MetroFocus

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MetroFocus: October, 19, 2015

We discuss the safety of the metropolitan region with one of the most powerful members of Congress, Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Plus, we sit down with “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach two years after an on-air mammogram led to her breast cancer diagnosis. And in the premiere of our series "My MetroFocus,” R&B legend Little Anthony brings us back to a special moment in Brooklyn.

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METRO FOCUS,

LONG ISLAND CONGRESSMAN PETE

KING IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL

PLAYERS IN CONGRESS.

AS FORMER CHAIRMAN OF TH

HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE TH

CONGRESSMAN WILL ASSESS OU

SAFETY AND ALSO GIVE US AN

INSIDERS VIEW ON WHAT'S GOING ON

INSIDE WASHINGTON AND TH

REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT AFFECTS US

RIGHT HERE AT HOME

>>> BREAST CANCER, IT'S THE MOST

COMMON CANCER DIAGNOSIS IN WOMEN

IN THE UNITED STATES

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER

AWARENESS MONTH.

FOR "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" HOST,

AMY ROBACH

AN ON-AIR MAMMOGRAM AND A CANCER

DIAGNOSIS CHANGE HER LIFE.

SHE'LL BE HERE TO DISCUSS HE

FIGHT AGAINST THE DISEASE,

EMOTIONAL TOLL IT TAKES AND HE

VICTORY AGAINST IT

>>> AND BACK IN 1958, AT BOY

AND GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL IN

BROOKLYN, LITTLE ANTHONY GORDON,

FIRST HEARD HIMSELF SING "TEAR

ON MY PILLOW" ON A TRAN SISTER

RADIO SMUGGLED TO HIM IN CLASS

TONIGHT WE TAKE LITTLE ANTHONY

BACK TO BROOKLYN AND BOYS AN

GIRLS HIGH TO GET THE INSIDE

STORY ON THAT DAY IN HIS METRO

FOCUS MOMENT

THOSE STORIES AND MORE

IT ALL BEGINS RIGHT NOW.

>> Announcer: THIS IS "METRO

FOCUS.

FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS

PROVIDED BY -- CORPORATE FUNDING

FOR "METRO FOCUS" WAS PROVIDED

BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA

YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY -

>> MY LEG HAD ALWAYS HURT A LOT.

I WOULD CRY AND I WOULD SCREAM

AND THE ORIGINAL DIAGNOSIS FOR

THIS DISEASE IS TO AMPUTATE IT

WITH NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN'S

HELP THAT HASN'T HAPPENED.

THEY SAVED WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN.

PEOPLE WERE SURPRISED BY M

CHEERLEADING BECAUSE I WAS ABL

TO DO ALL THESE FLIPS AND STUF

AND NOT BE JUDGED FOR IT AND NOT

BE CRITIQUED FOR IT.

AND WITH CHEERLEADING, I LEARNED

TO DO THIS

♪♪

>> WELCOME TO "METRO FOCUS."

PETER KING IS ONE OF THE MOS

POWERFUL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF

THE REPRESENTATIVES.

THE LONG ISLAND REPUBLICAN

SERVES A LARGE SECTION OF TH

ISLAND THAT INCLUDES NASSAU AN

SUFFOLK COUNTIES

AS THE FORMER CHAIR OF THE HOUSE

COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY

HE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOS

VOCAL AND INFORMED PUBLI

OFFICIALS ON THE SAFETY OF OUR

COUNTRY AND SPECIFICALLY ON TH

METROPOLITAN AREA.

CONGRESSMAN KING ALSO SITS O

THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

AND THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE

ON INTELLIGENCE IS AN IMPORTAN

PLAYER ON THE HILL AND HE JOIN

US NOW

CONGRESSMAN, WELCOME

>> GREAT TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

>> NOW, CONGRESSMAN, LET M

BEGIN WITH ONE OF YOUR CHIEF

AREAS OF EXPERTISE, TERRORIS

AND HOMELAND DEFENSE

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST TERRORIS

THREATS AND TO THE COUNTRY AND

TO THE REGION EXTERNAL AND

INTERNAL

>> THE THREATS OF NEW YORK ARE

THE SAME AS THE THREATS TO THE

WHOLE COUNTRY, BUT NEW YORK AN

NEW JERSEY ARE THE NUMBER ON

TARGETS.

WHATEVER I SAY ABOUT THE REST OF

THE COUNTRY IS MAGNIFIED HERE IN

NEW YORK

THERE'S SEVERAL.

ONE IS -- THIS IS REALLY IN TH

LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS, THAT'S

THE HOME-GROWN

THE PERSON ON HIS OR HER

COMPUTER WHO IS EITHER I

CONTACT DIRECT, PERSONAL CONTACT

WITH ISIS OR AL QAEDA OR IS JUST

SURFING THE INTERNET AND READING

ALL THE JIHADIST MATERIAL.

THEY'RE THE HARDEST TO FIN

BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT ACTUAL

MEMBERS OF AL QAEDA OR ISIS.

SO THEY'RE THE ONES WHO ARE MOST

DIFFICULT AS FAR AS STOPPING A

INDIVIDUAL ATTACK.

IT'S NOT GOING TO KILL LARGE

NUMBERS OF PEOPLE.

IT COULD KILL, FIVE, TEN, 15

20

THAT'S AN EXAMPLE OF THAT.

WITH ISIS, WE HAVE TO BE VER

CONCERNED.

THIS YEAR ALONE THERE'S BEEN

MORE THAN 60 PEOPLE ISIS PEOPL

ISIS OPERATIVES ARRESTED IN TH

UNITED STATES.

MANY HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN IN

DIRECT CONTACT WITH ISIS O

THEY'VE BEEN DEALING WITH PEOPLE

AFFILIATED WITH ISIS

THAT IS A REAL CONCERN

ISIS HAS REALLY LEARNED TO

MASTER THE INTERNET.

MUCH MORE THAN AL QAEDA EVER

DID.

IN ADDITION TO THAT WE'VE HA

ALMOST 200 AMERICANS HAVE GONE

TO SYRIA TO FIGHT ON BEHALF OF

ISIS

YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM

COMING BACK INTO THE COUNTRY

WE TRY TO MONITOR THEM BUT WE'RE

NOT SURE WHO IS GONE AND WHO

HASN'T GONE.

AND THEN YOU HAVE 10,000

EUROPEANS HAVE GONE TO SYRIA T

FIGHT FOR ISIS

>> 10,000?

>> 10,000.

AND THEY COME FROM COUNTRIES

WHERE THEY DON'T NEED A VISA T

COME TO THE U.S.

SO IT'S A CONSTANT MONITORING OF

THAT

THEY ARE THE MAIN THREATS.

YOU HAVE AL QAEDA, YOU HAVE AL

QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA

WHAT MAKES IT MORE DANGEROUS

IN MANY WAYS THAN BEFORE 9/11,

NOT AN ATTACK THAT COULD KILL

U 4,000 PEOPLE, BUT CERTAINL

THESE GROUPS OF TWO AND THREE.

BEFORE THE FOURTH OF JULY, THERE

WERE FIVE ISIS OPTIVES ARRESTE

IN THE NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY AREA.

>> THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCED

WE'LL ACCEPT 10,000 SYRIAN

REFUGEES

OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

YOU OPPOSED THAT

TELL US WHY.

HOW IS IT CONNECTED TO WHA

YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT?

>> FIRST OF ALL, I STRONGL

SUPPORT REFUGEES COMING TO THE

UNITED STATES.

I WOULD HAVE SUPPORTED THE

PEOPLE BACK IN 1970s DURING TH

1990s I SUPPORTED 150,00

BOSNIAN REFUGEES

WHEN I WAS A KID THE HUNGARIAN

REFUGEES COMING HERE

I ALSO KNOW THE TERRIBLE M

MISTAKE WE MADE NOT ALLOWING

JEWISH REFUGEES IN IN THE 1930s.

WE DON'T KNOW WHO THESE REFUGEES

ARE.

THERE'S NO DATA BASES.

THERE'S NO WAY WE CA

DETERMINE -- ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE

TO DETERMINE ARE THESE REA

REFUGEES

ARE THESE TERRORISTS

WE KNOW THAT ISIS HAS AND DOES

PLAN TO INCLUDE TERRORISTS AMONG

THE REFUGEES COMING IN

AND THAT'S THE REAL CONCERN

HAVE

>> I'M A CUBAN EXILE

THERE WAS NO DATA BANK BAC

THEN, I REMEMBER

THE WAY THAT PEOPLE WERE VETTE

WAS BY ASKING OTHERS

PEOPLE WHO WERE TRUSTED.

CAN THIS OTHER PERSON BE

TRUSTED.

IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT -

EUROPE IS ACCEPTING TENS O

THOUSANDS.

WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE DON'

KNOW

>> I DON'T THINK THEY DO

THEY'RE BIG INUNDATED.

THEY'RE THE PORT OF FIRST ENTR

ALMOST

SYRIA TO TURKEY AND TURKEY T

EUROPE AND IN SOME WAYS EUROPE

DOESN'T HAVE A CHOICE.

THE PEOPLE ARE THERE

I CAN SAY WITHOUT GIVING NUMBERS

THERE'S BEEN A NUMBER OF EITHE

REAL TERRORISTS OR VERY LIKELY

TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UP

ALREADY.

>> NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN CRITICAL

OF THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY BECAUS

YOU THINK THAT MANY IN THE

COMMUNITY HAVE NOT BEE

SUFFICIENTLY CRITICAL OF

JIHADISTS AND TERRORISTS

WHAT'S YOUR RESPONSE T

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIA

CANDIDATE BEN CARSON WHEN HE

SAYS HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT

MUSLIM AS PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES?

>> I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THAT.

MY OBJECTION WAS NEVER T

SOMEONE BEING A MUSLIM

I'M NOT GOING TO SAY THAT.

MY BEST FRIENDS ARE MUSLIM

I WORK WITH MUSLIMS.

I DEAL WITH MUSLIMS.

WHEN I HELD MY HEARINGS SEVERA

YEARS AGO, THE MAIN WITNESSES

HAD ON MY SIDE, IF YOU WILL,

WERE MUSLIM.

MUSLIM/AMERICANS

SO I WANT TO REACH OUT TO TH

MUSLIM/AMERICANS WHO ARE

SUPPORTIVE

MY CONCERN IS OF THE MUSLI

LEADERS WHO DO NOT SUFFICIENTL

CONDEMN WHAT'S GOING ON OR DON'T

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME FORWARD

IF THEY KNOW A PLOT IS GOING T

OCCUR.

YOU HAVE OUTSTANDING MUSLIMS I

THIS COUNTRY

SOME OUR CLOSEST ALLIES.

BEN CARSON IS MISSING THE POINT.

IT'S NOT THE RELIGION.

I WOULD SAY FROM MUSLIM IS

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

THERE SHOULD BE MORE SCRUTINY.

BECAUSE YOU WERE MUSLIM, WOULD

YOU IN ANY WAY CUT BACK ON THE

SECURITY MEASURES?

WOULD YOU IN ANY WAY CUT BACK ON

THE SURVEILLANCE I THINK I

NECESSARY.

I WOULD ASK THOSE SAME QUESTIONS

OF MOST CANDIDATES, I MIGHT AS

MORE OF A MUSLIM CANDIDATE

PERSON WHO HAPPENED TO B

MUSLIM

IF ANYTHING, I WOULD ENCOURAGE

IT'S NOT RELIGION.

IT'S DO THEY ACCEPT THIS RADICAL

FORM OF ISLAM.

IF THEY DON'T, THAT'S FINE

>>> LET ME CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

YOU WERE VERY CRITICAL OF YOUR

FELLOW REPUBLICANS WHEN TH

REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP DELAYED

VOTE ON SANDY DISASTER BACK IN

2012/2013.

THE MONEY FINALLY CAME THROUGH

BUT THE STATEMENTS YOU MADE THAT

THERE WAS A STAB THAT IT WAS A

KNIFE IN THE BACK TO NEW JERSE

AND NEW YORK AND THAT IT WAS A

OUTRAGE, AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE,

THOSE STATEMENTS

HOW DID THEY FIGURE RELATIONSHIP

WITH YOUR FELLOW REPUBLICANS

>> IT'S PERMANENTLY POISED THE

WATERS WITH SOME REPUBLICANS

SOME OF THEM QUITE FRANKLY, IT'S

MUCH MORE ME TOWARD THEM OR THEM

TOWARD ME.

IT WAS HARD TO LOOK PEOPLE AGAIN

AND BE FRIENDLY WITH THE

WHEN -

NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY WERE

DESPERATE.

THIS WAS THIRD WORLD CONDITION

HERE AND I THINK OF ALL TH

MONEY WE VOTE ON, FOR INSTANCE

WITH KATRINA, WITHIN 11 DAYS W

VOTED $65 BILLION TO THE

SOUTHERN STATES.

MANY OF THE PEOPLE FROM THOS

STATES VOTED -- WERE GOING T

VOTE AGAINST US.

THE MOST WE WERE OFFERED AS OF

THAT MOMENT WAS 27 BILLION

WE NEEDED WELL OVER 60

WE ENDED UP GETTING 61

THE REASON I SAID WHAT I DID

THAT NIGHT, THAT WAS THE LAS

NIGHT OF THE SESSION OF CONGRESS

AND IT WAS ADJOURNING FOR TH

YEAR

WE HAD BEEN PROMISED A VOT

WOULD BE THAT NIGHT.

AND THE SPEAKER, JOHN BOEHNER,

HE HAD LOST A VOTE ON THE HOUS

FLOOR THAT NIGHT WHEN A GROUP OF

TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS AND OTHERS

JOINED TO KILL A DEAL THAT H

HAD WORKED OUT AS FAR AS

EXTENDING THE BUSH TAX CUTS.

