Best of Flashpoint: Kate Smith muted; Campaign for Forgiveness; ‘Flower Lady’

July 07, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg takes a look back at some of the "best of" Flashpoint. Recently, Nike made headlines after pulling its Max Air 1's from the shelves after Colin Kaepernick argued that the Betsy Ross era flag, featured on the shoe, is a racist symbol. We at Flashpoint were reminded of the Kate Smith statue controversy, here in South Philadelphia. Back in April, 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 covered and then removed a statute of Smith near the stadium, which happens to be one of the few statutes in Philly dedicated to a woman. Their decision came soon after the New York Yankees also cut ties with Smith. Known for her unusually powerful voice, Smith rose to fame in the late 1930’s, and used to sing to raise millions for the WWII effort. President Ronald Reagan awarded Smith the President Medal of Freedom in 1983, just three years before she died. 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.

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The “best of” news maker is Luis Berrios, who was shot in the back during a robbery outside of his North Philadelphia home, last November. While dealing with four excruciating surgeries and long stints in the hospital, Berrios traded his desire for retaliation and revenge for redemption. He recently set out on a crusade for forgiveness. He appeared on the May 25 show, discussing his journey, his method to amplify the message and his goals for the heart wrenching crusade. To support Berrios in his recovery, go to:

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The "best of" change maker of the week is Patricia Gallagher, aka "The Flower Lady." Founder of the Happy Flowers Project, the Bucks County resident takes day old flowers and distributes them to people in senior facilities. Gallagher, an author of more than a dozen books, founded the project in 2013 and it has grown to impact thousands. More on Gallagher here:

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Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHP 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5. 

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