That’s right, yours truly will be part of today’s blogger’s roundtable on NPR’s News and Notes! As you might imagine, there’s much to discuss – I’m sure that tomorrow’s debate will be among our topics. I’m very much looking forward to watching.

Listen out for me, and forgive me if I sound tired — I was out late last night thanks to Jay-Z and Wyclef Jean’s free Barack Obama Campaign for Change concert! A full recap will come later today – I’ve got a slideshow’s worth of photos, videos a-plenty to upload, and lots of fragmented notes to disseminate and share with you all. But in summary, it was a total blast and I’m so happy I was able to be a part of the movement last night. Yup, I called it a movement. That’s how it felt! (If you can’t wait for my recap, click here for a concert review by my coworker Tim).

Have the happiest Monday possible, bellas and fellas!

** edited at 8:50 p.m. — Here’s a link to today’s NPR News and Notes Blogger’s Roundtable, which they hilariously titled “Hatin’ on Palin” in the newsletter mailed out today. I discussed Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and the question I’d ask at tomorrow’s debate with Shaun King of Shaun in the City and Eric Brown of the Detroit News.

Just in case you haven’t seen the stunning video we discussed today, click below. The clip is an excerpt of a powerful speech given at Steelworkers convention July 1, by AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka. It is riveting, moving, heartfelt stuff.

His passion is so palpable. When he said “there is no evil that’s inflicted more suffering and more pain than racism,” it almost brought tears to my eyes. He said the things that so many people don’t want to say and addressed fears people don’t want to admit to having. I hope lots of people see this clip, and consider what he’s saying. All partisanship aside, he’s touching on a deep, important issue.

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InstantVintage says:
October 6, 2008, 12:40 pm
Congrats, Bella! I can't wait to hear it (or the recap). =)
ChocolateOrchid says:
October 6, 2008, 1:07 pm
Wonderful! I look forward to listening in! Have a great day, Bella!
KarlaSugar says:
October 6, 2008, 2:18 pm
WOW, Bella! That is just fantastic! I am so proud and happy!
5.29 says:
October 6, 2008, 3:02 pm
Wishing you the best ....knock 'em dead Bella!!!!
TJ says:
October 6, 2008, 6:45 pm
Congrats. I look forward to hearing it.
Alicia says:
October 6, 2008, 10:02 pm
Hey Bella, NPR- big time. I am looking forward to your recap from the Jay-Z party. I tuned out a bit on the VP debate but will try to reign in my ADD for tomorrow's debate. I awarded you the "I love your Blog award", please my blog for details. alicia
Huemanity says:
October 7, 2008, 12:50 am
Congrats! You've been on before, right? I feel like I have heard your commentary at other times.
Shaun King says:
October 7, 2008, 7:27 am
Was very glad to be on the air with you yesterday! You were great! Take care, Shaun & Crew
isme says:
October 7, 2008, 10:08 am
Great job Bella! Lovin' that "convent" accent somehow at UM u sounded more like a "bishops" girl.
Jenene says:
October 7, 2008, 1:34 pm
That AFL-CIO clip is so on point. He is touching on so many of the thoughts that are in the minds of undecided white voters. It's like the McCarthy era all over again. Anyone that is pro-union must be Communist, right? Put aside the prejudice already. It's tired and it ain't doing you a bit of good.
MT says:
October 7, 2008, 8:41 pm
He was so on point and it is sad that many people still behave this way. He was really brave for speaking the truth. Hopefully, people will vote for the best candidate and not according to race.
The Style Child says:
October 9, 2008, 2:56 pm
listened to this today... great job!
Naomi says:
October 9, 2008, 3:29 pm
Thanks for posting that video, what a powerful message! I will be forwarding this to my family members who are union workers but who are buying into the "secret muslim", "can't trust him" stuff. Amazing.
Jai says:
October 10, 2008, 8:15 pm
I agree, it was powerful. I'm praying that all the Barack supporters get out and actually vote. Richard is looking at the big picture of change that most of us want desperately.


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