#ListenNow | #CreativePlaceMaking | Linda Steele & Fred Jones, Jr. | ArtsMemphis & Southern Heritage Classic…Creativity & Innovation at its Best!

August 21, 2016
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#MakingMemphisGreat | Fred Jones, Founder, Southern Heritage Classic, Linda Steele, Chief Engagement Officer, ArtsMemphis, Sports-Based & Arts-Based Community Development.  A new way of looking at the economic impact of two entities thats focused on improving the lives of Memphians.  A very insightful conversation.  An uncommon conversation that you do not want to miss!  #KUDZUKIAN

#ListenNow | #TwoPowerfulSisters | Raumesh Akbar & Lucy Shaw | Talking DNC, Juvenile Justice and Banking While Black

August 13, 2016
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#DontMissThisOne | DC & Doc chop it up with State Representative, Raumesh Akbari and they discuss her experiences before, during and since being a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention and Lucy Shaw, Tri-State State Bank's Chairwoman of the Board, checks in to discuss the current status of Memphis' one and only black-owned bank, its recent growth and new initiatives.  She also touches on the challenges the bank has experienced over the last few years and its plan for growth through better connection with the Black Community. Great conversation with two amazing women!  #TwoBrilliantBlackWomen  #KUDZUKIAN

#ListenNow | #PleaseShare | David Lenoir & Erika Blair | We Down with OPM (Other People’s Money) & Trading Stocks

August 7, 2016
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#DontMissThisOne | David Lenoir, Shelby County Trustee and Erika Blair, Founder of Young Wall Street Traders, check-in with the FP crew to discuss the current situation with taxes and Shelby County and what we can do to offset the challenges we have as a community and need for enhanced financial literacy especially with our youth. Erika also discusses the Young Wall Street Traders program, its development, successes and growth strategy.  A very insightful conversation.  We are down with OPM!!!

#ListenNow | Joann Massey & Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr. | We Need A New Plan!

July 31, 2016
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Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., CEO of Black Enterprises, Inc. and Joann Massey, City of Memphis, Dir. of Compliance and Business Diversity, explore the issues facing wealth in the Black Community and the need for intentional efforts to change the dismal situation with Black-Owned businesses. A thought provoking conversation with a two tremendously smart and committed guests.   Enjoy!!!!

#ListenNow | #PleaseShare | Keith Norman & Bobby White | Making a Difference in Our Community

July 24, 2016
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#ListenNow | Funky Politics welcomes Memphis leader that serves in many capacities, Keith Norman and Bobby White, Founder and CEO of Frayser Community Schools. We discuss various topics and issues affecting the City of Memphis: Millenials, Public Education, Urban Community Gentrification, MPD, Crime and the role of the Black Church. Enjoy this information packed show.

#ListenNow | #PleaseShare | The New Civil Rights Movement??? | Terri Freeman, President, National Civil Rights Museum

July 17, 2016
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#DontMissThisOne #ListenNOW and #PleaseShare...Terri Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum stopped by to discuss and put into a historical perspective the Black Lives Matter Movement.  We asked and contemplate the question is this movement that we experiencing sustainable and should it be mentioned with the great movements in history.  The United States may be in the midst of a New Civil Rights movement. Several cities around the country are dealing with protests lead by young African-Americans and they are making it clear that they will not sit idly by and wait for the powers that be to affirm their lives... Black Lives Matter is their rallying cry and they are singing it from the streets, the expressways, the public spaces and anywhere they choose.  With the recent deaths of #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile, urban america has reached its boiling point.  Tune in and don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation with the FP Crew. 

FP Xtra with Keith Norman, VP-Gov’t Affairs, BMHCC & Pres. NAACP-Memphis | #ShareTheFunk

July 11, 2016
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#ListenNOWandShare...Memphis and the country is on Fire...Black Lives Matter, Minority Business, NAACP, Obamacare, Spirituality, The role of The Black Church and much more is discussed with Reverend Doctor Keith Norman of Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp, Memphis Chapter of the NAACP and Pastor of First Baptist Broad.  We are at a historic moment in time and Mr. Norman has a lot to say with very little time to say it all.  We did our best to cover as much ground as possible. Tune in and don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation with the FP Crew. 

FP Xtra with Kevin Woods, Executive Dir. of Workforce Investment Network | #ShareTheFunk

July 7, 2016
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Memphis is reshaping its workforce, Shelby County is right-sizing its school system and Kevin Woods is leading the way on both fronts! FPX is the complete interview with Kevin Woods, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Network and a Shelby County Schools' Commissioner.  We discuss the challenges we face as a community and the issues confronting one of the largest school districts in the country. Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation. 

FP Xtra with Kevin Kane, Pres & CEO Memphis Tourism & Conventions | #SharetheFunk | #MemphisTourism | #BealeStreetMemphis

July 6, 2016
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Get Ready to Learn about Memphis! The complete interview with Kevin Kane of the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau.  We discuss the likelihood that Memphis can host the NBA All-Star Game, Memphis vs. Nashville, the importance of the Memphis Grizzlies, Bass Pro, $10 cover charge for Beale Street and much more.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation. 

Jim Strickland, Memphis Mayor & Ralph Moore, E.D. MAAG | #ListenNow | #PleaseShare | State of Memphis & Regionalism

July 1, 2016
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Funky Politics welcomes Mayor of the City of Memphis, Jim Strickland and Ralph Moore, Executive Director of MAAG. We discuss various topics and issues affecting the City of Memphis: Public Education, MPD, Crime, Public Education, Minority Business and Regionalism.  MAAG, Memphis Area Association of Governments is taking a leadership role in the conversation around Regionalism and believes the area is not fully leveraging its assets and resources.  Enjoy this information packed show.

Kevin Kane, CEO MCVB & Kevin Woods, E.D. of WIN | #ListenNow | #PleaseShare | Tourism & Workforce Development I| WDIA Show

June 27, 2016
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Funky Politics welcomes Executive Director of Workforce Investment Network, Kevin Woods and Kevin Kane, President & CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. We discuss the needs of the initiatives and focus of WIN, how WIN is improving our workforce as well as the importance of tourism to the Memphis economy, the $10 charge for Beale Street and Nashville vs. Memphis. Kevin Woods and Kevin Kane are working to make Memphis an even greater city tomorrow than it is today!  Enjoy this information packed show.

FP Xtra with Chris Masingill, Federal Co-Chairman, Delta Regional Authority | #PleaseShare

June 27, 2016
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The complete interview with the Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority, Chris Masingill.  Chairman Masingill addresses a myriad of topics from economic development, public health, minority business growth and regionalism.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation. 

FP Xtra with Dorsey Hopson, Superintendent, Shelby County Schools | #PleaseShare

June 27, 2016
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The complete interview with the Superintendent of Shelby County Schools, Dorsey Hopson.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation exploring issues with our school closings, I-Zone vs. ASD, Shelby County Government and much more. 

FP Xtra with Paul Young, Director of Housing & Community Development - City of Memphis | #PleaseShare

June 22, 2016
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The complete interview with the Director, City of Memphis Housing & Community Development, Paul Young.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation exploring issues with our neighborhoods, affordable housing, community partners and much more. 

Randy Boyd & Paul Young | #ListenNow | #PleaseShare | Economic & Community Development

June 19, 2016
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Funky Politics welcomes TN Economic Development Commissioner, Randy Boyd and Paul Young, Director of Housing & Community Development for the City of Memphis. We discuss what is happening at the state level with job and workforce development, the West TN MegaSite, statewide perspective on Memphis, Memphis community and housing initiatives and much more.  Enjoy this information packed show.

Co-Chairman of DRA, Chris Masingill & Major Nathan DeVoe | #PleaseShare | Delta Regional Authority & Greyhound IRT Medical Clinic Program

June 12, 2016
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Funky Politics welcomes Co-Chairman, Chris Masingill of Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to discuss its work and responsibilities and U.S. Army Major Nathan DeVoe, project lead for the The GreyHound IRT Health Clinic sponsored by the DRA.  Don't miss this enlightening conversation regarding resources, the importance of Memphis and public health. 

#PleaseShare | Lee Harris, TN State Senator & Mark Luttrell, Mayor Shelby County | WDIA Show

June 5, 2016
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TN State Senator, Lee Harris, checks in with the FP crew to tout some of the work that took place at the state level during session.  De-annexation, Ban the Box, etc.  Also, Mayor Mark Luttrell, comes by to share his thoughts on Memphis crime, education, business opportunities for African-Americans and more.  Check out the latest edition of Funky Politics.

FP Xtra with Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director, Shelby County Health Department | #PleaseShare

May 30, 2016
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Mosquitoes, Measles and Murders...The complete interview with the Director, Shelby County Health Department, Dr. Alisa Haushalter.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation regarding public health. 

FP XTRA with Dr. Glen Fenter, President & CEO of GMACW | #PleaseShare |

May 30, 2016
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The complete interview with the President and CEO of the Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), Dr. Glen Fenter.  Don't miss this deep-dive conversation on the needs in adequately developing the Memphis workforce and the challenges we are facing with our current education model.   

#PleaseShare | Extended Conversation with Sharon Griffin, Superintendent of SCS I-Zone Schools

May 30, 2016
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The complete interview with the Superintendent of SCS I-Zone Schools, Dr. Sharon Griffin.  Don't miss this thought-provoking, engaging and enlightening conversation regarding our schools, the role that charter schools play and the relationship between ASD and SCS.