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Starting Point: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years Later

In Audio, Video on September 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm
10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

10 years later, what are the lessons learned for our nation after Hurricane Katrina? (Photo courtesy Damian Catanza)

PITTSBURGH (August 28, 2015) – Host and commentator Lenny McAllister takes the beginning of “NightTalk: Get To The Point” to reflect upon the much-needed “lessons learned” that America should heed to 10 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coat. McAllister uses this version of this “Starting Point” commentary to address how the nation can focus on the issues of political efficiency, addressing poverty, and civic accountability so that communities are prepared during times of crisis. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

“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.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

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McAllister and GTTP Panel Talks Workforce Diversity (March 27 2015)

In Video on April 21, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Pittsburgh Workforce DiversityPITTSBURGH (March 27, 2015): Lenny McAllister and the “Get To The Point Panel” discuss the latest findings concerning Pittsburgh’s lack of workforce diversity (racking last among 15 benchmark cities) during this segment from the March 27’s version of “NightTalk: Get To the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel. Included on the GTTP Panel this week are Bill Flanagan (Allegheny Conference), Melanie Harrington (Vibrant Pittsburgh), and Doug Heuck (Pittsburgh Today).

 

You can view the segment by clicking HERE or by clicking the picture above.

“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.

McLay, Rogers, and Duck Talk Policing in 2015 on GTTP (Jan. 9, 2015)

In Video on January 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm
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Pittsburgh chapter president of NOBLE Prof. Gregory Rogers (l), Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh (Center on Race and Social Problems) join McAllister on the Get to the Point Panel for the Jan. 9 edition of “NightTalk: Get To The Point”.

PITTSBURGH (January 9, 2015): Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay joins host Lenny McAllister on the “Get To The Point Panel” for this episode of “NightTalk: Get to the Point” along with local NOBLE Chapter president Greg Rogers and Dr. Waverly Duck of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems.

 

The GTTP Panel discusses the controversy with McLay’s #EndWhiteSilence sign and tweet, his “Open Letter to the Community” and the issues surrounding the NYPD and the Pittsburgh Police, and his views on Stop and Frisk in the City of Pittsburgh and police forces nationally.

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

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 9 episode can be found HERE

 

 

 

 

Ferguson and the Reflection of the Legacy of Our Original Sin – and Obstacle (August 22 2014)

In Video on September 1, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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“Until we come to grips with the current racial disparities in perception, interaction, employment, and societal matters, we’ll meet on the streets once again in the near future…for another rounds of protests over the same resolvable issues.”

PITTSBURGH (August 22, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“One year after the controversial not-guilty verdict freeing George Zimmerman after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin…Ferugson, Missouri exploded after the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown…Many Americans hit the streets to protest the latest controversial death, just as they did last summer. Sadly, the protests this time echo the concerns not just for one life, but for a startling trend.

“In New York City, Eric Garnder was asphyxiated…in California, a highway patrol man was caught punching a disoriented, older black woman in the face during a pedestrian encounter…there is also the questionable shooting death of Ezell Ford at the hands of the LAPD.

“In Colorado in 2012, a killer with semi-automatic weapons makes it out of a movie theater – alive – after shooting dozens in cold-blood. In Ohio this year, a man dies in the toy section of Wal-mart with a toy gun in his hand – shot in cold blood by an officer that has a questionable past concerning justifiable homicide while on the police force. Cliven Bundy could stand off against the united states government with armed neighbors at his side. Marissa Alexander – a survivor of domestic violence – is in jail right now for arming herself against a man that previously beat her to the point of hospitalization.

“What’s the state of race relations in America, especially when police shootings of Blacks seems to be going in the wrong direction despite crime statistics generally heading in the right direction? Perhaps the questions we should be asking include: how come innocent until proven guilty applies to some citizens, while guilty until proven innocent – repeatedly – is the norm for other citizens? When some loudly proclaim citizens rights against the government, are they also actively defending the civil rights of black youth…when encountering the police? And why do we think that we can devalue each other as American citizens – and then expect Vladmir Putin, kim Jong-un, and ISIS to respect us as the military and moral leader of the world?”

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” concerning America’s reflections and reactions to Ferguson and other incidents of racial tension on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

Sorry: Race (Still) Matters…

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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The more some tell us that we must ignore race in order to beat racism, the more we see that racism continues to infect a weakened America (photo from November 2010 article, Essence Magazine)

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (May 1, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“I remember having an opportunity to discuss the issue of race in America a few years back as the only (outspoken) political conservative in the room during a recorded conversation for another leading publication. I sat among a fascinating group of accomplished individuals, ones that I differed with in many regards, from life experiences to political perspectives.

 

“Stephen A. Smith. Cheryl Underwood. Ivy League professor and author Dr. Tricia Rose. NAACP President Ben Jealous. Soledad O’Brien. The Rev. Al Sharpton.

 

“Even then, years after the election of the first African-American president of the United States and in the midst of political, economic, and social turbulence in America, there was one thing that we still -sadly – agreed upon:

 

“Race (Still) Matters in America.

 

“Stubborn unemployment disparities between Blacks and Whites – often when the qualifications are similar or the same – will not dissipate without a collective effort to close education and opportunity gaps. Education gaps will not close as long as children of minorities are more incapable statistically of escaping poor schools and generational poverty…And where I hold African-Americans accountable in some regards for our failure at times to maintain a sense of focus, persistence, and togetherness when it comes to taking bold but necessary steps to continue the fight against racism’s legacy in America, I also know that we cannot ignore the reality that this problem is not a matter of just one court decision’s undervaluing of social matters, one rancher’s disconnect with modern-day America, or one businessman’s repugnant viewpoints.

 

“It is clear: we must exude the political courage, the social investment, and the civic and spiritual understanding to confront and defeat one of the prime inhibitors to full American greatness in these modern times. We must embrace the impact that condoning racism or dismissing its entrenched role in many (yet not all) aspects of American life has on our ability to live up to our nation’s highest credos. We must position personal contributions and historic reflection properly in order to right the current course and elevate the current standard. We must accept that the system – although not as broken as it was 50 years ago – is not still functional, meaning that we must sacrifice, act, believe, and progress our nation past the worst of ourselves.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com:

 

http://globalgrind.com/2014/05/01/sorry-race-still-matters-by-lenny-mcallister/

Affirmative Action: The Fiscally-Conservative Choice and An Inconvenient Truth

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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There’s a choice conservatives must make on Affirmative Action, one affecting the next 100 years: theoretic principles or pragmatic success

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action and the University of Michigan’s admissions process – especially as it is being viewed (again) as more of a political statement from a partisan-leaning court than a legal analysis from our highest court – I feel free to speak politically about this controversial legal decision.

 

“I know that this statement (and, thus, this reality) drives many hardcore conservatives nuts. Me saying this statement will elicit more calls that I am a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) or a “spy for the Democrats” that “race-baits”. I’m sure that this admission concerning Affirmative Action will not necessarily help my cache within Republican circles or my bottom line as a political commentator.

 

“That said, I care more about this nation and our future than I do about labels and popularity. So, therefore, here it goes…

 

“Fellow conservatives: whether you choose to admit it or not, affirmative action is the more conservative solution of the two in today’s America when choosing between an avenue for opportunity or a continuation of the economic implosion of our nation.

 

“Education is the gateway to the American Dream for the individual. Education is the weapon of choice in today’s geopolitical environment, one where wars are fought through technology, international trade, and economic pressures before the first bullet is fired. Whether it is through altruistic vision or self-serving patriotism, it is imperative that talents from all corners of our nation are discovered, embraced, and utilized immediately. With the rising costs of higher education and the increased obstacles in place due to the Great Recession, avenues of opportunity are vital to strengthen America to its peak ability at such a critical moment of history… Further, as a conservative, the choice goes past national sovereignty from a geopolitical perspective. America will not survive as a nanny-state country where a growing number of its residents are depending on government for financial support, whether that includes struggling families or businesses alike…If my conservative brethren want to reduce the cost of government and increase the role of the individual in the success of our communities as a whole (e.g., the “smaller government, bigger people” approach I have been noting) while regaining our esteem and prowess internationally, Affirmative Action cannot be hacked away at. It’s a simple choice: “pay” for the inconvenience of Affirmative Action for another 25-35 years (in the shadows of 100 years of Jim Crow policies that followed up the centuries-long institution of slavery) or risk paying for (literally) the devolving of America by way of the growth of the permanent underclass – a combination of economic, healthcare, and community realities often cemented by race.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com:

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/24/affirmative-action-the-fiscally-conservative-choice-an-inconvenient-truth-by-lenny-mcallister-blog/

 

 

“The Pursuit of Happiness in the Shadow of Stand Your Ground and 21st Century Second Amendment Rights”

In Articles on February 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm
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During the Zimmerman trial, the talk on one side of the issue was all about the 2nd Amendment, self-defense, and guarantees to one’s liberty and the “pursuit of happiness” highlighted in the founding documents of the United States of America…What about the “pursuit of happiness” for these victims, particularly victims that happen to be Black, young, male, and wrongfully stereotyped?

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (February 14, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

The God-given right to pursue happiness as extolled in the Declaration of Independence and protected in codification via the United States Constitution in its present form should not and must not be shifted around in a shell-game manner only to be enjoyed by pre-selected winners and losers in America…the adherent support of constitutional rights and personal liberties for some Americans never seems to reverberate in tone or deed to the communities of citizens in most need of basic civil rights protections. Lost in the newly-vamped definitions of social justice and racial perspective is the notion of innocent until proven guilty while Black…When White men can assault and kill Black young men with the benefit of the doubt while Black men are presumed dangerous and guilty upon first contact, there is no longer a pursuit of true happiness, balance, or civic justice nationally. The foundation of equality and constitutional ethics becomes nothing but a slab of faulty lies and poetic hubris.”

 

Read “The Pursuit of Happiness in the Shadow of Stand Your Ground and 21st Century Second Amendment Rights” from Lenny McAllister on Global Grind by clicking HERE or clicking the picture above.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (October 31 2013)

In Audio on November 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Are we dealing with a pending powder keg in American society today? Are we about to relive the 1960s in a 21st century type of way?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (October 31, 2013) – 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.

WATCH: Lenny McAllister Talks GOP Diversity Challenge on TYT

In Video on March 20, 2013 at 9:54 am
“More than just a race issue, we have a diversity issue...It also boils down to diversity of thought." - Lenny McAllister breaks down the GOP's "Autopsy" on Current TV on "The Young Turks"

“More than just a race issue, we have a diversity issue…It also boils down to diversity of thought.” – Lenny McAllister breaks down the GOP’s “Autopsy” on Current TV on “The Young Turks”

 

CHICAGO, IL (March 19, 2013) –  (Courtesy Current TV) McAllister says, “More than just a race issue, we have a diversity issue — not just when it comes to racial background or when it comes to sexual orientation. It also boils down to diversity of thought. If you’re not willing to have different conservatives that may disagree with you on 10% of the issues… you’re not going to be able to reach a diverse nation…we have forgotten that we’re fighting to lead a diverse nation (during election time), not just red-state America…”

 

Watch Lenny McAllister as he joins Cenk Uygur (The Young Turks on Current TV) and Mediate.com senior editor Andrew Kirell about whether the Republican Party is prejudiced against minorities.

 

Click HERE to watch the segment or click on the picture above.

 

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