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I was invited to be a guest this past Sunday on WBLS Radio’s “Open Line”, one of the most popular and relevant talk shows in the country.  They’ve been setting a standard for years for the type of conversations needed in our community.  I am so grateful to Bob Pickett, Bob Slade, and Brother Mtume for having me on but also for leading the way.  They show us how important it is for us to have as many outlets as possible for our voices to be heard.

And, in the spirit of shows like “Open Line,” we launched “Don’t Sleep.”  Your support for “Don’t Sleep” since we launched October 1st has been incredible.  The show is meant to spark conversation and action in our community, and it has done just that.

We’ve received so many comment and so much feedback about our show.  Without question, the #1 comment has been that “Don’t Sleep” is too short!  Viewer felt we needed more time to not only discuss issues but find solutions.  I suppose we’ve been doing something right if people have overwhelmingly and consistently been saying that the show should be extended from a half hour to an hour.  So, starting this week, “Don’t Sleep” will do just that.  We will now have an hour-long format to educate, empower, and engage.  This will allow us more time to delve deeper into topics and determine how we can all, in our own way, be agents of change.

As part of being extended to an hour, the show will move to Wednesday nights at 11 p.m.  This will allow us to do on-location reporting from cities and communities across the country.

Thank you so much for your continued support and positive feedback.  We hope we can continue to count on it as we continue to grow “Don’t Sleep” and our audience and make the show appointment viewing and must-see TV!

As always, you can go to bed now but don’t sleep … we’ll see you on Wednesday night.

T. J.

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[...] “We’ve received so many [comments] and so much feedback about our show.  Without question, the #1 comment has been that ‘Don’t Sleep’ is too short!  [Viewers] felt we needed more time to not only discuss issues but find solutions. I suppose we’ve been doing something right if people have overwhelmingly and consistently been saying that the show should be extended from a half hour to an hour.  So, starting this week, ‘Don’t Sleep’ will do just that.  We will now have an hour-long format to educate, empower, and engage.  This will allow us more time to delve deeper into topics and determine how we can all, in our own way, be agents of change. [...]

Taiwan Brown
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Been catching up on the show… on demand!
Late to the table… just wanted to say great show!

Lawrence
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RE: Bernie Sanders/Alex Witt Show
The Dems equally at fault for not getting a deal in Washington? Were you serious? How could you ask such a stupid question? You gotta get out your media dunce cap and go sit in the corner for that one.

Susan
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On FB we are JohnSusanTownley. We were thrilled to see you early this AM on MSNBC…We wrote you a message on your old FB page. I am not much on twitter but sent you some today. Younger pix there. We love you on MSNBC. We are progressive folks and that is our home station mostly….Bernie and the Dems are our draw. Make hay. You are in focus there, if that is your style.Show hosts there seem to be able to have a platform that fits the viewers bill. Lean forward if you are so inclined.

Lynn
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Loved seeing TJ Holmes on MSNBC this morning. Took me a second to recognize voice – hadn’t heard him since he left CNN. MSNBC should hire TJ – part-time, full time, whatever he can spare. He plays it straight and is never pompous. TJ is a natural TV newsreader/interviewer/host with broad audience appeal.

Callie
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@tjholmes Hey, since I know about your show on BET I’ll check it out.

Please talk about something that’s not “negrorant”, but inspiring, motivating and politically relevant.

Good luck and it was nice seeing you on MSNBC this morning. You made the right move leaving CNN.

Doug
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Enjoyed seeing you on MSNBC today. You really appeared to be enjoying yourself :>) Hope to see more of you on MSNBC.

Susan
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Happy New Year! TJ This is our man President Obama. We the whole nation voted. President Obama won. This recession has hit lots of us. We trust our President’s judgement. A Maserati instead of a Benz is not our issue. Food,shelter, old age rights, and for that matter all sane human rights are our issue. Romney/ Ryan lost. They said what they wanted and they got the boot. Because some state voted these small minds in we can not fix it. We can not let the self interest of the ignorant take us down again. Ignorant people never think they are ignorant, but they still do damage. Hate is never a good thing. This President is smart and well able. He is black and progressive so the pack to bring him down or make him eat crow is more so. It shows these Republicans care not for all of us. Just for their own small view and pockets. Regards, Susan

cass sunstein
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A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you should write
more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo subject
but typically people do not discuss these subjects.
To the next! All the best!!

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