Archive for January, 2011

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This Week’s Topic (s):

Mark S. Luckie, Digital Change Agent

Mark S. Luckie is still in his 20’s but he has propelled himself to be a leader and a change agent in journalism and digital media. Just over a year ago he was contemplating unpaid bills, when his blog 10, took off, and he was able to sell for a nice sum to Media Bistro. He blogged about his talents and knack at finding helpful tools to tell better stories graphically with enhanced multimedia strategies to anyone who would listen. That made his blog the favorite place for journalists and others to go to learn how to keep up with new media.

I met the 20-something graduate of HBCU Bethune Cookman College when he was in the early stage of his career, then proudly watched as his 2010’s amazing success story catapulted him to the Washington Post. Luckie was recently named to The Grio’s 100 and won a design contest, so Sunday morning at 10 a.m.PST 1 p.m. EST –early Super Bowl Sunday–we will talk with him about his walk and what he sees for the future. True to form, Mark’s story can be found on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and even Flicker.

What will we ask him?

The trend of journalism–

The Daily Pearl Trees, Storify, Cinchcast and many other Multimedia tools.

And so much more Mark will most likely hip us to! Find out more at his website:

Links we announced:

We were off to a Super Sunday what with  Dr. Kwaku lecturing at CAAM right after the show.  As promised here are the links to tools we discussed:

SCRIBD: A great place to publish your book:

Reading and Publishing… evolved.  They write “Millions of documents and books at your fingertips! Read, print, download, and send them to your mobile devices instantly. Or upload your PDF, Word, and PowerPoint docs to share them with the world’s largest community of readers.”
Create Space:

LuLu (create print on demand books for music, photos and writing) 80/20% deal

Cinch: Record radio talks or interviews and post to Facebook or Twitter

Bubble Tweet: Communicate in Video or audio on Twitter:

Storify: See mine of Mark Luckie:


Also discussed:

What is your Internet Klout?

Collaborate with people all over the world on documents. Mark used Google Docs to write his Handbook for Digital Journalists


Mark’s blog: Great Info for Digital Journalists or ANYONE who needs info about the latest tools online:

Media Bistro

Pearl Trees: A new way to social media:

It’s Been My Experience

I remember Mr. Boykins, the father of one of my best friends.  He was a constant fixture at the kitchen table reading his newspaper.  I doubt he ever looked up at the crazy stuff we kids said and did.  His time after carrying a sack of mail all day was sitting at the table unfazed as he consumed every character  of ink on the page.  Little did I know that print journalism would wind up being my career of choice, but ironically I never worked in print.  Sure in college, I was the volunteer editor of Perspectives in undergrad at Union College, NY and AllUsWe at USC.  We waxed strips of copy typeset by  well-paid professionals. The closest I got to getting paid for print was producing newspapers, annual reports and other printed collateral materials within my PR gigs, but I went straight to radio and from there Internet TV and produced a documentary with our team.

And now I see my colleagues scrambling to figure out how the times passed them by.  Excellent writers, they pooh-poohed the Internet and now it’s coming back to bite them where they sat all those years.  I hope you are listening.  Mark Luckie can guide you–whether you are a graphic designer, techie, writer, photographer, blogger, etc. you are going to have to blend it all these days!

Darlene Donloe, Entertainment, has the week off. Here she is with Jennifer Lewis at her one woman show along with Miki Turner, photo journalist, author


Have you heard: Huff Post To Launch “Game Changing” Black Website, Enlists Former Essence Editor

Former Essence editor-in-chief, Angela Burt-Murray is rumored to have on to assist in the launch of Huffington Post’s newest vertical, HuffPost Global Black. The site, which is the result of a partnership between Huffington Post owner Arianna Huffington and BET co-founder, Sheila Johnson will provide its audience with “news, politics, culture, opinion, and video through the lens of the black experience.” In addition to HuffPost Global Black, Huffington Post expects to be rolling out both a political and sports-themed site as well as a Latino-targeted vertical. While no official launch date has been announced, HuffPost Global Black is expected to launch sometime in March. Is a separate “Black” site necessary.

One writer’s perspective- The Atlanta Post:

Listen to Sunday Morning Live on Blog Talk Radio:

If we have time for a change in plans, we will play a very special interview of an artist who used to be bullied every day. Which leads us to the top of the list–Bullying –by Street toughs AND the Houston Police!!! Scroll to end to read about Elgin Bolling!

News from the week I found to be interesting:

Welcome to Superbowl Sunday!

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh CoachWho ya got?  Until talking to my youngest son last night, I could care less, but now I am excited.  You see, the coach of Pittsburgh, who bears a strong resemblance to Omar Epps. and whose father attended Hampton where my son graduated from, has the chance of being the youngest head coach in the NFL to win TWO SuperBowls…having won in 2009.  This being African-American history month, those facts give me a tie to Pittsburgh. He can make history!

Now Green Bay–I used to work for Willie Davis owner of KACE radio,  All pro defensive end of the Green Bay Packers who played for Vince Lombardi in Superbowls 1 and 2.  But that’s all in the past.

Did you know it wasn’t until the 3rd Superbowl that they actually called it that officially?

Omar Epps could play Coach Tomlin, no?

I learned that from the story in the Washington Post: “5 things you didn’t know about the Superbowl”…Wonder if that was Mark Luckie’s handy work?


Did you get to see that heart breaking video where a young man in this video was beaten by 7 kids for no apparent reason?  Kudos to The View for inviting young Nadin  on the show and giving him a better day than he could  have dreamed:

As if kids beating a kid isn’t bad enough, did you see the video of armed police beating an unarmed burglar who had clearly given themselves up.

Video (warning–graphic): Officer Raad Hassan was seen doing the most damage.  Shame on him!


Franchisees Karim Webb and Edward Barnett

The Buffalo Wild Wings in Los Angeles is now open! Former Laker Trevor Ariza is hosting an invitation-only star-studded All Star Weekend Party there. Congrats to 30 something  year old brothers Karim Webb and Edward Barnett. Read More:


All Star Weekend Official Info:

Plan accordingly.  Get the official dates and times here!

Maverick's Flat Plans

Re-Opening of Maverick’s Flat: There is a full fledged restaurant in there!  This one is for the older set.  Congrats to Curtis Fralin and Infinity Investments.

STAPLES COMING TO CRENSHAW: And to all with home-based businesses you will be pleased to learn that Staples is also coming to the Baldwin Hills Plaza this year.

Congratulations to The Freshman Congresswoman Karen Bass

The birthday boy, esteemed photographer Leroy Hamilton, enjoyed a special birthday this week.  He also produced and gave permission to share with you the So Cal swearing-in of  Congresswoman Karen Bass.  All the politicos were there!

Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

Irony:  Bob Marley and Ronald Reagan have same birthday.

On Bob MArley's Birthday Anna Fisher asks us to look at Rita Marley's work in Ghana

If we have time, we will air this today.  If not, next week for sure!

Humor: Spoof:  Little Known Black History Facts

Note: May be offensive to some. This is not intended to be a historical resource.

Watch/Listen to:

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Keeping it Real: (Celebrating 5th Year Anniversary)

Roland Martin’s Washington Watch on TV One Sunday Mornings

NEXT SHOW: 1/30/ 2011    10:00 AM

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This Week’s Topic (s):


Caught Up by Melissa Hayward

This week Sunday Morning Live welcomes Melissa Hayward, a minister, a dynamic singer, and actress who just released her new CD “Caught Up.” She has overcome drug addiction and founded a ministry to help others. Don’t miss her testimony!

We’ll have a listening party.  Can’t wait? Check out her new CD here.

Hayward has currently completed her album entitled “Caught Up” which depicts the demoralized price she paid while using drugs and alcohol. She shares the extraordinary deliverance God granted her through the struggle, in hopes, that the truth of God is revealed through the creative sound and testimony that is expressed through her music.
Melissa Hayward
God’s Vessel Ministries

Buy the CD:

CD available at the Word Of Life Christian Bookstore located at 6321 West Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90043


Nate Parker, Part II

We will also hear from Nate Parker–Part II of his interview with Darlene Donloe. In this one he talks about the Slap heard ’round the world in The Great Debaters. Sunday Morning Live is a weekly news magazine hosted by Isidra Person-Lynn, with entertainment news provided by veteran journalist Darlene Donloe.

He also fills us in more on hi upcoming movie “Red Tails.”

Still Updating this week’s news.  Check back!

An evening with Jennifer Lewis at the NAte Holden Performing Arts Theater Fri Feb 4, 2011. This is one night only!  It starts at 8 pm.  Tickets $25 For details:

Let’s Talk about Health

Not too Late For the New Year: Cleanse!!!

Charis Malloy Brown is steeped in health–from eating to movement, to hydrating to breathing. She crafted a cleanse that she led a group recently through so they could start the new year  healthier, lighter and freer.  You can download her eBook for only $7 and do it yourself, but she is available for consultations too! Check out her website at


Charis Brown Malloy's Post Holiday Cleanse

Charis is also a terrific writer who inspires.  I am not just saying this because she is my cousin. Read this piece for yourself!

Here is one she wrote about a terrifying experience as a newlywed.

Don’t worry, her husband is a kind, loving spirit and they went through that experience together. Read it!

The Law

Mother Sentenced to Jail for Enrolling Children in Better School District


Atty. Terrye Cheathem

We will also get to discuss the story that broke about the mother sent to jail for enrolling her children in a district where she did not live.  Not only did she spend 10 days in jail, she also was fined over $30,000. Atty. Terrye Cheathem will be on hand to discuss the legalities of it all. One version of the story is here.

Some comments about it to read.

Another Take.

My Storify on the Subject: Check out the lone dissenting voice.  Does he have a point?

Anon Comment:
This happens all the time with kids who are good at sports who want to play at a school with a better team. I never hear of those kids’ parents getting sent to jail.


Movement on Marlton Square:

L.A. Sentinel Reports that Marlton Square has been pulled out of bankruptcy. Click Here.

Here is the radio report by Pasadena City College. Click Here.

How Egypt Turned Off the Internet:


Nominate yourself or someone you know for a Black Enterprise Small Business Award

Summit prosecutor releases statement in Kelley Williams-Bolar case

By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff
POSTED: 01:50 p.m. EST, Jan 28, 2011
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh defended her agency’s decision to bring multiple felony charges against an Akron mother in a school residency case.
Walsh, in a statement Friday, said Kelley Williams-Bolar was prosecuted ”because she repeatedly and willfully broke the law, as a jury of her peers unanimously affirmed in court.”
The statement was sent by e-mail to various media outlets 10 days after Williams-Bolar was sentenced to jail in the controversial case.
On Jan. 15, after seven hours of deliberations, a Summit County jury convicted Williams-Bolar, 40, on two felony counts of tampering with records in the process of enrolling her children in Copley-Fairlawn schools in August 2006.

Walsh’s statement, in its entirety, is as follows:
”While this case is truly an unfortunate situation, the fact remains that Kelley Williams-Bolar was prosecuted because she repeatedly and willfully broke the law, as a jury of her peers unanimously affirmed in court.
”Prior to prosecution, she had many options available that did not include breaking the law, including working with the Copley school district before the case reached a criminal felony level. There are many single mothers and families in similar situations who want the best for their children who are not breaking the law.
”In fact, dozens of other similar cases in recent years have been resolved at the parent level prior to prosecution because they either removed their children from the school district, paid tuition or moved into the school district.
”Ms. Williams-Bolar was the only case that could not be resolved at the parent level because she would not acknowledge that she did anything wrong and she refused to cooperate in any way.
”As such, this office had no choice but to take action against Ms. Williams-Bolar, in accordance with the law and on behalf of residents that choose to follow the rules.”
The statement said the agency will not pursue a retrial on the two deadlocked charges of grand theft that the jury faced in the joint trial of Williams-Bolar and her father, Edward Williams.
”Consistent with other cases we have tried, when a jury convicts on the higher charges, we dismiss the deadlocked charges,” Walsh said in the statement.
She added: ”The state intends to proceed with the charges against Edward Williams for grand theft, a felony of the fourth degree, and for tampering with records, a felony of the third degree.
”With respect to the grand theft, the indictment alleges that he did, with purpose to deprive the owner, State of Ohio/Department of Human Services and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, of benefits totaling: $36,023.87.
”With respect to the tampering with records, the indictment alleges that he knowingly falsified applications for medical and food assistance with the Department of Job and Family Services.”
Kerry M. O’Brien, the attorney for Williams-Bolar and her father, was not immediately available for comment.

Note:  Jan. 15 is the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Humor!  From

Note: All typos courtesy of Isidra Person-Lynn.  You can let me know, if you choose, since I am not working with an editor!

NEXT SHOW: 1/23/ 2011    10:00 AM  1 hour  Open Phones

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This Week’s Topic (s):

This Sunday (1/23/11), we meet two dynamic 30 somethings, recap the King Parade and spend some time talking tech and gadgets.

But first we meet Angela Parker who is a freelance writer who currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Tethered and writes “Under the Hill”, a column that takes an irreverent look at life as a thirty-something singleton. You can read more from her at  and visit her website at Be sure and click “Older Posts” to read more of her writings!

Set your reminder or listen to past shows on demand here.

Nate Parker, PAFF HOST

Darlene Donloe has as her guest Nate Parker.  We will NOT have open phones but one day we must invite him back so you too can talk with him. I am expecting great things from the man who personified his role in Great Debaters in real life and also starred in the Secret Life of Bees and many other important works.

This is a brief video which Nate Parker was referring to.  It does not include his own DNA reveal but he is pictured within. It was shot and edited by Leroy Hamilton.

We will also play clips from this past Monday’s King Day Festivities in Leimert Park

Here is the visual file.  We will play the audio file.

A Better Clip of El De Barge:

News of the week I thought was interesting:

From the L.A. Weekly:  (Videos on page)

Note: What would it cost the LAPD to calm unarmed people down, wait a bit, to assess why a person is acting the way they are? Yes, this is a week old. I missed it.

Reggie Doucet Jr, 25-Year-Old Hollywood Model And College Football Star, Shot To Death By LAPD In Front Of Playa Vista Home

By Simone Wilson, Fri., Jan. 14 2011 @ 4:39PM
Saw on Charlene Muhammad’s Facebook Page:

Corporations Take Advantage of Prison Labor

Capitalism leads to exploitation of inmates.

By: Dr. Boyce Watkins | TheLoop21 (Add to your loop)
Thu, 01/20/2011 – 1:51pm

To the Trekkies in the House: (Video at link)

Nichols: MLK convinced me to stay on ‘Star Trek’
By theGrio
4:41 PM on 01/19/2011

Dr. King reportedly told her, “The world sees us as we should be seen. As intelligent, beautiful, and qualified just like anybody else. You have the first non-stereotypical role on TV. You cannot leave.”  Great video at the link.

SOME OF US ARE BRAVE: Aired an hour long interview with the newly freed Scott Sisters.

A Black Women’s Radio Show writes: Thanks Isidra! Also the show’s posted at now…Please note that the 2nd half hour is posted and running under Think Outside the Cage for the 1:30 time slot as they shared their time for us to have a full one hour for the Scotts today.

Gadgets, Apps and things:

So THAT’s How Michael Jackson Did the Lean!!! Just learned about the Atlanta Post. They are running an article on 10 contemporary Black inventors. Michael Jackson is one–with a patent!

Five Things You Didn’t know You could Do with Linked In

By Mark Luckie (My Favorite is: Create A Resume)

How to leave an audio post on Facebook or Twitter: Use Cinch!  It’s Free.  Download this app to your iPhone and you can also listen to Blog Talk Radio Shows on your smart phones. Cinch also has a network called Cinchcast. I have listened to some amazing interviews and clips on there! Check them out!  But don’t call someone and put their business in the street without knowing they are on the phone like  two women did.  (I heard ’em with my own ears!)

TIP:  On your iPhone, you can make an icon for your favorite Blog Talk Radio Show as well, then click when you need to log on and listen!  Just act as if you are going to make a bookmark and right click and click and under Add Bookmark, click “Add to Home Screen.” It will put it on the next available screen of apps!


After Darlene Donloe‘s interview with a favored actor Nate Parker, who played in the Great Debaters, she filed a complete report.  She has got the skinny  on the rumor that Halle Berry will be playing Aretha, and a whole lot more!


Got the email about the new traffic fines?  It’s kinda sorta true:

That’s the show we filed for Jan 23, 2010, the 12th edition of Sunday Morning Live.

Show dedicated to Uncle Paul Lynn from Pasadena…and Happy birthday Ariana, and her sons Andrew and Keion! 

Next Week Melissa Hayward…a link to listen…Her CD dropped yesterday

Also Nate Parker–comments after the interview

Other articles You may Have Missed:

Ex-Chicago Cop Gets 4 1/2 years in Torture Case:

CHICAGO (AP) – Dozens of people — almost all of them black men — claimed for decades that Burge and his officers tortured them into confessing to…

Eric Benet Engaged to Prince’s Ex-Wife:

This is Why U Broke: The “New” I have a Dream Speech

New Words Added to English Dictionaries50 favorites
by: Betsy Towner | from: AARP Bulletin | January 1, 2011

Steve Jobs Takes Leave Due to Serious Health Issues But the company appears very healthy:  …” Apple, which reported last week that first-quarter profit grew 78 percent from a year ago. Sales were up 71 percent to $26.7 billion – exceeding analysts’ estimates by more than $2 billion.”


My Favorite Bog Talk Radio Shows:

Did I hear?

There will be a re-release of The Color Purple?

Warner Home Video is celebrating Black HIstory Month with the debut of ‘Of Boys and Men and the Blue-ray premieres of The Color Purple and Malcolm X.


Thanks Sinbad! (And Gail P. for sending this along!)

SML #11 1/16/2011

NEXT SHOW: 1/16/ 2011    10:00 AM  1 hour  Open Phones

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This Week’s Topic (s):

This Sunday (1/16/11), we talk to Lee Bailey about his valuable 3 hour radio special “King: From Atlanta to the Mountaintop” which will air on Monday, the official holiday starting at 10 a.m. on KJLH (102.3 FM) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To order a copy:  Click here

Then, we have the Entertainment Report with Darlene Donloe files an entertainment report where she mentions the following:
Janet Jackson, Toccara, Donald Trump, Amarosa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Beals, Del Roy Lindo, The Game (with Wendy Raquel Robinson and cast), Queen Latifah, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, (The Dilemma) and
The Green Hornet (3D) and it cast of Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. Wow! You gotta listen to find out why!We also bring a bit of audio from last Sunday’s showdown at LACMA about the African presence in the Olmec civilization (Mexico). Dr. Toni Humber delivered a stellar presentation and we’ll play a few highlights.
Finally, we have some audio from CA Atty. General Kamala Harris, and Congresswoman Karen Bass speaking at the 19th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit, along with L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. It all happened at USC!

As always, wherever you are in the country, you can catch the show live at 10 a.m. or on demand as the archives will be available at right after the show! If you go there now you can set a reminder email to come to you on Sunday! Plus check out our companion blog at

As we finish producing the show, here are the news stories and commentary that have come to SML’s attention throughout the week:


Let’s start it off with a song:

Found on  “Never Can Say Goodbye.”


Dr. Conrad Murray

Judge Finds Dr. Conrad Murray  Should Stand Trial

Michael Jackson Doctor Conrad Murray Ordered To Stand Trial

Murray faces manslaughter charges in the singer’s death; his medical license has also been suspended.  Details at MTV News

Bail set at $75,000. That doesn’t sound quite right.

Darlene and Mike Tyson

Entertainment Report by Darlene Donloe

Darlene already filed her report and she leads off with news about Janet Jackson.  After you listen if you want more Janet Jackson news, visit  I see the tickets were sold out in one day but another date was added so with enough voices maybe you can get another date added if that one is sold out!
This is a list of the rest of the folks Darlene dishes on:
This Sunday (1/16/11), we talk to Lee Bailey about his valuable 3 hour radio special “King: From Atlanta to the Mountaintop” which will air on Monday, the official holiday starting at 10 a.m. on KJLH (102.3 FM).Darlene Donloe files an entertainment report where she mentions the following:
Janet Jackson, Toccara, Donald Trump, Amarosa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Beals, Del Roy Lindo, The Game (with Wendy Raquel Robinson and cast), Queen Lati 

fah, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, (The Dilemma) and
The Green Hornet (3D) and it cast of Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz. Wow! You gotta listen to find out why!

See the interactive trailer at:

Harmony Love Bailey

Meet Harmony Love Bailey, daughter of Hilton Bailey.  Check out her blog:

Lee Bailey (who you heard on this show) said she is his God child, and this is what he posted on EUR…even more interviews!

Here she interviews Gospel stars

Shocking Unemployment Rates for African-Americans

Posted by Erin on January 11, 2011

African American unemployment

The latest report released last week by the Department of Labor confirmed what most of us already know—the economy stinks. What was more shocking and under-reported on, was the gross inequity between white America and black America. According to the report. Read More at Africana Online

Will Co-MC the Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast hosted by the Inter Alumni Council
Jaaye Person-Lynn, Esq. will Co-MC the Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast hosted by the Inter Alumni Council 1/17/11 at the Proud Bird.  A graduate of two black colleges, Hampton University and  Howard Law, Jaaye is working for the L.A. County Public Defender.
A clip of Dr. John Wilson, office of the White House Initiative on HBCUs was the keynote last year is embedded below. For tickets and details:  Click Here.

Dr. Toni Humber Speaking at the Debate of the African Influence of the Olmec Civilization at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

From Judge Kevin Ross’ blog

Maxcy Filer, iconic Compton civil rights leader, dies at 80

Represented area at “Dream” speech, followed a law dream of his own.
By Greg Mellen, Staff Writer
Caption: Maxcy Filer is shown in his Compton office in front of a painting of the most influential man in his life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Filer was 35 during the Watts riots and head of the Compton NAACP. He died Monday at age 80. (1995 file photo, Matthew J. Lee / Press-Telegram)
My note: When you have a son struggling to pass the bar, the name Atty. Maxcy Filer comes up, for it was Maxcy Filer who took the bar 48 times before he passed it at the age of 61; it was Maxcy Filer whose sons grew up, and passed the bar and hired him as a law clerk.  The law license was just a formality, though, because Atty. Maxcy Filer was active in Compton and its civil rights and more.  Thanks to Atty. Carl Douglas who brought this to our attention.  May Atty. Filer rest in peace. He was laid to rest Saturday, Jan 15, Dr. King’s real birthday.

Government tested AIDS drugs on foster kids

Children not provided with basic legal protection, review finds

Read more at MSNBC:

Radio station owner calls MLK a ‘sexual degenerate’

The Grio reports that a radio station owner is calling Dr. King a sexual degenerate.  Here is the story

Ted Williams' Saga Continues--from The Grio

Homeless man turned radio star briefly held by LAPD

By theGrio

12:20 PM on 01/11/2011

Ted Williams Update:  Sadly he will be on Dr. Phil today and tomorrow, reunited with his ex-wife and children..  I really am not feeling this over exploitation….

And last night, the Grio reports he was detained by LAPD for a family squabble.  Read more from The Grio here.

Wesley Snipes

Incarcerated Wesley Snipes heads up new video game

By theGrio

4:53 PM on 01/11/2011

Entertainment with Darlene Donloe:

Darlene Donloe continues at TCA.  Report coming soon.

Isidra Gadget (Tech)

Verizon finally gets the iPhone!

This was posted by my favorite tech blogger Terry White.  This articles weighs the pros and cons of running out to get the iPhone on Verison.  And there are some!  Click to read more at Best Apps Site.

50 Cent knows how to make $10 Million from one weekend on Twitter!

Over the weekend, 50 Cent tweeted to his 3.8 million followers about investing in a penny stock HNHI, a distributor of headphones which include his new Sleek by 50 headphones. Some of his followers took his investing advice and purchased stock in the company which eventually increased the shares to $.29. Via Business Insider

Earlier we noted that shares of HNHI added $50 million in market cap today thanks to tweets from 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson.

Obviously he’s being compensated. How much? A LOT.

This SEC filing shows that he owned 30 million shares. Seeing as each one gained $.29 today, that’s nearly $10 million for one weekend of tweeting.

How soon do you think he sells? (From The Run Down)

Got stories?  Email them and their source to:

Tidbits:Click the Pic for more

Regina King and Malcolm-Jamal Warner Rumored to Tie the Knot


Regina King: Cover Girl for Essence

Actress Regina King has found love with former The Cosby Show child star Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The Ray star, who divorced her husband Ian Alexander in 2006, has shared a close friendship with Warner since their first meeting in the 1980s, and their relationship took a romantic turn in 2008. From the Run Down.TV

She is also gracing the cover of the February Essence magazine and looking quite well.

MOVE YOUR CAR!  Did you know?

Another law taking effect in 2011 opened the door to a potential revenue stream for cities: allowing local agencies to install cameras on street sweepers to catch parking violators.  Read More at CBS News

This time last year the story was the Haitian Eaarthquake.  Here is a song of hope that shows you Haiti today:

Free from Tim Greene:


This is for Adult Ears only:

Life with Dave:

More David Arnold:  Fat People

In Case You Missed it:

Video of the President’s remarks: [Video]
Download video of the speech (MP4): [Video]
Link to White House Blog Post:
Link to the Transcript: [Text]

This Week in Black History

Support the Arts!

This is the artwork of Allie King, in Miami Beach Florida.  Good stuff!

TODAY’S SHOW: 1/09/ 2011    10:00 AM  1 hour  Open Phones

Call-in number: (619) 996-1674


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This Week’s Topic (s):

Prison Greetings and Cell Phone Wars

Terrye Cheathem is founder of Three Squares Greetings

Met a very interesting woman named Terrye L. Cheathem.  She is the founder of Three Squares Greetings, For those who can’t come home. She is fascinating and I look forward to our conversation.  In the meantime check out her cards here .

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Is Your Smart Phone Smarter than Mine?

It’s time we talk about cell phones.  Sybil McMiller’s Droid is going to go for a lil One on One  with my iPhone.  She is an illustrator (See her work at or listen to HER Blog Talk Radio Show on Saturday mornings” .

Entertainment with Darlene Donloe:

Darlene Donloe, Entertainment

Darlene Donloe has the inside scoop on the latest movies and Entertainment.  Stay tuned for her Donloe Scale! THis week she was working hard at TCA (whatever that is) and went to Oprah’s Cocktail Party and hung with Mike Tyson.  This is one week you do NOT want to miss!

Darlene and Mike Tyson

It seems everybody was there, Miki Turner, Leroy Hamilton shot it for Starz.  By the way, I saw this Tweet:—part-1-a318904 Miki Turner who is an incredible writer and her work regularly appears in Jet and Ebony has a photography book coming out.  Check it out!

Darlene Donloe’s full entertainment report:  Click here to listen

Is Sybil McMiller’s Phone Smarter than Mine?

Sybil McMiller, illustrator, loves her Droid!

Sybil McMiller is a talented illustrator, and she hosts a show called “The Pulse” right here on Blog Talk Radio. She told me she loves her Sony Ericsson Xperia (Made for the Android Platform). I told her I love my Apple iPhone 4.  Now, this is not about how many megapixels the phones have and how reliable the phone services are.  This show is not about:  “Anything you can do, I can do better.” It’s more for those of you out there who paid these high prices for a smart phone yet you use it like a regular cell phone.  Come on people!  Let’s hear what they can do!  Any Blackberry people out there?

Check out Sybil’s awesome art at her two websites:

Sybil is an award-winning Illustrator & graphic designer whose art has been published and exhibited within the Los Angeles circuit.  Sybil has many years of professional experience in Art Education working for The Los Angeles County Office of Education and The International House of Blues Foundation.

Sybil also produces and hosts a weekly Internet talk radio show called “The Pulse…” “The Pulse…” is a show that promotes the pursuit of creativity and provides a platform for various Artists to dialog with his/her community.  “The Pulse…” is educational, informative, and entertaining while reflecting the “pulse” of the Creative Metropolis and of the World.  “The Pulse..” can be heard Live every Saturday Morning @ 11:00a.m. (PST) only on

Rockmond Dunbar Taking His Filmmaking to West Africa

Last week we referred to Rockmond Dunbar going to Gambia to do some film projects.  Here is the link to the interview I did with Rockmond Dunbar when he was a celebrity judge for The Great Model Search.  Listen Now!

If we have time we will play it today. You will remember him as Kenny Chadway in Soul Food.

One of the other celebrities who judged the Model Search Wendy Raquel Robinson is back in The Game starting 11/11/11!

Watch the BET premiere of The Game on 11/11/11

It is so heartwarming to see The Game’s entore cast come back to The Game which has premiered to rave reviews on BET.  The season kicks off 11/11/11 (love it!) and Wendy Raquel Robinson is Tasha Mack.

Former Laker Rick Fox will be on the show so there is a lot of eye candy. For details visit: Here.

In Other News:

During the week, I find MANY things to post on Facebook, but I am overwhelming my friends.  I need an outlet for my news addiction: used to do two newscasts a day five days a week and a talk show in Sunday (ACE) or Saturday (KJLH) when filling in for Jacquie Stephens.

So here goes–the blog will have to do:

The breaking news of Saturday:

Folks, the story below is breaking news, changing by the minute.  Please get the up-to-the  minute reports from your trusted favorite news source.

Congresswoman Giffords wounded, five killed in shooting


On Saturday January 8, 2011, 6:29 pm

By Tim Gaynor

TUCSON, Arizona (Reuters) – A congresswoman was shot in the head and seriously wounded and six other people were killed by a man who opened fire at a meeting the politician was holding in Tucson on Saturday, officials said.

Gabrielle Giffords, a 40-year-old Democrat in her third term in the House of Representatives, was airlifted to a hospital in Tucson after being shot at close range outside a grocery store in the Arizona city.

Photo from NPR:

Who is she?

Who is the 9 year old killed? (Image from Washington Post)

Granddaughter of Dallas Green killed in Arizona shooting

By Cindy Boren

The granddaughter of Dallas Green, who managed the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series victory in 1980, is the youngest victim of the shooting in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was wounded and a federal judge killed in Tucson, Ariz.

Christina-Taylor Green, born on Sept. 11, 2001, had been elected to the student council at her elementary school and went to the Safeway to meet Giffords. The 9-year-old came from a baseball family and was becoming interested in politics.  Click for more

Ted Williams:  What’s Next?  Find out here

Am I the only one sitting on pins and needles watching how the media can suck a brother dry for his story, knowing he is teetering on the edge?  Still I am enjoying Ted William’s success along with him and at the link above you can hear his Kraft commercial voiceover. Linked to TIME NEWSFEED

Here is TED’S story from Mom’s Point of View:

From World Star Hip Hop News

Niki Giovanni from

Nikki Giovanni comes to Leimert Park.  Missed it? Here is unrelated video from Jet Magazine:


Legendary poet Nikki Giovanni dropped by to share how she came up with the idea for her latest book, The 100 Best African American Poems.

Giovanni, who edited the new best seller, writes about the power of poetry: “Poems fly from heart to heart, head to head, to whisper a dream, to share a condolence, to congratulate and to vow forever.”

The collection includes works by James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton as well as contemporary poets like Tupac Shakur.

She chose the younger poets “that you would not expect” because they are the next generation of voices that will keep poetry alive. “If church does not have Sunday School, pretty soon you’re not going to have church.”

Giovanni also reads one of her favorite Langston Hughes poems. Check out the video on Jet

Miki Turner has a New Book!

Miki Turner has a new PHOTO book coming out in February! Read the review:

Miki Turner Interview on Journey to the Woman I’ve Come to Love

Dec 11, 2010 Anca Dumitru

How exciting is this?  A writer turned photographer, Miki Turner is a senior editor at Jet Magazine. The first time I ever met Miki (a HamptonU Grad) she was interviewing  for AOL Black Voices. She interviewed my husband Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, who had a film premiering at the Pan African Film Festival.  Here is that interview.


Attorney Legrand H. Clegg II and colleagues went before the L.A. County Board of S upervisor’s which in turn resulted in the L.A. County Museum of Art (LACMA) opening up a session to discuss the prospect of an African presence or influence on the Parent culture of the Americas, The Olmec culture.
Our distinguished Colleague, Dr. Toni Humber, will represent us on the panel and a number of us will be there to comment. Dr. Humber and I have been traveling to the region for a number of years (for me since 1986) and we will confront this failure to acknowledge the work of Ivan Van Sertima and all others concerned with everything that we know! Please honor us with your presence.– Mathu Ater –

Isidra Gadget:

CES was the big news story of the week The Consumer Electronics Show that took over Las Vegas. While Apple usually releases its new stuff at its own summits, it did announce the Mac App Store for the Mac which I am enjoying thoroughly.

To get it: Go under your Apple (If you have Snow Leopard) and click “Software Update”  Let the software install and follow on screen prompts.   It will reboot, and when it does look under the Apple for the App Store link and voila!  The first one I downloaded was Twitter and I love being able to get right to Twitter which is now in my dock, instead of going to the URL. 

#CES Reports from Mario Armstrong: He talks about the new tablet Motorola Xoom
50 Cent as a Guest at CES:  Gotta respect this young investor
He has invested in a condom company, Headphones, (which debuted at CES) He has fallen in love with  massager chairs (His girlfriend).  Watch him pull out a wad of cash that blows his interviewer away.

Good News!

The Scott Sisters Were Released from Prison
A Young Woman Whose Story You May Have seen on the Internet Granted Freedom in Cali

Sara Kruzman Freed!

A Woman Who Killed Her Pimp Granted Clemency By Schwarzenegger
Published January 02, 2011 | Associated Press  Fox News
SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  A woman who was 16 when she ambushed and killed her former pimp in a Southern California motel room has been granted clemency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Sara Kruzan, now 32, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard. Prosecutors said Kruzan was no longer working for Howard when she killed him.
Calling her life sentence “excessive,” Schwarzenegger on Sunday commuted Kruzan’s sentence to 25 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Her clemency petition cited years of abuse and psychiatric reports saying she suffered from battered women’s syndrome.
Schwarzenegger leaves office on Monday.

So HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?  Taken from Colonel Sixx’s Blog: Sixteen-year-old human trafficking victim Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison without parole when, in a desperate act to escape captivity, she shot her pimp. When Sara met G.G., the 31-year-old man who would become her pimp, she was only 11. G.G. groomed Sara two years before he raped her. By then, his control was complete and he forced her into prostitution.  Sara and the other girls who G.G. exploited were out on the streets from 6pm to 6am, every night.  Twelve hours a night, seven days a week, for three years, Sara was raped by strangers so G.G. could profit.  After three years, she snapped, and she killed him.

