Archive for March, 2011

Living Right opens April 5th at Theater,Theater. For details http://visit


SML 22: April 3, 2011  90 Minutes/ Open Phones

Call-in number: (619) 996-1674

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Or,  join us in the CHAT room! (Click “Chat now” on the show page or scroll down on the show page.)


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Missed it? You’re in luck! Just click that same link above and click the play arrow on the player (top right on the show page) and you can hear the show’s repeat whenever you choose. You can also fast forward with the arrows of your keyboard.

This Sunday’s show:

Living Right opens April 5th at Theater,Theater. For details http://visit

Show Schedule:

(If you are watching the rebroadcast, estimate the time, based on what was submitted.)

10:00 Intro

News with Thandisizwe Chimurenga

10:20 Entertainment:  Darlene Donloe interviews the cast of Living Right, directed by Sammie Wayne, starring Ella Joyce, Starletta DuPois, Malaika Perkins and Tiffany Stanley.

In this high spirited interview, Darlene meets four cast members and the director. Starletta DuPois explains how her portrayal of Ma’Dear is very different from Tyler Perry’s of Martin Lawrence’s.

10:50 Walking and Talking in L.A.: This week I went to Maverick’s Flat and interviewed Brian Murphy, interviewed Art Institute seniors, and a few more TBA.

10:55  Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn – Candid Moments Interview with Erin Washington, aspiring actress

11:15 My first Speech:  The Extraordinary Place, 1989

11:25 Sign Off/Thanks you!Wrap!

All times are approximate and posted so listeners can fast forward to a specific segment.


Thandisizwe Chimurenga

Thandisizwe Chimurenga, journalist

This week on Sunday Morning Live we begin by looking at  Journalist Thandisizwe Chimurenga. The long-awaited Malcolm X Book is due tomorrow but the author Dr. Manning Marable passed away Friday.  Read or listen to the New York Times article we will discuss.

The Cast of the play “Living Right.” See Flyer/Description above.

Darlene Donloe tapped into a wonderful group of talented thespians when she met the cast of  Living Right, directed by Sammie Wayne, starring Ella Joyce, Starletta DuPois, Malaika Perkins and Tiffany Stanley.

Websites and phone numbers announced:

Living Right, the Play:

Ella Joyce:  or

Judi Ann Mason Obit, L.A. Times:,0,3110199.story

Opens April 5 at Theater, Theater:

THEATRE/THEATER, 5041 Pico Boulevard 323 422 6361

Candid Moments with Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn

Erin Washington and her Mom Rene

Guest: Erin Washington: Sophomore at SUNY,Purchase

Erin graduated from Hamilton H.S. Music Academy and has performed with Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC), where she starred as Sarafina, a play which won NAACP Theater Awards.

She has known Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn since she was a child who loved performing at the annual Expo Staff Christmas Party.

Maverick’s Flat

Interview with Brian Murphy

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Guest Lecture: Ties that Bind–The Extraordinary Place

Host Isidra Person-Lynn’s first speech–Delivered at The Extraordinary Place, a school that impacted many children in the Southland.  From this first fund-raiser and for years after, the school grew out of the home of Tina Washington and into a building in Inglewood.  It would have continued growing if illness didn’t beset the Washington family and Tina’s husband passed away. Subsequently, Tina moved to Atlanta ,where it has been reported,  she still resides. If anyone is still in contact please give her my warm greetings.

A friend o mine, Claudine who trained under Tina, and I discussed my husband’s find from the archives, but we did not know what ever happened to The Extraordinary Place. Well, it was listed, but when we called, a Nicole Smith answered and told us she was running a day care/school under the name The Extraordinary Place . She said she knew the Washingtons and wanted to carry the name forward.  While she seemed very capable, if you decide to check her place out, please do your homework and check referrals, because all we had was a brief telephone conversation.

Backstory: On this, my FIRST occasion to speak to a live audience–in person– I was very nervous.  Yes, in radio, I talked to thousands daily with my newscasts, but I could not see their eyes looking back at me. When my name was announced, I stood to approach the mic, took one step and felt something fall to the floor beneath my dress.  Horrified, I looked down and there in plain view was my shoulder pad which I had added at the last moment to give my outfit some “oomph”.  Thankfully, the room was dimly lit, but it unnerved me because it looked like a falsie laying there on the ground!  Undaunted, my friend Sherese Holmes (always coming to my rescue) reached down and scooped it into my corsage box, then gave me that , “Close your mouth and go on, now” look.  Internally, I was laughing hysterically and prayed I wouldn’t get one of my infamous giggling fits when I got to the mic.

Thanks, again, Sherese!

News Stories of the week:

Manning Marable Dies at 60

(In The Root) Read More

The book will be available beginning Monday, April 4, especially in Los Angeles at Eso Won bookstore.  At 7 p.m. there will be a special commemoration and discussion about his latest work. Located at 4331 Degnan Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 290-1048

Min. Farrakhan Warns President Obama About Libya

From Black Voices Spin: Click to Listen

The Black Agenda Report

From The Grio:

South Carolina Bill Targets Prisoners on Facebook Click Here

Black Writers On Tour Conference 2011

Saturday, April 16 · 9:00am – 4:00pm

Carson Community Center 

801 E. Carson St.
Carson, CA


Liya Kebede in Desert Flower

Desert Flower  Click here

I heard a reviewer, Flash Gordon, rave over this movie Desert Flower…about a young Somali girl (played by top model Liya Kebede) who was circumcised and how she grew up wandering the desert then wound up in Europe and became a model and went back to lobby against Female circumcision.  There are no subtitles, so just “feel” the movie as you watch the trailer.

Thank yous!

Thanks to Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Dr. Kwaku for his Candid Moment with Erin  Washington , (Thanks Erin!), The cast of Living Right and Darlene Donloe for finding them. The details about the play are on this blog. Thanks to Brian Murphy for inviting us to Maverick’s Flat.  It happens again this Tuesday! Also, thanks to the New York Times article that started today’s show off. And thanks to those of you who join us in the chatroom..The chat room is still open if you want to make a comment or have a question.

Comment, please

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Nichelle Nichols, Comdr. Uhura, Star Trek. She was accepting award from BBA's Salute to Black Women

SML 21: March 27, 2011  90 Minutes/ Open Phones

Call-in number: (619) 996-1674

Gotta run?  You can listen on your smart phone  by navigating to the URL below, or you can simply listen by phone at (619) 996-1674.  If you want to talk on the air, press “1″ once you are connected.

Or,  join us in the CHAT room! (Click “Chat now” on the show page or scroll down on the show page.)


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Missed it? You’re in luck! Just click that same link above and click the play arrow on the player (top right on the show page) and you can hear the show’s repeat whenever you choose. You can also fast forward with the arrows of your keyboard.

This Sunday’s show:

SML Reunion Part 2

Yesterday, as the guest of Johnson Products, Corp., we attended the BBA’s stellar Salute to Black Women at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Amongst the many notables was Nichelle Nichols,of Star Trek fame.  We will present her acceptance address this morning in the 2nd hour.

Last week, we got the update on former Sunday Morning Live co-hosts Rev. Mark Whitlock (COR Church) and Judge Kevin Ross (America’s Court)(scroll below), as well as Darlene Donloe.  This week we get the updates on Kitty Davis Walker, Entertainment Reporter, now Director of Public Relations at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles),  Sherese Holmes (former Calendar Girl now an educator in Las Vegas), Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, who produced weekly Candid Moments tells us about Dr. Toni Humber coming to speak at his history class Friday.  She has an awesome presentation about Africans in Mexico that you can’t miss! Daphne Bradford (intern, now leading non-profit which took students to the White House), and a clip from Sam Putney (SML Executive Producer, a morning how personality now residing in Dallas). Jacquie Stephens and I already interviewed Sam Putney some months ago.  To hear that interview,  Click here.

Show Schedule:

(If you are watching the rebroadcast, estimate the time, based on what was submitted.)

10:00 Intro – Darlene Donloe – Entertainment Report, Reviews Phylicia Rashad’s Raisin in the Sun

10:10 a.m. Sherese Holmes, former Calendar Girl and Air Personality, Today an educator

10:30 a.m. Daphne Bradley, former intern, air personality, Apple distinguished educator, Mother of Many

10:50 a.m. Kitty Davis-Walker, former Entertainment Reporter, Today Director of PR for Union Rescue Mission

11:10 Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn – Candid Moments

11:20 Sam Putney/Steve Woods

11:30 Rev. Kamal Hassan Be good to

11:40 Nichelle Nichols, BBA Awardee’s acceptance speech

11:55 Sign Off/Thanks you!

All times are approximate and posted so listeners can fast forward to a specific segment.


Kitty Davis-Walker

Kitty Davis-Walker

A graduate of the University of LaVerne, Kitty-Davis Walker has served the Southern California community in some of the hardest hit areas with dignity and a smile.  She was a news, entertainment and sports reporter at KACE radio, then went on to co-host On the Positive Side with Muhammad Nassardeen, a program of Recycling Black Dollars.

She then served as public relations director at Kedren  in Watts for 14 years, and has served as Public Relations Director at Union Rescue Mission for the past five years.

Kitty manages the new media outreach efforts of the Union Rescue Mission, and is a specialist in voice-over services, and offers a range of accents and sounds.

Sherese Veronica Holmes

Sherese Veronia Holmes (Rappin’ Reesie)

Sherese Veronica Holmes was born in Hollywood, CA.  She attended Saint Mary’s High School, Xavier University, Cal State L.A., and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

From 1988 to 1994, the former model worked at KACE FM as an intern for Steve Woods, her uncle. She became the producer of Sunday Morning Live,  delivered the weekly  calendar, as “The Calendar Girl.” She then went on to work in reception for the station until she became an on air personality,  on her show “Sunday Soft Notes.” Order your Hugs and Kisses by calling 702-882-3222.

While earning her teaching credential, she taught at Benjamin O. Davis Middle School in Compton for 2 years, Windsor Hills Math Science Aerospace Magnet for  a year, and taught kindergarten,  first and second grade  for 14 years in Las Vegas for the Clark County School District.

For the past four years she serves as an ELL facilitator for English Language Learners.  In essence, she teaches teachers how to teach children that don’t speak English.

Many did not know that she spoke Spanish fluently.  Her grandmother, who was Cuban, taught her.

For decades, Sherese has owned Hugs and Kisses, a confection company known for its thick chocolate, sinful brownies, cheesecake, fudge, Carrot Cake cupcakes and cookies. She has built her clientele through word of mouth-watering mouth.

Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, Candid Moments

Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn produced Candid Moments a jazzy segment featuring clips from historians and world thinkers.  Today he is the creator of Afrikan World Civilizations, a class he teaches beyond the walls of the University in the Southern California Community. He teaches traditionally at East Los Angeles College and is the author of a number of history books.

Dr. Toni Humber, speaking in January at LACMA about the Olmec Controversy. She will speak live at Dr. Kwaku’s class Friday, April 1.  For class location visit

Daphne Bradford:

Daphne Bradford, Intern, Air Personality, Mother of Many

Daphne Bradford is the founder of Mother of Many (M.O.M.),  a non-profit grassroots organization focused on inspiring high school students to improve their grades, stay in school and earn various digital media certifications beginning with iLife, Apple’s award winning digital media software  and Final Cut Pro in 9th through 12th grade. In a learning environment where dropping out and failing to meet high school exit exam standards are an unfortunate reality, Mother of Many is committed to assisting young people reverse that trend by taking responsibility for their education.

Even today, many middle and high school students have little or no access to technology much less any awareness of 1) how important technology skills are in today’s 21st Century job market, or 2) jobs that exist based on certified technological skills.

Mother of Many students gain real world experience with our corporate and industry partners including Ogilvy Los Angeles, KABC News, KNBC News and Elias Arts. Career days and internships with these partners offer job shadowing and access to professional mentoring – resources that money cannot buy.

Mother of Many operates solely on the basis of donations. Though the Mother of Many administrative team is very minimal, donations are needed to keep our doors open and the engine running. Your donations are most welcome.

Today, Darlene reviews “A Raisin in the Sun.”  Here are the details:

Actress-director Phylicia Rashad, makes her Los Angeles directorial debut by staging the 1959 Lorraine Hansberry classic for Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Performances at The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center will play through April 17.

The cast includes Kenya Alexander, Brandon Brown, L. Scott Caldwell, Kevin Carroll, Jason Dirden, Deidrie Henry, Amad Jackson, Scott Mosenson and Ellis Williams.

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is at 4718 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.

For more information call, (323) 964-9766 or visit

Rev. Kamal Hassan

Rev. Kamal Hassan

Join him at

“Be Good to Women Day” on March 29 at 7pm. This is the 8th year of this event which promotes gender equality and healthier relations with women in the African American community. It will take place at Bryant Temple AME Church in LA. More details at:

Rev. Kamal’s Bio:

The Rev. Kamal Hassan serves as Designated Pastor of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church.

Although Sojourner Truth is his first call as a Presbyterian pastor, Rev. Hassan has more than 20 years of experience as a religious worker and more than 10 years as an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a powerfully gifted preacher and Christian educator whose message is rooted in the African American prophetic tradition. He is a community organizer who has toiled for decades in low wealth communities of color for social justice. He is a sensitive and supportive counselor and visitor of those in need. He is a visionary leader who can see beyond the now to the “not yet.”

Rev. Hassan received his AA in Radio Broadcasting from Los Angeles City College, his BA in History from California State University Los Angeles, and his Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

He is the husband of Makini Hassan. They have three children, Jonathan Coleman, Stephanie Coleman, and Aiyisha Hassan.  His church website:

Nicelle Nichols, Comdr. Uhura, Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols accepts Legacy Award from the Black Business Expo 3/26/11 Also among the awarded were Judy Pace, Lula Washington, Alice Huffman, Chef Marilyn. Councilwoman Jan Perry announced that she will run for Mayor.  Sandra Evers Manley, VP, hosts panel on women in corporate America–from Northrup Grumman. Former Supervisor Yvonne Burke updates us on her political life now.

Follow her on Twitter, or visit her at


Chris Brown: 3/22/2011

Follow up on the Bully who got slammed by the hefty kid: Click here

Credit:  Radio Facts Magazine

I love Davey D:  He told us about this song:  Three Little Girls by Jasiri X.  Listen to the lyrics:gardner1214

From Tricia Cochee:

“The Golden Voice of Africa”, Salif Keita, is coming to the Conga Room April 6th!! Get your tickets now! See you there!

Co-sponsored by: Radio Afrodicia bringing you the best from Africa!!
During her ongoing trip to Africa, Miki Turner wrote: This sister is incredible! If you haven’t already, download her music from iTunes! Her name is Simphiwe Dana!
What the lyrics mean:


(verse 1) Do it like this then Zandisile I pin my hopes on you I have seen what you will never have to see We have passed the deep end Always remember you are my inheritance

(verse 2) You will cross this river And take up the journey When I can no longer continue It’s the brave ones who cannot be defeated You are a brave one Please do listen in the silence For the sound that will show you the way Don’t you worship tears You are the power don’t look down on yourself

Isidra Gadget Word of the Week: “Troll”

Internet words are often confusing and stymie some people who whisper to me “What does LOL mean?”  So when the You Tuber who posted a video happy that the Tsunami was God’s way of speaking, comedian David So decided to take her on. But, he was warned that she was a “troll.” Don’t be confused!  For the INTERNET usage of the word scroll below David So’s comedy.

When you grew up with the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff, you learned of a troll that lived under a bridge.

Troll (Internet)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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“Do not feed the trolls” and its abbreviation “DNFTT” redirect here. For the Wikimedia essay, see “What is a troll?“.

The trollface, often associated with trolling

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[2] In addition to the offending poster, the noun troll can also refer to the provocative message itself, as in “that was an excellent troll you posted”. While the term troll and its associated action trolling are primarily associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels highly subjective, with trolling being used to describe intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, recent media accounts have used the term troll to describe “a person who defaces internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families.”[3][4]

Read more:

Here is David So’s response to the comments from his blog about the UCLA girl complaining about Asians.


Happy Retirement Avis Ridley-Thomas! This is a beautiful piece by Leroy Hamilton It’s a MUST SEE!

Ravim Lynn, at his portfolio show. He's set to graduate Art Institute June 20.

Congrats to Ravim Lynn, the eldest of the House of the Rising Sons

Dwight Pilgram

Also, heck this young 21 year old African-American man who won two Poker championships in 4 days. And another won another tournament recently.

NAACP CONVENTION coming to Los Angeles July 23-28, 2011:

Aretha Franklin Celebrates 69th Birthday

Angela Davis speaks to founder of Be Good to Women Day, Brad Sanders about President Obama.

Thank You’s:

That’s a wrap for our Sunday Morning Live #21 Reunion.  I’d like to thank everyone:  Sherese Holmes, Kitty Davis Walker, Daphne Bradford, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn (Don’t forget Dr. Toni Humber this Friday!) Sam Putney, Rev. Kamal Hassan, Darlene Donloe (Raisin in the Sun info above!), and Johnson Products for providing a wonderful experience at the BBA Salute to Women Conference and Luncheon (Photos coming soon!) Nichelle Nichols was a large part of that experience!

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This Sunday we  will go back.  Way back.  Back into time.

When Sunday Morning Live first aired, it was on KACE FM in Los Angeles.  It was a magazine formatted show which I hosted with this week’s guest Mark Whitlock (Now Rev. Mark Whitlock as co-host. Years later  the name was changed to The People’s Connection, andour second guest Kevin Ross (now TV Judge Kevin Ross, America’s Court) co-hosted. There were segments like:  The calendar by Sherese Holmes, Mahassin’s Kitchen, The Relationship Doctor, Ronn Elmore, Law with Atty. Billy Mills, Sports with Shawn Powell-Furillo, The Inland Empire report with Dia Poole; Education with Kathy Williamson, Entertainment with (our 3rd guest) Kitty Davis-Walker and then our fourth guest Darlene Donloe,  and Daphne Bradford was an intern who covered earthquakes, unrest and Magic Johnson’s announcement that  was HIV positive.

We even have a clip from Sam Putney from an interview we did last year with Jacquie Stephens. Both worked for KJLH–our rival station. And Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn who produced Candid Moments will round out the show.

So, this Sunday, in commemoration of the 20th show, I am calling the troops back together. This is more than a reunion show, this is the update show. What have they been doing?


America's Court Judge Kevin Ross

Kevin Ross presides over Entertainment Studios’ America’s Court with Judge Ross. “Boss” Ross (as he is affectionately called) is also a producer on the hit daytime court show, which debuted Fall 2010.

In his early years, Ross held several leadership positions, including serving as student body president at Gardena High School and Morehouse College. After graduating from Southwestern School of Law, the Los Angeles native worked as a prosecutor for eight years. Later, he would go on to become the youngest elected judge in the state of California.

Recognized for his unique insights, Ross has appeared as a commentator on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and NPR. His musings have been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, as well as The Huffington Post.

The former judicial officer also has an extensive background in radio, having produced a weekly public affairs program, hosted a show on Talkradio 790 KABC, and becoming the top online Current Events radio host on

Moderating a breakout session for the 2008 inaugural “Blogging While Brown” international conference has led to Ross becoming a respected figure in articulating the role new media plays in how the world obtains its news and information.

Through his entertainment company 3BAAS Media Group, Ross convened the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism’s Urban New Media Panel as part of the 4th Annual “Beyond Broadcast” Media Conference. That has since spawned a highly regarded online news column that continues to expose others to resources, analysis and opportunities in the digital space.

What most defines the former judge turned media personality and tech-savvy entrepreneur, however, is his role as a husband and father of two energetic boys.

Check your local listings or visit


Kevin Ross, host of tv’s “America’s Court with Judge Ross”, will be honored with the Social Media Award for his efforts at educating the public, especially minority communities, on digital issues affecting them though his 3BAAS Media Internet marketing firm and online column. Click Here

Michael Ajakwe will be joining the conversation as well to explain about these phenomenal awards and why one will be going to Kevin!

Here are his own web TV series:

The LA Web Fest Awards Show:

Sat. March 26, 8 p.m.:  Stage 52  5290 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles

Rev. Mark Whitlock, Christ Our Redeemer Church

Rev. Mark E. Whitlock II, CEO and pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, has committed his life to serving God and the Church. As a minister and the economic development officer for the Fifth District of the AME Church, Rev. Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Nehemiah Ministries, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) funding vehicle that offers mortgage loans, transportation services, health programs, training and technical assistance, and legal services.

