In the middle of a lighthearted Late Show interview with Dr. Phil (airing Friday night on CBS), host David Letterman takes the opportunity to make his thoughts crystal clear on the subject of Donald Trump's recent remarks about President Barack Obama, saying they "smack of racism."
Letterman isn't referring to the birther controversy, or the fact that Trump takes credit for the White House's decision to release the birth certificate. Letterman is pointing to Trump's questions about Obama's education and how Obama could have written his memoir. "That's taking on a whole different point of view, as far as I'm concerned," Letterman says to Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil is a known friend of Trump, and skirts around the issue for a bit, joking about Trump's presidential hopes and that the Donald probably wants to turn the White House into a condo. But Letterman doesn't let the conversation get off track. When Dr. Phil jokes about Trump's comments on Obama's education, Letterman says, "Other people are not amused by this tactic. And, by the way, nobody should be amused by this tactic."
Dr. Phil declares that Trump doesn't have "a racist bone in his body" and Letterman asks, "How can you say things like that if you're not a racist?" Letterman continues, "If (Trump) comes back on this show, and I'm not sure we want him back on the show under these circumstances, he ought to be prepared to apologize for that kind of behavior."
How does this particular conversation end, you may be wondering? With a high-five and laughter, of course. Watch the interview below!
Reports indicate that the Celebrity Apprentice star and possible Presidential candidate Donald Trump is sounding off on Jerry Seinfeld after the comedian pulled out of a charity benefit hosted by Donald Trump’s son, Eric. He told sources he just learned that Seinfeld had canceled a show for my son’s charity Trump wrote in a letter to Seinfeld on Wednesday, because of the fact that you think I am being very aggressive with respect to President Obama, who is doing an absolutely terrible job as our leader.
Cornel West is a brilliant man. There are few intellectuals in his class. His work has given us new language to understand the complexities of race and racism in this country and the shortcomings of American democracy.
Even though it's 2011, we're still litigating whether rap music in and of itself is a societal corrosive or an artistic expression that channels raw experience and expurgates emotions in the form of a catharsis. It's really the old Plato versus Aristotle rap battles over the artistic merits of tragedy -- at least we can dance to it, so there's that.
The black community can truly have its' own back, supporting African American leaders in a triumphant way. No example is stronger than the support of President Barack Obama's presidential era. From his humble beginnings to the grass roots bid and campaign, to his historic inauguration, the majority of African-Americans revere every decision he makes. Or do we?
Join the crew tonight as we discuss the Obama platform and where the community stands. Do we protect him too much or is he truly the Superman he's made out to be? Sound off in the chat or call in to let your voice be heard...tonight on "Live in the Vocal Booth".
The FOX News host inducts Lu into the pinhead hall of fame.
No stranger to controversy, FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly recently weighed in on Lupe Fiasco’s comments regarding President Obama as “the biggest terrorist.” After the Chicago, Illinois rapper declined to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the show’s host lashed out at Lu, branding him a “pinhead.”
The-Dream was born in North Carolina and lived there until moving to Atlanta with his mother when he was 2. After his mother died when Dream was still a child, he was raised by his grandfather. His grandfather, an avid music fan, introduced Dream to the music of many legendary R&B and Soul singers, including Sam Cooke and Al Green. In the third grade he enrolled in his first music class, where he learned to play the trumpet. By the time he finished high school, he'd also learned to play the drums and guitar. At the same time, his taste in music expanded and he became influenced by hip-hop artists like Timbaland.
In the early 2000s, when he was still developing his singing talents, Dream was signed to a deal with Redzone Entertainment. With Redzone, Dream began to write songs for the R&B boy band B2K. He continued writing and producing through the 2000s, including on the second album by R&B singer Nivea from 2003-2005. He married Nivea in 2004 after dating for a year. Eventually he and Nivea had three children together, while he continued writing and producing for others. In 2007, he and partner Tricky Stewart had their biggest success up to that point via Rihanna's hit song "Umbrella," which they co-wrote.
The Topic: The Political Process and People of Color
There is a great disparity between the haves and the have nots. The 47 percent as Mit Romney put it. People of color are proving that they carry weight in a major election such as the Presidency, but where are people of color in their local community political process? Why does it seem that only a few turn out for local elections? What will it take to for more residents to come out and take part in their local government?
Tonight on Live in the Vocal Booth we are getting Political and calling you our listeners out on where they stand in their local community political process. Jump in the live chat www.bks1radio.com or call in 646 233 1302.
Special Guests: Len Gibson and James Brown of Peachtree Village Film Festival
PVIFF is hosted by The African American Cinema Gallery (AACG) & Gipp. Museums, Inc. PVIFF attracts 5,000+ people each year from around the world. PVIFF was created in 2006 under the previous name (Sweet Auburn International Film Festival) and have served as the launching pad for many successful filmmakers and other artists alike in the film & entertainment industry. This dynamic international film festival showcasses feature length films, shorts, music videos, documentaries, and screenplays from around the globe. PVIFF aslo feature celevrity attractions, innovative workshops, panels, parties, and much more. PVIFF is poised to become one of the most celebrated film events through dynamic programming and a dedication to helping filmmakers excel in their careers. PVIFF's brand is entrenched in the old saying "It Takes A Village."
Our vision allows us to create a village atmosphere that provide opportunities not only for filmmakers but for business owners and film enthusiasts. Artists such as Director/Writer Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films, Producer Roger Bobb of Bobb Cat Films, Director Leslie Small, Casting Director Alpha Tyler of Tyler Perry Studios, Best Selling Author Omar Tyree, Actor Bill Nunn, Director Kenny Leon, Humanitarian Afeni Shakur and more have all participated in various aspects of PVIFF over the years. In 2006 during PVIFF's first year the winning short film "Binta &The Great Idea" was nominated for an Acadamy Award and numerous other projects have received phenomenal acclaim throughout the years as well. With increased exposure, the assistance from the film and business community PVIFF will continue to help ignite opportunities and make dreams to come true for decades to come.
Special Guest: Plainfield, NJ Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs
Sharon Robinson-Briggs has the distinct honor of being the first female Mayor of the City of Plainfield. Sharon is a graduate of Seton Hall University, majoring in Political Science/Criminal Justice. She is past president of the Plainfield Board of Education, and past president of the Plainfield Branch of the NAACP. Working with the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the State Police, Plainfield has seen a significant reduction in crime. Following her vision of unity, Sharon has established a Welcome Desk at City Hall, created a "Community Garden" for all the residents and a "Feed the Children" program that has provided groceries to approximately 500 families.
A true ambassador of the city, Sharon stays in touch with the residents working well beyond the required hours; often well into the weekend, fulfilling her promises through dedication, compassion and commitment. While meeting with block associations, religious groups, fraternal organizations, unions, youth groups, business groups, senior organizations, and elected officials, Sharon presented her vision of economic growth for Plainfield. Taking the oath of office as Mayor in 2006; Sharon began to realize her vision of ‘Growth by Unity'! Her sensitivity, compassion, leadership, and confidence have united the city in a variety of ways. She supports the citizenry in their projects, programs, and functions. Having been past president of the Plainfield Board of Education, Sharon understands the importance of education, and can often be found in the schools, encouraging youngsters, being a role model for them, frequently reading to kindergarten and elementary school children.
As Mayor of Plainfield, she has participated in NJ Sharing Network’s $1.67 million grant to research the most effective methods to promote organ and tissue donation in the workplace. Funded by the Division of Transplantation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the project aims to significantly increase the rate of organ and tissue donor registration as well as the number of family discussions about organ donation among employees in New Jersey. The project is a collaborative endeavor with NJ Sharing Network and leading researchers from Purdue University. The former NJ Sharing Network Community Relations Manager began her relationship with the organ and tissue recovery agency as a volunteer community partner and liaison to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Seton Hall University graduate is always passionate about her pursuits.
Special Guest: Plainfield, NJ Mayoral Candidate Mustapha Muhammad
Mustapha Muhammad, known to many in the community as Chunny, has been a resident of Plainfield, NJ for over forty-five years. He married his childhood sweetheart and they have enjoyed thirty-eight years of abundant marriage. He and his wife, Jeannetta Billups-Muhammad, have three daughters and three grandchildren.
Mr. Muhammad attended Plainfield Public Schools and studied at Union County Technical Institute. He has spent many years working in construction in Union and Middlesex counties. He graduated from the New York School of Hubbard Dianetics Therapy. He is a professional Dianetics Auditor.
In 1996, Mr. Muhammad was a seated grass root community representative and participant in the National African American Leadership Summit in St Louis and in 1996 served as Chairman of the Plainfield Local Organizing Committee (LOC), which became the first certified L.O.C in the United States.
Like President Barack Obama, Mr. Muhammad is a community organizer with superb team building skills. His knowledge and experience working with people in all walks of life; the worker and C.E.O, local neighbors and national figures, has given him the know-how to build teams that get the job done.
He served on the National Board of the Million Family March in Washington, D.C. and co-chaired the State Organizing Committee with Mr. Lawrence Hamm of People Organized for Progress (POP). Mr. Muhammad has organized marches, rallies, events, and spoken at numerous events throughout the metropolitan communities, providing analyses of issues relating to community, public policy, strategic and action planning, and more.
Mustapha Muhammad was also the assistant to Reverend Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, National Chairman for the Million Man March and the Million Family March. As a spokesperson, Mustapha represented the National Agenda in Camden, Trenton, Plainfield and Newark, New Jersey. He participated in the National Organizing Meeting in Chicago, IL and appeared on CN8 News Makers three times. Mr. Muhammad spoke at events and press conferences in conjunction with the former Mayor of Trenton NJ, the Honorable Doug Palmer, in a Stop the Violence series. He was a panelist at The American Leadership Conference and a featured guest speaker at The Unification Church.
Mustapha Muhammad has served as an employee in corrections working as a counselor at The Bo-Robinson Community Educational Center. He has served on Community Watch Boards and worked with former Chief of Police, Edward G. Santiago, of the Plainfield Police Department and former Public Safety Director Michael Lattimore. He has participated and spoken at Plainfield’s National Night-Out Against Crime.
The list of projects Mr. Muhammad has worked on is extensive and the list of people he has collaborated with is significant, and includes Plainfield’s former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Levert, Vice Principal Sheila Thorpe, Reverend Laverne Ball of the Rose of Sharon Church, Flor Gonzalez, President of the Latino Coalition, and former Councilman the Honorable Malcolm Dunn.
Last, and certainly not least, he worked in the service of and was named Mustapha Muhammad by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan on August 12, 1997 at Muhammad’s Mosque No. 80, in the presence of the Plainfield community and the national media.
He began ministering in praise and worship for the New Hope Campus Ministry at Rutgers University under Reverend Leo Sherard. While he ministered at New Hope, this opened the door for him to become a praise and worship leader at the Abundant Life Family Worship Church (New Brunswick, NJ). At Abundant Life, he ministered weekly to a congregation of over 3,000 members under the leadership of Bishop George C. Searight.
Under Bishop Searight Along with the ALFWC worship team, he has sung at the Six Flags Gospel Day in Jackson, NJ. Noé has recorded with George Searight & Royal Priesthood on their CDs entitled, "Amazing Grace", "Designed for praise" and "Make your presence known".
Along with the ALFWC worship team, God has opened doors for Noé to minister in praise and worship at a weekly bible study for an NFL team. He has also touched the lives of many people as the featured artist at various local churches in the Tri-state area.
Currently, Noe is a praise & worship leader at Light of the World Family Worship Church in Hamilton, NJ under the leadership of Rev. Leo Sherard. Lastly, his most important ministry is his loving family. His wife Deon of 10 years and his son Jonathan are the most cherished gifts God has given him.