Mar 31, 2009

This morning on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Mr. Harvey decided to address the controversy surrounding his book 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.' He brought on his publisher from HarperCollins and they discussed how they came up with the title. His publisher mentioned that she was the one that came up with the title one weekend when she went home. Initially she told Steve to call the book "Act Like a Girl, Think Like a Man" but because Steve didn't want to offend anyone he said that the 'Girl' needed to be removed and 'Lady' was brought into it's place. He mentioned that he had never heard of Ms. Carson's book. The first time he heard of the book was last week when his team brought the information to him. He said that he has all the writing notes to prove that he is the originator of the ideas that are in his book. Steve also mentioned that in his opinion the books are not the same and that his book is different from anything out there because it came from the mentality of a man. I want to also mentioned that he never disparaged Ms. Carson in anyway shape, form or fashion, but he feel he should be cleared of any wrongdoing because he didn't plagiarize her. From his understanding it's ok to have the same titles as long as you don't plagarize the person.

We are waiting to see if Ms. Carson has a statement on the comments that were made by Mr. Harvey and his publisher. As soon as one is put out we'll be sure to bring it to you.

Other Related Topics on this Subject

- Sharon P. Carson Live on Savvy Talk Radio w/ The Savvy Sista

- Harvey-gate: So Who Really Came up with the idea for 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man'

- Video: Sharon P. Carson Discussing Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

- Sharon P. Carson Statement on Steve Harvey and Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

- HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Steve Harvey is not the first to write a book called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man


NEW YORK – A makeup artist and a fashion stylist claim in coordinated lawsuits that they got ugly treatment from Queen Latifah when she cheated them out of $1 million.

Celebrity cosmetology consultant Roxanna Floyd says she lost $700,000 when the rapper-actress failed to pay her for work she did between July 2005 and February 2008.

In a separate lawsuit, celebrity fashion stylist Susan Moses said she was cheated of $300,000 during the same period.

The lawsuits were filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

Amanda Silverman, a spokeswoman for the actress whose roles in movies include "Hairspray" and "Mad Money," says the lawsuits have no merit, but she can't comment more on pending litigation.

Mar 30, 2009


MILTON, Mass. — A man fatally stabbed his 17-year-old sister, decapitated his 5-year-old sister in front of a police officer and then turned toward his 9-year-old sister with a knife in his hand before officers shot him dead in what their chief described as "a killing field."

There was no clear motive for the events that unfolded Saturday, the day after the 5-year-old's birthday, in a tony Boston suburb that also is home to Gov. Deval Patrick. But there was no doubt about the carnage wrought by 23-year-old Kerby Revelus against his sisters in the two-family home they shared with their parents and grandmother.

Five-year-old Bianca was killed as a cake for her birthday, which investigators believe was Friday, sat on the kitchen table. Nine-year-old Sarafina dialed 911 and watched police shoot her brother as her elder sister, 17-year-old Samantha, lay dead on the floor.

Sarafina was hospitalized Sunday with defensive wounds to her hands and stab wounds in her abdomen and one of her legs, police said.

"In policing, we see the raw human emotion every day, but to think that a human being could afflict such an atrocious, violent act on his own family is unbelievable," Milton police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. said. "When I walked up to the first officer (on the scene), I could see the whole story right in his face. This just told me that this was something very bad."

Saturday's attack came about 24 hours after Revelus had gotten into a fistfight with a man living next door, Wells said.

"Blows were exchanged," he said. "I don't know the cause of it, but we're confident that did happen. He had been agitated in the hours that followed that, going into the day and last night."

Investigators believe Revelus targeted Samantha, a senior at Milton High School, and fatally stabbed her with a household knife while their grandmother, who neighbors say lives on the first floor, was doing laundry in the basement. The children's parents were away; their mother, identified by friends as Regine Revelus, is a nurse at a Boston hospital, Wells said.

Sarafina, a student at the Tucker Elementary School, just behind the house, called 911 around 5 p.m. An officer on patrol in the neighborhood arrived within a minute, Wells said, and could hear an altercation inside as he reached the second floor. The 911 operator tried to persuade Sarafina to open the door, but when she didn't the officer broke through.

"As the officer entered the door, (Revelus) decapitated (Bianca) in front of him," Wells said. "He actually walked into a killing field. He walked into such carnage, as far as the atrocity of it, I've never seen it."

Within moments, four officers were inside and two of them shot Revelus as he tried to get to Sarafina, Wells said. Revelus fell, still clutching the knife.

Details about the number of shots and who killed Revelus were pending the outcome of an autopsy Sunday.

June 8-19, 2009
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STEELE: Look, I like the president personally, even though I think he has got a little thing about me, that I haven't quite figured out what that is.

CNN: You haven't spoken to him?

CNN: You've reach out?
STEELE: Several times, and I'm done.

CNN: So there is no bipartisanship going on there?
STEELE: Not, not that I know of.

CNN: Is there any professional jealousy?
STEELE: Not on my part. What would I be jealous of?

CNN: He's the president of the United States.
STEELE: I'm chairman of the RNC, so, what's your point? We both have leadership responsibilities and roles. I'm not equating the two. My point is: you are on your track. I'm on my track. You do your thing. I do my thing.

Mar 29, 2009

Today (March 29, 2009) on Savvy Talk Radio w/ The Savvy Sista, we will be talking to the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I'm pretty sure a lot of you are thinking we will be talking to Steve Harvey, but in fact we are talking to Ms. Sharon P. Carson who copyrighted the book in 2004. Please feel free to listen to the show on the internet by clicking here. If you have a question or comment for Ms. Carson please feel free to call 718-664-6383.

You can listen to Savvy Talk Radio w/ The Savvy Sista live every Sunday at 6 pm EST. Please feel free to call in at 718-664-6383 if you have a question or comment.

Mar 27, 2009

Watch the two disturbing videos below as Texans' player Ryan Moats tries to explain to a police officer the fact that his Mother-in-law is dying and he needs to get inside the hospital.


A police officer pulled over an NFL player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law, drew his gun, threatened the player with jail and held him in the hospital parking lot as she died, officials said Thursday.

Officer Robert Powell told his commanders he drew his gun but did not point it, Dallas police spokesman Lt. Andy Harvey said. That was disputed by the wife of Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats.

“He was pointing a gun at me as soon as I got out of the car,” Tamishia Moats told The Dallas Morning News, which first reported that Powell unholstered his sidearm.

The Moats family did not return messages left by The Associated Press.

Powell, who has been reassigned to desk duty, stopped Moats’ SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center during the early hours of March 18 after Moats rolled through a red light. Moats and his family had gotten a call saying his mother-in-law was dying.

Video from a dashboard camera inside the officer’s vehicle, obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA-TV, revealed an intense exchange in which the officer threatened to jail Moats.

He ordered Tamishia Moats to get back in the SUV, but she ignored him and rushed inside the hospital to see her mother, Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, and was by her side when she died a short time later. She had breast cancer.

“Get in there,” said Powell, yelling at 27-year-old Tamishia Moats, as she exited the car. “Let me see your hands!”

“Excuse me, my mom is dying,” she said. “Do you understand?”

Ryan Moats, 26, explained that he waited until there was no traffic before proceeding through the red light. When Powell asked for proof of insurance, Moats grew more agitated and told the officer to go find it.

“My mother-in-law is dying! Right now! You’re wasting my time!” Moats yelled. “I don’t understand why you can’t understand that.”

As they argued, the officer got irritated. “Shut your mouth,” the officer said. “You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”

The exchange soon ended and Powell returned to his cruiser to write a ticket. A few minutes later, another officer approached Powell to tell him a nurse said the mother-in-law was dying right then and Moats needed to get into the hospital.

“All right. I’m almost done,” Powell said in response.

When Moats and Collinsworth’s father entered the hospital, they learned Collinsworth had died, The Dallas Morning News reported in Thursday’s editions.

The Moatses, who are black, said they can’t help but think that race might have played a part in how Powell, who is white, treated them.

“I think he should lose his job,” said Ryan Moats, a Dallas native.

The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed, Harvey said.

“There were some things that were said that were disturbing, to say the least,” he told the Dallas Morning News.

Powell told police officials he believed he was doing his job, said Dallas Police Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson.

Part 1

Part 2

It looks like this controversy going on about Steve Harvey's new book 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man' is definitely beginning to heat up. If you are unfamiliar with what is going on please check out the following posts to catch up on the latest with Harvey-gate, as we affectionately like to call it.

- Video: Sharon P. Carson Discussing Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

- Sharon P. Carson Statement on Steve Harvey and Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man

- HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Steve Harvey is not the first to write a book called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Now, we look forward to hearing from Steve Harvey's people. Hopefully, they will address this issue that appears to be gaining steam on the internet. Ms. Sharon P. Carson has released a statement. Hopefully the Harvey Camp will follow suit. I'm a firm believer in the fact that there are three sides to every story.

Mar 26, 2009

The White House is open for questions.

We invite you to participate in our community-moderated online town hall. Submit your own question about the economy and vote on submissions from others. We also encourage you to include a link to a video of yourself asking your question (ideally 30 seconds or less), but text submissions are all you need. Come back on Thursday to watch the President answer some of the most popular submissions live at

UPDATE: The online town hall will be at 11:30 AM Eastern, the voting will close at 9:30 AM.

Please sign in to vote on questions and suggest your own.
Yesterday there was an outpouring of love and support for the TJMS through e-mails, texts and phone calls letting us know how much we will be missed on Chicago radio. Many of you were looking for a call to action, and to you I say this: One, thank you for caring enough to take time out of your busy life to let us know how you feel. Two, the most immediate call to action for people in Chicago and anywhere else where we aren’t heard is to listen on - which, by the way, had a record number of people tuning in to hear our show yesterday. Three, support the advertisers you hear on our stations, and let them know you’re supporting them because you heard them advertising on our show. And four, pass this message on to all other community members who want to keep the voice of black radio alive!

What We Are Up Against

Without boring you, I’d like to give you a quick lesson in black radio and what we are up against in this ever-changing world. We face a system that has never worked in the favor of black media. And other factors such as a new ratings system and the country’s horrible economic state stack even more odds against us. The bottom line is black radio will never be what it once was, and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about that. There are and will continue to be radio stations playing urban music, and of those few, the only way they will survive is if they are making money. They make money from the commercials they sell, and that’s based on them being able to prove that the people listening are good candidates for buying their products. It isn’t personal; it’s business. And as much as I appreciate the emotions expressed in the letters, texts and e-mails I’ve gotten, we can only move forward if we recognize the business we’re dealing with.

Like all businesses, the success of black radio is based on supply and demand - not just for the station owners and the advertisers but for the audience too. You know what you want, and you know whether the radio stations you tune in to are providing it. As much as you love to hear R&B music, if that were all you wanted, you could load your iPod with your favorite songs and never tune in to black radio again. But you obviously want more than that, and you have fewer places to get it than ever before. So, the issue is much bigger than which urban D.J. you like better in the morning. The issue is whether the urban format is worth saving.

It Was Black Radio That Empowered Us

The old saying “Give a man fish, you feed him for a day; but teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” has never rung truer. If it had not been for the urban format, many of us would not have ever known the importance of radio advocacy and how a wrong can be righted with the power of our phone calls, pens, voices and votes. It has helped us to do everything from saving a sitcom from cancellation to electing the first African-American president. It has made us more accountable, more self reliant and more empowered.

In the end, whether there are 50 black radio stations or two, you will have been victorious because you stood tall and lifted your voice. We have black radio to thank for that, and that’s something no man, no format, and no conglomerate can take away. So we move forward stronger, wiser and looking for a better way to do things - and that’s a lot more than play music. Please comment on this at my blog on and for those of you that can't currently hear the Tom Joyner Morning Show the morning stream can also be found there too

Mar 25, 2009

Peep the freestyles from Common and Erykah toward the end of the performance. In the words of Mista from the Color Purple, "It sho is nice to see ya'll back together again."

Pres. Obama gave his second major press conference last night and Kevin Chappell of Ebony Magazine was granted an opportunity to ask a question. Now maybe this was a bone to the black media after the fuss they made after his first press conference, but I have to admit I am really impress with the new Pres. and his ability to be inclusive when it comes to who gets to ask questions. Now, I'm pretty sure there are going to be a lot of people upset because he didn't call on any of the major newspapers such as the NY Times, Washington Post, UsaToday, etc. to ask questions. He did, however, give unorthodox news organizations a chance to ask questions such as Univision, Stars and Stripes, and Politico. Once again very interesting press conference from a very interesting President.

Mar 24, 2009

I'm rooting for you Sharon. Pleaase check out her book at and see for yourself the knowledge this woman has to bestow.

Good evening ladies and gentleman.

The first thing I want to do is to thank the hosts of this event for allowing me to be here tonight. I am the author of the book “Act like a lady think like a man”. And as you can see, I am not Steve Harvey

My name is Sharon P. Carson and I copyrighted the book: Act like a lady think like a man in 2004 and Steve Harvey’s book with the same title was published in 2009.

Let me say first of all that I have read Steve Harvey’s book, and I have no doubt that either he or someone involved in the writing or publishing of his book, read my book first and used it as a model for his by copying my title, my theme and my general format.

That someone knew that they had found a very profound title for a book; Act like a lady think like a man, and if they could find a message to fit that title, they could use the celebrity of Steve Harvey to sell it.

But in my view, they could not find a consistent message because they really did not really understand the title and they did not understand it because they did not originate it, they copied it.

I understand it because I originated it, - it came from my heart and not from my head.


Throughout Steve Harvey’s book, he tells women that they should “ACT LIKE A LADY’ But there is no place that I found in his book where he defines exactly what that means in context.

I can tell you, however, how it has been defined in my book.

And I quote: For me and the purposes of my book, acting like a lady has nothing to do with manicures, pedicures, high-heeled shoes or weekly hair do’s. A woman who acts like a lady is one who exudes self confidence. She accepts and appreciates who she is both inside and out. She respects herself and demands respect from her male counter part.

I also tried to convey that message through the books cover that I designed, that shows a woman in a boxing ring looking very much like she is ready to hold her own in any situation.

Now for the second part of the title: THINK LIKE A MAN

In Steve’s book the words THINK LIKE A MAN, seem to mean that; a woman needs to learn what a man thinks; in terms of his likes and dislikes in women.

Things like; credit, success, housekeeping, weight gain, smoking, and heels or flats among other things. The premise seems to be that if she meets the man’s expectations in these areas and others, he will provide her with that loving relationship she desires.

But when I placed the words THINK LIKE A MAN in the title, my intent was to deliver a message to women that they should be as tough minded in relationships as many men are.

A man once told me in one of my focus groups that the way a man gets over a woman is to go out and get another one.

But women as a whole don’t have this luxury or this mindset so it is typically harder for a woman to get over a man than it is for a man to get over a woman.

Women more often than not, tend to carry emotional scars from a failed relationship for longer periods of time and for some women for they carry them for the rest of their lives.

What are these scars…… anger, bitterness, distrust of men, vindictiveness and an inability to forgive. The internalization of these negative emotions will undoubtedly have a negative impact a woman’s attitude, personality, health, happiness and most certainly her future relationships.

I write in the book that in today’s world, women’s hearts are being broken over and over again as easily as eggs for an omelet and often without remorse or second thought.

I write that it is time for women to practice self love and tough love in relationships. They have to realize that they bring a lot to the table (no pun intended). But there are many women who have lost site of this and have unconsciously minimized their value and the men have become conscious of this and are maximizing their opportunities.

This is something in the book that is relative to this thought and its called a Diamond in the rough.


Why do women always talk about the need to find a man as though he is the diamond? You are the diamond! And you can polish yourself like a diamond by holding yourself in high esteem.

Have you ever noticed that some women, who in society’s view are not considered traditionally attractive, believe themselves to be attractive and they carry themselves that way, showing self confidence to everyone around them? As a young person might say, they believe that they “are all that and a bag of chips!”

It does not take long for those around these self-confident people to start seeing them in the same way they see themselves.

The bottom line is that others will value you only to the extent that you value yourself. Act like a diamond, believe you are a diamond, demand to be treated like a diamond and stop allowing men to treat you like cubic zirconium!


In these present times the word woman has almost become synonymous with a word the begins with a B and ends with an H.

But this trend can be reversed by women who decide to guard their self esteem, become mindful of their self worth, become protective their individuality, and unconditional their love for their inner and outer selves.

Because this is the mindset that a woman needs to have when she enters a relationship and and take with her if she has to exit one.

So does all this mean that men are being put down? No it is just means that the book is lifting women up!

You see………………………


I wrote:


Before Steve wrote:


I wrote


Then I wrote this relative chapter that is titled;


You could have married someone from Minniehollerwaller …

Minniehollerwaller is an imaginary place, but it serves to prove a good point. Have you ever thought about the fact that most couples meet in their own state, city, or even neighborhood?

It is amazing how most women, who have been in relationships probably, met who they consider their perfect mate or partner right in the same neighborhood, city, school or social circles that they were already in. Is this a coincidence?

Let’s get real about it!

If you lived in Canada, you probably would have met and married a Canadian; in Texas, a Texan; in Chicago, a Chicagoan; in Australia, an Australian; in Brazil, a Brazilian; in Africa, an African and so on.

In other words, throughout this world you have many possibilities for a mate. You are just simply more likely to meet one within your immediate community or social circles.

Once you free yourself from thinking that there is only one man in the world for you, you will be free of the fear of losing that man and thinking that you will never find anyone to replace him.

Before Steve wrote this about a successful woman:



I Wrote
Turn Up the Heat

Negative men, like negative people in general, will try to pour water on your dreams. Some men are afraid of your success. They will focus on all of your faults to overshadow their own. Turn up the fire under your dreams so high that no one can pour on enough water to put them out.

And this also from a section called Sop the Pot


Any good cook knows that the best flavor in a stew can be found lying in the bottom of the pot after most of the stew is gone. They use whatever is at their disposal – spoon, bread or fingers – and reach down into the bottom of the pot and scoop up what is left. This is called “sopping the pot.”

It’s time for women to sop the pot of their souls! The best part of you is not your outward appearance, as this will inevitably fade away. The best part of you is within you. You must reach down into the pot of your soul and rediscover the rich ingredients that make you unique – the things you like, the things that make you happy, your desires, ambitions and goals. Stir up all these wonderful substances that lie deep in the pot of your soul and move forward, realizing that that every day you live is the perfect day to do anything you want. By sopping the pot of your soul, you can have a feast for life.

Before Steve wrote:

If you’re telling your man you want a nose job and he sees nothing wrong with the nose you already have, then maybe you ought to think about leaving your nose alone, why run the risk of something going wrong when your man is already happy with the way you look. Why lose the extra weight if your man is happy with you the way you are?



If you are overweight, losing weight is a wonderful idea for many reasons, including your health. When you embark on a weight-loss program, however, do it because it is something you want to do and not just to please the man in your life. If it makes him happy in the process, that's great, but he might think you need to lose 50 pounds and you would be happy with 5.

The most important thing is for you to be happy with yourself and to make changes based on factors that are important to you and how you want to look and feel.

For some women it is more important to walk, talk, look, dress and think the way the man in their life wants them to, rather than to please themselves.

In the end, these women often become someone they hate in order to please someone they think they love.

And in Steves 90 day rule:

He writes that a woman SHOULD GIVE A MAN A 90 DAY PROBATIONARY PERIOD BEFORE she gives him some benefits

(Meaning sex).


How can we as women let a Ford Motor company analogy determine how long we should wait before we give up something that is tied to our very souls? Something that when lost for the first time can never be found.

And before Steve wrote that, I wrote this:

I titled it A WORD TO THE WISE, and its a conversation between a young woman and an old woman.


The young girl said, “I can live with a man before he says, “I do.”

The old woman said, “He’ll eat all the meat and potatoes out of your stew.”

The young girl said, “I know one day he’ll surely marry me.”

The old woman said, “Why buy the cow if you get the milk for free?”

The young girl said, “The times have changed; there are things you just don’t know.”

The old woman said, “Child, where you’re going, I’ve been there long before.”

The young girl said, “I love the man and good men are very few.”

The old woman said, “That’s just because of women just like you.”

You see my child; the nature of a man is the same since Adam’s time.

A man has never valued that which is plenteous and easy to find.

When you become that rare young one with values all your own

And for the sake of Godliness, prepared to go it alone.

Then God will send that special one into your life one day

And for you there won’t be any price he’s not prepared to pay.

In conclusion – I want to say that I am keenly aware that if most people have a choice of two books with the same title, and one is a little self published paper back by an unknown author, with a picture of a woman in a boxing ring on the cover and one has a nice dust jacket with a picture of a popular celebrity like Steve Harvey on it, without knowing what is inside, they are most likely to opt for the latter.

But in spite of this, I will continue to promote my book and the God given messages in it because it lifts women up and in the end it lifts him up.

And let me say again in closing that the over arching message of my book is this:

It is time for women to move from pain to gain. It is time for women to practice self love and tough love in relationships. It is time for women to realize that they are complete with a man and complete without a man.

It is time for women to take their lives off hold and stop waiting for that perfect, man that perfect body that perfect time and that perfect anything they feel they need before they can consider themselves truly happy.

I leave you with this poem from the book that I wrote, it is entitled: WAITING TO BE HAPPY


I can't wait till my kids are grown and on their own

I can't wait no longer to be happy.

I can’t wait till my bills are paid or my hair is laid,

I can’t wait no longer to be happy.

I can't wait till I lose some weight, get a date, find a mate
I can't wait no longer to be happy.

I can't wait till someone smiles at me
or sees the things I wish they'd see
or till I become what I want to be.

I can't wait for time and chance
a new romance
someone to ask before I dine and dance.

I can't wait on a win, a kin, a friend,
or for my ship to come in.
I must be happy whatever state I'm in.

I can't wait for a wrong to right
or a reason to forgive.

I can't hold a grudge for life.
I must move on and live.

A merry heart is good, I know
And health to all my bones.

I can't let my body down
through tears and fears and moans.

This is the day the Lord has made
in it I will rejoice and be glad.
I refuse to wait for a perfect state
and spend my life being sad.


- Steve Harvey Discusses Sharon P. Carson and her book on his morning show

- HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: Steve Harvey is not the first to write a book called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

- Video: Sharon P. Carson Discussing Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Well maybe I should say Steve Harvey has a problem because it would appear that the concept of his book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, did not originate with him. There is another book by this same title that was written by one Sharon P. Carson and it was copyrighted in 2004. Ms. Carson even has a website Now, I'm one of those people who really wants to believe that this is just a coincidence and that Steve didn't steal this concept from this lady, but after reading how she describes her book it's really make me doubtful. Here is how Ms. Carson describes her book:

Act like a Lady – Think like a Man is a
collection of short lessons that are intended to
inspire women to practice both self-love and
tough love in relationships.

In today’s world women’s hearts are being
broken over and over again, as easily as eggs
for an omelet and without remorse or second

By gaining some insight into
how men think (in terms of their relationships
with women,) a woman can help better her
present relationship and be more able either to
recognize the signs of a bad relationship so
that she doesn’t fall into one, or to recognize
if she has already fallen into one.

Now, I have a hard time believing when Steve was writing his book that he or one of his people couldn't just Google that title and see that there was a book that already existed with that title and it had a pretty similiar concept to the one that he was trying to convey. I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be such a problem if he had chosen a different title, but I'm not that familiar with case law so I don't know. I just feel that Steve's people did a disservice to him. And, Lord can you imagine how big this is going to get now that Oprah is in the picture.

Click here to read Sharon P. Carson's statement on this matter.
You may not know Rhymefest by name, but surely you recognize the lyrics of this talented emcee. "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West is just an example of the type of songs this poet has put out into the atmosphere. I called this brother a poet because if you listen to what he says in his songs it's nothing short of poetic. Well, Rhymefest and a young emcee by the name of Charles Hamilton has been having a little beef going on and instead of addressing it like 50 Cent did with Rick Ross. Rhymefest chose to speak on it and give his side of the story. He also broke down what he thought is one of the most detrimental things going on in Hip-Hop.

Can you believe that Tom Joyner is no longer going to be heard on the radio in Chicago? Wow!!! Chicago is the birth place of the Tom Joyner Show. As of today, the Tom Joyner Show is being replaced by the Steve Harvey Show on V103 it's home for thirteen years. I currently reside in Pittsburgh and I can recall the same thing happened. I turned on the radio to listen to Tom Joyner and the only thing I heard was Steve Harvey. Now this wouldn't be a problem if Pittsburgh had more than one radio station. Nothing against Steve Harvey, but every now and again you want to listen to a "party with a purpose." You get some very insightful stuff from the Tom Joyner Morning Show and that's one of the things I miss about home because we had so many radio stations to choose from.

Here is a email I received from Mr. Joyner about the situation:

We always say that when we come back from vacation something big has either happened or is about to happen. Well, this one topped them all. After 16 years, the Tom Joyner Morning Show won’t be broadcast on a local Chicago radio station, at this time. For Sybil and me, our relationship with the Chicago radio listeners goes back more than 20 years and believe me it has not ended by any stretch of the imagination.

Friends and family in the Chicago market will continue to listen to the Party with a Purpose on So this isn’t the end, it’s just a change, so please pass his e-mail along to them.

Even though we’re heard in more than 100 markets around the country, Chicago is home, it’s the Mother Ship, the Flagship, all those words that mean it is the place that launched the TJMS. It’s where we came from and where we always could go back to. And we’re still there, just in a different way—for now!

