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.
State of the Union: Are You Better or Worse After Obama.....
It's that time again, the National election season. As the candidates start ramping up for their various campaigns, and as the country begins to debate Trump, Vs Bush, Vs Hillary, and so on, the real question is, what is the state of YOUR union? Have you prospered these past eight years? Did you advance in your place of employment? Is your financial portfolio a little larger that it was during the Bush - Cheyney years? As you begin to think about "Who's Next", are you better or worse, after eight years of the nations first African American President?
We've had some fun over the past two weeks, however on September 1st, "LIVE With Alisha Lee & R. Paige" are going to get political, as we bring you our version of The State of the Union, and explore whether our listening audience feels they're either better or worse, after Obama.
This week, we'll be joined on-air by Ms. Jean Rawls, Former Vice-president of Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Rawls is a 30-plus year Plainfield, New Jersey resident, raised & educated in Somerville, NJ. Additionally, we'll be joined by Ms. Toni R. Battle, a small business owner of “Embrace Diversity…Embrace Success,”, a company specializing in consulting services in the fields of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Communications and Diversity. Ms. Battle is a native of San Francisco, CA, and also partially raised in the Louisiana. Calling in to participate on the show, we'll have Ms. Rhonda E. Gibson: Executive Producer and Creator of LikeIT IS. Ms. Gibson, a New Jersey native, attended the prestigious University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Mass Communications and Theatre Arts. Her career in the entertainment industry began as a music video production manager. From there, her career advanced to include career work for two major record labels, several independent films, theater productions, and television, where Ms. Gibson has worked in the industry writing and producing for over twenty years. Recognized for her innovative and outside the box creative vision, Ms. Gibson prides herself on creating and developing projects that bring awareness and encouragement to all who aspire to achieve their dream.
Every election cycle is of critical importance to our people. Join "LIVE With Alisha Lee & R. Paige" this Tuesday at 7:00 PM, as we welcome our guests to the show, and engage in a serious discussion about the state of Black America, as well as gain YOUR perspectives on whether you feel you're better or worse in your life and career, after 8 years of Obama. Tune in, or call the show @ 646.233.1302, or join us on the LIVE Chat…..
Tuesday Nights Will NEVER Be The Same, "LIVE With Alisha Lee & R. Paige", on BKS1RADIO,,,
Guest 1 John L. Brown
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, John L. Brown is enjoying a ground swell of support for his upcoming documentary, “The Mentally Blind in America”. Now an author and filmmaker, Brown left Louisiana in 1968 an enlistee of the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam era.
His book, “Mentally Blind: Open Your Eyes” spawned his released documentary, and tells of Brown’s early years of being raised by a grandmother who had been a sharecropper through 1930s and 1940s Louisiana. His mother died when the author was six months old and, after being passed from relative to relative, the young man was taken in by his grandmother who, he remembers, was overjoyed when the two of them moved from a ramshackle tenement into the projects. The year was 1965; Brown was fifteen at the time.
Ultimately Brown’s beloved grandmother died of cancer and the author tells of his decision to “save his own life” by joining The Marines.
Ultimately Brown made his way to the west coast and began a career as a postal carrier. His route took him through the most impoverished neighborhoods in America. Brown witnessed heart-breaking poverty, starvation, and gang violence while walking the streets of “the hood” delivering mail. Brown tells of his experiences as a postman in the ghetto of Oakland, California in his book, “Mentally Blind: Open Your Eyes” noting that letter carriers and meter readers are the most invisible people in the projects.
“I witnessed so much illegal activity by both the citizens and the police. First, there was a turf war that, incredibly, included the cops. This was followed by a drug war. People were losing their lives over nothing – penny bags of dope. Nearly everyday someone would go to jail or get shot in the hood. It was bad.”
Over the past six months Brown has garnered the attention of CNN news, and now has taken on technical support from such advisers as Champagne of Champagne Filmmakers; Emily Hill, editor of A.V. Harrison Publishing; Shalama Lu, Associate Producer; Alisha Geraldine Lee of Best Kept Secrets Entertainment; and Jasmine Hester, award-winning producer. The next stop for this riveting documentary is a multi-state ad campaign...For further information contact me at 916 529 5528
Guest 2 Jean Rawls
C. JEAN RAWLS NJ Real Estate Agent 30+ year Plainfield resident, raised & educated on Somerville, NJ. Formerly Vice-president of Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Corps Manager, Executive Director of the Somerville Business and Professional Association & Administrator of the Somerville DMC, Owner of Silk Limousine Service & currently Executive Assistant for Verizon ' s Northeast Area I have 2 adult sons and 1 adult daughter, 4 grandchildren and reside in the Van Wyck Historic District in Plainfield, NJ.
Guest 3 Toni Battle
Toni Renee Battle is a native of San Francisco, CA and was partially raised in the Southern state of Louisiana. Toni owns a small business called “Embrace Diversity…Embrace Success,” specializing in consulting services in the fields of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Communications and Diversity. She is also founder of a cultural enrichment program called The Legacy Project which teaches culture, tradition and histories of Blacks and Native Americans to youth 7th through 12th grades. Her goal is to transition it into a Saturday school and eventually a Freedom School. She has more than 15 years of experience in these fields in both private and public sectors. She attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications; and attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She is currently a doctorate student at Saint Mary’s College of CA in Moraga, CA majoring in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice. Her dissertation research focuses on historical harm trauma, generational grief and healing. Specifically, her research focuses on the impact of being descended from The Trail of Tears, slavery, banishment and lynching histories. She has received fellowships from Teach With Africa-South Africa and Columbia University’s Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute (STSI).
Toni specializes in diversity, communication, cultural dynamics, race relations, trauma and healing, and intra-racial prejudice. She has worked and trained in governmental, private, and educational organizations. She has certification in diversity dynamics from National Multicultural Institute (NMCI), in Washington, DC, specializing in cross-cultural dynamics/communication, sustained mediation dialogue, developing diversity initiatives, and diversity design& implementation, creating diversity councils, and recruiting and retaining a diverse workgroup. She holds additional certification in social justice mediation from Association for Dispute Resolution (ADR), Kingian Nonviolence training, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Practice.
Her professional background includes: Television News Producer, Public Information Officer, Equal Employment Opportunity Manager, and Consultant; where she conducted media campaigns, produced television news, investigated discrimination complaints, customized mediations, and diversity consultations. Toni has been a featured speaker and facilitator for clients which have included: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Bradley University, National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), and Rosiland Franklin Medical School.
Her specialty areas also include intra-racial prejudice and customized mediation techniques. She is a member of Lambda Iota Tau Honor Society (English/Literature), serves on the board of the Association of Dispute Resolution for Northern California (ADRNC), member of the California Association of Equal Rights Professionals, member of Equal Justice Society, member of National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), and is Co-Founder of Welcome To the Table (WTTT), the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Coming to The Table (CTTT).
Guest 4 Terra Renee
For the past 18 years, Founder and President, of African American Women In Cinema Organization, Inc. (AAWIC), Terra Renee has utilized her strong background in filmmaking to serve as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women. Before she founded AAWIC, Terra studied filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), and film directing at the School of Visual Arts. Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Renee associate produced several independent films including," Island Alicia", a feature which was the official selection of the Cannes film festival UN Certain Regard category.
Besides Terra's film production success, she interned at Universal Pictures and served as a judge for some of Hollywood's most prestigious awards such as the Emmy Awards, Student Academy Awards-Oscars, New York Film Festival and NATPE. Ms. Renee was featured in Essence Magazine representing the Wal-Mart Voices of Color Film Series. In addition, she was the recipient of 2011 NAACP Woman of the Year Award, as well as the 2012 Bill McCreary Living Legend Award and the 2013, Keeping the Dream Award presented by the prestigious youth organization, Jump Start and the 2014 Bridge Builder Award from the United African Coalition. Ms. Renee recently became a Fellow recipient of the United Way and Baruch College “Leadership of the Non-profit Sector” program. She recently received an Ambassadorship of the African Women for Good Governance Global organization.
Guest 5: Rhonda E. Gibson: Executive Producer and Creator of LikeIT IS
R.E. was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Mass Communications and Theatre Arts. R.E.'s career in the entertainment industry began as a music video production manager. From there, she went on to work for two major record labels, several independent films, theater productions, and television. She has worked in the industry writing and producing for over twenty years. Her visions are innovative and outside the box. Gibson prides herself on creating and developing projects that bring awareness and encouragement
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".
On October 13th, 2015, “LIVE With Alisha Lee and R. Paige, are proud to celebrate National Hispanic Awareness Month, with special guests from the Hispanic community, Mr. Luis O. De La Hoz, and Mr. Hector Bonilla.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. The Hispanic Heritage concept was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal, a California Democrat who served industrially in support of the Hispanic community on Capitol Hill for 30 years, working to establish Hispanic Heritage Week with established proclamation support by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. The commemorative week was later expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month through legislation sponsored by Rep. Esteban E. Torres, another Democrat from California, and implemented by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15) National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on the morning of October 12, 1492. A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, forty-two years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.
Special Guest: LUIS O. DE LA HOZ:
Mr. Luis O. de La Hoz, 43 is the Senior Vice President of the Lending Team at the Intersect Fund, a non-profit micro-lender and certified CDFI, based in New Brunswick, NJ, an organization that provides training, coaching and capital to low-income, minority and women-owned businesses throughout the state of New Jersey. Mr. De La Hoz migrated to the United States from his native Colombia in the early 2000. When he is not engaging small business owners in training or funding opportunities, Mr. De La Hoz, a member of the board of New Jersey Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, works tirelessly to help his fellow entrepreneurs throughout the greater New Jersey area.
In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Central New Jersey Small Business Council of the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce to address the needs of Hispanic business owners in the region. As a result, and under his direction, the Chamber hosted the first Hispanic Small Business Expo - Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey- on July 19, 2010, and two consecutive versions, the 2nd Expo in July 17, 2011 and the 3rd Expo on July 16, 2013. The Expo started with a very small group of exhibitors, and grew to 145 vendors and almost 800 attendees in the last year.
Since 2008, De la Hoz has been a consultant at The College of New Jersey Business Development Center, an organization that counsels over 600 established and start-up businesses and trains approximately 2000 business people with information seminars and hands-on management workshops.
Special Guest: HECTOR BONILLA:
Mr. Bonilla has a long, distinguished career within the field of education. After attending Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York, he attended the Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, graduating with a BA degree, and later returning to Rutgers where he completed his Master’s in Education. Mr. Bonilla’s professional career in education has spanned more than 23 years, with professional positions as Principle within the Trenton, New Jersey school district, Principle of Barringer High School, Vice Principal at Trenton Central High School, as well as counselor / Assistant Dean / Admission Officer at Rutgers, University. Mr. Bonilla has also worked as an aide to the Mayor of the city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. A proud member of the Hispanic community who champions education, serving as an example of how the power of education can become the defining “game changer” in our society, irrespective of your environment or upbringing, Mr. Bonilla shares his passion for education as an exemplary role model for many young people throughout the greater New Jersey – New York communities.
Also, on “LIVE With Alisha Lee & R. Paige”, joining our Celebrity Spotlight, we’re excited to welcome to the show, from the legendary R&B Vocal Group with some of the most memorable ballet’s from the 90’s such as “New Jack Swing”, and “Let’s Chill”, Mr. Damien Hall from the R&B group, “Guy”, and from BET’s Comic View, Mr. Kenny Williams, one of the funniest comedian’s to ever appear on this popular show.
Entertainment, Politics, Religion, Relationships, Diversity, Celebrity Conversations, and so much more,,,,, “If You’re THINKING About It, We’re TALKING About It, every Tuesday night on “LIVE With Alisha Lee and R. Paige”, only on BKS1 Radio.
Remember, on October 13th, 2015, the show starts at 6:30 PM, Vs our original 7:00 PM time slot. You’ll not want to miss this very important discussion with well-respected champions for education and financial empowerment from the Hispanic Community, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
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.