Category Archives: Best of BTR

Talking to The Sugarhill Gang

Making History Happen talks to Wonder Mike and MAster Gee of 1970s rap group The Sugarhill Gang.

They talk about what inspired them to make music, saying that “when I was a young kid I saw the movie Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles and I looked up at the screen and thought ‘damn, thhat’s crazy’ to have girls chase you and people love you, I gotta do that.” Mike talks about “going back through my 12th grade year of high school” after having recorded their hit single “Rapper’s Delight” the summer before.

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Actress Denise Vasi

Joy Keys talks with actress Denise Vasi, star of VH1’s scripted drama Single Ladies.

Vasi talks about her recent marriage to director Anthony Mandler. Vasi had actually been speaking to a psychic for the past few years, who told her that “the man that I would meet and marry would be carrying around this very large brow book,” which turned out to be her husband’s leather-bound pitch for a movie. She also talks about her odd sleepwalking habits and healthy eating diet.

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Director Lee Daniels

Making History Happen talks to Lee Daniels, director of such films as The Butler and Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Daniels talks about working with producer Laura Ziskin on The Butler, known as the producer of Pretty Woman. The Butler was Ziskin’s last film. Daniels says that she “felt that there weren’t enough African-American films of substance, and that she wanted to make this her legacy.” “a phenomenal amount of research… I worked with Will Haygood, who wrote the article in the Washington Post about the butler’s family.”

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Talking about mobile dating

Mobile Insights Radio talks about mobile dating apps with Josh Fischer of dating app Are You Interested?

Fischer says that the appeal of dating apps lies in “the immediacy that if you do something you will get contacted immediately,” “having a location base,” and being “a much simpler experience than their web cohorts.” Fischer says that mobile dating is changing the face of dating in that “people are getting more and more impatient… I want to involve myself and get responses immediately.” They are “just figuring out” how to serve “two separate markets, which are the men and the women.”

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Poet Maya Angelou

Making History Happen talks to renowned poet Maya Angelou.

Angelou says that “you shouldn’t do anything if you don’t have passion for it… to bring all your passion to anything, it means you dare to study how to do it well.” She says that “Whenever you find yourself without an answer, or answers… just stop. Put yourself at ease… and realize that you have to understand who you are… if you can just stop and meditate, ask for directions, ask for guidance.” She talks about her role as an “auntie” giving life advice to young women that their mothers cannot, saying that “the mother cannot talk about sex and sexual activity; the auntie can.”

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Ride Along reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews the new comedy Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

The hosts call it “kind of a tricky movie… I don’t know that I convinced myself that it’s really endearing.” They say that “there are some things about the movie that I kind of liked about the movie,” but they “hated it overall,” saying that “nothing funny happened” comparing the plot to “about ten Scooby Doo movies and cut-and-pasted.” In the end, they call it “not actually funny, just silly and ridiculous.”

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Chris Christie’s bridge scandal

Making Sense With Steve Leser talks about the scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Christie has been accused of having known about the closing of two access lanes on the George Washington Bridge and neglecting to tell authorities as an act of political retribution. Leser says that Christie’s actions are in line with many politicians who have been”guilty of doing something wrong and… desperately trying to hide that fact.” Leser also believes that, as Christie often presents himself as being “on top of everything, knows what he’s doing,” the idea that he “suddenly has no idea about this one issue” is contradictory.

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NBA Hall-of-Famer Lenny Wilkens.

Survival Radio Network talks to Hall of Fame NBA player and coach Lenny Wilkens.

Wilkens talk about finding his love for basketball “handball, stickball, football, baseball… certainly baseball was the top sport at that time, because the majority of us were Jackie Robinson fans… for most of us young, aspiring athletes he was a role model.” As his friends gravitated toward basketball, he found himself drawn to the sport because “it was an aggressive game, it was physical, it was up-and-down, it was quick.”

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