February 2, 2016: Iowa Results. Zika Virus. More Takei. Remembering Amadou.

Harry Enten, an analyst for FiveThirtyEight, joins us to discuss the Iowa caucus results. Infectious disease expert Dr. Bob Arnot brings us the facts about the mosquiteo-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency. Star Trek’s George Takei joins us for the second of a two-part interview to reminisce about the good ol’ days on the USS Enterprise and discuss his role as an LGBT activist. In honor of Black History Month, we sit down with Kadiatou Diallo who remembers her son Amadou, the unarmed Liberian immigrant whose 1999 death sparked outrage in New York after police fired 41 shots, striking him 19 times.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' THE RESULTS ARE IN FROM IOWA, WHO IS ON TOP, WHO'S GOT MOMENTUM, AND WHO SHOULD JUST GO AWAY?

WE HAVE THE RESULTS AND ANALYSIS OF LAST NIGHT'S IOWA CAUCUS.

> IT'S A VIRUS, IT'S DANGEROUSING AND IT'S SPREADING AT AN ALARMING RATE.

IT'S CALLED ZIKA.

IT'S TARGETING THE UNBORN ACROSS THE AMERICAS.

WHAT IS IT AND CAN IT BE STOPPED IN WE'VE GOT ANSWERS.

> 41 SHOTS WAS THE CRY OF OUTRAGE WHEN FOUR NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS KILLED AN UNARMED BLACK MAN 17 YEARS AGO.

TONIGHT WE REMEMBER HIS LEGACY AND MISSION HIS MOTHER IS ON TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE.

SHE WILL BE HERE.

> PART TWO OF MY INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE TEKEI.

TONIGHT HE TAKES US BACK TO THE 1950s AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE AN ASIAN IN HOLLYWOOD LOOKING FOR ROLLS WHO WERE NOT STEREOTYPES OR OFFENSIVE.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS,' JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY --

> HELLO.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

YOU KNOW IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY AND, YES, WE HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS ON THAT FRONT.

HIS SHADOW WHEN HE CRAWLED OUT OF HIS BURROUGH THIS MORNING.

CHUCK HAS AN 80% ACCURACY RATE.

TODAY AND TOMORROW'S TEMPERATURES HITTING AROUND 50 DEGREES, WELL, WE'LL TAKE IT.

SO THANK YOU, CHUCK.

> WINTER ASIDE, AFTER LAST NIGHT'S IOWA'S CAUCUSES THEY WONDER HOW MUCH CAMPAIGNING THEY HAVE LEFT TO ENDURE IN THEIR PERSONAL BID FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.

AND WHILE THE FRONT-RUNNERS CHART THEIR NEXT MOVES THE OTHERS HAVE SOME SERIOUS SOUL SEARCHING TO DO.

THEY'RE ALREADY TWO CASUALTIES FROM LAST NIGHT'S IOWA'S CAUCUSES.

ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, FOX NEWS TALK SHOW HOST MIKE HUCKABEE HAS DECIDED TO SUSPEND HIS CAMPAIGN.

AMONG THE DEMOCRATS, FORMER MARYLAND GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY FOLLOWED SUIT.

IN THE ON THIN ICE CATEGORY, DR.

BEN CARSON HAS DECIDED TO HEAD HOME TO FLORIDA INSTEAD OF MAKING HIS WAY TO NEW HAMPSHIRE OR SOUTH CAROLINA.

REPUBLICAN HOPEFULS.

FORMER PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR RICK SANTORUM IS ALSO SKIPPING NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WILL GO STRAIGHT TO SOUTH CAROLINA WHICH HOLDS ITS PRIMARY ON FEBRUARY 20th.

ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, HILLARY CLINTON HAD WHAT MOST WHO FOLLOW POLITICS WOULD CONSIDER A ROUGH NIGHT.

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM THAT, QUOTE, THERE'S NO WAY A SOCIALIST LIKE BERNIE SANDERS COULD BE A PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER APPEARS TO HAVE UP ENDED AFTER HE FINISHED IN A DEAD HEAT AGAINST FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON.