We’ve had great times in Chicago and we’ll be there soon to officially thank the thousands and thousands of you who made us what we are, and will be here with us as we take this to another level. We got where we are by knowing who you are, what you want and by Super Serving our audience, just like my mentor John H. Johnson taught me to do. This world is changing but the doing the right thing never does, and we will continue to do what we’ve always done for the African American Community.

I just don't have any words for this latest assault on First Lady Michelle Obama by the so-called "Christian" website Now maybe I missed a memo but this form of Chrisitianity is definitely not my Big Momma's kind of Christianity. Somewhere along the lines some stuff got lost in translation because if this is the new form of Chrisitianity then no wonder so many people are lost. Here is some snippets of what a "writer" by the name of Burt Prelutsky (whoever the hell that is) had to say about Lady Michelle (now keep in mind the only reason I'm giving this fool some shine is because this website is very popular with the so-called religious right):

Take Michelle Obama...please. Every time I turn around, there she is on a magazine cover. Now, normally, like the Mafia, I lay off the spouses, but inasmuch as this particular spouse attended the same racist church as her hubby for 20 years, I'll make an exception in her case. After all, in spite of the fact that affirmative action got her an Ivy League degree and a $7,000-a-week salary and, moreover, has sent billions of dollars for no particularly good reason to Africa, she insists this is a mean country. The burning question in my circle is: if the First Family gets a female dog, will she be the First Bitch or will she have to settle for second place?

It is at this moment that I am begging the Lord to keep me near the cross because this fool is about to make me lose my mind up in here, up in here... Really is this the best you can do? Come after the First Family with some racist propaganda. After reading this snippet I thought I would be mad, but actually I feel sorry for this sad excuse for a human being. He can say all the things he want to say about First Lady Michelle, but at the end of the day he has to refer to her as First Lady and he has to call her husband Mr. President. Now I realize that has to eat a racist like him up, but it is what it is. Affirmative Action didn't win that brother the presidency; the people did. So please do me a favor and go play in traffic.

Here's another "eloquent" quote from Brother Prelutsky:
Naturally, the left-wing media is now trying to convince us that this James Brown-look-alike has all the allure, glamour and fashion sense of Jackie Kennedy.

I swear everyone fears the power of a Black Woman.

Here's a quote from another Prelutsky article:
If we were a racist society, Oprah Winfrey, your fairy godmother, certainly wouldn't be a billionaire; she'd be fetching someone's mint julep. And Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice wouldn't grow up to be secretaries of state; they'd be sweeping out the stables. And Will Smith and Denzel Washington wouldn't be movie stars; they'd be in the fields picking cotton.

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! The ignorance is just too much to bear.


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I must admit that this is a hot video from my fellow Georgia Peach.
“We didn’t want to be overdramatic,” said Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer of “Our goal was not to shoot a Lifetime TV movie. … There was no need to sensationalize things. It was bad enough.”

The brief clip can be viewed on YouTube. It closes with the statistic that one in three teenagers is abused in a relationship, and promotes free bracelets _ one blue, two black _ that spread awareness about dating abuse.

Lublin said the goal is to make people think and change their behavior. The organization used white actors on purpose to shift the conversation away from the celebrity singers.

“The public is very focused right now on Chris and Rihanna,” she said. “I think people need to realize that this is an issue that goes beyond those particular people, and it affects everybody of every race. And so we wanted this to not be an exact re-enactment. We wanted instead to say: Could this be you?”

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I found this to be one of Pres. Obama's most intriguing interviews.

You can watch the full episode of 60 Minutes after the jump.

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When people learned that we wanted to photograph Iman, Taraji P. Henson and Serena Williams for our April cover, the comments started immediately. "Oh, they'll never get along" was the refrain most often heard. It was as if the notion that three beautiful and accomplished Black women might come together for a joint cover shoot was just too outrageous to entertain.

Yet the murmurs weren't totally without precedent. After all, Black women's relationships with one another have often been fraught with tension. Truth is, we are sometimes our own worst enemy. Wall Street executive Carla A. Harris told us recently she had noticed that in the workplace Black women are sometimes the ones derailing other sisters. Certainly we've been guilty of tearing each other down in our personal relationships as well, even fighting over a sorry man who tried to play us against each other. But with all the challenges facing us, it's more important than ever that we as Black women make a conscious decision to support, love and affirm one another at work, in our communities, in our churches and in our organizations. It's time for us to wake up to the fact that our problem isn't between us; it's with all the forces that teach us to undermine one another instead of pulling together to strengthen us all. Whatever happened to lifting each other as we climb?

Now, I'm not saying we're all going to get along all the time, but if we can cherish and accept our sisters as we would want to be cherished and accepted, we will go a long way in setting a new tone in our often-fractured relationships. If we can stop the sideways glancing when one of us walks into a room, if we can stop the head-to-toe assessment of others in the club, if we can stop calling people out behind their backs-while smiling in their faces-if we can put an end to all that, we can start to reclaim the spirit of our sisterhood.

Let's begin by greeting one another with open arms and minds and stop assuming that we're out to get one another. The next time a sister you don't know walks into a room, the next time a Black woman you've never met starts working at your job, go out of your way to introduce yourself and give her a compliment. You just may make a loyal new friend.

I'm pleased to report that not only did our three cover beauties warmly welcome the idea of a joint photo shoot, but they were also genuinely supportive of one another on set, each one complimenting the other's hair, makeup, clothing and careers. As Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor said, "Love was in the air and in the hearts of these three icons as they embraced one another, shared familiar stories and struck the pose again and again."

Some members of Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus walked out of the State House Friday after what they call yet another racial snub of President Barack Obama, reports Atlanta's NBC affiliate

The members in question were angered that a resolution to make President Obama an honorary member of the Black Caucus failed to pass the House.

"I was outraged. I was completely shocked and blind-sided and I felt disrespected in every way," says State Senator Emanuel Jones of Decatur.

As head of the Black Caucus, Democrat Jones wrote the original resolution, SR 177, which passed the State Senate without notice. But he and other caucus members are furious that an identical resolution, HR 673, has now bogged down in the house.

"It seems that they're not able to accept the fact that many of us simply disagree with this President's vision," says State Representative Austin Scott, a Republican from Tifton who originally objected to the House vote, stopping it cold since such resolutions must be unanimous.

Rep. Scott says he has no problem with making President Obama an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus. But he and some others in the Republican-controlled General Assembly disagree with one particular paragraph.

The clause in question says, "Whereas, throughout his political career, President Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader."

Conservative Scott says he simply wants the words, "the members of this body and" removed because he doesn't agree with many of the Democratic President's views.

"If you're pro-life," says Scott, "it is impossible to agree with his vision. If you believe in the Second Amendment, it's impossible to agree with his vision for this country. If you're a Capitalist, it's impossible to agree with this President's vision for this country."

But Sen. Jones and other members of the Black Caucus still say it's an insult for their House colleagues to block what are normally routine personal privilege resolutions.

"We've recognized everything from green tree frogs down here to President Bush and his efforts on Katrina, believe it or not," says Jones.

After coming up three times this week, the resolution was re-assigned to the House Rules Committee by Speaker Glenn Richardson.

The State Legislature has only six working days left to see if they can iron out the wording for the resolution to pass the House.


Mar 20, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Here's a job opportunity you won't need to buy a new wardrobe for.

Hoping to take advantage of Rhode Island's floundering economy, owners of the Foxy Lady strip club in Providence plan to hold a job fair on Saturday.

They say they're looking to fill around 30 positions, from strippers and waitresses to disc jockeys and bartenders, at that club and two others in Massachusetts.

"I need more managers, I need more competent staff, and I need more attractive waitresses to go along with the ones I have right now," said co-owner Tom Tsoumas.

The naked truth is that Rhode Island's economy is among the worst in the nation, with an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent in January.

The Providence club isn't immune from the recession but is still drawing customers willing to drink and pay for lap dances, said manager Bob Travisono.

"It's taken a hit," he said. "It's not as bad as restaurants and stuff like that. In times like this, they seem to drink their sorrows away."

Tsoumas said he hopes some who might shun strip clubs when the economy is good might consider shedding their clothes now — or at least working as a floor host or bartender.


There is a lot of commotion being made about a joke Pres. Obama made in reference to the Special Olympics. Please tell me what you think about this. Is this a big deal or are people trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

JACKSON, Miss. – Down here in the Deep South, calls to bring back the hanging noose are coming from an unlikely source: a 62-year-old, black Republican mayoral candidate in Mississippi's largest city.

Long-shot George Lambus acknowledges his inflammatory platform has made some residents of Jackson slam doors in his face. Others walked out of a church where he spoke. Yet he insists his tough stand is welcome in some quarters of a state capital racked by crime, much of it black-on-black.

As the only GOP hopeful among nearly a dozen Democrats and four independents, his chances of winning the June election are slim: the majority-black city of about 180,000 is so heavily Democratic that no Republican has won the mayor's race in modern history. Yet, Lambus hopes to stand out in a crowded field by packing a silver pistol and talking bluntly about crime.

"Crime can only be alleviated by a noose and a stout tree limb," Lambus wrote in one of several homemade flyers he passes out in Jackson neighborhoods. "I will provide the noose and when the economy improves, I will get the jobs here."

The Mississippi Republican Party is not supporting Lambus. GOP Chairman Brad White said Lambus' message doesn't reflect "the values that we represent."

"He's already the novelty candidate," explained Leslie Burl McLemore, the city council president.

Still, anti-crime campaigns have resonated in Jackson in recent years: incumbent Mayor Frank Melton won a landslide victory in 2005 on promises to get tough. The mayor even went armed on security patrols through tough neighborhoods. He is now charged with federal civil rights violations for allegedly leading a sledgehammer attack on a suspected crack house.

With his federal trial set to start days after the May 5 primary, Melton's stand provoked such an uproar that several challengers are vying to unseat him. Yet Melton's 2005 pledge to run the "thugs" out of town seems mild in comparison to Lambus' calls for hangings and vigilante justice.

"Look at recent history, like in South Africa, when apartheid was abolished," Lambus said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "Blacks went on a crime spree. Other blacks got tired of it ... and they formed vigilantes and they killed people. It brought the crime down."

His pistol nearby as he peered out a window at his decaying Jackson neighborhood, Lambus added: "When you cut your yard, carry a gun. When you go to church, carry a gun. When you go to school, carry a gun."

Lambus also asserts that executions are the only way to control crime, adding "If we look at the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, it's driven with blood."

Some are offended by such bold talk from Lambus, a former union official who said he has battled illness, lives off Social Security and ran unsuccessfully for the state senate and city council in the 1980s.

"I don't think anybody in their right mind is going to pay any attention to this guy," said Jackson resident Vernon Archer, a former college professor in his 60s, who is black. "It's offensive, but it's so ridiculous you don't even know how to get mad."

Still, Lambus has been invited to at least two debates in April. And as the lone GOP candidate, Lambus is expected to automatically advance as the Republican candidate while Democrats and independents jockey and jostle in the May primary to decide who reaches the June ballot.

Lambus lives not far from the suspected crackhouse that Melton, as mayor, is charged with damaging in a vigilante raid in August 2006. Lambus charges that Melton was showboating and didn't live up to his promise to clean up the city's crime.

It's not clear if Melton will be on the ballot. He is suing a Democratic committee for removing his name over alleged residency problems.

Political scientist Marty Wiseman, director of Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government, said the Republicans have shied away from fielding a serious contender for mayor.

"They're being fairly realistic because of what the numbers say," Wiseman said. "Jackson's voting patterns, I would assume, are going to mimic those of African-Americans in state elections, which has stayed around 90 percent or more Democratic."

And Wiseman said Lambus' message will not help his chances, adding "certainly someone that confrontational has no chance whatsoever."


Mar 19, 2009

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) – A woman who gave birth in mid-air left the baby behind when she disembarked in Auckland, Television New Zealand reported Thursday.

Police and Pacific Blue -- the airline which operated the flight from the Samoan capital Apia -- were saying little about their investigation Thursday, but mother and child were said to be recovering in hospital.

Television New Zealand reported that the Samoan woman gave birth in one of the aircraft's toilets during the flight to Auckland early Thursday.

The infant was found by an airline worker in the toilet rubbish bin more than an hour after the plane landed.

There was no suggestion any of the 150 passengers or crew were aware that the woman, reportedly aged 30, had borne a child in mid-air.

But the television station said authorities discovered something was wrong after she approached them saying she had misplaced her passport. They noticed she was pale and blood-stained.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation was underway, but police had not been able to speak to the woman because she was having surgery in hospital.

Pacific Blue's website says women need medical clearance to board a flight if they have passed the 36-week mark in their pregnancy.

"We are relieved to have been informed that both mother and child are reunited, are well and are now being looked after in hospital," the airline said in a statement.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard and his wife are planning another TV appearance, this time to talk about their marriage.

The two are in Los Angeles taping an appearance on the syndicated Twentieth Television show "Divorce Court," to be broadcast nationally April 1.

The show's presiding judge, Lynn Toler, is interviewing the couple about how their marriage survived after a male prostitute from Denver alleged a cash-for-sex relationship with Ted Haggard in November 2006, executive producer Mark Koberg said.

The scandal prompted Haggard to resign as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

The Haggards say their marriage and Christian faith are stronger than ever, and they want people to know that divorce is not the answer.

"This is part of Ted's journey," Gayle Haggard said. "It's made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue."

She said she was helped through her darkest hours by the biblical principles of forgiveness, compassion and steadfastness, along with her husband's genuine repentance.

The couple will be paid an undisclosed amount for the interview, the latest in a series of public appearances that started in January when Ted Haggard began promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile. He also has appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Larry King Live."

ATLANTA - One in 100 black men and women develops heart failure before age 50, according to one of the first long-term studies to look at the life-threatening condition in younger adults.

The research suggests blacks in that age group suffer the condition at a rate 20 times higher than whites do — an astounding difference more pronounced than earlier studies had indicated.

However, those findings are based on a very small number of heart failure cases, the authors said, so more study is needed.

The takeaway message is that doctors should be more aggressive about treating young blacks who may be at risk, some experts said.

"Usually this is a disease of the elderly," said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, one of the study's authors. "When this disease happens in 30 and 40 year olds, it's quite dramatic."

The research appears in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

Heart failure occurs when the heart loses its ability to pump sufficient blood through the body. It's often fatal, but not always _ some suffer disabling shortness of breath, fatigue and retention of fluids in their legs or lungs.

Earlier studies of heart failure, focused mainly on older people, showed heart failure rates were two to three times higher in blacks than whites.

Federal Reserve officials knew for months about bonuses at American International Group but failed to tell the Obama administration, according to government and company officials, exposing problems in a relationship that is vital to addressing the financial crisis.

As pressure mounted on AIG employees to return the bonuses, new details emerged yesterday about what the Fed, the Treasury Department and the White House knew regarding the payments and when. AIG executives said the Fed was informed three months ago by the company that it would pay $165 million by March 15 to employees working at its most troubled division. The Treasury and White House said they learned of the payments from Fed officials only days before they were due.

Close coordination between the Fed and the administration is now more important than ever as they near the launch of two signature programs to rescue the financial system, which together could reach $2 trillion and are aimed at reviving consumer lending and purchasing soured assets and loans from ailing banks.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, a central figure in the decision to bail out AIG last fall as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said in an interview yesterday that he had not been aware of the size of the bonuses and the timing of the payments.

"I was stunned when I learned how bad this was on Tuesday [March 10]," Geithner said. "I shouldn't have been in that position, but it's my responsibility and I accept that."

Two days later, Geithner told the White House. The last-minute disclosure irked some of the president's senior advisers, but they refuse to point fingers now, saying the timing had little impact on the outcome or the president's public statements this week.

"Would I have liked an earlier warning system on this? Yeah," said David Axelrod, a senior White House adviser. "Would it have markedly changed things? Probably not. The legal constraints are the legal constraints."

One source familiar with the discussions said the company had provided details about the bonuses to senior Treasury officials at least a month ago. A Treasury spokesman said last night that was not true.

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are increasingly questioning how Geithner could not have known about the bonuses, given his past role in AIG's bailout, which has totaled more than $170 billion.

"I'm sick and tired of hearing the administration and the Secretary of the Treasury say, 'I just found out about it,' " Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski (D-Pa.) said yesterday.

The dispute over AIG's payouts represents the most pressing controversy confronting the administration as it addresses the financial crisis. Some private firms say the furor has made them wary of joining the federal initiatives to help save the economy. Government officials add that the newly charged political environment will make it difficult to ask Congress for more rescue funds.

When the government rescued AIG in mid-September, no one was more central to the decision than Geithner.

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President Barack Obama kept one campaign promise that should please the college basketball constituency.

After telling's Andy Katz in October that he would fill out an NCAA tournament bracket if he were elected, the president did just that. His complete bracket will be revealed along with the interview with Katz in the White House during the noon ET "SportsCenter" on Wednesday.

A few selections were revealed on Tuesday. Initially an underdog for the nation's highest office, the president went with favorites in his Final Four picks. No. 1 seeds Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh will join No. 2 Memphis in Detroit April 4-6 if the president is correct.

Katz had interviewed the president about his brother-in-law, Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson.

The president's bracket will be posted on, along with those of millions of fans expected to play in ESPN's Tournament Challenge.

"President Obama made his picks as a sports fan, not as a politician," Katz said. "He was knowledgeable about the teams and was even up to date on the latest injuries involving the contenders. He was confident with his picks and delivered an on-camera pep talk for the team he picked to win it all. It was clear that he enjoyed filling out his bracket like the rest of America."


Mar 18, 2009

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Natasha Richardson, a film star, Tony-winning stage actress and member of the famed Redgrave acting family, died Wednesday after suffering injuries in a ski accident, according to a family statement. She was 45.

Richardson, wife of actor Liam Neeson, was injured Monday in a fall on a ski slope at a Quebec resort about 80 miles northwest of Montreal.

Richardson's family released a statement saying, "Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

According to a statement from Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, Richardson fell during a lesson on a beginners' trail.

"She did not show any visible sign of injury, but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor," the statement said.

Richardson, accompanied by her instructor, returned to her hotel, but about an hour after the fall was "not feeling good," the statement said. An ambulance was called, and Richardson was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Hopital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal. From there she was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.


Attention Readers!!!! Savvy Talk Radio w/ The Savvy Sista is looking for readers who have read Steve Harvey's New York Times bestselling book 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man' and is willing to be apart of a round table discussion on the book. There will be two shows on the book. The first show will feature an all male panel for this upcoming Sunday March 22, and the second show will feature an all female panel on Sunday March 29. If you are willing to be apart of these panels please send me an email or just leave a comment under this post so that you can be provided with more information. Remember if you do not wish to be apart of the panel you can still listen to the show and call in to share some insight about the topic at hand. The call-in number for the show is 718-664-6383.

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A lot of people know Ms. Tylor for her videos featured on youtube, but if you've ever lived in Atlanta you probably know her for her Alexys Tylor Show where she discusses a lot of risque' topics. On this video Ms. Tylor actually drops some historical knowledge that'll make you go hmmm.....

