Radio personality Liz Black partners with network for syndicated radio show

Liz Black

Liz Black

One of the New York City area’s most popular radio personalities Liz Black has gone nationwide with a new syndicated weekend radio program, “Inspirations with Liz Black.” The two-hour show airs Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern time on the Rejoice Musical Soulfood Network.

“Joining forces with Rejoice Radio Networks is another blessed avenue to be able to meet the needs of gospel music lovers,” says Black in a news release. She also hosts weekly radio shows on WBLS 107.5 FM and WLIB 1190 AM in The Big Apple.

“This opportunity will allow me to take my love for Jesus and gospel music to a wider audience,” she said.  “It’s time to take the New York City flava gospel style to the masses.  I love what I do and look forward to working closely with Rejoice and its affiliates.”

“Liz Black is one of the most talented air personalities in the business,” says Mike Chandler, president of Rejoice Radio Networks Musical Soulfood. “We are honored to have Liz join our team. She brings a level of excellence that will enhance our offerings to radio stations across the country.”

Rejoice is a network of radio stations that play a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel songs.  It also features specialized programming from Dottie Peoples, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Soulfunny and comedian Akintunde. Fans of gospel music can listen to the network globally on or via the mobile app.

Black began her radio career as an announcer on Tri-State Christian radio stations such as WWDJ, WMCA and WFDU in the late 1990s.  She moved to New York’s 24-hour gospel station WLIB in 2007 where, in addition to hosting her own show, she frequently sits-in for Bishop Hezekiah Walker’s daily “Afternoon Praise” radio program. In 2010 she joined the legendary R&B radio powerhouse WBLS where she hosts “Sunday Praise.” She still finds time to host “Midday Café” on k107 FM Jamz in Toronto, Canada. Black is also the founder of a monthly Gospel Variety Show/Open Mic program at various locations throughout the NY-NJ-CT Tri-State area.

Oakland-Based rapper Kafani to talk about gun violence on radio show

Rapper Kafani

Rapper Kafani

The Bay area’s Ice King – Kafani – is speaking out against gun violence in the wake of the recent Newton, Conn., school massacre that left 28 children and adults dead. The rapper known for hits such as “Knock `Em Down” and his current single “Swag Swerve” will be live and unplugged on the nationally syndicated “Street Soldiers Radio Program” from 8 to 10 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.  He’s been invited on to discuss how gun violence is affecting the urban community and how it also affected him personally.

In November 2011, a Kafani music video was being shot in a West Oakland liquor store parking lot when over 50 gunshots were fired into a crowd of people on the set. Eight persons were hit, including the one-year-old son of Kafani’s cousin Hiram Lawrence.

It’s an area that covers less than 5 percent of the city in space but accounts for 90 percent  of the city’s shootings and homicides. The baby slipped into a coma and died eleven days later.

Some believe the shooting was retaliation over a beef between Kafani and rapper Lil B, but there’s been no evidence to confirm the assertion.

“I hate this whole thing happened to my cousin’s son,” says Kafani in a news release. “He didn’t deserve that. He was a happy, energetic kid. I don’t glorify violence in my music. It’s about living life – not taking it. We as a country need to do something to change the violent culture in the inner city. I was raised in the hood, and I came from the struggle. I was in the streets and made my way to college, although I didn’t finish. Unfortunately, I landed in prison for robbery; from Penn State to the pen.”

However, upon his release, Kafani turned his life around and has built a successful career and business off of his rapping skills. Street Soldiers has been on the air since 1991. The weekly radio call-in show is sponsored by the Omega Boys Club and focuses on the issues of violence, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy and other topics related to inner-city youth. The host of Street Soldiers is Dr. Joseph Marshall, executive director of the Omega Boys Club. The program was syndicated in 1997 and is heard in 12 radio markets with a weekly listening audience of 300,000. Listeners can listen live each week online at For the 411 on The Ice King, go to or follow him on Twitter.