NOTE TO READERS: PRAISEINDY.COM IS EXPERIMENTING WITH CREATING A PODCAST OF THE ENTIRE AFTERNOONS WITH AMOS PROGRAM. IT’S A WORK IN PROGRESS. YOUR COMMENTS & FEEDBACK ARE APPRECIATED! The Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Edition of Afternoons with Amos focused on the situation in Baltimore. National Guard on the streets after an afternoon and night of violence, with hundreds of vehicles set afire, scores injured and hundreds of arrests, most aged 18 to 30. Afternoons with Amos began with a live interview with Konan, host of the K-Show on Radio One’s 92Q in Baltimore. Konan talked to Amos from Baltimore’s Mayor’s office where he was on his way to a Mayor press conference. In the interview Konan talked about how Baltimore’s major gangs the Crips and Bloods worked together with ministers to help restore order and bring peace to chaotic streets last night. Konan also talked about the mood in the city and the community after the night of violence.
Then Afternoons with Amos shared the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King from a 1967 speech he gave at Standford University where Dr. King condemned riots, looting and burning, but also called out the causes that led the Black community to lash out that way. Amos then read a provocative article by journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic Monthly Magazine www.TheAtlantic.com where Coates, who grew up in Baltimore in the same neighborhood, where Monday’s violence occurred, wrote about what caused Monday’s violence. Listeners weighed in with all range of opinions of the issue and the problem and their ideas on solutions and where Baltimore, Indianapolis and the Black community should go from here. Then at the halfway mark of the program (53:59 on the Media Player) Afternoons with Amos shifted focus to a major news story in Indianapolis.
As the Obama Administration announced that Indianapolis and seven other communities, including five other cities, one rural area, and one tribal community would become Promise Zones. Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the Federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. Through the Promise Zone designation, these communities will work directly with federal, state and local agencies to give local leaders proven tools to improve the quality of life in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas. Indianapolis near eastside neighborhood was designated as the city’s first Promise Zone. Other citis designated were Hartford Connecticut, Minneapolis Minnesota, St. Louis City and County Missouri (including Ferguson), Camden New Jersey, the South Carolina Low County and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Representing President Obama in Indianapolis at the announcement of Indianapolis’ Promise Zone as Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Afternoons with Amos listeners heard Spencer talk about the Promise Zone program. Amos then talked live with James Taylor, CEO of the John H. Boner Center, the major eastside community organization that was aggressive in applying for Promise Zone designation. Promise Zones are a program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Commenting on the announcement, HUD Secretary Julian Castro said, “From my time as Mayor to my tenure as Secretary, I’ve seen first-hand how a Promise Zone designation can spark progress and possibilities in underserved neighborhoods,” said HUD Secretary Castro. “A zip code should never limit the hopes that folks have for themselves or for their children. We’re proud to be working with a wide-variety of local leaders to strengthen neighborhoods and to unlock doors of opportunity that have been closed for far too long.” The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Can be Found in the Audio Player Below. It’s © 2015 WTLC/Radio One. Total Length 93 Minutes. The segment on Baltimore Riots and Indy’s Reactions Begins at 00:00. The Segment on Indy Promise Zone Begins at 53:5900:00. The PODCAST Begins After a Brief Video Ad.