SML 25: May 1, 2011  120 Minutes/ Open Phones

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This Sunday’s Show Schedule:

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10:00 Welcome–Brass Knuckle Finance,  L.A. Times Festival of Books–last day! Prayer Day for Alabama! Greetings to the chat room and read

Late add: President Obama skewers The Donald (Trump)- @ Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner 5 mins

10:10  Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn Journalist/Filmmaker “…but, can she play?”
Los Angeles, CA

10:40  Tito Jackson interviewed by Darlene Donloe

11: 15 NEW!  Parenting:  It Begins a Home Short Segment with Sherese Holmes, Educator, Las Vegas, Nevada Click to listen

11:20 Candid Moments, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn He interviews two amazing speakers.  1: Jacques Lesure a guitarist who talked about the origins of the electric guitar in popular music.  2:  He talks to Anthony Browder, artist known for his tours of DC showing the Egyptian

11:40:  NEI Testimonials  Guest Sponsor

11:50 Recap/Thank yous!Wrap!

12:00 Sign Off

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

More on Our Guests:

Janice Roshalle Littlejohn

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, Journalist/Documentarian

Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn has had a diverse career as an editor, writer and communications expert during her 20-year career as a journalist.

She is director and producer the documentary film, “…but can she play?: Blowin’ The Roof Off Women Horn Players and Jazz.” She is also co-author of the forthcoming nonfiction book, “Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate Mixing Race, Culture and Creed” with Christelyn D. Karazin. Janice also edited the 2010 financial how-to, “All About The Benjamins: Helping People Create Sustainable Wealth In The Midst of Financial Insanity,” by Melanie D. Perry.

"...but can she play?"

Since launching her freelance career over a decade ago, Janice has worked with television crews, production and editorial teams throughout the United States, Canada and Ghana. In print, her work has also appeared in a diverse roster of publications including “USA Today,” the “Los Angeles Times,” “TV Guide,” “Variety,” “Multichannel News,” “Essence,” “Pool & Spa News,” and “DaySpa Magazine,” among others.

As television and media columnist for (then owned by Tribune Media) she engaged audiences with her unique perspective on the business of television and film and its cultural, social and political relevance to the African American community.

She expanded her platform and audience with her popular television columns for the Associated Press. Her weekly “AP on TV” features were published by scores of newspapers, magazines and online sites worldwide.

Janice also worked as the weekly pop culture commentator for National Public Radio’s “The Tavis Smiley Show” and frequently hosts TV industry-related panels for The Paley Center for Media and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Janice is a longtime contributor to Emmy, the Academy’s official award-winning magazine.

Janice has covered all facets of entertainment, arts, politics, community news, health and lifestyle and issues related to African Americans and the African diaspora since beginning her professional career as the assistant entertainment editor of the international syndicated radio magazine show, RadioScope, where she also contributed to the launch of the “Electronic Urban Report” (

Janice has also produced online video segments for RedZone (a division of Showtime Networks, Inc.) and America Online, and was a news writer for KCOP-13 News in Los Angeles.

She is the recipient of numerous commendations, including an award for journalistic excellence by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Janice earned her Master of Professional Writing degree in fiction at the University of Southern California and is currently completing her first novel. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola Marymount University.

An active member of the Journalism and Women Symposium, an organization of U.S. and international women journalists, journalism educators and researchers, Janice served on the board and as Membership Chairman for the Southern California region.

She is a former board member for the Television Critics Association which represents more than 200 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Locally, she works tirelessly as a community organizer in her native South Los Angeles and was recently commended by Eighth District Councilman Bernard Parks for her service throughout the region.

She is an ardent supporter of various charities which support the arts and arts education for children.

SUPPORT HER CAMPAIGN TO RAISE $20,000 by next month! Every little bit helps!  CLICK HERE

Here is a clip of Clora Bryant, now in her 80’s jamming at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival.

Tia Fuller, Beyonce’s sax player, talks about her mic! (But you get to see her blow!)

Tito Jackson:

Tito Jackson--Ambassador and Solo Artist!

