Friday, August 31, 2012

Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican National Convention

Watch as Clint Eastwood speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa last night. His speech has received mixed reviews from the political pundits. What's your take? What do you think of his remarks?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Weapons of Mass Distraction

This year’s presidential campaign has been dubbed by some in the media as the campaign about nothing. With all of the issues in need of attention, many of them specific to the African American community, it appears that the safe road to the White House is to focus on negative ads and weapons of mass distraction in the nine key states.
Recent distractions have seen us debate Joe Biden and his talk of “putting us back in chains,” Todd Akins theories of “legitimate and illegitimate rape” and a woman’s ability to shut down an unwanted pregnancy. Mitt Romney‘s religion, tax returns, and views on abortion  are all off limits and questioning President Obama’s commitment to  a Black agenda is a taboo worthy of banishment  from the Democratic Party.  Any talk of a third party is considered blasphemous and challenging our candidate or political party of choice is somehow unpatriotic. The cable news channels play the distraction game 24/7 to gain access to candidates while subjecting us to whatever the party surrogates decide to serve up as their daily playlist of attack sound bites and innuendo. All the while, Super PACS, with their unlimited resources flood the airwaves with their fabricated versions of mass distraction.


If we fail to challenge our candidates to address issues of substance, we are destined to be no better off four years from now. We have an opportunity on a local and national level to force these politicians to truly earn our vote. We must no longer allow ourselves to feel guilty for lobbying on our own behalf. The old adage that when America catches a cold, African Americans get pneumonia is still true.Will we demand a new tomorrow or will we sit idly by watching the weapons of mass distraction on TV for the next four years? Tune in!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include:
 

  •  A group of former US intelligence and Special Forces operatives that claim to be nonpartisan has launched a media campaign that criticizes President Obama for leaks and what they describe as taking too much credit for the raid resulting in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
  •  In another of a string of outlandish and in this case ,racist comments this campaign season, a Texas judge, yes a Republican elected judge, is under fire for suggesting that the nation could experience civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
        
  • 13 people were shot and wounded in a 30-minute spate of violence in Chicago, including eight gunned down on a single street. A Chicago community organizer voices disillusionment with former ally and friend, President Obama.


    TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

    A Good Samaritan returned over $300.00 to a woman who mistakenly left an envelope of cash belonging to a program for the homeless on the trunk of her car. This Good Samaritan stopped to pick up as much cash as he could find and then tracked down the 77 year old volunteer to return what turned out to be only half of the cash that went blowing in the wind. But the story does not end there! Are you a Good Samaritan? When is the last time you went out of your way to assist a complete stranger?   


    Tanya Free and Friends Extras!

    Money Message” from financial advisor Sonji “The Boss” Rollins Tucker

    The Sip” with Coffee Black for the latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment News

Who was the civil rights activist whose death sparked the march from Selma to Montgomery that became known as “Bloody Sunday”?
Find out during the “Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment”      

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The "Sip" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP" for the week? The latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment news! Check out "The Sip " Wednesdays on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show.
Coffee Black is now on Twitter @CoffeeBlackSip and Like her on FACEBOOK!

 

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A Good Samaritan returned over $300.00 to a woman who mistakenly left an envelope of cash belonging to a program for the homeless on the trunk of her car. This Good Samaritan stopped to pick up as much cash as he could find and then tracked down the 77 year old volunteer to return what turned out to be only half of the cash that went blowing in the wind. But the story does not end there! Check out the rest of the story HERE !

Are you a Good Samaritan? When is the last time you went out of your way to assist a complete stranger?

    
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

How much is too much?

In another of a string of outlandish and in this case ,racist comments this campaign season, a Texas judge, yes a Republican elected judge, is under fire for suggesting that the nation could experience civil unrest, civil disobedience, possibly civil war if President Barack Obama is re-elected. He also called for a well-equipped force to battle the United Nations troops that he said the President might bring in.
Texas Democrats and sane people everywhere are calling for his resignation. Believe it or not, the county's Republican Party chief has accused the Democrats of "opportunism" and said he called the judge and left him a message offering "moral support."
How much is too much? Should the Republican Party insist that this judge step down?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A group of former US intelligence and Special Forces operatives that claim to be nonpartisan has launched a media campaign that criticizes President Obama for leaks and what they describe as taking too much credit for the raid resulting in the killing of Osama bin Laden.
A man identified as a Navy Seal stated on the video," Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not.” The president of this group Scott Taylor, who denies any political slant is a former Navy SEAL who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Virginia in 2010.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thinks that using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust that people have in their military.

 
How do you feel about this politicizing of the military and blatant disrespect of the Commander in Chief?

Is it fair game? Could this be President Obama’s swift boat?  

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adam Clayton Powell,Jr.

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. born November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut --- grew up in New York where his father Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. was the prominent pastor of the well- known Abyssinian Baptist Church. Earning a M.A. in religious education from Columbia University, Powell assisted his father in the ministry and later took over the reins as pastor. Powell used the pulpit to address social and political issues that affected the predominately Black community. He pressed for change calling for jobs with the organizing of boycotts demanding businesses hire black workers and organized rent strikes demanding affordable housing.  Powell continued his political fight in Washington, becoming the first African American Congressman from New York.

Tanya Free and Friends Radio honors the legacy and contributions of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.         

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include:

  •  Rep. Todd Akin, GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview last Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.
  • Did Joe Biden’s comments go too far? In an interview with People magazine on Wednesday, President Obama said Vice President Biden's remarks that the GOP would “put y’all back in chains” meant consumers would be worse off if Republicans succeeded in doing away with new restraints on financial institutions."In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that". What’s your take?  Do you think African Americans would be as forgiving if these same comments were made by GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan?

    TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

    We’ve all heard the phrase “love is in the air”, well now, love is being found by many via the internet. Online dating and matchmaking sites have made meeting that special someone as easy and convenient as shopping for a new pair of shoes. What do you think about online dating? Would you use an online dating service?


    Tanya Free and Friends Extras!

    “Money Message” from financial advisor Sonji “The Boss” Rollins Tucker

    “The Sip” with Coffee Black for the latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment News

    Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment”    
     Who was the first African American from New York elected to Congress?    

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The "Sip" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP" for the week? The latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment news!

Check out "The Sip " Wednesdays on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show.
Coffee Black is now on Twitter
@CoffeeBlackSip and Like her on FACEBOOK!
 

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

We’ve all heard the phrase “love is in the air”, well now, love is being found by many via the internet. Online dating and matchmaking sites have made meeting that special someone as easy and convenient as shopping for a new pair of shoes.

What do you think about online dating? Would you use an online dating service?



 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Support Wavering?

The national unemployment reportedly continues to hover around 8% while the rate of unemployed African Americans rose nearly a full percentage point to 14.4% in June. The report revealed that “this trend is not a new one, as the black unemployment rate has been roughly double that of whites since the government started tracking the figures in 1972.” The last time a Democratic incumbent President faced a Republican challenger with the Black unemployment rate this high was 1980. The unemployment rate was then 14.5% and contributed to Ronald Reagan receiving 14% of the African American vote, defeating Jimmy Carter.

We have had some heated debates over the past weeks regarding whether issues affecting the African American community are being largely ignored by both parties so far this campaign season. Some have predicted that President Obama can be expected to lose between 400,000 and 500,000 African American votes. My question this week is - How do you think rising African American unemployment will affect the President’s support from African Americans this November?



 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

'Legitimate rape' rarely causes pregnancy

Unbelievable! Can someone give me the definition of a "legitimate " rape?

Rep. Todd Akin, GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview airing Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.
 

Akin issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying he misspoke.

“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” he said. “I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action.”

Off the cuff?

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Did Joe Biden’s comments go too far?

In an interview with People magazine, President Obama said Vice President Biden's remarks that the GOP would “put y’all back in chains” meant consumers would be worse off if Republicans succeeded in doing away with new restraints on financial institutions."In no sense was he trying to connote something other than that". What’s your take? Is an apology needed? Do you think African Americans would be as forgiving if these same comments were made by GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan?



 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson-Goodman

Mamie Johnson, born September 27, 1935 in Ridgeway, South Carolina displayed a passion and talent for baseball at an early age. Growing up during segregation, Johnson was rejected by the white female baseball league. Determined to allow nothing to keep her from playing baseball, she was recruited and went on to become the first female pitcher in the Negro Leagues. She got the nickname “peanut” after being challenged by a batter that yelled to her “What makes you think you can strike a batter out? Why, you aren’t larger than a peanut!” Johnson never said a word but responded by striking the batter out. She played in the Negro Leagues with the Indianapolis Clowns for three seasons with a 30 to 8 win/loss record with a batting average ranging from .262 to .284.    

Tanya Free and Friends honors the contributions of 

 Mamie “Peanut” Johnson-Goodman  



 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include:
 

  • Mitt Romney introduced his running mate, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as a man with "unbounded optimism in America's future" at a rally in Norfolk,Virginia.What do you think of the decision? Will Ryan help Romney's numbers?
  • President Obama’s recent interview with Black Enterprise Magazine has renewed the criticism that he has fallen short when it comes support of the African American community. His statement that he is “not the President of Black America” and that he is “the President of the United States of America” begs the question whether he has done enough to justify the overwhelming support he continues to enjoy from the Black community even in the midst of an ever growing list of unique concerns including a disproportionate number of unemployed African Americans, rising crime in urban settings and failing schools.How do you feel about the criticism that our President has fallen short and should be doing more to address a Black agenda?


