The Mama Africa Show

Wednesday 8 to 8:30 pm

September 4, 2013

August 28, 2013
Ewuare X. Osayande poet, political activist, cultural analyst, educator and author Ewuare X. Osayande author of several books including Whose America?: New and Selected Poems, Misogyny and the Emcee: Sex, Race and Hip Hop and Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Most recently, Osayande is the editor of Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, a global anthology of social justice poetry featuring such legendary poets as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti. All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to the Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Legal Defense Fund for Marissa Alexander. Osayande is also the creator of ONUS: Rites-of-Passage, a cultural awareness and personal development program for African American young men. He speaks and writes on the intersecting issues of race, gender, class and culture. More information on Ewuare X. Osayande is available at his website:

August 21, 2013

August 14, 2013

August 7, 2013

July 24, 2013

July 17, 2013

July 10, 2013

July 3, 2013

June 26, 2013

June 19, 2013

June 12, 2013

June 5, 2013

May 29, 2013

May 22, 2013
Karla Nicholson's Director of Haymarket People's Fund in Boston, MA Haymarket is a 39-year old anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grantmaking, fundraising, and capacity building we support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout our region. Karla also served on Association of Community Development Corporations, and Boston Arts Academy, and the Alliance. Currently she serves as a member of the Third Sector New England's Inclusion Initiative Steering Committee and Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts' Diversity Committee. Quote: "The manner in which Haymarket does its work through our unique model of activist grantmaking is very different from mainstream and other philanthropic organizations. We feel that having activists and community organizers make funding decisions that look at the root causes of oppression is vital to their eradication."

May 15, 2013

May 8, 2013
Morgan Powell, Eco Warrior and Bronx, NY Historian Morgan Powell is a Community Researcher and former Assistant Archivist with the Bronx African American History Project of the African and African American History Department of Fordham University. He was introduced to community gardening in the mid 1980s and began his research in 2001. Morgan is a landscape designer by profession and a writer for the national website Outdoor Afro. His on-line videos, maps, blogs and filmed walking tours celebrate the history of Black New York in the Bronx beyond cliche facts, historical figures and neighborhoods. Social, economic and environmental themes are explored.
You Tube & Facebook: Bronx River Sankofa

May 1, 2013
Charles Ishimwe from Rwanda Charles Ishimwe currently attends Southern Maine Community College for Media Studies. His goal is to become an international filmmaker, specifically in Peace documentary films. He started the SMCC Smile Again Club. The SMMC Smile Again Club, is a student organization that promotes integration and cultural understanding among immigrant and native born SMCC students. Our goal is to be involved in the campus activities and connecting the College to the immigrant community in the greater Portland area.

April 24, 2013
Jazz poet Toussaint St. Negritude Toussaint St. Negritude: Musician & Jazz poet currently residing on the coast of Maine in Belfast. A west coast native, Toussaint is a proud product of avant-garde San Francisco, having lived and traveled throughout the country. His music is an eclectic crossroads of folk, blues, and the Afro-Atlantic experience. Toussaint St. Negritude has been published and recorded broadly, and plans to have book of new poems this fall, published by Poets Coast Press. Performing the self-grown harvest of his own works, this solo poet/composer, bass clarinetist further orchestrates his song by way of a variety of reed and string instruments, including his own handmade stringed-heron, The Bird-of-Mingus, a fretless, fully winged, 4-string banjo/cello-like instrument based on the Ekonting of coastal Senegal.

For National Poetry Month, Toussaint St. Negritude will be reading this week at the Rockland Public Library, on Thursday, April 25th, beginning at 6 pm. For more info:

April 17, 2013
Shatema Brooks, Freelance Production Professional and Writer Shatema Brooks is a Freelance Production Professional and Writer. She was Set Production Assistant for Nor'easter Productions, LLC on the feature film Nor'easter (2012) and Box Office Manager for the 2011 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). She has written, among other things, press releases, bios for other creative professionals and web content for independent businesses. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Business Administration from Saint John's University in Queens, New York and studied law at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Shatema currently resides in the woods in Freedom, Maine.

April 10, 2013
Director Stephanie Ross & writer Carolyn Gage Stephanie Ross-Director: earned her BFA from NYU and has acted and directed in Off-Off Broadway in New York City and throughout New England. She teaches acting at Massabesic High and Middle Schools, Acorn Productions, and is a freelance director and Actor (AEA, SAG/AFTRA).

Carolyn Gage is a playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and sixty-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. She won the 2011 Maine Literary Award in Drama, and in 2009, her collection of plays The Second Coming of Joan of Arc and Selected Plays won the Lambda Literary Award in Drama, the top LGBT book award in the US. All of her books and plays are available online at

April 3, 2013
The actresses of "Little Sister" a play about conflict between loyalties, identity and traditions. Carolyn Ezzy has a background in musical performance and in 2009 delved into acting at Acorn Studios in Westbrook. She has studied with Mike Levine, Stephanie Russell and Rachel Flehinger and has performed with Acorn Studios and the Maine Playwrights Festival, with the Studio Theater in Bath, Schoolhouse Arts in Standish and with City Theater in Biddeford. She hopes this powerful play will help increase awareness of the very serious subject matter.

Angela Moline-Onawha: Angela attends Massabesic Middle School. She began acting at 3 years old in Schoolhouse Rock Jr. She has been performing for the past 10 years with Acorn Productions, The Maine Playwrights Festival, The Freeport Shakespeare Festival, and The Westbrook Shakespeare Festival and most recently made her Off-Off Broadway debut at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre.

Beth Somerville is a graduate of Elon University, where she studied acting and stage management. She has continued her theatre education with Acorn Productions. Recent roles include Helena in "All's Well That Ends Well," Laura in "The Glass Menagerie," Florence in "The Odd Couple" (female version), Rootie in "Graceland," and Mariam in "Dominion," which performed Off Broadway in NYC.

March 27, 2013
The actresses of "Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist" Gwira Kabirigi is a 25-year-old actress from the Democratic Republic of Congo who has lived in Portland since 2003. After taking her first acting class at Acorn Studios two years ago she fell in love with the art of acting and made her theatrical debut last year at the Maine Playwrights Festival where she starred in "Potatoes Aren't Enough" and "A Snowball's Chance In Hell." She is honored to have the opportunity to be involved with such a deep and thought provoking play. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Portland, Maine, Alfine Nathalie represents an expanding collective of Mainers with a multicultural background. She is a newcomer to the acting world, having only taken several acting classes and dabbled in school productions. In her free time, Alfine can be found frolicking in nature, writing her latest epiphanies or capturing memorable moments on her new camera. She is currently pursuing a path that will allow her to be a source of inspiration to others, and looks forward to continued growth in the performance arts.

March 20, 2013
Mukhtar Idhow, Executive Director of New American Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASP) Mukhtar Idhow, Executive Director of New American/Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASP) within Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS) out of New Hampshire.

March 13, 2013

March 6, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Sunday May 29 2011, - Click here for show:

Reflections on Malcolm X Speech " By any Means Necessary" Part Two : with Rouse members Jessie Newcomb, Lee Desay & Crystal Gamet. ROUSE an emerging White anti- racist working group in Portland Maine more info -

Sunday May 22 2011 - Click here for show:

Reflections on Malcolm X Speech " By any Means Necessary" Part One Dawud Ummah President, Center for African Heritage, Portland Maine Helen Caddie Larcinia, Sankofa Theraputics, Washington Maine

Sunday May 8, 2011 The mothers Day Show - Click here for show:

Poet, writer Toussaint Saint Negritude, Vermont Poet, writer Nyja Attenborough, New york City

Sunday May 01, 2011 Click here for show:

An Interview with Alixa and Naima, the soul-sister performance duo "Climbing PoeTree"Employing art as their weapon, their medicine, their voice, and their vision, with roots in Haiti and Colombia, Alixa and Naima reside in Brooklyn
Meet "Resisting Racism" work shop facilitator Ewuare X. Osayande on the Mama Afrika Show.A political activist, cultural analyst, author and educator, Osayande's work and activism are guided by the principles he advocates.

Sunday April 25, 2010 Click here for show:

An international discussion with Tope Bada "De-mystification of a Nigerian" and A local Spotlight with Joshua Hughes a young gifted director and producer of the play "Change".
Change: Interviews with cast Rene Johnson, Gerard Paschal and write Joshua Huges. A play about black inner city youths, the streets and the choices they make and live with. FMI: 207.615.3654
Feature interview: An international phone interview with Tope Bada in Lagos, Nigeria. Tope grew up in the country, trained as a Crop Protection and Environmental Biologist. He is an education consultant that works with students to fulfill their dreams for international education through travel experiences. Tope speaks about "the misconceptions created out there about Africans (especially Nigerians) and their country which focuses extremely on the negatives and makes the average Joe on the street of Lagos, Abuja or anywhere on the continent look like a criminal, poor and lacking in skills."

Sunday April 18, 2010 Click here for show:

The Freedom cafe and Ancient Black Biblical History.
Meet Janice & James Swinton, on May 30 2010 they will be former owners of the Freedom Cafe in Warterville Maine. While ending one chapter in Maine with the closing of their cafe, learn about their new chapter, going back to her mother's home to continue her mother's work bringing the teachings of ancient Black biblical history to Mississippi.

Sunday April 11, 2010 Click here for show:

Interviews: Local rap artist Dray Senior promoting his new CD release - "I Can Relate" with producer Gerard Paschal and promoter Victor Rios.
Paul Young, New England non-profit consultant wort a column in the Press Herald asking the hard question about transparency and the equitable disbursement of CD funds for the use of community development projects.

Sunday April 4, 2010 Click here for show:

The Mama Afrika Show with guests Kazeem Lawal- Executive Director and Founder of The Maine African Film Festival and Bilal Shukr" Guest host 15 min Spotlights with  Blanca Santiago - Central Latino Maine updates on comprehensive immigration & health-care reform, Emily Posner with legislative actions on LD 1611, and Journalist Tom Bell, Press Herald reporting on his article "Monkey e-mail scorned, defended"

Feature Interview with Kazeem Lawal and executive producer Keita-Annie Whitten: This year's incredible MAFF five-day line-up of film, art, music and dialogue. Festival runs from April 6th to April 10th 2010 featuring fifteen films at the Nickelodeon Cinema in downtown Portland. Kazeem explains features such as Sex, Okra and Salted Butter (2008) by Director Mahamat Saleh Haroun, (R)evolution Africa (2007) by directors Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, Al Hadji and His Wives, including films about youth in transition with Bronx Princess and Coming of Age, followed by a Panel Discussion titled "Being African in Maine" with Portland Police Chief James Craig.

Kazeem speaks about how dreams do come true when he put a wish out on Facebook to have Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu, album artist for Fela Kuti - be apart of this year's event. With the help of Kazeem's extended network, this year's festival kicks off with Ghariokwu with an opening night art reception and exhibit at Mayo Street Arts and ends with a party at Empire Dine and Dance with a pre-party Afro-Beat discussion with DJ Rich Medina (NYC) and artist Lemi Ghariokwu, followed by live music and dancing with DJ Medina.( )

Sunday January 10, 2010 Click here for show:

12-1PM Interviews with participants and teachers about their involvement in "READING, WRITING AND THE ENGAGED COMMUNITY": A Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration project of the NAACP Portland Branch. This project was lead by the USM Stone Coast MFA program, offering a series to adult writers of all levels and styles an opportunity to critically engage in the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants will have the opportunity to share their writing at a public recital, Friday, January 15 Harraseeket Inn, Freeport 5:00 p.m., and have their writing included in a published booklet later in the year.

1-2 PM Meaghan La Sala is a recent graduate of Salt Inst majoring in radio production. She worked on a project with John Yanga from called Security in a New Homeland. John is a refugee from Sudan who left behind more than just his home but his profession as an educator. He is currently an organic farmer and staff member of Cultivating Communities in Portland. Listen to their project this Sunday along with their narratives on how this project came to be.

Sunday December 13, 2009 Click here for show:

Keita Whitten, executive produce MSW interviews SMCC sociology students sharing their final projects and an interview with Dr.O Moyo  USM professor, dept of Social Work on the current political and economic situation is Zimbabwe.

SMCC students Alex Hooydonk . Topic: Racism & White privilege, raising awareness for social change

Kasandra Gushee & Sean Sypniewsky Topic: Alcoholism in Maine

Sunday December 6, 2009 Click here for show:

DING, WRITING AND THE ENGAGED COMMUNITY A Project of the NAACP Portland Branch A series of interviews on the Mama Africa Show will follow participants in a writing workshops being offered to Portland adult writers of all levels and styles as an opportunity to critically engage in the writings Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keita Whitten, executive produce MSW interviews participants response to their first writing assignment

1st workshop : A Letter from a Birmingham Jail 1954

The Reverand Virgina- Maire: Executive Director, Tengo Voz

Mikhu Anderson: USM Stonecoast MFA program graduate student

Rachel Talbot Ross: President NAACP Portland Branch

Sunday October 11, 2009 Click here for show:

Zora Neale Hurston "Their Eyes Were Watching God "symposium at Bates Sat Oct 17 2009. Interview with Victoria Bonnabaker, Maine Humanities Council and Rachel Talbot, Chair of the Portland NAACP

NAACP Martian Luther King writers project 2010 updates with Rachel Talbot, Chair of the Portland NAACP

Wabanaki Perspectives and Human Awareness at UMA, Oct. 13-16.

