names, you are setting your own money on fire

Today I wanna be a teacher for 10 minutes if that's ok with you - and I want to teach a short civics lesson. You pay taxes. You probably pay thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars in taxes every single year. It's brutal. And whether or like it or not, whether you care or not, local leaders are making hundreds of decisions on what to do with that money. Now you can say you hate politics, and maybe you hate politicians, but are you ok with your own money being set on fire? I doubt it. If you don't know the names of these 4 local leaders, you might as well be setting it on fire yourself. LISTEN and let me teach the lesson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202214 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 670 - When white racists say something is "too woke" they clearly mean it's too Black.

Racist and conservative white people all over the world are LOSING THEIR MINDS over the new Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones television shows. And in doing so, they've really told on themselves. They keep saying that these new shows are "too woke," but what's wild is that the shows aren't really woke at all. They are the same shows they've always been, but simply with new Black characters. And what's wild is that these new Black characters, in these mystical, fictional lands, aren't even the lead roles. White folk are going CRAZY that Black folk even have bit roles in fantasy lands that they clearly preferred to be "whites only." But it's all actually VERY revealing and insightful. Over and over again, they keep saying these shows are super woke - when it's obvious they simply mean the shows are now a little Black. Now, when you hear white leaders talk about how much they hate wokeness, just know, they mean Blackness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/9/202212 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 669 - Why it stings to learn the US has given Ukraine $15.2 billion while Jackson & Flint don't have clean water

I loathe what Russia is doing to Ukraine. It's wrong. It's criminal. They've forced millions of people to become refugees while killing thousands of people and leveling entire cities. Countries should be supporting Ukraine. That's not the rub. The rub is that Ukraine has now received $15.2 billion (not the $8 billion people keep quoting) while it would cost just $1 billion to completely solve the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi. It would cost $1.5 billion to do the same in Flint, Michigan. And it continues to seem, in the words of Tupac, that this place has money for war, but won't feed the poor. It's despicable and dangerous that ANY American city would be without clean water. People in Jackson are literally being told to shower with their mouths closed. What are we doing here? How could that be? Yes, every single statewide official in Mississippi is a Republican, but this is more than a partisan fight. The US government needs to own problems like this and just pay what's needed to permanently fix them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/8/202212 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 668 - What Dawn Staley did was the single biggest boss move against racism in sports in a generation

First off, if you didn't already know it, Dawn Staley is a basketball legend - on the court and as a coach. But to me, what she just did, by canceling her team's games against BYU in Utah because of overt racism at the college, is the single biggest boss move against racism in sports in a generation. It's that big. And it's EXACTLY how athletes, coaches, athletic directors, general managers, and other sports staff should be using their power to make it clear that racism, discrimination, and bigotry can continue - but that it won't continue with your support. I'm actually all for protests, demonstrations, and symbolic actions. They matter. They can move the needle, but what Dawn Staley just did, is the single strongest form of protest we can see. By pulling South Carolina's games out of Utah, it will cause not only a major economic hit for BYU, it will hurt them with recruiting and beyond. And in one strong, smart decision Dawn Staley showed us all how to better use our power. Now, let's hope she doesn't stand alone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/7/202211 minutes
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Ep. 667 - 3 questions that prove Israel assassinated Shireen Abu Akleh. It was not an accident.

After months and months of saying they did not shoot and kill the revered Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Israel now admits it was them all along. Of course it was. Eyewitnesses knew. A dozen respected media outlets knew. But now they claim it was an accident. Today, I have 3 questions that prove it was no accident. Who exactly did your sharpshooter see in their rifle scope before they fired, if not Shireen? If you shot Shireen on accident, why did you then fire at the unarmed men who tried to rescue her? And if both of those things were accidents, why did you interrupt Shireen's funeral, beat the men carrying her casket, and cause them to literally drop the casket? Did you think that it was someone else's funeral? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/6/202211 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 665 - Of all people, a brutal cop with the NYPD was just given "restorative justice."

This morning I woke up to the news that one of the single most brutal cops from the NYPD of the past few years, Officer Vincent D'Andraia, a huge man, was just given "restorative justice" and won't receive any jail time and will keep his job after assaulting a woman a third his size. I have to be honest here. It's not that I am against cops getting restorative justice, per se, but what I know that makes me call foul on this, is that THOUSANDS of Black and Brown boys, girls, men, and women are STRUGGLING to survive RIGHT NOW @ Rikers Island here in New York. THOUSANDS. And they aren't being offered ANYTHING restorative. It's brutal in there. And so many of them are first time offenders locked up for crimes less harmful than what this man did. So my problem is this - how is it that THIS MAN is getting restorative justice when thousands of others are being denied such a thing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/2/202212 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 664 - Police shot & killed 20 y/o Donovan Lewis in his sleep - 1 second after breaking into his bedroom.

I'm tired y'all. It's just too much. I feel like we are cutting and pasting the same headlines from previous years. We've seen this before. And before that. And before that. Again. And again. And again. At 2am on this past Tuesday morning, the Columbus Police broke into the apartment of a 20 year old brother named Donovan Lewis, he was deep asleep in his bedroom - completely unarmed, and of course non-violent. It's clear that he had no idea police were even there. And within a single second of breaking into his bedroom, they shot and killed him, claiming that he had a gun. He didn't. I am working with the attorneys in this case and will be supporting the family every way I can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/1/202211 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 663 - West Point has a literal monument to the KKK and refuses to take it down!

Right here. Right now. West Point - the premier military training academy of the United States of America, has a literal monument to the KKK that thousands of students walk under day in and day out. I don't mean a monument to someone that was in the Klan. It's a literal monument of a KLANSMAN in a hood and robe with the words KU KLUX KLAN under it. And it's not a secret. They've BEEN knowing it's there. For generations and generations. And they've left it there. And somehow they want us to stop saying this country is fundamentally racist? Like what? The place that trains America's soldiers has a literal monument to the KKK and this place isn't fundamentally racist? You've left it up for generations, but you aren't fundamentally racist? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202211 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 662 - Government prisons ARE also FOR-PROFIT

Today is one of those days where I need to teach us a very simple, but important lesson. Somewhere along the way, we were taught that we have 2 types of jails and prisons: For-profit ones and government-owned jails and prisons. But this is ALL WRONG. In fact, an upcoming study will tell us that government prisons are actually creating exponentially more profit for corporations and communities than for-profit prisons. The business model may be slightly different, but the primary profit motive is the same for both institutions. And we need to drastically adjust our language around for-profit prisons, which are indeed gross, because ALL prisons are enriching white people and white power across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/30/202213 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 661 - Duke University also miserably failed this student athlete

Did you hear the story about the young Black woman who experienced outrageous racism and bigotry playing in a volleyball match against BYU in Utah? I've long since heard about the racism of Utah, so that alone didn't surprise me. It didn't even surprise me to learn that the staff of BYU failed to intervene in the moment to make sure the racist taunts stopped and people were held accountable right there in the moment. But I think Duke University is getting off far too easy here. Coaches and staff from Duke should've protected their player and refused to continue the match under such conditions. It was their responsibility to intervene and stand up for their own student so that she felt seen, valued, and protected in that moment. But it appears that simply did not happen. Schools and athletic programs from elementary school all the way through professional sports, honestly, need to have a full game plan on what they will do in the face of racism and bigotry when they encounter it - so that when it happens, they aren't having to think creatively in the moment, but already have a strategy in place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202212 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 660 - Pennsylvania police shot & killed an 8 year old girl. Here's their strategy to get away with it.

1 year ago, right outside of Philadelphia, in a town called Sharon Hill, local police shot and killed an 8 year old girl named Fanta Bility, and tried to claim it was in a shootout. But there was no shootout. And police have offered no credible explanation on why they unloaded their guns into the car of Fanta's family - killing Fanta, shooting her sister, and injuring other innocent bystanders. Now, police are saying that since it can't be proven which of their bullets killed Fanta, that none of them should be convicted. So we MUST take action to stand up for this family. ACTION STEP: Click the link in my bio on Instagram and you'll see everything you need to do to email and call every single person on this case, OK? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/19/202215 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 659 - It gets worse. Conservatives love the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party so much that they are throwing fundraisers for him.

Yesterday I told you how a conservative white woman named Katie Bernhardt has become the chair of the Democratic Party of Louisiana - and blocked the endorsement of Gary Chambers. Now, it turns out that the Black man that she hand-picked as her Vice Chair is so conservative that the most conservative Republicans in Texas are throwing fundraisers FOR HIM. And not as a practical joke. This man, C. Travis Johnson, is also another wolf in sheep's clothing. He's SO BAD that he recently side with Republicans and voted FOR their racist gerrymandering and redistricting plan. Black folk in the legislature could not believe it. But it's not just that. The man is skipping important votes for Black voters and voting against the priorities of Black people REGULARLY. In other words, both the chair and vice chair of the Democratic Party in Louisiana, a party dominated by Black voters, are actively working against the interests of Black voters. They both need to be removed immediately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/18/202212 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 658 - Why does Louisiana have a lifelong ultra conservative Republican white woman leading the Democratic Party?

Her name is Katie Bernhardt. She is literally a lifelong ultra conservative Republican that campaigned and donated to the worst conservatives in Louisiana and she is now somehow leading the Democratic Party in one of the Blackest states in America. And now she single handedly tanked the Democratic Party's endorsement of Gary Chambers - against the wishes of the majority of Black voters and party members that actually make the majority of the party. This woman needs to be removed from her position immediately. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202212 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 657 - Don't be duped. The FBI has been HORRIBLE to Black people for generations.

Listen to me - the enemy of your enemy is not always your friend. That's a cute saying, but that's about all it is. Yes, Donald Trump and conservatives are now attacking the FBI and calling to defund it - and because Democrats hate Trump so much, liberals are now cheerleading the FBI. But that's a HUGE mistake. The FBI has done more harm to Black people, Black leaders, and Black movements than the KKK. They have had their hands in destroying Black leaders and movements all the way back to Marcus Garvey. They are not our friends. I can count on 1 hand the good they've ever done for us while entire books have been written about all the harm they've done to Black people - including assassinations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202214 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 656 - We need to fund and build more monuments to brilliant Black leaders

Nobody in America has more monuments honoring them than white men. It's not even remotely close. In fact, HALF of the Top 50 most represented people with monuments were enslavers that literally bought, sold, and traded human beings. This is not ok. But I think a big part of the problem is that we are too often waiting on other people to imagine and build these monuments for us when the truth is we're going to have to build them ourselves. I'd like to begin with us building monuments to Malcolm X and Nat Turner. What do you think? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/12/202212 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 655 - Let me tell you about the single most corrupt DA's office in America

With every day that passes, we are learning more and more about the blatant corruption that has overtaken the San Francisco DA's office. And what's wild here, is that Democrats can't blame Republicans for this corruption, because it's conservative Democrats, from top to bottom, running the whole thing. We just learned that the new DA, Brooke Jenkins, was literally paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to be the face of the effort to recall Chesa Boudin, but presented herself to the public as an unpaid volunteer.  Once she then took the office that she paid to undermine, she then immediately began firing every prosecutor and staffer that had anything to do with prosecuting police or overseeing wrongful convictions and replacing them with people that have a long history of actually protecting the police. Let me unpack and explain it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/11/202215 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 654 - 4 great leaders that won their primaries last night!

Listen, Americans everywhere are tired of politics and tired of politicians, but some truly BRILLIANT leaders continue to step up and run for office. Let me tell you about 4 great leaders that won their races and why those races matter so doggone much! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202214 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 653 - Now that Trump and his country cousins are being held accountable, Republicans are calling to defund the police

Donald Trump is under active investigation by city, state, and federal offices all over the country. And yesterday some of those chickens started coming home to roost - when the FBI executed a search warrant on his home and office in Florida and recovered at least 15 boxes of material. Today, I'll unpack and explain what I know about the raid/search. What's wild is that it increasingly appears that Trump will never be held accountable for any of the monstrous things he did while in office, but that he made so many mistakes after Election Day in 2020, that it's going to be the window between Election Day and his exit from The White House that ends up truly jamming him up legally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/9/202214 minutes, 15 seconds
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Ep. 652 - Israel massacred dozens of Palestinian men, women, and children this weekend. With American tax dollars.

Calling it anything other than a massacre is a lie. Not a single Israel was killed while hundreds of Palestinian homes and businesses were hit with bombs and missiles - destroying everything in and around them - including at least 15 young children. It's despicable. What's almost equally despicable is how hard honest coverage from the American mainstream media is to find. Before I recorded this episode I went to every major outlet in the country and hardly a word has been said in the headlines. And the articles and stories that were written made it out like a fight happened between equals. That's not what happened at all. It was a brutal, ugly massacre where children were literally blown to unrecognizable bits. I saw it with my own eyes. And people are asking why these kids aren't being treated with the love and attention given to Ukrainians - and the answer is simple. The American taxpayers are funding and arming the Ukrainians AND the Israelis. How can you speak out on what you wrote the check for? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202211 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 651 - Bye Amy! Memphis just voted out the worst DA in America.

This needs to be a national story! In the Deep South, voters in Memphis, Tennessee showed up in a MAJOR way to oust conservative DA Amy Weirich for a progressive reformer and civil rights attorney. It's a HUGE deal. And it wasn't even close. Amy strangely made her campaign about ME, of all people, running ads blasting me, and my support of her opponent, but voters knew better and saw right through it, thankfully. Here's the thing - when a progressive loses somewhere, it's all over the news. We need them to now keep that same energy for Memphis. Shout out to the new DA, Steve Mulroy, who ran a great campaign. And shout out to the voters and volunteers in Memphis who made it happen. Proud of you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/5/202211 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ep. 650 - Finally, a measure of justice and accountability for Breonna Taylor

Today 4 current and former Louisville Police officers were charged by the DOJ and arrested by the FBI for their role in the murder of Breonna Taylor. First, I want to thank my dear friends @ Until Freedom for literally moving to Louisville to fight for a moment like this. And I want to thank the brilliant attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor - who've never given up. And of course, local activists and organizers that have stood by the family every step of the way. Does this heal the heart of Breonna's mother, Tamika Palmer? Of course not, but it does lift some of the burden she's had to carry. I am sure of it. These charges, we know, are not convictions, but when the DOJ charges police, they get convictions 99% of the time. Above all, today is a reminder to never give up in your fight for justice and accountability. It's all so rare and so damn so slow, but we should never give up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/4/202213 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 649 - I am going to return the pain back to those that have hurt my family

For most of my 42 years, I've aimed to take the thing that we call "the high road." I wouldn't even say that I fully regret it, because I meant well. But 42 years of taking the high road has made it such that anybody, anywhere, can attack and spread dangerous information about my family without any consequences. Normally, I will defend myself, and my own reputation, and I will continue to do that as I need to, but now, I am going to use the same strategies that have been used against me, against those that have caused us harm. I am returning your strategies back to you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/202210 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 648 - My raw thoughts on Deshaun Watson

I wouldn't say that I'm shocked that the NFL only suspended him for 6 games, but I am absolutely disgusted. Men have been suspended more than that for having fights on the field.I believe he did every single thing that the women said he did. I've spoken to some of these women directly. They are honest, hardworking Black women that were cornered and sexually assaulted by Deshaun. He's a disgusting pervert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202212 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 647 - You can now call 988 for mental health emergencies instead of 911

I am a HUGE fan of the brand new phone number, 988. Save it in your phone as "LIFELINE" or whatever else will help you know what it is. You can call or text them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you or a loved one is having a mental health emergency. They have 200 crisis centers across the country staffed and ready to support you the best they can. My hope and prayer is that all of us will use this number as we need it. Our tax dollars are helping to pay for it. And we've seen way too often that when we call 911 for mental health emergencies police show up and get violent. Make 988 the new default number you call or text in a mental health crisis, OK? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/29/20228 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 646 - The single biggest factor impacting public safety in America? THE ECONOMY

Hundreds of micro-factors impact what makes a home safe. A neighborhood. A community. A side of town. An entire city. But NOTHING impacts the safety of a place like the health of its economy. The economy is the single biggest factor impacting public safety in America. When a home, a block, a neighborhood have true economic security, crime absolutely plummets. And, of course, the inverse is true. Without true, deep economic security, where people earn enough money to make it through the month, to care for all of their needs, and to grow and thrive, where that is missing, the toxic mix of poverty and despair rises. Nothing would solve drastically reduce crime more than addressing the root economic issues at play that cause it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/28/202213 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 645 - It's time for Dave Chappelle to move on from the trans jokes

I am HUGE Dave Chappelle fan. I've met Dave. Been to his shows. I am friends with many of his friends. But it is absolutely time for him to move on from telling trans jokes. Here's the thing - in America - we do indeed have freedom of speech. And because of that freedom, Dave can continue to tell trans jokes for this rest of his life if he wants to. And people can protest Dave for the rest of their lives if they want to. But here's my rub... you can really only crack jokes about oppressed groups that you ARE NOT A PART OF a few times before people get irritated. Dave has hit that threshold. This is true for all comedians. Jewish comedians can crack jokes about Jewish people for the rest of their lives, but limits exist for anybody else that wants to move into that space. The same is true for white comedians telling jokes ABOUT Black people, at the expense of Black people. I don't wanna hear that shit AT ALL. Do it once or twice and you can get away with it, but anything more than that, and a line has been crossed. Does that make sense? Generally speaking, I want all of us to have broad freedoms about what we are able to say, myself included. But sometimes we have to censor ourselves when our words are doing more harm than good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/202213 minutes, 55 seconds
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Ep. 644 - Pastors shouldn't be wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry. Let's start there.

Did you see the video where the pastor in Brooklyn got robbed at gunpoint during a church service? I don't wish that on anyone. However, the truth is that it's foolish to wear a million dollars worth of jewelry ANYWHERE in public. And it's doubly disrespectful for a pastor in a poor and working class neighborhood to do such a thing. Listen, again, I am not condoning armed robbery, but let me frame it another way. Would it be unethical for a man to walk down the middle of street in the hood with stacks of $1 million in cash? I say yes. It's inviting danger and it's tempting people who are struggling from day to day as it is. If you walked through the hood with a million dollars in cash in your hands, I would stop just short of saying you deserve to get robbed, but you damn near do. Wearing $1 million in jewelry is the exact same thing. It's flossing. In the worst way. Let me unpack and explain it. Listen to today's full episode here, and hundreds more, on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or at TheNorthStar.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/26/202212 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 643 - Do NOT allow your frustration with Joe Biden to cause you to stop caring about LOCAL politics

I get it. Joe Biden is terrible. 82% of Americans don't want him to run again. And he shouldn't. But it is FOOLISH to allow our frustration with him to cause us to stop caring about who our District Attorney is. Or who are Mayor is. Or city councilperson or school board leaders. Don't fall for that trap. We all must be simultaneously frustrated with the President AND fully plugged into important races. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202212 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 642 - Return all land stolen from African Americans back to the rightful owners and descendants

In America, our deepest wounds rarely heal because the wrongs that have been done here are rarely made right. Verbal apologies are rare when it comes to racial injustice in this country, but anyone who thinks a verbal apology is enough is sorely mistaken. Enter Bruce's Beach. This week, the descendants of the original owners of the Los Angeles beachfront property that was stolen from a Black family 100 years ago, were given the deed back to the land - the first known time this happened.I commend the Bruce family, their attorneys, local organizers, and all of the government officials that helped make this happen. Now, let's see it duplicated in every city, county, and state in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/22/202211 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 641 - Police DO NOT make cities safer. Here are the 3 things that do.

We all deserve to be safe in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities. And we all want this. But it is NOT police that make communities safe. STOP FALLING FOR THIS LIE. The safest communities in America hardly have police. They have these 3 things...Wealth, access to resources, and quality education from pre-school to grad school. That's ACTUALLY what makes communities safe. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/21/202215 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ep. 640 - The same organization that STILL refuses to give Buffalo victims millions of dollars is holding $14 million for Uvalde. And families are PISSED.

My blood is BOILING. And I cannot believe that the same sorry ass organization that is still holding millions of dollars that people gave to victims in Buffalo is now holding $14 million for families in Uvalde and REFUSING to distribute it. Please. Whatever you do. DO NOT WORK WITH THE NATIONAL COMPASSION FUND. It is an almost exclusively white organization in suburban Virginia. They either do not understand the unique struggles of Black and Brown communities or do not care. And in both Buffalo and Uvalde they have left devastated families that desperately needed financial support without a dime. And then heaped more pain and frustration on top of it all. They are now saying it's going to be November, at the earliest, until they give any money that was raised to victims in Uvalde. And I don't care what they say. IT DOES NOT TAKE THIS LONG. It should not take this long. I have literally spoken with them and told them this myself. I told them exactly what they need to do to speed up the process and better distribute the funds to families. And they refuse to do any of it. Now, families of victims in Buffalo and Uvalde are literally already going back to work. And many are on the brink of financial ruin, while this organization continues to give ridiculous excuses on why they can't speed things up. ACTION STEP: Please email [email protected] and let him know how you feel about this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/20/202212 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 639 - Let's help the dear family of Millie Packer today

This weekend, a healthy, vibrant, young pregnant Black woman and her husband went to the hospital in Texas. 24 hours later, both the baby and the mother were dead. Now her children are without a mother and her husband, Brennon, is without a wife. And what we know, is that pregnant Black women all over the country are having HORRIBLE struggles with their pregnancies at rates far worse than white women. And every expert has said that it is basically systemic racism embedded in the medical field. As soon as you can, please click the link in my bio on Instagram to chip in and help this family TODAY, OK? Love and appreciate you all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/19/202212 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 638 - Why are we ok with our taxes fully funding mass incarceration, but not education and healthcare?

On most episodes of The Breakdown, I come here to inform you of one important idea or issue going on in the world, but today I have one VERY important question...Budgets are moral documents. They show values and priorities. And almost every developed country in the world, and many developing countries for that matter, fully fund education and healthcare, from birth to death, but not here in America. We fully fund mass incarceration and all of the jails, prisons, and incompetent police money can buy but then saddle our people with student loans, co-pays, deductibles, and outrageous health insurance premiums every single month. Why have we accepted this? It's foolish. Let's dig in together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/14/202212 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 637 - Of course the US is leading coups around the world.

I know what OJ did. You know what OJ did. We all know what OJ did. That's very different than him going on CNN and openly admitting to it. In essence, that's what former US Ambassador and National Security Advisor John Bolton did yesterday on CNN when he openly admitting to overthrowing governments around the world. We always knew this about the United States, but now a living official is on the record admitting it. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/13/202213 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 636 - The devastating poll that should cause other Democrats to run for President

A brand new poll was just released showing 64% of Democrats do NOT want Joe Biden to run for President again. That's a DEVASTATING number and should immediately cause other Democrats to prepare and announce that they are actually going to run in 2024. Conservatives, from Trump, Desantis, and more already have those wheels in motion. On today's episode of The Breakdown I will unpack and explain this poll and make sense of why these numbers are SO bad for Joe Biden now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/12/202214 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ep. 635 - Reflecting on my Self-Care Journey

On today's episode of The Breakdown, I just want to pause a little and reflect on my self-care journey. I'm no guru or master, but for the past 3 years I've been working very hard to figure out what it means to actually take care of my mind, body, and soul. Two things first come to mind for me: boundaries and therapy. I'll tell you why those things were ever a struggle for me and what embracing both has made a HUGE difference in my life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/11/202218 minutes, 37 seconds
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Ep. 634 - Israel killed an American journalist. The Biden administration chose to protect Israel.

Nearly 2 months ago, a long range Israeli sniper shot and killed beloved journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, an American citizen. Nearly a dozen different newspapers and media companies conducted exhaustive investigations and all came to the exact same conclusion - she was shot and killed in cold blood by the Israeli military. The United States, though, has chosen to ignore all of the facts from those investigations, including forensic evidence, videos, audio clips, interviews, and so much more, and instead issued a statement saying that they don't quite know who did it, and that if it was Israel, it was an accident. It's utterly shameful. The US Government has chosen to protect and defend another country over one of its own citizens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/6/202211 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 633 - Violence IS the primary brand of America

Mass shootings, gun violence, and police violence are so prevalent in this country, EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK, that if I had to name just one thing to describe the actual reality of this place, it would be "violence." And yesterday, which was the 4th of July, was as quintessentially violent as any other day, with a mass shooting literally interrupting a parade outside of Chicago and other events all over the country. While this country has BEEN exhausting for Black folk, more and more I see that a larger percentage of the nation is just thoroughly exhausted by the stress of this place. And what compounds it all, is America's complete unwillingness to actually address its most difficult and dangerous problems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/5/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ep. 632 - Akron Police basically executed Jayland Walker by a firing squad. He was unarmed.

What police did to this young brother, firing 90 shots at him, riddling his body with bullets from head to toe, is something almost exclusively reserved for young Black men. Because what I know is that white mass murderers aren't treated like this. Period. And Jayland had never been in trouble a day in his life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/1/202210 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 631 - Arrest Carolyn Bryant Donham IMMEDIATELY for the murder of Emmett Till - then figure the rest out later.

After 67 years, an unexecuted arrest warrant for the woman that helped get Emmett Till lynched has been found. And I have SO many questions. This much I am clear on. Arrest this woman, RIGHT NOW. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/30/202211 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 630 - Incarcerated Black men were told by the government to register to vote. Then given additional jail time for breaking the law when they did so.

