Friday, February 27, 2015

Nina Simone

Born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone received a scholarship to study classical piano at the Juilliard School in New York City, but left early when she ran out of money. She turned her interest to jazz, blues and folk music and released her first album in 1958. In the ‘60s, she became identified as the voice of the civil rights and wrote songs about the movement. She died in France on April 21, 2003.

The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam
And I mean every word of it


Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam


Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam


Can't you see it? Can't you feel it?
It's all in the air
I can't stand the pressure much longer
Somebody say a prayer


Alabama's gotten me so upset
Tennessee made me lose my rest
And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam


This is a show tune
But the show hasn't been written for it, yet


Hound dogs on my trail
School children sitting in jail
Black cat cross my path
I think everyday's gonna be my last


Lord, have mercy on this land of mine
We all gonna get it in due time
I don't belong here, I don't belong there
I've even stopped believing in prayer


Don't tell me, I tell you
Me and my people just about due
I've been there so I know
They keep on saying, "Go slow!"


But that's just the trouble, do it slow
Washing the windows, do it slow
Picking the cotton, do it slow
You're just plain rotten, do it slow


You're too damn lazy, do it slow
The thinking's crazy, do it slow
Where am I going? What am I doing?
I don't know, I don't know


Just try to do your very best
Stand up be counted with all the rest
For everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam


I bet you thought I was kiddin'


Picket lines, school boy cots
They try to say it's a communist plot
All I want is equality
For my sister, my brother, my people and me


Yes, you lied to me all these years
You told me to wash and clean my ears
And talk real fine just like a lady
And you'd stop calling me Sister Sadie


Oh, but this whole country is full of lies
You're all gonna die and die like flies
I don't trust you any more
You keep on saying, "Go slow! Go slow!"


But that's just the trouble, do it slow
Desegregation, do it slow
Mass participation, do it slow
Reunification, do it slow


Do things gradually, do it slow
But bring more tragedy, do it slow
Why don't you see it? Why don't you feel it?
I don't know, I don't know


You don't have to live next to me
Just give me my equality
Everybody knows about Mississippi
Everybody knows about Alabama
Everybody knows about Mississippi Goddam


That's it!
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

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Snow has dominated our lives and the news over the past few weeks. Closed airports, cancelled classes, supermarket runs, blocked driveways and cabin fever are the new norm for many of us on the east coast. Some love it and others, not so much. How about you?

Would you rather see more snow or less snow for the rest of winter?
 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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This week’s topics include:

  • Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been described by some as being desperate to remain relevant, dominated the airwaves after his assertions that President Obama does not love America.
  • The Justice Department and FBI are examining whether hate-crime or other federal laws were violated in the fatal shootings of three Muslim students in North Carolina that police believe stemmed from a long-standing dispute over parking at a Chapel Hill condominium complex.
  • Republicans have criticized President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Snow has dominated our lives and the news over the past few weeks. Closed airports, cancelled classes, supermarket runs, blocked driveways and cabin fever are the new norm for many of us on the east coast. Some love it and others, not so much. How about you?

Would you rather see more snow or less snow for the rest of winter?


 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Giuliani and Race

Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has been described by some as being desperate to remain relevant, dominated theairwaves after his assertions that President Obama does not love America. He said “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,”“He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country.”Critics suggested that Giuliani’s description of the President upbringing reflected a prejudiced view that Mr. Obama was different from other Americans.  Giuliani defended his assertion that President Obama did not love America, and said that his criticism of Mr. Obama’s upbringing should not be considered racist because the President was raised by “a white mother.”


What’s your take?  Giuliani claims the comments were not racist. How would you describe the comments and what do you think was the motivation?


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hate Crime or Parking Dispute?

The Justice Department and FBI are examining whether hate-crime or other federal laws were violated in the fatal shootings of three Muslim students in North Carolina that police believe stemmed from a long-standing dispute over parking at a Chapel Hill condominium complex.President Obama called the murders "brutal and outrageous," saying, "No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship."
 

Search warrants show he had a dozen firearms in his home, including six rifles and two shotguns, along with cases of ammunition and several full magazines. Eight spent shell casings were found where all three students were shot in the head.The killings have prompted a wave of concern in the community, and nationally, over whether their deaths resulted from anti-Muslim bias.

What’s Your Take? Hate Crime Or Parking Dispute? Is there a war against Islam in America?
 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lift Every Voice And Sing

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

President Barack Obama made the case for Congress to formally authorize the use of military force in the war against ISIS. He made it clear that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force does not call for deployment of ground troops in Iraq or Syria. Some Republicans have insisted American ground troops will eventually be necessary.

What’s Your Take? Should the US put combat boots on the ground in the war against ISIS?


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We are taking a "SNOW BREAK" Today!

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The podcast  is available on demand  and will repeat Thursday at 6pm on May We Help You? Radio Network. Listen on the go. Download the FREE LIVE 365 app.

Listen in as our New Year's Eve 2014   party delved into who were the movers and shakers of 2014 and  our goals for 2015.



 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What's Your Take?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to honor the Jackie Robinson West Little League players after they lost their national title over violations of geographic-boundary rules.
The players were stripped of the title they won last summer, because team officials were found to have violated a rule setting geographic boundaries within which teams must find their players.

What’s Your Take? How do you feel about the decision of Little League International to strip the Jackie Robinson West team of its title?



 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Black Butterfly

 

Morning light, silken dreams take flight
As the darkness gives way to the dawn
You’ve survived, now your moment has arrived
Now your dream has finally been born

Black butterfly, sail across the waters
Tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings
Black butterfly, set the skies on fire
Rise up even higher so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings

While you slept the promise was unkept
But your faith was as sure as the stars
Now you’re free and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are

Black butterfly, sail across the waters
Tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings
Black butterfly, set the skies on fire
Rise up even higher so the wind can catch your wings

Let the current lift your heart and send it soaring
Write your timeless message clear across the skies
So that all of us can read it and remember when we heed it
That a dream conceived in truth can never die, butterfly

'Cause now you’re free and the world has come to see
Just how proud and beautiful you are

Black butterfly, sail across the waters
Tell your sons and your daughters what the struggle brings
Black butterfly, set the skies, set them on fire
Rise up even higher so the ageless winds of time can catch your wings
Fly butterfly, yeah, yeah

Thursday, February 12, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Genetic technology may soon give us the ability to alter the genes of a developing fetus and create, in effect, custom-made designer babies. What’s Your Take?
Should Parents Be Able To Create Babies by Design?

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show

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This week’s topics include:
 

  • The year was 1968 and “SAY IT LOUD, I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD” by the Godfather of Soul James Brown was Number 1 on the charts for six weeks. What present day and songs from yesteryear had a positive effect on our community and society as a whole?
  • Remarks  by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday comparing the barbaric actions of ISIS to those of medieval Christian crusaders have drawn ire from his critics on the right.

 

Radio Legend James "Chocolate Chip" Johnston joins the conversation this week!


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Genetic technology may soon give us the ability to alter the genes of a developing fetus and create, in effect, custom-made designer babies.

What’s Your Take? Should Parents Be Able To Create Babies by Design?

 


Have You Had Your "SIP" For The Week? Bringing you the latest in sports, celebrity, and entertainment news!

 

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Black And Proud

The year was 1968 and “SAY IT LOUD, I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD” by the Godfather of Soul James Brown was Number 1 on the charts for six weeks. In the song, Brown addressed the prejudice towards blacks in America, and the need for black empowerment, a strong, powerful and emotional statement of the time. The song featuring the lyrics {We demand a chance to do things for ourselves/we’re tired of beating our head against the wall/and working for someone else} became the unofficial anthem for the Black Power Movement. Let’s not overlook the role of music in our rich history.


What’s your take? What present day and songs from yesteryear had a positive effect on our community and society as a whole?

 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast

Remarks by President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday comparing the barbaric actions of ISIS to those of medieval Christian crusaders have drawn ire from his critics on the right.Speaking about ISIS, Obama said, “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”He added, “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”


What’s Your Take on the President’s comments?



 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

TanyaFree.com Weekly Poll

 

 An Atlanta barber shop has come up with an interesting method to discipline misbehaving kids. The owner Russell Frederick offers calls  the  special haircut the “grown up kids special” which leaves the child  looking like an old man, bald on top with close cut sides.  The method has gone viral but not all of the responses have been positive, receiving criticism from mental health professionals who don’t like the idea of shame and   strategies that humiliate children.


What’s your take? Do you approve of “the grown up kids special” as a form of discipline?

 

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Tanya Free and Friends Black History Moment

At the first Grammy Awards ceremony, Count Basie won the 1958 awards for Best Performance by a Dance Band and Best Jazz Performance, Group, for his Roulette Records LP 'Basie'.
'Breakfast Dance' and 'Barbecue' was nominated in the dance band category for 1959, and Basie won in the category in 1960 for 'Dance with Basie', earning nominations the same year for Best Performance by an Orchestra and Best Jazz Performance, Large Group, for The Count Basie Story.

The Second Incarnation: The Count Basie Orchestra of 1962, in all its swinging glory. Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Eric Dixon, Thad Jones, Al Aarons, Snooky Young -- and Freddie Green laying down those perfect 4/4 chords. Sonny Payne is the drummer you're asking about.

 

Friday, February 06, 2015

TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

Americans' reports of being sick with the flu in December are among the highest since 2008. Flu reports typically peak in January or February, which indicates that this may be one of the worst flu seasons in at least seven years. The CDC still recommends getting a flu vaccination this year, because it lowers the severity of the illness.


How about you? Has anyone in your household had the flu this season?



 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The "SIP" with Coffee Black

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Tanya Free and Friends Podcast

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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 LIVE on Live365.com,Black Talk Radio Network and TanyaFree.com @ 2pm EDT. The podcast repeatss 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:

 

  • Does the risk of outbreak  outweigh personal beliefs? Should parents be allowed to opt out of MMR vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs?

 

  • The relevance of Black History Month and how we celebrate our achievements and prepare for the future comes into question every February. How can we make Black History Month more relevant this year?

 


TanyaFree.com/Urban Views Weekly Poll

 Americans' reports of being sick with the flu in December are among the highest since 2008. Flu reports typically peak in January or February, which indicates that this may be one of the worst flu seasons in at least seven years. The CDC still recommends getting a flu vaccination this year, because it lowers the severity of the illness.
How about you? Has anyone in your household had the flu this season?


Our friend Dr. Sinclair Grey III joins the conversation this week.Dr. Grey is an activist, speaker, writer, author, life coach, and host of The Sinclair Grey Show heard on Mondays at 2pm on WAEC Love 860am (iHeart Radio and Tune In). Contact him at drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey

 

 



 

Monday, February 02, 2015

How can we make Black History Month more relevant?

The relevance of Black History Month and how we celebrate our achievements and prepare for the future comes into question every February. Dr. Carter G. Woodson proclaimed the second week of February to be Negro History Week back in 1926 honoring the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Dr. Woodson stated that “We should emphasize not Negro history, but the Negro in history. President Obama said a few years back that “each February, we recognize African American History Month as a moment to reflect upon how far we have come as a nation, and what challenges remain."


What’s Your Take? How can we make Black History Month more relevant?



 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Does the risk of outbreak outweigh personal beliefs?

The CDC reports that in just the past month, 84 people from 14 states contracted measles. California alone has 59 confirmed cases, most of them linked to an initial exposure in Disneyland. A majority of people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated. The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is recommended for all children. It protects against three potentially serious illnesses.Currently, all 50 states require the MMR vaccination but 19 state laws allow students to opt out with a doctor’s approval or religious justification placing those surrounded by the unvaccinated at risk. The CDC reports that in 2014, 79% of measles cases in the U.S. involving unvaccinated people were the result of personal belief exemptions.


What’s Your Take? Does the risk of outbreak  outweigh personal beliefs? Should parents be allowed to opt out of MMR vaccinations based on personal or religious beliefs?