Flashpoint: Post Amazon rejection, Bernard Hopkins, Building racial bridges

Flashpoint: Post Amazon rejection, Bernard Hopkins, Building racial bridges

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about lessons learned in the aftermath of Philadelphia losing the Amazon HQ bid. What does Crystal City, VA and Long Island, NY have that Philadelphia does not? Columnist Glenn Blumenfeld’s article, “What Philadelphia Needs to Learn from Amazon’s Rejection,” inspired the discussion. Is Philadelphia more than just the Liberty Bell and Cheesesteaks? Why do some companies choose to expand elsewhere? We walk through the flames as Blumenfeld joins Matt Cabrey, Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia and Sylie Hallier Howard, first deputy commerce director for the City of Philadelphia, on this panel.

The Flashpoint newsmaker of the week is helping a number of returning citizens take their second chance and fly. Bernard Hopkins aka “The Alien” was sentenced to prison time for robbery at age 17. He got serious about boxing while an inmate at Graterford Prison and upon release in 1988 transformed his life. Hopkins career includes multiple middle weight boxing championships. At 54, Hopkins is retired but has become a noted businessman and partner of Golden Boy Promotions. His latest title is mentor. Some of his mentees include big names.

Our changemaker of the week is Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust.  President and CEO Denise Dennis, and VP of development Darrel Gore, both seventh generation descendants, discuss the historic farm which has remained in the family’s ownership for 225 years. Located in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, the farm is now used as a place to educate present generations about the Dennis Family and how, as free Blacks, they well respected and liked by their White neighbors. The Dennis family is now hoping to represent an example of positive race relations. The organization will host the Lonae A. Moore Memorial Forum, “It Begins With Each of Us: Foster Racial Understanding,” on February 7 at the National Constitution Center. 

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.  Subscribe to the Flashpoint Podcast on the Apple Podcast, Radio.com or others apps where you get your podcast by searching “Flashpoint KYW.”


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