I've heard hundreds of horrible stories in the 20+ years I've been fighting against mass incarceration, but this story, which of course comes from Florida, might be the single most outrageous and dubious scheme I've ever heard to keep Black men behind bars. At worst it was entrapment. At best it's evil white supremacy at work. Listen to today's FULL EPISODE only on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at TheNorthStar.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/29/202214 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 629 - Joe Biden & The Democratic Party have failed to meet the severity and enormity of the moment we are in

We knew 2 months ago that it was all but a sure thing that Roe v Wade would be overturned and that millions of women would lose their civil and human rights as a result. Joe Biden and The White House had MONTHS to prepare for this moment. Months. And instead they've offered a few badly delivered words and a bunch of fundraising emails in response to it all. Guess what conservatives did? They passed robust laws months ago, state by state, that would be immediately triggered if Roe was overturned. THEY were prepared to meet this moment. And even though Democrats have real options on what they can do, and what they should fight for, they've taken virtually none of them. It's time that we begin thinking of new people to lead the party - from the top down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/27/202212 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 628 - Please support this retreat for Black fathers of police brutality victims

On today's episode of The Breakdown I will not only confront the ugly and racist myths and stereotypes about Black fathers in America, I will tell you how we can support Black fathers on the journey to recovering from losing their children to police violence in America. Thank God many groups are already supporting the mothers. They need it. But along the way, the fathers have been forgotten and they need our help. We are working directly with the families of Mike Brown and Oscar Grant to support a retreat for these great men, but we need YOU to chip in today to help cover the costs. Please click the link in my bio on IG and click on the picture of the fundraiser to support them now. 100% of the proceeds go straight to the retreat. As you may know, we are going through some cool changes and testing out some new options for the future of The Breakdown podcast and we need all of our listeners to PLEASE complete this quick survey. The link will be in my bio on Instagram until Sunday night or you can go directly to: https://forms.gle/SeABuvGARcx9oSbP6And yes, if you already completed the earlier survey, we still need you to complete this one. THANK YOU!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/202213 minutes, 39 seconds
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We need ALL listeners of The Breakdown podcast to please complete this quick survey

As you may know, we are going through some cool changes and testing out some new options for the future of The Breakdown podcast and we need all of our listeners to PLEASE complete this quick survey. The link will be in my bio on Instagram until Sunday night or you can go directly to: https://forms.gle/SeABuvGARcx9oSbP6And yes, if you already completed the earlier survey, we still need you to complete this one. THANK YOU!!! Shaun & Crew Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/20225 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 627 - Joe Biden should NOT run for reelection

Right now, potential candidates for the Democratic and Republican nominations for President of the United States are all working through what it's going to look like for them to run for the nomination. Privately, teams are being formed, decisions are being made, and the waters are being tested. On one end, dozens of Republicans are considering whether or not they run - regardless of Trump's role in the race. If Trump does run, it will indeed scare off most candidates, but some are already telling their teams they are running one way or the other. On the other end, dozens of Democrats are privately considering whether or not they will run. But the major elephant in the room is the fact that Joe Biden, who is 79 years old, and will be 82 if he runs again, and will be nearly 90 years old if he won a second term, might run for reelection. In fact, this week the White House has said that he will. In my opinion, they HAVE to say that. If they said otherwise, he'd immediately be a lame duck president and lose some of the power he currently has. But he absolutely should NOT run. Yes, he's too old. And not nearly as capable as you'd hope the President of the United States would be. But also, he's just not that great of a President. After years of posting hundreds of full length episodes of The Breakdown for FREE on Instagram, we are now going back exclusively to Apple Podcasts and Spotify and hope that you will join us there or at TheNorthStar.com. Subscribe and listen and share today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202213 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 626 - Inflation vs. Price-Gouging vs. Corporate Profiteering

Prices of EVERYTHING have exploded all over the country and for everyday people you are now having WAY more month than you have money. From gas prices, to food, and everything in between - everything is rising EXCEPT WAGES. Today I want to unpack and explain what's ACTUALLY happening. They call it inflation, but what I really see is price-gouging and corporate profiteering. Let's talk about it. After years of posting hundreds of full length episodes of The Breakdown for FREE on Instagram, we are now going back exclusively to Apple Podcasts and Spotify and hope that you will join us there or at TheNorthStar.com. Subscribe and listen and share today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202215 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 625 - The January 6th Congressional Hearings are 16 Months Too Late

Better late than never? Maybe. But the new congressional hearings that are underway on the January 6th white supremacist insurrection are too little, too late. Conservatives have moved completely on. That door is closed altogether. And the truth is, I think 90% of Americans have as well. It's sad and crazy to say that. People waited. For weeks. Then months. Then seasons. Now years. And life is hard right now. From gas, to inflation, to Covid, to gun violence, to mass shootings, and everything in between - we'd still like to see justice and accountability for January 6th, but the moment has been missed. I'm sure of it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202213 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 624 - Families in Buffalo have not seen a dime of the money donated for them

This makes my blood boil. Even though millions of dollars was given to GoFundMe to support the families of victims in Buffalo, an organization thousands of miles away, that has nothing to do with Buffalo, is lording over the money and is saying it might be as late as December before anyone gets it. This organization should never be allowed to do this again. Had we all known better in the moment, we would've stopped them then and there. Moving forward, we MUST make sure that families have direct control of the money being raised for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202213 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 623 - Merrick Garland is a HORRIBLE Attorney General

We're at the point now where mainstream moderate Democrats like Congressman James Clyburn are calling out Merrick Garland. Garland MAJORS in failing to meet the moment - with the attack on the Capitol, with confronting white supremacy, and with confronting police violence. He never should've been the nominee, but the best we can hope for is that he will step down soon and pass the work on to someone with more drive and determination to take care of essential issues. FYI: Today is the next to last day this podcast will be on Instagram - we're moving everything back to Apple and Spotify and hope you will be joining us there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202210 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 622 - A bittersweet day for justice

Yesterday was both bitter and sweet. Men and women that are deeply dedicated to justice and equality won elections all over the country in super important races. And then voters also recalled our friend Chesa Boudin as DA of San Francisco. Let's unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202216 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 621 - Today is the day San Francisco can stop the foolish recall of DA Chesa Boudin

All across the country today we have primaries - including in California. But the one thing I am following the most today is Prop H in San Francisco, where billionaires, conservatives, and corrupt tech leaders have banded together, and donated millions of dollars, to stop San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin. It's a waste and an abomination that it has even gotten this far. Not only is Chesa a brilliant DA, he's a good, ethical, moral human being. Conservative Californian's continue to abuse the recall system when they can't win in the general elections. It's a waste of time and money. If you are in San Francisco, or know somebody who is, PLEASE encourage them to vote NO on Prop H to stop the recall of Chesa Boudin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202213 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 620 - We MUST take steps to protect ourselves from gun violence while politicians continue to fail us in every way

Gun violence is its own American pandemic. It's a public health AND a public safety crisis. It's now the leading cause of death for young people. And while we press politicians for meaningful reform, we must accept the burden and responsibility of fighting for our own safety and security. Today I will begin this discussion that I hope we can continue and make real in the days and weeks ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202212 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 619 - A very BIG change for The Breakdown podcast starting on next Wednesday

If you are listening to this podcast right now, there is a 75% chance you are on Instagram! For the past 2 years, against the advice of every podcast expert I know, we have uploaded EVERY single full length episode of The Breakdown directly on Instagram for the world to hear and share. And I've loved it. We've made an ENORMOUS impact on the news and on so many civil and human rights causes, but we HAVE to go back to our roots on Apple Podcasts and Spotify if we want this podcast to be able to exist for years to come! Let me unpack and explain why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/20229 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 618 - My honest, sobering answer on what I think is going to happen to address school shootings and gun violence in America

Regular school shootings are an exclusively American problem. Mass shootings that happen daily are as well. In fact, the United States has more gun violence than almost any nation in the world.Today I want to give you my most honest answer on what I think the United States will do about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/2/202214 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 617 - An important lesson my wife taught me

On today's episode of The Breakdown, I want to share a simple, but profound lesson my wife taught me several months ago. I haven't been able to shake it and it guides a lot of what I am thinking today about how I should use my life and how I hope you will use yours Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/1/20229 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 616 - A retired federal agent was privately supporting the white supremacist terrorist in Buffalo

New details are emerging that make it clear that the white supremacist terrorist in Buffalo who shot and killed 10 African Americans had a small support group that included a retired federal agent from Texas. Here's what I know - the ONLY reason that man, and the others, aren't in some underground prison being tortured right now is because they are white men and because the victims were Black. It is abundantly clear that all over this country white supremacists are FLOURISHING with little to no monitoring or interrupting from city, state, and federal governments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/27/20229 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 615 - The mass shooting at Robb Elementary was a COMPLETE FAILURE of law enforcement from top to bottom

The more we learn, the uglier it gets. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202214 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 614 - Action steps for confronting white supremacy…while holding a baby.

Last night over 3,000 of you attended our town hall on what it means to confront white supremacy in 2022. Now, we're moving on to our first 6 action steps. You can also see them now @ TheGreatestThreat.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202210 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 613 - Meet Me Tonight For an Emergency Townhall

We're going to be talking about 2 main ideas: What we can do for OURSELVES to protect our communities and businesses. And... What we can fight for on the policy level, in your city, in your county, in your state, and on the federal level - to better protect our communities. It's not going to be like a townhall you've ever been a part of before. The link is IN MY BIO to register now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/20226 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 612 - America clearly does NOT have a substantive plan to confront white supremacy

Politicians love Black votes but don't really love Black people. Because here's the thing... I've been in a devoted relationship with one woman for 25+ years and let me tell you what I've learned.LOVE IS A VERB. Love requires corresponding actions to match it.And what I am seeing right now is that politicians keep telling Black people that they care, and that they see and feel our pain, but don't do anything about the actual material conditions causing that pain. It's not enough to console our communities after ANOTHER white supremacist attack without actually doing ANYTHING to stop the next one. And we're at the point as a people and as a nation where we have to move from rhetoric to substance. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 611 - Important from Shaun King at the site of the white supremacist attack in Buffalo.

Yesterday Shaun traveled to Buffalo to meet with families and leaders after the horrible terrorist attack in Buffalo. Last night Shaun was asked to speak at their vigil. Here is Shaun’s entire speech, uninterrupted, on what must happen next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 610 - We're Going to Have to Do Something We've Never Done Before

I have something very, very painful to say. As it stands right now, NOTHING is going to change about white supremacy in America. Zero. Zilch. NOTHING. The bigotry, racism, and attacks are going to continue because the security apparatus of this nation does not actually take the threats seriously - with staffing and budgets and effective intervention plans. Today I am going to begin to discuss what we can do differently, OK? I am thinking out loud so please forgive me if anything I say offends you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202220 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ep. 609 - What Israel did today is one of the grossest things I've seen in my entire life

Today, in the funeral procession of assassinated Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the police of Apartheid Israel literally attacked the men carrying her casket, beating them with sticks, causing them to momentarily drop the casket. In all of my years as a historian and as an activist and as a journalist, I've never seen this before. It truly was an abomination that really goes beyond words. However... My only hope, is that like when the world saw the photographs and videos of white supremacist police in the Jim Crow South turning their fire hoses on Black boys and girls, and unleashing dogs on them, that it so exposed their ugly bigotry, that it was seen as a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement that led to the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. Because here's the thing, if you are low enough to beat men carrying a casket during a funeral procession, there is nothing you won't do. Israel can no longer pretend before the world that it has some moral high ground. That facade has crumbled. We must all stand up and speak out against the Apartheid state of Israel and their unending human rights abuses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202211 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 608 - The Assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh

This morning the Apartheid Government of Israel targeted and assassinated revered Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. This is a war crime. Let me unpack and explain what we know so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202212 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ep. 607 - The US Senate Passes Bills When It Wants To. Just Not For African Americans

Yesterday the US Senate UNANIMOUSLY passed a bill to have the government provide security for the families of the Supreme Court.  And now they are about to pass a bill for $38 BILLION in aid for Ukraine. Biden only asked for $33 billion. So, they don't mind working together. They just don't like working together for ANY serious priorities for African Americans. And what burns me up, is in 2022, we still have victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 out here fighting for justice. We still have the living relatives of Emmett Till, who was murdered in 1955, out here fighting for justice. That's 101 years and 67 years respectively that they have been fighting - and they can't find justice anywhere!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202211 minutes, 25 seconds
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Ep. 606 - I Don't Believe the Democratic Party Will Protect a Woman's Right to Choose

Last week, in one of the biggest leaks in American history, we learned that the Supreme Court is VERY close to overturning Roe v Wade. And even though Democrats control the House, Senate, and Presidency, I just don't believe the party will do what needs to be done to protect a woman's right to choose. Why? Because it would require 4 things that Democrats actually need right now. A plan. A strategy to make that plan happen. Unity. And will. In fact, I am not sure the party has any of those 4 things - and they need all 4. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202214 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 605 - 4 things America would do if it actually loved mothers

It's Mother's Day weekend. And today I wanted to unpack and explain 4 things that this country could and should do if it actually loved mothers. Cards and flowers are great. A good meal is great. But let's talk about all of the policies of this nation that make life so damn hard for mothers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202213 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 604 - Let's help Thomas James after he served 32 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit

32 years. When Thomas James was wrongly arrested, charged, and convicted for a crime he had NOTHING TO DO WITH he was just 23 years old. 32 hard years later, Miami prosecutors admit that he was actually innocent and that they stole the best years of his life. Let me unpack and explain this story, then let's chip in together and provide this man with the support he needs right now, ok? Click the link in my bio on Instagram now to help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/5/202211 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 603 - One masterful thing we should all learn from Republicans

If you don't learn from political defeats, you'll be doomed to repeat them over and over again. Today I want to unpack and explain one masterful thing that we should ALL learn from Republicans. It's what has them on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade. And this one thing that Republicans REALLY get right, I just don't see from Democrats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202214 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 602 - Let me explain last night's leak from the Supreme Court

Last night, a Supreme Court opinion was leaked to Politico in which Roe v Wade was overturned by the conservative majority. The thing is, the opinion, while it appears to be authentic, is not yet official or binding, because it was not supposed to be public for at least a month or two. Today I'll try to unpack and explain what it means and what it doesn't mean. And I'll try my best to explain how we got to this moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202214 minutes, 42 seconds
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Throwback Episode: We are the most incarcerated nation in the history of the world

While Shaun is recovering from his surgery, we want to use this time to replay one of his most important episodes. It's a simple fact that is the foundation for the majority of the work he does. The United States is the single most incarcerated nation in the entire history of the world.  The size and scope of the problem needs to be understood by all! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202213 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ep. 601 - I'm clearly living rent free in the head of Donald Trump Jr.

No, I didn't quit Twitter. I'm there. And here. To stay. And as I've done my entire life, I'm going to continue to speak truth to power and call out racists and bigots and oppressive people and corporations whoever and wherever they are. Including Elon Musk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202212 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ep. 600 - Why Elon Musk purchasing Twitter is mainly about white power and white control

A lot of people are incorrectly framing Elon Musk purchasing Twitter as being left versus right. I strongly disagree. This is about the richest man in the world, who was born into Apartheid and raised by a white nationalist, wanting to be sure that powerful white men can say whatever they want - about whoever they want - without consequence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20229 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 599 - Taking a week off of work and social media to be with my wife and kids

Hey everybody. I am taking the next week off of work and social media to be with my wife and kids. It's RARE that all 7 of us get to be together like this, so I just want to unplug and be physically AND emotionally present for everybody. See you in a week. Love and appreciate each of you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/20224 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ep. 598 - NYPD botched everything about the mass shooting, then took shamelessly took credit for solving it

You can't make this up. The NYPD failed in its most basic duties on every level of this mass shooting, but somehow found a way to act like they solved it. They damn sure didn't. Let me unpack and explain how it all went down. In fact, victims might be suing the NYPD for their gross incompetence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202216 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ep. 597 - The mass shooting on New York's subways CANNOT become an excuse for more police

As I recorded this podcast, 24 hours after the mass shooting in New York, the perpetrator is still on the loose a dozen people are still in the hospital, and the city is dealing with the real trauma of it all. And what has become clear is that it was a catastrophic security failure for the NYPD - not one of budgetary needs, but of extreme incompetence. They have a budget of nearly $11 BILLION per year - the most in the world, but nothing they did worked yesterday - and the man appears to have caused this carnage and simply walked right off of the train. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202212 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 596 - America is a Deeply Violent Place

I planned on talking about something totally different today, but while I was prepping for the podcast, a mass shooting happened on the subway train in Brooklyn. I'll unpack and explain what we know so far and put it into context with what it means to live in one of the most violent countries in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ep. 595 - Grand Rapids Police brutally executed a young Black man named Patrick Lyoya.

