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Leading By History

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This podcast is dedicated to the advancement of practical knowledge and application in the areas of history and education. We desire to bring our listeners on a journey through time by showcasing educational, history-driven topics which will inspire the student and scholar alike. Get exclusive acces… read more

61 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

S4 Ep. 5 - Looking East - Ancient African Inspirations for a Modern African American Christian Worldview (Feat. Dr. Vince Bantu)

June 29th, 2022

56:24

In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Dr. Vince Bantu to discuss his research into ancient African Christian liturgical languages and his perspectives on Christianity for African …

S4 Ep. 4 - The Unsung Founding: African People and Freedom in the New World (Feat. Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles)

June 29th, 2022

59:40

In this discussion, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles to discuss the process and products of history and the development …

S4 Ep. 3 - Beyond the Stars: Science and Life in the Modern World (Feat. Dr. Gibor Basri)

May 4th, 2022

57:08

In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with astrophysicist Dr. Gibor Basri to discuss AstroPhysics, Religion and the Universe. The discussion is candid, intriguing and notable. From discussing the beginning of …

S4 Ep. 2 - Walking Through the Weeds: The Truth about Hemp (Feat. Bill Pickett)

March 27th, 2022

55:07

In this episode of Leading By History, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Hemp farmer and co-owner of Virginia Hemp Commodities. Bill speaks with Ma'asehyahu about his work with Hemp and explains the difference …

S4 Ep. 1 - #WhatWeWatch: A Beginners Guide to Movie Review and Reflection (Feat. Monique "Mo" Peach)

February 27th, 2022

1:09:13

In this long anticipated new season of LBH, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul kicks off the new season with Mo Peach from #WhatWeWatch to discuss the purpose and power of movie review and reflection. In the first half of the show …

S3 Ep. 14 - The Long Awaited Season Wrap UP

February 27th, 2022

27:10

In this final episode of Season 3, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul retraces the steps of season 3 and prepares the listener for SEASON 4! There has been a lot going on this year and we have been able to make history with some of …

S3 Ep. 13 - It's More than Just an Act: Living History and Reenactments in the K-12 Classroom (Feat. Christy Coleman)

December 29th, 2021

48:33

In this episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with public historian and Executive Director of the …

S3 Episode 12 - Sons of the Ancient Ones: African American Judaism in Chicago and Abroad (Feat. Rabbi Capers Funnye)

December 1st, 2021

57:20

In this new episode, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down for a conversation with an intriguing and important man - Rabbi Capers Funnye. Not only is he First Lady Michelle Obama's first cousin but also the rabbi and …

S3 Ep. 11 - The Deijha Check in - Egypt and Tanzania

October 24th, 2021

33:22

In this brief episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul does a "Check in" with Deijha Gordon who was with us on Season 3 Ep. 5. If you want to find out what Deijha has been doing since she set …

S3 Ep. 10 - Geography and the Ancient World (Geography as the 'Tattle Tale' of History)

October 3rd, 2021

1:05:17

In this long awaited episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Professor Cyndi Parker about the power and purpose of geography for unravelling historical mysteries and disputes. Were …

S3 Ep. 9 - Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (feat. Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson

August 13th, 2021

49:39

In this long awaited episode of the Leading By History podcast, host Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul delves deep into the work of Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson to discuss enslavement era constructs of race and beauty in the Atlantic …

S3 Ep. 8 - Transatlantic Threads: Textile entrepreneurship and Strategies to Freedom

June 29th, 2021

48:13

In this episode we speak with Latin Americanist and transatlantic slavery scholar Dr. Mary Hicks about the history of free and enslaved people of …

S3 Ep. 7 - What the data show about teacher bias in the K-12 classroom (Feat. Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report )

May 25th, 2021

34:36

In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with educational journalist Jill Barshay to dig into some of her recent articles and the state of bias in K-12 classrooms. This discussion is one that …

S3 Ep. 6 - Mobilizing Black Germany: A discussion about Afro-German Liberative Action (Feat. Dr. Tiffany Florvil)

May 5th, 2021

56:32

In this episode of the Leading By History podcast, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Dr. Tiffany Florvil about the work of Black women in the cause of Black liberation in Germany. Many may not be familiar with the history …