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson’s poetic lyrics, irrepressible vocals, and evocative musicianship are a faint reflection of the remarkable gifts that characterize Gary, Indiana’s native son. Born Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Tito has spent his entire life enchanting music lovers with soulful harmonies interwoven with curvaceous rhythms as a member of Motown’s greatest discovery, The Jacksons (Jackson 5), and presently as a multi-faceted solo artist. Tito’s unyielding passion for blues, R&B, pop, and other music forms is the secret to his boundless energy and rare achievements in the ever-changing entertainment spectrum.

In 1962, before the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons, Tito performed in a local group called The Jackson Brothers. After competing and winning local talent shows in and around Gary, the precocious brothers were victorious again on the most prestigious amateur stage of all — Manhattan’s Apollo Theater. In that same year Tito and his brothers made their first studio recording (local label), titled “Big Boy.” Not only did it turn out to be a local hit, but it set the stage for a partnership with Motown Records (1969) and subsequent appearances on the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Soul Train, and later, their own primetime television series in 1976, on CBS. In addition to this, Tito and his brothers’ soaring popularity with America’s youth was so captivating that they were captioned in a Saturday morning, ABC TV animation series.

Tito and his brothers signed with Epic Records and officially came under a new name, The Jackson’s, in 1976. In 1978 he co-wrote the songs “Everybody,” “Destiny,” and “Push Away” for his new record label. As the group The Jackson’s, including Tito, they self-produced the Destiny album. Later, for the Victory Album Tito produced, wrote, and sang on “We Can Change The World,” which was featured on their popular Victory Tour.

A father of three young men (Taj, Taryll, and TJ), known to the music world as 3T, Tito works closely with his sons. This is consistent with the fine direction that he received from his loving mother Katherine and his caring father Joe. In addition to working with sisters Janet, Rebbie, and La Toya, Tito has worked with countless fine musicians, singers, and producers, such as the preeminent production team of Gamble & Huff, LA Reid & Baby Face, and the versatile Howard Hewitt.

One of the performing highlights of the remarkable career of Tito Jackson is the unforgettable reunion performance on one of histories most watched television specials, Motown 25. The show signaled a pivotal point in his dazzling career and an auspicious focus on likely the greatest performer to ever grace a stage, Michael Jackson. In 1997 Tito and his brothers were ceremonially honored as inductees of the well-respected Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tito’s initial success with the recording masterpieces “I Want You Back,” “Never Can Say Goodbye”, “I’ll Be There,” (best selling single in Motown’s history), and other mega-hits is the genesis of an indefatigable trek into modern musical immortality. Tito Jackson’s eclectic musical arrow is aimed in the direction of diverse genres, R& B, blues, and pop. And at this juncture, Tito plans a series of recording ventures that will include a solo debut album featuring a caravan of styles. Although some of his numerous influences include blues greats Albert Collins and B.B. King, in reality his musical tastes defy nomenclature. Some projects will include collaborations with his son’s group, 3T, while other CD’s may involve his creative siblings along with collaborations from an assemblage of noteworthy artists. However, make no mistake about it, most of his work will consist of impressive solo projects with songs that are arranged, produced, and performed by Tito himself. Presently he is in the process of completing his new project for a 2009 global release. By doing this, fans around the globe will experience the true essence of Tito Jackson as a premier solo artist and as one of music industries’ group icons. Tito and his band, sporting a frenetic pulse, will also rock the world again through a number of riveting live shows.

The measure of Tito Jackson’s influence can be best captured by expressions such as these: “One of the kindest, more pleasant people in show business,” said a major entertainment publicist. His brother Michael also had this to say about him, “Tito is very quiet and soft, but can be really strong when necessary. He’s always there when we need him and manages to project an inner calm which is vital within a family unit ”. Those statements have proven to be consistently true through the ups and downs of the exciting but rigorous show business lifestyle. As an international artist, the demure Tito has garnered great respect from his peers and fans alike. His emphasis on fairness and loyalty in the music business community is a hallmark of his aplomb and selfless style.

Tito’s love of music can be transcended only by his undying love of God, family, and friends. Tito’s mark on music history and the rich legacy that he established is one that has stood the test of time and is one that will flourish for as long as there is a song to sing!

– Phil Brown

Hear Tito Jackson and see what he has coming up at

Tito Jackson, the new ambassador to Kenya! Read More:

Darlene and Isaiah Mustafa

You Just have to listen! This week she reviews Fab Five, Jumping the Broom, plays, films, and the latest, Darlene has it all.

She interviewed Isaiah Mustafa, pictured with her here, but since we were in Vegas, we missed that one! Great interview with Tito, Darlene!

She offers her review of the latest Tyler Perry  Madea movie and more.






Candid Moments with Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn


Jacques Lesure, Guitarist

He interviewed guitarist Jacques Lesure about the electric guitar and more.

Anthony Browder

He also interviewed author and Africentric tour guide, Anthony Browder, over 12 years ago, but his comments are classic.  This CD and others are available at his class Friday nights from 6:30-9:15.  Details on the location:

Walking and Talking in L.A #14: 

Leimert Park Resident Jonathan Grier completed a 6 year quest to beautify his neighborhood. This Grammy Award nominated choir director tells us how.

Thank Yous: 

Special thanks to Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, Darlene Donloe, Tito Jackson, Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn, everyone in the chat room and everyone who tuned in to watch the archives.  We Made It!

We didn’t get to discuss this one, but our friend Wendy Raquel Robinson is in it: 35 And Ticking a film by radio legend Russ Parr. 

“35 & Ticking” centers around the lives of Victoria, Zenobia , Clevon, and Phil — all friends approaching the age of 35 and struggling to build the families they’ve always dreamed of. While Zenobia (Parker, “Soul Food,” “Brown Sugar”) is still looking for a man, Victoria (Jones, “Castle,” “One on One”) is married to a man who doesn’t want children. Clevon (comic Hart, “Not Easily Broken,” “40 Year-Old Virgin”), meanwhile, is too geeky to get a woman, and Phil (Keith Robinson, “Dreamgirls”) is already married with children, but his wife is not very interested in being a mother. All four of them try to rectify their romantic lives and futures while their biological clocks tick away.


News that caught our eyes:


CNN:  Sunday is being declared a day of prayer in Alabama where about 250 people were killed in tornadoes this week. A castastrophe expert firm says insured losses across the South could go as high as $5 billion. The total death toll throughout the region is at least 339. For more details:

CNN News report: Alabama

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi says that his son and three grandchildren were killed in air strikes…bombs so intense they leveled his compound. Watch Video on CNN

Alabama Destruction: 

USC Black Alumni Dinner as captured by Leroy Hamilton

DeVon Franklin, featured in this piece is an early 30’s VP at Sony which is releasing Jumping the Broom this week.  Support! He’s got a book coming out.

Jeremy Marks Case- Click Here:  The Charges Against Him Were Dropped

Trumped Up: The Root’s Take

Davey D’s take on it: Click here

MUST WATCH: The Pres. Takes a Swipe at Trump (Clip played on show)

What the Cuss? Deadbeat Dad Alienates LaShanda Armstrong’s Family from Funeral.

You will remember the woman who killed herself and her three children after feuding with her hubby about his cheating.  Well  now he is handpicking who from her family can and cannot attend the children of the three children.

How the Police Can Raid Your Cellphone:
This should send chills, especially if you tend to lose your phone a lot: Click Here

More Headlines You May Have Missed: Click here   Seeing Black’s 411 has the scoop on many stories that may effect you.  Please Click There (above)!


MUST WATCH!!! Good News:  Cam Newton Went First in the NFL Draft! But here he is interviewed by Deion Sanders.  He handles himself superbly:  Read More

Behind the scenes Draft Night: Watch Here

NBA ACTION!!! Click Here for show times!

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Jill Scott is hosting this event. May is my birth month and every day I can I am gifting myself “MOVEMENT!”  Now look at that face of Brittania Henderson.  Such a beautiful child had to BATTLE cancer.  Do it for her if not for yourself!

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It’s Sunday Morning!  Rejoice and Shout!:

This is a trailer of a movie that was released last year.  Maybe Netflix will have it?  But it sure brings back memories of olden times church days!