Thursday, March 29, 2012

Not a free pass for everyone

Check out today’s ‘Wassup’ story where Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ is at the heart of the case. Share your thoughts and comments.  www.tanyafree.com

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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 This week’s topics include:

  • We will take a look at the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida, the second amendment and the national response of outrage over the slaying of Trayvon Martin.
  • Update of the case and we question why admitted killer George Zimmerman has not been arrested.
  • Scotty Reid of Black Talk Radio News is the first to report that the Sanford Florida responding police officers wanted to charge George Zimmerman with homicide/negligent manslaughter.
  • What’s going on? Violent weekend in Chicago : 10 dead and at least 40 wounded.

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Trayvon Martin is  our TanyaFree.com “Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment”
 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stand Our Ground!

Let me begin by offering my most sincere condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin. I cannot imagine the anguish and pain they must be experiencing after his senseless murder by what appears to be a vigilante neighborhood watchman in Sanford Florida on February 26. I am saddened and angered beyond description every time I think about the death of this seventeen year old young man who lost his life apparently for nothing more than Walking While Black.

Let the truth be told that had Trayvon not been African American, it is highly likely that he would have made it back home safely to his family in time to watch the second half of the NBA All Star game on TV. Just picture it, a white kid strolling along in a gated community wearing a hoodie, jeans and tennis shoes with a bag of skittles and ice tea – would not have been targeted and followed for looking “suspicious” or that “something being wrong with him”.  So, why is it that in 2012, Trayvon was not afforded that same right? Why is it that Trayvon’s parents have not been afforded the results of whatever investigation by the Sanford Police that would justify that George Zimmerman acted in self defense and feared for his safety?

For those of you that will accuse me of rushing to judgment, my response is based on the facts as we know them at this time. If anything, the Sanford Police Department rushed to the judgment of a seventeen year old who had never had any brushes with the law. I invite anyone to come to a different conclusion based on just a few of the facts of the case listed below. What’s wrong with this picture?

•    Zimmerman was armed with a 9mm weapon. Trayvon was in possession of an iced tea and a bag of Skittles
•    Zimmerman called police to report suspicious activity of a young Black man “walking around looking about”
•    Zimmerman pursed Trayvon Martin against the instructions of a police dispatcher.
•    Zimmerman told the dispatcher that Trayvon was running away, that “these assholes they always get away” and went on to describe him as an “f---ing coon” .
•    Reportedly, the police reportedly tested Trayvon for drugs and alcohol. Zimmerman was not tested
•    Trayvon weighed 140 pounds. Zimmerman weighed 250lbs.

The Sanford Police department will have Trayvon’s blood on their hands until justice is served. It is an outright injustice to his family and every African American on the face of the earth that the Sanford Police department allowed Zimmerman to walk free.  Just as disturbing is their blatant justification of Zimmerman’s actions as self-defense. Had 17 year old Trayvon been white, weighing the evidence of a bag of Skittles and an Ice Tea verses a 28 year old man with a 9 millimeter --- I have no doubt that the series of subsequent events would have occurred quite differently. First and foremost, I believe the department would have held Zimmerman in custody at least until they were able to identify Trayvon and make contact with his family. The true colors of the Sanford Police department are crystal clear. They must be held accountable for their apparent racial bias and disregard for real justice to this point.

Just as it took nearly a month before the death of Trayvon to capture national media attention, it won’t be long before it is out of the spotlight. Like our forefathers during the civil rights movement, we have to continue to stand strong for Trayvon and his family. It is when the cameras are off that the struggle begins. Let’s show those who would like for this matter to go away quietly, that we are going to stand our ground no matter how long it takes until justice is served.

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Standing Ground?

The death of Trayvon Martin has sparked national attention and outrage. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law that permits residents to use deadly force if they believe it necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm has allowed admitted killer George Zimmerman to remain free.

How do you feel about this law and do you think “Stand Your Ground” applies in this case?
 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Thousands of people in cities across the country have marched and attended rallies calling for justice in memory of Trayvon Martin. Many others have signed petitions and written letters demanding justice.

Has your voice been heard?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Freedom Riders

The Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segragated South in 1961 and subsequent years to test U.S. Supreme Court decisions banning segregation laws. The Freedom Rides followed lunch counter sit-ins and boycotts of retail establishments that maintained segregated facilities.  The court's decision in Boynton v. Virginia supported the right of interstate travelers to disregard local segregation ordinances.  Boynton outlawed racial segregation in waiting rooms, restaurants and bus terminals serving buses that crossed state lines.  Prior to Boynton the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) made a ruling explicitly denouncing the Plessy v. Ferguson doctrine of separate but equal in interstate bus travel, however the ICC failed to enforce its ruling, so Jim Crow laws continued throughout the South.  The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961.  The violence, unlawful arrests, and inhumane treatment endured by the The Freedom Riders sparked national media attention which bolstered support and credibility for the Civil Rights Movement. In commemoration for their brave efforts, a museum was dedicated to the Freedom Riders on May 19, 2011, in the old Greyhound Bus terminal in Montgomery Alabama.

Tanya Free and Friends Radio honors the contributions and legacy of the Freedom Riders

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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 This week’s topics include:

  • A bill proposed in Arizona would allow employers to deny health insurance for contraceptives based on religious objections. Women who wish to have their contraceptives covered would have to prove that they are using the pills for non reproductive reasons. Employers would have the right to fire women that wish to exercise their right to be sexually responsible with the use of contraceptives.
  • We will take a look at the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford,,Florida by Neighborhood Watch Captain George Zimmerman. Self Defense or Racism?


 

What group of men and women boarded buses, trains and planes in 1961 headed for the deep South to test the 1960 Supreme Court ruling outlawing segregation in all interstate public facilities?

Find out during the TanyaFree.com Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dirty Word?

Given the recent debate over birth control, contraceptive is now a dirty word. A bill proposed in Arizona would allow employers to deny health insurance for contraceptives based on religious objections. Women who wish to have their contraceptives covered would have to prove that they are using the pills for non reproductive reasons. Employers would have the right to fire women that wish to exercise their right to be sexually responsible with the use of contraceptives.

What do you think? How comfortable would you feel sharing your medical records with your employer?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Should the Pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action return Bill Maher’s donation of $1 million?

 

Friday, March 16, 2012

US Representative Donald M. Payne

Donald M. Payne, an alumnus of Seton Hall University, pursued successful careers as a teacher and as an executive at Prudential Insurance Company. His accomplishments included being the first Black president of the National Council of the Y.M.C.A. Payne defeated Republican opponent Michael Webb in 1988 to become the first African American from New Jersey to be elected to the United States Congress. Payne stated at the time, “I want to be a congressman to serve as a role model for the young people I talk to on the Newark street corners.”
Tanya Free and Friends Radio honors the contributions and legacy of US Representative Donald M. Payne.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show Podcast

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This week’s topics include:

  • What could have caused an American soldier to go on a killing spree  in southern Afghanistan?
  • A Montana federal judge’s racist email that included a joke involving bestiality and President Obama’s mother has drawn outrage and calls for him to step down amid questions of judgment, credibility and impartiality as a judge.
  • Rush Limbaugh’s recent sexist three day tirade against a law student and the GOP presidential hopefuls failure for the most part to distance themselves from the comments have reinforced Democratic assertions of a GOP “war against women.”


Living Life With A Purpose!

Who was the first African American representative from New Jersey to be elected to the U.S. Congress?
Find out during the TanyaFree.com “Living Life With a Purpose 365 Moment” 
 

Monday, March 12, 2012

What's your verdict?

A Montana federal judge’s racist email that included a joke involving bestiality and President Obama’s mother has drawn outrage and calls for him to step down amid questions of judgment, credibility and impartiality as a judge. He has apologized to the President and accepted responsibility.
Is his apology enough? Should he be allowed to remain on the bench? What consequences do you think should be levied?

Judge Richard Cebull 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Rush Limbaugh's recent  three day sexist tirade against a law student and the GOP presidential hopefuls' failure for the most part to distance themselves from the comments have reinforced Democratic assertions of a GOP “war against women.”


What do you think? Will Limbaugh’s comments cost Republican votes in November?

Friday, March 09, 2012

Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman

Dr. Robert Tanner Freeman, born the son of former slaves from North Carolina, was the first African American dentist to receive a degree in the United States. He graduated from the Harvard University Dental School in 1869.   As a young man Freeman worked for a local dentist and was encouraged to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. After being rejected by other colleges, Freeman was finally accepted, in 1867, as one of the sixteen members of the inaugural class at Harvard Dental School.  Upon graduation in 1869 he returned to his hometown of Washington, D.C. to practice dentistry.  Unfortunately, Freeman died four years later.  In honor of Robert Freeman, The National Dental Association’s organization in Washington, D.C. is named The Robert T. Freeman Dental Society.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show Podcast

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Dr. Bob Holsworth, Founder of Virginia Tomorrow.com and Managing Principal of DecideSmart joins us this week to discuss some of the campaign promises of the GOP presidential hopefuls and assist in discerning fact from campaign hype. Dr. Holsworth’s observations on National and Virginia politics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal,Washington Post, New York Times and all of the major television networks.


This week’s topics will also include:

  •    The auto bailout initiated by President Bush in 2008 and completed by President Obama in 2009 is back into the national conversation due to the recent Michigan GOP primaries. U.S. automakers have made a strong comeback and most of the money has already been repaid to the government. Considering the revitalization and jobs saved, in hindsight, do you think the bailout was a good idea and worth the risk?
  •   Economic indicators and U.S. public perception about the health of the economy have been improving since last fall according to a recent poll. With unemployment hovering between 8 and 9% and rising gas prices, I would like to find out how you feel about the economy. Are you better off economically than you were at this time last year?

Living Life With A Purpose!

  •   Who was the first African American dentist to receive a degree in the United States?

Find out during the TanyaFree.com “Living Life With a Purpose 365 Moment”  

Monday, March 05, 2012

Right Decision?

The auto bailout initiated by President Bush in 2008 and completed by President Obama in 2009 is back into the national conversation due to the recent Michigan GOP primaries. The automakers have made a strong comeback and most of the money has been repaid to the government.

Considering the revitalization and jobs saved, in hindsight, how do you feel about the bailout?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Economic indicators and U.S. public perception about the health of the economy have been improving since last fall according to a recent poll. With unemployment hovering between 8 and 9% and rising gas prices, I would like to find out how you feel about the economy.

Are you better off economically than you were at this time last year?

  

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Stop The Craziness!

The Republicans never cease to amaze me. They have shown that they are willing to go to any length to destroy and discredit President Obama.  They have mustered up everything imaginable including using the Catholic Church to counter President Obama’s commitment to health care reform by framing his goal to provide free contraceptives to women as some form of campaign against religion and the tenets of the Church.  Pimped by Republicans, Catholic leaders found themselves in the middle of a political firestorm after complaining that the new policy would force them to go against the teachings of the Church. Considering the lack of outrage from rank and file Catholics, I dare say that there are far more pressing issues Catholic leaders really should open their eyes and raise hell about before attacking the President. The President heard their concerns and offered a compromise that apparently satisfied everyone except the Grand Ole Party of “NO Obama”.

 At a time when there are millions of people out of work and families losing their homes, what is it going to take to get Republicans to stop playing games with our lives? In my humble opinion, Republicans should feel indebted to the American people to clean up the mess left by President Bush even if it means working with THIS President to do so. Continuing to “Just Say No” is just crazy and unacceptable.   We can’t afford to allow this type of rhetoric to become the new political norm.  

Perhaps a better question is what are we going to do to get the “crazy” out of politics and start dealing with real issues? Have you been paying attention to the “wild and bizarre out of touch with reality” GOP presidential wannabes?  We can no longer leave it to the media to discern the craziness and denounce those not worthy to remain or be elected to govern soundly on our behalf. The time has come for the sane to sift through and weed out the cuckoos in our political midst. Whether jobs, education, foreign affairs, war or even contraceptives, at the end of the day, it’s our lives and the lives of our children that are really at stake.  

Live Life with a Purpose!  

Friday, March 02, 2012

More than "just a football coach and study hall teacher"

 

Check out today's Wassup video of Coach Frank Hall. I invite you to share your thoughts and comments.

 

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

It is most fitting that we honor the father of black history, Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  Historian, author, journalist and Virginia native, born ten years post slavery, Dr. Woodson’s life marks great strides in our history. Beating the odds of oppression and poverty, Dr. Woodson carried the torch of higher education, being the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Passionate about the preservation of African American History, Dr. Woodson, the founder of the Journal of Negro History, dedicated his life to the study and celebration of black history. Dr. Woodson’s contended that African American contributions “were overlooked, ignored and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them.” Let us ensure that the rich legacy of African American history is never lost, minimized or marginalized.

Tanya Free and Friends Radio honors the contributions and legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.