Episode 159 - A Mother's Day Wish talks about how important it is to celebrate your mother. All mother's who nurture and protect their children should be celebrated on Mother's Day whether you find your mother difficult or not. Value the time you have to spend with your mother because nothing is promised to anyone. Happy Mother's Day!
Episode 157 - Biden's First 100 Days is an overview of what Biden has accomplished as well as his plans going forward. His approval rating is holding at 53% and he is staying the course for his plans to build America back better.
Episode 154 - My COVID-19 Vaccine Experience talks about my journey to vaccination. I talk about the decision. The facility conditions and any adverse reactions that I experienced. The vaccine does not prevent COVID-19 it limits the severity and we all want a fighting chance when it comes to something that could take your life.
Episode 153 - Georgia Turns Back Time with it's new voting laws to discourage black people from going to the polls. The new voting law creates barriers for getting registered, casting a ballot, and the acceptance of ballots difficult. Nothing is impossible even when the rules change. Other states across the nation are trying to exact similar changes as a tactic to control who's vote counts. It won't be that easy, they underestimate people who choose to exercise their voice.
Episode 151 - Do You Feel Rescued? This episode talks about the American Rescue plan becoming law and what relief it will bring to Americans. It begs the question, do you feel rescued? Depending on your situation, maybe you do and maybe you don't. I believe it gives Americans peace of mind. Peace of mind comes at a cost and I'll take it.
Episode 149 - Talk it out references the importance of mental stability during rough times. A reminder that it is alright to see out a medical health professional. We all need to be able to unload our frustrations through conversation. Every city America has a mental health crisis hotline and there is not shame in using them if needed.
Episode 148 - Change of Heart talks about my decision to get vaccinated. Originally, I was set against getting vaccinated, but with these new mutations, vaccination might be the only way to protect ourselves from an illness that has lasting affects.
Episode 147 - My Special Valentine gives a peak into who my valentine is this Valentine's Day and every Valentine's Day. The holiday has become very commercial. We can show appreciation to the ones we love every day.
Episode 146 - Dems Control is a overview of why Democrats need to run the table with initiatives in legislation. They have two years to prove their plans are the right course of action for America's future.
Episode 145 - Black History is Every Day looks at the history made by black people on any given day in America. There are more than a few historical events in just the last 90 days. We shouldn't just celebrate the excellence of black people during black history month.
Episode 144 - New Beginning talks about turning the page in United States government. President Biden is making moves and the results might take a little time to come to fruition. We should all wait to see what becomes of the process.
Episode 143 - Repurpose Content is about creating original content and making it go the extra mile. We all have social media pages where we post stories and photo to exhibit our individual creativity. You can use the same content in different ways to get new views as well as monetize your social media stage. Remember to create once and use it twice.
Episode 142 - Capitol Building Attack gives an overview of my account of what I witnessed from the comfort of my living room while accessing how tragic and stupid could the angry mob be. All should be prosecuted.
Episode 141 - Make a Plan or Plan to Fail 2021 Goal List talks about the need to plan for the year. The goals don't have to be lofty. The goals need to be attainable. Setup SMART goals as a road map to guide you throughout the year.
Episode 140 - Goodbye 2020 is a parting message about moving on into a new year and leaving all the strife of the year 2020 behind. The best think about 2020 is that people around the world learned to think outside of the box to live, do business and education our children. Brighter days are in the near future.
Episode 138 - Supreme Court Denies Trump talks about how the farce of a lawsuit was flatly denied by the United States Supreme Court. Trump insists that a lie become truth and the courts once again says no. Many want to be in Donald J. Trump's good graces only to be slandered by him later. When will lawmakers stand up and denounce his tirade against democracy, probably never.
Episode 137 - Georgia in the Spotlight talks about the state of Georgia being the deciding factor in how the incoming United States President will be able to run the country. Donald Trump losing the election is the tip of the iceberg as Republican control of the Senate hangs in the balance because he can't admit defeat.
Episode 136 - Vaccine Woes talks about the concerns with the vaccine rollout. Will it solve the issues that we face today with the virus? Will it be fairly distributed? Should we even take it since time is the one factor that scientists have not been able to apply to the efficacy claim? We ask the question will you be taking the vaccine?
Episode 135 - Give Thanks talks about being thankful that we are here and can plan for another year. The media has been sounding the alarm about social distancing for the holiday season and we should take heed. It is a small price to pay to ensure that you can see your loved ones next year.
