Black Talk Sacramento #40: Black Women and Rockets

Current Show Date: Feb 13, 2018 / 5pm-7pm
Every Second Tuesday @ 5pm-7pm

Hosted by:

Marichal J Brown: Barber, Educator and Publisher
Gerry Gos Simpson: Artist, Curator, Fashion Designer
Tony Harvey: Reporter, Author (

Today’s Show is Hosted by:

NSAA: Poet
Guest Host: Kareem J Daniels (Comedian)
Guest Host: CharRon E Smith (

Underground Books

2814 35th Street, Sacramento, CA
(916) 737-3333
Every Second Tuesday

Underground Books Events

Saturday, February 17
from 2 – 4 pm
Sonny Walebowa
“Adventures in Vangoland”

Saturday, March 3
from 2 – 4 pm
Halifu Osumare
“Dancing In Blackness”

Saturday, March 17
from 2 – 4 pm
Vicki Ward
“Supercharge Your Life After 60”

Saturday, March 17
from 5 – 6:30 pm
Pamela Smith
Financial Hot Topics

Saturday, March 24
from 2 – 4 pm
Patricia Saunders
“There is Sunshine After the Rain”

Thursday, February 22
6 – 7:30 pm
Art Talk with Milton 510 Bowens
“Somebody’s Gotta Say it”
Mark your calendars and plan to attend these two stimulating events to celebrate Black “Art” History Month

Underground Books’ Featured Book

“Black Panther”
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Read it before you see it in the theater- It’s the hottest book on the market!

Underground Books’ Art Exhibit

Black Under Construction
We Too Sing America

Inspired by the Langston Hughes poem, I Too Sing America, acclaimed Bay Area artist, Milton 510 Bowens, shares an extraordinary body of work that takes us from slavery to the Black migration north, into the civil rights era and black power movements; a visual journey leaving colored, searching for Black.

Underground Books Book Club

Book to be announced!
Saturday April 14 at 12 noon!
All are Welcome !!!!!

Children’s Story Time (w/ Charlene Carter, Just Me!)

February 24
12-1 pm
Ages 3 – 10
We have a large selection of Children’s books available at underground books!

Observer News with Tony Harvey

In Studio Guest

Kiara Harris
Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance (SAGE)

Bio: Kiara Harris is a social entrepreneur, consulting on issues she cares about: health & wellness, women’s empowerment, energy alternatives, cohousing, and social justice advocacy. Harris is co-founder of Sistahs Aging with Grace & Elegance (SAGE) and has 30 years of experience in public and nonprofit agency communication including cause marketing, media relations, community outreach and engagement. She has a BA in Communications and an MA in Public Administration/Public policy. Harris is also a fiction writer. In 2016, she completed her first novel, Room for Rent, a story about healing and second chances.

Web Site:


Celebrating the Aging Journey: Affirming Our Beauty & Wisdom
Saturday, February 24 at 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center
4036 14th Ave, Sacramento, California 95820


Other News

Sorry Sacramento, you now must dial 1 to make a phone call. Here are the details
Starting Saturday morning, landline phone users with a 916 number must dial a 1 and the area code to make phone calls, even when the calls are local calls. Cellphone users will have to dial the area code, but most will not have to dial a 1 first.

Why, you ask? It’s because the California Public Utilities Commission is creating an area code “overlay” – adding a new area code. People in the six-county Sacramento region who sign up for new telephone numbers starting on March 10 will be assigned a new 279 area code instead of 916, even though they are living in what is now the 916 area.

Israel begins telling African migrants to leave
Israel began warning thousands of African migrants Sunday that they must leave by the end of March, officials said, under a plan that could see them jailed if they refuse.

On January 3, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced implementation of a plan to deport about 38,000 migrants who had entered the country illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese.

About That Song You’ve Heard, Kumbaya
We chant it with locked arms and closed eyes, at campfires, in protest lines and from the pews at church, but the truth is, many of us have no clue what the lyrics mean or exactly where they come from.

Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya. Kumbaya my Lord, kumbaya.

Thanks to research and lobbying by residents of a coastal community descended from slaves, the origins and meaning of “Kumbaya” have been recognized in Congress, raising hopes that a fading culture might get a boost. The song may be sung more often than usual this month, especially in the part of Georgia where its soulful lyrics are said to have originated almost a century ago.

Speaking on the House floor two months back, Representative Buddy Carter of Georgia recognized the Gullah Geechee, whose ancestors were brought to America’s southeastern coast from West Africa, as the probable creators of the famous folk song.

FBI Tracks & Arrests ‘Black Identity Extremist’ and Hardly Anyone Is Talking About It
Six months after the FBI issued a report inventing from whole cloth the term Black Identity Extremists — claiming this group poses a terrorist threat to police — the first apparent case of the prosecution of a BIE has emerged. The BIE designation has created concern in the Black community that the FBI is launching a new COINTELPRO program targeting Black activists who have committed no crimes, with more arrests and prosecutions of those involved in racial justice movements to follow.

This latest chapter represents the FBI that has been familiar to Black people for decades. While the bureau only recently created the term Black Identity Extremist, its methods, tactics and orientation remain the same with regard to Black activists. The FBI has a long tradition of treating Black political movements as terrorists and enemies of the state, and a threat to national security and public safety. A conservative, white-male-dominated organization, the FBI always has taken its cues from anti-Black, right-wing propagandists.

On December 12, 2017 in Dallas, Christopher Daniels, also known as Rakem Balogun, was arrested during a raid on his home and charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm, the result of more than two years of FBI surveillance, as Foreign Policy reported. Federal agents held Daniels outside in his underwear and seized two firearms the government claims he is barred from owning due to a 2007 misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee. Among other items FBI agents took from Daniels’ home was a copy of the book “Negroes With Guns” by civil rights activist Robert F. Williams.

The lost story of Nearest Green, the slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey
There’s no mystery about what goes into Jack Daniel’s whiskey. The popular drink has been around for 151 years and its recipe is on the company’s website. But a story about how Jack Daniel began his distillery is only now gaining attention.

Some of the first clues about the role of Nearest Green were in Daniel’s official biography, published in 1967, more than half a century after his death. Green was mentioned about 50 times. Then his name seemed to disappear, until author Fawn Weaver helped uncover the truth at the heart of how Daniel came to make whiskey, reports CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller.

Tech News

Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first Falcon Heavy rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared on its maiden voyage today (Feb. 6) — a historic test flight that also sent a car toward Mars and included two confirmed booster landings.

Billed as the world’s most powerful booster since NASA’s Saturn V, the Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off from Launch Pad 39A here at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) — the same site used by NASA’s Apollo moon missions and space shuttles — at 3:45 p.m. EST (2045GMT) after more than two hours of delays due to upper level winds.

Harley-Davidson Confirms First Production Electric Motorcycle

Amid slumping sales, Harley-Davidson will attempt to attract younger riders by offering its first production electric motorcycle. The new bike, which has yet to be named, is expected to be available within 18 months. The Milwaukee motorcycle maker first dipped its toes in the EV world by touring the country a few years back with a concept electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, for riders and members of the media to take on test rides. Now they seem poised to go all-in on an EV.

Harley-Davidson will continue to hang their hat on the Softail and Touring motorcycles that its aging customers adore. But the company’s foray into electric bikes is aimed squarely at a younger crowd that values Teslas over hot rods.

Performance should not be an issue, as the LiveWire could ton-up at 100 mph and do 0-60 in less than four seconds. The prototype’s main drawback was a limited range of roughly 55 miles. However, battery and motor technology have improved dramatically since the LiveWire was introduced, and with other electric motorcycles topping 200 miles in range, Harley’s new bike should be able to carry you a good bit farther than the LiveWire.

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