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WAOK-AM host Derrick Boazman among those arrested at Occupy Atlanta

Boazman headshotAmong the 50 or so Occupy Atlanta protesters who were arrested Wednesday at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, 1380/WAOK-AM afternoon host Derrick Boazman was unfazed.

“I’m a veteran of protests. This is my 14th or 15th arrest,” he said in an interview before today’s 4 p.m. show.  He had spent 15 sleepless hours in jail from 12:30 a.m. Wednesday until about 3 p.m. yesterday. He has since caught up on sleep. “It’s nothing new. I went to jail three times when Fulton and DeKalb counties wouldn’t fund Grady Hospital. That was five years ago.”

Boazman was an Atlanta City Councilman from 1997 to 2004 but has no desire to go back into politics. He enjoys using the radio to disseminate his voice into the black community at WAOK, where he has been a full-time talk-show host for three years.

His focus has always been on social justice and “how can we make the American Dream come true for everybody.”

He said he visited the Occupy Atlanta protesters on the second day earlier this month. He was impressed with their idealism, identified with their anger and frustration. He came to the site Tuesday night in solidarity but didn’t necessarily want to get arrested. At the same time, “I wasn’t running from it.”

Boazman, 45, recalls taking over the Morris Brown administration buildings when he was in college to protest various issues, from curriculum to food. “We were mimicking the generation before us at Kent State and Morehouse and Howard,” he said. The young people at Occupy Atlanta, he said, “made a political statement. They took a stand. I was comfortable staying out of their way. I didn’t try to influence anything they did.”

He said while some listeners on his show didn’t agree with the students or their lack of a focus, most agreed that the Atlanta Police Department achieved “overkill” when it came to their presence. While the protesters were peaceful, the city would have as many as 300 police officers around and inside the park to oversee maybe 100 protesters at a time. “Ridiculous,” he said. Those resources he felt should have been used simply doing their jobs outside Woodruff Park.

Boazman didn’t overtly criticize Mayor Kasim Reed, who he believed was pressured to get the protesters out. “There was a business interest in this city concerned about Atlanta’s public image,” he said. “A lot of them came from a different time and era.”

He, like a lot of people, is disgusted by both political parties. Occupy Atlanta and the other protests around the country and the world “tap into a real sense of outrage and hurt: the foreclosures, the lost jobs, the bailouts of the banks.”
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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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October 27th, 2011
6:04 pm

The Occupy Movement: 1% of the population rallying against a different 1% of the population.


October 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

Occupy is only going to get bigger from here. It’s worldwide.


October 27th, 2011
6:21 pm

It can grow all it wants, with a disjointed and often bewildering agenda it will dissipate even faster than it grew. I can’t say that I’m opposed to the movement, because there is not a cohesive message to be opposed to. ‘I’m angry, hear me vent’ just doesn’t inspire long term change.

I will say that I respect Derrick Boazman more than I do other celebrities who are trying to be hip by showboating at various Occupy events. He is willing to go to jail for what he believes in. I don’t need to agree to have respect.


October 27th, 2011
8:27 pm

WAOK is at 1380 AM. The article has the wrong frequency… unless something has changed in the last couple of days. :-)

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Chocolate Doll

October 27th, 2011
10:00 pm

@ JTesla….Great point on your second post :) Love Derrick and what he stands for…great show as well!


October 27th, 2011
10:54 pm

Some problems are complicated and can’t be reduced to a sound bite. That doesn’t mean they aren’t real or that the people who perceive them are befuddled. Occupy is pretty clear about its motives. If you’re only getting your news from the mainstream media–well, Occupy is first and foremost against big business. Mainstream media? Big business. There’s a reason they’re muddling the message. Just remember that the very word–media, the plural of medium–tells you that you’re getting a filtered message.


October 27th, 2011
11:41 pm


Unlike much of the world, Occupy Portland, which is a few blocks from where I work, is not being removed or prevented from occupying. The city is very open to them. I get the message directly from the occupiers, and it is befuddling. I do respect your intelligence Nutmeg, so perhaps you can explain some of the anti-Federal Reserve rhetoric they are spewing. That is my main sticking point. I understand the conservative and libertarian stance regarding the fed, but the liberal stance? That just don’t make no sense. Remove that regulation, that safety net, and you are catering solely to the 1%. Hence my view that the Occupy movement caters to ignorant liberals just as the Tea Party catered to ignorant conservatives.

Of course, this explanation also helps me understand the Occupy Atlanta movement:


October 28th, 2011
7:22 am

Wow, some people never grow up,, Derrick, get a life!

carla roqs

October 28th, 2011
7:50 am

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carla roqs

October 28th, 2011
7:55 am

oh well. anyway, i do not get the protests. you do not have a job. is protesting helping–are you passing out your resume while you “occupy”. you cannot feed your kids- how is “occupying” helping that? the banks are twisted–ok. but–register to vote, vote and get others registered to change public officials and legistation that will fix that. OWS will not change things, IMHO. boazman? i had to check my friends’ list right quick to see if he was there. whew

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October 28th, 2011
9:42 am

ANYTHING that keeps this clueless clown & publicity prostitute Derrick Boazman off the public airwaves is A-O-K in my book!


