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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.

 

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.

“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

 

 

ICYMI: News One Now Panel Discussion (December 11 2014) with McAllister, Brown, and Jones-Deweever

In Video on January 5, 2015 at 11:12 am
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TV host Lenny McAllister (PCNC’s “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) joins Roland Martin’s panel on the Dec 11 2014 edition of “News One Now” on TV to discuss the latest rounds of protests throughout America.

Washington, DC (December 11, 2014): Roland Martin led his panel on “News One Now” (TV One) in mid-December 2014 to discuss recent protests occurring throughout the United States. Martin interviews Rev. Jamal Bryant along with panelists Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Lenny McAllister, and Kim Brown.

 

Roland Martin led his panel on “News One Now” (TV One) in mid-December 2014 to discuss recent protests occurring throughout the United States. Martin interviews Rev. Jamal Bryant along with panelists Dr. Avis Jones-Deweever, Lenny McAllister, and Kim Brown.

 

Watch the clip by clicking the picture above or clicking HERE

 

A Reply from “The Community” to New Pittsburgh Police Chief

In Articles on December 26, 2014 at 12:56 am
New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay tells "the community" in his recent "open letter to the community": “Here in Pittsburgh, we too have had our incidents, and the public trust is in jeopardy. If we, the police, are to regain legitimacy, we must assure those calling for change that we hear and understand them, and are committed to police accountability...and, in the process, demonstrate to our communities of color that we hear and understand the pain..."

New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay tells “the community” in his recent “open letter to the community”:
“Here in Pittsburgh, we too have had our incidents, and the public trust is in jeopardy. If we, the police, are to regain legitimacy, we must assure those calling for change that we hear and understand them, and are committed to police accountability…and, in the process, demonstrate to our communities of color that we hear and understand the pain…”

Pittsburgh (December 25, 2014)  – Pittsburgh-born urban-based advocate and current Pittsburgh boomerang Lenny McAllister published “An Open Letter to Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay”, a response to McLay’s “An Open Letter to the Community” published originally in The New Pittsburgh Courier earlier in the week.

 

McLay’s letter, coming on the heels of Christmas, denotes the reassignment of Officer David Derbish to desk duty after several protests led by supporters of Leon Ford, Jr. demanding the firing of Derbish as well as an investigation by the Department of Justice into the 2012 shooting of Ford by Derbish after 3 Pittsburgh police officers broke several police procedures during a mangled traffic stop.

 

Now the question remains,” McLay apparently asks Pittsburgh’s African-American community in the letter. “What are we going to do, Pittsburgh? Police work is often not pretty. Officers must arrest violators. Violators often resist, sometimes violently. When the next ugly incident happens, will we be willing to withhold judgment and control our emotions long enough to give each other the benefit of the doubt? Are we going to work together toward reconciliation? Are we going to work on listening to one another with the intention of compassionate understanding?”

 

Understandably, our appreciation and respect become challenged when we collectively put too much pressure on ‘the community’ to change its ways without calling for and overseeing appropriate, holistic, and long-term actions of accountability by those with the capabilities to enforce laws, ensure ethics, and commit traumatic and life-ending acts within the blink of an eye,” McAllister writes in his reply as a member of “the community”. “Compassionate understanding comes from the acknowledgment that pain forecasts an issue that must be remedied immediately and properly so that discomfort can subside and dysfunction can cease. Sir, it is of the utmost importance that the discomfort currently felt throughout America (particularly within police bureaus such as ours here in Pittsburgh) is remedied alongside the underlying dysfunction simultaneously lest the pain continue and the problems remain…burdens involved in police-community interactions uniquely entail irreversible consequences that occur in lightning-quick moments – thus prompting immediate remedy.”

 
McAllister’s full reply can be found HERE.

 

McLay’s “Open Letter” can be found HERE.

 

Starting Point (December 5, 2014): “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

In Speeches, Video on December 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm
“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

“Are we willing to make this moment about police treatment in urban areas or understand that these tragedies are a symptom of the dual expectations found in the employment, economics, education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems of America?”

PITTSBURGH (December 5, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Generally, people are willing to champion popular civil rights rhetoric from the past yet few are willing to mustard true civil rights courage for today. Perhaps that trend is changing now – before more people are harassed, assaulted, and harmed by a system that calls us all equal on paper, but only on paper. The mighty pen can call us equal – but only a mighty people and a just people can make it so.”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” as he gives his thoughts before talking with the Get To The Point Panel (joined by Dr. Jason Johnson, Jasiri X, and The Rev. Ricky Burgess) concerning the concerns and protests that continue to rise throughout the nation. Watch “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 10pm, and Mondays at 5pm.

 

Watch Lenny’s latest Starting Point by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

“Opening Statement” on NightTalk (November 26 2014)

In Video on November 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Nov 26, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Catch Lenny’s “Opening Statement” on the aftermath of Ferguson, MO and the latest in mistrust between urban communities and police forces as he fills in for Ellis Cannon on the pre-Thanksgiving version of “NightTalk” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE