Madness & Reality Radio: Urban Whores, Crack Mayors, & Slave Catchers

In this week’s episode of Madness & Reality Radio, we chat with a few black bloggers.

First off: We speak to biologist and science blogger, Danielle N. Lee, who was called an “urban whore,” by the editor of after she turned down an email request to guest-blog for free. Danielle, a zoologist at Oklahoma State University (OKU) maintains the blog called “The Urban Scientist” on the Scientific American website. We’ll get her reactions to the controversy; and, we’ll also discuss her mission as a black woman, to diversify the science field. The burning question: How does a black girl from the hood become a biologist, and how can we get more kids in under-served communities involved and interested in the sciences?

Next up: We go international! In this segment we speak with Canadian blogger, Telisha Ng, the publisher of the website Goddess Intellect. We’ll discuss this weeks controversy involving Toronto’s mayor, Rob Ford, and his crack smoking scandal. We’ll attempt to get to the bottom of North America’s newest drug haven, Toronto, Canada.

Finally: We speak to “The Janitor” — our resident legal expert — of the blog The Urban Politico about the latest political news in the wake of this week’s elections. We’ll also take a close look at CNN’s Don Lemon, and his defense and partial endorsement of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The burning question: Should minorities across the country consider sacrificing “political correctness” for safety as Don Lemon suggests?

Listen to the episode below: