At Honeysuckle, we’re always seeking to connect with people who want to change the cultural conversation. Revolutionary activist poet James Litkett is doing just that with his TV series Now We Rise – Quest to Self-Determination, where he interviews zeitgeist-shaping individuals while conducting a genuine discussion on current events, politics, race, and shifting social norms. Notable guests on the show have included Hananiah Shabazz, author and Imam/founder/CEO of the Zaid Ibn Harith Islamic Center in Atlanta; and Rocky Lotito, founding board member of the Rikers Debate Project, a nonprofit organization teaching debate skills to inmates at Rikers Island.
Team Honeysuckle was honored to be interviewed during the first anniversary celebration of Now We Rise. Founder/Publisher Ronit Pinto, Managing Editor Jaime Lubin, and Deputy Editor/Art Director Naomi Rosenblatt appeared on the show to talk about the magazine’s evolution, our journey to bring counterculture to the mainstream, and themes surrounding sustainability in our upcoming print issue.
You can see the full episode now on YouTube.
During our interview, we sensed that James had important stories of his own to share. We were correct, so we asked if we could flip the script and interview him. He agreed and proceeded to open up about his decades-long abuse suffered at the hands of his parents, his own quest to self-determination and survival over incredible odds, and time spent in prison.
James and the show director, Brontis Shane Orengo, found the footage significant, so they decided to make it the focus of separate episode. We hope you appreciate and learn from James’s story as much as we did and do.
You can see the episode now on YouTube.
Now We Rise airs on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) on Sundays at 2PM EST. Find it on FIOS channel 38, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 & 1998, as well as streaming live on MNN4 at mnn.org. View past episodes on YouTube. Learn more about James Litkett by following him on Twitter and Instagram.
Stay tuned for updates on our next print issue ONE, focused on sustainability, planetary wellness, and holistic thinking – coming soon! #ONE #OneLove #OneHeart