ON THE TOP OF THE TOOEF OF THE GOP TED CRUISE WON WITH 28% OF IOWA'S CAUCUSGOERS.

DONALD TRUMP ENDED THE NIGHT WITH ROUGHLY 24%. AND MARCO RUBIO FINISHED RIGHT BEHIND TRUMP WITH 23%. THE ONE THING WE DIDN'T LEARN LAST NIGHT FOR SURE, THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG AND HARD FOUGHT ELECTION CYCLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WITH TWO PARTIES DEEPLY DIVIDED.

JOINING ME NOW WITH INSIGHT, ANALYSIS AND MAYBE SOME PREDICTIONS, SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYSIS BLOG 538.COM.

HARI, WELCOME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

FIRST QUESTION, WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING -- LET'S START WITH REPUBLICANS.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING THAT HAPPENED TO THEM YESTERDAY?

MAYBE NOT THE MOST SURPRISING BUT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING WAS THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS A LOSER.

TRUMP HAD BEEN FAVORED IN ALL THE IOWA POLLS, LEADING IN ALL THE NATIONAL POLLS.

HE SAID I'M GOING TO WIN AND WHEN THE VOTING HAPPENED HE DIDN'T WIN.

HE LOST.

I THINK VERY SIGNIFICANT.

SO DID THE ORIGINAL CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ABOUT HIM PROVE TO BE TRUE YESTERDAY?

YOU KNOW, THE IDEA, THE CLAIM THAT HE'S A MEDIA CONTRIVED UNDER USE CANDIDATE THE VOTERS WOULD LIKE AS AN ENTERTAINER BUT THEY WOULDN'T TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY?

DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN EATING UP ALL THE MEDIA ATTENTION.

DESPITE EATING UP ALL THE MEDIA ATTENTION THE BEST HE COULD DO IS BASICALLY COME IN A DEAD HEAT WITH MARCO RUBIO FOR SECOND PLACE?

WHEN THE MEDIA ATTENTION GETS DIVIDED BETWEEN THEM THREE, TRUMP IS GOING TO START FALLING.

TED CRUZ WON BIG ME GOT MORE VOTES THAN ANY REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN THE IOWA CAUCUS' HISTORY.

HIS PRINCIPLE BASE OF SUPPORT, REPUBLICANS CONSIDER THEMSELVES MOST CONSERVATIVE AND EVANGELICALS.

IS THIS A SUFFICIENT BASE FOR HIM TO TAKE IT ALL OF THE WAY TO BECOME THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY?

IT CERTAINLY A BASE THAT WILL ALLOW HIM TO WIN SOME PRIMARIES.

BUT IF YOU WERE TO TAKE THE IOWA DEMOGRAPHICS AND SWITCH THEM INTO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEMOGRAPHICS AND SAID CRUZ DID AS WELL AMONG THE SAME GROUPS IN IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, HE WOULD LOSE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.

SO HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO EXPAND UPON HIS BASE.

HE NEEDS TO DO BETTER WITH NON-EVANGELICAL VOTER, MODERATE VOTERS AND CONSERVATIVE VOTERS, BECAUSE VERY CONSERVATIVE VOTERS ARE BY PAR NOT A MAJORITY OF THEM.

BUT AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE HE'S GOT SOUTH CAROLINA, SEEMS TO FIT HIS BASE.

THEN HE'S GOT SUPER TUESDAY, NO?

SURE.

HE IS GOING TO WIN SOME MORE PRIMARIES AND CAUCUSES THAN JUST IOWA.

BUT AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO WIN IN THE NORTH.

THAT'S WHERE MOST OF THE DELEGATES ARE.

AND HE HASN'T DONE SO YET.

TALK ABOUT RUBIO.

I MEAN, HE SURPASSED ALL EXPECTATIONS.

WHY?

I THINK THERE ARE FEW THINGS.

NUMBER ONE, WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR A COALESCING OF THIS ESTABLISHMENT LANE AND RUBIO WAS FIALLY ABLE TO DO IT.

CONSERVATIVE VOTER, COLLEGE EDUCATED, AND URBAN AREAS AND SUBURBAN AREAS.