The Black College Expo was yesterday! This is an audio clip of my son, Jaaye, going down to work it!
Missed it?  Go to

Mitrice Richardson Update:  Congresswoman Waters Welcomes FBI Assistance in Mitrice Richardson Case

Los Angeles – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) issued the following statement after Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked for the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the case of Mitrice Richardson:
“I am pleased that L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has requested the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) assistance and will send Mitrice Richardson’s remains to the agency for further examination. Although the L.A. County coroner concluded that Mitrice’s cause of death could not be determined, an independent autopsy report reveals disturbing information and offers chilling new insight into what may have occurred after Mitrice’s disappearance.  It is my hope that the FBI will help us learn the truth.
“Ever since Mitrice disappeared, her mother, Latice Sutton, and a broad network of supporters have remained vigilant in their efforts to uncover the truth.  Following the discovery of Mitrice’s remains, many questions about the circumstances of her tragic death have not been answered. Over the past year, I have communicated to the Justice Department my concerns about the handling of this case by local authorities and indicated that federal involvement in the investigation was warranted.
“While I commend Sheriff Baca for his cooperation, I am disappointed that Mitrice’s family and the local community had to expend a great a deal of resources – organizing private searches and commissioning an independent autopsy – in order to compel the local authorities to investigate what appears to be a series of clearly negligent missteps in official procedures and protocols.
“My thoughts and prayers remain with Mitrice’s family and friends, who have all exhibited a remarkable amount of strength and fortitude.  This case has exposed an utter failure in our justice system, and I am deeply concerned about the implication for other families who may not have the time or abundance of community support needed to mount an equally formidable public crusade as Mitrice’s family was able to achieve.  My constituents, and all Americans, deserve the equal protection and due diligence of their law enforcement authorities, and we must continue to hold our public officials accountable to their sworn duty to protect and to serve.”


Do we really need 40 Proof Chocolate Milk? Sold at Costco??????

Ginuwine, who performed Thursday night at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has been signed to represent a new product.
Here’s THE GREAT idea:  sell chocolate milk mixed with alcohol at 40 proof! And get Ginuwine to hawk it with the tagline “Retaste Your Youth!” Yeah, that’s the ticket. (This new “40” available only in the hood Costcos, I’m sure.)  Read More

Coming Up Good News:

Jaaye Person-Lynn to co-MC Breakfast on King’s Holiday

Meta Williams, Inter Alumni Council

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Holiday why not consider having breakfast with the Inter Alumni Council of UNCF-Los Angeles
Meta Williams who chairs the event invited Jaaye, a graduate of two back colleges:  Hampton University Undergrad and Howard Law.
This year’s speaker is Curtis Symonds, CEO, HBCU Network, a new HBCU cable television network that will launch this year. He is also former Executive Vice Resident, BET NEtwork and an alumnus of Central State University.

Here’s a clip of last year’s speaker Dr. John Wilson:

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Hosts  Empowerment Congress 2011 Summit at USC,  January 15

Newly sworn in Attorney General Kamala Harris will speak! The workshop I have chosen:
Beyond Incarceration: Envisioning a New Probation Department  Los Angeles County runs the largest probation department in the world, with over 2000 youth housed in 18 probation camps and 2 juvenile halls at any given point in time. With a cost per probationer of over $7500 a month, an average camp stay of four and half months, and a recidivism rate between 50-75%, many have challenged the effectiveness of the existing system. Led by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, many organizations have called for a consent decree to require Federal oversight over probation camp reform. In addition, the progressive alternative models that are being implemented around the nation provide resources and examples of what the Los Angeles County Probation Department should aspire to. This panel will explore these alternative models and discuss how Los Angeles County can best move forward with reform.
Be sure and register at this site!


Inmates Cell phones 

Cell phones in AZ prison

Cellphones, Though Banned, Thrive in U.S. Prisons

(FINALLY!!!! The Times Covered the Georgia Prison Strike–but look how!);jsessionid=534FF165590806A63576518E7E783718.w5?a=722904&f=21


Published: January 03, 2011

ATLANTA – A counterfeiter at a Georgia state prison ticks off the remaining days of his three-year sentence on his Facebook page. He has 91 digital “friends.” Like many of his fellow inmates, he plays the online games FarmVille and Street Wars.

He does it all on a Samsung smartphone, which he says he bought from a guard. And he used the same phone to help organize a short strike among inmates at several Georgia prisons last month.

Technology is changing life inside prisons across the country at the same rapid-fire pace it is changing life outside. A smartphone hidden under a mattress is the modern-day file inside a cake.

“This kind of thing was bound to happen,” said Martin F. Horn, a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction who teaches at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “The physical boundaries that we thought protected us no longer work.”

Although prison officials have long battled illegal cellphones, smartphones have changed the game. With Internet access, a prisoner can call up phone directories, maps and photographs for criminal purposes, corrections officials and prison security experts say. Gang violence and drug trafficking, they say, are increasingly being orchestrated online, allowing inmates to keep up criminal behavior even as they serve time.

“The smartphone is the most lethal weapon you can get inside a prison,” said Terry L. Bittner, director of security products with the ITT Corporation, one of a handful of companies that create cellphone-detection systems for prisons. “The smartphone is the equivalent of the old Swiss Army knife. You can do a lot of other things with it.”

The Georgia prison strike, for instance, was about things prisoners often complain about: They are not paid for their labor. Visitation rules are too strict. Meals are bad.

But the technology they used to voice their concerns was new.

And last but not least:  SPORTS!

Michael Vick Fielding Media Questions

This is the only sports story I wanted to share:

Are you ready for some football?

Game Time:  Jan.9, 2001  1:30PST / 4:30 EST:

Green Bay Packers–Playoff Game!

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