SiriusXM Video: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Trymaine Lee & Teri Williams Discuss Race in America, the 1619 Project and the psychology behind African Americans not being seen as "fully human"

SiriusXM Urban View Host, Karen Hunter sat down for a town hall discussion with OneUnited Bank President and Owner Teri Williams; New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the Times’ The 1619 Project; and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and MSNBC Correspondent Trymaine Lee before an audience at SiriusXM studios headquarters in New York.
The panels topics of discussion consisted of race in America, including the wealth gap between African-Americans and Caucasians, The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a powerful initiative that explores the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery and its ongoing impact on our society.

New York Times journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones discussed how African-Americans are not seen as “fully human”: “I spent a lot of time on my essay talking about the psychology that has to develop that allows a country that says it’s based on the individual rights and God given freedoms of man while also holding one fifth of the population at absolute bondage. You have to develop a certain psychology, and the psychology is black people are not fully human, so we’re not actually hypocritical because these rights are for full humans, and citizens and black people are not. Once that psychology develops, once you use it to justify slavery, when that person is no longer enslaved, you can’t now say you are fully human and a full citizen just like I am because then it gives lie to the whole basis of slavery, which is you’re not human. So you have to keep denying that persons full and that races full humanity to justify it and reinforcing it.”
Teri Williams explains the importance of the 1619 project: “It tells the truth about our history, about our money, about the wealth gap and why we are where we are today. Because we’re led to believe that we don’t have wealth because of something we’ve done. Like, Nikole said, that we just need to work harder or that we spend too much or we spend money on the wrong things and we have bought in to that…and because of that, we don’t trust ourselves, we don’t do business with ourselves, we don’t bank with ourselves, but every other ethnicity doesn’t have that burden. They’re not carrying that negativity with them. They actually see the need to do business with themselves in order to build their community.”
Video clips are below and photos are attached (photo credit: Maro Hagopian for SiriusXM). If used, please credit SiriusXM’s The Karen Hunter Show (weekdays from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Urban View channel 126).
“Black People Are Not Seen As Fully Human”
Why Nikole Hannah-Jones Almost Quit Journalism
Teri Williams on Owning a Black Bank

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Micheal Baisden Picks up Another Station for Return to Radio


Michael Baisden

— Wednesday, December 14, 2016 — Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta Radio has announced Michael Baisden as its new afternoon drive host on KISS 104.1 FM, effective Jan. 16, 2017. The Michael Baisden show is syndicated with KISS as the flagship station.

“We are looking forward to Michael returning to radio and returning to Atlanta on KISS 104,” said CMG Atlanta Radio’s VP of Programming Tony Kidd. “He’s an extraordinary talent providing humor, relationship advice and social awareness and solutions for change to the adult audience.” 

Baisden is undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in radio history. His meteoric rise to No. 1 redefined radio with the numbers to back it up. The show was heard in over 100 cities nationwide with over 7 million loyal listeners daily. 

“I’m excited to be joining the Kiss 104 family for the launch of the new Michael Baisden Show,” Baisden said. “I’m anxious to get back to having fun with my fans and engaging them in adult conversation about relationships, promote mentoring, and encourage them to live their dreams of starting a business, and of course, playing the best music on the planet! I truly miss talking to my radio family on the radio every day and listening to their crazy stories. But what I miss most is making a difference in their lives.”

Michael Baisden’s career began when he took a leap of faith to leave his job driving trains in Chicago to self-publish his book and began touring the country selling books out of the trunk of his car. The New York Timesbest-selling author and relationship expert hosted two nationally syndicated TV talk shows: a daytime called “Talk or Walk”, and a late night talk show titled “Baisden After Dark.” 

Baisden has carved a unique niche as a speaker, radio personality, philanthropist and social activist. He was honored by BBBS with the Michael Baisden Inspiration Award, which is given to people who are dedicating themselves to actively recruiting mentors. Baisden also founded the Michael Baisden Foundation focusing on education, literacy and mentoring. 

About Cox Media GroupCox Media Group is an integratedbroadcasting, publishing, directmarketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leadingdirect marketing companies, and, a leadingonline source for savings. The company’soperations currently include14 broadcast television stations andone local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currentlyoperates in more than20 media markets and reaches approximately 52million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radiolisteners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

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N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay

N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He’s Gay

10football1-articleLargeRadio Facts gives KUDOS to NFL Prospect Michael Sam. Sam is the first kid in his family to attend college. The defensive lineman is projected to be chosen in the early rounds of the NFL draft in May.  (Great timing… what NFL team wants to be viewed as homophobic towards a stellar player in today’s climate?) Coaches at the University of Missouri had divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. The exercise asked players to talk about themselves, where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them (sounds like pre damage control, perhaps the coaches had heard something) As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam became the first publicly gay player headed towards the National Football League. “I looked in their eyes, and they just started shaking their heads like, finally, he came out,” Sam stated Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, the first time he had spoken publicly about his sexual orientation.  Growing up in Hitchcock, Tex (near Houston) he is the 7th of 8 children to JoAnn and Michael Sam. Three of his siblings have died and two brothers are in prison. Raised mostly by his mother (wow, that’s rare for a black kid) he spent some years with another family and all have been supportive of him being the first at something else, the first NFL prospect to admit that he is gay.  Sam states he wanted to come out after an event where he was not aware so many people knew he was gay (how much do you want to bet it was a black  event where he was chided by black people name calling).  

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