Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Is It Time To Step Down?

The Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri apologized to the parents of Michael Brown in a video message.  Chief Thomas Jackson told the family,” I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long remove Michael from the street.  "This is something that's just been weighing on me. It's something that needed to be said. It should've been said a long time ago," he told CNN. He also apologized for the way police treated protesters.There’s a saying better late than never, not so sure in this case.  

         
What’s your Take? Despite calls from the community, Chief Jackson says he will not resign. What do you think about the Chief’s apology? Should Chief Jackson step down?  
    

Monday, September 29, 2014

Does Straight Ticket Voting Undermine The Political System?

14 states reportedly offer straight-ticket voting. Straight-ticket voting (also called straight-party voting) allows voters to choose a party’s entire slate of candidates with just a single ballot marking. In 2012, a solid majority – 56 percent – of North Carolina voters marked one box on their ballots to indicate their choices in more than a dozen races, from governor to county commissioner. Critics of straight-ticket voting believe it encourages voters to cast ballots without being fully knowledgeable about the candidates.


What’s Your Take? Does straight ticket voting undermine the political system?



 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

What's Your Take?

Fired from his job at an Oklahoma food processing plant, Alton Nolan returned to the plant and beheaded a female employee and stabbed another before being shot several times by the company’s CEO.  The beheading has raised questions despite the fact that officials initially said no terror link was evident. The FBI has been called in due to information involving his criminal past and what has been described by some as radical social media posts. He had been reportedly trying in past weeks to convert co- workers to Islam. More than 3,000 people have died from workplace homicide between 2006 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


What’s Your Take? Was this a case of workplace violence or do you think it was a more sinister act of terrorism as some have suggested?



 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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If we don’t have to get out of the car, chances are we won’t.  We enjoy the conveniences of drive-thru banks and fast food restaurants.  Well, now there is a funeral home in Michigan offering drive- thru viewing.  When a car pulls up, the curtain automatically opens with music playing as well. The mourner has three minutes to view the body. There is even a  guest book that mourners can sign.  


What’s your take on drive through funeral homes?



 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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This week’s topics include:
 

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell promised changes to what he described as a broken disciplinary system. “We're like a microcosm of society. We have a lot of young men, a lot of individuals that play or coach or executives. Other individuals in the league that -- they make mistakes
  • CBS and the NFL made the decision to pull a segment featuring Rihanna singing “Run This Town” from its opening week Thursday Night Football broadcast.  Rihanna was not happy with the decision and made it publicly known. Did CBS and the NFL make the right call?
  • US Federal Judge Mark Fuller urged to resign after plea deal for domestic violence.


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

If we don’t have to get out of the car, chances are we won’t.  We enjoy the conveniences of drive-thru banks and fast food restaurants.  Well, now there is a funeral home in Michigan offering drive- thru viewing.  When a car pulls up, the curtain automatically opens with music playing as well. The mourner has three minutes to view the body. There is even a  guest book that mourners can sign.  
What’s Your Take? How do you feel about drive through funeral homes?


We welcome Stacie Vecchietti ,Community Organizing Manager at Safe Harbor in Richmond VA to the conversation this week to discuss  domestic violence and its impact on families.

Stacie Vecchietti, M.S.W. has been involved in the movement to end interpersonal violence for 21 years and earned both her Bachelor of Social Work degree (1994) and her Master of Social Work degree (1995) from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Vecchietti has served in the Peace Corps, been the Director of a local sexual and domestic violence program, and provided technical assistance and training to local sexual/domestic violence programs as the STOP Administrator for Virginia.  Vecchietti currently works as the Community Organizing Manager at Safe Harbor, a mainstream anti-violence program in Henrico County, Virginia.  Vecchietti is a past board member of Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault and currently serves on the board of Native American Advocates Against All Violence (NAAAAV). She participated in the formation of the Virginia Anti-violence Project, a statewide group that addresses intimate partner violence, sexual violence and hate-motivated violence within and against the LGBTQ community. She is a frequent presenter at various local, state, and national anti-violence conferences.
 

Safe Harbor offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence including: 24 hour helpline, children/youth services, community education and training, counseling, court advocacy, emergency shelter, and hospital accompaniment. Our team collaborates with survivors to provide support, education and referral information to help survivors meet their goals.

 



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Broken Disciplinary System?

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell promised changes to what he described as a broken disciplinary system. “We're like a microcosm of society. We have a lot of young men, a lot of individuals that play or coach or executives. Other individuals in the league that -- they make mistakes.” The press conference left more questions than answers but I agree that the NFL is a microcosm of society, but why does it seem that these crimes against women are too often characterized as mistakes. Is it a mistake that a federal judge in Atlanta is still on the bench after a plea deal for abusing his wife?  Reports reveal an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of domestic assault by an intimate partner each year.


What’s Your Take? Why do you think domestic violence remains one of the most chronically underreported crimes?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

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CBS and the NFL made the decision to pull a segment featuring Rihanna singing “Run This Town” from its opening week Thursday Night Football broadcast.  Rihanna was not happy with the decision and made it publicly known.   It was the first Baltimore Ravens game since Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended .The lyrics “Feel it comin' in the air, And the screams from everywhere, I’m addicted to the thrill, It's a dangerous love affair” was considered too controversial considering the allegations of domestic abuse dominating the NFL.


What’s Your Take? Did CBS and the NFL make the right call?

Friday, September 19, 2014

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Several celebrities had their apple accounts hacked into and hackers were able to gain access to leaked nuked photos. Reportedly, hackers gained access from personal cloud accounts. According to experts, “It’s important to remember how the cloud works and that when you sync a device like your Smartphone to the cloud, it creates two copies of files.”  

 
What’s Your Take? Are you concerned that information on your Smartphone may be accessible to hackers?



 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show WCLM1450AM in Central Virginia , WMXP  95.5 FM in Greenville ,SC ,AMFM 247Network Nationwide and streaming  on Live365.com,Black Talk Radio Network and TanyaFree.com. Text TANYA FREE to 72727 to share your comment and opinions. The podcast  repeats Thursdays at 6pm on May We Help You? Radio Network.

This week’s topics include:
 

  •  Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL last week, a reversal of the NFL June announcement of a much criticized two week suspension resulting from his February assault on his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice. Should Roger Goodell’s job be in jeopardy? Will Rice be reinstated?
  •  Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted and surrendered to Texas police on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson allegedly spanked his son with a switch resulting in injuries all over the boy’s body.The running back will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.It's a reversal for the Vikings. The team had earlier said that Peterson, who is facing a child abuse charge, would practice this week and could play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints
  • Federal judge Mark Fuller accepts plea deal in domestic violence case; could have arrest record expunged. Should he be removed from the bench?


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Several celebrities had their apple accounts hacked into and hackers were able to gain access to leaked nude photos. Reportedly, hackers gained access from personal cloud accounts. According to experts, “It’s important to remember how the cloud works and that when you sync a device like your Smartphone to the cloud, it creates two copies of files.”   
 What’s Your Take? Are you concerned that information on your Smartphone may be accessible to hackers?


 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Domestic Violence,Ray Rice and the NFL

Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the NFL last week, a reversal of the NFL June announcement of a much criticized two week suspension resulting from his February assault on his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Rice.The NFL and Baltimore Ravens have stated that they did not see the full video of the incident until it was released by TMZ, and there are conflicting reports about what Rice told them. Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said on Sep. 10 that Rice "didn't lie" to him about what was on the video. In a letter to the NFLPA on Sep. 12, Goodell said that Rice gave a "starkly different" version of events than what was revealed on the second tape released by TMZ.
 

Sources allege that the NFL was sent the elevator video in April. The source said he had a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number confirming the video arrived.
Of the 47 incidents of NFL players arrested or charged for violent crimes toward women since Goodell became commissioner in 2006, none resulted in a suspension of more than one game according to reports.
 

There is reportedly no double jeopardy clause in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement and the NFL has the right to modify Ray Rice’s suspension to anything they want.  Rice has reportedly been in  discussions with lawyers about potential strategies and actions.

In your opinion, was the decision to indefinitely suspend Rice strictly a PR move?  Should Roger Goodell’s job be in jeopardy? Do you think Rice will be eventually reinstated?



 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's Next for Adrian Petersen and the NFL?

Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted and surrendered to Texas police on a charge of injury to a child. Peterson allegedly spanked his son with a switch resulting in injuries all over the boy’s body. Peterson will likely make a court appearance in the next several weeks, but it could be several months before the case would go to trial. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, issued a statement Friday saying his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." Hardin went on to say “Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas”

What’s Your Take? Should Adrian Peterson be allowed to play or should he be suspended until a determination is made in a court of law?



 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekly Address: We Will Degrade and Destroy ISIL

In this week’s address, President Obama reiterated his comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group ISIL.

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Sip With Coffee Black

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Pause To Remember 911

A solemn reading of the names. Moments of silence to mark the precise times of tragedy. Stifled sobs of those still mourning. Hundreds of family members, police, firefighters and others have gathered at the World Trade Center site on an overcast day to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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 The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show WCLM1450AM in Central Virginia , WMXP  95.5 FM in Greenville ,SC ,AMFM 247Network Nationwide and streaming  on Live365.com,Black Talk Radio Network and TanyaFree.com  The podcast repeats Thursdays at 6pm on May We Help You? Radio Network. Listen on the go. Download the FREE LIVE 365 app.

This week’s topics include:
 

  • How concerned are you about the threat of an ISIS attack here on American soil in 2014?
  • The NFL,Ray Rice and Domestic Abuse How did the NFL get this so wrong?

Mike Berger, media coordinator for 911truth.org, joins the conversation this week to share his research into what we know and what we still don’t know about the 9/11 attacks.We last talked to Mike back  in 2011 and want to catch up as we approach the 13th anniversary this week.

Got a question or comment for Mike? Give us a call during the show or post your comment or question here. We will get to as many as we can.


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Seeing a Doctor is becoming easier. The next time you visit a CVS you may notice that CVS Health has expanded more than 900 walk in medical clinics in their pharmacies and a now mobile health services such as LiveHealth Online and MDLIVE are just a smartphone app away.
What’s Your Take? Will these new options change the way you access medical services?

 

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

How Concerned Are You?

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks on America, international and domestic terrorism is making headlines across the globe. National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen warned that “ISIL poses a direct and significant threat to us” and “has the potential to use its safe haven to plan and coordinate attacks in Europe and the United States,” But he said the group is not as capable of carrying out a large-scale attack as al Qaeda was before but could inspire a "lone wolf" sympathizer in the U.S. to carry out a terror attack.It is reported that around 100 Americans have traveled to fight with ISIS and even more have traveled to Syria from Europe. An estimated 12,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria to fight against Assad's regime in the last three years.


What’s Your Take? How concerned are you about the threat of an ISIS attack here on American soil in 2014?



 

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Are Emily and Greg Still More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?

Racial Discrimination is still alive, and a recent story reveals just how a first name can play a factor in the employment world. When José Zamora changed his name to Joe he started to receive replies from every opening he applied for. A study done back in early 2000’s found out that individuals who had “white sounding names" had 50% more interview callbacks than those with “black sounding names”. Another study revealed that some interviewees admitted to altering their resumes to conceal their race or tone down their level of “blackness.”   

      
What’s Your Take? Do you know of a situation where a “black sounding name” or perceived stereotype has been a hindrance in the workplace?  



 

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fast food workers go on strike nationwide

Thursday, September 04, 2014

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

A recent poll revealed a majority of Americans, 56%, are in favor of making smoking in public places illegal. Nineteen percent favor making smoking totally illegal in U.S.

What’s Your Take? Should smoking in all public places be made totally illegal?



Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show Today

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We will not be in the studio live this week. Check out the spirited conversation on the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO. from our August 20th broadcast.

Text TANYA FREE to 72727 to share your comment or opinion!  The  show repeats every Thursday at 6pm on May We Help You? Radio Network. Listen on the go. Download the FREE LIVE 365 app.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

What's Next For Michael Sam?

The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam didn’t make the team’s 53-man roster.  Many analysts believe the rookie defensive end still has a shot at a career in the NFL. “I can play in this league,” Sam told reporters after his NFL debut, a 26-24 loss to the Saints earlier this month. If another team doesn’t pick him up, he might end up back where he started: with the Rams, as part of their 10-member practice squad, the Washington Post reported.


What’s Your Take? Does Michael Sam have what it takes to be in the NFL? Do you think another team will pick him up this year?



 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Having It Your Way?

Threats of a boycott against Burger King have come from consumers and government officials alike following merger talks with Canadian based coffee and donut chain Tim Hortons.The combined company would be headquartered in Canada.

What's Your Take? What effect will the threat of a boycott have on Burger King's merger plans? Would you boycott a Canadian headquartered Burger King?

Labor Day 2014

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks