The Dr. Vibe Show
With today being Martin Luther King Day in the United States, in this video from 2010, Tavis Smiley examines Martin Luther King, Jr.'s stand against the Vietnam War and the influence of his legacy today. Tavis speaks with scholars and friends of King, including Cornel West, Vincent Harding and Susannah Heschel. Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas

Sherman Moore is a overcomer with a great attitude. Why? ; Because he is having a great life even though he has sickle cell for over fourty years. Mr. Moore grew up in Barbados. He came to Toronto when he was thirteen years old and worked for

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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 2:34pm EDT

Dr. Waldo Johnson is a social scientist at the University of Chicago. Dr. Johnson has recently written a book titled, "Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy", which provides a excellent understanding of the plight of African American men. Here is a description of "Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy": African American males have never fared as poorly as they do currently on a number of social indicators. They are less likely to complete high school than their white male and female or African American female peers, they are more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms, and they have fewer sanctioned coping strategies. Arguably, no other group in American society has been more maligned, regularly faced with tremendous odds that uniquely threaten their existence. When they do receive education, mental health, and physical health services, it is often in correctional settings. They are marginalized in public policies on secondary and higher education attainment, marriage and parental expectations, public welfare, health, housing, and community development. Yet they remain overlooked in health and social science research and are stereotyped in the popular media. Taking a step back from the traditionally myopic view of African American males as criminals and hustlers, this groundbreaking book provides a more nuanced and realistic portrait of their experiences in the world. Chapter authors, both established and emerging scholars of social problems relevant to African Americans, offer a comprehensive overview of the social and economic data on black males to date and the significant issues that affect them from adolescence to adulthood. Via in-depth qualitative interviews as well as comprehensive surveys and data sets, their physical, mental, and spiritual health and emerging family roles are considered within both individual and communal contexts. Chapters cover health issues such as HIV and depression; fatherhood and family roles; suicide; violence; academic achievement; and incarceration. During this interview, Dr. Johnson talks about the book, the current status of African American males and solutions for the current challenges that African American males face. We also find out that many of the challenges facing African American faces are similar that Black men in Canada and around the world face. We are also joined by Vidal Chavannes during this interview. To find out more information on Dr. Waldo Johnson, please click on the following link:http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/faculty/wejohnso.shtml To purchase a copy of "Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy" please click on the following links:http://www.amazon.com/Social-Work-African-American-Males/dp/0195314360http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/SocialWork/?view=usa&ci=9780195314366 Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


The panel for this Black Canadian and Black American roundtable featured: Vidal Chavannes Vidal is currently the Manager of Program Development and Quality Initiatives at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Previous to his current position, Vidal taught secondary school in the Greater Toronto Area for ten years. He is also an activist, motivational speaker and author of the book, "Detox". You can find out more information on Vidal at http://www.vidalchavannes.com/ . You can listen to "The Vibe and Vegas Show" interview of Vidal Chavannes at http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/vibe-and-vegas-show-vidal-chavannes-author-of-the-book-detox/ Brandon Frame from "The Black Man Can" at http://theblackmancan.org/ Colin Jobe from "Colin's Edge" http://www.blogtalkradio.com/colinsedge The panelists discuss: 1.Young Black Men and Education 2.Education and Hip Hop Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas
Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 4:41pm EDT

Milt Ottey was born in Jamaica and is a retired Canadian high jumper. He moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada when he was ten years old. He won the national championships twenty-three times between 1979 and 1988. Ottey spent several years coaching in various universities throughout the United States, including University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), Kent State University and University of New Mexico before moving back to Toronto. A eight-time Canadian champion in the men's high jump event, Ottey is now the development manager for the UK based kids core skills development program International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA) in Canada. He is also the director of Over The Top High Performance Athletics (OT Fitness). Ottey is married, has three children and resides in Ajax, Ontario. During this interview, Milt shares with us various parts of his life from having a great time growing up in Jamaica, his relationship with his father and mother who have always been there for him, adapting to Toronto after leaving to Jamaica at a young age, his many challenges overcoming the educational system which made him stronger, his long and wonderful career as a world class high jumper which provided many great opportunities and learning experiences including Milt sending a application for him to attend an all girls college in Florida, going to school at and graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso, retiring from a great career track and field and starting a new life in the world of coaching and starting his own business. If you would like to contact Milt, here is his contact information: Phone: (416) 388-5350 Website: http://www.teamathletics.ca/ Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


A.D. is an urban music triple threat. He is a writer, producer and rapper. A.D. Was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to parents of West Indian descent. He learned to play the piano at six years old. During his public and high school years, A.D. was heavily involved in sports which taught him discipline, loyalty and focus. At a young age while hanging out with brother and his brother's friends, A.D. acquired a love for break dancing. The first record that he purchased and break danced to was Run DMC's "Peter Piper" with "My Adidas" on the flip side. He began writing rhymes at 12 years old and released his first beat, "G-Spot", in 2005 followed it up with "Da Show's Over". Music labels were eager to sign A.D. to a record deal but it was not the right time for A.D. ; With the arrival of his daughter, A.D. decided to put his career on hold with becoming to Black father. Because of the opportunity to provide a better a better life for his daughter, A.D. returned back to the urban music scene with the release of "Icy" in 2008. He followed it up with "Secret" in 2009. He most recent single is "What I Do". We discuss his life, his musical career, the relationship that he had with his father, how the urban music scene has changed over the years and why he started his own independent label, Blaq Plague Records. A.D. Is planing the release of a solo album in the March 2011 called "Free Agent". You can find out more information on A.D. at: Blaq Plague Records 60 Bristol Road East, Suite 445, L4Z 3K8 Website: http://www.myspace.com/blaq33 Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


Al St. Louis is a Toronto based actor, poet, spoken artist and motivational educator. Using the art of poetry, Al composes thoughts and words that penetrate deep within the psyche, opening portals into other realms of thought, inviting listeners to participate in an inspirational awakening. He is the CEO and founder of When Words Are Spoken. He coordinates a number of theme-based spoken events each year featuring established and up and coming poets and musicians. Al has worked with various entertainers such as John Singleton, Spike Lee, Andre 3000, Tyrese, Dwayne Morgan, Jemini, 50 Cent, Toya Alexis and Maestro Fresh Wes. He also uses his voice for singing with instruments or accompanied by his band "The SoulMates". Al is a motivational educational and brings his spoken word to high school, facilities, workshops and presentations to uplift, inspire and educate the younger generation. He is also the owner of Loc 'N' Twist Natural and Hair Studio. During the interview, Al goes back to his birtnplace in Guyana, to a promising basketball career that was ended due to a serious knee injury and having nothing to fall back on, to the start of his poetry journey, how and why he became a hair studio owner (Loc 'N' Twist Natural and Hair Studio) and his thoughts and hopes for Black Canadian men. You can find out more about Al at:http://www.whenwordsarespoken.com/ (When Words Are Spoken) Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas


Roland "Wickida" Young was born in Westmoreland on the south side of Jamaica in the West Indies. When he was twelve years old, his family migrated to Canada. He grew up listening to Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and The Whalers and Jacob Miller. He shares what is what like growing up listening to music and his career in music from being under contract with Cooke Management for one year to now starting his own label, Blaqscope Records. He has produced acts such as Al Beeno, Jr., Flex, Pachino and Rob di the brinx. "Wickida" comments on why he is happy being an independent artist for the last six years and why he wants to stay an as independent artist. He also gives us his take on what needs to be done to improve the situation for young Black men in Toronto and the current Canadian Reggae Music scene. He is completing his first cd which scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011. You can find out more information about "Wickida" at:http://www.myspace.com/wickidacarlitohttp://www.reverbnation.com/wickidahttp://www.facebook.com/people/Wickida-Carlito/100000611921613http://www.numubu.com/profile.php?id=95036http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/WickidStylzhttp://twitter.com/WICKIDA Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 ; (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.comhttp://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:54am EDT

With 2010 coming to an end, we thought that we talk and share about some of the stories that we thought were of interest to Black men in 2010. This episode not only was the start of our year in review but it was the start of a new feature for the show. For a while, we had a vision of doing regular podcasts with Black Canadian and Black American men discuss various issues that they feel are important. Well, this episode is the start of this journey. In this episode, we have Colin Jobe of "Colin's Edge" (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/colinsedge ) and "The Cutting Edge" on CHRY FM (http://www.chry.fm/ ) and Brandon Frame "The Black Man Can"at http://theblackmancan.org/ In this episode, we start off discussing about LeBron James leaving Cleveland and "taking his talents to Miami". Everyone had a take on this story. We then move onto talking about about Blacks in sports. If you would like to read a good book about Blacks and athletics, please check out: "40 Million Dollar Slaves: ; The Rise, The Fall and Redemption Of The Fall Of The Black Athlete" by William C. Roden Renowned "New York Times" columnist Rhoden deconstructs the black athlete in this explosive and absorbing discussion of race, politics, and the history of American sports. He argues that for all their money and fame, black athletes are no better off than slaves whose masters forced them to race and fight. Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385


Jason "Blockz" Allard knows the meaning of dusting off and trying again. ; Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "Blockz" was interested in two things as a child - basketball and music. Blockz struggled in school and often felt bored and uninterested in what he was doing. Blockz only began to excel once he was given the opportunity to perform at his annual school talent shows, and started to fall in love with what music had to offer him. He began to record music at his friend's house - the only place he had access to turntables and a mic - and shortly afterward formed a group by the name of Black Soldiers in 2000. The rest is musical history. "Blockz" shares about his growing up years, his relationship with his parents, how his musical journey started and where it is taking him and his thoughts about the challenges that young Black men are facing. Blockz released his first hit single "YEAH" the summer of 2010 which will be followed by an EP in the near future. Blockz is paving a new path for the international hip hop and r and b scene with his powerful lyrics and rhyming style. For more information on the multi-talented mc and producer, please go to: Blockz on Reverbnation http://www.reverbnation.com/blockz Blockz on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blockz-Allard/154847507884738 Feel free to email us at info@blackcanadianman.com. If you live in North America, you can leave us a voice mail at 1-866-280-9385 (toll free). God bless, peace, be well and keep the faith, Vibe and Vegas info@blackcanadianman.com http://thevibeandvegasshow.wordpress.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/vibeandvegas
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Category:Citizen Journalism -- posted at: 3:35am EDT