Episode 102: Women of the Black Panther Party

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Akua & Sam are joined by guest, Historian Robyn C. Spencer to discuss the women of the Black Panther Party in Oakland.

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Fuck It (Topic of the Day): A conversation with Historian Robyn C. Spencer about women in the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Talking points include: Becoming a historian as a black woman, Assata Shakur, being an activist historian, international activism, “brothers on the block,” men as protectors & providers, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, challenging ideas of women as protectors, reasons women joined the black panther party, “Pantherettes,” nebulous gender roles, Nation of Islam, a lack of historical evidence and records, “jive sisters do no apply,” recruiting women, hot (attractive) black panthers, romantic pursuits in joining, black panther heartthrobs, politics of appearance, intellectualism, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Bobby Seale’s charisma, nuanced colorism, the afro, queer people and gay folks within the black panther party, disabled folks in the black panther party, Ericka Huggins, Elaine Brown, homophobia within the party, fake memos of dissent, FBI, Cointelpro, Kathleen Smith murder, Eldrige Cleaver, Soul on Ice, domestic violence within the party, Kathleen Cleaver and intimate partner violence, physical punishments in the black panther party, Elaine Brown becoming chairman of the Black Panther Party, Women in Administrative roles.

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