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Black Issues Forum: 2900 Series (2013-2014)


April 20, 2014 - Vegas Don:  A League of His Own - Who knows better how to reach the kids who seem hardest to reach than someone who once walked their same path?  Otis Lyons, aka Vegas Don is a former gang-banger turned youth advocate, and has created a splashy NBA style basketball league to capture the attention of many at-risk youth.  He's joined by Durham teen Matthew Mangum, who has been touched by the DBL program, and talks about his organization Campaign4Change, DONS Basketball League, and his fundraising campaign to create a sports arena and youth center for teens in Durham.

April 13, 2014 - Time, Talent, & Treasure - Darryl Lester learned the higher calling of philanthropy from his mother who would keep extra groceries in her pantry to share with neighbors in need.  Tim McIntosh witnessed a successful program that helped those exiting the prison system find meaningful work and a reason to live.  With these foundations, both have impacted their communities with strategic giving, and they share their model.  They also talk about opportunities to learn more about strategic like the upcoming Giving Black conference.  Darryl is Assistant Director of the African American Cultural Center at North Carolina State University and President/CEO of Hindsight Consulting.  Tim McIntosh, the President and managing partner of Park West Barber School.

April 6, 2014 - Venessa Harrison, President AT&T North Carolina - Newly named president of telecom giant AT&T North Carolina and Raleigh native Venessa Harrison shares how she advanced in the company beginning as a call center operator. She talks about her corporate climb, personal life, and how she is leading the organization into the future with projects like the North Carolina African American Heritage Calendar and more.

March 30, 2014 - African American Music Trails -  A new book African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina takes readers to 8 different counties in Eastern North Carolina to discover the culture and heritage of this region as told by African American music and musicians.  Guests Michelle Lanier, co-author of the book as well as an oral history historian and folklorist and Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; Bill Myers, a retired educator and renowned musician in Wilson who's been a resource on the project since its inception and is also a 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient; and Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council, the group that created the music and literary trails series,  share some of the history and the music.

March 24, 2014 - The Holt Foundation - At the age of 10, NFL Super Bowl Champion Torry Holt lost  mother to cancer.  Now, he and his brother Terry have established the Holt Brothers Foundation with a commitment to help children of adults with cancer cope and find joy.  He talks about programs supportd by the foundation plus the Holt Brothers other business ventures in North Carolina.

March 17, 2014 - The Howard Lee Institute - Howard N. Lee has served North Carolina as Senator, Mayor, Chair of the State Board of Education, and Director of the state's Education Cabinet under Governor Beverly Perdue. Today his work for the community endures through the Howard N. Lee Institute.  He shares his vision for the organization and commentary on the current status of African American boys.

March 10, 2014 - The North Carolina Fund - In 1963, North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford declared war on poverty with a revolutionary plan centered on education, job training, and housing.  View highlights from the film Change Comes Knocking as Director/filmmaker Rebecca Cerese of Shelter from the Storm Productions and Dr. Shun Robertson of MDC discuss how the North Carolina Fund influenced effective community organizing and why it was also at the center of controversy.

March 3, 2014 - Using Obamacare - The original purpose of the Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare was to help more Americans gain access to health coverage by helping reduce what you spend on health insurance, expanding benefits, and removing barriers to coverage.  On October 1st 2013, an online health insurance marketplace opened up, but a lot of Americans still have questions about how to use the exchange or if they should use it.   Sandra Miller Jones, Founder and CEO of Segmented Marketing Services and  Michele Smith, a Health Benefits specialist with A&M Benefits LLC address some of these questions.

Feb. 24, 2014 - STEM Woman:  Gloria Shealey - Gloria Shealey is President and CEO of the Durham based construction firm The Daniele Company, and she's spent the last 25 years building her business and strategy for survival and success.  Find out more about one of her most recent accomplishments as Construction Manager Partner on Honda Aircraft Company's 20 million dollar Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, and what she's doing to stay on top as a woman in a STEM industry.

February 16, 2014 - President of Bennett College Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall - Bennett College in Greensboro recently celebrated it's 140 anniversary and in July of 2013 welcomed its 17th President, North Carolina native Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall.  She brings to Bennett 25 years of experience in higher education plus a background in law. She shares her vision for the college and insights about the relevance of HBCUs today and into the future.

February 9, 2014 - NCCU's BRITE Discoveries  - NCCU's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) is home to science discoveries and making it's mark on the worldwide community as well as the lives of aspiring pharmaceutical professionals.  Drs. Li-An Yeh and Hazell Reed discuss ongoing developments at BRITE's and the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnical Research Institute (JLC-BBRI) plus student opportunities.

February 2, 2014 - Wilmington Author's Journey to Network TV - It's a writer's fairytale for North Carolina author Jason Mott.  We'll talk to the Wilmington, NC native and author of the New York Times Best seller "The Returned"  about the ups and downs of his manuscript's journey to becoming the major network television series "Resurrection," starring Omar Epps.

January 26, 2014 - African American Music Trails -  A new book African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina takes readers to 8 different counties in Eastern North Carolina to discover the culture and heritage of this region as told by African American music and musicians.  Guests Michelle Lanier, co-author of the book as well as an oral history historian and folklorist and Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission; Bill Myers, a retired educator and renowned musician in Wilson who's been a resource on the project since its inception and is also a 2014 North Carolina Heritage Award Recipient; and Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council, the group that created the music and literary trails series,  share some of the history and the music.

January 19, 2014 - The Holt Foundation - At the age of 10, NFL Super Bowl Champion Torry Holt lost  mother to cancer.  Now, he and his brother Terry have established the Holt Brothers Foundation with a commitment to help children of adults with cancer cope and find joy.  He talks about programs supportd by the foundation plus the Holt Brothers other business ventures in North Carolina.

January 12, 2014 - Fighting Modern Day Bullying - A 2011  National Education Association study revealed 30% of kids in schools are bullied every month.   With social media technology and the rise of cyberbullying, the entire issue has become a growing problem.  A Durham boy shares his personal story and in-studio guests David Henson, a Managing Partner with HensonFuerst AttorneysAhmed Toure, an Operations Manager and Lead Rock Star at Leading to Change Training company based in Charlotte; and Fernando Martinez, a national Field Organizer with the Dignity in Schools Campaign provide insight and advice.  Also see PSA contest winners from HensonFuerst's 2013 video competition to raise awareness around bullying.

January 5, 2014 - How School Choice WorksBeginning in 2014, eligible parents will be able to use opportunity scholarships or vouchers to pay for private school tuition.  In the July 2013 legislative session lawmakers passed a bill to allow the scholarships as part of the state budget, in part to address the issue of low student performance.  Join Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina PEFNC and Rodney Wllis, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators NCAE for an informative discussion about how these vouchers are designed to work and also what educational choices are opening up in public education.  For more information on eligibility for opportunity scholarships and how to apply, go online to the North Carolia Education Assistance Authority  NCEAA.

December 29, 2013 - Yolanda Rabun:  Living Her Dreams:  Meet soul/jazz vocal recording artist, theatre performer, and practicing attorney Yolanda Rabun, known in some circles as "the voice." She's collaborated on projects with famously talented artists like the late Soul singer Isaac Hayes, R&B crooner Howard Hewitt, opened for Grammy winner Jennifer Holiday, and recently opened for the Isley Brothers at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Yolanda performs from her debut CD "So Real," discusses her release "Hold on to Your Dreams" her corporate life, and how she's fulfilling her dreams in all theaters..

Dec. 22, 2013 - A Christmas Concert with Nnenna Freelon & John Brown (Episode 2810):  Music for the season featuring North Carolina's own Nnenna Freelon and John Brown. They perform numbers from their Holiday CD  "Christmas" and talk about the collaboration.

December 16, 2013 - Why STEM Matters for BlacksIt is well known technology innovation is a nation's top indicator of economic strength and power.   According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, yet this small segment of the workforce accounts for more than 50% of our sustained economic expansion.  These workers are high in demand, and that means better job opportunities and pay for those with STEM skills.  Statistics reveal, however, very few minorities and women employed or seeking degrees in these fields.  Guests Tina Marcus, Project Manager for STEM Education and Leadership for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction;   Dr. Lee Stiff, President, EDSTAR Analytics and Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University; and Enrico Copeland, President and CEO of Global Health Connections International discuss why the numbers are low and what work is being done to create more balance.

December 9, 2013 - Wilmington Author's Journey to Network TV - It's a writer's fairytale for North Carolina author Jason Mott.  We'll talk to the Wilmington, NC native and author of the New York Times Best seller "The Returned"  about the ups and downs of his manuscript's journey to becoming a major network television series.

December 1, 2013 - The Howard Lee Institute - Howard N. Lee has served North Carolina as Senator, Mayor, Chair of the State Board of Education, and Director of the state's Education Cabinet under Governor Beverly Perdue. Today his work for the community endures through the Howard N. Lee Institute.  He shares his vision for the organization and commentary on the current status of African American boys.

November 24, 2013 - The North Carolina Fund - In 1963, North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford declared war on poverty with a revolutionary plan centered on education, job training, and housing.  View highlights from the film Change Comes Knocking as Director/filmmaker Rebecca Cerese of Shelter from the Storm Productions and Dr. Shun Robertson of MDC discuss how the North Carolina Fund influenced effective community organizing and why it was also at the center of controversy.

November 17, 2013 - Using Obamacare - The original purpose of the Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare was to help more Americans gain access to health coverage by helping reduce what you spend on health insurance, expanding benefits, and removing barriers to coverage.  On October 1st 2013, an online health insurance marketplace opened up, but a lot of Americans still have questions about how to use the exchange or if they should use it.   Sandra Miller Jones, Founder and CEO of Segmented Marketing Services and  Michele Smith, a Health Benefits specialist with A&M Benefits LLC address some of these questions.

November 10, 2013 - STEM Woman:  Gloria Shealey - Gloria Shealey is President and CEO of the Durham based construction firm The Daniele Company, and she's spent the last 25 years building her business and strategy for survival and success.  Find out more about one of her most recent accomplishments as Construction Manager Partner on Honda Aircraft Company's 20 million dollar Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, and what she's doing to stay on top as a woman in a STEM industry.

November 3, 2013 - NCCU's BRITE Discoveries  - NCCU's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) is home to science discoveries and making it's mark on the worldwide community as well as the lives of aspiring pharmaceutical professionals.  Drs. Li-An Yeh and Hazell Reed discuss ongoing developments at BRITE's and the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnical Research Institute (JLC-BBRI) plus student opportunities.

October 27, 2013 - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville  - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville    Asheville's YMI Cultural Center celebrates 120 years since  it opened  in 1893 as The Young Men's Institute. Founded by African Americans Isaac Dickson and Dr. Edward Stephens and funded by George Vanderbilt, it housed a kindergarten, adult schools, a library, drugstore, doctor's offices, swimming pool and more.  Historian Dr. Darin Waters and YMI Director Sharon West share its history.

October 20, 2013 - How School Choice WorksBeginning in 2014, eligible parents will be able to use opportunity scholarships or vouchers to pay for private school tuition.  In the July 2013 legislative session lawmakers passed a bill to allow the scholarships as part of the state budget, in part to address the issue of low student performance.  Join Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina PEFNC and Rodney Wllis, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators NCAE for an informative discussion about how these vouchers are designed to work and also what educational choices are opening up in public education.  For more information on eligibility for opportunity scholarships and how to apply, go online to the North Carolia Education Assistance Authority  NCEAA.

October 13, 2013 - Why STEM Matters for BlacksIt is well known technology innovation is a nation's top indicator of economic strength and power.   According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, yet this small segment of the workforce accounts for more than 50% of our sustained economic expansion.  These workers are high in demand, and that means better job opportunities and pay for those with STEM skills.  Statistics reveal, however, very few minorities and women employed or seeking degrees in these fields.  Guests Tina Marcus, Project Manager for STEM Education and Leadership for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction;   Dr. Lee Stiff, President, EDSTAR Analytics and Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University; and Enrico Copeland, President and CEO of Global Health Connections International discuss why the numbers are low and what work is being done to create more balance.

October 7, 2013 - Wilmington Author's Journey to Network TV - It's a writer's fairytale for North Carolina author Jason Mott.  We'll talk to the Wilmington, NC native and author of the New York Times Best seller "The Returned"  about the ups and downs of his manuscript's journey to becoming a major network television series.

September 29, 2013 - Rights and Gender - While we reflect this year on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, where do issues around women's rights and gender equality fit in?  Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson of Bennett College,  the founder of WomenNC Beth Dehghan, and life-long women's and human rights activist Adrienne Witherspoon share their perspectives.

September 22, 2013 - 50 Years After the March - Thousands participated in the historic 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom.  Now, 50 years later, how far have we come in overcoming?   The March on Washington, which took place on August 28th 1963.  While it became a signature event in the Civil Rights Movement marked by Martin Luther King Jr's unforgettable "I Have a Dream Speech," the main goals of the march included a call to action for a comprehensive civil rights bill to end segregated public accommodations and schools, protection of the right to vote, and a federal works program to address unemployment.  Today, we'll bring you the reflections 50 Years After the March by North Carolinians and talk to history professor Dr. David Dennard of East Carolina University and Gene Nichol of the UNC Poverty Center about the progress made on some of the biggest issues that led to the March.

September 15, 2013 - The Kinsey Collection - Married for more than 40 years, Shirley and Bernard Kinsey are native Californians who followed corporate careers with the pursuit of their passion for African American art and culture.  Today, their growing collection includes an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. Letters penned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  a first-edition book of poetry by Phillis Wheatley, and works or art by renowned African-American artists such as John Biggers and Romare Bearden.  Meet the Kinseys and find out more about The Kinsey Collection  on display at the Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC plus other events coming soon to the Gantt.

September 8, 2013 - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville  - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville    Asheville's YMI Cultural Center celebrates 120 years since  it opened  in 1893 as The Young Men's Institute. Founded by African Americans Isaac Dickson and Dr. Edward Stephens and funded by George Vanderbilt, it housed a kindergarten, adult schools, a library, drugstore, doctor's offices, swimming pool and more.  Historian Dr. Darin Waters and YMI Director Sharon West share its history.

September 1, 2013 - Urban Gardening - Urban and community gardening and farming could be a way to provide healthy food alternatives to residents of areas traditionally unfriendly to growing produce and also help overcome issues of food access.  Bell Street Community gardener Mary Norwood,  Lee Carol Giduz, Director of the Caldwell Arts Council,  and David Horn, Vice President for Business Development at Caldwell Memorial Hospital share how they made a the Caldwell Community Garden program work.