First Parish in Portland (Unitarian Universalist). Re discovering Columbus event: the story & struggle of one Christian, Bartolome de Las Casas, to end Columbus's exploitation and abuse of America's original inhabitants. Interviews with Rev. Katharine Hope Winthrop and Wells Staley-Mays, Portland Freedom Trail Guide & local historian

Human watch rights updates in Maine: Support Legislation to Reduce the Use and Abuse of Solitary Confinement*

Sunday Oct 4, 2009 Click here for show:
The Mama Africa Show, Sunday Oct 4 2009 with Executive producer, Keita Whitten

1) Sunday, Oct 4 2009, the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity at The University of Southern Maine will be awarding the Catalyst for Change Award to Sally Chandler, Maine's first African American female elected official & Chair of the York County Commissioners, previous recipients of this award include Dale McCormick. The mission of the center is to  feature and preserve the collective stories and contributions of African American, Jewish, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.  The center will be announcing this year's honoree for the Catalyst for Change Award, a significant award recognizing hard work as a catalyst for social change regarding diversity, equality, human and civil rights in Maine. Executive Director Keita A. Whitten, MSW interviewed board members and staff including ; Susie Bock (Director of the Sampson Center studio), Bob Greene (Chair, Sampson Center Board) Victoria Mares-Hershey (Sampson Center Board Member), Abe Peck (USM faculty scholar), Mark Lapping (Sampson Center creator) & David Nutty (University Librarian and center administrator)

2) Film: RiseUp interview with director Luciano Blotta. RiseUp is a journey into the heart of Jamaica - the island that gave birth to the worldwide cultural phenomenon of Reggae. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, three distinct and courageous artists fight to rise up from obscurity and write themselves into the pages of history. RiseUp follows artists in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dancehalls of Kingston and the countryside.

Sunday Aug 16, 2009 Click here for show:The commemorative ceremony and dedication of Malaga Island
The Mama Africa Show, Sunday Aug 16 2009 with Executive producer, Keita Whitten
Interviews with: Tiziana Rinaldi: Yoruba priestess, Novelist and NYU Professor from Brooklyn New York
J. T Lewis: Musician and Music anthologist from Brooklyn New York

Topic: The commemorative ceremony and dedication of Malaga Island on Saturday Aug 15 on Malaga Island as one of the sites on the Maine freedom Tails in collaboration with the Portland NAACP, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Freedom Trails and The University of Southern Maine. The interview spoke about the significance of the Yoruba prayers and songs as it related to the opening ceremony involving additional contributions by The Rev. Virginia Marie Rincon, Penobscott elder and tribal representative Donna Loring, and NAACP Portland Chapter president Rachel Talbot Ross. The interview also included  the perspectives of Lewis as he spoke to significance of the ceremony and The African Diaspora as it related to music.

Sunday May 31, 2009 Click here for show: Asking the question: Do we live in a police nation?
Asking the question: Do we live in a police nation? Sonia Sotomayor's appointment & WMPG presents Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold Documentary by Rob Rosenthal.

Sunday March 15, 2009 Click here for show: Interview with Ziad Abbas.
Ziad Abbas is a Palestinian refugee and journalist from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. As a journalist Ziad has worked with Palestinian and international media and has helped with the production of several documentary films, including "Promises," the award-winning documentary that portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of young people. Currently on leave from the Ibdaa Cultural Center, Ziad is working with Middle East Children's Alliance MECA, a non-profit organization based in Berkeley, California. Ziad is also the co-founder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center

March 8, 2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa
Interview with Kinobe playing traditional Kora & guitarist Ouma Michael from Soul Beat Africa : Launching their first major world tour 2009. Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa is the new voice of Ugandan music, the inspired synthesis of African roots and world music, of traditional and modern instrumentation. With a voice that flows with a lyrical maturity and precision that conjures images of the great Lauryn Hill or soul diva Erykah Badu, the Bay State's own Naia Kete opens!

March 1, 2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: A select group of King middle school students did a reading project for African heritage month about "Claudette Colvin: an unsung hero of the civil rights era."
Interview 1:
Colvin at age 15 during the Jim crow era had had enough of segregation and refused to give up her seat one day on an Montgomery Bus in Alabama. She was arrested sparking the events that lead to the Montgomery boycott as we know it.This book was written by a Maine writer. On Feb 25 King invited her to Maine talk to students about her story. This Sunday the Mama Africa show will speak with these students  asking them to share their perspectives regarding this project.
Interview 2
We will meet a women who started a fund raising teeshirt project called --"Africa is not a country, it's a continent" ( to help fund a project called Nah We Yone.Nah We Yone ( is an organization that works with displaced Africans in New York city, connecting them to legal and social services to facilitate their adjustment to life in the U.S. She is also the program coordinator for a camp called Fambul Camp, a weekend culture camp for children of African descent ages 5-16 and  "Fambul" means Family in Krio, a language spoken in Sierra Leone.