 
Tanya Free and Friends Extras!

"Money Message” from financial advisor Sonji “The Boss” Rollins Tucker

Coffee Black calls in with a LIVE "Sip” Update The latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment News

Who is the legendary African American woman who played professional baseball for the Clowns of the Negro Leagues from 1953-1955 ?

Find out during the “Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment”    

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The 'Sip" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP" for the week? The latest in Sports,Celebrity and Entertainment news! Check out "The Sip " Wednesdays on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show.

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Nearly half of Americans drink soda daily. These drinks have been linked to obesity, diabetes and many other health problems. Some health experts suggest that drinking as little as one glass of sugary soda per day is too much.

How many glasses of soda pop, if any do you drink a day?


 

Monday, August 13, 2012

President of Black America?

President Obama’s recent interview with Black Enterprise Magazine has renewed the criticism that he has fallen short when it comes support of the African American community. His statement that he is “not the President of Black America” and that he is “the President of the United States of America” begs the question whether he has done enough to justify the overwhelming support he continues to enjoy from the Black community even in the midst of an ever growing list of unique concerns including a disproportionate number of unemployed African Americans, rising crime in urban settings and failing schools.

How do you feel about the criticism that our President has fallen short and should be doing more to address a Black agenda?



 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging President Obama to veto any change to the end of the Bush-era tax cuts set to expire at the end of 2012.

Should Congress allow all of the Bush tax cuts to expire including  those for people making less than $250,000?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Romney Picks Ryan as VP

Mitt Romney introduces his running mate, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, as a man with "unbounded optimism in America's future" at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia.

What do you think of the decision? Will Ryan help Romney's numbers?

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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This week’s topics include:

•    An African American State Senator from Wisconsin made national news last week when she told supporters “to vote for someone who looks like you.”


•    Arkansas police claim man shot himself in head despite handcuffs

•    The gunman linked to the killings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee had ties to white supremacists.

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll
More than 30% of eligible African Americans are not registered to vote according to a recent report. Are you registered?


Tanya Free and Friends Extras!
“Money Message” from financial advisor Sonji “The Boss” Rollins Tucker
“The Sip” with Coffee Black for the latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment News

 
Who was the first African American to represent New Jersey in Congress?
Find out during the “Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment”     

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The "Sip" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP" for the week? The latest in Sports,Celebrity and Entertainment news! Check out "The Sip " Wednesdays on the Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show.

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than 30% of eligible African Americans are not registered to vote according to a recent report. Are you registered?


 

Monday, August 06, 2012

Is it OK to Vote Black?

Black voter participation peaked in 2008 driven by increased participation among Black women and younger voters “Overall, among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, black women had the highest voter turnout rate in November’s election -- a first.”  An African American State Senator from Wisconsin made national news last week when she told supporters “to vote for someone who looks like you.” How do you feel about the comment?

Is it OK for a Black person to only vote for other Blacks? Would you vote for or against a candidate solely on the basis of race? What about religious beliefs or sexual orientation?

 

Sunday, August 05, 2012

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

A number of high profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage after the President of Chick-fil-A’s public stance against same sex marriage. Where do you stand on the issue?

How would a company’s position on same sex marriage affect your decision to patronize that company?   

 
 

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Handcuffed Man Killed in Police Car

How is this possible ? Watch this week's WASSUP video and share your comments and opinions. Join the conversation!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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This week’s topics include:

  • The issue of perceived racist comments by African Americans has caused many to question whether so called political correctness has gotten out of control. What is YOUR  definition of racism and does a Black person really have the ability and power to be racist?
  • A recent report reveals that the average millionaire is about 60 years old and  86% of them describe themselves as “self made.” Most of the respondents felt that $1 million is not really enough money to feel wealthy and they would need an additional $5 million to be comfortable.



 


Financial Advisor Sonji “The Boss” Rollins Tucker joins the conversation this week to debut her Money Message Segments on WCLM and Tanya Free and Friends Radio.
   
Check out our new segment “The Sip” with Coffee Black for the latest in Sports, Celebrity and Entertainment News

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

NBC is reportedly shelling out $ 1.3 billion to broadcast the Summer Olympics and is expecting to increase its brand via a huge captive audience. Are you a part of the audience? How many hours of Olympic coverage have you watched?

Living Life With A Purpose!

 Who was the first African American to serve as United States Secretary of Commerce?
 Find out during the TanyaFree.com Living Life With A Purpose 365 Moment