THEY FELT IT WASN'T ENOUGH OF AN

EXTENSION.

SO JOHN WALKED OFF THE FLOOR

AND NOW IT'S MIDNIGHT AND I KNOW

WE WERE --

>> YOU WERE FRUSTRATED

>> $30 BILLION SHORT

ALSO, NOBODY WAS AWAY.

HERE IS THE DEAL, GOING INTO

THAT, THEY HAD ASKED US NOT TO

TALK ABOUT THE ARRANGEMENT THA

WAS MADE THEY WANTED TO GET

QUICK VOTE THROUGH THE NIGHT

BEFORE THE SESSION ENDED

IT WASN'T AS IF THERE WAS A LO

OF BUILDUP

NOBODY KNEW THE VOTE WAS

SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN THAT NIGHT IN

THE MEDIA, FOR INSTANCE.

IT WAS RIGHT AFTER NEW YEARS

A NEW CONGRESSMAN SWORN IN THE

NEXT DAY AND HOW DO YOU GE

PEOPLE'S ATTENTION

BEFORE THEY BANG THE GAVEL DOW

I WENT TO THE MICROPHONE

FORTUNATELY THAT WAS THE LEA

STORY OF THE NEWS THE NEXT

MORNING.

>> THAT BEGAN TO CHANGE IT

>> AND PROBABLY WHAT I SAID TH

NEXT DAY GOT THEIR ATTENTION

MORE

ANYBODY WHO CONTRIBUTES MONEY TO

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CRAZY.

THEN THEY STARTED CALLIN

MEETINGS

IN FAIRNESS TO JOHN BOEHNER, H

WAS GOING TO WORK WITH US BU

AFTER HE HAD THAT DEFEAT THA

NIGHT, HE JUST WENT HOME I

DISGUST.

JOHN BOEHNER I NEVER HAD A

PROBLEM WITH HIM

HE MADE ONE OBSCENE REFERENCE TO

ME THE NEXT DAY WHEN WE WALKED

INTO THE MEDIA ROOM --

>> I WON'T QUOTE IT.

I READ IT.

>> THEN HE SMILED.

WE GOT ALMOST EVERYTHING WE WERE

ENTITLED TO.

>> SPEAKING OF CONGRESSMAN

BOEHNER, WHAT'S YOUR RESPONSE?

YOUR REACTION TO HIM RESIGNING

HIS POST AND LEAVING THE HOUSE

AT THE END OF OCTOBER?

>> YEAH.

THIS IS A TERRIBLE DEFEAT -- NOT

SO MUCH FOR JOHN BOEHNER

JOHN IS A GOOD GUY

I LIKE JOHN.

HE A FRIEND.

HE WAS AN EFFECTIVE SPEAKE

CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES, I

DON'T KNOW, HOW ANYONE COULD

HAVE DONE BETTER, BUT THE DEFEAT

HERE, IS WE'VE NEVER DONE THIS

IN THE HISTORY AS FAR AS I KNOW.

WE'RE NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC.

WE DON'T REMOVE THEM IN TH

MIDDLE OF THEIR TERM BECAUSE YOU

DON'T AGREE WITH EVERYTHIN

THEY'RE DOING.

HE IS ELECTED FOR A TWO-YEAR

TERM

HE IS SECOND IN LINE TO BE

PRESIDENT.

VICE PRESIDENT AND THEN TH

SPEAKER.

THERE'S GOING TO BE 40 PEOPLE,

40 MAYBE 45 WHO ARE GOING TO

VOTE TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN

AND JOHN BOEHNER CUT PLANNED

PARENTHOOD FUNDING FROM TH

BUDGET

JOHN WOULD DO THAT AND THE

PRESIDENT WOULD VETO IT.

IN THAT CASE, THEN

YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SHUT THE

GOVERNMENT DOWN FOR ONE ISSUE.

YOU CAN'T.

THESE 40 PEOPLE WOULD VOTE WIT

DEMOCRATS.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO

VOTE AGAINST IT ANY WAY.

>> WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN -- HOW

EASY -- HOW HARD WILL IT BE FO

THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS TO

GET ANYTHING DONE AND MIGHT THEY

NOT -- MIGHT THEY LOSE THE

MAJORITY IN 2016

>> I THINK IT'S DIFFICULT NO

AFTER JOHN BOEHNER LEAVES AS I

WAS WHILE HE WAS THERE BECAUSE

YOU STILL HAVE THESE 40 PEOPLE

WHO BASICALLY BLACKMAIL TH

HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES.

THEY SAY UNLESS YOU GIVE US WHAT

WE WANT, THERE'S GOING TO BE A

VOTE TO SHUT DOWN.

THAT'S THE -- OF COURSE THEY

COME UP WITH IMPOSSIBL

STANDARD

THEY KNOW PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL

VETO IT.

THEY KNOW THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT

CAN'T GO ALONG WITH IT

THEY HOLD THEIR VOTES BACK T

THE REPUBLICANS AND THE HOUSE IS

GOING TO SHUT DOWN

THAT IS NOT THE WA

CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT WORKS.

>> ALL RIGHT, CONGRESSMAN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TALKING T

YOU.

>> THANK YOU

>>> OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER

AWARENESS MONTH.

FOR THE ESTIMATED 2.8 MILLIO

WOMEN WHO LIVE WITH THE DISEASE,

EVERYDAY IS A FIGHT BUT ALSO A

OPPORTUNITY TO FIND A CURE

DESPITE MEDICAL ADVANCEMENTS

BREAST CANCER IS STILL A VER

REAL DIAGNOSIS FOR MANY.

ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN IN THE U.S.

WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAS

CANCER IN HER LIFE TIME.

AND FOR WOMEN WHO RECEIVE

DIAGNOSIS AROUND 80% HAVE NO

PRIOR FAMILY HISTORY

FOR JOURNALIST AMY ROBACH WAS

SURPRISE WITH HER BREAST CANCE

DIAGNOSIS.

AND THE DISCOVERY, A TWIST O

FATE ALL STEMMING FROM AN ON-AIR

MAMMOGRAM.

IT WAS ON ABC'S "GOOD MORNIN

AMERICA.

SHE DETAILS HER FIGHT, WHAT SH

LEARNED THROUGH THE PROCESS AN

HER MESSAGE IN HER NEW YOR

TIMES BEST SELLING BOO

"BETTER.

HOW I HELD ON TO HOPE AND FOUN

JOY IN MY DARKEST HOUR

AMY JOINS US NOW

GOOD TO SEE YOU, AS ALWAYS

>> NICE TO SEE YOU AS WELL

JACK

>> I'M FASCINATED WHEN I TALK TO

AUTHORS ABOUT HOW THEY CAME UP

WITH THE TITLE OF THEIR BOOK

YOU LOOK AT YOURS AND IT'S

CALLED "BETTER."

IT MIGHT BE SURPRISING

TELL ME HOW THAT TITLE CAM

ABOUT.

>> MY 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER I

THE MIDDLE OF MY FIGHT I WAS

ACTUALLY IN A PRETTY LOW MOMEN

STANDING IN MY KITCHEN AND

PUSHING BACK TEARS

AVA HAD WRITTEN ME A POEM.

SHE WANTED TO ENCOURAGE ME

SHE WANTED TO MAKE ME FEEL

BETTER

AND THE TITLE OF HER POEM WA

"BETTER.

AND JUST THAT HOPEFUL WORD

STARING BACK AT ME AT A TIME

WHEN I FELT ANYTHING BUT, IT

BROUGHT JOY TO ME.

I THOUGHT, WOW, MY DAUGHTER IS

SO WISE.

SHE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY

AND IT JUST SEEMED LIKE TH

PERFECT TITLE FOR MY BOO

BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT FIGURING OUT

HOW TO FEEL BETTER, EVEN WHE

TIMES ARE AS TOUGH AS THEY GET

>> MARVEL LOUSE WISDOM FROM

10-YEAR-OLD.

>> YES

>> SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO PA

ATTENTION TO THE LITTLE ONES

DON'T WE

>> EXACTLY

>> MOST PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THIS

STORY ABOUT HOW YOU DID THIS

MAMMOGRAM LIVE ON "GOOD MORNIN

AMERICA.

AND HOW -- WHAT WAS DISCOVERED

AND WHAT YOU HAD TO GO THROUGH

AFTERWARDS

BUT ORIGINALLY YOU WER

RELUCTANT TO TO THAT MAMMOGRAM

LIVE

WHY WAS THAT

>> RELUCTANT IS AN

UNDERSTATEMENT

I SAID ABSOLUTELY NOT.

NO WAY

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ASKED KNOW

DO THAT.

FIRST OF ALL, NO WOMAN LOOKS

FORWARD TO HAVING HER FIRS

MAMMOGRAM.

I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT IN

FRONT OF 5 OR 6 MILLION PEOPLE

FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS, FIRST

OF ALL, I JUST -- IT WASN'

SOMETHING I WAS GOING TO DO.

IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT WAS O

MY LIST OF THINGS TO DO.

