Flavor Flav was the celebrity guest on the June 14 Lisa Tolliver Show. He, his business manager Greg J., and playwright/Entertainment Correspondent Ray Aydelott joined Jeff Reilly and Marianne Partridge of Westchester Emergency Volunteer Reserves-Medical Reserve Corps (WEVR-MRC) on the segment, which aired at 1:30-2:00pm Eastern on New York Radio WVOX AM 1460. The broadcast was one of several initiatives described in an article entitled, "How my radio shows, publications and PSAs in June 2006 – the 10th anniversary of National Safety Month – will help make the world a safer place."
The article begins:
I know the title sounds egotistical. That's not the intention. The wording responds to the National Safety Council question: "How are you making the world a safer place?"
The Lisa Tolliver Show has a "four-eyed" mission to inform, instruct, intrigue, and inspire listeners about what's happening in the worlds of non-profits and current affairs. In accordance with that mission, scheduling of Flav's Lisa Tolliver Show appearance – and on air discussion of his trademark pendant clocks – was right on time since June is Black Music Month. However, that’s not the only time it is. As Jeff and Marianne told listeners, June is National Safety Month, too.
About National Safety Month:
As the National Safety Council describes in "About National Safety Month:"
This annual observance reflects the Council’s historical commitment to influencing people to adopt and maintain safe and healthy behaviors in all aspects of their lives.
The National Safety Council established National Safety Month in 1996 to increase public awareness of safety and health risks and ultimately decrease the number of accidental injuries and deaths. Since then, thousands of businesses, national safety and health leaders, community groups and organizations have come to embrace the national observance as an annual focal point for promoting safety during the summer months and throughout the year.
We are proud of our achievements in increasing awareness of safe and healthy practices, of our efforts to instill a culture of safety in businesses across the nation, and of our vision for making the world a safer place.
Weekly Observance [in 2006]:
Emergency Preparedness & Safety Tips for Flavor Flav and Everyone Else:
The dynamic duo from WEVR-MRC served up some special safety tips for Flav, who lives on the Left Coast. First and foremost, they advised, have an emergency plan in case of an earthquake. Secondly, it's also important to establish an out of town emergency contact.
Emergency Preparedness Tip #1 — Develop an Emergency Plan — and Emergency Preparedness Tip #2 — Establish an Out-of-State Emergency Contact — detail how to do that. Readers should note, moreover, that whether one is in earthquake country, experiencing hurricane season or prudently preparing for any possible disaster or emergency, it would be wise to also review and keep handy Emergency Preparedness Tip #3 — Fire Safety — and Emergency Preparedness Tip #4 — Safely Handling Hazardous Materials.
Emergency Preparedness & Safety Tips can make the difference between life and death in the event of a disaster or emergency. Since humor often helps drive serious points like that home, it was helpful to hear Flav and Lisa's real-life earthquake survival stories. They were not only comical, they also reflected that each knew what to do in that type of disaster. Hopefully, should Lisa Tolliver Show listeners ever face an emergency or disaster, they will be similarly prepared and safely live to tell their tales.
One great way to get prepared is to train with WEVR-MRC.
The free training program teaches emergency preparedness and safety skills and trains volunteers to assist in the event of a large-scale disaster or emergency. For example, several WEVR-MRC volunteers were deployed through the National MRC to the Gulf to provide assistance to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Through participation in WEVR-MRC, volunteers can also earn continuing education credits, expand their professional networks, and receive emergency safety kits like the one described on the February 22, 2006 Lisa Tolliver Show.
WEVR-MRC is always recruiting new volunteers. Whatever your skills are, you can make a difference! You can learn more about the WEVR-MRC program and about the national Emergency Volunteer Reserves and Medical Reserve Corps at:
What's on Flavor's Plate and how might WEVR-MRC come to the rescue?
Flav's new affiliation with WEVR-MRC could come in handy when Flav is pitted against rapper Lil' Jon on VH1's Celebrity Showdown 2 on June 22 and when the fur begins flying on season 2 of VH1's hit reality show, The Flavor of Love. Viewers of Flavor of Love 1 saw their share of catfights among some of the 20 women who vied for a custom dental grille and the affections of the Public Enemy hype man/comic foil. Witness the photos, videos and articles on the VH1 Shows: Flavor of Love Website. (Flav starred with some drama mamas in two other VH1 hit specials, as well: The Surreal Life 3 and Strange Love.)
Skeptics of how serious crossing a drama queen, er, reality TV contestant, can become should heed what happened yesterday with Flavor of Love 1 winner, Nicole "Hoopz" Alexander. According to reports, she was arrested in Dearborn, Michigan for allegedly assaulting a police officer who was investigating a noise complaint at her home. Three cops were required to cuff her.
Nicole said she was being unfairly harassed by neighbors, who she claims have fetched the fuzz to her house six times because her family and house guests are "mostly black." In her statement (excerpts in "Reality TV Star Arrested in Dearborn"), she describes herself as being victimized when an officer grabbed her as she was voicing her own complaints about feeling harassed. She said:
He walked up, took the door, opened the door back up. Grabbed me by me [sic] neck and I just remember flying down these steps. While I’m falling, I gripped [sic] on to him and we fall. Now we wrestling [sic] and two more cop guys come and jump on me.
More information about Flav:
In today's show (and other media coverage), Flav has had only generous, gallant words about Hoopz. He is positive, upbeat, and clearly focused on what's up and coming (pun intended). That is why Flavor's stellar re-ascendancy outshines his past legal scrapes, leaving them light years in the past, where they belong. That permits him, critics and fans to focus on several exciting projects Flav is launching this summer on multiple frontiers. You can catch the star on VH1's Flavor of Love 2 (beginning in early August), on the CD entitled, Flavor Flav: Rise, Fall, Rise (release date to be determined), and online at FlavorFlav.tv, where the current welcome page will be replaced by a full-featured Website with e-commerce capabilities (some time later this summer). You can also track these and other developments in Mr. F.'s orbit now at "The official Flavor! Flav!! myspace!!" and at VH1 Artists A-Z: Flavor Flav.