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Iam so thankfull to the Creator of the Universe bless be the Eternal who redeemed Israel for Creating Mr.Joe Madison , I pray you live 120 yrs., in excellent health to teach truth. Shalom.
Date of Posting: 12 May 2013
Posted By: Jay Black'Hood
On behalf of the Atlantic Coast Region of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, I wanted to say thank you for your words of wisdom this past weekend in New Jersey. The brothers and sweethearts are very fired up to get to work and improve our communities. The members are also inspired to learn more about their history and thus make an impact on today’s current obstacles that the Black community faces. You gave a very real perspective that emphasized that our work continues especially for this new generation. As a result, we further realize that the energy we put towards our celebration is the same urgency necessary to serve others on campus, at work, and in our own neighborhoods.
As a huge fan of your show and your work, I considered it an honor to speak with you personally and get some insight on pain passion and purpose. This was a very pivotal experience for me personally and I will never forget your advice. I’m a firm believer that God brings people together to carry out his will and I hope that this is the start to a great working relationship. With that, God Bless you and your family and I wish you the best in your future endeavors!
Gregory K. Sneed
Atlantic Coast Region
P.S. Next time I’m in Washington, I will definitely pay you a visit!
Date of Posting: 12 May 2013
Posted By: Gregory K. Sneed
As a long-time listener, thank you for all that you, Mrs. Madison and the rest of your team do in bringing information *AND SOLUTIONS* to your listening audience around the world.
"What are you going to do about it?" To this question, I have sent the statement below to both the CNN and the Fox News networks. Of note, the bracketed statement at the beginning of the 2nd paragraph was sent only to CNN. However, everything else was identical:
Kudos to the FBI and all law enforcement officers whose efforts have resulted in the video tape showing the two suspected perpetrators of Monday’s horrific terrorist act in Boston. I also pray blessings, safety and peace upon the families of all of the victims.
I am, however, struck by how,[except for an instance during Erin Burnett’s broadcast tonight (between 6p and 7p C.S.T. on both the televised and Sirius/XM CNN broadcasts)], there has been a reluctance to identify the suspected perpetrators as “white males”. This catches my attention because of the rapidity and surety with which this network “ticker-taped” the description of the presumed perpetrator as “dark-skinned male with a foreign accent” within fewer than 24 hours of the bombings. Now, more than 72 hours have passed; more physical and video evidence have been found and released; and, there seems to, only now, be a caution in identifying the potential ethnicity of the perpetrators. If only that same caution and cultural sensitivity had been exercised during the first 24 hours, when less time had passed and less evidence had been collected.
Despite my wife and me being Black physicians rearing a Black child in Texas (where we, ourselves, were reared in Mississippi), we remain keenly aware that such media-wide assertions on ethnicity with limited facts (or, in this case, the *ABSENCE* of a media-wide assertion in the *PRESENCE* of newly-released video) can have consequences for our child. As for this particular case, we look forward to seeing the perpetrators caught; seeing justice served; and knowing that (at least for now) our child (or, anyone with children who look like ours) just might not be subjected to unwarranted scrutiny and suspicion.
Again, Mr. Madison, thank you for all that you do.
Date of Posting: 18 April 2013
Posted By: Ako D. Bradford, M.D., FACP
Tougaloo College, '96; Medical College of VA School of Medicine, '02; Internal Medicine Chief Resident -Texas Tech University HSC (Amarillo), '05; Amarillo Hospitalist Service - currently, Amarillo, TX
Good morning Mr. Madison<br /><br />
I hope all is good with you and yours. My name is Kenneth Vanwright and first I want to tell you I am a fan of your Sirius XM show. I have a regular 9-5 job, which I am grateful for because it keeps a roof over me and my kids head, but my passion, (and I believe the gift God blessed me with) is creativity.<br /><br />
I have always been fascinated with cartoon animation and I created a series based on community activism. This cartoon series was created in hopes of depicting solutions for bullying, teen suicide and other problems that plague our community. The main character "Old Skool " reminisces about "how it was back in the day" and translates these philosophies so the "New Skool" generation can relate and adapt.<br /><br />
Some of the subjects covered in the series relate to ‘Teen Suicide’, ’ Bullying, ‘Peer Pressure’ and ‘Taking back the Neighborhood’<br /><br />
I reached out to a few of our community leaders about the series in hopes that they would guide me in presenting it to the public. Some did give me contact info (email) all of which I followed up but never got a response. The others would not give me the time of day. I find it hard to understand how they, as “leaders” can run to a negative situation (to exploit it) but will not do the same for something positive going on in the same community.<br /><br />
I decided to post them up on YouTube in hopes they could help somebody. I have gotten many positive email responses. I am sending you the link to the two episodes I have posted so far in hopes you can view them and share them with your listeners.<br /><br />
Thank you<br /><br />
Kenny Vanwright <br /><br />
917-969-3901<br /><br />
firstname.lastname@example.org<br /><br />
The Bullying Session Pt 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He8YgusBiNY <br /><br />
The Bullying Session Pt 2 http://youtu.be/PMGQdzbpOOo<br /><br />
