A Moment with Erik Fleming
By Erik R Fleming
My name is Erik Fleming. I am an African American native of Chicago. I have had the privilege of being an elected official in the Deep South. Therefore I created this podcast to express my unique take on politics, as well as encouraging black excellence in leadership. This podcast was a 2021 Black Podcasting Awards Nominee for Best Black Political Podcast and with your support, this podcast will continue to be an uplifting experience and a strong voice in our American political discourse.
A Moment with Erik Fleming Dec 04, 2023
The Truth About Trump and the FBI Featuring David Cay Johnston and Jerri Williams
In this episode, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Cay Johnston talks about the real Donald Trump, while Retired Special Agent Jerri Williams talks about her experience with the FBI and the truth about the Bureau.
Dec 04, 202301:20:06
In this episode, I highlight a couple of issues that we, collectively, need to pay attention to as 2024 approaches.
Nov 27, 202359:14
NBCC, AWG, & SafeBAE Featuring Charles DeBow, III, Moses West and Shael Norris
In this Pre-Thanksgiving Super episode, I get to interview three dynamic leaders, highlighting the outstanding work they are doing in the community: Charles DeBow, III, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Moses West, CEO/Founder of AWG Contracting and the Moses West Foundation, and Shael Norris, Founding Executive Director of SafeBAE.
Nov 20, 202302:15:49
Now There’s Four…
This episode talks about the stakes of the 2024 election with four independent candidates, plus my thoughts on the end of religion and its political consequences.
Nov 13, 202301:14:33
Menthols and Missteps
In this episode, I basically make the case that we as voters should not fall for tricks and place impossible expectations in lieu of the big picture.
Nov 06, 202301:12:09
Zero Bail Featuring Jeffrey J. Clayton
In this episode, I discuss with Jeffrey J. Clayton, Executive Director of the American Bail Coalition, the issue of zero bail policies, especially as it relates to recent events in Los Angeles County, California. Then I give my take on timely news stories not covered in our news segment.
Oct 30, 202301:17:46
In this episode I discuss multiple subjects that have hit the news this week, highlighting two individuals, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Dr. Cornel West.
Oct 23, 202301:19:32
In this episode, I power through laryngitis to lift up the potential of Jackson, Mississippi and offer my criticism of our immediate political dysfunction.
Oct 16, 202301:06:40
Is DEI dying? + Pearson & Pearson Featuring Dr. Joanna Shoffner Scott, Dr. Tracy A. Pearson, and Melba Pearson
In this episode, Dr. Joanna Shoffner Scott, Principal and Founder of Stamey Street Consulting, discusses the future of DEI in corporate America. Then, it’s the debut of The Podcast Law Firm of Pearson & Pearson, as Dr. Tracy and Legal Diva Melba give their takes on current legal news.
Oct 09, 202301:42:39
Current State of US Politics Featuring Will Cooper
In this episode, friend of the podcast attorney and author Will Cooper comes on the show to discuss our current state of US Politics.
Oct 02, 202301:24:21
What a Sham
In this episode, I ask the question: why are Republican voters falling for the sham?
Sep 25, 202301:14:10
A Conversation Featuring Dexter Wimbish
In this episode, I have a conversation with Dexter Wimbish, General Counsel for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, about numerous topics, including the Trump trial in Georgia. Then I discuss the importance of organizational structure in the struggle for democracy and civil rights.
Sep 18, 202301:21:17
Culture War: Focus on Black Youth Featuring Dr. Kmt G. Shockley
In this episode, Dr. Kmt G. Shockley discusses his upcoming docu-series, Cultural War: Focus on Black Youth. Then, in the second half, I make the case that democracy is not dead.
Sep 11, 202301:07:46
Black Podcasting and Student Freedom Initiative Featuring Chris Colbert and Dr. Mark Anthony Brown
In this episode, I talk with Chris Colbert, Founder and CEO of DCP Entertainment, about the impact and the future of Black Podcasting. Then, Dr. Mark Anthony Brown, Executive Director of the Student Freedom Initiative, comes on to share how his organization seeks to change educational and economic outcomes for the next generation of African American college students.
Sep 04, 202301:25:44
The Struggle For The People’s King Featuring Hajar Yazdiha
On this first episode of Season 8, Hajar Yazdiha, author of The Struggle for the People’s King, discusses her book and expresses her thoughts about the current political climate. Then, I express my thoughts about Donald Trump being booked in at the Fulton County, GA Jail.
Aug 28, 202301:18:27
Invaded and HISD Library Closings Featuring J. J. Carrell, Debra Hall and Janice Newsum
In this last episode of Season 7, retired Border Patrol Agent in Charge J. J. Carrell discusses his new book, Invaded, and gives his opinions, and solutions, towards America’s immigration system. Then, retired HISD Librarians Debra Hall and Janice Newsum explain the controversial closures of school libraries in Houston, TX and the potential impact it will have on the students there.
Aug 21, 202301:49:48
Fulton Indictment & Lansing Trauma
This episode discusses the new indictment of Donald Trump prosecuted by Fulton County DA Fani Willis and handed down by the Fulton County Grand Jury, as well as the trauma inflicted on a 12 year-old Lansing, MI black child by the Lansing Police Department.
Aug 15, 202301:28:32
Good Day In Mississippi
This hot mic episode explains why August 4, 2023 was a good day in Mississippi.
Aug 07, 202301:14:06
We Are Voters and When The Hood Comes Off Featuring Kim Moffat and Rob Eschmann
On this episode, Kim Moffat, Founder of We Are Voters, talks about her journey to being a democracy advocate and how her organization works to educate people about the importance of voting. Then, Columbia University Professor Rob Eschmann, author of the book, When The Hood Comes Off, discusses the impact of racism in this digital age.
Jul 31, 202301:32:53
Don’t Try This In Any Town
This episode gives my take on the Jason Aldean controversy, which includes a cautionary tale for those who want to be inspired by Aldean’s song.
Jul 25, 202301:15:40
Political Climate Change
This hot mic episode pays tribute to Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. , as well as reminds us that it is now time for us to step up during this season of political climate change.
Jul 20, 202301:10:60
The Gospel of Freedom
This hot mic episode makes the case that as long as America does not truly adhere to the gospel of freedom and democracy, progress will continue to be slow in coming.
Jul 10, 202301:07:01
This hot mic episode discusses the impact of the recent Supreme Court decisions concerning affirmative action and free speech.
Jul 03, 202301:16:55
This episode explains why I am proud to be who I am: A Black Man In America.
Jun 27, 202301:15:40
Fatherhood and Freedom
This hot mic episode discusses the importance, and joy, of Black fatherhood and why Juneteenth is both a celebration and a reminder about the value of freedom.
Jun 20, 202301:14:36
Don’t Get Too Excited
This hot mic episode deals with the Trump indictment, the Allen v. Milligan decision and the record $45 million settlement in the New Haven, CT police misconduct incident, tinged with a piece of advice: don’t get too excited about these outcomes just yet.
Jun 12, 202301:11:59
The Usurpation Problem
This episode addresses the problem of usurpation in America, as highlighted by the Juneteenth Celebration controversy in Greenville, SC.
Jun 06, 202301:01:51
Act A Fool
This hot mic episode deals with the question: Why is it ok for white people to engage in riotous behavior that is frowned upon in other communities?
May 30, 202356:39
It’s Not Safe Anymore
This episode declares something that we all should already know: the Right’s political rhetoric is making it unsafe for African Americans and other citizens that oppose their rhetoric.
May 23, 202301:13:40
Combating the Mission
This episode looks at recent events that define the mission of many to devalue, and ultimately destroy, African American existence. It is the hope that this episode gives those who need it the inspiration to combat against that mission victoriously.
May 16, 202301:06:11
This episode lifts up the names of Anthony Watts, Areanah Preston, Amy St. Pierre and Jordan Neely. It is the hope that their tragic deaths invokes conversations concerning gun violence, homelessness, mental health awareness and the value of human life.
May 09, 202301:18:02
Profit Without Oppression Featuring Kim Crayton
In this episode, Kim Crayton, The Anti-Racist Economist, talks about her book, Profit Without Oppression, and the work she does based off the book. Later, I offer a tribute to the iconic Harry Belafonte.
May 01, 202301:20:00
The Colored Conventions Movement Featuring Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman
In this episode, Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman, Founding Faculty Director of the Colored Conventions Project, discusses how the Project is beneficial in understanding the true legacy of African American political thought. In the second half, I remind those that want to silence us that they can’t, and that they need to surrender to the change that is coming.
Apr 24, 202301:30:16
This hot mic episode goes in on the self-proclaimed arbiters of blackness and how questioning someone’s “Blackness” is inappropriate, let alone out of their lane.
Apr 18, 202301:10:01
In this hot mic episode, I express my disdain toward the expulsion of two black men from the Tennessee House of Representatives using historical, and spiritual, context.
