African American Takeover Day at WSLR in Sarasota

WSLR 96.5, Sarasota’s community radio station, will be pre-empting regular programming for most of the day on Saturday, June 6th, building on a block of existing African American programming to let black voices in our community be heard. Listeners interested in being part of the conversation can call or text 941-954-8636. Some of the programming will also be livestreamed on WSLR’s Facebook and YouTube channel.

The full schedule of programming

  • 7am – 9amSaturday Morning Gospel Beat with Jonah Ray
  • 9am – 9:30am Town Talk Tampa Bay – Host Sharon Folta will interview Demetrius Jifunza, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • 9:30am – 11am Radio Reset – Hosted by Sharon Folta, this show celebrates female voices in music, verse, activism and community from Sarasota and beyond!
  • 11am -12pmThe Willingness to Change –-A 23 year old’s perspective of the world as he understands it, and as it understands him. Host: Daje Austrie

Afternoon programming

  • 12pm – 1pmRaising Strong Black Men in Today’s World – Sharon Folta will host a conversation with Renee Gilmore, host of ‘Empowering Voices’ on ABC 7 and Jonah Ray, host of Saturday Morning Gospel Beat on WSLR, about raising Black male children and being a young Black man in America.
  • 1pm – 2pmHard Knock Radio – Hosts Davey D and Anita Johnson give voice to issues ignored by the mainstream while planting seeds for social change. The show focuses on issues relevant to youth and the disenfranchised, especially communities under served and misrepresented by corporate-owned mainstream media
  • 2-2:30pmCritical Times – Special Coverage of Local Protests
  • 2:30pm – 4pmCritical Times: Being a Black Man in America with host Perette Cannady and special guests Dr. Karl Lewis DDS , Michael Harris Pro Golfer 1996-2003, Ed Lewis Co-Founder of Essence Magazine and John Sims, local artist and educator.
  • 4pm – 4:30pmMaking Contact – Features Dr. Ibram Kendi on the History of Race in America
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pmAsk Dr. Lisa –Special guest will be Dr. Jewel Crawford a medical doctor and social justice activist. Dr. Crawford brings excellent expertise from CDC, social determinants of health research, etc. This program will be livestreamed on the WSLR Facebook and YouTube channel and audience members can ask questions or make comments in the live chat.

Evening programming

  • 5:30pm-7:30pmMy Sister’s Keeper: Celebrating Black Joy. Join Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie and her two sisters, Asmaa’a Zabriskie and Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie, as they play music and muse about Black joy and healing. Dr. Queen Meccasia Zabriskie is a mother, dancer, anti-racist organizer, dynamic educator, and co-author of Black Theater Is Black Life: An Oral History of Chicago Theater and Dance, 1970-2010. She is part of the network of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, co-founder of the Sarasota Anti-Racism Working Group, and a professor at New College of Florida. Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie is a culinary creative genius as well as the owner, CEO, and Executive Chef of Indulge Catering, LLC in Durham, North Carolina. Asmaa’a Zabriskie is a dynamic professional singer; owner of a natural health and wellness business called, Return 2 Pachamama; and a vegan cookbook author whose new book, Veggiegasms, will be available soon.
  • 7:30-9:30pmSounds of Freedom – Brian Jones will host a special show with jazz aficionado Lawrence F. Jonesdiscussing the history of protest jazz.
  • 9:30pm-11:30pm – DJ Karim Manning will play a live set of classic soul, funk and hip hop music, then perform some live hip hop and human beat boxing finish the set. Karim has been DJing and composing music for over 20 years and has deep roots in hip hop music and culture. He recently started teaching digital music at Booker Middle and Booker High School and loves teaching young black and Latino youth about the true history of America and our battles with oppression as people of color

WSLR is a member of the Manasota Anti-Racism Coalition which will be releasing a public statement on the need to confront racism and white supremacy on Sunday, June 7th.

Photos from WSLR Facebook page.

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2020-06-06