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Rep. Barbara Lee talks to SiriusXM’s Laura Coates About the 2020 Race & Election Meddling / Listen

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*Yesterday, California Rep. Barbara Lee called to speak with SiriusXM Urban View host Laura Coates about the 2020 race and election meddling.

During the interview, Representative Lee told Coates: “There are so many reasons why we must vote for the Biden-Harris ticket, regardless of what perspective you’re coming from it’s important if you really want to make sure that our democracy is not, actually dismantled, and this administration and you see how he has operated and who he is, in terms of his dictatorial approaches to government, dismantling all of the apparatus of government.”

Congresswoman Lee shared her reaction on the recent decision to no longer provide in person election briefings for congress: “I am outraged over this because first of all, this is just another effort to take away people’s rights to vote. But secondly, when you try to shut down information, when you’re trying to keep information from elected officials who people elect that is once again, a sign that this democracy is in jeopardy. And so people need to be outraged about this because we have to have this information. This is another example of how the three branches of government now are being blurred by this administration. We have three branches, right? Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislative branch. That’s what our constitutional and the Founding Fathers required. Now, you see this administration tried to shut down every branch except the administrative branch. And so I’d say this is another example of the dangers to our democracy, the dangers of not providing the information to elected officials so that we can make informed decisions about upholding people’s constitutional rights. It’s a shame and disgrace, and we’re going to have to get to the bottom of it. And I know that we’re looking at how to really take this on so that they can reverse this decision, because this is outrageous and it’s very, un-American.”

Rep. Barbara Lee:
As a progressive African American woman, there is no option. I don’t believe in terms of this election, we have got to elect the Biden-Harris ticket. We know and when you just look at, for example, police misconduct and police murders, this administration Donald Trump specifically really does not acknowledge the systemic racism, is part of the systems in this country. Whereas the Biden-Harris team, they very clearly understand this. The Vice Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, she has led on the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act in the Senate. She understands why we have to move forward, not with tinkering around the edges in terms of just reforms of specifically, but why we must get to the core of what structural reforms and structural changes really mean. And so we have no option. Secondly, the fact that we know that there’s Russian interference and foreign interference in these elections, should terrify everyone and should really compel us to vote because we see that this administration really encourages that, and has not turned its back and has not condemned Russian interference. They know what’s going on, and they’re actually trying to deceive us once again and trying to keep the information from becoming public. They don’t you want us to vote. When you look at what they’re doing with the postal service, and we passed our bill putting $25 billion into the postal service, which the postal board of governors, all Trump appointees that needed to happen to ensure that the postal service is not sabotaged and that the postal service functions. This administration is trying to take away our constitutional right to vote. There are so many reasons why we must vote for the Biden-Harris ticket, regardless of what perspective you’re coming from it’s important if you really want to make sure that our democracy is not, actually dismantled, and this administration and you see how he has operated and who he is, in terms of his dictatorial approaches to government, dismantling all of the apparatus of government. Remember Steve Bannon said their goal was to dismantle to the administrative state. That means getting rid of government, that’s putting us on the brink of fascism. And so we have got to really recognize that this election, it is the most important election of our lifetime, but more than that, if this election is a matter of life and death for so many, and you can just look at how this administration has not handled the COVID-19 pandemic that’s led to so many, so many tragic deaths of disproportionately African-Americans and people of color.

Host, Laura Coates:
You know, it’s so important that you keep talking about the idea of, and it’s important for us to continue to have these conversations Congresswoman Barbara Lee, about not only the importance of voting, but also the hurdles that have been put in place just recently. And before I let you go, I have one final question, and we’re seeing reports, this morning coming out and over the weekend about how there has now been a decision to no longer provide in person briefings about election security. And we are aware that there has been efforts in the past from Russia and other countries, primarily Russia, to try to interfere with the elections. How are you feeling about the idea of not having the ability for members of Congress like yourself to have this information about the security of our elections, particularly when you see what’s happening with the postal service and the president’s views towards mail in ballots?

Rep. Barbara Lee:
I am outraged over this because first of all, this is just another effort to take away people’s rights to vote. But secondly, when you try to shut down information, when you’re trying to keep information from elected officials who people elect that is once again, a sign that this democracy is in jeopardy. And so people need to be outraged about this because we have to have this information. This is another example of how the three branches of government now are being blurred by this administration. We have three branches, right? Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislative branch. That’s what our constitutional and the Founding Fathers required. Now, you see this administration tried to shut down every branch except the administrative branch. And so I’d say this is another example of the dangers to our democracy, the dangers of not providing the information to elected officials so that we can make informed decisions about upholding people’s constitutional rights. And, it’s a shame and disgrace, and we’re going to have to get to the bottom of it. And I know that we’re looking at how to really take this on so that they can reverse this decision, because this is outrageous and it’s very, un-American.

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: SiriusXM’s The Laura Coates Show.

 

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Kristen Welker: Presidential Debate Moderator is One Bad-azz Sista!