February 22, 2009 - Click here for show:

February 8,2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: Celebrating African Heritage Month 2009: A contemporary look at African American Artist.
Interviews with:

Daniel Minter Best known known as a children's book illustrator. Designed the 1994 Kwanzaa stamp and icon and markers for the City of Portland "Freedom Trails"

Victoria Mares Hershey Journalist & writer: Playwright of "How did I get here: Africans in the making of America A Performance about African Americans , African Lives in the Making of America. A performance and art installation by Victoria Mares Hershey and Stephen Oliver. The production reveals Africans not as nameless slaves but as people who were as integral to the making of America as well-known patriots and colonial families.

Stephen Oliver - designer, architect and artist. Recent accomplishments include designing the museum of African Culture on Brown Street in Portland Maine.

January 25,2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: Inauguration after party!
Guest: Helen Caddie Larcenia from Washington Maine, Assatha From Bangor Maine, Hashim - Portland Maine from "Freedom through expression"

January 18,2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: The Inauguration show: A time of healing. Barak Obama the 44th President and first African American President & a 80th birthday celebration for the late Dr. Martin King Jr.
Guest: The Black Bird Collective with David Bidler with updates about exiled Maine state prison inmate Deane Rowland Brown.

Bidler's comments on the MAS echoed that of Ron Huber of WRFR Community Radio  who worte " He [ Brown] was exiled to first one in 2006, then another Maryland prison in late 2008 for appearing on a community radio station WRFR in Rockland Maine, and for speaking to investigative reporter Lance Tapley. Here is a link to a letter he sent us last week. Letter Link

Huber goes on to say "Governor Baldacci needs to be put on the spot about these exiles and brought to revoking their removal out of state. And Deane Brown is only one of many.

January 4,2009 - Click here for show:
Topic: The Gaza Occupation Show
Guest: Roy Ghim WMPG community radio "Liberation By Sound" & Wells Staley Mays - Peace Action Maine, Executive committee member, Portland NAACP, Portland Freedom Trails, co- author Maine's Visible Black History.

December 7, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: What is race? Part II
Host: Lady Soulshine, aka Keita & Nicole Saxon.
Includes: The 15min spotlight with the Black Bird Collective

November 9, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: Obama's win and feed back from the nation, What happened and how?

Also included was The New Jersey 4. A case introduced by Conrad from The Naughty North. The NJ4 are a group of young, queer, black women who were attacked by a man on the N.Y. Pier a while back. They defended themselves from this attack (and caused the assailant minor injuries) and are all currently imprisoned on attempted murder charges.

November 2, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: Poetry
Guest: Host Hashim - "Freedom Through Expression" with community guest and call in guest poets.

October 26, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: Get out the Vote
Guest: Portland NAACP chapter President Rachel Talbot & Executive Committee member Wells Staley–Mays and community youth commentaries with Anthony Verrillo (republican) and Walter Phillips (democratic).

October 19, 2008 Program - Click here for show:
Topic: Interracial relationships part 2 and the count down to election with Nichole Saxon, Jude Esty-Kendall & Lady Soul shine: Keita Whitten.

October 12, 2008 Program - Click here for show:
Topic: Interracial relationships, part 1 with Nichole Saxon, Jude Esty-Kendall, Nadia Jackson & Lady Soul shine: Keita Whitten.

October 19, 2008 Program - Click here for show:

August 31, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: on the MAS we had Nicloe Saxon, Nadia Jackson, Patrica Howlett and The Rev. Virgina Marie and Lady Soulshine, aka Keita.

August 24, 2008 - Click here for show:
Topic: How did i get here:Africans and the making of America. Produced by Affinity Arts. A Dramatic Performance/Art Installation by Victoria Mares Hershey & Stephen Oliver 
Interviews following performance night before with cast members Wells Staley Mays, Karl Houston, Keita Annie Whitten, AKA Lady SoulShine & director Victoria Mares Hershey  and interview with Keith Potter from the Itals with producer Lady SoulShine

August 17, 2008 - Click here for show:
How did i get here:Africans and the making of America. Produced by Affinity Arts. A Dramatic Performance/Art Installation by Victoria Mares Hershey & Stephen Oliver .
Live Cast readings by Patricia Joy Howlett, Karl Houston, Michael Wilson & Keita Annie Whitten with co- Host Ms. Nadia & producer Lady SoulShine