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Reginald Lafayette Interview on July 20, 2019
I had a chance to catch up with Westchester County Election Commissioner Reginald Lafayette yesterday while attending a Democratic Unity Press Conference.  The event was essentially a pep rally for mayoral candidate Shawyn Patterson Howard, who having one the primary in June, is basically a shoe-in to win in the November general election.  Even though the June votes have been tallied and certified, Patterson Howard’s opponent, incumbent Mayor Richard Thomas is continuing to pursue a lawsuit against the board of elections, claiming there was voter fraud and voting irregularities.  Mr. Lafayette spent a few minutes explaining the implications of that lingering lawsuit.
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July 21, 2019
Richard Thomas, Mayoral Candidate
On June 25, 2019 there’s a Democratic primary for Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY.   The candidates are incumbent Mayor Richard Thomas, City Council President Andre Wallace, Yonkers YMCA President/CEO Shawn Patterson Howard and former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Clyde Isley.  I asked all 4 to join me for one on one conversations, and each of them scheduled interviews except Mr. Wallace.   Links to the podcasts and videos are at redbluetalk.com Check out the interviews with the other candidates, here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUwHDuj5ZNNqtYfPwVNiLFd4GMxSw48- Won't you be my subscriber? https://goo.gl/LjxB8V Podcasts, video and more: www.redbluetalk.com
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June 13, 2019
Clyde A. Isley, Mayoral Candidate
On June 25, 2019 there’s a Democratic primary for Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY.   The candidates are incumbent Mayor Richard Thomas, City Council President Andre Wallace, Yonkers YMCA President/CEO Shawn Patterson Howard and former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Clyde Isley.  I asked all 4 to join me for one on one conversations, and each of them scheduled interviews except Mr. Wallace.   Links to the podcasts and videos are at redbluetalk.com Check out the interviews with the other candidates, here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUwHDuj5ZNNqtYfPwVNiLFd4GMxSw48- Won't you be my subscriber? https://goo.gl/LjxB8V Podcasts, video and more: www.redbluetalk.com
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June 12, 2019
Shawyn Patterson Howard, Mayoral Candidate
On June 25, 2019 there’s a Democratic primary for Mayor of Mount Vernon, NY.   The candidates are incumbent Mayor Richard Thomas, City Council President Andre Wallace, Yonkers YMCA President/CEO Shawn Patterson Howard and former Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Clyde Isley.  I asked all 4 to join me for one on one conversations, and each of them scheduled interviews except Mr. Wallace.   Links to the podcasts and videos are at redbluetalk.com Check out the interviews with the other candidates, here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMUwHDuj5ZNNqtYfPwVNiLFd4GMxSw48- Won't you be my subscriber? https://goo.gl/LjxB8V Podcasts, video and more: www.redbluetalk.com
29:44
June 11, 2019
Mount Vernon Mayoral Debate 06-03-2019
Mount Vernon, NY , June 3, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Grace Baptist Church Mayoral Candidates: Clyde Isley, Shawyn Patterson-Howard, Richard Thomas (incumbent), Andre Wallace Timeline 0:00  Intro, Rev. DeCohen 2:35  Intro, Rev. Richardson 7:58  Intro, Isley 12:35  Intro, Patterson-Howard 22:25  Intro, Thomas 31:10  Intro, Wallace 40:53  Question: Dignity, all candidates 47:52  Question: 7 Criteria, all candidates 58:54  Question: Mt. Vernon Challenges, all 1:04:48  Question: Collaboration, all 1:12:00  Question: Porcari indictment, Thomas 1:15:28  Question: Lawsuits, Wallace 1:18:36  Question: Party loyalty, Isley 1:20:40  Question: Spezio/Zamor, Patterson-Howard 1:24:13  Question: Economy/jobs, all 1:31:06  Question: Zombie property, all 1:37:00  Gentrification, Rev. Richardson 1:38:35  Question by Thomas to Patterson-Howard, Personnel 1:43:20 Question by Isley to Wallace: Council inaction 1:45:07  Question by Patterson-Howard to Thomas: Payment process  1:47:22  Question by Wallace to Isley: Personal finance  1:49:44  Question by Thomas to Wallace: Planning Dept break-in  1:52:33  Question by Wallace to Patterson Howard: Why were you silent?  1:55:15 Question by Patterson-Howard to Wallace: Governance  1:57:29  Question by Isley to Thomas: Water Dept  2:00:51 Closing: Rev. Richardson
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June 4, 2019
Kamala Harris: President Prosecutor Progressive
 US Senator Kamala Harris (D) of California announced this week she will run for President.  In this podcast I share a few clips and quotes to suggest this is a serious candidate, with experience and depth, worthy of public trust.  She will need to bridge her credentials as California’s top cop with her positioning as a political progressive.  Harris has a controversial criminal justice record, but that will make perfect sense if she can avoid vapid campaign dribble. Attribution Vox article by German Lopez Kamala Harris’s controversial record on criminal justice, explained https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/1/23/18184192/kamala-harris-president-campaign-criminal-justice-record Senator Kamala Harris On Education, Criminal Justice Reform & Why Debating Is Important Interview from The Breakfast Club, With DJ Envy, Angela Yee And Charlamagne Tha God! https://youtu.be/OwsCIJlYUUg Thebreakfastclub.iheart.com Various clips from C-SPAN.
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January 27, 2019
The First Family featuring Vaughan Meader
The First Family featuring Vaughan Meader was a blockbuster album from 1962 that was a parody of the Kennedy family.   Here's what it meant to me. Amazon has it: https://amzn.to/2W8uG4j Mo Rocca is a correspondent for CBS This Morning.  He has a new podcast called MOBITUARIES, the very first episode really caught my attention.  He talks about a very famous comedy album from 1962 called The First Family, and I have a personal connection to that record.  Check out mobituaries.com Before I explain all that, let me just say, as a vlogger and podcaster, I really look up to the Mo Rocca’s of the world.  His work is polished and beautifully written and produced.  There’s a team of pros involved, and he leverages everything CBS News has to offer.  It’s first class, and I recommend you check it out at mobituaries.com, and on every podcast platform you could possibly have. Now, about the first family.  I have no firsthand recollection of John F. Kennedy.  I wasn’t born until two years after he was assassinated.  But I was the youngest of 4 children, and my nearest sibling is 8 years older than me, so I missed an experience they all had.  I had my own record player and a small collection of records that I was allowed to play myself, as opposed to the grownup collection that contained my father’s Broadway show soundtracks, and my mother’s collection of classical music in which I had no interest.  There was a whole separate collection for my brothers containing contemporary artists, but it was off limits to me. So my child safe collection consisted of relics from earlier childhoods -  a Mickey Mouse Club album, a kids album by Groucho Marx, a Peter and the Wolf album, and in 1970 I got my first new record that was mine alone - The Sesame Street Album.  I played them over and over and over.  Playing these records was something I could do myself, and it was tons of fun. There was one album in the kid collection, “The First Family”.  I never question why it was in the kid collection, I just played it over and over like all the others.  It was a political parody of President Kennedy and the First Family.  I liked it because the cover had a picture of a family including the kids, and balloons, so it seemed like it was for kids, and there were kids in the album too. The question is “Why was The First Family” even a part of my playlist as a kid?  I have no idea.  I learned from the Mo Rocca podcast that this album was a blow out success in 1962 - It won Album of the Year, it was one of the best selling albums in history.  Why wasn’t it protected in one of the grownup collections?  Did my parents not like Kennedy? Why did they buy it in the first place?  Who knows? Then, watching Rocca made me think about my own direct connection to the album?  Why did I love it so much?  The jokes were over my head.  I had no idea who Barry Goldwater was, or Albert Schweitzer.  To this day I don’t get a lot of the political references.  So what was it that made me love it so much? The answer is that it was funny, AND because if you listen to it carefully, Vaughan Meader, the guy who plays Kennedy, gets applause and adoration at the end of every cut.  And as a kid all I wanted was attention like that.  And third, because The First Family on that album seemed like a fun family, one that spends time together and has fun.  Listen to this: So I ran around my house at the age of 5, 6 and 7 talking like Jack Kennedy, with a kid’s ear version of a New England accent, saying “Ask not what your country can do for you…”   But what I was really doing was imitating Vaughan Meader impersonating Jack Kennedy.  It didn’t matter. I killed it, and the grownups loved it.  It never failed to get a laugh from relatives and friends that
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January 20, 2019
Citizen Journalist: A'tif Khalil
A'tif Khalil is a citizen journalist focused on Mount Vernon, New York.  In this episode we discuss the challenges of covering stories about City Hall when you know the people inside, personally.    We also discuss a recent incident involving Mount Vernon's Mayor along with Internet celebrity Fatboy SSE.  The two visited the local high school on Friday, January 12, unannounced, resulting in a disruption of the school day and suspensions.
24:25
January 17, 2019
For Some Home Buyers Less Is The New More: 2018 NY Suburb Housing Market Report
Licensed Real Estate Broker Maurice Owen Michaane talks about his "Pelham 2018 Market Report".  Michaane sees a trend in buyers seeking homes that are LESS costly than they can actually afford, even in affluent New York suburbs.  We discuss the market psychology and geo-politics driving this new trend.
20:07
January 6, 2019
Gun Control: Social Media Background Checks: New York, Really?
Interview with Black Westchester Publisher and Hip Hop Insider AJ Woodson, talking about the implications of NY Senate Bill S9191, to require an Internet background check on people seeking a license to possess a firearm. Recorded November 29, 2018
30:08
November 30, 2018
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