METROFOCUS: August 13, 2019

August 14, 2019 at 5:30 am

From growing acts of violence in Brooklyn to deadly attacks in Pittsburg and California, Jews are increasingly becoming the targets of hate. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, one of the country’s most prominent Jewish voices, is here with his insight and perspective. The five-time Grammy Award winner joins us to talk about her life, her career and how she’s helping school kids in her New Jersey hometown.

Aired on May 14, 2019 and August 13, 2019.

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METROFOCUS," THE
RISING TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
FROM PITTSBURGH TO CALIFORNIA
AND IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD
JEWS ARE INCREASINGLY BECOMING
TARGETS OF HATE.
IN NEW YORK, THE CITY WITH THE
LARGEST JEWISH POPULATION CRIMES
AGAINST JEWS ARE UP NEARLY 40%.
IS THIS THE NEW NORMAL?
ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST
PROMINENT JEWISH VOICES WILL
JOIN US TO SHARE HIS PERSPECTIVE
ON WHAT'S BEHIND THIS DISTURBING
AND FRIGHTENING REALITY.
>>> WHEN THE LEGENDARY DIONNE
WARWICK IS BACK TO TALK ABOUT
HER LIFE, HER CAREER AND HOW
SHE'S HELPING NEW JERSEY SCHOOL
KIDS IN HER HOMETOWN.
THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS
"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.
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>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME "TO
METROFOCUS."
THE TREE OF LIFE SHOOTING IN
OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR CLAIMED 1
LIVES THE WORST ACT OF
ANTI-SEMITIC VIOLENCE IN
AMERICAN HISTORY.
THE ATTACK ON THE SYNAGOGUE IN
SAN DIEGO ON APRIL 27th CLAIMED
THE LIFE OF LORI KAY.
2018 SAW MORE THAN 1800 RECORDED
ATTACKS AGAINST JEWS AND JEWISH
INSTITUTIONS, THE THIRD HIGHEST
SINCE THE '70s.
IN NEW YORK, NYPD STATISTICS
CONFIRM THAT THE NUMBER OF HATE
CRIMES AGAINST JEWS ARE UP
NEARLY 40% FROM 2016.
AND SO TODAY JEWISH LEADERS ARE
LEFT TO CONFRONT A NEW NORMAL
AND TO QUESTION THE CAUSE OF THE
RISE IN HATE.
JOINING US NOW TO SHARE HIS
PERSPECTIVE IS ONE OF THE MOST
PROMINENT JEWISH VOICES IN THE
COUNTRY.
RABBI, THOANKS SO MUCH FOR
JOINING ME.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>> ANTI-SEMITISM IS CLEARLY ON
THE RISE ACROSS THE WORLD, NOT
JUST IN THIS COUNTRY.
LET'S FOCUS ON THIS COUNTRY.
WHAT'S CAUSING THIS RISE IN
ANTI-JEWISH HATE?
>> THERE'S ANTI-SEMITISM OF THE
LEFT AND THE RIGHT.
THE ANTI-SEMITISM FROM THE LEFT
IS WHAT WE'RE SEEING FROM
CONGRESSWOMAN OMAR WHO WILL
SPEAK ABOUT IT OPENLY, AK ECCIN
US OF DUAL LOYALTY.
ON THE EXTREME RIGHT YOU HAVE
THE RISE OF NEO-NAZI FASCISTS
WHO HAVE ALWAYS HATED JEWS.
OF COURSE, HITLER AND THE WHITE
SUPREMACISTS WERE WHITE
NATIONANATIONAL
IST FA FASCISTS.
IF SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING
IT'S ALWAYS BECAUSE OF THE JEWS.
WE IN THE COMMUNITY WERE HOPING
THAT 70 YEARS AFTER THE BIGGEST
MASS MURDER IN THE WORLD THAT
THE GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS WOULD
HAVE BEEN AWAKENED TO THE
DANGERS OF ANTI-SEMITISM .
BUT INSTEAD IT SEEMS THAT WE'RE
BEGINNING TO FORGET THE HORRORS
OF THE HOLOCAUST AND AN
ANTI-SEMITISM IS COMING BACK.
>> SOME PROGRESSIVES BELIEVE
THEY WERE GIVEN A GREEN LIGHT BY
PRESIDENT TRUMP.
JOY BEHAR JOINED TRUMP FOR THE
SAN DIEGO ATTACK, SAYING THIS,
QUOTE, HE GIVES DOG WHISTLES
CONSTANTLY TO THESE PEOPLE,
WHITE NATIONALIST.
ADDRESSING HIM DIRECTLY SHE SAYS
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR
ACTIONS MR. PRESIDENT YOU ARE
THE CULPRIT.
DO YOU AGREE?
>> SHE'S ABSOLUTELY WRONG HERE.
THE SHOOTER IN SAN DIEGO PUBLISH
ADD MANIFESTO OF OF HOW MUCH HE
HATES TRUMP.
HE'S BEEN THE MOST PRO ISRAEL
PRESIDENT.
SO HOW COULD SHE POSSIBLY SAY
THIS GUY LIKED TRUMP.
THE MAN SAID HE HATED TRUMP.
THE PITTSBURGH SHOOTER SAID
TRUMP IS CONTROLLED BY JEWS, HAS
BEEN TAKEN OVER BY JEWS.
WHEN IT COMES TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
THE PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN
MUCH MORE CONDEMNATORY OF WHITE
NATIONALISTS.
HE DEVOTED MAYBE 10% OF THE
STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH TO
CONDEMNING ANTI-SEMITISM.
HE HAS REALLY STOOD WITH ISRAEL.
I DON'T THINK THAT'S A FAIR
CRITICISM.
I THINK WHAT'S CERTAINLY TRUE IS
THAT WHITE NATIONALISM IS ON THE
RISE IN THE UNITED STATES.
BUT YOU CAN'T SEPARATE THIS FROM
THE PROGRESSIVE.
HATRED OF ISRAEL IS BECAUSE IT'S
THE JEWISH STATE.
THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN.
>> WE'LL GET TO THAT IN A SECOND
BUT LET'S GO BACK TO PRESIDENT
TRUMP'S ALLEGED CONNECTION TO
THE RISE IN WHITE NATIONALIST
ANTI-JEWISH HATRED.
DAVID DUKE AFTER CHARLOTTESVILLE
PRAISED THE PRESIDENT AND IT'S A
FACT THAT RICHARD SPENCER A
WHITE NATIONALIST NEO NAZI
LITERALLY YOU SEE A VIDEO OF HIM
HEILING TRUMP.
>> THESE ARE VILE WRETCHED HUMAN
BEINGS.
I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO MAKE
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.
DAVID DUKE IS ENDORSING
CONGRESSWOMAN OMAR'S HATRED OF
THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CONDEMNED
WHITE NATIONALIST VOCIFEROUSLY
EVER SINCE CHARLOTTESVILLE.
IF WE'RE GOING TO CRITICIZE
WHERE IT'S WARRANTED, THEN WE
HAVE TO OFFER PRAISE WHEN IT'S
WARRANTED.
TO CONNECT HIM WITH PITTSBURGH
OR CALIFORNIA IS AN ABSURDIABSU.
THESE PEOPLE HATE TRUMP BECAUSE
OF HIS CESSATION OF THE
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WHEN IT
USES THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER MONEY
FOR POLICY WHICH MURDER JEWS.
I COULD GO ON.
THE PRO ISRAEL COMMUNITY FEELS
VERY GRATEFUL TO PRESIDENT
TRUMP.
JOY BEHAR SHOULD BE COGNIZANT OF
THE FACT THAT THE PEOPLE SHE'S
SAYING ARE REALLY VICTIMS HAVE
TODAY WITH HIM.
I W
HE HAS A JEWISH DAUGHTER AND
JEWISH GRANDCHILDREN.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT
ANTI-SEMITISM ON THE LEFT.
THIS IS AN ARGUMENT THAT BEARS
SOME THOUGHT.
MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
ACCUSED OF BEING ANTI-SEMITIC,
THEY DO WE'RE NOT ANTI-SEMITIC,
WE'RE AGAINST THE POLICIES OF
THE JEWISH GOVERNMENT,
PARTICULARLY THIS JEWISH
GOVERNMENT.
WE ARE SUPPORTERS OF THE
PALESTINIANS.
THERE ARE A LOT OF ISRAELS WHO
HAVE THAT POSITION.
THEY ATTACK THE GOVERNMENT, THEY
ATTACK THE GOVERNMENT'S POSITION
BUT THEY'RE OBVIOUSLY NOT
ANTI-ISRAEL.
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?
>> OF COURSE THERE ARE ISRAELS
THAT ARE CRITICAL OF THE
GOVERNMENT.
ISRAEL IS LIKE AMERICA.
IT SHARES WESTERN DEMOCRATIC
VALUES, FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
LET ANYONE IN THE PALESTINIAN
AUTHORITY TRY TO CRIT
CRITICIZE ABASS.
>> PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AND
OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL CONDEMN THE
POLICIES OF THE ISRAELI
GOVERNMENT.
DON'T THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO
THAT WITHOUT BEING LABELED
ANTI-SEMITIC?
>> OF COURSE.
THIS IS WHERE IT CROSSES THE
LINE FROM LEGITIMATE CRITICISM
OR ISRAEL INTO ANTI-SEMITISM,
IT'S VERY ISRAEL IS CONSTANTLY
SELECTED AS THE ONLY COUNTRY YOU
CRITICIZE AND YOU EXAGGERATE THE
CRITICISM.
IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN
PALESTINIAN RIGHTS WHY AREN'T
THEY CONTESTING THE FACT THAT I
CAN'T SAY ARAFAT DIED A
BILLIONAIRE.
HE WAS ELECTED TO A FOUR YEAR
TERM.
HIS 14th YEAR HE HAS DEMOLISHED
ALL DEMOCRACY.
HE JAILS ALL THESE EDITORS.
HIS SONS ARE WORTH HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVING
CORNERED THE CONSTRUCTION
MONOPOLY, CIGARETTE MONOPOLIES.
WHAT ABOUT IN SYRIA WHERE WE
DON'T HEAR ABOUT IRAN, ISRAEL'S
GENOCIDAL FOE PROPPING A REGIME
WHICH IS GENOCIDAL IN NATURE.
500,000 MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN GASSED
TO DEATH AND YET THEY SEE ISRAEL
AS A GREATER EVIL.
THAT'S ANTI-SEMITISM.
IF YOU SEE ISRAEL AS A GREATER
EVIL FOR THE ABUSE OF ARAB'S
RIGHTS THEN BASHAR AL ASSAD,
THEN YOU'VE GOT SOMETHING WITH
THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
YOU'VE GOT A BEEF WITH THE JEWS
THAT YOU JUST CAN'T CONTROL.
HAMAS ENGAGES IN KILLING OF
PALESTINIAN WOMEN WHO JUST HAVE
BOYFRIENDS.
HAMAS MURDERS GAY LGBT
PALESTINIAN HOMOSEXUALS.
ALL OF THIS IS WELL DOCUMENTED.
ANTI-SEMITISM IS WHERE YOU PICK
ON ISRAEL CONSTANTLY, YOU VILIFY
ISRAEL, YOU DEMONIZE IT.
WHY ARE THESE SAME PEOPLE
CONDEMNING AN OCCUPATION WHERE
80% OF ALL BIBLICAL EVENTS TAKE
PLACE, WHICH ISRAEL CONCURRED
FROM JORDAN WHICH HAD SEIZED IT
ILLEGITIMATELY IN 1947.
WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE USING
iPHONES?
CHINA HAS BEEN OCCUPYING TIBET
SINCE 1951.
THE TALL
THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT RUSSIA'S
OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA.
I COULD GO ON.
WHERE ARE THE U.N. CONDEMNATIONS
OF THOSE COUNTRIES?