Last week police in Grand Rapids, Michigan shot and killed a young Black man named Patrick Lyoya - a Congolese immigrant and father of 2 young girls. Both the family and a local county commissioner who saw the body camera footage have said that police put a gun to the back of Patrick's head and shot and killed him execution style. I believe them. Of course, police and prosecutors are stalling by refusing to release the footage, refusing to name the officer, and giving that officer and others time to scrub their social media history, and get their lies together. It's despicable. I think this is going to be a case that is going to shake the nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202215 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ep. 594 - Ketanji Brown Jackson is about to walk into a conservative lion's den on the Supreme Court

I am nothing but elated over the confirmation of the brilliant Ketanji Brown Jackson onto the United States Supreme Court. It's a huge, historic deal. And we should celebrate. Period. We also need to understand that she is about to walk into perhaps the most conservative Supreme Courts in the entire history of this country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202213 minutes, 27 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Building a Socially Responsible Portfolio

On April 4th, we ran a classic episode from our friends Allan Boomer and Tiffany Hawkins of The Momentum Advisors titled "Is Your Money Racists?" I need a couple more days to recover from my recent neck surgery so the team at The North Star is going to run a great action oriented follow-up to that Episode. We hope you enjoy! The terms "ESG", "socially responsible" and "impact investing" are ongoing buzzwords in the financial services industry. But what does it all actually mean? Regardless of the confusing industry jargon, the essence of it all is aligning your portfolio with your values—without sacrificing returns. More than that, it presents greater opportunity for you to see stronger returns. On this episode, we teach you how to do it whether you're dealing with a financial advisor, HR department or you self-manage your investments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202254 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 593 - Why We Just Launched The North Star Publishing

Yesterday, I not only announced my next book, a memoir called Lemons and Stones, I also announced that we are launching our own fully independent Black owned publishing company, The North Star Publishing. Today I want to unpack and explain why we're going this route and what it means for us. It won't be easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. Let's GO! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202216 minutes, 47 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Is Your Money Racist?

When you contribute to your retirement savings do you know what your investments are contributing to? Are your investment dollars circulating wealth into the communities that matter to you the most? Unfortunately, the answer is probably: NO. And the worse news is that your retirement and investment dollars are likely supporting companies and institutions that would rather support immigration, prison complexes, racism and excess gun usage before supporting people that look like you. In this takeover episode we ask you the question ‘Is Your Money Racist?’ and then provide you with the tools on what you can do about it once and for all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202253 minutes, 35 seconds
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Throwback Episode: 10 Ways to Defund the Police Today - Part 2

Yesterday we shared our first 5 ways to defund the police and make America safer at the same time. Today, we conclude with the final 5 ideas.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202214 minutes, 4 seconds
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Throwback Episode: 10 Ways to Defund the Police Today - Part 1

For today and tomorrow's episode, we revisit episodes 287 and 288. In them, Shaun breaks down a list by Alex Vitale on 10 ways we can safely defund the police.  Alex Vitale is one of Shaun's favorite scholars in the country on how and why we must defund the police. Of the 10 ways Alex suggested that we defund the police, Today Shaun breaks down the first five.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202220 minutes, 4 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Joe Biden is the Father of Modern Mass Incarceration

For today's episode, we revisit our 33rd episode. In it, Shaun King breaks down Joe Biden’s comments from 2019 defending his 1994 Crime Bill. To understand what the implications are of defending this bill, Shaun needs us to understand that mass incarceration in America was designed and planned to criminalize Blackness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202233 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 592 - Stop Calling Joe Biden Your Damn Uncle

Yesterday Joe Biden announced that he's asking Congress for $32 BILLION more for American police in the name of fighting crime, but here's the thing, they don't need even $1 more. They are swimming in money from coast to coast. The NYPD alone has an annual budget over $10 billion - which is more than most countries spend on their entire military. And here's the thing - America's safest neighborhoods and safest cities are NOT safe because they are swarming with police. They are safe because they have  great jobs, great wealth, great homes, great schools, great health, and treatment for drugs and mental illness. So PLEASE stop calling this man your uncle. While he REFUSES to prosecute serious cases of police violence, he's about to pour more money into oppression than any president in the history of this nation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202213 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ep. 591 - 4 things that concern me about what went down between Will Smith and Chris Rock

Description: Yeah, that happened. It was real. And today I want to ask some hard questions and share some concerns I have. People have breaking points and you don't know when they are going to reach theirs, but when they do, it might be ugly. I am deeply afraid that everyday people are going to try what Will tried, but find out that they will actually go to jail for it and that people will normally punch or shoot back. Some people are saying this is what it looks like to "protect Black women" and others are saying this is not at all what that looks like. I'll unpack that. When white people do something crazy, stars or otherwise, white people rarely absorb it as being something that represents the whole race of white people. I don't know what it's going to take for Black folks to get to that point, but it needs to happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202230 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 590 - How do we measure success for Black America?

Today I'm going to be a bit nerdy/wonky and talk about metrics, by asking the question of "How do we measure success for Black America?" What are the outcomes and numbers we should be able to agree really show whether or not we're moving in the right direction as a people? Is it home ownership? Is it college education? Is it the number of people killed by police or incarcerated? Is it wealth? I can think about 100 things I wish we were routinely measuring and fighting for. But what if we all just agreed on 5-10. What would they be? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202216 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 589 - How to pronounce Ketanji

Today is a super short episode of The Breakdown. WAY too many of us are saying Kamala wrong (I'll pronounce that for you today as well), but let's take 10 seconds to learn how to say and spell the name of the new nominee to the Supreme Court - Ketanji Brown Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/20225 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ep. 588 - The most important part of Ketanji Brown Jackson's legal background

Yes, it's exciting that a Black woman could be on the Supreme Court, but for many of us in the justice community, NOTHING is more exciting to us than the fact that she is a former public defender. I'm all for ethnic and gender diversity, but America's courts also need an essential type of legal diversity that is woefully missing. The overwhelming majority of judges in America are former prosecutors and see the whole system of justice from the lens of mass incarceration. That's why our organization, Grassroots Law, has fought hard for the past 18 months for Joe Biden to appoint as many former public defenders to judgeships as possible. Having that experience completely changes the way a person sees the criminal and legal system. While I have 101 strong critiques of Joe Biden, one victory that I feel very good about is that he is appointing, for the first time in American history really, a plethora of former public defenders to essential positions. It's a big deal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202216 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 587 - Why some people were upset at an HBCU for allowing Ukrainian refugees attend at no cost

Nearly 4 million women and children have now fled Ukraine as refugees - including tens of thousands of African students that barely escaped the war. And as colleges and universities have started to open up their doors, it struck a painful nerve with some. Let me try to unpack and explain this, because 2 realities are true at the same time... African refugees fleeing war need a safe place to live and continue their education AND... It's VERY frustrating how few scholarships are available to Black students and families here in America and it stings to see how easily costs could be forgiven when African American students are drowning in student loan debt or can't afford to go to college at all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202215 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 586 - Let's talk about Deshaun Watson

After being accused by dozens of women across the country of sexual misconduct and assault, the Cleveland Browns just made Deshaun Watson the highest paid player in the NFL. I have some thoughts. Let me unpack and explain the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202219 minutes, 34 seconds
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Throwback Episode: How to Make Police Brutality Illegal - Part 3 of 3

On today’s throwback episode of The Breakdown, the final episode in a 3 part series explaining the leading Supreme Court cases that make police brutality functionally legal in the United States, Shaun gives us action steps and solutions for how we make police brutality illegal. It won’t be easy or quick, but it’s necessary.  If you haven't already, go listen to Wednesday & Thursday's episodes to hear part 1 and 2 of the series! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202212 minutes, 51 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Graham v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 2 of 3

Yesterday on The Breakdown, we went all the way back to our 12th episode where Shaun began a series on the legality of police brutality. Today, we bring you part two of that series. In it, Shaun unpacks the Supreme Court case, Graham v. Connor - and explains how it is now used alongside of Tennessee v. Garner to protect police from being held responsible for their brutality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202219 minutes, 18 seconds
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Throwback Episode: Tennessee v. Garner - Police Brutality is Legal - Part 1 of 3

For Today's episode of The Breakdown, we are going way back and replaying our 12th episode. In it, Shaun King begins the first of a 3 part series on why police brutality is functionally legal in the United States by unpacking the Supreme Court cases that currently protect even the worst officers in cases of police brutality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202217 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep. 585 - How to be consistent about human rights

The world can be an ugly place, but when that ugliness comes, I have some measure of peace because I'm consistent in what I speak out. I can speak out on the war crimes of Putin and Russia because I also speak out on the war crimes of the United States. But that's because I have a worldview - a philosophy - a guiding way I see and interact with the world. And when you don't have one, you ultimately allow other people, particularly the mainstream media, to determine what you should and shouldn't be concerned about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202213 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 584 - I so badly wonder who and what Biggie would be if he was still alive

Today is the 25th anniversary of the tragic murder of Biggie Smalls. And I just want to reflect on how special he was, how much I loved him growing up, where I rank him as a rapper - and I want to dream out loud on who and what he would've become. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202213 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 583 - Mitch McConnell just did something evil AND brilliant. Let me explain.

