Catch da Flava Radio Kicks off 2014 with a Re-cap of 2013 Events

On January 14, 2014 - I joined Isaac, Tyrone, and Omar to look back at the events that occurred during 2013 and the impact that it had on the world.

We opened the show by commemorating the life of Nelson Mandela. It was a tragic day when the world's known activist/politician/philanthropist and all around leader passed away.
Even though his life ended, his message will live on forever inspiring people to treat others with kindness and to never stray away from anything less than promoting equality.

Another issue that we touched upon was the death of Trayvon Martin, and the court ruling that acquitted George Zimmerman of Martin's death. Many were left outraged feeling that there was no justice, while others agreed with the court ruling. Some of the views of the members of the radio show believed that he was racially profiled.

One issue that personally through me off was when we talked about Edward Snowden. Edward was a former CIA and NSA employee that leaked documents pertaining to global surveillance in this generations "Digital age". It made us question how much privacy we actually have in this technology filled society, and how the use of cellphones can be both a convenience and a destructive force towards how much information the government can both obtain and withhold from us.

There were also many conversations focusing on Typhoon Haiyan, the Boston marathon bombing, Malala Yousafz, and the Supreme court ruling forwarding rights for the LGBTQ community.

With all of the topics that were mentioned during the radio show, there were a lot of lessons to be learned from this. With Nelson Mandela, we have to remember to not let any individual's message be forgotten, especially when they did so many positive things when they were here on earth. In regards to Typhoon Haiyan, it reminds us that with tragedies, the world is willing to work together in order to support people across the world. Also, with the case of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, this shows us that the world will always have two sides to a story. In the end, this session was very enlightenment and I look forward to next weeks radio session!

-Mark Florendo

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