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One Final Point (Get To The Point Panel): Feb 20, 2015 (NT: Get To The Point)

In Video on March 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm
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“What do we need to do for change? Our mind…we must get away from the thought that someone else can solve our problems…”

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (February 20, 2015):

Malcolm Thomas, Dr. Waverly Duck, and attorney Blaine Jones each give their final thoughts during the “One Final Point” segment of “NightTalk: Get to the Point” with host and political commentator Lenny McAllister on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

 

The “Get To The Point” Panel discussed the necessary focal points for Black men to strive in modern-day America starting Black History Month 2015.

 

A clip from the “One Final Point” on February 20 episode can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

Best Methods to Equality (Black History Month: Feb 20, 2015) (PCNC)

In Video on March 1, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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“Black people survived Jim Crow…and the Klan…what do we need to do now to rise to another level today?”

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (February 20, 2015): Political and social commentator Lenny McAllister (Host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) talks with his “Get To The Point Panel” this week concerning the “methods to equality” that Black men and Black America must take to overcome current obstacles. The 4 tackle the best methodologies and philosophies that will take Black America to new heights of success during the February 20 episode of “Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel .

 

McAllister’s Get To The Point Panel this week included Dr. Waverly Duck of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems, community activist and mentor Malcolm (Minnekhekh)Thomas , and Pittsburgh-based attorney Blaine Jones.

 

A clip from the “Starting Point” on February 20 episode can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

Starting Point: Elevating Black Male Leadership in 2015 (Feb 20, 2015)

In Video on March 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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Commentator and host Lenny McAllister hints to the need for Black male leadership similar to the rise of Civil Rights leaders from the 1950s and 1960s.

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (February 20, 2015): Political and social commentator Lenny McAllister (Host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) believes that for African-Americans and the United States overall to turn around, there is a need for Black male leadership to take their effectiveness to another standard and level.

 

I mentioned the need for an immediate black renaissance throughout Pittsburgh and America in order for our region and nation to fulfill its potential. That will only come about with a resurgence of successful black men in corporate America, the halls of academia, and the streets of a civil rights movement…”

 

McAllister uses his “Starting Point” commentary to highlight this need further during Black History Month 2015 during this clip from the February 20 episode of “Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel .

 

McAllister’s Get To The Point Panel this week included Dr. Waverly Duck of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems, community activist and mentor Malcolm (Minnekhekh)Thomas , and Pittsburgh-based attorney Blaine Jones.

 

A clip from the “Starting Point” on February 20 episode can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

 

 

“Black History Month 2015 Matters for American Greatness Tomorrow”

In Video on February 16, 2015 at 12:09 am
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“If Black Lives Mattered in 2014, will Black Lives Prosper as a result in 2015? Will national protests over recent months lead to noteworthy progress in the days ahead? And will Black History Month be a springboard into historic moments or just a reflection of a proud past?”

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 13, 2015): “The first African-American professional basketball team was founded. It was call “The Renaissance”. Of course, there are other renaissances that we know of – the European Renaissance of the middle ages – the Harlem renaissance that impacted areas from Sugar Hill in New York City to Sugar Top here in Pittsburgh. I think that, now, we are at the beginning of a new renaissance in America…where 3 generations must come together in a vital partnership to combat long-standing issues of economic, educational, and employment inequalities while – at the same time – taking on the community struggles of broken families and neighborhood violence.”

Political and social commentator Lenny McAllister (Host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) uses his Starting Point commentary to spark the vision of a “new renaissance” of Black thought leadership, activism, and progress to being the February 13 episode of “Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

A Black Renaissance is necessary for a truly resurgent America. Black history month 2015 must be the springboard. Do we love America enough to see the Americans on the other side of society’s worst statistics and end the obstacles that hold them – and all of us – back from greatness? Black history month is not just about blacks in history. For America’s sake, it must be about blacks making history, starting this month…”

The Starting Point commentary from the February 13 episode can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

“Standing on Our Ancestors’ Shoulders” in Black History Month 2015 (NightTalk: Get To The Point)

In Video on February 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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“I feel like we are standing on our ancestors’ shoulders to find the justice that we deserve today.”

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (February 13, 2015): Political and social commentator Lenny McAllister (Host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) discusses the challenges in front of Black people and America in general as the nation faces a significant crossroads during Black History Month 2105. This segment from the February 13 episode of “Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel highlights the conversation regarding past civil rights successes and future needs for better days ahead.

McAllister’s Get To The Point Panel this week included Dr. Cynthia Bradley-King of Pitt’s Center on Race and Social Problems, New Voices Pittsburgh‘s co-founder Bekezela Mguni, and the president of the Hill House Association, Cheryl Hall-Russell.

A clip from the Get To The Point Panel discussion on February 13 episode can be viewed by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

Starting Point: NightTalk – Get to the Point (February 21, 2014)

In Articles on February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am
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“Black History Month 2014…has us asking the question – where do we go from here? Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation: Is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution? Is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past? African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (February 21, 2014) –(As presented on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Our Starting Point tonight places us right in the middle of Black History Month 2014 and has us asking the question – where do we go from here?