ONCE HE GOT THAT MOMENTUM THEY COALESCED AROUND HIM.

IS HE THE ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE NOW?

WHAT'S YOUR GUESS?

I THINK THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME REAL COALESCING.

ALREADY SEEN TIM SCOTT, THE SENATOR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA GET BEHIND I'M.

I EXPECT MORE ENDORSEMENTS.

LET'S TURN TO THE DEMOCRATS.

WHO WAS THE REAL VICTOR IN THIS VIRTUAL TIE BETWEEN SANDERS AND CLINTON?

THE REAL VICTOR WAS PROBABLY REALLY NEITHER OF THEM.

CLINTON WON BARELY.

SANDERS CAN TAKE SOME GOOD SPOT.

HE WAS ABLE TO CUT THAT LEAD DOWN TREMENDOUSLY FROM WHERE CLINTON ONCE WAS.

IOWA IS A WIDE STATE.

IT'S THE TYPE OF STATE YOU EXPECT SANDERS TO WIN EASILY.

BUT AGAIN, CLINTON WAS SUPPOSEDLY THIS BIG BAD MACHINE AND SANDERS BASICALLY ENDED UP IN A DEAD HEAT WITH HER.

WHAT IS HER WEAKNESS?

I THINK HER WEAKNESS IS THAT VOTERS WHO ARE YOUNG, WHO ARE VERY LIBERAL, JUST DON'T TRUST HER.

AND THE REAL QUESTION GOING FORWARD IS WHETHER SHE CAN PERHAPS DO BETTER AMONGST THEM OR AT LEAST NOT LOSE HER BASE OF SUPPORT AMONG NONWHITE VOTERS.

REALLY.

AND SO IF SHE TAKES IT TO THE GENERAL ELECTION, THOSE WEAKNESSES ARE GOING TO COME BACK TO HAUNT HER OR CONTINUE TO HAUNT HER?

I THINK THE DEMOCRATS WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY GET BEHIND WHOMEVER THE NOMINEE IS.

AND WITH BARACK OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATING ON THE RISE IT PUTS CLINTON AT 50/50 CHANCE TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION.

NEW HAMPSHIRE IS COMING UP NEXT TUESDAY.

HOW IS THAT GOING TO PLAY OUT?

ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, BNSZ IS LIKELY GOING TO WIN ME HAS A HUGE LEAD.

ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN LEADING THERE BUT THAT ESTABLISHMENT LANE HAS BEEN VERY DIVIDED.

I EXPECT MARCO RUBIO TO BE ABLE TO PICK UP SUPPORT, COALESCE THAT ESTABLISHMENT LANE AND DO BETTER.

SAME WITH TED CRUZ.

IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG CONTEST, RIGHT?

LONG.

OKAY, HARRY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

> POLITICALLY IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A TOUGH NIGHT FOR HILLARY CLINTON BUT LADY LUCK WAS CLEARLY ON HER SIDE IN ONE RESPECT.

ACCORDING TO AN OLD AND RATHER OBSCURE DEMOCRATIC PARTY RULE IN THE IOWA CAUCUSES A COIN TOSS CAN BE CALLED FOR TO DETERMINE THE WINNER IN THE CASE OF A TIE . THAT'S WHAT THEY DECIDED TO DO IN WEST DAVENPORT.

IN FACT, THERE WERE SIX COIN TOSSES THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE EVENING AND CLINTON WON THEM ALL.

> I AM NOW DECLARING THAT THE RECENT CLUSTER OF MICROCEPHALY AND OTHER NEUROLOGICAL ABNORMALIIES REPORTED IN LATIN AMERICA ARE FORMING A SIMILAR CLUSTER IN 2014 CONSTITUTES A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY OF INTERNATIONAL CONCERN.

THE IMAGES COMING IN FROM BRAZIL ARE HEARTBREAKING.

NEWBORNS WITH BIRTH DEFECTS AND THEIR MOTHERS AGONIZING OVER WHETHER THEIR BABYS WILL EVER LIVE A LIFE WHERE THEY CAN WALK OR TALK, ALL VERY LIKELY BECAUSE OF MOSQUITO BITE THESE WOMEN GOT WHILE PREGNANT.

IN BRAZIL THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF THESE CHILDREN.

MOSQUITO THAT BIT THEIR MOTHERS TRANSMITTED A VIRUS KNOWN AS ZIKA.

IT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE INFECTED 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE ACROSS THE AMERICAS AND ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IT'S SPREADING AT AN EXPLOSIVE RATE.

ESTIMATES SAY AS MANY AS 4 MILLION PEOPLE COULD BE INFECTED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

WITH 30 INFECTIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FOUND IN THE UNITED STATES, AT LEAST 3 RIGHT HERE IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA.

JOINING ME NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE THREATS OF THE ZIKA VIRUS, PARTICULARLY HERE IN THE TRI-STATE REGION, AND THE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO THE OUTBREAK IS DOCTOR OF INTERNAL MEDICINE, DR. BOB ARNOT.

DR. ARNOT WELCOME?

THANKS.

DOCTOR, I WONDER IF YOU COULD ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ON WHAT THE ZIKA VIRUS IS AND WHY THIS EXPLOSION ON THE VIRUS NOW.

THE PROBABLE REASON ACTUALLY IS EL NINO.

THAT IS YOU REALLY HAVE A CONFLUENCE OF FORCES HERE.

THE PERFECT STORM.

IN BRAZIL YOU HAVE AN ECONOMIC DOWN FALL OR, YOU KNOW, A MAJOR SORT OF SETBACK WHICH IS DECREASED PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES.

YOU HAVE EL NINO WHICH IS POURING ALL KINDS OF RAIN TO CENTRAL AMERICA.

YOU HAVE MUCH HIGHER TEMPERATURES WHICH ALLOWS MOSQUITOS TO GROW AT A FASTER, HIGHER RATE.

NOW ZIKA HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME.

ACTUALLY COMES FROM THE ZIKA FOREST IN UGANDA.

BUT WITH THIS SORT OF CONSTELLATION OF FORCES HERE, YOU HAVE WHAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DIRECTOR IS CALLING A TRULY EXPLOSIVE GROWTH, AS YOU POINTED OUT, VERY SYMPATHETICALLY, THE TROUBLE IS THESE POOR WOMEN, IMAGINE THE EURO WOMEN AND YOU'RE INFECTED WITH THIS VIRUS.

YOU HAVE A MOSQUITO BITE.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA THERE IS A PROBLEM UNTIL THE CHILD IS BORN AND THE CHILD HAS MICROCEPHALY, A SMALL HEAD.

THAT MEANS SMALL BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.

AND THAT CAN VARY FROM MILD TO INCREDIBLY SEVERE WHERE THE CHILD MAY DIE OR MAY HAVE A VASTLY IMPAIRED LIFE.

DOCTOR, HAS A DEFINITIVE CONNECTION BEEN MADE BETWEEN THE ZIKA VIRUS AND MOSQUITO BITE AND THE BIRTH DEFECTS?

SO ABSOLUTELY NOT.

THERE ARE TWO CONDITIONS WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT.

FIRST IS THE MICROCEPHALY.

SEEING 4,000 CASES INSTEAD OF 150 IN BRAZIL.

THE MASSIVE INCREASE IN NUMBERS IS WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING, GEE, WE THINK THERE'S SOME CONNECTION.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE IT IS.

A CERTAIN VACCINATION, WE JUST DON'T KNOW.

THE OTHER ALARMING FEATURE IS THIS SYNDROME.

THEY'RE SEEING A SPIKE IN THIS PARTICULAR CONDITION.

WE HAVE THE RAPID ONSET OF PARALYSIS SO SEVERE YOU MAY END UP ON A VENTILATOR FOR WEEKS TO MONTHS WHILE YOU TRY TO RECOVER.

SO THESE ARE FAIRLY UNCOMMON CONDITIONS IN TERMS OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING EFFECTED OR UNLIKELY TO SEE MUCH OF IT IN THE UNITED STATES.

BUT STILL VERY ALARMING FOR THOSE POOR SOULS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.

AND AS YOU HAVE SEEN, THEY'VE EVEN TRIED TO ADVISE WOMEN NOT TO GET PREGNANT.

IN EL SALVADOR, WAIT TWO YEARS TO GET PREGNANT.

YOU TALKED ABOUT A PREGNANT WOMAN FROM THE TRI-STATE AREA WHO MAY TRAVEL DOWN THERE.

WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO A WOMAN WHO IS PREGNANT OR WHO IS PLANNING TO BE PREGNANT WHO HAS TO OR IS PLANNING TO TRAVEL TO AREAS THAT ARE NOW INFECTED?

SO THIS IS ACTUALLY TRUE OF MY OWN FIANCE.

NOT SAYING SHE'S PREGNANT BUT SHE'S CHILDBEARING AGE AND SHE'S ABOUT TO GO TO NICARAGUA.

I ADVISED HER NOT TO GO.

IF YOU DO GO STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, HAVE THE FULL SORT OF LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS AND YOU WANT TO HAVE LONG PANTS.

YOU WANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF APPROVED MOSQUITO REPELLANT.

REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE MOSQUITOS THAT FEED VERY AGGRESSIVELY DURING THE DAY.

IT'S A HUGE SWATH AROUND THE WORLD.

IT'S NOT JUST LATIN AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA, IT'S AFRICA, PARTS OF NORTHERN AUSTRALIA, INDIA, PARTS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA.

IT MAY ALSO JUMP TO THE ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO WHICH WE HAVE IN THE TRI-STATE AREA IN WHICH IT COULD JUMP TO THIS SUMMER.

SO IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE ALARMING AND VERY, VERY DISCOMFORTING TO ANY WOMAN WHO MAY CONSIDER GETTING PREGNANT OR MAY CURRENTLY BE PREGNANT.

HOW CONCERNED SHOULD WE BE ABOUT THIS VIRUS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES, COMING TO THE TRI-STATE REGION?

ALMOST NOT AT ALL.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FEVERS AND THE CONDITIONS THERE THAT MAY REALLY BE LETHAL, THIS IS A CONDITION THAT 80% OF PEOPLE MAY HAVE NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL AND WHEN THEY DO THEY'RE PRETTY MILD.

JOINT ACHES AND PAIN, MAY HAVE A RASH, A HEADACHE OR WHAT NOT.

AGAIN, VERY MINOR, SORT OF LIKE A BAD COLD OR FLU, UNLESS YOU KNOW, YOU CONTRACT THIS SYNDROME, IT WILL GO AWAY AND YOU WILL NEVER KNOW.

IF IT WEREN'T FOR THESE TWO REMARKABLE AND TERRIFYING FEATURES, IF SOMETHING, WE WOULDN'T PAY ANY ATTENTION TO.

DOCTOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING TO YOU.

GREAT QUESTIONS.

APPRECIATE IT.

> NOW TO AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY THAT WILL FOREVER REMAIN A PART OF NEW YORK CITY'S DNA.

A 22-YEAR-OLD IMMIGRANT FROM AFRICA IS A STREET PEDLER SELLING VIDEOTAPES AND CLOTHES ON 14th STREET HERE IN MANHATTAN IN HOPES OF ATTENDING COLLEGE AND EVENTUALLY CLIMBING THE LADDER TO SUCCESS TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM.

THAT ALL CHANGED 17 YEARS AGO.

ON FEBRUARY 4th, 1999, DIALO ON HIS WAY HOME AND UNARMED MADE HIS WAY BACK TO THE APARTMENT IN THE BRONX.

FOUR UNDERCOVER POLICE OFFICERS FROM THE NOW DEFUNCT STREET CRIMES UNIT HAD BEEN CANVASSING THE SAME AREA SEARCHING FOR AN ARMED SERIAL RAPIST WHO HAD ATTACKED 29D WOMEN.

THINKING THAT DIALO MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE MAN THE OFFICERS IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES, ASKED HIM TO STOP AND SHOW HIS HANDS.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT, ACCORDING TO POLICE ACCOUNT, IS THAT D IRK ALO IGNORED THEIR ORDERS AND INSTEAD WAS REACHING FOR HIS WALLET.

POLICE THOUGHT THAT HE WAS REACHING FOR A GUN.

THE OFFICERS FIRED 41 SHOTS, 19 HITTING THE YOUNG STREET MERCHANT.

ALL FOUR OFFICERS WERE LATER ACQUITTED OF CRIMINAL CHARGES.

THE DEATH OF THE YOUNG UNARMED BLAN MAN AT THE HANDS OF FOUR NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS SPARKED PROTESTS ACROSS THE CITY AND RAISED WIDE SPREAD CONCERN OVER POLICE BRUTALITY AND RACIAL PROFILING.

SINCE THEN HIS MOTHER HAS BECOME AN ACTIVIST.

SHE STARTED A FOUNDATION IN HER SON'S MEMORY CALLING FOR IMPROVED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.

AND SHE JOINS US NOW.

IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU.

THANK YOU FOR COMING IN AND TALKING WITH US.

I'M HONORED TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

ANNIVERSARIES, EITHER SAD OR HAPPY, ARE TIMES FOR RETROSPECTION.

WE THINK ABOUT MANY THINGS.

AS YOU REACH THE 17th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS AT THE TIME, AND YOU LOOK BACK, WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS?

THINKING ABOUT MY SON IS THE FIRST THING I THINK ABOUT, IF HE WERE ALIVE, WHAT KIND OF ACHIEVEMENT HE WOULD HAVE TODAY BECAUSE HIS ASPIRATION WAS REALLY TO BE IN AMERICA AND REALIZE HIS DREAM.

WHAT A SAD, SAD ENDING.

MY SON DIDN'T DESERVE TO BE KILLED THAT WAY.

NOBODY'S SONS OR DAUGHTER DESERVES TO BE KILLED THAT WAY.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU'VE DONE SINCE.

YOU'VE USED THIS TRAGEDY, THE LOSS OF HIS LIFE, AS A SPRINGBOARD AND YOU'VE BECOME AN ADVOCATE AND YOU DEDICATED ESSENTIALLY HIS LIFE NOW.

YOU TALKED ABOUT THE NEED FOR IMPROVING POLICE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

DURING THE COURSE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN NOW, IN THE PASSAGE OF 17 YEARS, LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME THINGS.

TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE HAS BEEN POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE.

WHAT'S START WITH THE POSITIVE.

WHAT PROGRESS HAVE YOU SEEN?

THE PROGRESS I HAVE BEEN SEEING IS NOW WE'RE TALKING.

IT'S OUT THERE.

WE ARE ENGAGED IN DEBATES, WHETHER YOU ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POLICE OFFICERS OR THE SIDE OF THE COMMUNITY.

NOW HOW CAN WE BRIDGE AND BRING THESE TWO WORLDS TOGETHER THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

FAST FORWARD 17 YEARS NOW WE'RE STILL DEALING WITH THE SAME ISSUE.

FOR NOTHING HAS BEEN CHANGED IF YOU LOOK AT THAT.

I'VE MET MANY PARENTS, MANY PARENTS, WHO WANT TO KNOW WHY, THIS QUESTION OF WHY.

EVERY TIME WE HAVE AN INNOCENT YOUNG MAN KILLED OR YOUNG GIRL KILLED BY THOSE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO SERVE AND PROTECT, IT'S SAD.

I BELIEVE THAT THE POLICE DO NOT WANT TO HAVE THAT, ALSO.

WHEN YOU SEE THESE INSTANCES TAKING PLACE, AND YOU SAID BACK IN 1999 YOU'VE BEEN WORKING, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE PROGRESS WE'VE MADE BUT THEN YOU SEE THINGS HAPPENING IN BALTIMORE, CHICAGO, FERGUSON, NEW YORK CITY.

YES.

AND YOU SEE THEM PLAYING OUT AND OBVIOUSLY NOW THE ABILITY OF THE MEDIA TO TELL THESE STORIES IS MUCH GREATER AND YOU SEE A MUCH MORE FREQUENTLY.

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?

