Since Black History is “Cool Like Dat” we decided to find out what’s happening with Doodlebug, former member of Digable Planets. We are going to talk about what really happened to Digable Planets, what’s life been like since, how he has progressed as an artist and what’s next. Join us live on January 24th at 11AM.
Cee Know the Doodlebug of the”World Famous” Digable Planets is stepping into the future with a new style and sound.”Futuristic Sci-Fi” is his musical collaboration with producer DJ Alex J. of D.O.R.The album will include guest appearances from Blame One,The Tones,Don Will of Tanya Morgan,LMNO of the Visionaries,J.Rawls,Kai Chi of the CFO Allstars and others.



We are winding down Black History Month by staying true to our musical roots, featuring the music of another new artists on the scene. He says that his music comes from something real and personal, from his heart. If you heart good music and a soothing message, then you will love Ramel Werner.



Our Black History month travels takes us to the rhythm and sounds of Ms. Jane Collymore.  For those of you who think you’ve seen her flying high on a sandy beach with volleyball in hand, you are correct.  She is also Jane Collymore,  3-Time college All-American, Florida Female Athlete of the Year, and member of the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team.  While we will briefly uncover that story, it is her music that has captured our hearts.  She has opened for The Presidents of the USA, Sir Mix A Lot, & Outtasite at some of Washington’s premiere venues, including The Showbox & Napavine Ampitheater.  So sit back, relax, click on a photo and enjoy the interview, rhythm and soul of  Jane Collymore.

Profile Of An Artist: An Interview With Martha A. Wade, Custom Canvas Artist


As we continue to highlight Black History Month, we took a stop to admire the works of Martha A. Wade. Perhaps you’d like to spruce up the things around you with a beautiful image, a little color here, a dash of color there.  Maybe a beautifully painted portrait of your family will do in raw paint or digital.  Whatever your desire Martha A. Wade has made it her business (literally) to use her artistic talents to create magical sketches just for you.

Chicago Radio Stories: A Conversation With Nikki Woods, Senior Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show


Black History Month continues as we take a look at the life of a successful African-American woman, who you can hear everyday on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Nikki Woods is the Senior Producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio program.   However, she is also a mom, a sister, a great daughter and a best friend.

While conducting research on Nikki Woods, I had a chance to speak with some key people in her life.  To learn more about Nikki Woods and what people had to say about her, join is live at 10AM, February 9th on Chicago Radio.  Please Click on the Photos to Join us live at 10AM.

Kicking Off Black History Month with a new series: Portrait Of An Artist: A Conversation With Mshindo!

Kicking off our Black History Month series, Nicole Cabell sits down with one of the most gifted and powerful African-American illustrators out there, MSHINDO. MSHINDO will discuss the passion that he pours into every sketch. To look at his art, is to look at a Master at work. Once you see MSHINDO’s magical creations, it is not difficult to be drawn into his imagination. MSHINDO Live at 8AM Central Standard time on CHICAGO RADIO Blog Talk Radio.

Sword and Soul Dossouye Cover by Mshindo I. Kuumba


In an ongoing attempt to HELP HAITI, we continued a discussion about the progress to find and assist survivors of the tragic earthquakes that shook the country.  Our first guest was Haitian born, Chicago activist Daphnee (@EspwaLafoi on Twitter) who has provided a direct connection to Haiti during CHICAGO RADIO’s Haiti reports.  She has also been very vocal and active in Chicago by assisting the Chicago Red Cross with the arrival of Haitian citizens at O’Hare Airport.  Also on the show was GiGi Capone (@GiGiCapone on Twitter), the West Coast Leader of the Wyclef Warrior Movement (

GiGi spoke on the efforts of the Warrior Movement in relation to Haiti; organizing the structure of the Warrior Movement, fielding questions about Wyclef’s commitment and the importance of providing continued support to Haiti. Remember, even after Haiti has faded from the headlines, like Katrina Survivors, they still need assistance.  Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef’s NGO. Click Here for the interview.

Progress Is Measured By The Support You Give Another – Pharaoh/360BEYOND

Progress Is Measured By The Support You Give Another – Pharaoh


Photo Courtesy of the BBC
BBC Photo
Chicago Radio’s Nicole Cabell, will have a conversation with Haitian born Daphnee Renee, Monday, January 18 about the devastation in Haiti, what it has been like trying to reach her family on the grounds there and how we can help here in the United States. The Chicago Red Cross will join the conversation as we ask people to text their donations to “Haiti” 90999 or text “Yele” 501501 to support music artist Wyclef Jean.

The “We Care” Haiti Fundraiser / Dr. Martin Luther King Day Observance will take place on Blog Talk Radio. Just click on the photo above to be directed to Blog Talk Radio.

VIEW THE WORLD THROUGH HAITI’S EYES >>>>> (Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross. Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. )

Audio Version Click Here.
Background song by Lloyd Halsell

Photo Courtesy of the BBC
BBC Photo

As I wait, watch, pray, and meditate on Haiti, these feelings that overcome me are those that I know are shared by others. My heart trembles, a sick feeling greets me as I hesitate to click the right arrow button on a scrolling photo viewer on a news page. The questions fly by me as quickly as the passing time, but one question seems to stand out in all the mass hysteria. Why do we look? Why do we look? Three thoughts come to mind; compassion, need for action and education.

With each photo of the tragic earthquake in Haiti this week, a sense that somehow we are all connected drives my feelings. As I breathe air, you breathe air, no matter where we are on the face of the earth. When I cry, tears are released, just like yours. Somewhere else on the planet, people are using those internal cameras (the eyes) to capture a glimpse of life or to record a memory of what is happening around them.

We are driven together by our common thirst for peace, togetherness, love. So when a tragedy like the Haitian Earthquake happens our natural maturity as compassionate people is to feel. We are allowed that. Feeling compassion gives us a chance to do something positive about those feelings. Compassion is the precursor to action.

Now we are positively poised to do something, to take action. History check; when 9/11 happened in 2001 people felt pain and then rolled up their sleeves to do something. When the Tsunami hit Indonesia in 2004, we felt horror in our hearts and started giving. As Hurricane Katrina warnings went out in 2005, people cried out in “disbelief and shock” then started planning relief efforts at a failed government response. Haiti needs us now and there is so much that we can do like text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation or text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Photo Courtesy of the BBC
BBC Photo

The American Red Cross has given us a quick way to help by texting “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation. Wyclef Jean, Haitian born music artist is asking us to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. People all over are feeling the need, answering the call, reacting and taking action to save lives. That’s just it, we have a thirst to save lives. All of these overwhelming feelings that cause us to take action are born out of our innate desire to live and let live. We will move mountains to save the life of a loved one and really, as quiet as it’s kept, our love for humanity and other life-loving people compels us to stop and help.

Most of all, these events serve as a historical reminder that water, air and space connects us all throughout the universe. This moment in education ultimately brings us closer toward that common cause of Peace. Imagine a world where everyone sought peace. During a tragedy it is not difficult to see that world peace is possible when you look at people mobilized to help from all across the globe. As cameras, blogs, websites and more capture these moments, history will have another chance to teach our children the lessons that prejudices, hate, racism and evil cannot. When that little child is old enough to think on their own, away from an adult who is harming them by teaching division, it is education on“History” and “Herstory” that will describe a world where giving, love and unity helped Haiti earthquake victims and so many others before them. It is education that will call them to join the cause for peace. This child will learn about a choice that we are all granted as human beings, the choice to love or not to love.

Why do we look? Our likeness compels us to know if that other person is going to be okay. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? When one person is pulled from the rubble, our hearts cry out “Thank You God” for the life that is spared. Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation

Why do we look? We hope that if we found ourselves in the same situation, that others will look and not turn the other way when we need them. Text “Yele” to 501501

Why do we look? We look because we are human and to not look denies us the opportunity to express our God-given rights to feel, to cry, to need, to help.

As peaceful loving people we look, because we love. Love God, Love Self, Love Others, Love Always, Love.

The world through Haiti’s eyes must be extremely painful; I urge you to look, feel, take action and then be educated by our humanity and thirst for life as a human race. Give to Haiti Now. Your heart will be better for it.

Peace. God Bless Haiti and God Bless you.

Text “Haiti” to 90999 to send a $10 donation.

Text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Safety Tips For Taking Children For Treats Today

BatmanJust as the people of Gotham City were preparing to take to the streets and engage in some treats for their little munchkins, Batman swooped down from the sky and stood majestically atop a tall building and announced in that strong, not so loud voice of his “I BATMAN COMMAND YOU TO PLAY IT SAFE TODAY. THESE ARE MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR TODAY!”

Top 5 Safety Tips if you are going to take your child out to get treats today:

BAT TIP 1: Go up the stairs with them. Children should not be ringing the bell and facing whoever lives on the other side of the door alone.

BAT TIP 2: Don’t go to unfamiliar areas. Today is not a day to start exploring. Your children are getting food put in their bags that will go in their mouths.

BAT TIP 3: Don’t allow people to touch your children or shake their hands. You don’t know them or where their hands have been.

BAT TIP 4: When in doubt throw it out [Even if that means the whole bag].

BAT TIP 5: Have a safety bag of treats in the trunk and make the switch. Your children will never know it.

I interviewed the people of Gotham City Tweeters and here are a couple more tips they offered:

BAT TIP 6 from @360BEYOND Before the candy is eaten, take it home and throw out any candy that is not sealed (like snickers). If you can unwrap it, throw it out.

BAT TIP 7 from @Goodfellas773 Go to your city Zipcode Directory and which ever zipcode has the highest property tax thats where u go trick or treating (and follow all of the tips above there too.) #fact

Batman_5Look the bottom line is that we are living during uncertain times. You can never be too safe. Everyone, no matter what you do today, play it safe. Gotham City adults that goes for you too. If you must drink, don’t drink alone. Don’t put your drink down, walk away and come back for it. Don’t, Don’t drive in my city drunk or else you will have to answer to the law. Costumes and Alcohol don’t mix, don’t walk away with someone that you don’t know.

In my cool voice, “Well that’s it, I must go stop some crime. Until next time, be careful (echo here) and if you must share treats with me, leave me some Oranges and Pears at Gotham City Bank. That’s where I’ll be heading, I think the Joker is up to no good.”