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AT&T’s Black History Month Series: Make Your Own Mark on History

Tavis Smiley

Capping off AT&T’s dual Black History Month series, Listen 2 Learn! and Ear 2 the Future!Make Your Own Mark on History—Live! features exclusive interviews with Tavis SmileyBlair UnderwoodMC LyteElle VarnerKevin PowellCorvida Raven and BET’s Jeff Johnson.

Mc Lyte

Each of these accomplished individuals reflects on the meaning of Black History Month, which prominent figures have inspired their own success, and what lessons young people should take away from the event, this year and every year.

Blair Underwood

Plus, excerpts from documentary interviews with historic African American figures including Rosa Parks, Duke EllingtonShirley Chisholm and James Baldwin.

Rosa Parks

Duke Ellington

And don’t forget to bring your best trivia game because the series will be covering African American “firsts” in the fields of government, sports, science, literature and the arts. Listeners are invited to make their own mark on history by weighing in on how Black History Month has shaped their own lives.

Hosted by Film Festival Radio‘s Janice Malone and LOTL Radio‘s Reginald Ford, this two-hour special gets under way Thurs., February 28th at 8 PM ET. Tune in here.

AT&T’s Black History Month Series Go Out with a Bang (and Twist) on Feb. 29

Ever since February 1926, when historian Carter Woodson first paid homage to civil-rights pioneers Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass—born Feb. 12 and Feb. 20, respectively—Black History Month has been a priceless source of enlightenment for millions of Americans.

And 2012 has been no different here on BlogTalkRadio. In fact, thanks to the generosity of AT&T, we’re adding a new twist to the tradition!

Throughout the month, listeners have been treated to 28 days of compelling interviews with some of the most influential African American figures from the fields of entertainment, literature, sports, business and politics.

That via AT&T’s dual Black History Month series, Listen 2 Learn! and Ear 2 the Future!, which have featured encore presentations of conversations with the likes of Bill Cosby, Sherri Shepherd, Charles Barkley, Melinda Doolittle, Russell Simmons and Dionne Warwick.

Now, capping off those series on Wednesday, Feb. 29, comes AT&T 28 Days: Make Your Own Mark on History—Live!

The two-hour special features excerpts from documentary interviews with historic African American figures including Rosa Parks, Duke Ellington, Shirley Chisholm and James Baldwin, as well as highlights from BTR’s most popular archival interviews with African American newsmakers, like Michelle Obama, Montel Williams, Mo’Nique and Larry Fitzgerald.

Plus, the listening community will be invited to make its own mark on history by weighing in on the question “Which young contemporary African American figure do you foresee having the most profound impact on our nation in the coming decades?”

And don’t forget to bring your best trivia game because we’ll be covering African American “firsts” in government, sports, science, literature and the arts.

Hosted by Film Festival Radio’s Janice Malone and WDKK Radio’s Darryl Williams, the two-hour special gets under way 8 p.m. ET.

Brought to you by AT&T. Rethink Possible.

Celebrating Black History Month on BlogTalkRadio

We are celebrating Black History Month in a big way at BlogTalkRadio thanks to our sponsors, AT&T and Lincoln!

AT&T wants you to “Rethink Possible” with these two amazingly curated stations of content celebrating Black History Month:

AT&T’s Ear To The Future

Rappers, reality stars, soul singers, novelists, comedians, humanitarians, Oscar champs, digital gurus, entrepreneurs and more. Throughout Black History Month, AT&T brings you the most compelling conversations from 28 accomplished figures who tackle the latest trends in music, entertainment and technology, with an ear to the future of their industries and art forms. Catch interviews with Ja Rule, Regina King, Queen Latifah, Wayne Sutton and more! Tune in.

AT&T’s Listen to Learn

Grammy champs, Broadway stars, opera divas, community leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, law professors, sports legends and more. On this station, AT&T celebrates Black History Month with interviews highlighting insights into family, community, career and philanthropic issues while delving into music, entertainment and literature.  Catch interviews with The Temptations, Esperanza Spalding, Charles Barkley, Bill Cosby and more! Tune in.

You can also join us for Black History Month in the Lincoln MKX Lounge for an eclectic mix of interviews from CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to self-made millionaire Brian Joubert.

Lincoln MKX Lounge

The Lincoln MKX Lounge houses some of the most interesting conversations on the web and is the place to discover fantastic new music and learn about the key issues impacting our world today. We’ve selected a crossover of the very best shows on BlogTalkRadio, all guaranteed to please. So sit back and relax or get on the edge of your seat and get involved! Tune in.

Listen daily to celebrate Black History Month and don’t forget to share this amazing content with friends and family!

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.

BlogTalkRadio Caps off Black History Month Series with Feb. 28 Special Event, ‘Go Tell It Live,’ Presented by AT&T

From President Barack Obama to jazz master Ellis Marsalis, Olympic gold medalist Diane Dixon to Academy Award winner Mo’Nique, Pulitzer Prize winner Maya Angelou to world heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.

These—and more—are the African American figures BlogTalkRadio has been honoring throughout the month with encore presentations of their most compelling interviews.day28-graphic1

And soon we’ll be capping off our 28 Days of Black History Makers series with a two-hour special event, presented by AT&T.

Hosted by Janice Malone and Darryl Williams, Day 28: Go Tell It Live gets under way Monday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. ET.

During the live show, we’ll feature 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
Richard Pryor
Rose Parks
Malcolm X

Plus, highlights from our 28 Days series, including chats with:

Michelle Obama
Larry Fitzgerald
Wendy Williams
Sugar Ray Leonard
Stephanie Mills
Montel Williams

And, a look back at African American milestones in scholarship, government, literature, science, sports, film and television.

And, of course, our hosts will be taking calls from across the nation.

So be sure to Go Tell It Live!

Dick Gregory, Jake Silbermann, Frank Fontana and Wayne Brady Today on BlogTalkRadio

dick-gregoryDick Gregory: The veteran satirist—who, throughout the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s, was instrumental in the civil-rights and feminist movements while helping to unify white and black audiences—sits down with The Artivist host Ron Herd to chat about his storied career.

jake-silbermannJake Silbermann: The actor who plays Noah Mayer on As the World Turns, and has also done guest turns on Gossip Girl and Guiding Light, drops in on BlazinRy to dish with host Ryan Holmes about his new flick, Stuffer, which was named Best Short by The Royal Flush Film Festival.

vanessa-williams-4Vanessa Willams: The Desperate Houswives star, whose most recent marriage—to former LA Laker Rick Fox—ended in 2004, tells Film Festival Radio host Janice Malone that her ideal V-Day gift this year would be “maybe to have a date. That would help. Right now I have no Valentine’s Day plans.”

att-waynebrady2Wayne Brady: The improv virtuoso reveals that he wipes his mind clean after his Vegas shows, so that each performance will be fresh. On the other hand, as he tells Somewhere in Vegas host Marq with a Q, “Johnathan, my partner, and I were doing a mermaid scene and we both dumped ourselves in water and stripped down to our underwear.”

frank-fontana5Frank Fontana: The DOWN and DIRTY host welcomes sommelier Michael Bottigliero, aka the Windy City Wine Guy, who’ll fill us in on pairing the best vino with your Valentine’s Day dinner. Plus: Chicago Wine Cellar Expert owner Rick Grigsby talks building custom wine racks.

rene-clausenRené Clausen: The conductor of the Concordia Choir of Moorehead, Minn., stops by The African American Voice in Classical Music to chat with host Patrick D. McCoy about the choir’s upcoming tour, and Feb. 19 performance at National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

Diahann Carroll, Rodney Allen Rippy and Olympic Gold Medalist Diane Dixon on BlogTalkRadio

Diane Dixon: The Olympic gold medalist, who holds the American record for fastest time in the 4 x 400 metres race, recalls how she talked her way into her first professional race. “I saw this guy with Gucci loafers, no socks, an Izod shirt,” she tells host Chris LaMonica as part of our 28 Days of Black History Makers series, presented by AT&T. “I walked over to him, I said, ‘Hi, my name’s Diane Dixon.’ And Fred said, ‘I have enough runners.’ And I said, ‘Yea, but you don’t have me!’”

diahann-carrollDiahann Carroll: The Tony Award winner, who last month was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, stops by Buzzworthy Radio to chat with host NaVell Lee about her guest role opposite fellow show-biz legend Billy Dee Williams on the USA Network series White Collar.

rodney-allen-rippyRodney Allen Rippy: The former child actor, whose ‘70s Jack in the Box ads—to say nothing of his Tonight Show appearances—made him a pop-culture icon, stops by The NeverHood to talk with host Ethan Tudor W about his current work for Hurricane Housing Relief. laura-lippmanLaura Lippman: The New York Times bestselling author sits down with Book Club Girl to chat about her new novel, The Girl in the Green Raincoat, which tells the story of a pregnant private detective in her third trimester who must investigate a missing person—without ever leaving her bedroom.

patrick-fabianPatick Fabian: The Last Exorcism hunk, who has a recurring part on HBO’s Big Love, sits down with Movie Addict Headquarters host Betty Jo Tucker to chat about his starring role opposite Melissa Peterman and Ed Asner on CMT’s new scripted comedy series Working Class.

drew-seeleyDrew Seeley: The Canadian star of Glory Daze—which follows a group of college freshmen who pledge an Animal House-like frat during the ‘80s—drops back in on The VRO host Amy McCracken to chat about the TBS sitcom, and his pop-music career.

BlogTalkRadio Marks Black History Month with 28-Day Series, Presented by AT&T

From actors to athletes, divas to comedians, poets to politicians, these are the African American figures who’ve helped shape the face of our nation.

And throughout the month of February, BlogTalkRadio is honoring them with encore presentations of their most compelling interviews.aat_t2

Welcome to 28 Days of Black History Makers, presented by AT&T.

The series got under way Feb. 1 with BET host Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar for her role in 2009’s Precious.

During the funnylady’s interview, she reflected on her most memorable complement surrounding that Oprah Winfrey– and Tyler Perry-produced film.

“The night of the permiere of Precious, I saw Sidney Poitier from my car,” she told The Breakdown Show hosts Audley Stephenson and Dave Mendonca.

“He was already on the red carpet. And I said to my husband, ‘Oh my God. There’s Sydney Poitier! I would love to meet him.’

“So now the movie’s over, everyone’s leaving… I’m almost the last person to leave the theater. And I turn around and my husband says, ‘Look who’s behind you.’ It was Sydney Poitier,” Mo’Nique continued. “And he says to me, ‘Young lady, I did not see one insecure moment in your performance.’ That was priceless coming from him.”

Mo'Nique: Oscar champ kicked of Black History Month series.

Mo'Nique: Kicked off Black History Month series.

To date, the series has also featured interviews with Spike Lee, Chilli, Evander Holyfield, Della Reese, Meadowlark Lemon and Stedman Graham.

Tune in tomorrow, and every day this month, to hear more prominent figures in the 28 Days series.

Click here to follow 28 Days of Black History Makers Series on BlogTalkRadio.