Saturday, August 31, 2013

President Obama will seek Congressional approval before any military action

President Barack Obama said he will seek authorization from Congress before launching any military action against the Syrian regime.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Kerry calls attack against Syrian civilians 'crime against humanity'

Making a forceful case to answer a "crime against conscience," Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that the U.S. had a moral obligation to punish Syria for using chemical weapons — painting a ghastly portrait of twitching bodies, victims foaming at the mouth and row upon row of children gassed to death.

 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The new school year is here. This is the time of year when parents begin the costly yearly ritual of shopping for school supplies and new back-to-school clothes. Many school districts have made the decision to require student uniforms this year.


What’s Your Take? Do you support school districts requiring uniforms?



 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE! 

WCLM1450AM in Central Virginia and WMXP 95.5 FM in Greenville ,SC.

This week’s topics include:

•How do you feel about the March on Washington?
•Black patrons refused service at restaurant because white customer felt uncomfortable
•Coffee Black will join us live as we will take a deeper look at why Miley Cyrus has caused such an uproar as the new twerk queen at the MTV video awards.


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



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

What's Your Take?

A year after President Obama warned the Syrian regime that using chemical weapons would cross a "red line," hundreds of people are believed to have been killed in an apparent gas attack on rebel-held parts of eastern Damascus that is thought to be the most significant use of chemical weapons since thousands of Kurds were gassed by Saddam Hussein 25 years ago. President Obama has received criticism from some members of Congress for his limited response to the violence.
 

What’s Your Take? Should the US get involved militarily in Syria ?  If so, at what level of involvement?



 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for sending classified material to WikiLeaks. Manning's defense attorney has stated that he is hoping officials at the military prison in Fort Leavenworth will accommodate Manning's request for hormone therapy.
What’s Your Take? Should the US government be responsible for sex reassignment or hormone therapy for Bradley Manning?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Encore



WCLM1450AM in Central Virginia and WMXP 95.5 FM in Greenville ,SC

We are taking a break and will not be in the studio live this week. Check out the spirited conversation from our July 24th broadcast.

**This week’s topics:**

•President Obama addressed the nation about Trayvon Martin and the verdict.
•Calls for a boycott of Florida from around the country. What’s Your Take?
•Should and will Eric Holder pursue charges against George Zimmerman?

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE!

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP for the Week?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

There are 47 million people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP).  But there are millions that are eligible but do not apply. Approximately 51 million Americans were eligible for SNAP in 2010 but only 38 million received benefits according to the USDA.      

Would you enroll in SNAP if you were eligible and in need of food stamps? 
 

 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg Thinks People Living in Public Housing Should Be Fingerprinted:

Mayor Bloomberg suggested Friday that New York City public housing residents should be fingerprinted as a way to fight crime in the system's 334 buildings."The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection... If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here? What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in....."

What's Your Take on the Mayor's suggestion?

Friday, August 16, 2013

92-Year-Old Sues North Carolina Over New Voter Suppression

When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week. Read the full story from ThinkProgress HERE!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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This week’s topics include:

  • What you need to know about stop and frisk — and why the courts shut it down
  • How do you define racism?
  • Why do you think African American owned businesses are struggling even though African American buying power is projected to reach 1 Trillion dollars by 2015?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll


Need to get away but short on cash? There is a hotel room sharing site that allows solo travelers to cut the cost of a hotel room in half by pairing up travelers for the night.
Would you share a hotel room with a total stranger to save money?

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.

 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

Have You Had Your "SIP" for the Week?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Need to get away but short on cash? There is a hotel room sharing site that allows solo travelers to cut the cost of a hotel room in half by pairing up travelers for the night.  
 
Would you share a hotel room with a total stranger to save money?

Monday, August 12, 2013

What's Your Take?

Last week’s discussion of a poll that revealed that Americans, including African Americans, believe that African Americans are more racist than whites or Hispanics has sparked the question of how we define racism in the 21st century. Definitions of racism range from the belief of inherent superiority of a particular race to simply racial prejudice or discrimination. Many people also equate racism with the practice and advocacy of discrimination. The question of whether African Americans in general have the power to influence and or enforce institutional racism is the focus of my question this week.

 
What’s Your Take? How do you define racism? Do you think African Americans really have the power to discriminate and the ability to be racist?
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What's Your Take?

African Americans make up 13% of the US population, yet own only 5% of all US firms and only 1.8% of companies that employ more than one person according to a Small Business Administration report.   More than half of African American-owned businesses had less than $10,000 in business receipts in 2002, compared with one-third of White-owned firms and 28.8 percent of Asian-owned firms.
 
Why do you think African American owned businesses are struggling even though African American buying power is projected to reach 1 Trillion dollars by 2015? Do you support Black owned businesses? What percentage of your hard earned money is spent in Black owned businesses?

Friday, August 09, 2013

In The Game With Venus Williams

How to stay in the game with Venus Williams

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

Alternative Download Link  HERE!


This week’s topics include:

  •  The debate over the use of corporal punishment in the home continues to be a controversial and sensitive issue. Is spanking an acceptable form of discipline?
  • What’s Your Take on armed school staff?
  •  Thirty-seven percent of poll respondents believe "most Black Americans" are racist.
  •   Is denying racism the new racism?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than one-third of all cigarettes sold in the United States are menthols, and 40 percent of new smokers pick menthols.  A recent report revealed nearly three-quarters of African American smokers choose menthols and that menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking.
Are you a smoker? If yes, do prefer menthol cigarettes?


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.

 

The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show remembers George Duke, the master keyboardist who bridged jazz, R&B, funk, and Brazilian music. (1946-2013)


 

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The "Sip" with Coffee Black

Have you had your "SIP" for the week?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

More than one-third of all cigarettes sold in the United States are menthols, and 40 percent of new smokers pick menthols.  A recent report revealed nearly three-quarters of African American smokers choose menthols and that menthol smokers show greater signs of nicotine dependence and are less likely to successfully quit smoking.
Are you a smoker? If yes, do prefer menthol cigarettes?

Monday, August 05, 2013

What's Your Take?

 The superintendent of an Arkansas school district recently submitted a proposal that would allow teachers and janitors to carry 9mm handguns on campus in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook. School Teachers and other staff members reportedly underwent 53 hours of training during the summer.

What’s Your Take on armed school staff? Parents, how do you feel about sending your child to a school where the teachers are armed with 9mm handguns? Teachers, how do you feel about accepting the additional duty of an armed security guard?

Sunday, August 04, 2013

IS IT OK TO SPANK A CHILD?

The debate over the use of corporal punishment in the home continues to be a controversial and sensitive issue. Some parents view spanking as a completely acceptable form of discipline, while others think it’s never appropriate and abusive to children.

 What’s Your Take? Is spanking  an acceptable form of discipline?

Friday, August 02, 2013

HUNTED

Please check out this commentary from our friend Baye Kambui! 

 

Add a new rule to the List of Things a Brother Must Never Do to Avoid Being Profiled as a Criminal or Shot Like Trayvon Martin – don’t do pull ups on building scaffolds after dark.

True story.

It was past 10 o’clock p.m. earlier this year and I was walking north on Greenwich Street between Rector and Albany Streets in New York City, headed home. I saw a horizontal pole in the building scaffolding on the east side of the street and as part part of my fitness habit, I knocked out a set of pull-ups. Just when I finished my set, a stocky 40-plus white guy with dark hair and a mustache walked out of an open shop and walked in the same direction I took. . I somewhat discounted the glare he gave me since he can’t possibly think I was doing pull-ups until I found a prospective robbery victim, yet I walked slower than my usual pace since I thought walking near him would create unnecessary alarm.

My precaution didn’t stop what happened next – Stocky Guy quickly puts his hand in his black leather jacket as if he had a gun and began to back away from me toward the street.  His glare went nowhere, but his nervousness was equally prominent.

It’s amazing how the human brain calculates data in real time. I sensed there was a non-trivial probability that I was about to become a shooting victim for doing pull ups while on the way home and I had to concurrently assess the imminence of this threat – i.e., does Stocky Guy really have a gun; does he appear ready to use the supposed gun; are there any signs that he’s drawing weapon at that moment; what are my options for handling this situation. His backing away to create additional space between him and me can be a good or bad event as I reasoned on the spot since retreating can signal a lack of willingness to confront me, or can mean he’s ready to shoot but wants to make sure I’m not close enough to grab his supposed weapon. My computed odds that he had a weapon and that I was facing real danger: unknown – 50%.

I was aware of our close proximity to the 9/11 Memorial which meant there were security cameras all over the place as well as police officers at least 60-70 yards away. Not to mention the residents who live on the upper floors of the street.

Armed with this data I initiated my calculated course of action: “Easy Bro,” I said with my hands raised while continuing my northward direction and creating distance between us. “I’m just walking home.” My voice was calm as usual and I wasn’t the least bit nervous.

“You’re about to get f*****g shot, sneaking up on me like that,” was his angry response.

Time to lunch the next step in my plan which was to quickly draw attention to this situation: “NO ONE IS TRYING TO SNEAK UP ON YOU,” I said loudly while moving further away from him.

Stocky Guy said nothing else and quickly crossed Greenwich, disappearing on Carlisle Street,  headed west.

