Monday, August 3, 2009

Mandela Launches New Children's Hospital


JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela launched the fifth specialist children's hospital in Africa Friday, saying it was badly needed on a continent where millions who do not live to see their fifth birthday.

Mandela, who turned 91 on July 18, waved and greeted guests but no longer delivers speeches in public.

He said in a video message that African children deserve world-class treatment and the chance at a better future.

"This is not a luxury but a vital necessity that can no longer be delayed," he said.

The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital will have a minimum of 200 beds and will house centers for the treatment of cancer, heart, liver, kidney and other ailments. Construction of the rands 1 billion (about $800 million) hospital will begin in late 2010 and is expected to be completed in 18 months.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tyler Perry Takes Philly Kids To Disney World



A group of kids from Philadelphia who said they experienced prejudice firsthand arrived in Orlando, Florida on Friday for an all-expense paid trip courtesy of actor Tyler Perry.

65 day campers were rejected from a Philadelphia-area swim club earlier this summer, allegedly because of their race.

Shortly after the incident, Perry said he would be treating those kids and their families to a trip to Disney.

"We're excited to be here," camp parent Darryl Bizzell said. "We can't wait to get on the rides, see the amusement park, Mickey and Minnie, can't wait."

When asked about the June 29 incident, camper Taleeah Allen-Wight said she was disappointed and upset, but that Perry 's gift was kind and gracious.

Philadelphia officials are investigating the discrimination allegation against the swimming club.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ice Cube, 50 Cent Discussed by Dr Boyce Watkins

Is Ice Cube correct in his accusation that Oprah Winfrey discriminates by refusing to book black male rappers on her show? Fo-shizzle. When I heard Ice Cube, the gangsta of all gangstaz, go after the queen of the universe for her disposition against black men, my reaction was the same as the one I had when my cousin CC finally had the courage to fight the big female bully on the corner of my street. I admired CC’s courage, but I feared for his life, since nobody but nobody had the audacity to attack Big Becky Smith. Oprah is Big Becky all over again, and I am definitely shaking in my boots.

By the time this controversy is over, Ice Cube will be selling Ice Cream out of the back of his mama’s pick up truck. He has balls for going after Oprah, but her balls are bigger….bigger than all of ours. Besides, she can kill Ice Cube’s argument by reminding him that she has booked rapper/actor Will Smith in the past. But using Will Smith as a representative of all black male rappers is like representing The Grizzly Bear Coalition with Winnie the Pooh. Since the balls are already out on the table, why don’t we use this as an opportunity to discuss whether or not there is something to discuss? Is Ice Cube just hatin on Oprah, or is there a legitimate beef?

Let’s look at the evidence. Most of the time, when I turn on Oprah’s show and see a black man, it is usually for one of the following reasons: He has cheated on his wife, beat his girlfriend, has a boyfriend for a girlfriend, or tells jokes for a living. I often wonder if she knows that regular black men exist, ones who don’t do all the crap that she seems to think men do. We are not monsters, but in Oprah’s world, we might as well not exist.

Exhibit B: Oprah creates icons the way a sick 3-year old creates slimy bugars. She has given birth to Suzie Orman, Dr. Phil, and enough best-selling authors to fill a Chinese sweatshop. How many of these Dr. Phil types happen to be black men? Zippo. None. Or, as Ice Cube would say, “Not nare a mah-fauka.” You mean to tell me that she can’t find one black man on earth smart enough to impress the white women in her audience? Damn Oprah, I am really disappointed.

I love Oprah, really I do. She has attained more white power than the Ku Klux Klan, getting soccer moms all over the nation fiending for her like Crystal meth. Both Ice Cube and I would agree “that’s gangsta.” I don’t even care that she doesn’t have black men on her show. With so many negative media portrayals of us, I would rather the media ignore us. But when I do turn to the show on my way to ESPN, and the one representation I see of black men is some brother on the down-low, I get a little fired up.

I don’t even know this secretly gay dude I am watching, but he is already affecting my life. Next thing you know, I am having my female friends questioning why I am in my 30s and not married. A brother puts a potted plant in his living room and he’s suddenly accused of greasing up his homeboys in the middle of the night. All because Oprah has decided to make “black men on the down-low” into a national epidemic. Thanks Oprah, you have now officially informed the world that the black man is the cause of all social ills. We already have “the man” on our back. Now, “the man” is a black woman. All this “hatin” has just got to stop.

So, Ice Cube, you have my back. I have felt compelled to support you since you agreed to get rid of that greasy Jerry Curl back in 1996. But you can’t blame Oprah for being a little irritated with you. After all, you made a song 15 years ago called “A bitch is a bitch.” First, I should say that is a stupid title for a song, sort of like saying, “A monkey is a monkey”. Dawg, you are stating the obvious. Secondly, a title like that doesn’t exactly make you a champion for women’s rights. Even I got a call from Oprah’s producers before you did, and my album hasn’t even dropped yet.

My goal in all this controversy is to sit to the side and “peep game”, as Ice Cube and Oprah are definitely some of the biggest “Playa pimps” on the block. The same as I did when my cousin CC went off on Big Becky, I sincerely fear for Ice Cube’s life. But even through all the fear, you always want to stick around and watch the fight. I am not going to miss this one, because it’s going to be really good.

Dr. Boyce D. Watkins has presented his message to millions, making regular appearances in various national media outlets, including CBS Sports, the Fox Show Hannity & Colmes, ESPN’s Quite Frankly with Steven A. Smith, USA Today, Forbes Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. For more information, please visit

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Iyanla Vanzant Interviewed by the Great George Kilpatrick

Click the image below to hear Your Black World's George Kilpatrick interview the amazing Iyanla Vanzant. Iyanla Vanzant is a well-known spiritual leader and life coach. You've seen her appear with Oprah Winfrey, Essence Magazine and in many other venues across America. Iyanla Vanzant is considered by many to be one of the great speakers and motivators in America.

In the interview, you get a chance to hear George Kilpatrick, one of the great radio show hosts in America, get direct inspiration from Vanzant, who has become a black woman that inspires the world. Iyanla is changing the world, Your Black World.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Patti LaBelle Stops in for Your Black Inspiration!

Patti LaBelle comes in for Your Black Inspiration, as she interviews with New Inspiration for the Nation Host George Kilpatrick.

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Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude Stops in with New Inspiration for the Nation

Listen below at GK inteviews famed Princeton Professor Dr. Eddie Glaude.

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Cornel West Speaks with George Kilpatrick

This interview features GK interviewing non other than the great black scholar Dr. Cornel West.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

George Kilpatrick Interview with Bill Rhoden: NY Times Columnist

George Kilpatrick interviews New York Times reporter Bill Rhoden, author of "40 Million Dollar Slave". In the book, Rhoden discusses the plight of black male athletes and the fact that black men are controlled by college and professional athletics. Your Black Inspiration can come from hearing this intelligent black man break down the experience of the black male athlete in America.