When New Orleans flooded in August 2005, the Democratic Party was a shambles, locked out of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. For nearly a decade the Democrats played defense against a Republican onslaught initiated by Newt Gingrich's Contract With America. After September 11, Democrats had joined with Republicans in giving President Bush unprecedented executive authority, thereby helping to erode civil liberties at home and authorize ill-advised aggression overseas. In 2004 Democrats were keenly aware that a solid majority of Americans believed it was unpatriotic to protest the Iraq War. So instead of articulating a clear alternative to Bush's militarism, they nominated John Kerry on the strength of his record as a solider. Even so, they found it impossible to outmaneuver the existing commander in chief.

In August 2005 the Democratic Party had no clear leader, no identifiable platform, no winning national coalition and little political courage.

Then the force of Hurricane Katrina devastated the inadequate levees surrounding New Orleans. Americans watched as the city flooded, the power went out, and food and water became scarce. They watched as emergency shelters became centers of disease, starvation, agony and death. The nation watched in horror, but no mass evacuation began and Air Force One did not land. As the crisis wore on, the public became increasingly confused by and angry about the lack of coordinated response to alleviate human suffering and evacuate trapped citizens. As the waters rose, President Bush's approval sank.

In the midst of this crisis the Democratic Party found its voice. The suffering in New Orleans allowed it the first sustained and successful opportunity to criticize the Bush administration. Along with the newly emboldened mainstream media, Democrats asked: how can a government that is unable to get water to an American city for three days be trusted to prosecute a foreign war? The Democrats' 2006 midterm win, widely understood as a referendum on the war, was also made possible by the images of New Orleanians trapped on the roofs of their homes.

New Orleans's inadequate levees revealed how crony capitalism reduced border defense to profit motivation rather than government priority. Not even the Gulf Coast's critical oil industry was sufficient to make levee maintenance, repair and reinforcement a national spending priority. Michael Brown's incompetent leadership of FEMA revealed the Bush administration's utter disregard for citizen safety compared to personal patronage. The choices that made New Orleans unsafe meant that the entire country was vulnerable.

Not only did the Bush administration's bureaucratic failures in response to Katrina give Democrats a way to effectively critique Iraq but the racial politics of Katrina temporarily and jarringly reawakened America to the painful realities of racial inequality.

Those who were left behind in New Orleans were vastly disproportionately black. As the images of racialized suffering poured into American living rooms, the country confronted the possibility that racial bias might have delayed the federal government's response. Many Americans were ashamed of what they were seeing on their televisions. The disaster allowed ordinary Americans to witness stark racial poverty and entrenched residential segregation, which normally remain hidden. Even President Bush was forced to acknowledge the legacy of American racism during his speech in Jackson Square.

A yearning to soothe this national shame and heal the gaping racial wound that was reopened by Katrina is partly responsible for America's enthusiastic embrace of Barack Obama. American willingness to confront racial injustice dissipated as quickly as Bush's promises to rebuild the city, but Katrina had awakened a deep desire to prove that America is not a nation marred by racism. Barack Obama's personal narrative of interracial understanding and ascension from the working class to the White House was a balm for America's aching racial scar. Though he was a relative newcomer to national politics, his biography and political commitments to racial healing were appealing to a country still reeling in the aftermath of Katrina. Obama did not need to directly propose race-based policies; he could embody American hopes for racial healing in his very person.

The televised suffering in New Orleans set the stage for the Democratic win in 2006 and Obama's victory in 2008 as surely as the televised brutality against civil rights demonstrators in Selma set the stage for passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

African-American voters whose social conservatism led them to flirt with the GOP in 2004 were cemented once again to Democrats after Katrina. White heartland voters who rallied behind Bush's war effort were shaken enough to consider Democrats after watching Republicans utterly fail to respond to Katrina. Americans of good conscience responded with tremendous charity to the survivors of the storm, but they did more than that: they readjusted their political lens.

Katrina is the wedge that opened the door for Democrats, and this new Democratic administration and Congress owe a particular debt to the people of the Gulf Coast. President Obama and his party must repay that debt.

They can begin by passing the Gulf Coast Civic Works Act (HR 4048). This bill uses job creation and infrastructure investment to promote economic growth along the Gulf Coast. Democrats can then address housing because little pre-Katrina affordable housing has been replaced. Recognizing that there are few job opportunities to pay for increased housing costs, Democrats have already extended the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which was set to end in March, but they need to confront long-term solutions to the continuing housing crisis in the city.

Negotiating with FEMA has been one of the most difficult aspects of the recovery process for elected officials. FEMA, acting as a government insurer, is in part responsible for the cost of repairing New Orleans's storm-damaged infrastructure. However, the agency has consistently low-balled repair costs, leaving the city's infrastructure broken and incomplete. The Obama administration can send a strong signal by ending the haggling and forcing FEMA to immediately allocate fair payments to cover infrastructure repair costs.

It was the failure of inadequate federal levees that flooded New Orleans. The Obama administration has a special responsibility to ensure that these levees are repaired to a higher standard. As the Obama administration rebuilds American infrastructure, Gulf Coast levees deserve high priority.

Scientists have consistently found that a core cause of the recent increase in hurricane damage in Louisiana is coastal erosion along the southernmost section of the state. Some estimate that the state loses the equivalent of a football field every 38 minutes. The administration should agree to a long-term program to rebuild America's Gulf coastline. There is no better place to begin the work of a new green economy than in New Orleans.

Consistent with his emphasis on accountability and transparency, President Obama should review all disaster-related Community Development Block Grant expenditures by Gulf Coast states to ensure that funding is properly allocated to recovery efforts. And because it will like take at least a decade for the Gulf Coast to recover, Congress should agree to revisit and re-evaluate the federal recovery effort on an annual basis every year that Obama is president.

Delivered on Mardi Gras night, President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress promised that the United States was poised for rebuilding and recovery. These are words with concrete meaning to the people of New Orleans. So it was ironic that Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal offered the official Republican response. Even as he was prepared to turn back millions in federal aid to his state, Jindal invoked Hurricane Katrina in his rebuttal of the president's economic recovery plan, suggesting that private enterprise is sufficient for tackling the massive and continuing work in New Orleans.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats cannot allow this appalling revision of history. In 2005 Katrina effectively ended the Bush administration's control of public discourse. The failures of the Bush administration in the aftermath of the storm ended GOP dominance and allowed Democrats an opportunity to govern. Democratic victory was possible because the people of New Orleans suffered. This is a debt Democrats must repay.