I MEAN, DO YOU LOOK AT THIS AND SAY, ARE WE NOT MAKING ANY PROGRESS AT ALL HERE?

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS HEARTBROKEN FOR ME ALWAYS IS TO GO TO THE FUNERAL OF THE FAMILIES.

I WENT TO EDDIE GARNER'S FUNERAL, I WENT TO SEAN BELL'S FUNERAL.

WE ARE FRUSTRATED.

BUT WE DO NOT WANT TO STAY THERE, TO BE STEREOTYPED AND BE ON THE BACKS.

WE NEED TO BE ON THE TABLE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY.

THIS IS WHY I ESTABLISHED THE AMADOU D IRK IALLO ESTABLISHMENT.

WITHOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT WE CANNOT SURVIVE.

YOU'VE BEEN A VERY STRONG FORCE FOR CHANGE.

WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN AND VISITING WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND AS MRS. DIALLO SAID, THEY'RE HOLDING DISADVANTAGED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE, LOGON TO OUR WEBSITE.

> TIME FOR PART TWO OF MY CONVERSATION WITH ACTOR, PLAYWRIGHT, AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST GEORGE TAKEI.

TO KICK THINGS OFF I ASKED HIM WHERE, HOW, AND WHY YOU GOT STARTED IN ACTING.

YOU SOUND LIKE MY FATHER.

THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT HE SAID TO ME AND HE SAID, ALSO, LOOK AT THE KINDS OF ROLES THAT WE SEE ON TELEVISION OR IN MOVIES.

THEY'RE STEREOTYPES.

IS THAT THE KIND OF ROLE THAT YOU WANT TO PLAY, A BUFFOON OR A VILLAIN OR A SILENT -- IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT TO BE DOING?

AND I WAS AN IDEALISTIC TEENAGER.

I SAID, DADDY, I'M GOING TO CHANGE IT.

ALONG CAME, ALMOST LITERALLY, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME, MR. SULU OF STAR TREK.

HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT?

BY THAT TIME IT A WORKING ACTOR AND I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM MY AGENT SAYING HE'S GOT AN INTERVIEW FOR ME AT DESILU STUDIO.

THIS MAN WAS NAMED GENE RODDENBERRY WHO I DIDN'T KNOW FROM ADAM.

HE TOLD ME IT WAS A PILOT FOR A SCI-FI SERIES.

SCI-FI, EXCITING, BUT IT WAS A PILOT FOR POTENTIAL SERIES.

REGULAR EMPLOYMENT.

THAT'S WHAT EXCITED ME.

AND THEN WHEN HE STARTED TO DESCRIBE THE KIND OF SHOW THAT IT WAS, HERE'S A GREAT BIG STARSHIP AND THIS IS A METAPHOR FOR STARSHIP EARTH.

THE STRENGTH OF THIS STARSHIP IS IN ITS DIVERSITY COMING TOGETHER AND WORKING IN CONCERT AS A TEAM.

IT WAS A THRILLING IDEA BECAUSE AMERICA AT THAT TIME WAS TURBULENT WITH CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT GOING ON, THE VIETNAM WAR THAT WAS SPLITTING THE COUNTRY APART, THE COLD WAR, TWO GREAT FORCES, THREATENING EACH OTHER WITH NUCLEAR ANNIHILATION.

AT A TIME LIKE THAT TO HAVE THAT UTOPIAN SOCIETY OF THE FUTURE, IT WAS EXCITING.

AND HERE WAS AN ASIAN CHARACTER THAT WAS PART OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM, NO ACCENTS, PULLING HIS OWN WEIGHT.

HE WAS TOP GRADUATE OF STARFLEET ACADEMY.

IT WAS A TOTAL BREAKTHROUGH IN TERMS OF STEREOTYPES.

AND I DESPERATELY WANTED TO PLAY THAT ROLE.

AND --

YOU GOT IT?

GENE RODDENBERRY WAS A WISE AND MAN WITH GREAT TASTE.

BY THE WAY, MR. SULU, WHERE DOES THAT NAME COME FROM BECAUSE IT DOESN'T SOUND VERY ASIAN.

IT IS ASIAN.

EVERY ASIAN SURNAME IS NATIONALLY SPECIFIC.

TANAKA IS JAPANESE.

WONG IS CHINESE.

KIM IS KOREAN.

AND 20th CENTURY ASIA WAS TURBULENT WITH WARFARE, COLONIZATION, REBELLIONS, AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO TAKE SIDES LIKE THAT, WITH A NATIONALLY SPECIFIC SURNAME.

AND HE WAS TRYING TO FIND SOMETHING THAT SUGGESTED ALL OF ASIA, AND HE HAD A MAP OF ASIA PINNED ON HIS OFFICE WALL AND HE WAS STARING AT IT.

AND HE FOUND OUT THE COAST OF THE PHILIPPINES, THE SULU SEA AND HE THOUGHT, AH, THE WATERS OF A SEA TOUCH ALL SHORES.

THAT'S GREAT.

THAT'S HOW THE NAME SULU CAME ABOUT.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR ACTIVISM.

YOU'RE CLEARLY ACTIVE IN THE LGBT MOVEMENT P BUT YOU ALWAYS SAID YOU WERE ALWAYS POLITICALLY ACTIVE IN MANY CAUSES SINCE THE '60s BUT IT TOOK YOU A LONG TIME TO TAKE YOU ACTIVE TO THE ONE ISSUE CLOSEST TO YOU.

WHY DID IT TAKE YOU SO LONG TO BECOME ACTIVE IN THIS?

BECAUSE I WANTED TO HAVE AN ACTIVE ACTING CAREER.

AND YOU COULDN'T BE HIRED AS AN ACTOR BACK IN THE '50s, '60s, '70s IF YOU WERE OUT AS AN ACTOR.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT KEPT ME SILENT ON THAT ISSUE, WHICH WAS ORGANIC TO ME, WHICH WAS A PART OF ME.

AND IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO REMAIN SILENT ON THAT AND MAINTAIN THIS FACADE SO THAT I COULD CARRY ON A CAREER AS AN ACTOR.

IT WAS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT.

AND --

YEAH.

2015 WAS A HUGE YEAR FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY WAS NOW THE LAW OF THE LAND.

WHAT IS NEXT STILL TO BE DONE FOR LGBT RIGHTS?

A LOT TO BE DONE.

A LOT TO BE DONE.

THERE'S A BILL -- THE ACRONYM IS EMPLOYMENT NONDISCRIMINATION ACT.

LGBT CAN BE FIRED WITH IMPUNITY OR THEY CAN BE KICKED OUT OF AN APARTMENT WITH IMPUNITY IN CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THAT PREJUDICE.

IT'S THE SAME AS RACIAL PREJUDICE.

AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE HAD A DIFFICULTY GETTING AN APARTMENT.

I MEAN, THE COMMON THINGS THAT ONE NEEDS IN ORDER TO LIVE IN THE 21st CENTURY ARE DENIED US.

AND AGAIN, YOU'RE LIVING ON PINS AND NEEDLES, NOT KNOWING WHEN YOU CAN BE FIRED OR YOU CAN BE KICKED OUT OF AN APARTMENT.

STILL, STILL, IN 2016.

IT'S THE SAME THING WITH ALL OF THESE.

YOU KNOW, IT WAS 51 YEARS AGO THE PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIGNED THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT, 51 YEARS AGO.

WE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE SETTLED LAW.

TODAY, STILL, THERE ARE BARRIERS BEING PUT UP FOR MINORITIES, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, LATINOS, AND POOR WHITE PEOPLE.

GEORGE, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

> WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSEUM IN NEW YORK CITY?

FRICK, HOW ABOUT THE LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER?

MAYBE A DIFFERENT ONE ALL TOGETHER.

THE CITY'S FINEST CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS ARE SWAPPING SPOTS WITH ONE ANOTHER AND INSTAGRAMING THEIR FAVORITE WORKS FROM OTHER MUSEUMS.

IT'S A FUN AND EXCITING WAY TO SEE THE TREASURE THAT NEW YORK HOLD AND NEW YORKERS HOLD DEAR.

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