Episode 134 - Tired of 2020 talks about being done for the year. For those of us who have muddled through, it's time for the year 2020 to end. The pandemic, slacking economic, and political tyranny have been wearing Americans out. Seven weeks left and it seems like forever. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired. 2020 Girl bye.
Episode 133 - Election Process Done talks about the America's Presidential Election. The count continues long after the process is finished, but after a four-day wait, the winner is Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris. This is the first election where over 150 million people cast a ballot. America is ready for change and this election proved without a shadow of a doubt that Joseph Biden would be the new leader of the free world come January 20th 2021.
Episode 132 - Final Push to Vote talks about the last chance for American citizens to cast their ballots. It's not just about the presidency. It's about shaping each and every community through the down ballot races. 91 million votes have already been submitted because America knows something different needs to happen.
Episode 131 - Halloween for Kiddies 2020 talks about what to do for the children who will not be able to trick or treat this year due to the pandemic. I'm hosting a Halloween party for my grandchildren to soothe the disappointment of not being allowed to go door to door to receive candy. I share my plans and my motivation for delivering a good time to my crew.
Episode 130 - Voter Suppression is Real talks about the ways voters are trying to be deterrent in the United States of America for the general election. With twenty-million votes cast thus far, the efforts to suppress are fueling the need for Americans to get out and vote. The November 2020 election is shaping up to be the largest voter turnout in history, With only a few weeks to go, the masses are participating in early voting across the country.
Episode 129 - A Moment of Levity with OCK is an interview with a local harmonica player in the Metro Atlanta, Georgia. We chat about his method, his mood, and his music. We get a couple of serenades as we look for an escape from the day-to-day antics we have to endure.
Episode 128 - Can't Make This Stuff Up recaps of my viewpoint of the political debacle that is the American government under Donald J. Trump. If someone were to tell me that President Trump would botch the debate and then become infected with the virus, I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't lived through it. Casting a vote for the challenger might be the only way to regain our dignity and self-respect.
Episode 127 - Calm Down talks about the chaos that has ensued over President Trump's remarks to invalidate an election that is not complete. Donald J. Trump's speech is discouraging to voters across American. He tries to invoke fear in the election process. His cronies echo his false statements and they all need to be voted out. Calm down, keep a clear head, and make sure that your ballot is counted.
Episode 126 - Hobbies as an Escape talks about finding things to do that give you peace and make you feel accomplished. Some times it makes sense to step away from all that is going on in the world. What's your hobby that allows you to clear your mind and focus on something that gives you satisfaction?
Episode 124 - Think Twice Vote Once talks about using common sense when you vote this fall. The President of the United States of America is urging people to try to vote twice to test the security of the process when really he only wants to sow confusion to ensure himself a victory. The process only allows for one cast ballot per registered voter. Don't let the President's messaging misguide you.
Episode 123 - What I didn't' See at RNC talks about what was missing from the Republican National Convention. There wasn't a plan laid out for anything as if Republicans are not in control of the American government. Do we want four more years of grandstanding and no real combat for the health crisis that keep us twisting aimlessly in the wind?
Episode 122 - DNC Recap talks about the highlights of the Democratic National Convention from the perspective of an average American citizen. Why voting this November is a high-stakes venture for the American people? We all know the problem, the question is, will we rise to the occasion to correct it? The Obama's call a thing a thing and Joe Biden vows to do the opposite of Donald J. Trump.
Episode 120 - What's Your Side Hustle? Everyone needs an additional stream of income and a side hustle is the answer. Several types of side hustles can turn into creative ventures that can turn into full fledged entrepreneurial successes. We all need extra income and a side hustle is one avenue to get to that point.
Episode 119 - Dating During a Pandemic talks about being mindful of your partner during these social distancing times. You need to keep your partner in mind when you're out in public because exposure could be the worst thing for your relationship. Take time getting to know folks with alternative ways instead of face-to-face.
Episode 118 - The Education of Children in America talks about digital learning versus in-classroom instruction and how we don't have much of a choice given the lack of attention and resources the government made to ensure their return.
Episode 117 - Don't Take Voting for Granted talks about John Lewis' legacy of fighting for the voting rights and equality of black people. Many are disenfranchised with the outcome of elections and the lengths government officials go through to prevent people from casting ballots. John Lewis always knew that it was key to advancing black people. Last week we loss John Lewis to illness but his legacy will always be that black people have a voice and need to be heard at ballot boxes across the nation.