October 28th, 2011
9:54 am

In the real world people lose their jobs after multiple arrests. Again, another showcase how showbiz is not part of the real world.


October 28th, 2011
10:29 am

Still not sure what The Hobo Leisure Society really wants, but it sounds like they want their debts paid by the government. Pay my tuition, pay my student loans, pay my house note, pay my health insurance, pay me me me…

Sort of ironic they keep shouting about greed, but the Hobos sound greedier than the Wall Street Crowd who at least worked for their money.


October 28th, 2011
11:36 am

Hey Derrick, I did not come from “a different time and era” in my early thirties like many of my fellow Atlantans who are fed up with fighting the city over outrageous water and tax bills. We are not interested in spending 300,000 dollars on a bunch of spoiled brats who want a free liberal arts education.


October 28th, 2011
11:40 am

For those who don’t understand this historic (and very much needed) movement, FYI:

First and foremost the movement, like the Tea Party in its genesis, is about laypeople being heard over the money that has infiltrated politics. Too much money in politics= bad policy. Bad policy= the richest 1% getting 257% RAISE over the past 30 years, culminating in Bush’s Wall Street crash/ bailout, while median incomes remain stagnant. Now, keep in mind, companies by and large are not doing well, so what makes a CEO deserve a 257% RAISE while his company is DECREASING in productivity? That is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

Bad policy = banks betting your mortgages on hot air, speculation corrupting commerce from LA to NY. The result is underwater mortgages, less jobs, unequal pay for equitable output, etc.

Bad policy = both Dems and Repubs selling healthcare to the highest bidder, putting more money in greedy pharmaceutical companies while SIXTY PERCENT OF BANKRUPTCIES ARE DUE TO HEALTHCARE BILLS! This is REAL statistic. Check it out.

Conclusion: The Occupy movement is about rebalancing things so that there is semblance of fairness and equity in the instutitions that govern our lives.


girl six

October 28th, 2011
11:43 am

no, tg, i still do not get it, and why? because the movement will not be awarded what they want. one can be dogmatic, one can be charismatic, but the bottom line is: one has to VOTE!!


October 28th, 2011
12:10 pm

TG, when your post contains glaring errors it is hard to take it serious.

1) “companies by and large are not doing well” which is simply not correct.
2) Or a bigger error with :banks betting your mortgages on hot air, speculation…. The result is underwater mortgages”. If the mortgages didn’t go underwater, it wouldn’t have been speculation. They went underwater first, the speculation didn’t cause them to go underwater.

3) “SIXTY PERCENT OF BANKRUPTCIES ARE DUE TO HEALTHCARE BILLS! This is REAL statistic.” A real statistic, no, just a bad interpretation of statistics. Most personal bankruptcies are caused by people spending beyond their means, leaving them very vulnerable to catastrophe from just a minor disruption. In other words, had many of those people not lived beyond their means, unexpected healthcare bills would not have caused them to wind up in bankruptcy. The root cause is living beyond their means.

The one thing you got right, “like the Tea Party in its genesis” is accurate because the Occupy movement is also based on misinformation and caters to the ignorant.


October 28th, 2011
1:25 pm


You’re right on the money.

Much props to Derrick Boazman. It’s great to hear an independent voice on the radio that remains uncompromised. Because some of the other hosts on WAOK– like Ballentine and Sharpton, have been CO-OPTED by the Obama administration. They sold out faster than the I-phone. President Obama must have transformed into a vampire and bit them on the neck or something when they went to the White House. It’s like they’re under some type of spell. They refuse to take their blinders off.

Obama is nothing but white power in blackface. We have a black man as commander-in-chief, and all he wants to do is attack Africa. He’s launching drone strikes in Somalia, teamed up with the Europeans to invade Libya, now he’s sending troops into Uganda. What kind of black man becomes president, and then uses the power of the military to invade Africa? You’ve got to be a special kind of sell-out to engage in such behavior.


October 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

Tim, I’m having a hard time seeing the sarcasm or the ‘joke’ of your post, it is almost as if you believe the stuff you wrote. If you do believe it, congratulations, you won the internet prize for the most bizarre posts of the day.

Are you really saying that every black person needs to become some defender of Africa and in doing so… can’t actually work to make Africa a better place? And what does the color of Obama’s skin have to do with going into Libya? Or anywhere else for that matter. FDR shouldn’t have gone into Europe, but fighting Japan was alright I guess. If you by chance watch any of the coverage from Libya, take a look at the people of Libya. Heck, the people of Africa, who are very diverse, sometimes request aid, but according to you Obama can’t provide aid because of his skin color. So he is to do nothing? He can only aid people who are not black?


October 28th, 2011
1:50 pm

While I admit that I would probably be able to determine how much I am in support of this movement if it had a clearer definition..I know there’s “a few things” but there seems to be a need to focus. The problem is that this movement, much like the tea party rallies, attracted wedge groups (activists) who were clearly mad about something and wanted an excuse to mingle amongst a larger group…stay hidden, and somehow get some attention. This doesn’t do much for the people who are legitimately on the same page as the people who’ve organized things. As they say about bad apples….

Though, I must say, the fact that it’s so archaic and unorganized seems to be a clear indication that it’s truely grassroots and not corporate or media backed. I’d say that should count for something.

mike scott

October 28th, 2011
3:15 pm


October 28th, 2011
3:17 pm

@ J Tesla

There is no sarcasm in the post. Obama’s actions have not worked to “make Africa a better place”. Obama did the same as George Bush- Tell a bald-faced lie, then invade a country. Bush used WMD’s, Obama used the old “We must protect the civilians” BS. What a joke. This government doesn’t even care about citizens in New Orleans, but they’re concerned with people in Tripoli? Obama got Libya’s oil, Bush got Iraq’s. Same ruse, different lie.

So why isn’t Obama and the NATO terrorists protecting the civilians in Bahrain, Yemen, or Syria? Because those countries aren’t loaded with oil reserves and gold, or have a 1,000 mile coastline along the Mediterranea Sea like Libya.

Obama isn’t “aiding” anyone, he’s serving the agenda of the U.S. empire.

“Take a look at the people of Libya”. I have. But most of the American public has no idea that many dark-skinned Africans live there, and were targeted and killed by the so-called “rebels”. The media doesn’t show images of them, they want you to believe all Libyans are Arabs. Just typical propaganda from the American media.

What does Obama’s skin have to do with it? Well I bet if Obama was bombing white country after white country, people like you would say his skin has everything to do with it.


October 28th, 2011
3:21 pm

“people like you would say…”

No, because unlike you I am not obsessed with race. Obsessed to the point of distorting all facts to fit that narrow world view.


October 28th, 2011
6:01 pm

The other day, the Athens Occupy movement swelled to 3 people. You people rock!!!

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October 28th, 2011
7:21 pm

There is no message to any of the Occupy movement other than I am a big baby listen to me whine! Seriously just what is the Occupy message? I went to school to learn medieval lesbian literature and have a $100,000 in debt and no one will hire me? Let’s levitate the Georgia Pacific building because some of their owners support Republicans? Or is it the old stand bye; those evil JEWS control the banks and rule the world? This man at WAOK wears this as a badge of honer but there was no purpose or meaning for the Occupy Atlanta arrest. You’re a joke dude, go occupy yourself for a change.

Pago Flyer

October 29th, 2011
2:55 pm

These non-producers want more and more, demand more and more from us producers, while osama says nothing. Hie telepromter is broken.


October 30th, 2011
4:25 pm

This country was allegedly founded on protest. When I see the situation in Oakland and the armed response to unarmed protesters I have to ask, are we in the US or are we in Syria. Perhaps when those who have a job, the last remaining American workers, loose theirs they will understand. When a person graduates on time and with good grades from college, unless they are a doctor or lawyer, there are no jobs for them. Many students are working 2 and 3 jobs to get by. The selfishness of those who have jobs is really troubling. I am reminded of the man who said he had a job and was doing well ntil his company went to China and so did his job. I am retired because I kept my promise. I worked 25 years, paid a substantial portion of my check into a retirement plan and then expected the employer to keep their promise. For all that is said, the rich are still getting richer while 17% or 1 in 6 US citizens is unable to put food on their table without assistance from the government. And by the way, the majority of these people are non-black and non-immigrants.

carla roqs

October 31st, 2011
8:32 am

jtesla-3, tg-0, tim-negative 10


October 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Derrick has been protesting since his days as SGA president at Morris Brown. LOL! It’s not surprising he’s a strong advocate for radical change. I still think its a mistake for him not to run for some type of political office. Whether he wants to admit it or not, he’s still part of the political process. To support his cause(s), he and his supporters still need to vote for the best candidate to “hopefully” carry their torch.


November 2nd, 2011
9:10 am

I respect Derrick Boazman and all of the people involved in The Occupy Movement.I certainly agree with the theme of their agenda.


November 2nd, 2011
9:19 am

@Tim,….I 1,000,000 percent agree with what you stated about Obama.He is nothing but a puppet put in place to deceive Africans.The Imperialists want to re-colonize Africa and they are using a “Half White man in Black face to do it”….

Obama is so arrogant that he seems to think that his silence on “The Occupy Movement” will somehow distance him from the very Oligarchy that the protestors speak on…..