“No one man should have all that power.” Kanye West’s lyrics echoed through my head as we saw the strong feminist retort to Rush Limbaugh after he attacked Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke. Also, when we saw the response to the Komen for the Cure divestment from Planned Parenthood, SB 1070, Scott Walker, Ohio’s Issue 2, Occupy Wall Street, and even the Tea Party. Whether on the Left or Right, the struggle to seize power (and fight the powers that be) is a constant theme in our politics.
This morning, Melissa will take a look at power and how people set the agenda with someone seeking the most powerful job on Earth in order to make a very specific point: Buddy Roemer, former Louisiana governor and Republican candidate for president. Shelby Knox, noted feminist speaker, writer and senior organizer for Change.org will join the conversation, along with Columbia University political science professor Dorian Warren.
We’ll also take a look at power granted simply by attention (or lack thereof), and efforts to change that. Melissa will speak with S. Epatha Merkerson, actress of “Law and Order” fame and host of “Find Our Missing,” a new TV One show that is turning the spotlight on missing African Americans, who are often shortchanged in the mass media. Joining them will be Janell Johnson-Dash, whose missing daughter was eventually found, but recognizes that African American children don’t get the same attention – either from the media or authorities.
Melissa will also confront the issues tackling the powerless, specifically the plight of the “99ers,” long-term unemployed Americans to whom yesterday’s jobs numbers are little comfort. Joseph Carbone, the president and CEO of the WorkPlace, which was featured on last week’s “60 Minutes.” Joining him will be WorkPlace graduate Melanie Douglas-Seawright, who was unemployed for two years before recently finding work. Elon James White, founder of This Week in Blackness and co-host of “Blacking It Up,” will chime in.