Michael Baisden dials a new chapter for his life

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ORLANDO, Fla. (NNPA) – For years during the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. time slot, Michael Baisden’s syndicated radio talk show was the program to listen to for many Blacks around the country. His show came to a halt last March but that hasn’t stopped him from reaching out and making a difference.

“People know my brand, my reputation, they know my work,” Baisden recently said in an interview with the Florida Courier. “I am a person that doesn’t dwell on the past.”

Baisden squelched the rumor that he walked away from the negotiating table on his radio show because the company wouldn’t agree to his terms.

“It didn’t work out. You have to move on. The lesson is don’t put yourself in a position where someone can fire you. The lesson has been learned. It’s time to start working on the next chapter,” Baisden remarked.

That next chapter, eight months later, is working to get back on the radio again, a television pilot and scripts for movies based on novels he has written.

Another project dear to Baisden at this time is his new non-fiction book, Raise Your Hands If You Have Issues: If You Didn’t Raise Your Hand You’re Lying and That’s An Issue! It was released as an ebook on Oct. 22 and the hardcover book was in stores Nov. 19.

Along with those projects, Baisden is mentoring young Black boys.

Baisden moved to Orlando in June and has made a two-year commitment to mentor a classroom of 28 boys at Evans High School. Baisden meets with the students every Tuesday at the school and says he is committed to do so until they graduate. At that time, he will help raise money to pay their college tuition.

Baisden launched the “One Dream One Team” mentoring initiative in a nationwide effort to help recruit mentors for the 12,000 Black boys on the Big Brothers Big Sisters waiting lists.

‘City chose me’

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