Rev. Whitlock is the pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, CA. Christ Our Redeemer started with five members on the UCI Campus and under Rev. Mark’s leadership has grown to a worshiping congregation of 2,500 souls.

He is a frequent guest on television and radio shows including Night Line, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN News, ABC, CBS, and NBC News.

The Whitlocks: Rev. Mark and Atty. Mia Shegog Whitlock

Rev. Whitlock is happily married to Attorney Hermia Shegog Whitlock for twenty years. They have two sons, Mark and Devin.

COR Church – 46 Maxwell, Irvine, CA 92618 – (949) 955-0014 – Directions

8:00am and 10:30am Worship Service; 9:45am Bible University

Satellite Service Times

COR West – 5:45pm Worship Service, UC Irvine Campus
Cross Cultural Center (September through June)

COR North – 11:00am Worship Service, Cal State Univ. Fullerton
Titan Student Center “Underground” (August through May)

Please visit COR Church at

Darlene Donloe, Entertainment Reporter and so much more!

Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, Black Meetings & Tourism, LA Watts Times, Los Angeles Sentinel,, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, and more.

Her publicist career began in 1990 after she received a phone call asking if she was interested in being Nelson Mandela’s publicist during his  Los Angeles visit. Not to be outdone, six years later Michael Jackson’s then publicist, Bob Jones (a former Motown executive), hired Donloe as the King of Pop’s tour publicist for his HIStory World Tour. Other campaigns include: The Ebony Repertory Theater, “Uptown Downtown,” Ella B. Jenkins, Cassandra Waldon (“Big Brother”),  “Unconditional Love,” “Cradle to the Grave,” “Jamerican Film & Music Festival,” the California African American Museum and more.

As a consultant with Tobin & Associates Public Relations her campaigns included: NAACP Image Awards and the Pan African Film Festival. As a publicity consultant for The DeVeaux Group she worked on: “Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival,” “Moesha,” “Robert Guillaume,” “Double Take,” “Remember the Titans,” “Cinderella,” “Any Day Now,” PBS’s “Marcus Garvey,” and more. Prior to becoming a publicist, Donloe worked as a talent agent for Cunningham, Escott & Dipene.

She has written three books, “Gordon Parks,” “Mahalia Jackson” and “Katherine Dunham.”

Her theatrical credits include working on numerous productions (‘Dinah Was,’ ‘Raisin,’ ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ and more) with the International City Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center.

Donloe majored in journalism and theater at Michigan State University.

This week she interviews David Talbert who has a new play “WHAT MY HUSBAND DOES NOT KNOW” CLICK FOR TICKETS AND DETAILS

Or Call 800-982-ARTS (2787)

To contact Darlene Donloe:

You didn’t miss it!

While waiting for Sunday’s show, check out our other shows here:

Here’s a tip, I just learned. While the archived show is playing, hit the right or left arrow to fast forward or go in reverse so you can skip ahead to the area of the show you would like. You can also drag across the time-line to fast forward more quickly.

PART 2 Of Sunday Morning Live Next Week!

Kitty Davis-Walker

The show schedule is so full this week, we decided to make this a two part.  Next week, Sam Putney, SML Executive Producer, talks about Steve Woods and how he got to Dallas and we will have other show members, including:

Kitty Davis-Walker

A graduate of the University of LaVerne, Kitty-Davis Walker has served the Southern California community in some of the hardest hit areas with dignity and a smile.  She was a news, entertainment and sports reporter at KACE radio, then went on to co-host On the Positive Side with Muhammad Nassardeen, a program of Recycling Black Dollars.

She then served as public relations director at Kedren  in Watts for 14 years, and has served as Public Relations Director at Union Rescue Mission for the past five years.

Kitty manages the new media outreach efforts of the Union Rescue Mission, and is a specialist in voice-over services, and offers a range of accents and sounds.

Isidra Gadget:

Struggling With Finances? Get some perspective here:

Long iPad line. (Check out the video in Forbes)


L.A. Marathon
Sunday 3/20

Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Sunset Boulevard and La Brea beginning at 4am on Sunday 3/20 for the LA Marathon. The streets will be reopen beginning at 11:30am. Patrons attending the 1pm matinee of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are advised to plan arrival time to the theatre accordingly.

For more details on street closures for the
L.A. Marathon, please CLICK HERE

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Shout Outs:

The Movie Mooz-lum!  Go See this film!  Excellent! Congrats to Roger Guenveur Smith who we interviewed last week.

It will only be in the Southland for maybe another week.  Have you seen it in your part of the world?

Atty. Bobby Grace Campaign Fund-Raiser (Hosted by Jaaye Person-Lynn). He wants to be D.A.! Photo by Isidra Person-Lynn

Special Thanks to Creative Soul’s Wil Massenburg. I had questions about how he did his Vlogs…and he took the time to do a 2 part video answer.  But before you watch the how-to’s, watch one of his Vlogs:

So how does he do that?  He’s filming himself while walking and talking!  I had questions, and he gave answers.  Thanks, Wil!

Part 1:

Part 2:

If you have  an iPhone 4, here is a place that sells an adapter that will go on any  tripod:

I got mine from Samy’s camera yesterday and am having fun with it!  It’s a great iPhone4 case, actually!


Today’s show dedicated to Isaac”Skeet” Collins. At last report he was on life support in a hospital in San Bernardino  He was revived after being gone for 20 minutes.  The family has gathered ’round.  He is my former brother-in-law’s brother, and my classmate from my home town of Linden, NJ.

In Haiti, things are still volatile.  News reports this AM of Wyclef Jean recuperating from being shot during the campaign:

Thank yous:

Rev. Mark Whitlock, Judge Kevin Ross, Darlene Donloe, David Talbert, Michael Ajakwe, Atty. Bobby Grace, Jaaye Person-Lynn, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, Will Massenburg and Kitty Davis-Walker whose interview has been scheduled for next week–Part II! And thanks to you if you joined us in the chatroom or tuned in/called in!

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March 13, 2011  90 Minutes/ Open Phones

Call-in number: (619) 996-1674

Gotta run?  You can listen on your smart phone  by navigating to the URL below, or you can simply listen by phone at (619) 996-1674.  If you want to talk on the air, press “1″.

Or,  join us in the CHAT room! (Click “Chat now” on the show page or scroll down on the show page.)


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Missed it? You’re in luck! Just click that same link and click the play arrow on the player(top right on the show page) and you can hear the show’s repeat whenever you choose.

This Sunday’s show:

Conversations with Movers and Shakers!

(Before we go further, we join all of you with your prayers for healing in Japan after recent earthquake and Tsunami. Since SML cannot effectively compete with bringing you up to the minute news, please check with CNN and other news outlets. Thank you.

This week, Entertainment Reporter Darlene Donloe will be interviewing Renae Williams-Niles, from the Music Center about the upcoming Alvin Ailey performances. And here are the interviews I have logged from various red-carpets and on location interviews, never aired in their entirety

— The Atlanta Post’s interview I did with businessman Curtis Fralin, owner of Maverick’s Flat

— Singer Howard Hewett who performed at Maverick’s many times

— Actor Barry Floyd (He’s the guy with the chicken truck on B.E.T’s  The Game--check him out on

— Roger Guenveur Smith (Mooz-lum, Cornerstore)

— Reaction to Ava DuVernay’s film I Will Follow

— Dr. Kwaku interviewed Olympian Jamie Nieto and shares this brief clip with us.  Jamie will be playing Roberto Clemente in a movie coming out soon.  This should be interesting!

Renae Williams-Niles, Music Center

Renae Williams Niles, Director of Dance Presentations, Music Center, gives a spirited interview with Darlene Donloe abut Alvin Ailey and the touring dancers 10 performances in Los Angeles.

L.A. Area: Order Alvin Ailey tickets at: 213 972 0711

New York Area: Here is their website for classes!

Curtis Fralin, Owner, Maverick's Flat

Maverick’s Flat, Interview with Curtis Fralin, Owner.  Courtesy of The Atlanta Post

If you live in Los Angeles, you have driven by this man’s business parks up and down the Crenshaw Strip. When owner John Daniels decided to sell Mavericks Flat to Fralin, he made him promise to preserve much of the original design.

I conducted this interview for The Atlanta Some said the video would not load (It loads…it just takes its sweet time! They are working on it!).  So, The Atlanta Post allowed us permission to air the audio.

Howard Hewett and his lovely daughter | Isidra Person-Lynn Photo

Howard Hewett:

The same day I interviewed Curtis Fralin at Maverick’s Flat, I ran into Howard Hewett at the Grand Opening of the Buffalo Wild Wings and the Trevor Ariza Foundation kickoff to the NBA All-Star weekend. I really enjoyed our chat and hope you will too!

Roger Guenveur Smith:

Roger Guenveur Smith | Photo by Isidra Person-Lynn

I first met Roger Guenveur Smith when he was in his one man play:  The Creole Mafia.  Since then, I have been pleased by his meteoric risein Do the Right Thing, in Malcolm X, in the Huey Newton Story.  Right now he is starring in Mooz-lum with Nia Long, and a great cast. He also was in Corner Store, the Joe Doughrity film, and has a new play coming up in May he wrote and is starring in  Juan and John. Listen to Roger explain it all. See clips on You Tube.

Barry Floyd, The Game, Isidra Person-Lynn Photo

Barry Floyd tells a great success story in this interview.  I interviewed him on the red carpet at the Trevor Ariza Foundation and the Buffalo Wild Wings Grand Opening.  He talks of his web TV comedy show  You should watch the episodes.  They put a lot into the production.

Ava DuVernay’s Film I WILL FOLLOW opened this weekend–Here is the video to the audio you heard us air by Leroy Hamilton:

Check AMC for ticket details.

Bob Hudson, Brand Manager, Ultra Sheen Men, Johnson Products

Johnson Products Company, Inc. (JPC) is back, and keeping up with the times.  Men need grooing too!  At the recent SWAC Tournament in Dallas TX, JPC’s Ultra Sheen Men, the product line designed for men, was launched.

The SWAC is a wrap (this was prerecorded) but Bob Hudson left us many photos to relive the excitement.

Click to view photos

View the JPC blog.

Jamie Nieto

Jamie Nieto is an Olympian.  Here is his website:

He will play Roberto Clemente:

What DO we talk about on Sunday Morning Live???

