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Free 'Em All Radio with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the Lady of Rage 2020-01-01, 2020-01-01



In the first episode of 2020, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., the Lady of Rage, and callers review major events in 2019. Hampton talks about the campaign to restore Hampton House and mentions an update to the disappearance of Kierra Coles in 2018. He discusses discriminatory policing, failures of the Chicago Transit Authority, and unequal distribution of resources in the city. A man and his nephew call in to ask Chairman Fred’s opinion about violence within Black communities and how it distracts from facing larger problems created by capitalism, colonialism, and racism. Other subjects mentioned include the anniversary of Oscar Grant’s murder by police, Nipsey Hussle’s assassination, and statistics about deaths in Cook County caused by guns and fentanyl in 2019.


  • 2020-01-01


Biographical / Historical

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. is the son of Fred Hampton and Akua Njeri (formerly known as Deborah Johnson). Chairman Fred has been organizing for the liberation of the People for decades as the leader of the Black Panther Cubs and one of the main driving forces behind defending Fred Hampton’s childhood home, the Hampton House.

Biographical / Historical

Robin Yvette Allen, known by her stage name Lady of Rage, is a rapper and actress whose career spans decades. She has been co-hosting Free ‘Em All Radio since 2016.


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00:00:00 -- “Neva (Remix)” by Scarface & Fred Hampton Jr.

00:04:47 -- Host introduction and episode overview

00:06:55 -- Discusses campaign to save Hampton House

00:11:07 -- Music plays: Hide & Seek (feat. Purpose) by Gee Watts

00:15:23 -- Update on the 2018 disappearance of Kierra Coles, a pregnant postal worker; mental health issues; racism in policing

00:18:30 -- Unequal access to public transit system in Chicago; the theft of resources from Africa and similarities to the “brain drain” from Black communities

00:21:08 -- Media coverage of the beating of a white man on the Red Line; taxation and unequal distribution of resources in Chicago

00:23:58 -- A man and his nephew call in to ask about rappers “staining” [robbing] each other instead of facing the larger problems of capitalism, racism, and colonialism

00:30:38 -- Discusses Malcolm X’s “ballot or the bullet” speech; entertainment industry

00:35:40 -- Powerlessness vs potential for grassroots change; neocolonialism; reactionism and President Donald Trump

00:46:00 -- The callers and Chairman Fred discuss American culture and politics, discriminatory standards, Harvey Weinstein, politics and power dynamics in prison, “contradictions” in the culture, and generational differences

01:00:19 -- Thanks the Committee for encouraging him to take a break; talks about the importance of these conversations

01:02:30 -- Chairman Fred notes the anniversary of Oscar Grant’s 2009 killing by a Bay Area Rapid Transit system police officer in Oakland, California

01:04:55 -- Organized crime in Chicago; community organizing and accountability

01:16:40 -- How neighborhoods are changing, vacant lots, displacement; names politicians responsible for it

01:18:28 -- Music plays: “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield

01:22:30 -- Reflects on past policing and housing battles against the state; Hampton House Campaign; Hollywood portrayals of the movement; mentions San Quentin State Prison

01:38:35 -- Campaign to save Hampton House; discusses production of Judas and the Black Messiah

01:42:11 -- The Lady of Rage talks about 2019 Cook County death statistics, specifically gun and fentanyl-related deaths; discussion of the opioid crisis

01:45:40 -- Discusses the 501c3 process and GoFundMe campaign

01:47:53 -- Assassination and legacy of Nipsey Hussle, state’s involvement; Brain drain

01:51:15 -- Closing and outro

01:52:17 -- Outro music: “Dedication” by Nipsey Hussle

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