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Rest in Peace Rev. Willie Barrow, a warrior for civil rights

Rev. Willie Barrow died last night. She was a small woman who had a big impact on civil rights. She worked with Dr. king but she had a significant impact in Chicago. She and Rev. Jesse Jackson founded Operation Breadbasket. A program that helped feed the poor in Chicago during the 60s and 7os. During that time they had a radio show and every Saturday you would hear her booming, raspy voice. As a child I remember being impressed maybe even intrigued by this woman who had a place at the table when most women were still relegated to the kitchen. She will be missed.


The President’s policies will help the young but what if you are not?

Last night the president shared his vision for the country. He was upbeat and full of hope. He is a fiftysomething man with a bright future, but what about the rest of the fiftysomething crowd are they experiencing this same kind of euphoria? Sadly in many cases the answer would be no. This morning I was speaking to a friend of mine who lost her well paying job about 5 years ago. Since that time she has only be able to find part time jobs because if you were born pre-1961 you are viewed as old and no one wants to hire the old. Sure the old have wisdom, experience and knowledge, but they also don’t come cheap. So what do you do? Do you keep sending resumes in knowing the computer program scans the resume and you are eliminated without a human being actually looking at the resume? Isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results? What do you do when you are also looking at the distinct possibility that you are going to have to assist aging parents? Last night the president profiled a family that had weathered hard times and come out on the other side but they were young. If you are 30something you’ve got time on your side, but if you are 50something you do not have the luxury of time. You try to hold on to hope and take comfort in the president’s statements but it is not easy. I would have to ask the president to not be too hasty in turning that page. Many people are still laboring in the last chapter, and sadly some have even been edited out of the book. So Mr. President you too are a member of the AARP generation, and it would truly be sad if you not only turned the page, but turned your back on members of your own generation.

Michael Baisden Commentary: It’s Not About The Job It’s About The Journey (Yes, I’m leaving radio)

Who would have ever thought that a black man from the South Side of Chicago, with no college degree, no formal training in radio, TV, or writing, and the youngest son to a single 17 year-old teenaged mother with three children, would one day lead civil rights protest and help to elect the first black President. Life is truly amazing! I am proud of what I have accomplished with my life and look forward to what is to come next. Life is full of new beginnings, whether it’s a new relationship or a new business venture; change is the one constant…and we must learn to embrace it. For years I’ve encouraged you to step out on faith to live your dream, to never compromise your principles, and most importantly, not to be afraid to try something new, but above all else, dare to be different. Well, it’s time for me to practice what I preach! When I began writing books in 1993, my only goal was to have a positive impact and challenge people to think outside the box. In 1995 I took that leap of faith and left my job with a four-year-old child to support, three thousand dollars in my pocket, and a dream. And as strange as this may sound, there was never a doubt in my mind that I would make it. Call it cockiness or confidence, but I was determined that no force on earth was going to stop me from realizing my dreams. And after five best selling books, two stage plays, two televisions shows, three DVDs, and one of the most successful radio programs in history, I’m just getting started! No, it was not my intention to leave radio, I had plans for The Michael Baisden Live Tour, my 10-year anniversary party in DC in July, and I was looking forward to being on the air this summer to get justice for Trayvon Martin and his family. But sometimes fate, the universe, God, or however you want to label that undeniable force, has it’s own plans. Someone once told me that the greatest experiences in life are unplanned ones. I guess I’m about to test that theory. The details about what happened are not important, what is important is that we stay connected. I will continue to say good morning and good night and post encouraging comments on Baisden Live on Facebook and Twitter daily, along with those breath-taking pictures. I hope you won’t get tired of reading my post now that I’ll have more time on my hands. Lol It’s been my honor and privilege to serve you everyday for the past 10 years from 3pm-7pm ET. No man on earth has more to be thankful for than me. Your support made it possible for me to take care of my family, invest in the community, and help inspire thousands of people to live their dreams. What’s bigger than that? But before you go getting all mushy on me, this is not the end…it truly is the beginning, or as I like to say, it’s the next chapter. I have already begun reaching out to leaders in the community to start building more mentoring programs and creating organizations that will allow us to network so that we’re prepared for the next Jena 6 and the next Trayvon, because there will be a next. Just because the mic goes silent doesn’t mean I will. There’s an old saying that a man’s true character comes to the surface during times of adversity. Every stage of my career has been difficult, that’s the price you pay for standing by your principles and doing things the right way. I may not have the same paycheck come April 1st, but I will be able to look at the man in the mirror and be proud of the reflection that’s looking back at him, and that’s what being a real man or woman is all about, you must stand for something!
Although you may not hear my voice every day we can still stay connected. Make sure to join me on Baisden Live on Twitter and Facebook. We can’t blame, ”The Man” for our problems when we won’t even join a free website to communicate with one another to find out what’s going on.
The lights go out on Friday March 29th, so I’ll see you on the radio at 3pm ET tomorrow and every day until then to celebrate what “WE” have accomplished! And if there’s one thing I know how to do it’s throw a great Old School Party!
~ Michael Baisden
P.S. The only thing better than a going away party is a welcome back party! So, save a spot for me on the radio dial, I’ll be back sooner than you think. And when I do…it’s going to be hotter than

Will.i.am says Don’t be a Punk Vote

CNBC Jim Cramer’s Dad Disenfranchised by the new Pennyslvania Voting ID Law…Something is wrong when a vet can’t vote

Today CNBC Jim Cramer tweeted that his elderly father will not be able to vote. His elderly father is a veteran and he does not drive. He has no way of proving his citizenship so if nothing changes he will not be voting on November 6th. Is this fair? What was this law designed to do? Share your thoughts.
A congressman has assured Cramer that his dad will have the necessary identification and a ride to the polls, but what about the nameless elderly folks that do not have children on television. Who is going to provide a means for them?

You must Vote Nov. 6th if you support the President, but you must be registered to vote

Today I was out and about and I caught the Michael Baisden radio show. A caller was telling Baisden that she supports the president, but she did not plan on voting. In fact she said she was not even registered to vote. She said she did not believe her one vote would make a difference, but in 2008 Obama won North Carolina by a mere 14,000 votes. What if those people had said my vote does not matter? Every vote counts and when you don’t vote you are letting others make a decision in your behalf. Baisden and his co-host were stunned by the caller’s candor. They encouraged her to register and to vote. She promised she would, but I was unconvinced. If you support the president you have got to vote. On November 6th we need to walk together and follow the leader of this country President Barack Obama.
If you need information on voting or registering to vote go to http://www.gottavote.org

Nike Shoe Not for White Kids, at least according to NBC Dr. Nancy

This morning on the Today Show “the Professionals”-Nancy Snyderman, Star Jones and Donny Deutch were discussing this very expensive Nike shoe. Snyderman said this shoe is not for white kids. Share your thoughts.

Retroactive Retirement?

It does not matter to me that Mitt Romney is rich. He earned his money and he has a right to enjoy all the benefits of the wealthy. I am really not interested in his tax returns. He’s rich and he has offshore accounts, tax shelters and every other kind of legal device to maximize his profits, but what does make me pause is his “retroactive retirement”. Now that phrase was uttered by Ed Gillespie on Meet the Press Sunday and that is ridiculous. If Romney left Bain in 1999 as he claims it is puzzling that his name appears on company documents two years later. To try to wipe it away by saying he retroactively retired is simply a crock. Americans might not understand the ends and outs of high finance, but Americans are not stupid and this line of defense is just that–stupid.

The Curious Death of Baltimore County teen Christopher Brown

On June 13th Baltimore County teen Christopher Brown was with a group of boys that supposedly threw something at off duty policeman, Officer James D. Laboard’s door. The officer came out of his home and chased the boys and caught up with Christopher Brown. A struggle occured and Brown was killed. At this point the officer has not been charged with a crime even though Brown’s death has been classified as a homocide. Brown was buried this weekend and the states attorney’s office is investigating. Whatever happened that night was not worth the loss of a life. Doors can be replaced, but people can not. One also has to ask if Brown struggled with someone and that person had been killed would he have been arrested? Is this special treatment reserved for people on the force? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

Is there any loyalty in politics?

Hilary Rosen has become Public Enemy Number one for this week. She made the mistake of saying that Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life. She was castigated by the media and crucified by both the right and the left. Rosen has attended State Dinners at the White House, but the President referred to her last night as a pundit. Rosen did not work for the White House, but she has carried the water for the party, but there is no room for loyalty in this toxic climate. I have seen stories of right wing sites that have been delving into her personal and financial life. All of this for saying the wrong thing. Yesterday, Rosen appeared on CNN to offer an on-air apology to Ann Romney, but today I saw that the Romney people have created a group called the Mom-neys. This too will die down. Remember the Romney aide that made the Etch A Sketch comment. I am glad in the real world if you say something or make a mistake your friends don’t go running for the hills. In my case that might verbalize they don’t agree with what I said or did but they don’t abandon you or act like they never really knew you. There seems to be more compassion outside the Beltway.

Hilary Rosen was scheduled to appear on Meet the Press, but she canceled her appearance and here is her statement:
“I thank David and the folks at MTP for offering me the chance to participate in the Roundtable. It will be an important political discussion, as it always is on Meet the Press. But I have said enough and while I have unfortunately made the Producer’s job tougher today, I don’t have anything more to say. I apologized to Mrs. Romney and work-in-home moms for mistakenly giving the impression that I do not think their work is valuable. Of course it is. I will instead spend the weekend trying to explain to my kids the value of admitting a mistake and moving on.”