PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the Kate Smith controversy. Last week, the Philadelphia Flyers announced they would no longer play the late singer’s rendition of “God Bless America” after learning that she recorded several songs with blatantly racist lyrics. The team would go on to cover, and then removed a statute of Smith near the stadium. The statue of Smith is one of the few statutes in Philadelphia dedicated to a woman. Their decision came soon after the New York Yankees announced that they would be cutting ties with Smith. Smith, known for her unusually powerful voice, rose to fame in the late 1930s. She was known for raising $600 million for the WWII effort. President Ronald Reagan awarded Smith the President Medal of Freedom in 1983. She died in 1986. The Flyers have received backlash for the decision. We walk through the flames of the controversy with Lou Scheinfeld, a former VP with the Flyers, Dr. Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of Pennsylvania Commission on Human Relations and Jennifer Fleeger, associate professor of media and communication studies at Ursinus College.
Our newsmaker of the week is Jawuan Jones also known as @HairCuts4Homeless on social media. The barber made national news recently after a video of a Philadelphia Police officer questioning him about his free haircuts for homeless individuals went viral. The country fell in love with Jones in 2017 when he set up a chair on Broad Street and started cutting the hair of homeless men and women for free. Jones recently launched a 13 city tour, Cuts for Compassion.
Laura Taylor, Founder of Mingle Mocktails is the change maker of the week. She is changing the spirts game with her low sugar, non-alcoholic beverages. More on her delicious drinks: MingleMocktails.com.
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