Rep. John Bartlett

Rep. John Bartlett

Sen. Greg Taylor

Sen. Greg Taylor

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Friday, October 16, 2015 16, 2015. (The Monthly Dialog With African-American legislators And Community Starts At 17:43 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). The problems African-American foster parents encounter with state regulators got the attention of Black legislators during their monthly visit to Afternoons with Amos.  And listeners also learned about two of the films at this year’s Heartland Film Festival.  Black Legislators Rep. John Bartlett and Sen. Greg Taylor appeared on Afternoons with Amos to hear from listeners and community concerns about state government and state government policy.  Both lawmakers blasted the proposal of Gov. Mike Pence to spend $1 billion over four years to fix state and interstate highways in Indianapolis. Rep. Bartlett stressed though that the proposal, which has to be OK’d by the Legislature, wouldn’t fix-up local roads in streets, including many places in Indianapolis. Both Bartlett and Taylor had strong concerns and reservations about a plan to change the requirements for earning a high school diploma. The tougher requirements already have parents of handicapped and special needs children deeply concerned.  Both lawmakers expressed concern as to how that would impact Black high school students.  But it was the foster care issue that brought a slew of calls of concerns.  Including information that the state cancels the licenses for foster care parents with no explanation of even formal in explanations in writing of why.

Born With It Film

Source: Born With It Movie

Born With It Film

Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour

Born With It Film

Source: Born With It Movie

(Interviews With Heartland Film Festival Filmmakers Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour and Abigail Disney Starts At 3:21 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Meanwhile, two of the filmmakers presenting films at the Heartland Film Festival appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about their films. Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour is an Ghanaian-American filmmaker. His film Born With It is about a half black half Japanese little boy from Tokyo who moves to rural Japan. There he encounters bigotry and racism and he strives to prove to his new Japanese classmates that his darker skin is not a disease. Osei-Kuffour talked about the film reflects the bigotry he faced as a person of African heritage living in Singapore. Born With It is a story about identity and learning to accept yourself.

The Armor of Light Film

Abigail Disney At LA Premiere Of The Armor of Light / Getty

The Armor of Light Film

Rev. Rob Schenck, Subject Of The Armor of Light Movie / Getty

Abigail Disney is a successful documentary film producer with a couple of Academy Award nominations to her credit.  But in her directorial debut, Disney, daughter of longtime Walt Disney Company senior executive Roy E. Disney (Her grandfather Roy O. Disney was Walt Disney’s brother) brings a powerful story to the screen in The Armor Of Light as it follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who asks if it is possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life. Disney talked with Amos about her film which deals bluntly with the growing toll of gun violence in this country. The Armor of Light follows Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. For More Information On Heartland Film Festival and its Films Click This Link:   The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Friday, October 16, 2015. Runs 92 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad. [theplatform account=”BCY3OC” media=”Uwdw4b_QNG2t” player=”xFJXq1diB1tB”]

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