I never expressed anger or sadness during or immediately following the incident. I walked past a police car that was positioned to guard the 9/11 memorial as well as two foot patrol officers on the corner of West and Albany Streets without any thought about reporting what I just went through.

Thinking about that night made me recall the previous times I experienced having guns drawn on me.

Like the time I was passing through North Carolina as a college student on my way back to New York with three friends. The car I was riding in received its second flat tire that evening. Two friends were left in the car while another friend and I took a long walk north on Interstate 95 in search of a gas station – he carried the damaged tire while I carried a crobar. I walked a few feet in front of the friend until I realized he was no longer right behind me. I turned around and saw him talking to a state trooper in a patrol car with no flashing lights. I walked toward the trooper and friend thinking that we now have a ride to the gas station when the friend began to scream at me to drop the crobar. Mind you the trooper said nothing at this point. When I had a clear view of the officer he was still in his car with his gun pointed directly at me from his window while telling me it was a good thing my friend gave me the warning since “you never know out here.”

Like the time I was 15 years old walking through Central Park in search of a possibly rained-out high school football team picnic when cop in his vehicle drove parallel to my vector, got out of his car and drew his gun, using his car door as a shield. Before I knew it, additional cops surrounded me with guns drawn. My supposed crime? A black man, whose description did not match mine, snatched a woman’s purse.

Like the time I met two friends in New Brunswick, New Jersey one Saturday night to hang out. We were passing through the town of Elizabeth when our car, a Jaguar, was trailed by a police car for no more than a half-mile. Without surprise we were pulled over by the officers – guns drawn of course – with additional officers joining the traffic stop. Their inquiry included our providing a complete account of the places we planned to visit that evening, along with corresponding times. “Brake light malfunction” is the official reason for why we were stopped.

Like the time I learned that driving a rental car 46 miles per hour in a 35 mpg zone somewhere between Fort Lauderdale and Miami can earn the experience of a police gun briefly pointed at you.

I haven’t covered the times I was pulled over for various reasons by police officers  - sans drawn weapons – or the times I may have been a target for undercover officers. What would you think when a twenty-something year old white guy almost suddenly wants to buy you a drink in a trendy lounge on Chrystie Street to talk about Italian mobsters and famous hit jobs that occurred before he was born – two topics you never offered a clue that you were  ever interested in discussing? In any case, I didn’t sense a good outcome from that conversation so I quickly exited.

In the aggregate, I was struck by how my emotions had been removed from these incidents. However,  coupling my experiences with US Justice Department statistics several years ago that show how people of African descent are twice more likely than white Americans to be stopped by police, and how these stops are three times more likely to result in the use of force by police officers made me feel more like a member of a hunted species as opposed to being an ephemeral “person of interest” in the eyes of the law. I don’t imagine that antelopes, gazelles or other animals make heavy emotional expenditures in their past encounters with hunters as much as they focus on the moment they live in and how they will survive it.

Even even as an adult, my parents still inspect the clothes I wear when I visit them and they will quickly suggest changes that they think will attract less attention from police officers. In their calculus of probable frightening events, the chances I may be shot by members of the criminal or law enforcement clans carry equal weight. Wearing pants that sag has never been my style. Besides my lack of desire to wear a virtual utility belt, I also don’t carry my smartphone in a belt holster for reasons obvious to most members of The Hunted. I learned that making adjustments to my car dashboard while near a toll booth makes me a more prominent target as was the case twice when approaching the Hugh Carey Tunnel in Brooklyn. I try not to carry many bags, particularly large ones, after dark. I don’t have a police record, nor have I ever been arrested. Despite my background or adjustments made to my appearance, I can’t seem to cast away my “Hunted Species” status.

I watched the film Fruitvale Station last Friday and witnessed my typically calm and steady demeanor give way to heaves and tears. I’m still not sure why I was crying but while I may have seen a part of myself and my personal experiences on screen, I certainly made a connection between film subject Oscar Grant’s death at the hands of Bay Area police officers with the lives of Sean Bell, Randolph Evans, Amadou Diallo, Clifford Glover as well as many other people of African descent who died from state-issued bullets or by those of self-appointed deputies.

Perhaps the tears were a necessary reminder of my own humanity…

song currently stuck in my head: “back home” – yusef lateef

 

Follow Baye on Twitter @kambui

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

Have You Had Your "SIP" For The Week?

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

The majority of US Blacks and Hispanics have no preference when it comes to racial labels. Sixty-five percent of blacks say it doesn't matter to them whether they are called "African-American" or "black," and 70% of Hispanics say it doesn't matter to them whether they are referred to as "Latino" or "Hispanic" according to a recent poll. What’s your take? What is your preference? How do you refer to yourself and why?