Joyner’s Haitian Trip Cut, Hosts “Obama’s America”

Reach Media’s nationally syndicated radio Tom Joyner Morning Show planned to broadcast live from earthquake-stricken Haiti today but only made it as far as Miami. Joyner told his listeners Friday morning that he got as far as Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but was unable to get to Port-au-Prince in time to do his show which airs from 5 a.m.-9 a.m. CST.  Joyner said: “We didn’t make it to Haiti, but we’re on the air.”  The Haitian capital city’s airport, damaged in Tuesday’s quake, is congested with relief flights and air traffic has been limited.  American Airlines, the main carrier to Haiti, suspended commercial flights Wednesday and instead has been transporting relief supplies.

Monday on Martin Luther King Day Joyner will join “Hardball’s” Chris Matthews as moderators of  MSNBC’s  “Obama’s America: 2010 and Beyond” live from Texas Southern University in Houston.

The special airing at 10p.m. January 18″ will explore some of the most pressing and provocative issues connected to race and race relations in the U.S.,” a press release states.

Issues on the table range from whether there is such a thing as generational colorblindness, to the “burdens of the first,” and whether there are a unique set of expectations and challenges attached to being the first to break a racial barrier.

Panelists include Voto Latino founder and MSNBC analyst Maria Teresa Kumar; Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University; radio talk show host Michael Smerconish; actress and activist Rosie Perez; John McWhorter, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Irshad Manji, author, “The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith”; Jeff Johnson, political commentator and journalist.

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