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How Far Does #BlackLivesMatter Go? How Far Should It Go?

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am
"Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say - the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

“Yes, #BlackLivesMatter when civil rights are trounced during police interactions. Yet, do #BlackLivesMatter when it comes to educational equality by way of school vouchers, inequalities in careers from boardrooms to courtrooms, or – say – the sanctity of the pro-life movement?”

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) –Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) asks how far should the #BlackLivesMatter sentiment extend for the sake of improving the conditions African-Americans face in the United States in 2015. He uses this “Starting Point” commentary at the beginning of the show to challenge the audience and the GTTP (Get To The Point) Panel on how the activist-led movement is going in the days ahead and how widespread this hashtag-driven agenda will extend as a movement in the coming months and years ahead for equality for Blacks in America.
Catch this “Starting Point” commentary from the July 31 edition of “Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Charleston, Racism, and America in 2015: A Regression in Time?

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

The shooting of Walter Scott, a falsified police report, and a recorded incident that switched a conclusion from “justified homicide” to “murder” only highlights the concerns many Americans have with the state of policing in America today.

PITTSBURGH (June 19, 2015) – Political commentator and social activist Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) discusses “America’s Original Sin” and the outlook Americans should take as the nation addresses the aftermath of the Charleston tragedy on this “Starting Point” commentary for the June 19 program.

Check out this segment of the June 19 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by by clicking on the picture above or on this link HERE

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

“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.

“Stop-and-Frisk Must Officially Cease in the City of Pittsburgh” (Jan 16, 2015)

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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Conservative political commentator Lenny McAllister uses the Jan 16th “Starting Point” monologue to highlight the woes of “Stop-And-Frisk” tactics nationally and calls for an immediate end to the practice within the City of Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH (January 16, 2015): “Now, I don’t believe that Chief McLay is a racist and I don’t believe that the major of police officers are racists…(h)owever, it is impractical and almost impossible to commit to ending racism, sexism, or any form of systematic hatred that may be found within police ranks – or anywhere in the workplaces of America – if we also simultaneously justify any tool, policy, or behavior that enforces the hatred we seek to overcome…Stop-and-Frisk – must officially cease in the City of Pittsburgh where it’s applied 62 percent of the time against 26 percent of the city…”

 

Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point Panel”) discusses Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay’s woes after the #EndWhiteSilence tweet on December 31 and his voiced support for Stop-and-Frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh in 2015. McAllister uses the “Starting Point” monologue to the show to call for an immediate end to Stop-and-Frisk tactics in Pittsburgh.

 

We need both sides of the badge to be safe everyday, but we also must adhere to the tenets of our nation, including the Fourth Amendment regarding illegal searches because – after all – thousands of Americans in blue have died serving us as police officers, just as millions of Americans have died in uniform defending the sovereignty of the United States and the Constitution we hold dear…if we are going to bridge the divide between communities of color and police officers, especially here in home…the continued use of Stop-and-Frisk is a non-starter for dialogue and partnerships with urban communities…”

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 16 episode can be found HERE

“Should Stop-And-Frisk Be In Play In PGH in 2015?” “Absolutely.”

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm
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Conservative commentator and community activist Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) and new Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay debate the application of “Stop-and-Frisk” tactics in the City of Pittsburgh during an exchange on the January 9th episode.

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2015): Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay and political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point Panel”) get into a debate concerning the use of Stop-And-Frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh in 2015 despite its controversial application against communities of color.

 

The GTTP Panel also includes local NOBLE Chapter president Greg Rogers and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

 

Catch parts of the discussion with McLay, Rogers, Duck, and McAllister by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE

 

 

A Pen, A Phone, and a Dangerous Tone

In Articles on February 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm
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President Obama’s willingness to bypass Congress in 2014 should be more of our focus than Tuesday’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (January 30, 2014) 

Don’t get too caught up in the 2014 address from President Obama this week.

Don’t mind too much the pomp-and-circumstance that came with the prime-time event.

The most important – and attention-worthy – things to watch in 2014 will not be the president’s State of the Union Address, the reactions by key congressional members, the spin by activists and pundits, and the poll numbers coming out over the coming days about his speech.

The most vital things demanding your attention are President Obama’s pen and his phone – as well as the tone he is trying to set with his remarks about them.

Granted, President Obama will not be the first president to attempt to circumvent the constitutionally-driven balance between the executive and legislative branches of our federal government. However, despite the comparatively-low number of executive orders issued by President Obama to date, the collective impact of Mr. Obama’s executive maneuvers since 2009 should prompt all Americans to take notice whenever this president threatens to “get things done” by way of sidestepping Congress and the American way of lawmaking.

This executive’s willingness to skirt the normal order of American government to pass initiatives through executive “prerogative” – often times with harmful effects – means that his tone concerning using “his pen and his phone” should be more disconcerting than any tone taken Tuesday night during the State of the Union Address.

President Obama’s “the pen is mightier than Congress and the Constitution” retort to the White House failures of 2013 may sound bold for the sake of the American people. However, just a glance at some of the moves of executive “prerogative” since 2009 provides insight into what 2014 may have in store should President Obama look to follow through on this:

diverting millions of taxpayer dollars to provide abortion-related services overseas in January 2009, only to cut funding for the DC Voucher Program for disadvantaged Americans in his only backyard just months later;

crafting a non-binding, 11th-hour executive order in 2010 to convince the Bart Stupak Bunch to come on-board to pass the Affordable Care Act in a fully-partisan fashion, the last of several intra-Democratic Party deals forged to prompt legislative cooperation;

advancing an immigration policy that circumvented American immigration laws on the books, which worked to embolden wavering Latino voters to support the president as his re-election weakened during a tough 2012 campaign; and

re-writing his own landmark (and namesake) legislation outside the rule of law through a series of politically-motivated moves that act as an ongoing self-repeal of Obamacare by the White House, including select delays set past the 2014 elections and permanent exemptions for key constituents of Democratic leaders.

America’s regular complicity in Mr. Obama’s pattern of flirting with the wrong side of presidential temperance and constitutional reverence has more to do with the currently-tarnished Republican brand and the American Idol style of pop politics we encounter nationally than it does any set of tangible successes for the American people. Instead, the president has taken advantage of the Akin-ness of the GOP and the 9% approval woes of Congress in attempts to justify going the path of law-making alone at this point. Yet, so far during his tenure in the White House, these results have been only politically-driven, not universally altruistic. President Obama’s order to reverse the “Mexico City Policy” pleased his Planned Parenthood constituency, all while he later began his years-long attack on school choice for poor African-American students, even as he wishes to proclaim himself as the “education president”. His last-minute order to sway Stupak’s group of Democrats holding out on Obamacare only gave us a woefully-crippled healthcare reform law, its terrible roll-out, and rising premiums for many. His 2012 order helped provide a 70%-30% advantage for the president in the November 2012 election, yet we arrive in 2014 without long-term solutions for immigration despite Democrats’ control of Washington from 2009-2011. The White House’s on-going self-repeal and retreat from previous claims about Obamacare (namely, “…if you like your plan, you can keep your plan…”) only signify that this administration is fixated on pushing political agendas Chicago-style more than it is concerned about fixing problems for everyday Americans that are not card-carrying Democrats or their fervent supporters.

Presidents use the veto, the bully pulpit, and their presidential poise to guide laws into being by massaging the process and wooing political enemies into allies. Politicians threaten to circumvent the process through unilateral decisions that abscond accountability. President Obama’s new-found public tone concerning his “pen and his phone” are only an extension of his presidential actions over the past five years, leaving the tone of the State of the Union Address Tuesday as nothing more than political window dressing. If the perspective of the Oval Office continues to be one that seeks to skip past congressional cooperation and even Obama’s own landmark legislation, it is incumbent upon Americans to set our sights on supporting legislators and activists that will restore constitutional balance and order, not allowing even more power to reside simply in a pen and a phone.

Lenny McAllister is a political commentator featured on various local, national and international outlets including PCNC, CNN, and Sun News Network. He is the host of “The McAllister Minute” which appears weekly on “The Bev Smith Show” and the American Urban Radio Network. The Pittsburgh-based pundit is the former host of of Launching Chicago With Lenny McAllister on WVON The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM. He is a former congressional candidate. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

WATCH: Host Cannon, Commentator McAllister Talk 2013 in Review on “NightTalk” (December 17, 2013) (Segment #2)

In Video on January 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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Cannon and McAllister continue their discussion on NSA, President Obama, the Congressional outlook for 2014, and what to expect in the new year on this segment of “NightTalk” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

PITTSBURGH  (December 17, 2013) – (Courtesy PCNC – Pittsburgh Cable News Channel) Award-winning host Ellis Cannon and Republican political analyst Lenny McAllister continue their discussion on looking back at 2013 and the latest in politics on this segment of PCNC’s “NightTalk”.

Catch this version of NightTalk 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: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (December 17, 2013)

In Audio on December 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm
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What will the American court system end up saying about the NSA surveillance program when it’s all said and done? The first statement has been made by the courts this week.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (December 17, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The blowback from the NSA fallout begins in the American court system. What it should mean for all of us.

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: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (December 16, 2013)

In Audio on December 17, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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Will “marriage equality” now include polygamy?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (December 16, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: Now that same-sex marriage is redefining legal marriage in America, is polygamy next?

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.