He’s BAAAA-ACK!  Here’s his Facebook Post:

Najee Ali Everyone is invited to my “Welcome Home Celebration,” Sat. March 19th, from 10 am to 12 pm at Lucy Florence Coffee House in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, CA.

Well, Folks, This is the show we are filing for Sunday Morning Live, Episode 19, March 13, 2011 (Kathy Williamson’s birthday!)

Creative Soul’s Vlog:

Check out Wil Massenburg’s Blog!

Special Thanks to:  Psychedelic Shack, Temptations, Roland Bynum, Otis Williams, Howard Hewett, Curtis Fralin, Darlene Donloe, Renae S=Williams-Niles, Dr. Kwaku, Sakari Lynn, Nicole i the iPad line, Jamie Nieto, Leroy Hamilton, Ava DuVernay and thanks to Melissa Hayward who we interviewed some shows back.  Today we opened with her song form her new CD Happy.

Darlene Donloe interviews Svenya Nimmons, the author of this riveting book

I am so looking forward to being back in the saddle this Sunday for Sunday Morning Live.  Truth be told, I really enjoyed the last two Sundays watching Jaaye Person-Lynn sit in for me as my world became a bit jiggly. And last Sunday EVERYBODY else in the household got involved so I cleaned up my room!  Jarim Person-Lynn made an excellent guest as a wealth coach. Kwaku and the sons did an excellent job.  If you haven’t heard the show, please click back and listen.

This show is about mixed living.  Oh heck, I don’t know what else to call it, and it may change 7 times before the show on Sunday. All I know is Darlene Donloe, our Entertainment Reporter, interviewed Svenya Nimmons, the author of “Just because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused,”  for this Sunday.  I thought “now would be as good a time as any to broach the subject for the show, since for whatever reason, I have many bi-racial friends and family around me.”  When I probe them with questions, some seem reluctant to share, but in this race-based society I find it fascinating the lifestyles of all the folks and their stations in life.

On Sunday Morning Live, I wanted a live panel so the members could talk to one another.  And we’ll have Jesse Raudales and Renee Cross Washington live as our panelists. (See their bios and photos below)

Are we being fair to mixed people?  What better term should I use?  I missed the memo, and am making things up as I go along.

Are families more mixed these days and is that helping sensitize us?  What sorts of things are we saying in earshot of mixed kids that may hurt their feelings?

What mixed things to family members of the mixed say to one another? I’ve got a doozy for that one.  I just got to change the names to protect the innocent.

So, I may be politically incorrect, saying things that are now challenged that were one accepted as fact.  We are truly living in different times, so why not educate each other on this phenomenon?  It should open up the dialogue.  One thing I know for certain, not one mixed person has chosen their mixed status, nor have they ever done anything to create their situation, so why do we blame them?  Let’s talk about it today on Sunday Morning Live.

March 6, 201190 Minutes/ Open Phones

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Just because I’m Mixed Doesn’t Mean I’m Confused

Author Svenya Nimmons

Svenya Nimmons, Author

Biracial teens have some of the highest rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide. The reasons for these striking numbers are based on the belief that these young adults suffer from a lack of understanding of their own identity. Coincidentally, there are limited amounts of resources that deal with the issues that have simply been ignored for those marked as “other.”

Svenya tells her story of being a mixed brown girl, growing up in the South with a Swedish name and a Southern accent. She shares her personal struggles with cultural identity, racism, depression, her health, and a learning disability. Throughout her guide, she advises on problem issues of biracial people while adding her own self discoveries that helped her to overcome it all.

Join her as she shows young adults how to take their uniqueness and turn it into greatness by using her basic life principles. Get the best explanation on how to care for biracial hair. Hear about those underlying issues that biracial people are commonly faced with as she exposes her hilarious tales of her pre-midlife identity crisis.

To order the book:

Her website:

Jesse Raudales. Photo taken by Billy Miles

For your teen girls

Internationally acclaimed and Olympic artist Jesse Raudales, whose work is featured in museums, galleries, organizations, and homes of many celebrity collectors is the author of a book titled: If I had a Daughter. Jesse is multiracial: Aztec Indian/ Mexican/ Black. To order the book, which is $16.99 click this link:

Rene Cross Washington's family

Renee Cross Washington with her daughter Erin and son Evan Photo by Leroy Hamilton

Rene Cross Washington is the premier graphic designer for Los Angeles.  She has designed everything from logos, to books, to corporate collateral materials, to indoor murals. Her father ‘s family is African American from Virginia, while her mother was white.

To contact the most creative graphic designer EVER, visit

Kofi Opantiri, African American and French Canadian

Kofi Opantiri is an equipment operator for the US Postal Service.  A graduate of Union College, Schenectady, NY, he grew up in  Lakers Ron Artest’s stomping grounds Queens Bridge Projects in New York.  He is an avid researcher and writer, and the father of three.  His future work is in development.

Paulette and her daughter-in-law Sabrina

Paulette Wooten-Abney brings it all together with her sage advice for blending the two families.  She is a Program Manager for Workforce Program in D.C., married and a proud grandmother of two bi-racial granddaughters 9 and 11.

Paulette's granddaughters

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday March 8!

Nicole Chase for School Board

Nicole Chase is running for Community College Board.  Check Out Her Video!

Vote for Nicole Michelle Chase,  Member of the Board of Trustees Seat No. 5

My vision is to improve and reinvigorate LACCD’s educational system, with a special emphasis on improving the quality of education with the goal of increasing the matriculation and completion rates of committed students attending LACCD. In addition to addressing student issues, I pledge to increase the level of accountability and transparency with LACCD’s budget and bond allocations. Taxpayers have the right to know if LACCD is being fiscally responsible.

Find out more at:

Annie Smith Announced the Need for Poets to Enter Black Writers on Tour Poetry Competition

She also announced her new product Annie’s Hairsox: Phone #: (323) 240-4380

Contact her at that number for both!



And don’t forget to see Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow!

I WILL FOLLOW Ready to buy your tickets to I WILL FOLLOW and support in advance? It’s easy! Just go ahead and click the “Events” tab under our profile pic. Then, click the page for your city. Hit “Buy Tix Here” and wallah! Or, go to, put in your zip and the film’s title and wallah! We like that word.

Welcome to where you can locate a movie theater, get movie times, view movie trailers, read movie reviews, buy tickets online and get AMC gift cards.
Film Trailer

Here two of the actors, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Omari Harwick tell you how:

News Links Relating to Today’s Topic:

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Own Your Beauty: On Being Multi-Racial in the Racist, Rural South

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Charis is my cousin (daughter of my first cousin Stephanie). In this clip she sing’s Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” which fits in with today’s theme.

Do mixed race people have to pick a side?

By Kevin J. Williams

12:15 AM on 02/25/2011

How a white man became black overnight

By Michael E. Ross

8:17 AM on 02/09/2011

‘Light Skin vs. Dark Skin’ party highlights black on black bias

By Mychal Denzel Smith

8:10 AM on 01/12/2011

Colorblind parents could handicap their biracial kids

By Jennifer H. Cunningham

6:16 PM on 09/16/2010

Halle Berry’s Ex: Don’t Call My Baby Black!

2/4/2011 3:00 AM PST by TMZ Staff

Halle Berry’s ex, Gabriel Aubry, “went nuts” whenever anyone would refer to their daughter as “black” … sources tell TMZ.

Sources connected with the former couple tell TMZ … whenever Gabriel would read a story about Nahla that referred to her as “black,” he would go off, insisting his baby was white. We’re told Gabriel would tell Halle and others they should demand a “retraction” when such references were made regarding his daughter.

As TMZ previously reported, sources tell us Gabriel has called Halle the “N” word — and one woman previously involved with him referred to him as a “borderline racist.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson Questions Soledad O’Brien‘s Blackness, She Says; O’Brien Misguided

Halle Berry and the Resurgence of the Tragic Mulatto

The furor caused by Berry’s assertion that her daughter is black reminds us how confused Americans remain about race.

  • By: Clay Cane | Posted: February 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Loving in Alabama

When my husband proposed in 2000, interracial marriage was still banned in Alabama. But that didn’t matter. We were in love.

Gabriel Aubry And The Unbearable Whiteness Of Being
by Vanessa Carmichael

A writer who resides in Los Angeles

Posted: February 4, 2011 03:07 PM

Biracial children’s identity problem

From: Gwo-Wei Pan

Double Blood

By Rebecca WalkerSummer 2008 |

Rebecca Walker is an author, editor, speaker, and teacher. Her first memoir, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, is a national bestseller and winner of the Alex Awardfrom the American Library Association. Her latest memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, is now available in paperback.


Exit polls for the 2010 midterm election showgeneration splits so dramatic in voting that there are literally two Americas–young and old– headed in radically different directions.


Is the endless, angry furor against “underage drinking” really founded in genuine concern for “saving teenagers’ lives”–or just scapegoating youths so adults don’t have to face our own problems with alcohol? We decided to put that question to a test, with a new study by YouthFacts published in the May 2010 Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. We found “overage drinking” represents as deadly a threat to teenagers as “underage drinking.” In fact, legal, over-21 adult drinking and driving represents the sixth leading cause of death to American teens nationwide–killing 4,300 and injuring 390,000 teens age 16-19 over the last decade–and the fifth leading cause of death to California teenagers.



The Silent Generation: are people born before 1946.

The Baby Boomers: are people born between 1946 and 1964.

Generation X: are people born between 1965 and 1989.

Generation Y: are people born between 1990 and now.
Why do we call the last one generation Y?

I did not know, but a cartoonist explains it eloquently below…

Learned something new today.

Makes sense to me!

The secret to happiness is a good
sense of humor and a bad memory.

Thank you! Thanks to all of my friends and listeners for helping to address this issue:  Thanks to Darlene Donloe for opening up the platform, thanks to Svenya Nimmons, Jesse Raudales.  Please support these self-published authors!  Thanks to dear friends Paulette Wooten-Abney, Kofi Opantiri and Rene Cross Washington and Nicole Chase all for being a part of today’s program.  I know many many more who are not comfortable speaking about their experiences, and I thank you to for your offline conversations and then thanks to those who called or joined us in the chat room.  And thanks again for Jaaye Person-Lynn for hosting in my absence! Have a great week everybody!  Be sure and leave a comment!