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Not to brag, but to brag ... a tiny bit. Did you check out the profile of the show in the Sunday Washington Post? I was embarrassed to bring it up yesterday. I don't know why ... I hate getting my picture taken, I hate being interviewed. Hypocritical, I know, but true.

That isn't to say I WON'T do an interview — I generally do if asked by a credible outlet, and if I have time — otherwise, that's like being a chef who won't eat other people's food. You can't expect people to come to your restaurant if you won't trust them enough to go to theirs. Still, being interviewed is not my favorite thing. But I can't complain, especially because the writer of the piece clearly knows the radio business, has covered it, and asked good questions. And, I knew the photographer from when I was a White House correspondent! She was there, too. I think she worked for a newsmagazine then ... so that was cool. My picture was taken by a gal who takes pictures of the President!

Uh, SO WHAT, you say? I know, I know. We all breathe the same air. Still, kinda cool, right?

OK, one last dumb story: I got home the day Susan came to take the pictures for the Post and my husband said, "so how was your day?" And I was hemming and hawing, "oh, well, it was kind of interesting ... I, uh..." And then, before I could answer he busts out with, "I had my picture taken today for Washingtonian Magazine. I'm in their list of top lawyers (again). It was really cool."

So, he took all my shine! What could I say then? ... Me, too? My picture will be out before your picture? That is so messed up — on the same day. Sigh.

Oh, and speaking of things I should have mentioned yesterday, but didn't: did you check out George and Lee's colloquy on colorism? I can't describe it — that would it ruin it. You just have to hear it for yourself. So if you missed it, pause for a minute and check it out.

Now, onto TODAY, we had a very interesting conversation with Martin Luther King III about the meaning of activism and collective action in this day and age.

...And I have to tell you how moved I was by our Mocha Moms visit with Sandra Lee. She's the brains behind the Food Network's show Semi-Homemade. As much as I've watched that show, I never realized how hard the road had been that led to her success. Suffice to say, her life ain't been no crystal stair. The memoir is worth reading, and the recipes ... those'll work, too. I'm a slow cooker fan myself.

But Sandra Lee has to give up the tater tots. There is no room at the inn for tater tots. I'm sorry. That's just the fact...



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I read the piece on Sunday and the discussion earlier today. Although your show is not on in my area, I listen to it on the web b/c I've been impressed by the caliber of your work over the years. And I haven't been disappointed.

I like listening to shows where African-American/African diaspora voices are an integral part of the conversation. I particularly appreciate it when the full breath of our interests is portrayed and we're not typecast. And I've enjoyed listening to voices not often heard - i.e. the interviews with the ladies from Iran & India who talked about their experiences, the Mocha moms who come from a range of backgrounds, and men talking about colorism.

Kudos to you all.

Sent by KALW Country | 2:39 AM | 10-31-2007

I just want to write and say how much I enjoyed the story. Even the banter between the brothers was good. As some one who was born in the 50s I was that skinny black kid who couldnt get the time of day from girls because they wanted light skinned curly headed boys. That was considered the standard. I even saw the same thing with my sisters. Remember this was in the days before Black was Beautiful. That poor self image does not go away over night. Anyway it distresses me to still see the same mentallity still existing. Though socially it seems to be harder on the women to measure up the guys have to compensate with large checkbooks or greater flash. Anyhow I enjoyed the story. Keep up the good work. And also let me compliment Ms. Michel she has one of the most pleasant voice and even demeanor that I have ever heard. Some times the story doesnt matter just her delivery pleases me.

Sent by Franklin W. | 9:04 AM | 10-31-2007

Enjoyed the piece on the Post and loved the chatting session on Monday.

About the guys on colorism - laugh out loud funny. I had to call one of my friends a couple of nights ago and told her she had to log on NPR to listen to the segment. She was the first person to jump in my mind because she's made it so well known concerning her dating prospects how she cant stand "red" brothers (sorry George).

Sent by Moji | 9:52 AM | 10-31-2007

Nothing wrong with a dual-shine day, Michel. Don't hide your light under a bush just 'cause hubby is shinin' too! That's when you tease him and say, "Yeah, but mine is comin' out first! So it's mo' better!" Then you say, "In yo' face!" and show him the hand and he chases you around the room until you allow him to catch you... That's how my girl and I would do it at my house.

Sent by Stanley | 5:16 PM | 10-31-2007

You and your show are wonderful. I found your show by watching you on the Sunday Morning Forum at the Washington Cathedral. I really enjoyed the discussion you had with the dean and the audience on Multiculturalism, and have not stopped listening to ???Tell Me More??? since. I was having a ???colored girl??? moment with you.

Regarding the color challenges we still live with as African American???s, it is too sad to see that we are still hurting each other because of these stereotypes. It is more sorrowful that visual media outlets geared to minorities perpetuate the problem by failing to show the beauty of diversity of colors within the community. I guess the only place a truly black face sells is still on the auction block. My family runs the whole gamete of skin tones and I have learned that positive self image is the only true guard against such stupidity.

Keep up the good work!

Sent by Theresa | 1:29 PM | 11-1-2007

Congrats on getting more exposure. I really enjoy the show and the interactivity provided by the blog. My favorite segment of the show is "the Barbershop." I like hearing the viewpoints of the fellas and look forward to that segment each week. Though the show doesn't air on my local public radio station, I dutifully listen via podcast (a day behind) or listen to segments from the NPR website.

Keep up the good work!

Sent by ernise | 4:38 PM | 11-1-2007