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Is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on Deaf Ears?

By: Tamika L. Morrison

If you’re a subscriber to the email campaign Paid for by Organizing for America, then you’ve seen email’s titled “Chip in what you can” to “President Obama on the line” and they are coming in from everyone including the President and First Lady themselves.  Not only that, but for me, I’m getting at least two or three of the same email within ten minutes of each other at least three times each – which is a little annoying, but I get it.  It all feels a little desperate and one has to wonder if the “Yes We Can” phenomenon has run its course and is falling on deaf ears?

I’ll admit, I’m on the fence and not sure if I’m encouraged to go out to the polls – a disgrace some are thinking and I’ll admit, I also feel like it’s a slap in the face of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks and all the other great leaders of the Civil Rights era.  With my bank account on a slow and fast drain and the economy not producing job interest or putting income in the market, I can’t help but consume myself with odd and end jobs to supplement my ‘in the meantime’.  Quite honestly, it’s not fitting in my time management zone.  Besides, I don’t even know what the heck the Democrats are promising or committing to doing outside of being lazy and resting on their laurels with a bunch of loud talk.  I don’t know…is it me or is ‘Barack the Vote’ falling on death ears…

Last week on TWS Media’s The Greenlight Project, we got into a timely discussion about the upcoming political campaigns and the importance to get out and vote as we talked with special guest, Carmen Dixon Rosenzweig, the creator of the influential blog AllAboutRace.com, one of the first blogs to facilitate cross-cultural and intra-cultural communication and social justice activism using digital technology. During the conversation, we talked about the lack of participation in the mid-term elections and why it’s imperative Democrats commit to voting to make an impact.  Let’s not forget, we did an amazing thing in 2008 by electing President Obama in the first place.  I believe he needs us more now with the emergence of racial hatred, racial hate groups such as The Tea Party and the Republicans unyielding criticism down to how he yawn’s when it’s captured in picture.  Are you kidding me?  Unfortunately not…

Here’s what we need to consider: While the President’s name is not on the ballot, his long-term vision and policies are.  According to AOL’s Black Voices column “White House: Every Vote Counts” dated October 26th writer Allison Monyei reminds us, “Voting in the midterm elections is just as important as voting in presidential elections. Midterm elections decide whether a president’s agenda will be enforced. Unfortunately, midterm elections typically have less voter turnout due to ignorance about how our political system works. In order for the agenda of President Obama to advance, he needs like-minded individuals in Congress to effectively translate his policies into legislation.”

It’s been proven, knowledge is power.  There’s strength in numbers – let’s not let Barack’s pleas and those of the White House fall on deaf ears – who knows if we’ll ever experience another time of political diversity in America.  Even though I’ll have to put a halt on my side hustle job search, I must commit to “Barack-ing the Vote” because at the rate of things, I can’t afford another Republican rule in my lifetime.

C. Denise Hendricks: Shining Behind the Scenes

By: K. Denise Richardson

C. Denise Hendricks is an award- winning producer, writer and journalist. She is currently a Producer for BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.” She spent the previous five years as an associate producer for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in Chicago. She has also worked as a Producer and Executive Producer for CNN, and NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX TV News affiliates.

Over the years, Denise has interviewed, field produced and written segments for several celebrity and newsmaker guests. She co-coordinated dozens of live show performances and appearances for several music artists. Denise played an integral role with “The Oprah Show” in securing high end donations and sponsorships, all while bringing some of the most pressing issues of our time to television, including the Virginia Tech Shootings, the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Denise is a recipient of the 2009 National Association of Television and Program Executives/Walter Kaitz Foundation Diversity Fellowship. She is a member of the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and serves on the board of directors for Power Girls, Inc. and the Black Women Film Network. Denise is active in the community, mentoring youth and speaking frequently at schools about careers in media and entertainment. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Florida A & M University and a Master’s in Christian Education from the Interdenominational Theological Seminary.

C. Denise Hendricks will air as the Special Guest on Friday’s (4/9) live airing of The Greenlight Project on BlogTalkRadio. This is a show you will not want to miss! www.blogtalkradio.com/greenlightproject