Yesterday Mitch McConnell announced that he is going to block something that was WIDELY expected to have bi-partisan support. During the pandemic, a policy was enacted to pay for school lunches across the country. It's popular from coast to coast with conservatives and liberals alike. And Democrats wanted to renew it. But Mitch shocked everybody and said he's blocking it. Let me explain what's evil AND brilliant about this. It's evil, point blank, because it's going to deny school children equal access to lunch. But what's brilliant, in the most nefarious way about this, is what I think is a central organizing principle of Republicans. They don't give Democrats ANYTHING. And ultimately stretch Democrats so thin, making them fight in so many battles, for even the most basic scraps of government, that they never really get to fight for deep systemic change. Ultimately, even though Democrats control the House, Senate, and Presidency, conservatives are still setting so much of the domestic agenda from day to day. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202211 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ep. 582 - He pointed his gun at police and didn't even get arrested.

Charles Ryan did something that would be a literal death sentence to every Black person in America. After a 911 call was made of shots fired, police in Tempe, Arizona showed up at Ryan's home, only for him to point his loaded gun straight at them. Instead of killing him in a hail of bullets like police did to Amadou Diallo for showing police his wallet, police didn't fire a single bullet at Charles Ryan. They didn't put their knee in his neck. They didn't Taser him. In fact, they didn't even arrest him or take him to jail. Instead, they took him to the hospital for a cut on his hand, and then literally released him back to go home. The very thing that police tell us over and over again that they just couldn't avoid was not only avoided with this white man - he's been given VIP treatment to this very day. Police CLEARLY know how to be patient and methodical. They just have to want it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202213 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ep. 581 - When the US desperately needed moral authority on war crimes - it has none

Without a doubt, Russia is committing thousands of war crimes against Ukraine. Any common spectator understands this. But right when the United States could desperately use moral authority to call out these war crimes, the world is reminding the US that it, too, has committed war crimes with impunity for generations. Today I will speak on this painful truth - and discuss the interconnectedness of how horrible decisions made by the US government from its founding until today makes it nearly impossible to then call out other superpowers with any measure of seriousness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202215 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 580 - My heart for refugees, widows, and orphans

You've recently heard me say many times the words of Dr. King that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." And I believe our grave inconsistency with this, where we ignore some injustices like they don't even matter, harms us all. I am against police brutality EVERYWHERE. I am against mass incarceration everywhere. And ultimately, that helps us fight smarter and better here. But sometimes, when violent men create war, and war crimes, I have to pause or slow some of the core work I do, to try to help refugees, widows, and orphans that are truly in duress. It's a part of my faith. A duty. A sacred obligation that I've carried my entire adult life. Today I'll break some of this down and say more about our work helping African students and immigrants fleeing Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202211 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 579 - What we are doing to help African immigrants caught at the borders of Ukraine

Today is abbreviated episode of The Breakdown as we rush to help African students and immigrants who are either stuck on the Ukrainian side of the border or virtually lost on the other side once they've crossed over.We're hiring several African students who've crossed over to help us build a database of those who need help. And we're partnering with several brilliant NGO's and donors who will help us with housing and transportation from there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/20226 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 578 - What I think about African immigrants being mistreated at the Ukrainian border

Over 500,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine in just the past few days alone. In a country that is 99% white, it came as a surprise to many of us to learn that tens of thousands of African immigrants were living, working, and being educated there - and were among those attempting to flee to safety.It was, then, a deep disappointment to see those African immigrants, many with infant children, in freezing cold temperatures, being mistreated and denied an opportunity to flee.Three days after those first videos emerged, I'll unpack and explain what I know, and tell you why I am hopeful that things will be much better from here on out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202222 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ep. 577 - What we can expect from Kentanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court

Early this morning it was just announced that Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson will be Joe Biden's nominee to the Supreme Court. Of course, Republicans won't make it easy, but she should be fast tracked to the court. She's not a radical. Trust me, I'd like to see that, but she was the best choice among the finalists Biden leaked to the press. Today I'll unpack her views on policing and mass incarceration, and say some about what we can hope and expect from her once she's seated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/202212 minutes
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Ep. 576 - Let me explain what "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" truly means.

Those words from Dr. King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" is a life quote for me. I think on it daily. It has guided much of my life for the past 25 years. And for me, today, those words matter more than ever. Can I teach for a moment? Let me unpack and explain for you what I think these words mean. I hate war. I hate what Putin is doing right now to Ukraine. But I see a lot of people saying that none of us should even care. I see people saying the same thing about the horrible decision from the Governor of Texas to criminalize being a parent of a transgender child or teenager. I see people I know actually celebrating this decision. And I have to speak up on why this is wrong and horribly short-sighted. Because truly, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. "You may see those situations, and think they have nothing to do with you, but when the rights and safety of some people are attacked and eroded, believe me, it's only a matter of time before yours are next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/202222 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ep. 575 - 4 reasons we should care about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine

All of us have a limited amount of emotional bandwidth to care about the dire conflict between Russia and Ukraine. I'm not asking you to become obsessed (I'm not going to do that either), but today I want to give you 4 practical reasons why you SHOULD care. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202214 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 574 - White people are effectively banning their own discomfort all over the country. Why I think we should be VERY concerned.

One tool of the oppressor is to throw so much oppression your way that you can't possibly be effective at fighting back any of it. For most of the past year, I was irritated by white people organizing to ban what they were calling Critical Race Theory, but I am already committed to so many other causes and fights that I just didn't have the time or focus to make that cause my own. But here's the thing - they aren't actually banning Critical Race Theory across the country. They are banning the truth telling of Black history and American history - all because that truthful telling makes millions of white people VERY uncomfortable. And they are winning. White people all over the country are, in essence, making their comfort into law. And it's an extremely dangerous precedent. It's not on the way to becoming dangerous. We're already there. When white comfort becomes law, we should all be very concerned. I'll unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/18/202213 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 573 - Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians

Last week Amnesty International released a thorough and undeniable 280 page report in which they called Israel's treatment of Palestinians "Apartheid" and a "cruel system of domination" and a "crime against humanity." And 2 things blew my mind. The United States government, like the NFL did against Black coach Brian Flores, denounced the entire report before they even read it. Many mainstream media outlets completely pretended that the report was never issued - in spite of it being viral across social media. If you've ever wondered how such gross human rights abuses of the past 100 years happened right under the noses of billions of people, look no further. It's happening right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202216 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ep. 572 - Let me talk a little bit about love today

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Listen - I know I'm a serious guy, but I just don't talk enough about love. It's such a HUGE part of my life. And today I want to talk about the love of my life and how I'm starting to reconsider something I've been telling myself for a very long time. Also, today is the 3 year anniversary of The North Star! Our original founder is Frederick Douglass and he chose this day as his birthday. Most people didn't think we'd make it a few months. Very few people thought we'd make it a year, but I'm proud to say that we're still here 3 years later doing good work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202214 minutes, 43 seconds
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Ep. 571 - Joe Biden just literally stole $7 BILLION from Afghanistan

What Joe Biden just announced today makes my BLOOD BOIL! Moments ago it was revealed that after Joe Biden ordered $7 BILLION of money that completely belonged to Afghanistan frozen, that he is now going to give it away to 9/11 victims and random charities. Let me speak plainly. Not a single Afghan served as a hijacker on 9/11. Not 1.You know who did? 15 Saudis? And men from half a dozen other countries. But notice that they aren't having their assets frozen and stolen? It's despicable. And it's theft, plain and simple. Not only that, but RIGHT NOW, in part because this money was frozen, Afghanistan is experiencing the single worst famine in the world. The entire country is in shambles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/202211 minutes, 42 seconds
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Ep. 571 - 2021 was the deadliest year for police violence ever measured

The Washington Post just announced that last year, 2021 was the deadliest year for police violence they've ever measured in the 6 years since they launched their comprehensive database. It's catastrophic news that confirms our worst fears that mass incarceration itself is exploding right before our eyes. Police violence is but one reliable indicator of this. Today I'll unpack and explain what this means and give some initial thoughts on where we go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/202214 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ep. 570 - No. Joe Biden DID NOT allocate $30 million for new crack pipes in the Black community