Episode 116 - Economic Spiral talks about how the United States economy can't get quite get back on its feet. Small business are taking a beating as virus hot spots creep up and shut them down. Getting started is not working for many industries and President Trump thinks it's because chlldren aren't in school. He wants badly to declare that the United States economy is fully operational, but he can't because people still have concerns because the government or the medical community doesn't have a handle on keeping us safe.
Episode 115 - Safety First talks about following the guidelines during the pandemic even if the President of the United States does not. Keeping yourself safe should be a priority and taken seriously. Many Americans are throwing caution to the wind and it needs to stop before it's too late. Simple practices help and are encouraged.
Episode 114 - Entertaining Kids in a Pandemic talks about hosting a painting party for the kids in your life. We are all so serious about the current health crisis, social injustice, unemployment, and isolation. Take the time out to plan something fun for the children who have no choice but to follow our lead. A painting party is a great activity to escape the daily grind most of which we don't have any control over. I hosted a painting party for my grandchildren and they had the best time ever. I talk about what was required and how to pull it together ensure that the kiddos have fun.
Episode 113 - Trump gets Trumped is a reflection of how the tide seems to be turning away from Donald J. Trump. Two Supreme Court rulings against his actions and Oklahoma barely turns out for a rally. All these are signs of his appeal is wearing off because narcissism is no longer in fashion.
Episode 112 - Progress Takes Time talks about police reform and the movement towards change in light of the tragedies that continue to occur in the assault of unarmed black people in America by law enforcement. Breonna Taylor gets a no-knock warrant ban, Minneapolis adopts a choke-hold ban and these referendums are the tip of the ice berg. Humanity is gaining a foothold on progress. It's about time.
Episode 111 - New Day talks about the affect that protesting against injustice is having across America. Officers have been charged with wrongdoing, but the possibility of conviction is palpitating amongst black people. Big business is shouting from the rafters that Black Lives Matter to them. And voting is top of mind for African American communities. It is a new day where hope and change feel obtainable.
Episode 110 - Killing Blacks in 2020 talks about the tragic end to the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and Ahmaud Arbery. All were unarmed and all would be alive today if things were different. Each individual's end has one common denominator except one. We were able to bear witness and formulate our own opinion. Can we see our way to change?
Episode 108 - Can't Trust Him talks about how President Donald J. Trump has failed America. He is not America first, he is Donald J. Trump first every day of the week. Americans need to vote in November 2020 for a chance to get back our dignity, forge clarity, and chart a new course.
Episode 106 - What I learned in quarantine talks about what a shelter-in-place order can do for you in self-reflection. I have learned to like something that I thought was useless as well as few other things about patience and preparedness. What have you learned about yourself while the world took time off?
Episode 104 - All Hands on Deck talks about what is necessary for America to reopen for business throughout the fifty states. What does America still need and how much we as citizens can continue to contribute to make things better. In the middle of a storm, Americans still look for answers and try to find solutions.
Episode 103 - Winner By Default talks about how Former Vice President Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Primary election. He will go head-to-head against Donald J. Trump in the November general election.
Episode 102 - Cabin fever on another level gives examples of people exhibiting cabin fever due to statewide shelter-in-place orders to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Most people didn't realize they needed an outlet until they didn't have one.
Episode 100 - Social Distancing - What to do? There is so much we as individuals can do during this time of social distancing that can lead to self-improvement, a happier Homelife and creative discovery. Let's treat social distancing as a blessing and not a curse.
Episode 99 - Run away Joe talks about how former Vice President Joe Biden's come from behind primary race is making him the presumptive democratic nominee to run against Donald J. Trump in the general election come November 2020. Trump continues to dig himself into a hole with the down play of Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19. All of the recent events give Joe Biden the edge.
Episode 98 - Self-Promotion is the Best Promotion talks about business needing to get the word about their products and services. It was National Be Heard day on March 7th and businesses need to make some noise to let potential customer know that they exist. The segment talks about economical ways to self-promote your products and services to potential customers.
Episode 97 - Delegate Race talks about how form Vice President Joe Biden's campaign gets invigorated by the South Carolinian turn out. The black vote takes shape and they want Uncle Joe. The burn is still being felt by many, but will Senator Bernie Sanders hold onto his delegate lead to win the nomination. The race has shifted, but to what end?
Episode 96 - Author Roundtable #4 allows you to meet Poetry Author, Yvonne James, Romance Author, Chad Sir Wick Hughes, and Chick Lit Author, Evelyn Lemar. They join the panel for a discussion of famous black authors from the past and present whom they admire and tell us why. Each author gives insight on genres they could be inspired to write one day in the future. They also allow you to peak behind the creative curtain in reference to their writing technique.
Episode 95 - Benefits of Audiobooks is an overview of what getting into the audiobook arena can create awareness for your books as well another stream of income for authors. Find out what is necessary to create an audiobook as well as what can cost.
Episode 94 - What the Gangster Movie is going on talks about how President Trump is running amuck with his mobster tactics against his proclaimed enemies and nobody seems to have the power to stop him. It looks like he running his own syndicate with the DOJ beginning to do his bidding. Are we all living in a B-rated movie?
Episode 93 - The Power of the Black Vote in America is important to effecting change in government. Black America was not allowed to vote before 1965. We voted for every opportunity that presented itself. Don't take anything for granted. When we stay home nothing goes as it should. We need to exercise our right to vote at every level. 2020 could be the year where we make a difference.
Episode 92 - When to let Go talks about leaving an unhealthy relationship. Janice's niece gets into legal trouble because the niece will not abandon who she believes to be the love of her life. Its the niece's first love and he is bad news. Sometimes you have to know when to let go of a relationship for your self-preservation.
Episode 91 - Senate Trial not so Easy. The Senate trial for the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump is not going to be an open and shut case. The political theater is underway, but who is really on trial here? The belief is Donald J. Trump will be acquitted hands down, but with all the information spilling out about his misdeeds, will we see him prevail.
Episode 90 - What to do when an Interviewee Cancels? First you have to accept these things happen for whatever reason. Next, you have to fill your show with something. A short list of alternative content to keep your show airing as scheduled.
Episode 89 - What's ahead For America in 2020? An overview of the challenges Americans face in 2020. Will be go to war with Iran? Will Trump be removed from office? Will the tariff situation be resolved? Can Kim Jung Un hurt the United States with a nuclear missile? Will citizens get out and vote in 2020? These are the question Americans need answers for in 2020. We don't know how it will all turn out, but we hope for the best.
Episode 88 - Moving Sucks during the holidays is an glimpse of what can go wrong during what is supposed to be a smooth move from one residential situation to another. Janice rants about her moving debacle.
Episode 86 - Common Sense in Politics gives an overview of how the government is spending more time monitoring the President of the United States instead of handling the issues that affect everyday Americans by not moving forward with important legislation. The power of the vote is the only thing that will get America moving in the right direction. The stalemate has to end.
Episode 84 - Author Roundtable #3 is a gathering of indie published authors discussing their motivations to write along with creative techniques. The panelist for this month's discussion are Romance Author, C.D. Blue, Mystery/Thriller Author, Pat McKanic and Romance Author, Laura T. Johnson.
Episode 83 - Holiday Rush talks about dealing with the holiday season when you have suffered the loss of a loved one. It is hard to be festive and joyous when you lose someone near and dear to you. Janice shares her story of loss and the holidays. You can do it even though it still hurts.
Episode 81 - Will He Stay or Will He Go discusses the possibility of Trump's Impeachment becoming a reality in the face of all the other things he has stacked against him on his bid for re-election to the presidency of the United States of America.
Episode 80 - Author Roundtable #2 is a monthly series where we have a few indie authors come on to engage about the art of writing. This month we have the discussion with Fantasy Author, Spencer Stoner and Romance Author, Chad "SirWick" Hughes about what motivates them to write, their genre, and their creative process.
Episode 79 - Best of Unlawful Demise of Blacks in America replays the best of Thoughts in the Car episodes that discuss the plight of the unarmed black man in America. We take a journey back to the beginning of modern day assassinations of blacks to show how its a never ending cycle creating new victims today.
Episode 75 - Author Roundtable is a discussion amongst indie authors in different regions of the United States sharing what motivates them to write as well as the creative process each uses to develop and execute a great story. This is a new monthly segment. Today's featured guests are Crime Author, Suyltan Mohammed, Romance Author, Charley Rougeau, and Sci-Fi/Dark Fantasy Author, Bryan Tann.
Episode 64 is an observation on the state of the job market and available options should the worst occur. Everyone should have an alternative career option. Why is no one prepared? The time is now to figure out a back-up plan.