The Dr. Vibe Show
Dr. David Leonard is the Associate Professor Department of Critical Cultural and Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University. He grew up in Los Angeles. He initially went to the University of Oregon, then to the University of Santa Barbara and finally to the University of California at Berkeley where got his doctorate in ethnic studies. During our conversation we chat about his experience of getting push back from white peers in regards to his passion about ethnic and race relations, how students have changed in regards to their opinion towards and about ethnic and race relations, his thoughts on post-racial America, the current state of Black America, what does Black America need to do to move forward and the inequalities in the American justice system and the death penalty in regards to race. Dave can be reached via: http://notsuris.wordpress.com/ (Website) @Dr_DJL (Twitter)

Over the last few years, the economy has not been the best for Blacks. What challenges do Blacks face and how can they proper in today's economy? This is a rebroadcast of the live interview that we did on "Blacks and Unemployment" with Arnold Minors, consultant in the area organizational health and effectiveness and Louis March board member of the African Canadian Heritage Association and who is also helping out two community groups, Young and Potential Fathers and Brothers Helping Brothers. During our conversation, we address the following questions: 1. What is the current employment market for Blacks? 2. Statiscally speaking, why are more Blacks dealing with unemployment more than Whites? 3.Do Blacks feel any different than White when they are unemployed? 4. While unemployed, do Blacks have access to the same resources as Whites? Are Blacks utilizing the resources available to them? What resources are available to Blacks? What resources are Blacks not using? 5. What solutions do you have to resolve this issue?

One of the highlights of our year was attending the panel discussion "Social Issue Films: Getting Them Made & Seen" on September 10, 2011 at The Toronto Film Festival. The panelist were: Bill Duke - Moderator (Director of the movie "Dark Girls"), Jason Keller (Screenwriter "Machine Gun Preacher"), Branwen Okpako (Director "The Education Of Auma Obama") and Maggie Peren (Director - "Color Of The Ocean"). The panel is introduced by Brickson Diamond of The Brickhouse Foundation. During the discussion, each of the panelist talk and share about various subjects including why do they do social issue films, their challenges in making social issue films and how do they overcome them. We would like to thank each of the panelists, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Blackhouse Foundation for making this event happen.

Ralph Richard Banks is the author of "Is Marriage For White People?How The African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone". He was born and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Rick teaches courses in race, gender and equality at Stanford University in California. He has been married since 1997 with three sons. During our conversation talks and shares about various aspects of the book including why he wrote the book, how long the book took to write, the current marriage situation for African American women and men, why African American marriages are failing, his encouraging African American to look for marriage partners outside of their race, the future of African American marriage and his message for Black men. You can get more information about Ralph Richard Banks at http://ismarriageforwhitepeople.stanford.edu/ and you can follow on Twitter at @rrbanks

Agincourt Pentecostal Church Women's Ministries presents the "Share The Praise" benefit concert on Friday, October 21, 2011 at Agincourt Pentecostal Church (2885 Kennedy Road, Toronto, Ontario). The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00. Part of the concert's proceeds will be to assist Missionary Deborah Sirjoosingh for famine relief in Namaruputh, Kenya Pastor Denise Munroe, Pastor of singles, one parents families, women ministry, small groups and community baby dedications at Agincourt Pentecostal Church, tells us about the "Share The Praise" concert. For more information please contact wm@apchurch.com, Pastor Denise Munroe at (416) 291-9575 ext. 230 or dmunroe@apchurch or http://www.apchurch.com/womens_events/id/1370/d/2011-10-21


Johnnie Weathersby III is a 25 year old Black man who lives and was in born in Kansas City, Missouri. He is is the founder and "Lead Scribbling Gent" of GentleREDOUX.com. He was raised in a tough neighbourhood by his mother with his two brothers. Tragically, one of his brothers was shot and killed. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Business and Entrepreneurial studies. He current works for a company in the area of market research. During our conversation, we discuss "Where Do Black Men Fit In Today's Society". We look are the challenges that Black men face within their race and outside their race, the challenge that Black men face when they did not face a male role model/father figure growing up, Black men's relationships with each other, what are Black men doing right and what they can improve on, his biggest fear and his thoughts on relationships. To find out more about Johnnie, go to: http://gentlemanredux.com/blog/ @@GentlemanREDUX

Justin Norwood is the author of the article, "Single Black Women in the Church: The Issue Of Submission" at http://keepingthevision.blogspot.com/2011/09/single-women-in-church-issue-of.html During our conversation, Justin shares with us what single Black women are telling him about marriage and some of the frustration that they have experienced with Black men, what Black are saying to him about marriage, the issue of submission in a marriage, dating from of Christian perspective and words of wisdom for young Black singles that attend church. You can listen to our previous interview with Justin at http://bit.ly/kuh9VG You can touch base with Justin via: http://keepingthevision.blogspot.com/ (Blog) @MrNorwood1 (Twitter) justin.r.norwood@gmail.com (Email)

Justin Norwood is the author of the article, "Single Black Women - Church, and the issue of submission". During our conversation, Justin shares with us what single Black women are telling him about marriage and some of the frustration that they have experienced with Black men, what Black are saying to him about marriage, the issue of submission in a marriage, dating from of Christian perspective and words of wisdom for young Black singles that attend church. You can listen to our previous interview with Justin at http://bit.ly/kuh9VG You can touch base with Justin via: http://keepingthevision.blogspot.com/ (Blog) @MrNorwood1 (Twitter) justin.r.norwood@gmail.com (Email)

On October 7th (Ottawa), October 8th (Toronto) and October 9th (Buffalo, New York), "When Brothers Speak" will be celebrating it's fourteenth year. "When Brothers Speak" is a spoken word show featuring Black male performers sharing what Black men are thinking and experiencing. Dwayne Morgan has been the producer of the show since day one. Dwayne began his career as a spoken word artist in Toronto in 1993. Dwayne talks about the history of the show, this year's performaner, how he chooses performers, his new website (http://dwaynemorgan.ca/ ), how the show is now international and his message for Black men. For more information on "When Brothers Speak", please go to: http://dwaynemorgan.ca/blog/ For ticket information for "When Brothers Speak", please go to: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/When-Brothers-Speak-tickets/artist/1506102 or via email money transfer to info@upfromtheroots.ca


Chef Rock Harper was the winner of season three of television reality show "Hell's Kitchen". Chef Rock was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of his life in Alexandria, Virginia. Food, hospitality and entertainment has been a part of his life from a very young age. He is married with three kids. During our conversation, he discusses various subjects including how his father passing away when he was three years old has affected him as a father and his relationships with older Black men, his challenges going through school, the first thing that he cooked, his turning point, his "Hell's Kitchen" experience and his first meeting with legendary chef Gordon Ramsey and the experience of being a young Black man who has been married for thirteen years.