It was a question proposed each year at the State of the Black Union, an event I participated in during their 10th annual summit out in California a few years ago.

The State of Black Pittsburgh is pondered regularly by groups such as the Allegheny Conference as well as the local chapters of the Urban League and the NAACP.

Many smart people often ask that question, but a quick look around already seems to give us the answers we’re looking for. And those answers aren’t so good right now.

Despite historic gains in civil rights, political representation, and spending power over the past 50 years, Black America still maintains a double unemployment rate compared to Whites and now even has an unemployment rate that is 33% more than Latino-Americans today.

Contrasting studies debate whether there are actually more Black men in prison than in college. The debate highlights the 800,000 Black men in prisons nationally and the current disconnect between young Black men and successful academic opportunities.

We can talk about the breakdown of the Black family, the unequal treatment of African-Americans in the court system, or the disparities in healthcare and life expectancy from infant mortality rates to food deserts and chronic diseases.

Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation:

is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution?

is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past?

do we merely discuss the issues or do we activate solutions?

If nothing else, perhaps we’re learning this Black History Month and we’ll learn from our guests tonight that African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.

The future success of Black Pittsburghers is vital for world-class prosperity throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Perhaps a revolution of thoughts and deeds will lead to reversing the downward trends hitting many struggling communities – and bring about a true resurgence for the region we call home – starting now in February 2014. 
That’s our Starting Point. Make your point by emailing us at NightTalkGTTP@wpxi.com or Tweeting us at @NightTalkGTTPLM. 

Black History Month Must Yield Results, Not Just Reflections, in 2014

In Articles on February 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm
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5 years after a noteworthy shift in politics for African-Americans, Black History Month must be fruitful, not just reflective, to garner better times ahead

NEW YORK CITY / PITTSBURGH  (February 3, 2014) 

“5 years ago heading into Black History Month, African-Americans had a deep sense of political optimism with hope riding at a level never reached before. Black Baby Boomers had reached the pinnacle of their respective political parties. Barack Obama had become the first African-American president in the nation’s history, affording him the de facto role as top of the Democratic Party as well. Michael Steele had endured a 6-round vote at the RNC Winter Meeting to become the first African-American head of the Republican Party. I even focused my Fox Monday Morning commentary on this unique opportunity heading into February 2009.
“Yet, 5 years later, the Republicans’ relationship with Black voters is hardly any better, chronicled in part by President Obama’s near-record percentage of the Black vote again in 2012 as African-Americans voted at a higher clip than any other ethnic group nationally. For the president, the past 5 years hasn’t been any rosier, as official numbers for Black unemployment once approached 20% under his watch with unofficial numbers for Black male adults and Black youth joblessness hitting depression-era levels. From comments by Attorney General Eric Holder in February 2009 to the “take off your bedroom slippers…put on your marching shoes…” statement from the president himself as he geared up for his re-election bid – all alongside events such as the Trayvon Martin tragedy and others – this president has not bridged Black America over recent troubled waters.
“With this all in the rear view mirror along with the tough roads of high unemployment, large education and economic disparities, and the New Jim Crow threatening Black youth in an ongoing fashion, now is not the time for President Obama, leading Black politicians and civil rights leaders, or the rest of America to merely reflect upon the accomplishments of those of African-American descent during the month of February.

“Tangible goals that elevate the cumulative GPA of Black students across the nation by 0.5 of a grade point should be put into place by Black leaders and educators, giving us a new standard of excellence to shoot towards over the next 5-10 years. This modest goal, if accomplished, would provide America a newly-capable pool of talent that is active in the pursuit of academic prowess and life-changing innovation. Tangible goals that encourage business investment in urban areas and a rise in Black entrepreneurship over the next 5 years can shift the focus from spreading wealth in America to growing wealth across the diversity of America. This new reality would impact the abilities of fathers and mothers to maintain economic optimism and family stability for their children as we seek to overcome the lingering effects of the Great Recession.”

Read “Black History Month Must Yield Results, Not Just Reflections, in 2014” on Global Grind .

WATCH: Lenny McAllister On POTUS’ Chicago Visit (Feb 17 2013)

In Upcoming Appearances, Video on March 19, 2013 at 10:20 am
Lenny McAllister talks to Sun News Network anchor Brian Dunston about President Obama's visit to Chicago in February 2013 to discuss urban violence.

Lenny McAllister talks to Sun News Network anchor Brian Dunston about President Obama’s visit to Chicago in February 2013 to discuss urban violence.

 

CHICAGO, IL (February 17, 2013) –  (Courtesy Sun News Network) Lenny McAllister joins Brian Dunstan to discuss Obama’s speech, appealing to blacks, and violence in Chicago.

 

Originally aired on February 17, 2013

 

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