Apr 10, 202301:10:24
Redeem and Rebuild
This hot mic episode reflects on recent events to justify that America needs to redeem itself before it can truly rebuild into a better nation.
Apr 03, 202301:06:50
This hot mic reflects on the tragic shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee and the real reason why these tragedies are allowed to happen.
Mar 28, 202301:14:58
Preventing Chicago Gun Violence Featuring Artinese Myrick
In this episode, Artinese Myrick, Lead Organizer for Live Free Illinois, makes the case for a permanent Office of Gun Violence Prevention to be created in the City of Chicago. This podcast also highlights the victory the Divine 9 achieved recently in the Florida Legislature.
Mar 21, 202301:11:34
Fears and Misconceptions
This hot mic episode delves into how fears and misconceptions greatly impact our politics.
Mar 13, 202301:06:49
My, My, My!
In this first episode of Season 7, I point out President Biden’s hypocrisy towards the District of Columbia and I express my disdain for anarchy and fascism being normalized in our political conversations.
Mar 06, 202301:15:50
The Miscalculation of an Agent Provocateur
This episode talks about how Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, made a miscalculation while trying to be an agent provocateur concerning race, and got canceled in the process.
Feb 27, 202301:12:60
This hot mic episode deals with elected officials that are more concerned about entertaining than legislating, especially one in particular.
Feb 20, 202301:06:30
On Birth Of A White Nation, Professional Antiracism Matters, Political Polling and Colorism Healing Featuring Jacqueline Battalora, Dana Brownlee, Sumati Thomas, and Dr. Sarah L. Webb
In this episode, Dr. Jacqueline Battalora, author of The Birth of a White Nation, guides us through the origin of “white” in America; Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up, talks about antiracism work in the workplace; Sumati Thomas, Pollster with Change Research, discusses the nuance and importance of political polling; and Dr. Sarah L. Webb, author of Corporate Colorism, explains why ending colorism is essential to ending racism.
Feb 13, 202302:43:51
Menace to Society
This hot mic episode deals with the concept of a menace to society from a black and white perspective.
Feb 06, 202301:04:37
Special Episode: On Legislative Overview Featuring Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby and Brenda Lopez Romero
In this special episode, Rep. Michele K. Rayner-Goolsby (Florida) and Former Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero (Georgia) talk about the political climate in their respective states and how it is impacting legislation.
Jan 31, 202301:11:31
On Black Organ Donation, I'm Not Yelling, and White Fragility Featuring Robert Chelsea, Elizabeth Leiba, and Dr. Robin DiAngelo
In this episode, Robert Chelsea, the first African American male to receive a face transplant, makes an appeal for more Black organ donors; Elizabeth Leiba, author of the new book I'm Not Yelling, talks about why it was important to write this book; and Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of the books White Fragility and Nice Racism, discusses the challenges of getting white allies to understand their role in systemic racism.
Jan 30, 202301:51:17
Special Episode: On Black Voters Featuring D’Andra Orey
Dr. D'Andra Orey, Political Science Professor at Jackson State University, discusses the challenges and importance of the Black Vote in this special podcast episode.
Jan 24, 202336:46
On Homeland Security, The Waymakers, The Resident Legal Diva and The Opportunity Agenda Featuring Juliette Kayyem, Tara Jaye Frank, Melba Pearson and Ellen Buchman
In this jam-packed episode, Juliette Kayyem, CNN National Security Analyst, discusses recent homeland security issues; Tara Jaye Frank, DEI Consultant, talks about her new book, The Waymakers; Melba Pearson, The Resident Legal Diva, analyses recent police-involved shootings; and Ellen Buchman, CEO of The Opportunity Agenda, explains the work of her organization.
Jan 24, 202302:24:09
On Santos Saga and Recidivism/Reentry Issues Featuring Skye Ostreicher and Tanaine Jenkins
First, Skye Ostreicher, Host of Political Personalities with Skye, tells us how she got the first interview with Congressman Santos and what we should learn from it. Then, Tanaine Jenkins, CEO of Everything I Am LLC, talks about the challenges of formerly incarcerated individuals as they try to reintegrate into society.
Jan 16, 202301:28:50
Special Episode : On Climate Change/Justice Featuring Jacqui Patterson and Amelia Marchand
In this special episode, Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project, and Amelia Marchand, Founder of L.I.G.H.T. Foundation, discuss the importance of environmental activism by people of color, which highlights environmental justice.
Jan 16, 202301:16:44