SiriusXM today announced the launch of “Last Mile, Second Chances,” an exclusive new show about formerly incarcerated women moving back into society and how communities can help in the transition. The show airs on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel 126 at 9:00 am ET.
Hosted by justice reform advocate Topeka K. Sam, the compelling weekly show focuses on women personally affected by the penitentiary system sharing their experiences, traumas, and stories and tackles the topics of disenfranchisement, paying restitution, and the larger issue of incarceration and its ripple effects on women’s lives and that of their families.
“I am thrilled to host ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ and help women turn the page on their past and start fresh,” said Topeka K. Sam. “It’s important for women moving back into society to have a place where they can learn the new ways of navigating the world – from how to apply for a job, get housing, or even going back to school – and SiriusXM’s ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ will offer just that.”
“‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ fits in perfectly with Urban View’s mission of empowering our listeners to participate and foster change in their communities,” said Karen Hunter, Urban View host and Programming Consultant, SiriusXM. “At some point formerly incarcerated women return to society, which brings up the question, ‘What will they do now?’ We know the transition is difficult but SiriusXM’s ‘Last Mile, Second Chances’ can help.”
Upcoming guests on “Last Mile, Second Chances” include advocates Susan Rosenberg and Laura Whitehorn; New York University doctoral student Michelle Jones; author and activist Sibil Fox Richardson; Director of U.S. Prison Programs for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture Johnny Perez; Soros Justice Fellow James Kilgore; and The Federal Defenders of New York’s Director of Mitigation and Client Services Vivianne Guevara.
Having served three years in a federal prison, host Topeka K. Sam witnessed firsthand the epidemic and disparity of incarceration on women. The shock of learning some of the most gruesome details leading these women to jail – and their loud cries at night as they missed their children – prompted her to become their voice once she was free.
Topeka K. Sam is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ladies of Hope Ministries whose mission it is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women and girls transition back into society through spiritual empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. She is also the founder of Hope House NYC, a safe housing space for women and girls. Topeka serves on the board of directors for Grassroots Leadership. She is a Beyond the Bars 2015 Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, a 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow working on Probation and Parole Accountability, a 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member and a founding member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Topeka attended Morgan State University; she lives in the Bronx, New York.
SOURCE Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
Today Radio One Atlanta launched the all-new Classix 102.9 “Atlanta’s Classic R n B” just in time for the New Year. An up-tempo fun format playing the biggest Classic R n B songs from the 70s and 80s with artists like Rick James, Prince, The Gap Band, Earth Wind and Fire, The Whispers and even some classic funk. Then on January 3rd, the DL Hughley Show debuts weekdays 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed two weeks later with the Tom Joyner Morning Show officially returning to Atlanta on January 16th.
“Ever since Tom left the market, there has been an outcry for him to return to Atlanta,” said Tim Davies Regional Vice President and General Manager. “We found the audience for our Boom format was too narrow. By expanding the playlist and launching a fresh R & B sound with the Tom Joyner Morning Show in the morning and for the first time in Atlanta the DL Hughley show in the afternoons, Classix 102.9 will be a great new station for the market, and a perfect complement to our cluster.”
Hurricane Dave, VP of Programming and Operations announces Erwin Hill (Katt D) is promoted to PD. “We love to promote from within our organization. I’ve had the pleasure to see Katt D in his role as APD for MAJIC 107.5/97.5 FM and Praise 102.5 FM. There’s no doubt he’s going to do some amazing things in his new role as Program Director for Classix 102.9.”
Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced an agreement to launch a new full-time comedy channel with Hart, one of the top comedians working today. The channel extends the Laugh Out Loud brand to radio for the first time, reaching SiriusXM’s more than 32 million subscribers.
The new channel, which launches early next year, will feature a weekly show hosted by Hart. Considered one of the world’s top comedians, Hart will also handpick a selection of diverse comedic voices to create, produce and star on the channel’s wide range of comedy programming.
“I am very excited to create a channel on SiriusXM that will be home to new frontiers in comedy,” said Hart. “After launching our Laugh Out Loud video network, which is off to a fast start, our goal is to make the world laugh by reaching people wherever they are. SiriusXM is the perfect partner to introduce a whole new audience to our Laugh Out Loud brand. The world will soon discover that – believe it or not – I’m even funnier on the radio.”
“Kevin Hart is an unparalleled entertainer. SiriusXM is excited to have Kevin create a new channel that showcases his many talents and features other comedy voices chosen by Kevin. Our subscribers will love it,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We are also very proud Kevin has chosen SiriusXM as his audio home and look forward to seeing what he has in store for this channel. Stay tuned.”
Laugh Out Loud launched its multi-platform network and streaming video service in August, bringing fans original scripted and unscripted comedy series, stand-up specials, licensed programming, and live broadcasts. In the first 30 days, the service was downloaded more than 500,000 times and catapulted into the top three of Apple iOS’ entertainment app rankings. For more, visit LaughOutLoud.com.
SOURCE Sirius XM Holdings Inc.
Vieneese Stanton surprised her stepfather Preston Rolan, who has raised her since she was 3 years old, with a wedding last month at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.
Mr. Rolan, 64, had been failing health since he was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year. Vieneese Stanton told The KBLX Morning Dream Team she wanted her father to be part of a special ceremony. Vieneese and her fiance made the choice and decided to push up the wedding. With the helpful hospital staff, they were able to make dreams come true and Preston walked Vieneese down the aisle. Mr. Preston Roland passed away the morning of December 4th at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco.
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