Archive for December, 2010

SML #9 1/2/2011

Start the New Year off right with Fresh Food and a Fresh Website!

TODAY’S SHOW: 1/02/ 2011    10:00 AM

Guest call-in number: (619) 996-1674

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This Week’s Topic (s):

Happy New Year!

This week, I put on my Isidra Gadget hat and I am excited to meet this week three experts who are dealing with websites and training the elders how to get up to speed on computers and other technologies.

Don’t glaze over! Right now, stop and go to your website.  When is the last time you were there?  Does it still say your last event is going up and that was weeks, months or years ago? Do you have people pictured who no longer work with you?  Then meet two gentlemen who can help you with your web woes–Ian Chestnut, webmaster, web designer and web developer of IVC Productions. I can personally vouch for his work as I have been his web coordinator for various projects.

Phone: 1-888-4-IVC-PRO

Also William Byers, Explorer Studios, likes to enhance your existing website with customized video and photography that will keep a visitor around that much longer.

Teach your customers how to use your products, show them what you do.  It’s easy with video!

(714) 693-9150

And saving the best for last, Shani Byard Ngunjiri. of Message Media Ed. teaches elders how to cross the digital divide and do it with cultural expression and fellowship with other seniors in the same boat. Now they better communicate with the young in their families! or call (323) 708-2526.

On Darlene Donloe’s entertainment update she talks about Teena Marie’s last wishes for her final services, and lists a WHOLE list of people we lost in 2010 plus lots more!

The address she announced:

Teena Marie Family
c/o Lynn Allen Jeter
3699 Wilshire
Ste 850
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Listen to the last Blog Talk Radio interview with Teena Marie by Sai Browne
Sunday’s show is at 10 a.m.!

Palms Springs Intl Film Festival Jan 6-17:  Will feature African Seminar or for the actual story about the African focus

Darlene also lists an exhaustive list of folks we lost in 2010 including Teddy Pendergrass, Jaime Escalante, Benjamin Hooks, Lena Horne, Eunice Johnson, Dorothy Height, Varnette Honeywood and many many more.  Listen for the entire list.

News from this week:

Carmelo Anthony’s Sister Dies Suddenly: Mother of Four

No Negroes Allowed: Video: (From Black Voices Spin)


Video: MTV’s ‘No Easy Decision’ Follows Teen’s Abortion Plans

I found this on:

Warning…these are full half hour emotional episodes!  You might be there a while. And, surprise!  It says Morgan Freeman is the executive producer!  If you have a teen girl or boy who you think may need to see this, sit them down and watch it with them!

Good news for TV Judge Kevin Ross!

You should know:

Listen to Christmas with the Cos on Blog talk Radio (45 minute interview)


For schedule and channel finder, click the picture! I know in 90008 it is “219”!

Who is at the helm of Oprah’s network?

First ever 24 Hour HBCU Network to Launch 2011

L.A.-based Candace Jones Sutton –now Candace Walker– is one of its leaders. See her in this video!

Kwanzaa Celebration in Leimert Park the last day of Kwanzaa

Coming up at the California Afro American Museum, Dr. Kwaku Speaks Feb. 6

Update on the Georgia Prison Strike:

The Game:Watch for it on BET 1/11/11

The Game–An Interview with Wendy Raquel Robinson (Tasha Mack)

This Week’s Update on the Georgia Prison Strike

Happy Natural Hair Day! It’s a Twitter phenomenon:

Spruce up your website:  50 Plugins WordPress Users should Know About

SML#8 Dec. 26, 2010

What’s the word? Umoja! (Unity!) Do you know the rest?

This is the first day of Kwanzaa!  Do you celebrate?  If so, how so?  In Los Angeles, the Leimert Park area, there is the big Kwanzaa Parade and Festival which culminates in the actual park area.  It’s also the Leimert Park Artwalk, so there will be a lot of activity in the park what with 18 bands scheduled to play…

What technology did you get for Christmas? Any questions about any of it?  I am no Leo Laporte but Isidra Gadget can find someone who knows in most cases.

While you are waiting for Sunday’s show, make sure you listen to last week’s show (Dec. 26):

In the meantime, why not listen to Some of Us are Brave which airs Saturdays on KPFK.  This is the full show form which we played an excerpt last week of Elaine Brown about the Georgia Prison Strike.

Some Of Us Are Brave: NOTE:  The second half hour is listed first.  Please play the second listing for 1 p.m. first!

