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BlogTalkRadio Wants to Know: Which African American Figure Has Had the Most Profound Impact on Your Life?

Was it Martin Luther King Jr.? Harriet Tubman? Thurgood Marshall? Hattie McDaniel? Or maybe someone a bit more obscure, like Bessie Smith or Robert Hayden.

No matter who, we want to know which historic African American figure has had the most profound impact on your life and why?


And we’re inviting you to go tell us via Cinch, BlogTalkRadio’s sister platform that makes creating and sharing audio easy.

From today though Friday, Feb. 26, we’ll be looking for the best of these audio essays for inclusion in the two-hour finale to our 28 Days of Black History Makers series, titled Day 28: Go Tell It Live.

To submit your essay:

(1) Call 646-200-3333 and follow the audio prompt, which directs you to…

(2) State your name, and the city and state where you live.

(3) Leave your phone number so that we can inform you if your audio essay is selected for inclusion in the Feb. 28 finale show, Day 28: Go Tell It Live.

(4) Tell us, in two minutes or less, which historic African American figure has had the most profound impact on your life and why?

(5) Hang up when you’re done.

day28-graphic11Remember to pause briefly between steps one, two and three. And remember to record your audio essay by Friday, Feb. 26.

Hosted by Janice Malone and Darryl Williams, Day 28: Go Tell It Live gets under way Monday, Feb. 28 and 8 p.m. ET, and features archival interviews with Americans who’ve left an indelible mark on our nation in the areas of music, sports, civil rights and comedy, including Billie Holiday, Jackie Robinson, Shirley Chisholm and Richard Pryor.

Plus, highlights from the 28 Days series, including chats with Michelle Obama, Larry Fitzgerald, Mo’Nique, Sugar Ray Leonard and Wendy Williams, as well as a look back at African American milestones in scholarship, government, literature, science, sports, film and television.

Cokie Roberts: Typical Man, that President John Adams

John Adams may have achieved immortality as America’s first vice president and second president, but according to Cokie Roberts, the Founding Father wasn’t the most sensitive of fathers – to say nothing of hubbies.

Interviewed on Sins of Omission, Cokie, whose latest book is titled Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation, discusses what she found most surprising about John’s wife while researching the historical tome.

"He was basically saying, 'I'm not gonna be there. Take care of it,'" Cokie (above) tells us of John's reaction to his absence from Abigail.

"He was basically saying, 'I'm not gonna be there. Take care of it,'" Cokie (above) tells us of John's reaction to his absence from Abigail.

“They were alone for these long, long periods of time,” the ABC News political commentator and National Public Radio senior news analyst tells host Paulie Abeles of our nation’s Founding Mothers.

Abigail Adams is a prime example. Continue reading

Helen Thomas: Barack Obama Doesn’t Have the Courage to Do the Things He Should

EDITOR’S NOTE, June 8, 2010: In response to criticism about her May 27, 2010 comments to Rabbi David Nesenoff on the state of Isrealnamely that the Israeli Jews “should go home” to “Poland, Germany…America and everywhere else”Helen Thomas resigned from her position as a columnist with Hearst Newspapers on June 7.

NEW YORK, July 3, 2009 (BlogTalkRadio): Unabashed John F. Kennedy fan though she is, Helen Thomas is less than thrilled with the current incarnation of Camelot.

Interviewed on the Judy Joy Jones Show, the Godmother of White House correspondents—who has covered every Oval Office occupant since JFK—doesn’t hesitate to opine on America’s commanders-in-chief.

CAPTION: "Why should we go there and kill and die?" Helen (above) says of President Obama's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan."

"Why should we go there and kill and die?" Helen (above) says regarding Obama's new military strategy in Afghanistan.

When host Judy Joy Jones comments to Helen, “I’m sure that you don’t have a favorite president. I guess you have to be pretty detached in that regard,” the former UPI bureau chief says:

“No, no, I had a favorite: Kennedy. I thought he was brilliant. I thought he had great ideas.

“He created the Peace Corps. He signed the first nuclear-test-ban treaty. And he said, ‘We’re going to land men on the moon.'”

Shortly after that, she offers her take on our nation’s 44th president.

“He’s disappointing me. He has a conscience, but he doesn’t have the courage to do the things that he should have donewhich is single-payer, on medicine,” Helen says of Barack Obama. “Nobody in this country should lack for medical care. We have 47 million people who don’t have any insurance and medicine. And that’s shocking.”

(Single-payer health care is an approach to health-care financing with only one source of money for paying health-care providers. On Wednesday, President Obama rejected the single-payer model, citing instead one that would preserve private insurance companies, while offering a government-run option.)

Helen also slams the president”s foreign policy.


Helen covering her No. 1 presidential pick.

“He’s going into Afghanistan, and he’s broadened the war. He has not learned the lessons of Vietnam and Iraq,” says the veteran journalist, who currently writes a column for the Hearst Newspapers syndicate, and whose new book, Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do, will be published in the fall.

“We should not be there. To put U.N. peacekeeper forces there would be fine. But to get involved in another no-win war?

“Afghans know every cave, they know every stream, they know every mountain. It’s their country.”

To hear Helen’s full interview, click here.

Memorial Day on BlogTalkRadio

Whether you are having a hot dog or enjoying the weather today, Memorial Day is a time to appreciate and remember all that our citizens dedicate and sacrifice for our country.

Our BlogTalkRadio community boasts several shows that highlight the issues and importance of serving our country, such as America Supports You, Navy Homefront Talk, and Army Wives Talk Radio and SpouseBuzz to name a few.

Just last week The Smithsonian Channel aired a show to discuss their new documentary, Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25.

In honor of Memorial Day, our editorial team has selected a few shows to feature on the homepage that relate to the important issues we should focus on today.

Please take a moment and enjoy our programming.

Smithsonian Channel Remembers Vietnam with Jan Scruggs

VietnamFounder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jan Scruggs, will join the Smithsonian Channel’s David Royle on BlogTalkRadio to discuss Memorial Day and the Smithsonian Channel documentary ‘Remembering Vietnam: The Wall at 25’ tonight at 6pm ET (click to listen).

SMITH_PMS_VERT_BLACK_sizesThe Smithsonian Channel and Showtime will celebrate the heroism of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces this Memorial Day by airing two award-winning documentaries from the Smithsonian Channel, including REMEMBERING VIETNAM: THE WALL AT 25.

Today on BlogTalkRadio get a preview of the documentary, which goes back in time to tell the story of the memorial through the eyes of those who conceived it, those who were instrumental in pushing it through bureaucratic and political resistance, those intimately involved with its 25-year history, and those it honors. Above all, the documentary tells the story of a place that is more than a memorial – – it is a place where old wounds are healed.

The documentary will air on the Smithsonian Channel as part of a special weekend of programming on Smithsonian Channel throughout Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26.

Photo by hookbrother

Actor Moses Brings Plenty Joins BlogTalkRadio

DreamCatcher Entertainment welcomes Moses Brings Plenty, Lakota spokesperson, actor, model and musician to BlogTalkRadio.

Mo Brings PlentyTonight at 10pm ET, join Mo Brings Plenty. Moses is Oglala Lakota born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, fluent in the Lakota language, culture and traditions. He is a gifted musician, actor, model and spokesperson.

As a gifted musician, he is a traditional drummer, percussionist, and vocalist. As an actor, he has worked in television, film and theatre, including Rez Bomb, Hidalgo, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The History Channel’s Comanche Warrior, which was filmed on the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the southern Black Hills. He also played the role of “Crazy Horse” on The History Channel’s investigating history documentary, Who Killed Crazy Horse. Additionally, he participated in the BBC’s piece Custer’s Last Stand.

Moses is an advocate for Indian elders and youth. Proactive and visionary, he works toward helping the people through traditional ceremony and prayer to provide and build for the youth, a way of life that so many who have come before him have sacrificed to create.

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Shining Elk Management and Publicity

Man on the Moon – Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

He was the 6th man ever to walk on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Today this legendary icon is a BlogTalkRadio guest.

Mitchell Host David K. Ewen welcomes former astronaut Dr. Ed Mitchell tonight at 9pm ET on Today’s Author.

Dr. Edgar Mitchell is also the author of “The Way of the Explorer.” The former astronaut combines elements of history, science, and theology to explain how his experience in space shaped his interpretation of the mysteries of human consciousness, the universal connectedness of life, miracles, and human destiny.

Shoot for the moon tonight on BlogTalkRadio with Today’s Author!