Reparations in Action

White Lies Shattered - Episode 05: The Lie That It’s Not About Race, It’s About Class

Episode 5 of “Reparations in Action: White Lies Shattered" airs Friday, April 9th from 3-4 pm EST on Black Power 96.3 FM, St. Petersburg. This edition features Penny Hess ripping to shreds the white lie that, "It's not about race, it's about class."

Tune to hear the African Internationalist response to this colonizer white left denial of the colonial contradiction as expressed through opportunistic slogans like, "black and white unite and fight," and the historical distortion that says white people were some how “duped” into enslaving and lynching African people.

Episode 5 will look squarely at the vile truth of enthusiastic white complicity with colonial violence through the eyes of the African working class. As Chairman Omali Yeshitela has said, "The real class question is located in the colonial contradiction."

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White Lies Shattered - Episode 04: The Lie of Benign, Progressive Capitalism

Episode 4: Shattering the lie that capitalism was born as a benign and progressive system

Reparations in Action: White Lies Shattered Series Podcast and FM radio show continues Friday, March 19th at 3pm EST with Episode 4 in which Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee, destroys the lie that capitalism was born as a benign and progressive system in Europe and only later became the oppressive, world wide system of imperialism we know today. 

This episode of the White Lies Shattered series uses African Internationalism to show that capitalism was born through brutal imperial plunder as a violent and parasitic entity that cannot be saved or reformed. As Chairman Omali Yeshitela has said, "There is no such thing as a kinder, gentler colonialism." Reparations in Action airs weekly on Black Power 96.3 FM in St. Petersburg, FL from 3-4pm EST and can be heard on, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Email hosts Jamie Simpson and Jesse Nevel with your questions and comments at


White Lies Shattered - Episode 3: The Hideous Lie that “Africans Sold Themselves into Slavery”

On Episode 3 of "White Lies Shattered," co-hosts Jamie Simpson and Jesse Nevel use the political theory and historical analysis of African Internationalism to expose and destroy the white nationalist lie that "Africans sold themselves into slavery," a foul and slanderous lie propagated by imperialism to blame African people for their own oppression and attempt to discredit the righteous struggle for reparations and African liberation.

This episode of "White Lies Shattered," refutes this slanderous fabrication with historical research from the Overturning the Culture of Violence Project coordinated by Penny Hess, Chair of the African People's Solidarity Committee.  Learn the truth about the African response to slavery and colonialism: Fierce, unrelenting resistance from day one, and continuing to this very day. 

If you want to know who benefited from slavery, all you have to do is "Follow the money." Listen to episode 3 to go deeper.

White Lies Shattered - Episode 02: “Age of Exploration” was the Age of Genocide

Episode 2: Shattering the white lie that "Europeans discovered the world in the Age of Exploration." 

Reparations in Action Host Jamie Simpson welcomes African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) Chairwoman Penny Hess, author of the book Overturning the Culture of Violence and Uhuru Solidarity Movement Chair Jesse Nevel to explore the genocidal history of colonial capitalism.

On Friday, February 26th we will take aim at the lie that Europeans or white people discovered a “ New World” during an age of “Exploration”.

The ‘White Lies Shattered’ series will use the historical record and African Internationalism, the political theory developed by Uhuru Movement leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela, to destroy the insidious lies white people tell ourselves about the nature of capitalism and the violent process that brought it into being. Each episode will focus on a specific lie this system uses to defend itself from criticism and from the just demand for reparations.


White Lies Shattered - Episode 01: The Lie of “European Civilization”

Episode 1: Shattering the white lie that "Europeans brought civilization to the world"

On the premiere episode of "White Lies Shattered," a special series hosted by Reparations in Action, Penny Hess, Chairwoman of the African People's Solidarity Committee explores the genocidal origins of capitalism and uproot the lies white people tell ourselves about slavery, colonialism and how Europe and the white world came into existence.

In the first episode of White Lies Shattered, Penny Hess and co-hosts Jamie Simpson and Jesse Nevel will use the historical record and the theory of African Internationalism developed by Chairman Omali Yeshitela to obliterate the myth that Europe brought civilization to the world. Join this whirlwind tour of history through the eyes of the African working class.

October 20, 2020 - March for Reparations Sweeps Six States Across the U.S.

On today's episode we interview four members of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement - Claudet Yavrom from San Diego, California, Mads Ambrose from Portland, Oregon, Halley Murray from Boston, Massachusetts, and Len Demmer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - about the historic six-state-wide March for Reparations to African People that took place on last Saturday, October 17th and was part of a U.S.-wide campaign to raise over $20,000 towards the African self-determination programs of the Black Power Blueprint.  

October 13, 2020 - Interview with Bakari Olatunji, African People’s Socialist Party

On today's episode we interview Bakari Olatunji, Western Regional Party Representative of the African People’s Socialist Party, Vice Chair in Uhuru Foods & Pies, Sales and Distributor for the Pies Campaign; based in Oakland, California, about the recent re-opening of the case of Oscar Grant who was murdered by Oakland police 11 years ago. We also discuss the ongoing struggle for Black Community Control of the Police and the role of the Party in fighting for reparations to African people.

October 6, 2020 - Rally Against White Nationalism | APSC 44th Anniversary | French Colonialism in Africa

On today's episode begin with a report back from a recent political action coordinated by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement here in St. Petersburg, Florida. In response to escalating tensions between mostly white protestors in downtown St. Petersburg and a group of pro-police, pro-Trump “MAGA motorcycle” caravan called “Blue Thunder,” The Uhuru Solidarity Movement announced a Rally Against White Nationalism on Saturday on the Steps of City Hall. Then we move into a discussion with African People's Solidarity Committee Chairwoman Penny Hess about the forty-fourth anniversary of the founding of APSC and the history and ongoing struggle of African people against French colonial domination in Africa.

September 29, 2020 - Interview with Luwezi Kinshasa, Secretary General of the African Socialist International

On today's episode we had an incredibly powerful discussion with Secretary General of the African Socialist International, Luwezi Kinshasa, joining us from London. Secretary General Luwezi Kinshasa is a brilliant leader, speaker and writer whose political leadership in building the African People’s Socialist Party worldwide is felt throughout Europe, Africa, the Bahamas and elsewhere. SG Luwezi’s profound writings in the Burning Spear newspaper, Africa and African Internationalism are known for their depth and their sharp analysis. 

Also joining us is Penny Hess, the Chairwoman of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the white organizaation formed by the African People’s Socialist Party to build solidarity with the African revolution and organize white people for reparations. Penny Hess is the author of Overturning the Culture of Violence and has been working under the leadership of the APSP and Chairman Omali Yeshitela since 1976.

September 22, 2020 - Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Reconsidered

On Friday of last week news broke of the passing of 87-year-old supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Though tributes to Ginsburg’s supposed legacy as a champion of women’s rights have flooded news stations and social media feeds, other commentators from the African and Indigenous communities have pointed out that Ginsburg’s record as a supreme court justice holds a different meaning for the colonized and oppressed than it does for the women of the white oppressor nation population.

Joining us to sum up the life and death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Amanda Carlozzi, a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and the Vice-Chair of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement. 

Also joining us is Jesse Nevel, our engineer and co-host, Chair of Uhuru Solidarity. 

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