I feel crazy even having to say this, but if you believed the viral headlines over the past 24 hours that Joe Biden is giving Black people $30 million for new crack pipes, you have believed a lie. Here's the thing - Joe Biden makes enough actual mistakes for us to critique. We don't need to make this up. This past December, public health EXPERTS in his administration announced $30 million for VERY EFFECTIVE harm reduction programs in communities impacted by drug addiction and the opioid crisis. I've studied these programs right here in New York and they are saving lives and making a HUGE difference. Lastly, that $30 million may seem like a lot, but when funding a national program, it's next to nothing. The federal budget funds TRILLIONS of dollars of programs. Please be careful when sharing misinformation. It happens WAY too easily nowadays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202211 minutes, 40 seconds
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Ep. 569 - What's truly needed are Black owned sports leagues

The hiring season for NFL head coaches is now over and ONE Black man ended up getting a job - Lovie Smith - who will be taking over in Houston for a Black coach that was fired after only one season. It was thought to be one of worst 2 or 3 coaching jobs available. So now the NFL has 2 Black head coaches in a league that is 70% Black. At the root of it all is ownership. The NFL doesn't have a single Black owner. In fact, in all of American sports, out of 100+ teams, only one majority owner is Black - in spite of Black people dominating the industry. It's one of the greatest failures of integration. Brilliant black teams and leagues were destroyed - alongside Black owned businesses of every kind. Integration ultimately meant Black people integrating into white owned, white dominated spaces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202214 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 568 - Amir Locke is Why We Need a COMPLETE BAN on No-Knock Raids

Today on @TheBreakdown I want to give you two very important updates on the brutal police execution of Amir Locke and I want to explain why I still believe a total ban on no-knock raids, which are banned in almost every developed nation in the world, still makes a difference here. I see a lot of people saying they don't care if no-knock raids are banned or not because police will still be brutal. I understand that level of frustration. No single solution to police violence will solve the WHOLE problem, but it can solve SOME of the problem. Without no-knock raids, Breonna Taylor would still be alive today. And Amir Locke would as well. We can't reject some fundamental solutions because they aren't all-encompassing. Do I want to solve the whole damn problem? OF COURSE I DO, but the whole problem gets solved policy by policy, position by position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202214 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ep. 567 - The Brutal Police Execution of Amir Locke

You wouldn't know it from the lack of mentions on social media or in the news, but police violence today is as big a crisis as it was in 2020 and its latest victim was a brilliant young brother named Amir Locke - who was shot and killed within seconds in a no knock raid as he awoke from sleep and struggled to get out from under the covers. Amir was not wanted for a crime. He was not a suspect. He did not break the law. But police did not give Amir enough time for him to even process a coherent thought before they murdered him - still wrapped in blankets and sheets. Already, police have attempted to blame the fact that Amir had a gun, but Amir was a licensed, trained gun owner. What we know is that gun ownership, and all of the laws protecting gun owners, are very much about protecting WHITE gun owners. Let me unpack and explain what we know so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/202214 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ep. 566 - The price my family has paid for the lies of Deray McKesson

What happens in the dark always comes to light. ALWAYS. And for the past 8 years, few people have spread more lies and caused me more trouble than Deray McKesson. It has caused my wife, my kids, my mother, my extended family, and the organizations I lead so much trouble and heartache. This week his co-founders came out to say that he has not only mistreated them and stolen their work, but that he has failed to account for an astounding $40 million he raised in the names of families that he hasn't even supported. Now it all makes sense to me. He has laser-focused misinformation campaigns on me to get the attention off of himself. You don't have to believe in Karma for it to be real. The principle of "you reap what you sow" is thousands of years old. And I don't delight in the Karma Deray is now receiving - that's not my way - but I will say it's overdue. Sadly, after years of people lying and saying I was the one misspending funds - in spite of me releasing hundreds of pages of reports and accounting showing nothing of the sort, we now see that it is actually a real problem with Deray and many others in this movement. All I can do is continue to let my work and my impact speak for itself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/202221 minutes, 4 seconds
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Ep. 565: All of us need to stand with Coach Brian Flores

Yesterday former NFL Head Coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three specific teams for blatant racism and discrimination in their hiring patterns and practices. Today I want to unpack and explain why this was such a bold move for a man that is still actively interviewing for head coaching positions. We've been here before, though. And when Colin Kaepernick took a bold stand in the NFL previously, it cost him his entire career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202213 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ep. 564 - Happy Birthday to Lee Merritt! + An update on what happened in court yesterday

First off, Happy 39th birthday to my dear friend and brother, civil rights attorney, Lee Merritt. Yesterday, primarily because of his objection and guidance, the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery were denied their plea deal to serve their time in federal prison. Today I will unpack and explain what went down and what happens next! Then, I need you to click on the link in Lee's bio on Instagram to make a birthday donation to his campaign to be the next Attorney General of Texas. Let's GO! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202212 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ep. 563 - How the DOJ is bungling one of the most important moments in modern American history.

s you may have seen, the men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery were given a plea deal by the DOJ on federal hate crimes charges and civil rights violations. If the deal is accepted, it will basically amount to these men being allowed to choose where they are imprisoned instead of the Georgia State Prison that they deserve to be in. Let's be clear - these men have denied being racists for 2 years. They are only now admitting to it because it will allow them to serve their time in a federal prison instead of a hot, overcrowded, badly managed Georgia prison like everybody else who murders someone there. They also wanted to avoid the deep public stain of a trial in which the whole world would learn just how racist these white men were. It's a mess. Today I want to unpack and explain how this happened, tell you who is responsible, and give context for why so many of us are so incredibly frustrated with the DOJ right now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202222 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 562 - This American city drastically increased their police budgets and murders still DOUBLED.

Mobile, Alabama did what cities across the country are doing right now, they drastically increased their police budget over the past 3 years. And guess what happened over that same time period? Murders DOUBLED. Why? Because policing in America is a POST-crime enterprise. They show up AFTER the crime is already complete. And so while the city struggled desperately with poverty, drug addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, and struggling schools - all which are root causes of crime, the city poured more and more of its limited money into policing. And NOTHING got better. If we are going to be serious about public safety, pouring all of our money into policing, which already takes $789 million PER DAY in America, simply won't work. Listen, if you love this podcast, we need your support. Go now to TheNorthStar.com to become a paid member or click the link in my bio on Instagram. We are 8,900 members away from our goal for 2022! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202213 minutes, 33 seconds
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Ep. 561 - Why this Florida law making it illegal to make white people uncomfortable should concern all of us

When I first saw the AP headline that a brand new law legislating white comfort had passed several important hurdles in Florida, I thought it was a spoof. Florida is crazy, but that was NEXT LEVEL. But it wasn't a spoof. In fact, this new law appears to be on the fast track to pass. It makes it illegal for white people to feel uncomfortable when teaching American history and Black history. That alone is a problem. But today on The Breakdown, I want to unpack and explain why this law actually sets a VERY dangerous precedent. In fact, it was because white people made their comfort into law that the got their own water fountains, their own restrooms, their own entrances, their own sections and seats. Listen - this new Florida law is opening Pandora's Box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/202210 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ep. 560 - Why Joe Biden is to blame for yesterday's voting rights failure

First, don't you dare critique this episode without first actually listening to the podcast. Listen, then speak your mind freely. But today on The Breakdown I want to unpack and explain why I think Joe Biden himself was the #1 reason why the voting rights bill failed in the Senate yesterday. Of course Democratic Senators Sinema and Manchin are also to blame. But the President of the United States, who is the head of the Democratic Party, half-assed this entire push for all of 2021 - not even stating clearly if he supported changing the filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation until it was far too late. By the time Biden was finally ready to move on this, he gave Sinema and Manchin room to dig their heels in. Everything about how this went down was a rushed unprofessional, unprepared mess. Period. And all of that starts and ends with Biden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202216 minutes, 14 seconds
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Ep. 559 - One key way we CANNOT respond to racism & bigotry

I actually think it is a natural human response to return ugliness to those who were ugly to you or someone you care about. It feels good. I get it. It's something I have to resist every single day, though, because before you know it, you may be as bad or worse than them. Yesterday I posted a horrible video of openly racist basketball fans in China openly calling former NBA player Sonny Weems a nigger there. It was ugly. But in response to it, I see something that I often see in response to hate. And I want to talk about it.It's one key way we CANNOT respond to hate. Let me unpack and explain it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices