Nationally syndicated radio host Joe Walsh announced a series of Chicago focused political discussions alongside Maze Jackson, host of Chicago’s WVON Morning Show.
The four “Black and White, Uncomfortable Conversations” events will feature authentic, uncensored dialogue with respectful, no-holds-barred conversation about the issues affecting black and white men and women of all ages throughout Chicago.
The events, taking place in Bolingbrook, Wauconda, Chicago’s south side, and Lake Forest, will examine community issues like taxes, gun violence, reparations, religion, family structure, education, and other political topics that have been hijacked by an agenda-driven media.
“The ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ events will help us find common ground, which too many Americans have forgotten how to do,” says event organizer Joe Walsh. The former Illinois congressman currently hosts one of the highest rated nationally syndicated conservative radio shows in the country, The Joe Walsh Show, which broadcasts live from 5-7pm CT in Chicago.
Known for his outspoken, honest criticism of President Trump, his opposition to illegal immigration, and his support for our second amendment rights, Joe Walsh defends his conservative principles nightly on his national television program seen on NewsmaxTV.
The Uncomfortable Conversations tour will pair Walsh with the host of Chicago’s WVON Morning Show, Maze Jackson.
Jackson is an accomplished political strategist, lobbyist, and urban marketing pioneer with a background in business, politics, and community engagement. Jackson can be heard daily on the WVON 1690 AM Morning Show by asking the question, ‘What’s In It For The Black People?’
“I’m looking forward to having some really uncomfortable conversations on race, politics, and culture with a very unlikely partner, former Congressman Joe Walsh,” Jackson stated. “I’m as pro-Black as you can be, and Joe is as conservative as one can be, so when we get together, fireworks will erupt. But after we get through the bombastic words we’ll get to the core of finding solutions to benefit us all.”
These events will be open to the public and tickets are available by visiting www.eventbrite.com, and searching Black & White Uncomfortable Conversations.
SOURCE Former Congressman Joe Walsh; Radio Host Maze Jackson
Today the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced grants totaling $1.3 million for three public media stations to implement Urban Alternative formats to connect with young, multicultural audiences. The grants to KPVU (Houston Metro), WNSB (Norfolk, VA), and KUVO (Denver) will support their transitions to new locally customized formats using Hip Hop and R&B. The format borrows from the popularity of Urban contemporary music while remaining true to public radio’s values, ensuring thoughtful lyricism and storytelling.
“CPB is committed to partnering with stations to develop innovative ways to expand and grow the next generation of public media audiences,” said CPB Vice President for Radio Erika Pulley-Hayes. “The Urban Alternative format is a way for stations to capitalize on the growing appeal of this art form and build new connections with musicians and millennials in their local communities.”
Chicago Public Radio first launched the Urban Alternative format on its Vocalo signal in 2015 and has since seen growth in audiences, mobile app downloads, membership and online and in-person engagement. CPB recognized the format’s early potential and funded research by Paragon Media Strategies in Chicago and four other U.S. markets in 2016. The research demonstrated the format’s potential for national appeal. Informed by the research, CPB invited stations to apply for grants to create a more contemporary sound and develop deeper connections to local multicultural communities.
The three stations will also work with Paragon Media Strategies to test and refine the format in their individual markets. Paragon will conduct research to identify the music mix that has the greatest local market appeal and assist the stations with launch plans, implementation, and iteration over a two-year period.
Participating stations include:
SOURCE: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
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Jesus Garber helped break records for many big artists including Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Rick James, Smokey Robinson, and Teena Marie. He has decades of experience in the record industry and has climbed his way up from sweeping a record shop at 11 years old to be the first ever Vice President of Urban Music for Disney. He has also worked with other big record companies including Motown, A&M, Casablanca, and Zoo Entertainment. Jesus started the Jesus Garber Company where he is able to spread his love for Urban Adult Contemporary music.
SOURCE: Common Sense Mamita
The Oracle Group International announces the publication of “THROUGH THESE EYES: An Iconic Memoir of Life, Love and The Man Behind The Music” (13th & Joan; Hardcover; On Sale: January 30, 2019; $25.99; ISBN: 978-1-7326464-6-9) by award-winning, influencer, humanitarian, and legend Donnie Simpson. Through his highly anticipated memoir, Simpson chronicles the highs and lows of his extraordinary career which in 2019 will commemorate 50 years of entertaining listeners on Radio and Television.
“Through These Eyes” takes us back to where it all began, his beloved hometown of Detroit. Joining the staff at WJLB radio at 15 years old, affectionately dubbed, Donnie “The Love Bug” Simpson, quickly gained popularity with his sultry voice, warm smile, and piercing green eyes. Relocating after 15 years to Washington, D.C., he continued dominating ratings and captivating audiences, which led to his most memorable role in 1983 as the host of BET’s primetime music video show, Video Soul solidifying his role as a pop culture icon.
Over several decades, Donnie has interviewed the biggest stars in the world, including Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, James Brown, Sting, Jay-Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Madonna, Smokey Robinson, President Clinton, Tom Hanks, Barry White, and so many others. Donnie has been inducted into the BET Walk of Fame and the R&B Music Hall of Fame. The only non-musician honored at that point.
“I’m always labeled as a trailblazer. To this day, so many artists talk about what it meant to sit on the couch with me, the effect that it had on their careers, and it’s a blessing to have been in that position,” says Simpson. “The most wonderful compliment I get is when people tell me they feel like they know me. They do know me; they know my spirit. I’m the same dude all the time. 24/7, always filled with hope and love, I’m Donnie. That’s my story.”
SOURCE The Oracle Group International
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