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*OK Kristen Welker, let us join the chorus of praise you are getting for your stellar job of moderating Thursday night’s presidential debate. In fact, one of the participants owes you an apology. We’ll get to that later.

For those experiencing Welker for the first time and don’t anything about her, she grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Harvard in 1998. She became NBC’s White House Correspondent in 2011, and was recently named co-anchor of NBC show Weekend Today.

Welker, 44, is only the second black woman to moderate a presidential debate alone. The first was ABC News journalist Carole Simpson in 1992.

Earlier this month, two other journalists tried their hands at moderating and it didn’t turn out so well for them. Fox News’ Chris Wallace caught  heat for his moderation of the first Trump-Biden debate, while USA Today’s Susan Page was also criticized for her handling of the vice-presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.

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Even Wallace admitted he was “jealous.” During Fox News’ post-debate coverage, in so many words he said he wishes it was him instead of Welker at last night’s debate:

“I would have liked to have been able to moderate that debate and to get a real exchange of views instead of hundreds of interruptions.”

But in all honesty, Welker didn’t have a complete fool in Donald Trump to deal with like Wallace did. In any event, it’s obvious Welker didn’t want to deal with the BS Wallace had to deal with, as she was praised specifically for managing to keep the Trump and Biden in line, and controlling the conversation – though she did have the advantage of the candidates being muted during each others’ allotted two minutes.

Meanwhile, fellow journalists are also praising Welker’s performance. NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson called it “a career-defining moment,” while another sista, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said she “gave the American people a real debate.”

Also, PBS White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said she was “beaming” watching Welker.

Author Brigitte Gabriel said she did a better job than Wallace, and one person went so far as to suggest she deserved a medal for her performance.

And despite calling Welker “terrible and unfair” ahead before the debate, Trump took time during the debate to praise the moderator’s performance.

“By the way, so far I respect very much the way you’re handling this,” he said.

And for even those words of praise to come out of HIS mouth is nothing short of a miracle and is the closest thing resembling an apology to ever come from Donald Trump.

Dayuuuum Kristen, you are one bad-azz sista!

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Pastor Cal Keeps Love Alive on ‘Married at First Sight’ (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*For 11 seasons, “Married at First Sight” (MAFS) has been the ultimate experiment in matchmaking as couples who have never met – complete strangers – tie the knot.

If you are not familiar with the popular Lifetime series, people looking for love are matched by relationship experts (Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Dr. Viviana Coles, and Pastor Calvin Roberson-known as Pastor Cal) and agree to tie the knot before meeting their mates.

The show follows the couples for a few weeks as they experience their first meeting at their weddings, their honeymoons, meeting each other’s families, and other milestone events all the while being counseled by the experts. At the end of each season, the couples are given the chance to continue in their marriage or get a divorce.

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Pastor Calvin Roberson (Pastor Cal) is one of the experts matching couples on “Married at First Sight.” (Photo: Lifetime)

While some may question the show’s premise, the EUR spoke to Pastor Cal recently and he said the series is genuine.

“My job on the show is to get these couples, put them together, and make sure they stay together,” said Pastor Cal. “My goal is to look at their differences, see where they’re compatible, counsel them and in some cases, threaten them, to make it work. All the experts, our focus, is simply making sure the couples stay together.”

As for a method in which the couples are matched, he added, “There isn’t a solid formula we apply to every couple. It has to be tweaked as we find out people’s peculiarities. It can be nerve-wracking but it’s rewarding in the end.”

Like many MAFS seasons, there are surprising revelations and this one, featuring couples from New Orleans, is no exception.

“Season 11 has brought us so many surprises,” Pastor Cal said. “Even in casting, one of the couples we thought would get along much quicker is one of the ones lagging behind. And one couple we thought would move slower to intimacy are moving ahead. And that’s with Miles and Karen being the slower and Woody and Amani being the faster of the two.”

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Woody and Amani in current season (11) of “Married at First Sight.” (Photo: Lifetime)

He continued, “Also, by my own admission, I fall on the sword on this one, I was not expecting Bennett and Amelia to get along so well. I thought she would be put off more by his lack of profession. It was a big surprise to me.”

The next MAFS season will include Atlanta couples and after that the show heads to Houston, which is casting now. Pastor Cal told the EUR that the show adapts to the couples from each city.

“I believe that every city we film in brings a certain flavor and the participants from that city take on the flavor from that city,” Pastor Cal said. “New Orleans is laid-back, they party, and it’s a very fun city as opposed to a city like D.C. that is very political, buttoned up, and tight. But definitely we found that every city influences the participants. We definitely see different personalities coming out of each city.”

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Speaking of Atlanta, Pastor Cal is the lead pastor at Progression church in the peach city. He and his wife Wendy have a marriage coaching organization that offers marriage and relationship conferences, boot camps, and seminars worldwide.

While COVID-19 may have slowed down the in-person events, that has not stopped people from contacting Pastor Cal for love connections, “Because of COVID, we’re online. I get more people through DM’s, email, etc. asking me to match them.”

And how does the church feel about the show?

“My church actually loves it.” Pastor Cal said. “They are so supportive and such an incredible group of people. They tell people about the show. Our church was actually founded on relationships, so it was an easy fit. Our church was founded on positive marriage and positive family.”

Look out for Pastor Cal’s book, “Marriage Ain’t for Punks,” slated to come out next year.

If you are interested in being on “Married at First Sight” and live in Houston, click here to apply.

For more information on MAFS’ current season, click here.

 

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Ross Williams: ‘Made It Out’ Author Recalls Escape from Streets of New Orleans and Corporate America

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*Ross Williams made it out, and then he wrote a book about it.

Growing up in New Orleans’ 7th Ward can be rife with challenges. The horror stories far exceed the successful ones. Ross’s journey is an exception, and an exceptional one.

Surrounded by a solid family with community values, Williams attended Tulane University where he studied sociology. He has gone on to become the author of two best-sellers within an eight-month span.

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“Made It Out” is testimony not only to his journey, but also to the similarities of surviving the streets and corporate America. His follow-up book, “Crabs In A Barrel: War On Racism,” gives a different perspective on the phrase that focuses more on the barrel than on the crab.

Author is just one of Williams’ many hats. He is also CEO of Williams Commerce Writing Services, which aims to empower job seekers, authors and entrepreneurs.

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Zenger News invited Williams for a Q&A session to learn more about his break-out book and journey of discovery.

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Zenger: How did you break the cycle, so to speak, and make it out of the 7th Ward in New Orleans?

Williams: Really learned as much as possible. So, really learning what cursed prior generations and trying to avoid those same things. A lot of that came from learning from my parents who were born in the 1940s, so a lot of my family members are older. So, I have a lot of old-school values. I had the chance to learn about life before my era… I was able to accumulate all of that and just learn from every lesson or loss that I had in life and just never settled.

Zenger: What was it like growing up there and seeing some of the things you experienced?

Williams: I had a sense of pride about my community. My mother’s side of the family has been part of the St. Bernard, 7th Ward community since it was established back in the 1930s and 40s. A lot of people talk about the downfall of the neighborhood. Of course, I discuss that in my first book, “Made It Out,” some of the things I experienced. But one of the big things my neighborhood helped with was just building a confidence about myself and my abilities. At first it was basketball and then it became a swag with everything I do. I believe that I can be the best at whatever I put my mind to.

Zenger: What made you decide to even write a book?

Williams: Really to help other people to make it out of situations that they encountered. At first when I was writing my book, it was kind of like making it out of the inner city. I felt my lessons were applicable to any environment that you can grow up in. Like I said, learning from mistakes, gravitating towards positive energy, and learning from your losses. I really just wanted to give people the blueprint because halfway through the book it became about making it out of corporate America and becoming an entrepreneur. As of right now, even just picking up from there, I’m trying to show the world that I’ve made it out since then. Since the book, I’m still making it out.

Zenger: You actually make parallels in the book about the similarities of making it out of the street life and making it through corporate America. As crazy as it sounds, there’s not very much separation, is there?

Williams: I think in society with social engineering, a lot of us feel that if we are a different race or different religion, society has taught us that the next person is very different from us. And we can’t see eye-to-eye just because we come from different worlds or experiences. Gangstas and crooked people growing up in inner cities are no different than white collar gangstas. White collar gangstas are actually more cutthroat because at least in the neighborhood you know who to look out for. In corporate America, a lot of people have ulterior motives, but they project friendly energy. It’s not really necessary. It’s not these people need me to get by like in the neighborhood. It’s just out of malice. That’s why I feel like it’s grimier in corporate America because of how it’s presented to you.

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Zenger: It can be difficult to navigate that.

Williams: Right. And something that my neighborhood taught me, once I started communicating with people in higher level CEO positions or people that made in the upper six figures or north of that, just the intellect and growing the confidence once I interacted with these people, it’s like, “Oh, I can sit in these positions too.” A lot of times we are made to look at certain people as if they are superior to us, especially when we’re coming from inner cities. But we have the same abilities as those people. A lot of those people had easier routes to get there. That’s one thing of just gaining confidence along each step of your journey.

Zenger: Did you anticipate becoming a best-selling author and your books having the kind of impact that they have had?

Williams: Humbly speaking, my mom always told me, “Don’t step at all if you are going to half step.” So, I know the tears, the blood and sweat that I put into each project, or even a client’s book. I put that same energy towards everything. I’m very strategic and I move with a sense of urgency. I visualized the successes that I have had in my career so many times over and over, that all of the excitement is poured into the process each day. So, when it happens, I’m kind of militant about it, so I’m really not surprised. I really put my all into each thing and utilize my natural skillset. I haven’t been surprised so far.

(Edited by André Johnson and Judy Isacoff)



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