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

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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 .

Sample Greeting Card

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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