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Why #BlackLivesMatters Means More Than #AllLivesMatter: An Explanation to the Hashtags

In Audio, Video on August 3, 2015 at 11:35 am
“No, #NotAllLivesMatter. It’s just not true...#AllLivesMatter denies the discrepancy between condemning President Obama’s remarks regarding Trayvon Martin as 'divisive' and 'race-baiting' while also praising presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexicans and Latinos as 'refreshing,' 'honest' or 'telling it like it is.'” - - Morris O'Kelly (The Mo'Kelly Show)

“No, #NotAllLivesMatter. It’s just not true…#AllLivesMatter denies the discrepancy between condemning President Obama’s remarks regarding Trayvon Martin as ‘divisive’ and ‘race-baiting’ while also praising presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks on Mexicans and Latinos as ‘refreshing,’ ‘honest’ or ‘telling it like it is.’” – – Morris O’Kelly (The Mo’Kelly Show)

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) – The “Get To The Point” Panel from this episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel chats with political commentator and social activist Lenny McAllister about why the hashtag slogan #BlackLivesMatter has more significance for a social movement than the upstart response on social media, #AllLivesMatter. A quote written by BBC political analyst and KFI radio host Morris O’Kelly (“The Mo’Kelly Show”) is featured as an initial point of discussion for dialogue during the ongoing conversation from the July 31 show.

Pitt’s professor Waverly Duck (author, “No Way Out: Precarious Living in the Shadow of Poverty and Drug Dealing”), community activist and motivational speaker Leon Ford, Jr (www.LeonFordSpeaks.com), and the Nation of Islam’s Minister Victor Muhammad (Mosque #22, Pittsburgh) drive the conversation with McAllister to discuss the development of the movement from its social media beginnings to its ongoing impact on local, state, and national politics as well as policy discussions during these segments aired on PCNC.

Catch this 2-part discussion from the July 31 edition of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

What is The Long-Term Impact of #BlackLivesMatter?

In Audio, Lenny for Congress, Video on August 3, 2015 at 11:26 am
Is #BlackLivesMatter a hashtag-driven moment like Occupy Wall Street or a movement similar to the 1960s? The Get To The Point Panel debates this on PCNC.

Is #BlackLivesMatter a hashtag-driven moment like Occupy Wall Street or a movement similar to the 1960s? The Get To The Point Panel debates this on PCNC.

PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (Host, NightTalk: Get To The Point (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)) and his “Get To The Point” Panel discuss the long-term impact of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, probing whether or not the movement is the 21st century civil rights movement that many believe that it is. McAllister is joined by Leon Ford, Jr (www.LeonFordSpeaks.com), Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh (author, “No Way Out”), and Nation of Islam’s Minister Victor Muhammad (Mosque #22, Pittsburgh) as they analyze the movement, the impact that #BlackLivesMatter has had on the national stage over the past few years, and what the next steps should be for African-American activists rallying around this hashtag slogan.

Catch this discussion 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 as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states.

 

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.

Mid-Year 2015: Is the State of the American Union, “Disunity”? (June 26, 2015)

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

PITTSBURGH (June 26, 2015) – Host Lenny McAllister (“NightTalk: Get to the Point”) ask the question, “what is wrong with the USA at the mid-point of 2015?” He uses the question to prompt a mid-year conversation with his guests on the Get To The Point Panel this week: radio host Rose Tennent (“Rose Unplugged”), TV host Ellis Cannon (“NightTalk”), and political strategist Olivia Benson.

Catch the segment by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Obama & The N-Word (Huff Post Live) (June 22, 2015)

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm
"...it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'n*****' in public..." - - President Barack Obama

Was President Obama’s comments concerning racism in America too strong and “unbecoming of an American president” or well-timed and appropriate for today’s tensions?

NEW YORK CITY (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy Huffington Post / HuffPost Live) In a recent interview, President Obama used the N-word when making a point about racism following the Charleston shootings. Does the attention and criticism he’s getting over the use of this word prove his point about race in America?

Host: Alyona Minkovski

Guests for this Segment:

Lenny McAllister @Lennymcallister (Pittsburgh, PA)Former Republican Congressional Candidate; TV Host, ‘NightTalk: Get To The Point’; Radio Host, ‘The Lenny McAllister Show’

Jody Armour @NiggaTheory (Los Angeles, CA)Law Professor, University of Southern California

Mychal Denzel Smith @mychalsmith (Brooklyn, NY)Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. @cnicolemason (New York, NY)Executive Director, Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI)

Catch the nationally-broadcast segment by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

Was President Obama’s Use of N-Word Appropriate?

In Video on August 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Was President Obama’s use of the “N-word” timely or inappropriate for an American president? Lenny McAllister debates this on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

TORONTO (June 22, 2015) – (Courtesy CBC) Political analysts Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point” on PCNC and “The Lenny McAllister Show” on Newsradio 1020 KDKA) and Sam Fullwood (Center For American Progress) debate President Obama’s use of the N-word during these 2 segments with Carole McNeil on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC).

Please watch the segment that was broadcast throughout Canada by clicking the picture above or by clicking this link HERE

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
Harlem Renaissance Revisited

“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.

TRANSCRIPT: “Ending Stop-and-Frisk…in the City of Pittsburgh” (Starting Point, Jan 16 2015)

In Speeches on January 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm
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“Considering the fact that the shooting of Leon Ford Jr. was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics and the assault on Jordan Miles was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics, coupled with the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past couple of years due to lawsuits involving the police – is Stop-and-Frisk really something that we should continue in our beloved city, especially when empirical evidence shows that roughly 9 out of 10 Stop-and-Frisk incidents end without an arrest or a capture of illegal guns?”

PITTSBURGH: (JANUARY 19, 2015 – MLK DAY) Transcript of Lenny McAllister’s “Starting Point” concerning the end of Stop-And Frisk” tactics in the City of Pittsburgh.

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We begin with a Starting Point that looks back at a special get to the point episode, one where we welcomed new Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay to the Get To the Point Panel along with NOBLE’s Professor Gregory Rogers and Pitts’s Dr. Waverly Duck.

 

With all of the national headlines and local controversies aside, I found Chief McLay to be educated, articulate, skilled, and refreshing as he brings his leadership style to the City of Pittsburgh’s Police Bureau. I believe that, through tough conversations and courageous action, communities throughout the city and the police can work through mistrust and misunderstandings in order to keep Pittsburghers safe on both sides of the badge. With that in mind, however, two major developments over the past several weeks – including those that have come about after appearing on this show on January 9th – have shown us how far we must go as a city to heal wounds, protect citizens, and honor the constitutional rights of all of us across different neighborhoods and demographics.

 

The first development comes from a revamped dispute over the common sense tweet sent out by Chief McLay on new year’s eve – the tweet that got him national acclaim and heated rebuke from Pittsburgh’s chapter of the fraternal order of police. After a written apology by McLay on January 2nd and the chief’s admission on this show that the F.O.P. And he were on the same page by January 9th, the chief subsequently shut down his twitter account after a reported meeting with the head of the F.O.P. -Howard McQuillen – on January 14th and issued a memo that same day advising officers not to share information outside the ranks including with media under threat of discipline up to and including termination. The shutting down of transparency and open accountability after McLay’s newsworthy tweet also includes the inconvenient fact that his twitter account was actually shut down on January 13th, not after the meeting on the 14th – which leads to the second development.

 

After viewers saw the #EndWhiteSilence police chief on the Get To The Point panel last week (January 9) publicly defend the use of stop-and-frisk tactics in the City of Pittsburgh – a police procedure that has led to protests from New York City to Oakland – some in social media and grassroots communities began to question how a man committed to ending racism at his workplace was also justifying the use of the racially-controversial tactic of Stop-and-Frisk as a necessary tool for police officers. Even Chief McLay himself said in December that only 3 to 5 percent of the black community makes up the trouble-makers we all seek to bring to justice. Yet, in Pittsburgh, African-Americans make up over 62 percent of the warrantless searches – that is, Stop-and-Frisk searches – despite being only 26 percent of Pittsburgh’s population. Considering the fact that the shooting of Leon Ford Jr. was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics and the assault on Jordan Miles was a result of stop-and-frisk tactics, coupled with the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past couple of years due to lawsuits involving the police – is Stop-and-Frisk really something that we should continue in our beloved city, especially when empirical evidence shows that roughly 9 out of 10 Stop-and-Frisk incidents end without an arrest or a capture of illegal guns?

 

Now, I don’t believe that Chief McLay is a racist and I don’t believe that the major of police officers are racists – I said that last Friday, and I emphatically say that again tonight. However, 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. 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.

 

After Chief McLay’s recent welcome to Pittsburgh, national attention due to his common sense tweet – which I still defend – and his appearance last week on the Get to the Point Panel, it’s clear that we need consistent and forthright transparency from our police forces, both here in Pittsburgh and around the nation. Without it, the crisis of confidence may remain validly intact. Further, it’s self-evident that we must continue the dialogue about police practices if we are going to bridge the divide between communities of color and police officers, especially here in home.

 

The thousands of protesters across our region, our nation, and the globe have made it clear: #blacklivesmatter – and the continued use of Stop-and-Frisk is a non-starter for dialogue and partnerships with urban communities. If Chief McLay is to be successful healing the divide between communities of color and the police, Stop-and-Frisk must immediately become a flaw from our past here in Pittsburgh, not a racially-flawed and controversial part of our future. Warrantless searches – 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 where the police force is going after only 1 percent of the population that’s actually committing crime.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. It’s fitting that as we sit on the eve of MLK Day weekend, we have the power to fulfill his words and legacy by addressing and ending a reality that marks the gloom of inconsistency, mistrust, and divisiveness. It’s time for a return to the sunlight of our constitutional protections as American citizens, our civil rights legacy as proud neighbors, and better days ahead as #OneBigTeam. That starts with ending Stop-and-Frisk here in the City of Pittsburgh.”

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

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm
Stop And Frisk End

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