The Mis-Education of America | LMercer ERoberds MRobinson | 19 min

April 28, 2017
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Everything that we have been discussing regarding education reform has been focused on the classroom curriculums and agendas, but what about the other necessities such as job training, life skills, internships, physical education, art appreciation, and other student development areas that receive little attention during the school year.

Our Guests:

  • Ellen Roberds, City Strategist, ioby
  • Marcus Robinson, CEO, Memphis Education Fund 
  • Luther Mercer, Director of Advocacy, TN Charter School Center

 

Are We Harvesting Poverty? | ERoberds MRobinson LMercer | 17 min

April 26, 2017
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[ Click On The Image To Listen]  According to the US Census Bureau, and studies conducted by the U of M The City of Memphis' metro area had a poverty rate of 18.4%, and the City of Memphis had a poverty rate of 26.2%, while those numbers are down from the previous year, they are still well above the national average, and have been so for years despite our 'best' efforts to eradicate it.

With all of the social programs, task forces, public and private initiatives, studies, and other efforts implemented to eliminate poverty.  Are we actually enabling the impoverished to find comfort in their state, and if so, are we effectively harvesting poverty instead of working to eliminate it?

Our Guests:

  • Ellen Roberds, City Strategist, ioby
  • Marcus Robinson, CEO, Memphis Education Fund 
  • Luther Mercer, Director of Advocacy, TN Charter School Center

Is Rap Music Connected to Today’s Violence? | Demetria Frank Tom Jones Dr. Andre Johnson | 18 min.

April 24, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is the Funky Politics Segment where professionals join, DC and MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Topic: Is Rap Music Connected to Today's Violence?

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Demetria Frank, Atty, Founder of Project MI, Univ. of Memphis Law Professor, Independent Journalist 
  • Dr. Andre Johnson, Univ. of Memphis Professor of Communications, Pastor and Author 
  • Tom Jones, Journalist and Consultant, Smart City Consulting 

Enjoy!!!

The Age of Explicit Bias | Demetria Frank | 12 min

April 22, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Attorney and Professor Demetria Frank joins the Funky Politics Crew to discuss the differences between implicit and explicit bias. 

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Implicit Bias and its definition
  • Explicit Bias and its differences versus implicit
  • Explicit Bias in the time of President Trump

As you know we always get Real, Right and definitely FUNKKKKYYYYY... Enjoy!!!

Until The Church Gets Real | Dr. Andre Johnson | 16 min

April 22, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] The Church is turning the young away because the millennials and other young adults see the church as a very hypocritical entity.  Dr. Johnson, professor of communications at the University of Memphis, professor of rhetoric and religion at the Memphis Theological Seminary and Pastor has a lot to say when it comes to the church.  Join him as he visits KUDZUKIAN Studios to hangout with the Funky Politics Crew

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Declining participation in the church
  • What the church is missing 
  • His experiences with his millenial students
  • His prescription for the future of the church

As you know we always get Real, Right and definitely FUNKKKKYYYYY... Enjoy!!!

“Helping Women Achieve” | Ruby Bright, Exec. Dir. | 12 min

April 18, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Trailblazer, Women & Children Advocate and Activist, and impassioned community leader, Ruby Bright stopped by KUDZUKIAN Studios to hangout with the Funky Politics Crew

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Helping women to be their best self
  • Attacking poverty where it lives
  • Creating better outcomes for women and children
  • Fundraising efforts 

As you know we always get Real, Right and definitely FUNKKKKYYYYY... Enjoy!!!

WWMD: What Would Martin Do? | Ruby Bright Earle Fisher Wendi Thomas | 20 Min

April 15, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is the Funky Politics Segment where professionals join, DC and MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Topic: WWMD: What Would Martin Do?

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Wendi Thomas, Founder of MLK50, Independent Journalist 
  • Ruby Bright, Executive Director, Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Earle Fisher, Social Justice Activist, and Pastor, Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church

Enjoy!!!

GUMBO: Is There An Agenda?..Black, Women,… | Wendi Thomas, Ruby Bright & Earle Fisher | 18 min.

April 13, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is the Funky Politics Segment where professionals join, DC and MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Topic: Is There a Black Agenda? Is there a Women's, Protected Class, LGBTQ..Agenda?

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Wendi Thomas, Founder of MLK50, Independent Journalist 
  • Ruby Bright, Executive Director, Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Earle Fisher, Social Justice Activist, and Pastor, Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church

Enjoy!!!

The Black Church & Black Women | Earle Fisher | 13 min

April 12, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Noted social justice/political activist, media personality, and Pastor Earle Fisher got extremely FUNKY with the Funky Politics Crew. 

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Voting of Black Men in the Presidential election
  • Black Women and thier role in the Black Church
  • Men and their willingness to be led by women 

Rev Fisher gets Real, Right and definitely FUNKKKKYYYYY... Enjoy!!!

Time For A Third Political Party? | Steve Mulroy & Dr. Russell Wigginton | 16 min

April 12, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is the Funky Politics Segment where professionals join, DC and MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Topic: Is it time for a third political party?  Americans are increasing unhappy with the democrats and republicans and the support for third party candidates is growing.  Let's discuss!!!

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Dr. Russell Wigginton,  VP of External Programs, Rhodes College Healthcare Executive 
  • Steve Mulroy, Former County Commissioner, Associate Dean, University of Memphis Law School

Enjoy!!!

GUMBO 04.08.17 | Calvin Anderson & John Pellicciotti | TRUMPcare…

April 10, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is the Funky Politics Segment where professionals join, DC and MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Topic: Trumpcare, what happened! What is the ACA?

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Calvin Anderson, Healthcare Executive 
  • John Pellicciotti, Former County Commissioner, Entrepreneur

Enjoy!!!

 

All Politics Are Racial? | Soledad O’Brien & Cornell Belcher | 22 min

April 3, 2017
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[ Click Image to PLAY ] Soledad O'Brien, media personality, and Cornell Belcher, political pundit, pollster and strategist visit the FP Crew and on this episode the weigh-in on:  

  • The election of Donald Trump...What Happened in Retrospect. 
  • The need for the engagement of young voters is necessary going forward. 
  • Race trumps class and gender in the US
  • What needs to happen before the country moves forward
  • Census plays a huge role in our politics and why you must be counted.

Enjoy!!!

A Black Man in the White House | Cornell Belcher, Author & Pollster | 17 min

April 2, 2017
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Click Image to Listen] Part #2 of our conversation with noted political strategist, pollster, pundit, and author, Cornell Belcher.  We turn up the Funk on this episode.

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Why poor whites in places like West Virginia, vote against their interest
  • What happens during our cyclical cataclysms and the subsequent reconstruction 
  • Race trumps class and gender in the US
  • What needs to happen before the country moves forward
  • Why are our politics failing us?

Enjoy!!!

The OBAMA BackLASH | Cornell Belcher | 23 min

March 28, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Noted political strategist, pundit, and author, Cornell Belcher got extremely FUNKY with the Funky Politics Crew.  

On this episode, we discuss:  

  • Statistically what really enabled President Obama to win his two terms;
  • The aftermath of his presidency
  • To what degree are we living in a Post-racial society
  • Where do the Democrats and the Republicans go from here

Cornell gets Funkier that an old pair of socks and the FP crew got even funkier.  Enjoy!!!

GUMBO: The Resistance to Corporate Greed | Tosha Downey & Darrell Cobbins | 18 min.

March 27, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is a segment on Funky Politics that allow professionals to join DC & MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Tosha Downey, Advocacy, Memphis Education Fund
  • Darrell Cobbins, CEO, Universal Commercial

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Sponsor Spotlight: MLGW | Eliza King, Smart Meters | Energy Conservation & Smart Meters

March 24, 2017
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Our sponsor, MLGW, came by the studio to discuss Smart Meters with the Funky Politics Crew.  Smart Meters are being deployed throughout the world by utility companies and they have some tremendous benefits. Enjoy!!!

Diversity & Inclusion??? | Rory Verrett, Exec Search | 20 min

March 22, 2017
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During Rory's visit with the Funky Politics Crew, we discuss his new executive search firm, Protege' Search and we unpack the concept of "Diversity & Inclusion".  Truly understanding the concept and why has it gained so much traction over the last 15-20 years. Enjoy!

GUMBO | Latanyua Robinson, Martavius Jones & Lee Eric Smith | 21 min

March 17, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is a segment on Funky Politics that allow professionals to join DC & MD around the table to discuss hot topics.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in the studio. 

Today’s Ingredients:

  • Latanyua Robinson Executive, GMACW
  • Martavius Jones, Memphis City Councilman 
  • Lee Eric Smith, Journalist and Multi-media specialist, TSD

Enjoy!!!

Street Talk | Rhyane Wagner, Vic Montgomery & Sean Waddell | 18 min

March 12, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Street Talk is a segment on Funky Politics that allow people from around the country to join our conversation.  The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends from around the world join D.C. and M.D.  Hot Topics get even hotter!!!

This Street Talk Segment has:

  • Rhyane Wagner, Political Consultant/Strategist, Atlanta 
  • Victor "QuePsiRef" Montgomery, Education Advocate, Washington D.C. 
  • Sean "The Rat Daddy" Waddell, Public/Civil Rights Advocate, Louisville

Enjoy!!!

GUMBO 03.11.17 | Lisa Moore, Tosha Downey & Darrell Cobbins | 26 min.

March 10, 2017
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[Click Image to Listen] Gumbo is a segment on Funky Politics that allow professional to join DC & MD around the table to discuss pressing topics from the week.   The Funk can get very thick when our Funky Friends join us in studio. 

This Street Talk Segment has:

  • Tosha Downey, Director of Advocacy, Memphis Education Fund
  • Lisa Moore, President & CEO, Girls Inc.
  • Darrell Cobbins, President & CEO, UniversalCommercial  Memphis

Enjoy!!!