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

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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. 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (November 8, 2013)

In Audio on November 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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The latest in the unemployment numbers…and why the message model is broken – and the political spin from the White House will be harder this time around as a result

 

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (November 8, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The latest in the unemployment numbers and the spin from the White House on the ongoing troublesome trend.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

LISTEN: The McAllister Minute (October 3 – October 9, 2012)

In The McAllister Minute on October 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Most Black voters have made President Obama out to be larger-than-life, but have not received heroic attention from the White House, although his other loyal constituencies have. Instead, Black Americans must look to the past to those such as Soft Sheen’s Ed Gardner for community heroism.

 

“Folks will be looking for a political hero when the debate season starts off in Denver Wednesday night. People will be looking to see Governor Mitt Romney take the Republican fight directly to President Barack Obama… Democrats can’t wait for Mr. Obama to once again display the skills that fueled his ascent from upstart state senator to president-elect in a 50-month time span.

 

“And yes, many of those waiting to see President Obama live up to the larger-than-life debate expectations starting Wednesday night are African-Americans.

“But, after the past 4 years – of the president not saying much about Black unemployment and not saying practically anything about the ongoing Black youth crisis in our hometown of Chicago or nationally – listen here. If you’re looking for a superhero to take up the mantle of Black leadership, you need to look away from the White House…and look to people such as Soft Sheen founder Ed Gardner.

 

“The 87-year-old entrepreneur sparked a protest that addressed a reality that Black people in Chicago and elsewhere say to themselves but are unwilling to say aloud: why – in sanctuary cities like Chicago and elsewhere in the nation – do we see the paradox of high Black American youth crime and unemployment, yet see these in-need young men and women not get a shot at filling these capable jobs…it’s an unpopular thing to say, but Gardner had the guts to do something. Sadly, through the political expediency of the Democratic Party and the misguided focus of outdated and high-financed Black leadership, African-Americans risk being left behind in employment, education, and political power in the United States – again. In Chicago, it’s due to a lack of ordinance enforcement protecting Black contractors. Nationally, it’s due to a political desire by President Obama and Democrats to engage the new biggest minority voting bloc at the risk of ignoring the already-captured Black vote.”

Catch the full version of “The McAllister Minute”  (network broadcast version) by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch the web version on the American Urban Radio Network website, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.