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Tom Joyner brings back the Sky Show at the Rialto

Tom Joyner at the Rialto this morning. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tom Joyner at the Rialto this morning. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

It was indeed an old-school sort of morning: Tom Joyner today brought back his Sky Show for the first time in five years, this time at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

Credit George Lucas and his film “Red Tails” for the Sky Show’s return. Lucas and Wells Fargo helped under-write the free event. Joyner’s syndicated show airs live on more than 115 stations nationwide, including Kiss 104.1 locally.

Joyner, 62, on stage wore a Tuskegee Airman jacket and walked around with a glittery cane. He brought out a former Tuskegee Airman and people involved in the film.

Elijah Kelly, an actor in the film who is from LaGrange, told Joyner it was a treat to be able to meet some of the remaining Tuskegee Airman on the set.

“To see them, to be able to touch history and look history in the eye,” Kelly said, “it was amazing.”

Joyner revived the old-school dance contest, the winner getting a leather jacket. At one point, the entire building did the “Wobble” line dance.  Comic J. Anthony Brown gave out prizes during commercial breaks if, say, anyone in the audience has a doughnut. (Nobody did.)

He brought out acts such as Estelle, Ashanti and SWV to sing. And comics such as Chris Paul filled out the line up.

Joyner ended the Sky Shows, which he said cost $150,000 per show, when primary sponsor Southwest pulled out in 2007. He would fly out every Friday to a different city and host his live show before thousands of fans.

Darlene Pleasant came to the Sky Show as part of her 54th birthday and got a "Red Tails" poster. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Darlene Pleasant came to the Sky Show as part of her 54th birthday and got a "Red Tails" poster. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

College Park’s Arlene Pleasant said she was brought to the Rialto by her cousins, who have been to Sky Shows in the past, to celebrate Pleasant’s 54th birthday. “It was great,” she said. “I knew it was fun listening to it but it was even better in person.”  Her highlight: seeing her 53-year-old cousin Joseph Duckett in the old school dance contest.

He won a $10 Wal-Mart gift card for coming in fourth. (He said he danced at the original “Soul Train” shot in Chicago in the early 1970s.)

Pleasant arrived to the Rialto at 5:45 a.m. and the place was already full 15 minutes before the show began. She had to watch from the downstairs lobby in the overflow area. She only got inside the actual theater at 9:15 a.m.

Wal-Mart also passed out free movie passes for the “Red Tails” film for an 11 a.m. screening at Atlantic Station.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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levelhead

January 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

It was good to see the Lovely Ladies so early in the morning! Although the sky show has run its course, giving support to TJMS and this film was all worth it.

E

January 20th, 2012
2:57 pm

Rodney,

I’m pretty sure J. Anthony Brown is not based here in Atlanta. If he is, it recently happened. He’s originally from South Carolina and got his start in Atlanta. However, he moved out to LA more than 30 years ago. He has a comedy club in LA. He did a show last Sunday at The Punchline in Sandy Springs. The following Monday, his Tom Joyner Morning Show co-hosts asked him if he was still in Atlanta.

Samantha

January 20th, 2012
3:23 pm

I can’t stand this idiot. I don’t listen to his sorry radio show and I sure as heck will NOT WASTE one red cent to see this fool! ;)

Curious

January 20th, 2012
3:50 pm

No, Samantha, you wouldn’t pay “one red cent to see [the Tom Joyner Morning Show]” because the shows are free. Wow.

Anyway, the two times I’ve been to a show–in Atlanta and Savannah–have always been fun. I love how the show brings positive exposure to the oft-ignored culture of HBCUs.

Renee

January 20th, 2012
3:52 pm

Really Samantha… the same ‘fool’ who has donated over $55 million through The Tom Joyner Foundation, which provides scholarships to students who otherwise would not be able to afford to go to college? The same ‘fool’ who has been an advocate for voter registration and throughout the year promotes voter registration over the air? The same ‘fool’ who promotes healthy living by holding a ‘Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day’ every April and September? The same ‘fool’ who participated in the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, care and support.? Yeah, why would a decent, caring person waste their money on such a ‘fool’?

Tanya

January 20th, 2012
3:54 pm

J Anthony is not based out of Atlanta

ME

January 20th, 2012
3:56 pm

Poor Litte Samantha – You did not need to respond at all – please keep your comments to yourself. Whether you like it or not – the guy has done and is continuing to do great things for the Black Community.

kenny c

January 20th, 2012
4:00 pm

Samantha , GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POOR CHILD

From Where I Sit

January 20th, 2012
4:00 pm

Yeah, the RACIST Tom Joyner!!!!

ME

January 20th, 2012
4:06 pm

To From Where I Sit – Please join Samantha – Both of you have a wasted space in Life. Goodbye.

Renee

January 20th, 2012
4:10 pm

From Where I Sit –

Right, The money Tom Joyner raises for Alzheimer’s will only benefit African Americans with Alzheimer’s… JSMH

Bitter-B

January 20th, 2012
4:17 pm

Hey Samantha, You need a nap! Why even spend the negative energy to respond so foolishly?

Laidbacksister

January 20th, 2012
4:26 pm

Hey, guys don’t waste your breath on Samantha & From Where I Sit they just clueless. They have no idea what goes on in life except being stupid.

Kapoonka

January 20th, 2012
4:32 pm

@Renee…..you’re good!!!! Well said….

koo koo for cocoa puffs

January 20th, 2012
4:51 pm

Instead of progress. This world is going backwards. Samantha waste your worthless words somewhere else. Samantha get some help.

I LOVE MY DAILY DOSE OF TJMS!!!

January 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

For someone that has no interest in the TJMS, WHY in the world would Samantha and From Where I Sit, even click on the link to READ the ARTICLE???? I agree, get a life!! Because you are clueless!! I appreciate and respect the non-judgemental, jovial, considerate and compassion that Tom, Sybil and J. Anthony represents. Tom’s ‘down home’ belief that everyone should have an opportunity and his love of HIS people should NEVER EVER, be apologized for! I listen EVERYDAY and so does my brother who is in Afghanistan!!

Code

January 20th, 2012
6:23 pm

Renee, you better preach!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Laidbacksister

January 20th, 2012
9:14 pm

I couldn’t help but respond to war eagle comment, you people have so much to say about the President. But you fail to realize that the reason why we in this situation is because of President Bush, which took 8 years to do. And it will take 8 or more years to get us out. It’s funny how people got so much to say, you fail to realize that companies will not hire anybody or think about hiring anybody when to county is in a recession. Business will not take a chance in hiring people and realize the will have to lay off them the next. So u think Bush was a better president, I fought this war myself and had to come home to nothing, but I don’t blame the President. You need to blame yourself…. You want to blame everybody except yourself, these business or companies layoff you off not the President, now you want to the Obama to give you a job. He don’t control companies, he can’t make these people give you a job. STOP crying and get out there and make something happen.

Shawn

January 20th, 2012
9:44 pm

Thanks for all you do Tom Joyner !!

Ceedog

January 20th, 2012
9:54 pm

@ war eagle…you are STUPID, IGNORANT AND RACIST..Get a life, go back to your trailer and hold on to your bible and your gun. It’s IDIOTS like you is what’s destroying this country.

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Librawoman1021

January 21st, 2012
3:39 pm

Love TJMS!!! Tom Joyner’s success is another example of how working hard and paying your dues reaps great benefits. The “Fly Jock” is to be commended for all that he has done to help those less fortunate and the support that he gives to young people who are trying to get an education. He is more than just a DJ!

liberalefty

January 22nd, 2012
12:37 pm

BUSH gave us 9/11…he couldnt keep america safe…ASK OSAMA if OBAMA is a failure …u insecure sexually repressed little boy..

truthpaste

January 22nd, 2012
5:22 pm

@Wareagle. Eat a trump!

war eagle

January 23rd, 2012
10:35 pm

As usual, the media attacks anyone who has a constructive criticism about Ayatollah Barack Hussein Obama. Well, when we fire his butt in November, we can ship it and the rest of his bretheren back to Kenya where he was born with hi traitor mother! Oh will it be a shock to you all when you wake up and actually have to find out that there will be jobs for you to go to under the new president. A new congress and a new set of laws that out PC ism, easily offendism, and the dismantling of racist, oppressive organizations such as the SCLC, The NAACP and the UN (which will be kicked out of the country) Ah yes, civil rights given only to those who act in a civilized manner. This dismantling of holidays that single out one tribe. No more Latino Month, no more Indian month, no more Black History Month, no more Baptist month, etc. We shall go back to the holidays that we all enjoyed in the 1960’s and 1970’s before this PC garbage came about. Yes imagine living together as one and no separation to point out oneness. That day is coming with the ousting of the White House Occupier.

liberalefty

January 24th, 2012
10:38 am

@war eagle
ha ha ha…i’m glad youre mad that the president is black! hehehehehe…to bad a sexually repressed boy like yourself is jealous of black men because we know god made u white guys a ” li’l short”…