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Tonight’s Show (Tuesday)

Good Tuesday evening!

Each night, Don’t Sleep will raise awareness surrounding issues impacting our community.  On tonight’s show we will be introducing someone who will  share commentary in their voice on a relevant issue facing our youth.  This will allow us to give a platform to the various voices within our diverse culture. 

Tonight, we welcome Issa Rae who is known and widely followed for her witty, edgy perspective. Issa Rae is the star of “The Misadventures of Akward Black Girl,” a wildly popular web series.  You may know her for often using the word “ratchet” when describing her life’s soundtrack. She brings that “ratchet” perspective to tonight’s social commentary surrounding a story in Florida where members of a high school band appeared in an explicit rap video.  In it, they can  be seen wearing their band uniforms while dancing.  The video also includes at least one porn star and several “strippers.”  The school says they were misled about the video when the students were first asked to participate.

Also in tonight’s show:  I promise you won’t want to miss Rev. Al Sharpton, former RNC Chair Michael Steele, and comedian Loni Love.  They go at it about gay marriage, black Republicans, and the court decision over the new voter ID law in Pennsylvania. 

See you soon.  Don’t Sleep.

T. J.

“Don’t Sleep” guest lineup

I know a lot of you have been curious about who I’ll have on the first episode and the first week of “Don’t Sleep.”  So, let me tell you.

Here’s the first week’s lineup:  a Crime Scene Investigator, a lady with a “View”, one of my favorite movie characters of all time, royalty, a nutty professor, 3 pastors, and a black Republican.

That should be all you need to figure out exactly who you’ll see on “Don’t Sleep” this week.   

Still can’t believe this is actually happening tomorrow.

T. J.

“Don’t Sleep” Eve

Not sure how to feel or what to think today.  I’m too busy working! 

It’s been 9 months since my last newscast at CNN.  And, tomorrow, my new chapter and my new show begin.  I’m surrounded today by family, friends, and supporters.  I’m fielding phone calls, emails, text messages, and tweets of support.  I’m humbled by the kinds words but also the expectations.  

One problem:  I can’t sleep.  I haven’t had a good night of rest in forever.  So, when you see me walk out on the set on Monday night for the premiere of “Don’t Sleep,” please ignore the bags under my eyes.  I promise there will be a pep in my step.

Also, in just a bit, I’ll let you know who will be joining me as guests for the first week of “Don’t Sleep.”

T. J.