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Date of Posting: 15 April 2013
Posted By: Kenneth Vanwright
Single Father, United States
Mr. Madison (and company), I love the show. My fiancée and I rarely miss it, although I must confess we are both retired from public service careers and don't usually get on the bus until halfway through the ride. We thoroughly enjoy the history lessons and congratulate you on the profile of Ms. Fanny Lou Hamer who I had the honor of seeing speak in person while I was a student at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.<br />
Sir, as a fellow "Baby Boomer", I feel your pain. As a child, I saw the images of Emmett Till in Jet Magazine. I remember car rides from New Jersey going south when meal and bathroom breaks had to be taken before we crossed the Mason/Dixon line where common amenities would either be refused, or we would be directed to the rear entrance. I remember as a teenager having a fight with a fellow student who happened to be white. There were very few non-white teachers in the "liberal North" in those days and the adults made more of it than we, the combatants, did. (In truth, two teenage boys had a disagreement that turned physical; after which we became friends. I bought my first car from him, the best used car I ever had.) The adults accused me of trying to start a riot and I was branded a troublemaker. <br />
Thanks to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, I went to college. I remember when Martin Luther King, Jr.; Malcolm X; and Muhammad Ali were mostly disapproved of. I remember the assassinations of the Kennedys, Malcolm, Martin and others and I can't help but wonder if seeds were planted that taught the young that murder is the way to solve problems. I remember the urban "riots" and campus demonstrations, the Weathermen, the SLA--the black and white "revolutionaries". I remember the "Law and Order" backlash which ushered in Nixon, Ford, Reagan and the first George Bush, who painted with the same brush those seeking redress of legitimate grievances and those who were self-serving criminals with allegiance to nothing but their own interests. (Although, giving credit where it's due, affirmative action started under the Nixon Administration.) During the time of these Republican Presidents, some hard-won court battles were rendered essentially moot because legal-aid and other programs (designed to help those, black and white/male and female, without financial means or political power to secure even a chance at justice) were de-funded. Meanwhile, there was more and more deregulation and tax breaks for big business and the financially well-off. <br />
Gun ownership became more popular after the "riots" of the late 60s when suburbanites feared they would be overrun. However, when the Black Panthers urged blacks to arm themselves for self defense, legally and publicly brandishing firearms, President Reagan used his "bully pulpit" (as you, Mr. Madison, have aptly pointed out) to bring about more strict gun control laws. Time marched on, the "Revolution" indeed became televised as notable targets were killed or imprisoned, those who had obtained good-paying jobs fled the cities (until they got laid off) and the growing "underclass" was left to the neglected parts of the cities and regions like Appalachia. One couldn't turn on the TV without running into a "cop show", often glamorizing cops who didn't mind violating rights to "get the job done". Perhaps coincidentally, weapons on the street changed from "Saturday-night-specials" to handguns and long guns rivaling those used by the police and the military. Guns, drugs, and across-the-board minimization of the value of human life proliferated. <br />
In my opinion, we have lost the moral high ground. This nation seemed to have it after WWII, and the disenfranchised had it, for the most part, during the time when Baby Boomers came of age in the 60s. I believe that through tactics such as divide-and conquer, and repetition of fallacious ideas and principles without open and honest debate, tantamount to brainwashing, the "haves" have tricked and bamboozled the "have-nots". Why else would people of modest financial means vote against their own interests? I have heard anecdotes about blacks and whites mingling for the first time in their lives at demonstrations to avert cutbacks or at the unemployment office where the previously "favored group" was largely responsible for empowering those who initiated the cutbacks. I hasten to add, I have nothing against obtaining abundance through inheritance, or by working hard or working smart on a reasonably level playing field. But I believe true abundance involves taking a long-term rather than a short-term view. I am reminded of what you, Mr. Madison, said about Henry Ford. He came up with a way to mass produce automobiles and instead of greedily pocketing the profits in the short term, he paid his workers well (probably thereby having the pick of the most qualified workers available) and they were then able to purchase the cars they were making. Surely, this not only gave Ford more profit in the long run, but also helped the community at large. I think Mr. Ford believed in something and it paid off for everybody involved. I think people today need to believe in something that transcends their differences. I think people have to be reminded that united we stand, divided we fall; success is good, but greed is not good; admiration is good, but envy is not good; an appetite is good, but gluttony is not good; getting up after a fall is good, but jumping-off without a plan is not good; rest after work or at least trying to work is good, but wallowing in despair is not good; seeking fulfillment is good, but uncontrolled longing for anything is not good; and winning at any cost is not winning in the long run.<br />
I don't have all the answers. I think God didn't give anybody everything, but He gave everybody something. As you say, there's something everybody can do. Mainly, we must keep striving to do the best we can do, be the best we can be and keep the faith.
Date of Posting: 13 March 2013
Posted By: William Bland
Reared in Newark, N.J., retired civil servant and current self-published author, New Jersey
Thank you for playing the audio from the march from Selma on your radio show on Friday. I listen to your program as we travel to the Bahamas.
I appreciate hearing the passionate voices of the civil rights struggle. More folks need to pay attention to the sacrifice people have made so all can vote.
Date of Posting: 11 March 2013
Posted By: Patty D
Live on a sailboat, East coast USA, Bahamas.
I love listening to Madison on the Power...I see the name is about to change. I hope that this does not mean that the channel will be watered down. If Madison leaves....then I no longer need my radio...its the only thing I listen too....(Yeah my kids like radio Disney and etc) but I hope the show stays true to why I have a radio....to get on the bus daily.
By the way, did anyone hear about this little 19 month old black baby that was slapped on a plane yesterday by a drunk white business man?
This is why we need the power and the Joe Madison show.. "I once was blind but now I see."
Take care Dr. Madison.
Date of Posting: 17 February 2013
Posted By: William Taylor
Super Listerner, Michigan
Love the show.
I want to share an email I received, reportedly written as an editorial to the Macon Telegraph by Andrew M. Manis (a Causcasian) an associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia:
When Are WE Going to Get Over it?
For much of the last forty years, ever since America "fixed" its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with Africa Americans who continued to blame race for their dfficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, "When are African Americans finally going to get over it?"
Now I want to ask:
"When are we white Ameicans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?"
Recent reports that "Election Spurs Hundreds of Race Threats, Crimes" should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in "Bombingham," Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than "talk the talk."
Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.
We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United Stated for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster. But elect a liberal wh happens to be Black and we're back in te sixties again. At thispoint in our history, we should be proud that we've proven what conservatives are always saying--that in America anthing is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But insead we now hear that school children from Maine to California are talking about wanting to "assassinate Obama." Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, "How long?"
How long before we white people realize we can't make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us?
How long until we white people can-once and for all-get over this hell-conceived preocupation with skin color?
How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior?
How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?
How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line mnerely because of our white skin?
How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conersations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners?
How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United Stats, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?
How long before we start "living out the true meaning" of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that "red and yellow, black and white" all are precious in God's sight?
Until ths past November 4, I didn't believe this country would ever elect an African Aerican to the presidency. I still don't believe I'll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem.
But here's my three-point plan:
First, everyday that Barak Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Build, I'm going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.
Second, I'm going o report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatning nature about President Obama.
Third, I'm going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can "in spirit an in truth" sing of our damnable color prejudce, "We HAVE overcome."
*********************************************************t takes a Village to protect our President!!!
Date of Posting: 14 November 2012
Posted By: William Bland
reared in Newark, N.J.; grad of Shaw U; retired Police Officer and former Probation Officer; currently a self-published author, New Jersey
Brother Madison, I LOVE your show. Wish you were streaming live online 24/7 365 our youth need this ! I recently started back to work and an XM radio came with the truck. Needless to say, I was blown away when I found the power ! Sometimes I have to just stop listening while I'm driving, I get to involved and need to focus on driving. It is a constant challenge as to what am I doing to help make things better. Most of my concern has been the young brothers that are being caught up in the system and herded into prisons. I am not the best of writers, but used two years of unemployment to publish a book, hoping to at least reach some of them in the language that they understand. I thought that was enough, but after listening to your question, " What are you going to do ", I must confess, It's not enough. Thanks for the reminders, I realize it's an everyday effort ! God Bless you and yours and by all means, keep the bus rolling !<br />
Sincerely, T. Matheno Matthews EL
Date of Posting: 12 November 2012
Posted By: T. Matheno Matthews EL
Joe, you are the best! As an older white guy here currently living in the very racist eastern shore of Maryland, racism is alive and well in America. But you my friend are not a racist by any means (and as a regular white listener I never hear anti white stuff on your show), some folks just do not understand you are driving the bus, and as the driver you don’t take any bs! Rock on Joe!
Oh and as happy as I am that the President has been re-elected, our work is just beginning, and that is the first thing I heard on your show this morning. Keep it coming!
Date of Posting: 07 November 2012
Posted By: Scott Nordhoff
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