Saturday, December 18, 2010 1:30 pm  0:28:31

Saturday, December 18, 2010 1:00 pm  0:29

Listen to internet radio with SundayMorningXLive on Blog Talk Radio

In the meantime…

News Notes for the Week 12/19/ through 12/26/10:

1. Storms: Let’s see if it will rain on our parade in Leimert Park! Check out my Storify here:

2. NATURE’S ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: Nadean Day--Isidra’s interviews: Nature’s Essential Ingredients:  Do you have eczema or contact dermatitis? Are you sure?  Listen to this interview with Nadean Day with clips from Maile Johnson and Quinn Vaughan.

Nadean Day, Creator
Phone 817-294-6081

4. Jesse Muhammad–Mississippi Hanging Clip from Some of Us Are Brave.  Hear the entire show here: and click archives.  It aired Saturday, Dec. 18. Lynching Storify:

5.  See movies produced. (At blog)

The Leimert Park Artwalk is Today!

My Storifies:

What the heck is a Storify?  Go to and you too can post stories that pull from Tweets and Facebook posts and You Tube Clips and more.  Since the major media is doing its own thing (blacking out stories that make us go Hmmm) and glossing over major stories, Storifies and alternative media are Plan B.

I post my latest Storifies here:

Georgia Prison Updates:

Lynching Storify:

Middle son So Lynn’s Business is Taking Off!


I am appalled at the lack of information getting through.  I went to the New York Times and typed in lynching.  Nothing about this recent Mississippi story came up.  There was the story of the two Mississippi State players fighting in the stands.  This is NOT a NYT story but thought you might like to check it out only because it is so sad.

So let’s go to the Clarion Ledger, Mississippi’s largest newspapers (by my Google search).  Type in lynching…I’ve gone through 3 pages–nothing.  What comes up is this:

Gov. Barbour doesn’t know racism

This is just a comment about the Governor’s “Thinking that because the white segregationists in his town also had little tolerance for the terrorism/theatrics of the Klan, they were “a force for good” which made news over the past week or so. Google that one on your own, but it sets the tone from the Governor’s office. Still looking…

Just Wanted You to Know:

The Game is Back!  Wendy Raquel Robinson is interviewed here about the new Game which is now hosted on BET.  (Love those promos!)

And let’s Talk about The Black Candle! Kwanzaa Film)

MK Asante put together this video on Kwanzaa, narrated in part by Maya Angelou.


Mia Rutledge--A Johnson Products' model and Brand Ambassador. This Alabama native's face is now nationwide! Jesse Hornbuckle photo.

TODAY’S SHOW: 12/19/ 2010 11:00 AM

Guest call-in number: (619) 996-1674

To listen to the show, visit our show page:

It runs from 11 a.m. to 11:30.  Missed it?  Just click that link and click the play arrow on the player and you can hear the show whenever you want.

OPEN PHONES: Call us!  1 (619) 996-1674

Or,  join us in the chat room! (Accessible from the show page.)

This week:

We’re back! Happy Holidays to everyone.  If you get some extra time, why not chill with us? Well, the “Us” is relative.  Kathy Williamson, who is VP of the African American Film Critics Association, which just held its awards show last Monday, will no longer serve as co-host of this show.   We wish her well and hope to hear about her latest projects from time to time.

Dallas was like a breath of fresh air, and I will share some of the goings on…

Johnson Products hosted a luncheon to award those who go above and beyond the call of duty.  For back story visit excuse

Next week, we met with the good folks at Nature’s Essential Ingredients and Maile Johnson tells the story of how using natural products eliminated her contact dermatitis.

But this was the week that the inmates in Georgia decided to stand up by sitting down and we will update you on that.  Also, Darlene Donloe will have her entertainment report so tune in!

She and I both missed The AAFCA awards but I posted a “storify” about it and this is what the industry is saying:

Check out the Storify we did on the AAFCA Awards:

NOTE:  Next week, the 26th, we do the show at 10 a.m. instead of 11!

Here are some stories we ran across that we may not get to chat about:

Are you a news junkie as well?  Check this Facebook Post out  from Sister Charlene Muhammad:

Charlene Muhammad: Gotta pick my head up from this laptop/or switch screens every now and then! A lot happening in the west while I scan the national landscape: more victims in Grim Sleeper serial killer case; Bart ordered to rehire officer on platform during Oscar Grant killing; and plenty more. Inbox me if you want to contribute to Final Call (West) as a news scanner….I’m serious!!!

Drop us a line and we will put you in touch, but you should really befriend her on FB, because she will know about most things first.

Georgia Prison Strike:

This obscured post includes the interview Elaine Brown did with a prisoner who was part of the Prison strike in Georgia.  It shows that while many want to support, they are afraid:

Press Release from Elaine Brown:


Press Conference Follows Meeting Today

Friday, December 17, 2010, 4:00 p.m.

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd Building
2 Martin Luther King Drive
Atlanta, GA
The Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights, newly-formed to support the interests and agenda of thousands of Georgia prisoners who staged an eight-day peaceful protest and work strike, will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today at the James  H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building following a 3 p.m. meeting with Department of Corrections officials. The delegation will share with the media a letter from the Coalition to Gov. Sonny Purdue and Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens and share updates on the strike and conditions faced by prisoners.

While prisoners were able to bring the strike to a peaceful conclusion, Department of Corrections wardens and administrators and Tactical Squads have begun a brutal campaign of retaliation against striking prisoners, particularly those deemed leaders, said Coalition organizers.  Many prisoners have been transferred to unknown facilities in overnight transports, most reportedly to an abandoned building atGeorgia State Prison in Reidsville to be isolated in strip cells, organizers added. Other prisoners are still suffering from beatings, tear-gassing and other documented violent tactics employed to break the strike and force the men back to work without pay. Still, the prisoners’ demands remain on the table and the Coalition delegation will raise these issues and others with Corrections Department officials.

“The prisoners’ peaceful protest was historic in scope and in the unity of thousands of black, brown, white, Muslim, Christian, Rastafarian prisoners, including those at Augusta, Baldwin, Calhoun, Hancock, Hays, Macon, Rogers, Smith, Telfair, Valdosta and Ware State Prisons.  It ignited protests and support actions all over the country and, even, rumblings of similar protests in other prisons in other states,” said former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown, who has been spearheading much of the support activity and public relations on behalf of the prisoners.

The prisoners are petitioning the DOC for their human rights, including being paid for their labor, provided educational opportunities, decent health care and nutritional meals, a halt to cruel and unusual punishments, and end to unjust parole decisions. “For eight powerful days, these men stood up for their humanity and sent a message of hope and courage to all of us to do the same, to unite and fight to end the social ills that plague our houses on both sides of the wall,” said Brown.

The Grim Sleeper:  Imagine what it would be like to open up hte L.A. Times to see your photo on the front as one of the Grim Sleeper’s victims, but you are a friend or family member. That’s what this story discusses. (Family and friends and no victims, and no evidence!) Imagaine!!!

From: Concerned Coalition to Respect Prisoners’ Rights:


A Storify I did on the Georgia Prison Strike


Links Announced in the Johnson Products Story:

If you have not yet seen it…–video2010.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+racewireblog+%28ColorLines%29

alisoncecilejohns says:
December 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm
in trying to do a little research for myself i came up with this:


“According to the Left Business Observer, the federal prison industry produces 100% of all military helmets, ammunition belts, bullet-proof vests, ID tags, shirts, pants, tents, bags, and canteens. Along with war supplies, prison workers supply 98% of the entire market for equipment assembly services; 93% of paints and paintbrushes; 92% of stove assembly; 46% of body armor; 36% of home appliances; 30% of headphones/microphones/speakers; and 21% of office furniture. Airplane parts, medical supplies, and much more: prisoners are even raising seeing-eye dogs for blind people.”

(and from

“Oregon has even started advertising its prison labor force and factories, claiming that businesses who utilize incarcerated workers would otherwise go overseas for cheap labor (thanks, GATT and NAFTA!). In 1995, an overwhelming majority of Oregon voters passed a constitutional amendment that will put 100 percent of its state inmates to work.

And they’ll be making a lot more than license plates and road signs. One product of Oregon’s inmate factories are uniforms for McDonald’s. Tennessee inmates stitch together jeans for Kmart and JC Penney, as well as $80 wooden rocking ponies for Eddie Bauer. Mattresses and furniture are perennial favorites in prison factories, and Ohio inmates even produced car parts for Honda, until the United Auto Workers intervened. Prisoners have been employed doing data entry, assembling computer circuit boards and even taking credit card ticket orders for TWA.”

Greetings everyone!

UPCOMING SHOW: 12/5/2010 11:00 AM

Guest call-in number: (619) 996-1674

To listen to the show, visit our show page:

It runs from 11 a.m. to 11:30.  Missed it?  Just click that link and click the play arrow on the player and you can hear the show whenever you want.