S3 Ep. 5 - Ghana and Repatriation (w/ Deijha Gordon of Deijha's Views)

April 7th, 2021

41:20

In this episode Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks via Google Meet with Deijha Gordon of Deijha's Views about her journey of repatriation to Ghana. From leaving the United States before covid-19, to opening a food business in …

S3 Ep. 4 - When Sunday Comes: An Exploration of the Feeling, Impact and Power of Gospel Music (Feat. Dr. Claudrena Harold, UVA)

March 11th, 2021

49:07

In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul taps back in with season 2 guest - Dr. Claudrena Harold, Chair of UVA's Corcoran Department of History to …

S3 Ep. 3 - Joining the Cult....of Pedagogy! (Feat. Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy)

February 19th, 2021

38:35

In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with the founder of Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez about the current state of K-12 teaching …

S3 Ep. 2 - The Monuments Which Built Bridges to Nowhere (Feat. Kevin Levin)

February 1st, 2021

51:09

In this episode, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with Civil War historian Kevin Levin to discuss Civil War memory and the creation of statuary at the end of the Reconstruction period which was produced in order to induce …

S3 Ep. 1 - Establishing Real Democratic Principles in Real-Time Around the World (Feat. Gemima Neves Barlow, M.A.)

January 14th, 2021

40:53

Welcome to SEASON 3 of the Leading By History Podcast! We are back for ANOTHER YEAR of relevant and engaging content for 2021/2022! In this episode 1 of season 3, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Gemima Neves Barlow - …

S2 Ep. 18 - SEASON 2 WRAP UP w/ MA'ASEHYAHU ISRA-Ul

January 4th, 2021

25:46

In this final episode of Season 2 of the Leading By History podcast, founder Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul walks the audience through the analytics for 2020 and explains the growth of the podcast over the last year. Having …

S2 Ep. 17 - We hold These Resources to be Self-Evident (feat. Self-Evident Media)

November 28th, 2020

38:49

In this episode of the Leading By History Podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Bayete' Ross-Smith of Self-Evident Media about the educational and historical resource …

Ep. 16 - Digital Coaching and Instruction During the Rise of covid-19 (Feat. Will Morris of EdConnective)

November 9th, 2020

31:02

In this episode, we speak with Will Morris, the founder and chief executive of EdConnective - the trailblazers in the world of online coaching and observation. Will talks to us about his initial vision for EdConnective …

S2 Ep. 15 - Psychology, Beauty and Black Identity (feat. Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka)

October 27th, 2020

52:29

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka of Psychohairapy concerning Black Identity and …

S2 Ep. 14 - The Importance and Impact of our DNA - A Reveal! w/ Dr. Gina Paige

October 15th, 2020

53:35

In this episode of Leading By History, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Gina Paige of AFRICAN ANCESTRY.com. Ma'asehyahu gets his maternal (mother) mitochondrial DNA examined and gets a revelation of exactly who his …

S2 Ep. 13 - Historical Literacy and Making the Humanties "Humane" for Our Children (Feat. Dr. Gholdy Muhammad)

September 22nd, 2020

46:28

In this episode 13 of season 2, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Gholnecsar "Gholdy" Muhammad (Professor and author of Cultivating Genius: An …

S2 Ep. 12 The Black Gods (Final) (Feat. Dr. Fatimah Fanusie)

September 3rd, 2020

47:24

In this final episode of the Black Gods series, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Dr. Fatimah Fanusie (Howard Thurman Historical Home Historian and …

S2 Ep. 11 - The Black Gods (Pt. 5) (Feat. Dr. Jose' Pimienta-Bey)

August 17th, 2020

51:32

In this episode of Leading By History, Professor/Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a discussion with Dr. Jose' Pimienta-Bey (Associate Professor of …

S2 Ep. 10 - The Black Gods and the Inner City (Pt. 4) (Feat. Dr. Menika Dirkson)

July 8th, 2020

46:03

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with historian Menika Dirkson from Temple University's PhD history program. Menika speaks with us about her dissertation research which is …

S2 Ep. 9 - The Black Gods Pt. 3

June 11th, 2020

46:13

In the previous episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul presented the premise that it was Marcus Mosiah Garvey who laid the groundwork for "Black Godism" in America. While there were others who presented themselves as …

S2 Ep. 8 - The Black Gods Pt. 2

May 19th, 2020

29:38

In this follow up episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul continues his dive into the most influential black religions of modern inner-city society - …

S2 Ep. 7 - The Black Gods pt. 1

April 29th, 2020

30:34

In this episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses the most influential black religions in modern inner-city society. From the Moorish Science Temple of America to the Nation of Islam and the Five Percenters, we …

S2 Ep. 6 - Teaching to Transform (feat. Liz Kleinrock)

March 31st, 2020

45:11

In this episode of Leading By History we have a discussion with Liz Kleinrock in order to discuss the need to teach and transform classrooms with critical pedagogy focused in an Anti-bias/Anti-Racist approach. From …

S2 Ep. 5 - Still Teaching Hard History (feat. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries)

March 16th, 2020

34:53

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu IsraUl speaks with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries of the Teaching Hard History Podcast fame (

S2 Ep. 4 - Mathematics and History from ancient to modern times (Feat. LilMathGirl)

February 19th, 2020

46:37

In this episode of the Leading by History podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu interviews part of the LilMathGirl team to discuss the connections between mathematics, the ancient world and modern applications. Many people …

S2 Ep. 3 - Still in Demand (feat. Quan Neloms of iamindemand.com)

February 18th, 2020

48:10

In this episode of the Leading By History podcast Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews Quan Neloms of the I AM IN DEMAND movement out of Detroit, MI. This is Quan's second time (since Ep. 19 - Season 1) on the show and in …

S2 Ep. 2 - From Shi'ah Muslim Black Panther Cub to Educational Mentor and Trainer: The Journey of Sharif El-Mekki

January 21st, 2020

46:00

In this new Season 2 episode of the LBH Podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a conversation with Philly's 7th Ward and Black Male Educators for Social Justice founder - Sharif El-Mekki. El-Mekki has an …

S2 - Ep. 1 - Abraham Lincoln and His Notions of Race 1841-1865 (Feat. Dr. Lucas Morel, W&L University)

January 4th, 2020

1:15:34

In this FIRST EPISODE (extended) of the new season of Leading By History, Dr. Lucas Morel of Washington & Lee University joins us to discuss the …

Ep. 23 - The Season 1 Wrap-up - Thank you all!

January 2nd, 2020

32:19

In this final episode of season 1 of the Leading By History podcast, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul gives a "year in review" of the podcast from …

Ep. 22 - Primary Sources, Historical Context and Resources for the K-12 Classroom

November 11th, 2019

38:00

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses Primary sources and the importance of reviewing them within historical context. An image by Edward S. Curtis from the early 1900's is …

Ep. 21 - History is more than just dates... Stop marginalizing it!

October 14th, 2019

38:52

In this episode of Leading by History,  Education Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul addresses the current world of education in the United States which marginalizes history/social science (the social studies) in favor of …

Ep. 20 - Where are all of the Black Male Educators?

September 16th, 2019

42:09

In this episode 20, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Mr. Ayodele Harrison (Host of Black Male Educators Talk/Community race and culture …

Ep. 19 - We are in Demand - Black Male Educators Needed!

September 2nd, 2019

41:43

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews black male educators - Quan Neloms and Roderick Wallace concerning the new video for the Black Male Educators movement in the …

Ep. 18 - To Be or Not to Be...The Charter School System

August 12th, 2019

31:14

In this episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu speaks with Charter School Advocate Antoine Green concerning the ongoing debate about …

Ep. 17 - To Freedom! The Journey of an Agent of Change (w/ CEO of the American Civil War Museum - Christy Coleman)

July 23rd, 2019

1:03:05

In this special, extended episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul sits down with CEO Christy Coleman to discuss her journey …

Ep. 16 - The Unveiling: Live at the Renaming of the Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard! (Feat. Congressman John Lewis)

July 8th, 2019

45:14

During a time when Richmond, Va. is in poli-cultural transition as it pertains to renaming schools (J.E.B. Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama …

Ep. 15 - Searching for Black Confederates - Myth or Reality? Feat. Kevin Levin

June 19th, 2019

41:18

In this episode of Leading By History we interview researcher and author Kevin Levin (Searching for Black Confederates: the Civil War's Most Persistent Myth) about a most debated topic - the existence of black …

Ep. 14 - Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline w/ Specialist Kelisa Wing

May 29th, 2019

39:22

In this episode, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul speaks with Specialist Kelisa Wing to discuss the origins of the STPP and the steps needed to dismantle it. Kelisa is the author of Promises and Possibilities: Dismantling …

Episode 13 - A casual conversation about the influence of Marcus Garvey on Black nationalism Pt. 2

May 13th, 2019

30:36

 In this part 2, episode 13, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul continues his casual conversation with Dr. Adam Ewing - Professor of African-American history at Virginia Commonwealth University, concerning the influence of …

Ep. 12 - A casual conversation about the influence of Marcus Garvey on Black nationalism (Pt. 1)

May 2nd, 2019

27:24

In this part 1, episode 12, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul has a casual and off the cuff discussion with Dr. Adam Ewing - Professor of African-American history at Virginia Commonwealth University, concerning the …

Ep. 11 - A Thoughtful Consideration of the Necessity and Weight of Black Scholarship (feat. Dr. Claudrena Harold)

April 16th, 2019

44:59

In this week's extended episode of Leading By History, Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul interviews Dr. Claudrena Harold - Professor of African-American …

Ep. 10 - Racial Betrayal and the Founding of New Spain - Pt. II

April 7th, 2019

27:45

This episode is the second part of Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul's discussion of the modern conceptualization of race and whether the actors of 16th …

Ep. 9 - Racial Betrayal and the Founding of New Spain (An Introduction)

March 4th, 2019

40:49

In this episode Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul reviews some of his research concerning Racial Betrayal in the Founding of New Spain (Mexico and surrounding territories). With the current talk of racism and the "social …

Ep. 8b - LIVE FROM RED FOR ED!!!

February 13th, 2019

14:05

This short part B episode covers three portions of speeches from Dr. David Jeck (Superintendent of Fauquire County Public Schools), Donna Columbo …

Ep. 8 - Have YOU heard about the Red for Ed March in Richmond, Va?? (feat. Sarah Pederson)

February 13th, 2019

29:50

 In this episode of Leading By History we interview teacher and educational activist Sarah Pederson. Sarah is a relatively new teacher in Richmond but she has a history of being outspoken in defense of fairness for …

Ep. 7 - "The Pipeline" (feat. Dr. Lynette Tannis)

February 5th, 2019

54:11

 In this extended episode of Leading By History we interview Dr. Lynette Tannis of Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, in order to …

Ep. 6 - A Time of Change: The Virginia Museum of History & Culture reveals a deeper story

January 8th, 2019

38:11

The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (formerly known as the Virginia Historical Society) was developed to preserve Virginia's rich colonial …

Ep. 5 - Raising our IQ around Trauma-informed Care (feat. Drs. C. Watlington and A.M. Muhammad)

December 28th, 2018

53:08

Trauma-informed care and social emotional learning have become buzz words in our current system. Yet, these terms and the research behind them are gaining more support in being the under-girding of effective analysis …

Ep. 4 - A Visit with the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe (feat. Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown)

December 2nd, 2018

33:50

The Cheroenhaka tribe of Virginia once inhabited 41,000 acres of land in the area of South Hampton county. By the 1800's their land holdings had …

Ep. 3 - How To Maintain Scholarly Integrity Without Denying One's Faith (feat. Dr. Michael L. Brown)

November 23rd, 2018

33:53

In this episode 3, renowned biblical language scholar and commentator - Dr. Michael L. Brown (Ph.D. in Near eastern languages and literature) speaks …

Ep. 2 - How Do I Choose the Right Career Path?? (feat. Debra Wheatman)

November 12th, 2018

34:21

In this latest episode (2) of Leading By History, Specialist Ma’asehyahu Isra-Ul talks with Debra Wheatman - the CEO of Careers Done Write about how …

Ep. 1 - What is Leading By History?? (w/ Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul)

November 12th, 2018

27:42

In this first episode, Education Specialist Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul discusses his life's journey and what led him into the field of education and the content of History and Social Science. Come along for an educational …

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