Comedian Rob Magnotti on stand up, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

You’ve probably seen or heard Rob Magnotti somewhere. The actor and comic was most recently seen in Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, and he also tours the country doing stand up. Magnotti shows us his impressions of Nicolas Cage, Al Pacino and Ray Romano and talks about life as a working comedian and his new web series “Surviving Sam.” Follow him on Twitter at @RobMagnotti.

Check it out here:

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What you should know about the Baltimore uprisings

Members of the community work to clean up a recently looted and burned CVS STORE in Baltimore, Maryland, United States April 28, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

Members of the community work to clean up a recently looted and burned CVS STORE in Baltimore, Maryland, United States April 28, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

All eyes are on Baltimore as the city faces intense unrest after the death of Freddie Gray, a man who died as the result of a spinal cord injury sustained while in police custody. The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency. The National Guard is on the scene. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has imposed a curfew on residents. School was cancelled earlier this week. Even yesterday’s Orioles game was closed off to the public for fear of rioting. But the real question is why is this happening? Dr Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University breaks it down on the Morning Wake Up Call.

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Report: Millennials prefer to rent, not buy

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A recent report by loan marketplace Lending Tree reports that millennials are buying their own property in significantly smaller numbers than in previous generations.  Some of the roadblocks to home ownership include lack of high enough income, dislike of their current location, desire to pursue other goals like travel first and substantial student loan debt. Previous data indicates that in general millennials don’t trust banks,  are fearful of investment risk and would rather invest in improving the world than in homes.

Real estate expert Pej Barlavi, CEO of Barlavi Realty LLC came on the Morning Wake Up Call to share his insight on that growing trend as well as some tips for those young people ready to take the plunge.

Check out the interview here!

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NYC prepared to fight a measles outbreak

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

This week the Centers for Disease confirmed over 100 cases of measles in 14 states. An infected college student passed through Penn Station on his way upstate, potentially exposing the area to the illness.

Dr Jay Varma, deputy commissioner of the Bureau for Communicable Diseases at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, believes that the city is well prepared to handle a measles outbreak. Last spring, a minor wave of measles hit New York and was handily controlled.

This measles outbreak started in California and spread so quickly due in part to a growing faction of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear they develop autism, a claim that has been proven to be wholly untrue. 

Check out my interview with Dr Varma!

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Hofstra expert breaks down SOTU 2015

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Mandel Ngan/AP

President Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Mandel Ngan/AP

Dr Meena Bose, political science professor and director of Hofstra University’s Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, evaluates President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address and reflects on the value of presidential speeches on today’s Morning Wake Up Call.

Check it out!

Meet April Reign: #OscarsSoWhite mastermind

David Oyelowo stars as Dr Martin Luther King Jr in best picture contender 'Selma.' Image courtesy of Paramount.

David Oyelowo stars as Dr Martin Luther King Jr in best picture contender ‘Selma.’ Image courtesy of Paramount.

#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign joins the Morning Wake Up Call to talk about the lack of diversity among the nominees for this years Academy Awards. For her, the exclusion is representative of a much larger issue about the inclusion of people of color in the film and television industry.

Check it out! For more on April, visit her website ReignofApril.com or follow her on twitter @ReignofApril.

 

Online dating gets a boost in the New Year

Image courtesy of Tinder.

Image courtesy of Tinder.

Are you looking for love online this month? You’re in luck. Statistics suggest that the time period between Christmas and Valentines Day is when romance flourishes online. There’s a 30% increase in new member registrations on Match.com between December 26th and February 14th.

We brought these stats to the table on Morning Wake Up Call and our news team. Turns out, traditional online dating isn’t too big with our crew, but Tinder is a different game entirely. Check out what they thought.