ISRAEL IS PICKED ON, SINGLED
OUT, DEMONIZED NAP'S
ANTI-S
ANTI-SEMITISM.
>> WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE
CLEARLY ANTI-SEMITIC CARTOON
THAT APPEARED IN THE "NEW YORK
TIMES"?
>> I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT I'M
LIKE UNSHOCKABLE.
YOU KNOW, I'M A 52-YEAR-OLD
RABBI WHO HAS BEEN A RABBI FOR
TL
FOR 30 YEARS.
I WAS A RABBI AT OXFORD
UNIVERSITY, I'VE LIVED IN
AUSTRALIA.
I THOUGHT I WAS SHOCK PROOF WHEN
IT CAME TO ANTI-SEMITISM.
I LOVE THE "NEW YORK TIMES."
I READ IT EVERY DAY.
I WAS SHOCKED.
I LOVE THAT IT'S A QUALITY
PUBLICATION BUT ITS DEMONIZATION
OF ISRAEL TRANSCENDS JUST ONE
CARTOON.
HOW DID IT SLIP BY THESE
EDITORS?
THE "NEW YORK TIMES" WON'T EVEN
TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY.
THEIR ARGUMENT IS WE'RE
INCOMPETENT.
IT WAS ONE EDITOR MAKING A
DECISION WITH NO OVERSIGHT.
YOU'RE THE WORLD EAST MOST
TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE AND YOU'RE
TELLING US YOU'RE INCOMPETENT,
THAT'S YOUR DEFENSE?
HE SAID THAT EDITORIALS OF THE
"NEW YORK TIMES" HAVE SO
DEMONIZED ISRAEL FOR SO LONG
THAT THE EDITORS ARE BEGINNING
TO THINK THESE KINDS OF CARTOONS
CAPTURE THE TRUE SPIRIT OF
ISRAEL AND THERE HAS TO BE A
COMPLETE REVAMPING OF THE "NEW
YORK TIMES" EDITORIAL POLICY AND
HOW THEY REPORT THE NEWS ABOUT
ISRAEL BECAUSE IT'S SO BIASSED.
>> WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?
HOW DO WE TURN THIS RISING HATE
AGAINST JEWS AROUND IN THIS
COUNTRY?
>> ONE OF THE GREAT HONORS OF MY
LIFE WAS MY FRIEND WHO DIED ON
JULY 2nd, 2016.
HE WAS FAMOUS FOR SAYING THAT
WORSE THAN HATRED IS
INDIFFERENCE.
HOW DO WE TURN IT AROUND?
BY NOT BEING INDIFFERENT.
WE LEARNED 70 YEARS AGO WE NEED
TO FIGHT FOR OURSELVES.
IT IS U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS TO
PROVIDE PROTECTION FOR SINY
SYNAGOGUES AND MOSQUES AND
CHURCHES OR PLACES OF WORSHIP.
THERE WAS HORRIBLE SLAUGHTER OF
50 MUSLIMS IN NEW ZEALAND AND I
WAS THERE THE DAY BEFORE IT
HAPPENED BY THE WAY.
THEY'RE ALSO TARGETS.
SECONDLY WE IN THE JEWISH
COMMUNITY NEED TO STAMP OUT
ANTI-SEMITISM WHERE IT REARS ITS
HEAD INSTEAD OF SAYING IT'S NOT
A BIG DEAL.
IT IS A BIG DEAL.
AS THIS BECAME MORE AND MORE
SEVERE, YOU KNOW, BANNING JEWS
FROM CERTAIN PROFESSIONS AND
THEN CULMINATING THE NIGHT OF
BROKEN GLASS AND THOUSANDS OF
PEOPLE MURDERED, THE
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY KEPT ON
SAYING HITLER -- THERE IS NO
GETTING BETTER.
THIS STUFF DOESN'T GET BETTER
UNLESS YOU OPPOSE IT.
AND UNFORTUNATELY WE IN THE
JEWISH COMMUNITY ARE ONCE AGAIN
FACED WITH THAT BATTLE AND WE
HAVE TO MAN UP AND OPPOSE IT.
