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be repatriated to our country. plus in the world of nonprofit organizations, diversity is king. this foundation president explains why. >> in order to authentically engage as an institution, our board must be diverse. we need to have the voices and the participation of people who have had to live the experience of discrimination. >> and a surgeon prescribing a guide for young students. >> there are less than a thousand athletes in the nba and you have a greater chance of
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welcome back to "our world with black enterprise." actress victoria rowland is an author, ballerina and seven naacp awards for her role on "the young and the restless." she talks about her latest project and the current controversy in hollywood. it's a pleasure to have you on "our world" once again. i want to say this, you know i'm a big fan of yours. amazing career that stems from television to film to theater to in front of the camera. to behind the camera, to writing, right? do you have a favorite? >> i don't. as an artist and as an academic, i love all of it. >> okay. >> and i must to be complete as an artist. it's ongoing. >> right. >> all of it matters.
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and problem solveing and financing, it's all part of the business. >> you know what's interesting when i think of where we are right now, this play "you can't hurry love" what is the analysis that goes into your decision to participate in a project? >> well, the funny answer is we all have to eat. but the serious answer is that there are people you want to work with. >> okay. >> i am overjoyed to be working with patricia covy jones. and i want to work with producers that i know do good work. there are actors i want to work with and work with again. >> i know that this particular play that you're shooting today it's live to tape. >> yes. >> right? is that something that is becoming more popular? i mean we saw the popularity of "the wiz." is that something we'll see more of in the future? >> i think so.
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paying audience you're making those revenues, right? then you're taping it so that you can also do a television deal. with a distribution deal attached to that. >> right. you're clearly knowledgeable in this space. i would imagine that was acquired on "the young and the restless." >> part of -- >> ms. drucilla winters. >> i would say outside of film and television, it was a great incubation for learning. >> but after 17 years with the show, victoria was let go. she said it was because of her outspoken advocacy of media. so there's a lawsuit against the network and the distributor. >> how can you have in your top tier market "the young and the
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watched by the african americans in this nation and that doesn't include the 100 countries it is distributed to by sony, but when you look at a predominant african-american audience, disproportionate to older african-american women in the south, number one market, louisiana, buying procter & gamble products and other products, how can you not have a single executive producer, a single head writer, a single casting director, a single co-executive director and so forth and so on in 40 some odd years? >> right. you have been a pioneer. a leading voice in the -- and especially with regard to television. but now it feels like we have reached this bubbling point where it's no longer going to be accepted. we saw in terms of the oscar board come out. why is all of this happening now versus when you were bringing up this a decade ago? >> why we're talking about now, why the sea change is happening is because there's been a collective bubbling up.
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international conversation. it's about immigration. it's about the inclusion of everyone. >> so the viewer watching right now who completely empathizes and sympathizes with exactly what you're saying what can they do? >> you can stop watching what doesn't reflect them. look, television exists due to advertising. they depend on advertising. if you continue to buy into products that support a show that does not support you, then why are you buying those products? there are alternates and you really have to examine that. >> and so my last question is this. you know, let's say 60 years from now, 60 years from now there's a little black girl grow growing up in maine and she aspires to be a ballerina, perhaps, what do you want her to
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>> i want her to know that anything is possible. that a little black girl like myself who spent 18 years in foster care, who was forced to become a self-advocate because she had to, never lost that struggle inside of her belly. that the cornerstone of your strength is everything that happens to you. minus nothing. >> right. >> we're the sum of our experiences and she has go forward and not only go forward but help those around her, in front, behind, beside her. >> you know, vicki, i want to say this, i appreciate your time. you have been an inspiration to me. you have helped me. keep using your voice. >> thank you. >> i appreciate it. >> victoria, such an inspiration. coming up, we look into politics with the republican presidential candidate dr. ben
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get non-habit forming unisom to fall asleep fast. unisom a stressful day deserves a restful night. welcome back. republican presidential candidate dr. ben carson is currently polling fifth out of six remaining candidates leading up to the south carolina primary. his run has been plagued with challenges including the accidental death of a volunteer and the resignations from his campaign manager, his communications director and finance chief. dr. carson stopped by our studios to discuss with our chief content officer derrick dingell his strategy to win the gop nomination and to capture the black vote. take a look. >> dr. carson, thank you for being with us. >> it's a pleasure to be with you. >> what is the strategy to ultimately win the gop nomination? >> well, i think the key thing
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the more exposure, the better. whenever i go to a rally, whenever i go out to a group of people, you know, i always get the same comment, wow, you're so different than they portray you to be, i love you. the more people i get in front of the better. for some strange reason people in the media and in the established political realm are not super excited about someone like me. because i don't play by the rules. >> there's been situations where you have been idolized and even chided by members of the black community in terms of your stance. how do you bring the african-american community at large aboard? >> i think the key thing again is exposure. last april when i came here to new york and spoke at the national action network, you know, i started talking about economic empowerment.
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and family. the pillars of strength that community. by the time i got finished a standing ovation, they all want wanted autographs and pictures. >> what specifically are you proposing to increase >> a number of things. for one thing, you know, that's over $2.1 trillion in american money sitting overseas. the reason it's not being brought back is because we have the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world. what i would propose is a six month hiatus in taxes -- corporate taxes on that money overseas to allow it to be repatriated to our country. not costing them any taxes, but the stipulation would be that 10% has to be used in enterprise zones and to create jobs for unemployed people and people on welfare.
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biggest economic stimulus package ever since fdr's new deal. it wouldn't cost the taxpayers one penny. >> looking at the big community, a big major challenge we have seen, deaths of african-americans by the hand of police. what is your policy regarding police reform? >> well, clearly, there have been some problems with rogue policemen and policemen who do not act professionally. that's not the vast majority of them. nevertheless, the whole concept of body cameras is an excellent concept. i think an even better concept is introducing police into the community early and on a regular basis. it's the relationships and when those relationships are not there, that's when you get the distrust and it's frequently the
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problem. >> in terms of our audience, why should they vote for you? >> if they really want to stop and say, folks, let's think back to the things that made us strong, let's go back to the things that got us through all of the difficult times before, let's enhance on those things, let's get back to the values that created the success in our community, i'm ready to work with anybody who feels that way. >> dr. carson, thank you for spending time with us. >> it's been a pleasure. thank you. >> thank you, derrick. up next, why diversity among nonprofit organizations is just as important as it is in
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darren walker is on a mission to help prove nonprofits can build the future by exploring inequality in all its many forms. take a look. >> he's president of one of the world's largest philanthropy, head of the ford foundation, darren walker guides more than $5.5 million in annual giving. he is nonprofits some high marks through the diversity they're bringing to the corporate boards. >> i think the data on the nonprofit boards would indicate that we are doing far better than boards of private companies and public traded companies. at the ford foundation, for example, over half of our board are people of color and women. and if you look across the sector, generally at large foundations, you will see at least two or three african-americans on the boards of the large foundation. that doesn't mean that the sector as a whole is doing
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look across the landscape of the thousands of philanthropies in america, the numbers are not encouraging. >> walker, a lawyer by training started his philanthropic work as a volunteer in harlem. he feels boardroom diversity makes sense. >> for the ford foundation when you look at what we work on, issues of eradicating discrimination, of racial reconciliation, of greater agency and empowerment for people of color in this country, in order to authentically engage as an organization we need to be diverse and we need the voices and the participation of people who have had to live the experience of discrimination. >> he sees similar boards as a blind spot that will eventually
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>> many of the companies that depend on consumer markets in order to sell their products and build their market share rely increasingly on communities of color. and so it is important to have directors who have an authentic understanding of the very consumer base that a company is relying on to grow and to profit. >> while he acknowledges there's still significant work ahead to open more doors to minority members he feels this is the perfect time for change. >> raising awareness about the issues today is far easier than it was even five years ago. everything that has to -- the other thing that has to happen is that the systems that produce our business leaders has to incorporate and internalize this philosophy. this isn't going to change overnight.
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equity in this country has never been achieved in big fits and starts. it is a time worn, long haul struggle and that's what we are in the middle of today. >> up next, a detroit doctor offers a blueprint to help students be successful in life. stay with us. winter nasal congestion. is it a cold? sinuses? allergies? for all of them... there's allegra-d . a maximum strength decongestant for 24 hour relief.
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welcome back to "our world with black enterprise." this week's slice of life is showing college students that
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sports and entertainment, but a career in s.t.e.m. could be just as lucrative. take a look. dr. roderick claybooks is a highly regarded michigan surgeon specializing in spinal problems. but medicine was never a career goal growing up in detroit. >> in my senior year of high school i filled out zero applications. when the counselor asked me what i was going to do next year, i said, nothing. and she gave me the most disappointed look i had ever seen out of someone who wasn't related to me. i was working at toy store packing boxes at night and i thought that's what i would do. when she said i should go to college, it was nothing i had really -- that had ever crossed my mind before. >> she took a chance on college, that's where his life and his opportunities changed radically. >> a guy who lived on my floor invited me and his roommate to
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it was the biggest house i had ever been in and the nicest neighborhood i had ever before in. i said, man, what does your father do and he says, well, my father is an executive. i'm still an 18-year-old kid from detroit. i don't know how you become an executive and i decided i needed to do something in the academic field. not a lot of nba or football players are 5'9", 190 pounds so that disqualified me at that moment. >> now the skilled surgeon serves his patients and teaches and mentors young students. unfortunately, he acknowledges that most of his students face serious financial challenges when they graduate. >> my residence and my students that i train, they're coming out with $300,000 in debt, and if you can imagine starting off a career with $300,000 looming over your head, you don't have a home. you have child care expenses, all those things need to be addressed. >> to help address the concerns, the doctor has written a book. "the black student's guide to success." >> i want to make academics and other professions as prominent
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kid from a city has this athlete is because it's always in front of him. in america. but less than a thousand pro athletes in the nba and the nfl. so stats alone prove you have a greater chance of becoming a brain surgeon, becoming a ceo, playing in the super bowl. but yet, they'll still chase the super bowl because they believe that's their ticket out, but it's not the truth. >> dr. claybooks wants his students to know that having greater financial awareness leads to greater opportunities in life. >> how many successful athlete goes broke? right? so it's not always about obtaining, but sometimes about maintaining. i think the small little lessons are kind of overlooked and not addressed often enough in our community. more than anything, i want people to understand there's nothing out there that they cannot have. i want people to consider more options to get to the desired goal. if they want to change their
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earlier it doesn't have to be athletics. i see too many youth who put that as their number one and only route to their success. academics is great way for them to change their circumstance. >> and that does it for this edition of "our world with black enterprise." be sure to visit it on the web
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i am raphael armstrong filling in for armstrong williams. today one in four women is the victim of severe physical violence. what can we do about this and how do we move forward coming up? >> raphael: hello, thank you for joining us, today dealing with domestic violence, i am joined by interim and executive director of my sister's place and carmen. this is an important topic i'll be short and let you do most of
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>> we are at one in four women experiencing domestic violence at some point. issue is incredibly huge and at critical levels. numbers of women coming in and seeking shelters across the country everyday. domestic violence impacts people no matter where they are from, what they look like, no matter their education level. it is a critical point. >> we have reached this critical point, carol, how do we chip a away at this. >> i think it is like carmen said a pandemic.

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