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Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him
Richard Pryor attracted admiration and anger in equal parts. He was a comedian who many consider the greatest ever, yet his triumphant stand-up work has been largely eclipsed by his mediocre movie output. His personal life was likewise something of a contradiction, because Pryor was a man of deep intelligence and sensitivity yet was also someone who could never seem to make the pieces of his life come together to create a whole. His was a fascinating, larger-than-life personality; he was as pivotal and essential a figure. Pryor the solo artist brought to a pop-obsessed generation the news that they had a past with deep roots that spoke to our shared humanity.
David Henry is a screenwriter and his brother, Joe Henry is a singer/songwriter as well as a music producer. This is their first book, and they are working on a screenplay based on Pryor's life and career.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). An estimated, 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
Special Guest: Annette Myarick is the Chief Executive Officer for the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter. Prior to joining the LFA in 1991, she was with the Arthritis Foundation’s Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter for 14 years, most recently as the Vice President for Public Health Strategies. Annette has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Temple University. Special Guest: Lupus advocate. Leyla Moreno, Manager of Community Relations at Health Partners. Leyla is a native of Panama. Leyla was recognized in 2008 and 2009 by Impacto Latin Newspaper and the Philadelphia Multicultural Congress as one of the ten Most Influential Latino Leaders under 40. She graduated (cum laude) with a degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Temple University. Leyla is a board member of the Lupus Foundation
Men We Reaped: In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away.
Special Guest: Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford, from 2008-2010, she has been named the 2010-11 Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her debut novel, Where the Line Bleeds, was an Essence Magazine Book Club selection and a Black Caucus of the ALA Honor Award recipient. Ward's second novel, Salvage the Bones, won the 2011 National Book Award.
Special Guest:Jeannine L. Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, has worked for more than 21 years in the public benefit sector, focusing on issues of poverty, violence and homelessness. Ms. Lisitski holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and is a Ph.D Candidate (ABD), in Social Work and Social Research with a focus on homelessness.
Women Against Abuse, a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence in Philadelphia. Our services include emergency safe haven, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, hotline counseling, community education and advocacy.
Oonya Kempadoo’s moving third novel, All Decent Animals, looks at the personal and aesthetic choices of a multifaceted cast of characters on the Caribbean island of Trinidad—a country still developing economically but rich culturally, aiming at “world-class” status amid its poor island cousins. It is a novel about relationships, examined through the distinct rhythms of the city of Port of Spain.
Loyalties, love, conflicting cultures, and creativity come into play as Ata, a young woman working in carnival design but curious about writing, and her European boyfriend, Pierre, negotiate the care of their friend Fraser, a closeted gay man dying from AIDS. The contradictory Trinidadian setting becomes a parallel character to Fraser’s Cambridge-derived artistic sensibility and an antagonist to Ata’s creative journey.
Oonya Kempadoo was born in England to Guyanese parents. She has lived in Europe and on various islands in the Caribbean. Her first novel, Buxton Spice, was published in 1998 to great acclaim. Her second novel, Tide Running, won the prestigious Casa de las Americas Literary Prize for best English or Creole novel. Kempadoo lives in St. George’s, Grenada.
The mobile marketing ecosystem is varied and growing. There are so many ways to mobilize a brand. As the Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, we will take a look at what is the mobile marketing ecosystem, and how it fits in relation to other marketing and branding platforms. This show will feature you and I so please call in with your questions and comments.
Tonight Vince is joined by Bay Area based journalist Matthew Keys. We will discuss several stories which have developed locally over the past few weeks. Matthew covered the accidental deaths of two BART maintenence workers during the recent workers strike. He has also covered the recent incident in Roseville where a parolee engaged in a shootout with police. Matthew has also mixed it up on Twitter with local news outlets about their news coverage, at one point getting blocked by KTVU's account for complaining about not being credited as a source. Also, we will celebrate the life of Lou Reed by playing his music. This and more, plus your calls!!
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Beth Robertson offers the four locks and keys, a traditional approach to being useful and to relate well with others. Patanjali's Yoga Sutras offer ideas for getting along well with others and dealing with difficult situations. Let's explore together, ever mindful of the Structure Within,.
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (August 2013) is a stirring, powerful collection of essays that explore the effects of racism, violence, and class, among other things, on American culture and society. Kiese Laymon’s writing is deeply personal yet unsentimental. He tells personal family stories that reveal the myriad influences that have shaped his life, from his formidable grandmother and rascally uncle to the hip-hop stars of the 1980s and 1990s who became role models for an entire generation of young black men across the country.
Kiese Laymon was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Oberlin College and earned an MFA from Indiana University. Laymon is a contributing editor at Gawker.com and has written for numerous publications, including Esquire and ESPN.com. He is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at Vassar College. Agate Bolden published his debut novel, Long Division, came out in June 2013.
The African-American Guide to Divorce & Drama: Breaking Up Without Breaking Down helps parties navigate the process of separation and divorce, while seeking to minimize the “drama” and trauma for them and their children–the innocent victims. It is the first comprehensive book on divorce for African-Americans.
Lester L. Barclay is the managing partner of The Barclay Law Group in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he has practiced matrimonial law since 1985. In that time, he has earned a sterling reputation as a skilled litigator who seeks to maintain the family’s integrity during and after divorce.
Join the wandering widow Carrie Carter along With Captain Joe from Key Largo and learn how you can take a great vacation on a sail boat in the BREATHTAKING FLORDIA KEYS. At a very resonable cost.
Join Dana of Mickeys Travel and learn how to take the stress out of your travel plans .
Musa Okwonga is a poet, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, PR consultant and commentator on current affairs.
He studied law at Oxford University and then trained as a solicitor in the City before leaving the legal profession to pursue a career as a poet.
He is the author of two books on football, has written for The Independent, The Guardian and This Is Africa, and is the vocalist for electronica outfit The King’s Will, who have been praised by Q Magazine as “a brilliant 21st century culture clash…like a globe-straddling Mike Skinner”.
You can find out more about his work at www.okwonga.com
A Love Letter to London"Heavyweight":http://youtu.be/C0OeQilbuS4
The King's Will - Love, Against Homophobia: http://youtu.be/lc0zhTvZciE
To men who threaten women online, “Invisible Men”. http://www.okwonga.com/?p=760