THERE'S NO OTHER CHOICE.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING
US TODAY TO TALK ABOUT THIS VERY
IMPORTANT SUBJECT.
>> THANK YOU.
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>>> JUST ONE OF THE MANY HITS
MUSIC LEGEND DIONNE WARWICK SANK
OVER HER SIX DECADE CAREER,
EARNING HER SIX GRIM MEAMMYS AN
HITS.
"WALK ON BY," ALPHIE."
THIS WEEK SHE'LL BE HON INORED
ALONG WITH CLIVE DAVIS AT A
BENEFIT FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
SHE HAS SUPPORTED IN HER
HOMETOWN OF EAST ORANGE, NEW
JERSEY.
THIS LEGENDARY FIRST LADY OF
SONG JOINS ME NOW.
WELCOME.
>> THANK YOU.
>> FOR THE FIVE PEOPLE WHO DON'T
KNOW YOU, WHAT I LOVE SO MUCH
ABOUT YOU IS YOU'RE A LOCAL
GIRL.
YOU'RE DEFINITELY A JERSEY GIRL
THROUGH AND THROUGH.
>> EAST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY, RAH
RAH.
>> TAKE US BACK TO WHEN YOU
BEGAN YOUR CAREER IN EAST
ORANGE.
>> WELL, I WAS DOING BACKGROUND
SESSIONS DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL
DAYS OVER THE WEEKENDS, FRIDAY
EVENINGS, SATURDAYS.
I'D TAKE THE 118 FROM PENN
STATION INTO NEW YORK TO THE
RECORDING STUDIOS AND DO THOSE
OHS AND AHS.
ACTUALLY FROM A BACKGROUND
SESSION IS HOW I MET BURT FIRST.
>> BURT AS IN?
>> BACCARAT.
THAT BURT.
YEAH, HE HAD WRITTEN A SONG WITH
A YOUNG MAN NAMED BOB HILLIARD
OF THE DRIFTERS.
MY GROUP DID THE BACKGROUND ON
THE DRIFTERS' RECORDING OF THAT.
AFTER THE SESSION WAS OVER, BURT
APPROACHED ME AND ASK IF I WOULD
BE INTERESTED IN DOING
DEMONSTRATION RECORDS OF SONGS
WE WOULD BE WRITING WITH A NEW
SONG WRITING PARTNER HAL DAVID.
I SAY, YEAH, AS LONG AS IT
DOESN'T INTERFERE WITH MY
EDUCATION BECAUSE I WAS
GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL GETTING
READY TO GO TO COLLEGE.
HE SAYS OKAY, NO PROBLEM.
I SAID IT WON'T BE A PROBLEM
BECAUSE MY MOTHER WOULD KILL YOU
AND ME BOTH.
HE TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD.
THAT'S BASICALLY MY INTRODUCTION
TO BURT AND HAL, DID A
DEMONSTRATION RECORD THAT BURT
AND HAL HAD WRITTEN.
THE PRODUCER DIDN'T WANT THE
SONG, SHE WANTED THE VOICE.
GET ME THAT VOICE, I WANT THE
VOICE.
THAT'S WHEN BURT AND HAL STARTED
BADGERING ME, YOU'VE GOT TO
RECORD.
I DON'T WANT TO RECORD, I'M
DOING VERY WELL.
I'M EARNING A GOOD AMOUNT OF
MONEY THAT KEEPS ME STABILIZED
IN COLLEGE.
SUPPLEMENT WHAT MY MOM AND DAD
COULDN'T DO, I WAS ABLE TO DO.
THEY FINALLY SAID, OH PLEASE YOU
HAVE TO RECORD.
I JUST RECORDED A DEMO OF A SONG
CALLED "MAKE IT EASY ON
YOURSELF," AND I FELL IN LOVE
WITH THE SONG.
I SAID,OKAY I'LL RECORD.
THAT HAS TO BE MY VERY FIRST
RECORDING.
AND THEY PROMISED IT WOULD BE.
I WAS ON MY WAY IN TO DO A
SESSION FOR THEM, HAD MY RADIO
ON.
ALL OF A SUDDEN I HEARD THIS
RASPY VOICE COMING OUT OF MY
SPEAKERS SINGING "MAKE IT EASY
ON YOURSELF."
IT WAS JERRY BUTLER.
I WAS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER, TO SAY
THE LEAST.
I KIND OF LET THEM KNOW HOW
UNHAPPY I WAS.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY FIRST
RECORDING WHICH IS CALLED "DON'T
MAKE ME OVER" IS WHAT I TOLD
THEM THEY COULD NEVER DO TO ME.
IT WAS MY VERY FIRST RECORD.
>> OH MY GOODNESS, THAT IS SUC
A GREAT BACK STORY ESPECIALLY
WE'RE IN A PERIOD NOW WHERE
PEOPLE TALK SO MUCH ABOUT HOW
YOUNG WOMEN HAVE TO ADVOCATE FOR
THEMSELVES.
EVEN THEN YOU WERE LIKE DON'T
PLAY ME LIKE THAT.
>> YOU KNOW IT.
>> IN BUILDING YOUR CAREER, THE
OTHER THING THAT I FIND SO
FASCINATING ABOUT YOUR STORY IS
THAT EDUCATION WAS STILL A VERY
IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
IT WAS PRIMARY.
MY MOTHER WAS A STICKLER.
YOU WILL GET YOUR EDUCATION, I
DON'T CARE WHAT GOES UP OR DOWN,
MISSY.
OKAY.
MOMMY, NO WORRIES WITH ME.
>> CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IT WAS
YOU WERE THINKING OF BECOMING
HAD YOU NOT BECOME A SINGER?
>> I WAS GOING TO BE A TEACHER.
>> THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
>> MUSIC EDUCATION WAS MY MAJOR.
>> THAT SEEMS TO FIT BECAUSE ONE
OF THE MANY PHILANTHROPIC THINGS
YOU'RE GONE TO DO IS THE DIONNE
WARWICK SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND
ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
>> OYES.
IT WAS KNOWN AS LINCOLN SCHOOL
WHICH WAS MY GRAMMAR SCHOOL.
ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO THEY DECIDED
TO DEDICATE THE SCHOOL TO ME.
I AM SO PROUD OF THAT.
I'M PROUD OF NOT ONLY MY NAME
BEING ON THAT BUILDING, BUT MY
BABIES THAT ATTEND THAT SCHOOL,
THE TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL, HOW
MUCH CARE AND LOVE AND GENUINE
YOU CAN DO, YOU CAN DO IT, YOU
CAN DO IT.
AND THESE BABIES ARE THRIVING.
I'M SO PROUD OF THEM.
IF NOTHING ELSE EVER HAPPENS
THAT'S --
>> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT "SHE'S
BACK."
>> IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY
ATTENTION.
I DIDN'T REALIZE I HAD NOT
RECORDED IN ALMOST 5 1/2 YEARS.
I SAID REALLY?
I WAS GENUINELY BEING ACCOSTED
BY PEOPLE, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO
RECORD, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU.
OKAY, OKAY, OKAY.
WHOA, I DIDN'T KNOW YOU MISSED
ME THAT MUCH.
SO THE TITLE OF MY CD IS GOING
TO BE "SHE'S BACK" AND THAT WILL
SHUT EVERYBODY UP.
SHE'S BACK, OKAY?
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO FOR YOU.
>> YOU GOT A CHANCE TO ALSO DO
SOME DUE TS WITH A LOT OF
CONTEMPORARY ARTIST.
>> YES.
AND THE STORY THEY SHARED WITH
ME WAS OH MY MOTHER FELL IN LOVE
WITH THIS SONG AND THAT WAS ALL
I HEARD WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL.
AND I DIDN'T KNOW YOU RECORDING
THIS SONG TOO.
>> YEAH,O
RECORD THAT ONE, BABY.
>> YOUR PRESENCE IN POPULAR
CULTURE HAS BECOME SO UBIQUITOUS
IN SO MANY OF OUR LIVES THAT
IT'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING THAT
PEOPLE PERHAPS TAKE FOR GRANTED,
THAT THEY DON'T REALIZE HOW
INFLUENTIAL YOU'VE BEEN OVER THE
YEARS.