OPEN PHONES: Call us!  1 (619) 996-1674

Or,  join us in the chat room! (Accessible from the show page.)

Guest: Jabari Jumaane, who is running for the 8th district.

Disclaimer: Mr. Jumaane approached SML for an interview.  We had no idea about the list of people vying for this position. This interview is in no way an endorsement. We look forward to hearing Mr. Jumaane’s platform and list of issues.

See it for yourself: 8 candidates presently for CD8

Hopefuls File L.A. Political Races, by Cynthia Griffin

Mr. Jumaane’s Platform and Campaign Info

The Vision of Jabari Jumaane

Press Release announcing Candidacy

He has announced his Meet and Greet:

Saturday, December 18 · 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Location Lucy Florence Coffee House 

3351 West 43rd Street
Los Angeles, CA

Created By

More Info This is a campaign fundraiser designed to give us the opportunity to talk and share our vision for the 8th District, and to put some of our words into action by touring and making our holiday purchases in the Leimert Park Village and surrounding stores. The cost is $20. Refreshments will be served. The first 25 people to buy tickets are automatically entered into a raffle. JOIN THIS PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT FOR COMMUNITY POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT! 

For tickets, call (323) 291-2539.

Phone: 323-292-5550


Topics:  Entertainment Reporter Darlene Donloe reviews:  Black Swan and a whole lot more

Over 2 million views for this trailer.

Tech tip: Tired of going to news sites and having to sign up before you can read the stories?  Try this: These user names and passwords allow you to log on without the sign up.

11:00  Intro

11:04  Darlene Donloe ‘s Entertainment Report

11:12 Thandisizwe Chimurenga: Movie on Mumia

11:16 Darlene Greene, Executive Director, Ina Mae Greene Foundation (pre-recorded) Explains Domestic Violence and Dec. 9 event in Dallas

Storified! Domestic Violence Initiative by Johnson Products

11:21 Kathy Williamson interviews Jabari Jumaane.

11:28 Outro



Justice on Trial (Mumia movie)

Sunday, December 5 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location The Downtown Independent Theater 

251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA

Created By

More Info
“Justice on Trial: Mumia Abu Jamal”

On Nov. 9 a Federal court in Philadelphia again took up the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist, author and former member of the Black Panther Party currently on death row. The results of that hearing, which will determine if Mumia is executed or gets life imprisonment, have not been decided YET. Attorney Robert Bryan says that Mumia is now “in the greatest dan…ger since his 1981 arrest.”

Dec. 9 is the 29th anniversary of the night Mumia was accused of murdering a white policeman. He has always affirmed his innocence. This new film, “Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” fairly presents the arguments made by Mumia’s supporters alongside the prosecution’s arguments and interviews with others advocating Mumia’s execution. The film’s featured interviews include press photographer Pedro Polakoff, whose newly discovered crime scene photos expose police manipulation of evidence.


Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 @ 7 p.m.

DOORS OPEN @ 6:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $12 at the door

or available online by going to

News from Councilmember Bernard Parks:

Fresh and Easy, Neighborhood Market
Located on Crenshaw Blvd at 52nd Street. This fresh food and produce grocery store will provide residents of the Eighth District with long-awaited, high quality grocery options. These fresh food choices can assist in the fight against diabetes, which is of great concern to the South Los Angeles community. Additionally, this development project will provide the residents of the Eighth District economic benefits through the addition of high quality jobs, both in construction and in permanent retail positions once the store opens. Find out more goings on in the 8th District here.

For information on the Foresee Hogan-Rowles event today:
Forescee Hogan-Rowles December 4 at 8:38pm Reply • Report
Please join us this Sunday at 5349 Crenshaw at 2pm to collect more signatures for OUR CAMPAIGN!! For those who have petitions out, please return them tomorrow and thank you for the support.

Also, please mark your calendar for Monday, Dec.6 at 7:30pm to attend our volunteer meeting at 4427 Don Felipe. Refreshments will be served!!

Tomorrow at West L.A. services for Prof. Gwen Thomas

Memorial Mon, Dec 6

Come out to support Kathy Williamson's "Beyond the Mic". At her table she will have authors!

Here are news sites we enjoy (there are many.  What are your favs? Please comment below!):
Richard Prince’s  Journal-isms:
Black Farmers Battled for Media Attention