According to an U.S. Commission On Civil Rights report, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are credited with creating the American black middle class. The report states that HBCU’s have produced 40% of African-American members of Congress, 40% of engineers, 50% professors at PWIs, 50% lawyers, and 80% of judges. However, schools are under-funded (more than half of HBCUs are public institutions) with low endowments and tepid support from private donors, including alumni....
J.T. Young, the new President and CEO of Memphis Light, Water and Gas had to stop by and visit the Funkiest Political Show in the country to announce that he had arrived! As the head of the largest 3-service utility company in the United States, he shares with us his journey, the challenges of managing a public utility in the midst of economic challenges and how a public utility can be used as a community based economic driver. Join us as we chop it up with the new leader for Memphis Light...
Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director, (Memphis, TN) Shelby Co. Health Department has been extremely outspoken about the challenges communities face by not addressing 3 of its largest public health issues. Unfortunately, getting citizens and other community stakeholders to recognize the impact of gun violence, poverty and drug abuse on the overall health of a community, is not an easy discussion. Join us as we try to break it down to its Funkiest elements on Funky Politics. Enjoy!
Terri Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum and Mendell Grinter, Executive Director, Campaign for School Equity, visit to discuss Civil Rights, MLK50, the book, An American Dream and Education as a tool to ascend out of poverty. Enjoy!
Due to the abysmal approval numbers of #45 (Trump), the media pundits believe that the Democratic Party is poised to make a clean sweep in the 2018 elections. Corey Strong, Chairman of Shelby County (Memphis, TN) Democratic Party, visits with the Funky Politics Crew to discuss, what is happening behind the scenes with the Dems and what they must do to prevent the potential #BlueWave from becoming a mere #Ripple! Enjoy!
After receiving a 15 year sentence for the murder of another man, Gerald Trotter is not working with the man responsible for that sentence, Bill Gibbons. At that time, Bill, was the prosecuting attorney, now Bill and Gerald are on the same team. Operation: Safe Community and it's "FED UP" initiative is responsible for this unusual alliance. Responsible for a new set of compelling radio, television and digital public service advertisements, The Fed Up Campaign is being touted as a...
A former NFL player and now a highly respected historian and professor at Emory University, Dr. Pellom McDaniels, III, visits with the crew from Funky Politics to discuss:
Should Black professional athletes use their platform to protest during games? If so, what should be the level of support provided by White teammates? The Player's Union? Black Civil War Soldiers...What were the Black Confederate Soldiers fighting for versus those fighting for the Union?
Author of Beale Street Dynasty and Chitlin Circuit, Preston Lauterbach, hangs out with the Funky Politics Crew. They reflect on his visit to Memphis and the "Funky Politics Live at Club Paradise", when Preston was the featured guest. At the time of the visit, the City of Memphis' had yet to remove its Confederate Statues from its public parks and that public debate, that colored a lot the conversation during the event. Not only do they discuss the removal of the statues, but they reflect...
The Funky Politics Crew visits with Author of Exponential Living, Sheri Riley and President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League, Sadiqa Reynolds. We discuss Obama, Donald, the problems with paying women for equal work and why White Women need to get it together!
Sheri is a wife, mother, daughter, and entrepreneur and we all know this is not easy, but she’s figured out how to make it simple. As an Empowerment Speaker, Personal Development/Leadership Coach, and Life Strategist, she works...
Periodically we will highlight leaders that we believe take leadership to heart and are committed to making a difference in our society. Today's Thought Leader is Sadiqa Reynolds, ESQ, the President, and CEO of the Louisville, KY chapter of the National Urban League. Sadiqa first presented this piece at the Louisville Urban League's Event, The State of Black Louisville. It has been adjusted to speak directly to our audience. Enjoy!!!
DC & MD get Real, Right & Funky on the Women's Tribute Show with our guest hosts activist and workforce consultant, Latanyua Robinson and Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist, President, Siobhan Riley. Enjoy The Show!
The Funky Politics Crew invites two guest co-host, Latanyua Robinson, of LaTrob, LLC and Siobhan Riley, President, the Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalist, NABJ, to unpack the relationship between sexual assault and racial discrimination. As a part of this lively discussion, we discuss Recy Taylor, a Black woman who was gang raped by 6 white men. Although none of the men were found guilty, Ms. Taylor never gave up on share her truth. A young NAACP field agent by...
Jerry Collins, President and CEO of Memphis Light Gas & Water, visits to discuss MLGW's need for a rate increase and his legacy as he enters his last days of leading one of the largest publicly owned utility companies in the country. He revisits the various milestones in his career, some of his challenges and a few of his successes. Enjoy!!!
Jerry Collins, President and CEO of Memphis Light Gas & Water, visits to discuss his legacy as he enters his last days of leading one of the largest publicly owned utility companies in the country. He revisits the various milestones in his career, some of his challenges and a few of his successes. Enjoy!!!
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Celebrating the life of the President and Publisher of the Tri-State Defender and executive of the NNPA. Sitting in with the Funky Politics Crew:
- Dr. Karanja Ajanaku, Executive Editor of the Tri-State Defender
- Earle Fisher, Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church
- Eric Barnes, Publisher of The Daily News
- Darrell Cobbins, CEO of Universal Commercial