>> I DON'T LOOK AT IT ME BEING
INFLUENTIAL, I THINK IT'S THE
MUSIC I'M ASSOCIATED WITH THAT
INFILTRATED, HAS HAD THE ABILITY
TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE.
I WAS TOLD MANY YEARS AGO AND I
DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT AT THAT
POINT IN TIME BUT I DO NOW.
SOMEONE SAID TO ME, YOU KNOW,
YOU'RE A MESSENGER.
I AM?
YEAH.
YOU'RE SENDING MESSAGES.
WHEN YOU SING A SONG YOU SING
ABOUT LOVE, YOU SING ABOUT HOPE,
YOU SING ABOUT TRUST, YOU SING
ABOUT PROSPERITY, YOU SING ABOUT
PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT DOING THAT
WELL, YOU SING ABOUT JOY, YOU
SING ABOUT TEARS BUT YOU'RE
GIGIVE
ING THE MESSAGE THAT PEOPLE
SOMETIMES FIND DIFFICULT TO GIVE
TO THEMSELVES.
>> I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU'VE
RECORDED A VERSION OF "WHAT THE
WORLD NEEDS NOW," WHICH FIRST OF
ALL THAT SEEMS LIKE SUCH AN
APPROPRIATE SONG FOR THIS
PARTICULAR MOMENT.
>> ABSOLUTELY.
>> LOVE SWEET LOVE.
>> NO DOUBT.
>> DID YOU CHOOSE THAT SONG FOR
THIS ALBUM?
>> SPECIFICALLY, YES.
>> WHY?
>> THOSE WORDS NEED TO BE HEARD
AGAIN.
NO BETTER TIME.
WE LIVE IN SUCH A CHAOTIC TIME
AND IT'S SENSELESS WHAT WE'RE
GOING THROUGH.
THAT WORD LOVE IS THE ONLY THING
THAT CAN DEFEAT ALL THIS
MADDENS.
IT
MADNESS.
IT HAS A WAY OF DEFEATING IT.
AND IT'S A LOT EASIER TO GIVE
YOU LOVE THAN TO HATE YOU.
HATE GIVES YOU WRINKLES.
I'M NOT GOING.
>> OKAY.
ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ALWAYS
LOVE TO ASK PEOPLE PARTICULARLY
WHO WERE AROUND FOR AT LEAST THE
FIRST TIME WHEN THAT SONG CAME
OUT, WHICH I WASN'T HERE, BUT DO
YOU SEE -- WHAT IS YOUR
COMPARISON BETWEEN THE STRUGGLES
THE COUNTRY WENT THROUGH AT A
TIME LIKE '68 AND THE EARLY '70s
VERSUS WHERE WE ARE NOW?
>> SAME THING.
IT'S THE SAME THING.
WE ARE TAKING 25 STEPS BACK.
>> WELL, I THINK THE SONG "WHAT
THE WORLD NEEDS NOW" COULD NOT
BE MORE APPROPRIATE.
>> FOR ME IT HAS A RELIGIOUS
CONNOTATION TO IT BECAUSE I
BELIEVE GOD IS LOVE AND WE NEED
THAT TOO.
>> OKAY.
ALL RIGHT.
WELL, MISS DIONNE WARWICK I
COULD KEEP YOU HERE FOR AN HOUR
IF THEY'D LET ME.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I UNDERSTAND "SHE'S BACK" WILL
BE RELEASED --
>> THE 17th.
>> HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE THE
SONG OF THE SUMMER.
LORD KNOWS WE NEED.
>> YES, WE DO.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING
US.
IT WAS SUCH A PLEASURE TO HAVE
YOU ON THE SHOW.
>> MY PLEASURE.
THANK YOU.
>> FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE
DIONNE WARWICK INSTITUTE OF
ECONOMICS AND SBRE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND HER NEW
ALBUM "SHE'S BACK."
>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE
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