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People Before Politics Radio – 4 Years of Real Talk For The Community

The People Before Politics Show (PBP Radio) will be celebrating the Fourth Anniversary of the show in August. In anticipation of this monumental achievement, we wanted to share some of our greatest memories of our incredible journey with you, of course you can click here, and check out any and all of the previous shows. We have accomplished so much in such a small period of time and want to thank all of you for coming along for the ride with us.

Black Westchester expanded our multi-media presence with the launching of a new internet radio show, ‘Black Westchester Presents People Before Politics’ Sunday nights 6-8PM on In The Mixx Radio. The debut show aired Sunday August 3rd hosted by Black Westchester Magazine’s publisher Damon K. Jones and Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson. It was a continuation on the Blogtalk Internet Radio Show Damon previously hosted by himself. He teamed up with myself and took the show that had an incredible following to the In The MIxx Radio Studios in Yonkers, NY. Right out the gate there was an immediate impact in the Westchester County political landscape and communities of color in Westchester and surrounding areas.

The show has had several co-hosts and reoccurring guest co-hosts over the past few years including Cynthia Turnquest-Jones who started off the show with Damon and myself, Juanita Lewis, Rashad Bilal (our financial consultant), Priscilla Echi, Brenda L. Crump, Homelessness advocate Laura Case, Janelle Allbritton, Tasha D. Young, Andy Falk and of course our current co-hosts, former Yonkers City Councilwoman Lorraine Lopez and Dr. Robert Baskerville P.h.D aka Brooklyn Bob, aka Biff Baskerville.

Many elected officials, who have come on PBP Radio over the past few years to discuss the issues or introduce themselves while running for office. Guest have included George Latimer (as State Senator and then again as County Executive), State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Rep. Eliot Engel, Deputy County Exec Ken Jenkins (who made several appearances as County Legislator as well), County Legislators Lyndon Williams, Christopher Johnson (who also previously appeared as Yonkers Councilman), Virginia Perez and the new Chairman Ben Boykins, Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey and fellow Peekskill Dems, City Council members Vanessa Agudelo, Ramon Fernandez, and Colin Smith, NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams, Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader, Mount Vernon Councilpersons, Marcus Griffith, Andre Wallace and Janice Duarte, Former Yonkers City Council President Liam McLoughlin, the Westchester County Clerk, Mt. Vernon City Judges Adrian Armstrong and Nichelle Johnson, Westchester County Family Court Judge Arlene Gordon-Oliver, New York State Supreme Court Judge Christi Acker, multiple appearances from Richard Thomas (Mount Vernon Mayor and City Councilman), New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, New Rochelle City Councilman Jared Rice, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, White Plains Common Councilwoman Nadine Hunt-Robinson, Westchester Independence Party Chairman Dr. Giulio Cavallo, Ossining Village Board Trustee Quantel Bazemore, Yonkers City Councilwoman Shanae V.Williams, and candidates that ran in White Plains Mayoral and City Council races in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Peekskill, White Plains, Greenburgh and Yonkers, County Legislators, 2 State Senate seats (36th and 37th Districts), county judges, just to name a few because they knew if they wanted to truly reach the community of color, they realized we were the viable vehicle. Almost all of the aforementioned won their races. Several have challenged their opponents to a live debate on our show.

These are just some of the elected officials who have graced us on the show but as the title of the show suggest, People Before Politics, we covered much more than politics. Keeping with the tradition of BW – News With A Black Point Of View, People Before Politics is a live talk-show format dealing with issues in the community, where callers can call in an interact with and engage in conversation with the show’s hosts and let their voices be heard. We cover everything that communities of color deal with, like systemic racism, police criminality, homelessness, unemployment and under employment, as well as celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of great individuals and unsung heroes and sheroes in the Black and Brown Communities.

Guests have included East Coast Representative of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and Student Regional Minister of Mosque No.7 New York City, Minister A. Hafeez Muhammad, Legendary Radio Host and Activist Bob Law, Comedian, owner of Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. and founder of The National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM) Byron Allen, Author (Once A Cop) and former NYPD Inspector Corey Pegues, Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five and his mother Sharonne Salaam who is an advocate for the wrongfully incarcerated, Captain Dennis Muhammad – Founder of The PeaceKeepers, Atlantic Starr, Talent the Comedian, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, Civil Rights Attorneys Mayo Bartlett (The Law Offices of Mayo Bartlett, PLLC), Bonita E. Zelman Esq. and Micheal H. Sussman Esq (Sussman & Associates), Dr. Ron Daniels President of the IBW (Institute of the Black World 21st Century) and PAUD (Pan-African Unity Dialog), Chris Lat owner of AACA (African American College Alliance Clothing), Christian Mejia – Latino Outreach for Westchester 4 Bernie, Hector Lopez – President of Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Assoc, Barry McGoey, Esq., President of International Association of Fire Fighters – Yonkers Local 628, Sandy Bernabei, founding member of the AntiRacist Alliance, Tasha D. Young of Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network, Yonkers Activist Hector Santiago (Stop and Shake), Andrew Falk of the Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party, Domenick Cocchiara – Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator RECLAIM NEW YORK, appeareances from Songstresses Angela Johnson and Ms. Irene Renee, Rev. Stephen Pogue – Pastor of Greater Centennial AME Zion Church, former Mt. Vernon Corporation Counsel Lauren Raysor just to name a few.

Some of our favorite shows (in no particular order) The 100th Episode celebration show, Episode 011 with Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and County Legislator Ken Jenkins, Episode 108 – The State of the MVPD and the Lack of Leadership in the department with Corey Pegues, author of Once A Cop, Glenn Scott, Anthony Olskool Mitchell, John R Jones Jr and Don Starchild Moore (4 RETIRED officers of the Mount Vernon Police Department), Episode 123 – Blacks In law Enforcement; Being Black & Blue with Charles Billips (Grand Council of Guardians), Ricky Maxwell (VP of Westchester Corrections Assoc.), Corey Pegues, Former NYPD Deputy Inspector and Author of Once A Cop, Anthony Mitchell (former MVPD Sgt & Honorary Deputy Police Commish) & Michael Hannon (former White Plains PD), Episode 33 with Independence Party Westchester County Chairman Dr. Guilio Cavallo, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Fiener & Yusef Salaam (Central Park 5), Episode 060 – Social Justice Sunday Under Janet DiFiore with Kenneth Chamberlain Jr and Criminal Justice & Civil Rights Attorney Mayo Bartlett, Episode 084 – The Meaning of Fourth of July to African-Americans,

You can catch People Before Politics on In The Mixx Radio at www.InTheMixxRadio.com or download the stations app on your smartphones to check out the show. Archives of the shows will be available on Black Westchester a day or two after they air. Check out the show Sunday, August 3rd at 6-8PM and every Sunday following. Call up and let your voice be heard live on the show 718.705.4959

The People Before Politics Radio Show can now be seen on Cablevision Channel 18 at 9:00 P.M. Monday nights in Yonkers, Harrison and Port Chester, through the In The Mixx Radio broadcast as well as on White Plains Community Media from 3-5:00 P.M. on Verizon Channel 45 and Cablevision Channel 76.

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About AJ Woodson (2278 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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