There aren’t many political hosts – whether on television or talk radio – who have as much access to President Obama as SiriusXM Urban View host Joe Madison. And there’s a good reason for that – Madison and the president go back to before Obama was even in the US Senate, according to POLITICO, when Madison worked on Project Vote in Chicago. Madison recalls a “little skinny kid” with an odd name who was passionate and hardworking, and it was as a result of this early relationship that Madison was able to score exclusive interviews back when Obama was a senator, then as a candidate and ultimately after he became president.

But Obama isn’t the only public figure who trusts Madison’s honest and critical coverage. The First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and comedian Dick Gregory have also been known to appear on The Black Eagle. What is it about Madison that calls to people? First off, he has a top-notch reputation and longstanding career in activism and civil rights. When Madison was just 24 years old he served as the executive director of the Detroit NAACP, later becoming the director of the NAACP political action department. Not to mention he worked on voter registration efforts and participated in demonstrations against the genocide in Darfur.

By bringing important issues into the spotlight and being “an honest critic,” Madison has ushered in a whole new generation of socially conscious citizens — possibly with just his signature question, “What are you going to do?”


The Madisons at the White House with the Obamas.

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