>> YOU TALK IN YOUR BOOK HOW YOU

HAD GOTTEN A PRESCRIPTION, STUCK

IT IN YOUR POCKETBOOK AND IT

NEVER CAME OUT AGAIN

>> I DON'T NEED TO DO IT

I DIDN'T HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY

OF IT.

I FELT LIKE CANCER COULDN'

HAPPEN TO ME AND CERTAINLY NOT

BREAST CANCER BECAUSE NO ONE I

MY FAMILY HAD IT

I HAD THIS FEELING O

INVINCEABILITY

FIRST OF ALL

SECOND, IT WAS A PRIVATE THING

I DIDN'T WANT TO PUT MYSELF IN

THAT POSITION.

I DIDN'T FEEL GOOD FOR ME TO DO.

AND IT WAS ROBIN ROBERTS WHO

CALLED ME INTO HER OFFICE AN

SHE SAID, I GUARANTEE YOU IF YOU

WALK INTO THAT MAMMOGRAM, WE

KNOW YOU DON'T WANT TO AND

CONVINCE ONE OTHER WOMAN TO DO

IT, YOU WILL SAVE A LIFE, AMY.

I PROMISE YOU BY DOING THIS ON

TELEVISION, YOU WILL HAVE TH

BIGGEST IMPACT OF YOUR CAREER.

AND I HADN'T THOUGHT OF IT I

THOSE TERMS.

WE ALL GET INTO JOURNALISM T

HAVE AN IMPACT

I JUST NEVER THOUGHT GOING I

AND HAVING AN MAMMOGRAM ON LIV

TELEVISION WOULD BE A PART O

IT

>> I ALSO THOUGHT THIS WAS

INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU'RE A

REAL JOURNALIST.

I DON'T THROW THAT TERM AROUND

LIGHTLY IN THIS DAY AND AGE.

ONE OF THE THING YOU SAID, I

DON'T WANT THIS TO APPEAR LIKE

IT'S A STUNT IN SOME WAY

>> WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPL

IT'S KIND OF LIKE LOOK AT ME

JOURNALISM NOW

I'M NOT A SUBSCRIBER TO THAT

AND MY JOB IS TO TELL OTHE

PEOPLE STORIES, NOT TO BE TH

STORY.

THAT WAS A BIG PART OF M

HESITANCE.

AND ROBIN SAID TO ME WHEN I TOLD

HER ABOUT THE FAMILY HISTORY AND

ALL THE REASONS I WHY DIDN'T

WANT TO DO IT, SHE SAID 80% OF

WOMEN WHO HAVE BREAST CANCER

HAVE NO FAMILY HISTORY,

REALIZED THERE WAS A LOT I

DIDN'T KNOW.

THEN IT BECAME A CHALLENGE TO ME

TO SPREAD THE WORD AND TO SPREAD

CORRECT INFORMATION TO WOMEN AND

GIVE WOMEN THE ENCOURAGEMENT

PERHAPS THAT I ALSO NEEDED T

TAKE MY HEALTH SERIOUSLY AND T

REALIZE THAT I WAS JUST AS

VULNERABLE TO CANCER AS AN

OTHER WOMAN.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS YOU SAY I

YOUR BOOK AND I HEARD YOU SA

THIS BEFORE -- THIS MIGHT SOUN

ODD TO PEOPLE, YOU SAY I'M GOING

TO TALK ABOUT IN MY BOOK HOW M

CANCER MADE ME BETTER.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT

>> IT MADE ME REALIZE THAT ALL I

REALLY NEED IS WHAT I HAVE RIGHT

NOW.

SO MANY OF US LIVE OUR LIVES

ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT AND SPECIALL

PEOPLE WHO ARE IN COMPETITIV

CAREERS.

OUR ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LAS

STORY, RIGHT

YOU'RE CONSTANTLY SEEKING FO

THE NEXT THING THAT WILL GIV

YOU JOY THAT WILL GIVE YOU SOM

SORT OF SATISFACTION

WHEN YOU'RE CHASING THINGS

CONSTANTLY, YOU NEVER ACTUALLY

REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE.

INTELLECTUALLY WE KNOW THIS, BUT

WHEN YOU STARE DOWN DEATH AN

YOU REALIZE THAT THE MYTH OF

SECURITY IS JUST THAT, I

DOESN'T EXIST.

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS

SECURITY

WE'RE ALL VULNERABLE

TOMORROW IS NOT A BEGIN FOR AN

OF US WHETHER YOU HAVE CANCER OR

NOT.

IT'S SO EYE OPENING WHEN YOU

FEEL THAT FEAR AND YOU SAY, YO

KNOW WHAT, I HAVE RIGHT NOW AN

I HAVE RIGHT NOW WITH MY KID

AND I HAVE RIGHT NOW TO SAY THIS

IS WHAT I WANT TO DO AND THIS IS

WHERE I WANT TO BE AND IT JUST

CHANGES YOUR WHOLE LIFE, HOW YOU

MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT YOU

CAREER

HOW YOU MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT

YOUR MARRIAGE AND YOUR CHILDREN.

IT WAS LIFE CHANGING AND I AM

BETTER MOM

I AM A BETTER WIFE

I AM A BETTER FRIEND THAN I WA

BEFORE

>> YOU'VE BEEN USING YOU

PLATFORM TO GET MESSAGES ACROS

TO PEOPLE, MESSAGE OF HOPE

MESSAGE OF INSPIRATION, MESSAGES

OF REALITY, HOW DIFFICULT THIS

MIGHT BE

AND THOSE OF US WHO LISTEN T

IT, I THINK ALWAYS ARE

CONFRONTED WITH THE QUESTION

WHAT CAN I DO?

YOU LOOK AT -- I HAD MENTIONED

TO YOU, MY DAUGHTER IS A CANCE

SURGEON.

I AM EXTRAORDINARILY PROUD O

WHAT SHE DOES EVERYDAY

I'M NOT A DOCTOR

FOR ALL OF US WHO AREN'T

DOCTORS, WHO AREN'T HEALTH CAR

PROVIDERS, WHO AREN'

RESEARCHERS, WHO LISTEN TO YOU

STORY AND WE ALL SAY T

OURSELVES WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

WHAT'S THE ANSWER TO THAT?

WHAT CAN WE DO

>> THERE'S A LOT YOU CAN DO.

YOU CAN FIRST OF ALL NUDGE ALL

THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIVES TO GET

THOSE MAMMOGRAMS STARTING AT AGE

40 EVERY YEAR AND EARLIER IF

NECESSARY AS WELL IF THERE I

FAMILY HISTORY, IF THERE'S A

REASON TO HAVE ONE EARLIER

THAT CANCER HAD BEEN IN ME FOR

SEVERAL YEARS.

HAD I GONE EARLIER, IT WOULD

HAVE BEEN BETTER

BUT ALSO TO -- WHEN YOU SE

SOMEONE WHO IS IN NEED, THERE'

A LOT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

KINDNESS IS SO POWERFUL.

AND THE KINDNESS I RECEIVED FROM

COMPLETE STRANGERS OVERWHELMED

ME WITH JOY.

IT WAS THERAPY

IT GOT ME THROUGH SOME REALL

TOUGH TIMES.

THE IMPACT OF JUST, YOU'VE GOT

THIS OR I'M THINKING OF YOU OR

I'M SENDING POSITIVE THOUGHT

YOUR WAY OR YOU'RE A FIGHTER

IT WAS JUST -- IT WAS -- I

COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH IT

AFFECTED ME.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE ASK M

WHAT CAN I DO IF I HAVE A FRIEND

GOING THROUGH THIS, TAKE CARE OF

HER CHILDREN

DO SOMETHING KIND FOR HER, HER

CHILDREN

THAT'S WHAT YOU WORRY ABOUT AS A

MOM.

I HAD FRIENDS WHO TOOK MY GIRL

TO THE MOVIES AND DISTRACTED

THEM

THAT WAS THE BIGGEST GIFT.

I LEARNED HOW TO ACCEPT LOVE AND

CHARITY WHICH IS NOT AN EASY

THING TO DO NECESSARILY.

NO ONE WANTS TO BE PITIED.

IF YOU LOOK AT IT AS JUST THIS

COLLECTIVE HUG, WHICH IT WAS, IT

WAS TREMENDOUS

BE KIND.

>> BOOK IS CALLED "BETTER.

IT'S POWERFUL.

IT'S SO WARMLY PERSONAL.

AMY, SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING

TIME WITH US

GOOD LUCK TO YOU

>> THANK YOU, JACK

♪♪

>>> BACK IN 1958, AT BOYS AN

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN,

LITTLE ANTHONY GORDON FIRS

HEARD HIMSELF SING "TEARS ON M

PILLOW" ON A RADIO SMUGGLED TO

HIM IN CLASS

HE PROMPTLY CLOSED HIS BOOKS

WALKED OUT AND NEVER LOOKED BACK

AT HIS ALMA MATER.

NOW A MEMBER OF THE ROCK AND

ROLL HALL AND FAME AND R&B

LEGEND, TONIGHT WE TAKE LITTLE

ANTHONY BACK TO BROOKLYN AND

BOYS AND GIRLS HIGH TO GET THE

INSIDE STORY ON THAT DAY IN HI

METRO FOCUS MOMENT

>> HI, THIS IS LITTLE ANTHONY.

AND IT'S MY METRO FOCUS.

♪♪

>> I USED TO COME OUT OF THIS.

I KNOW WHY

IT WAS CLOSER TO THE SUBWAY.

>> I'VE BEEN SINGING EVER SINC

I WAS 3 YEARS OLD.

BUT WHEN I GOT HERE, SOMETHING

CLICKED, YOU KNOW?

THIS IS WHERE WE HUNG OUR PEST

♪♪

>> LUNCHTIME, WE WOULD SING AN

DO HARMONIES IN DIFFERENT GROUPS

AND WE WOULD SING DIFFEREN

SONGS AND THE TEACHERS LOVED I

BECAUSE IT KEPT ORDER IN THE

LUNCHROOM.

THAT WAS A BIG THING THEN TO

HAVE RAP TODAY

URBAN STUFF, THAT WAS OUR RA

WORLD WAS SINGING GROUPS

♪♪

♪ WELL I THINK I'M GOING OUT OF

MY HEAD ♪

♪ YES, I THINK I'M GOING OUT OF

MY HEAD ♪

>> THE YOUNG JITTERBUGS.

>> RIGHT

>> I GOT TIRED OF SCHOOL

I DECIDED I WAS GOING TO TAK

OFF.

I DIDN'T TEND TO TAKE OFF LONG

BUT IT ENDED UP BEING 60 DAYS.

YEAH

UNFORTUNATELY.

THE SCHOOL CONTACTED MY MOM AN

SAID UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S N

WAY HE CAN GET HIS DIPLOMA

BUT IF HE GOES TO SUMMER SCHOOL,

HE WILL GET THE UNITS THAT H

NEEDS.

AND I SAID, NO

NO

NOT SUMMER SCHOOL.

THAT WAS A SENTENCE, MAN

I STUCK IT OUT, BUT IT WAS

MISERABLE FOR ME

♪♪

SO ONE DAY I HEARD THE GIRLS I

THE BACK OF THE CLASSROO

SNICKERING

AND THEY HAD THESE LITTLE RADIOS

IN THERE

I COULD HEAR MUSIC COMING OUT OF

IT

THEY KEPT POINTING TO HE

AND I HEARD IN THE RADIO, "TEARS

ON MY PILLOW

♪ YOU DON'T REMEMBER ME BUT I

REMEMBER YOU ♪

>> I SAID, WAIT A MINUTE

THAT'S ME.

OH MY GOODNESS

♪♪

♪ TEARS ON MY PILLOW, PAIN IN M

HEART CAUSED BY YOU ♪

THEN WHEN I GOT HOME, I TURNED

ON THE RADIO AND EVERY ROCK AN

ROLL STATION THERE WAS, EVEN A

POP STATION, THEY WERE PLAYING

IT

AND I JUST -- I SAID, I GOT

HIT RECORD

I'M GOING TO BE A STAR YOU KNOW?

I'M NOT GOING BACK TO SUMMER

SCHOOL, YOU KNOW

SIMPLE AS THAT

I HAVE NOT BEEN BACK HERE SINC

1958

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 57

YEARS I'VE LAID EYES ON THIS

REMARKABLE SCHOOL.

♪ AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE

SOUND ♪

♪ THAT SAVED A RETCH LIKE ME ♪

♪ FOR THIS MOMENT HERE IN THE

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME ♪

THERE WAS THREE DIFFERENT GANG

IN THIS SCHOOL, BUT YET TH

STAFF, THE TEACHERS, THERE WAS

SOMETHING SO SACRED ABOUT SCHOOL

WE SAID, NO, WE AIN'T GOING TO

FIGHT IN HERE.

SO WE LITERALLY COEXISTED.

I HAVE SOME GREAT TEACHERS

THEY HAD A WAY OF JUST KEEPING

ME ALIVE

THEY INSTILLED A LOT OF HOPE I

THESE KIDS, MAN.

THEY DID

THIS SCHOOL IS HOLY GROUND T

ME, MAN.

♪♪

I DREAMED OF BROOKLYN TO THI

DAY AT 74 YEARS OLD.

MY DREAM IS TO GO BACK TO WHER

I WAS, BACK TO THE STAIRWELL

WHAT AM I DOING IN BOYS AN

GIRLS -- MY OLD PS67 SCHOOL WHEN

I PLAYED STICK BALL?

ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT

THE STREETS WERE OUR PLAYGROUND.

WE MADE UP GAMES

THE BROOKLYN DODGERS, MAN.

EMMITT FIELD, CONEY ISLAND

NATHANS, THE CYCLONE, ALL THES

WONDERFUL THINGS THAT WE DID A

KIDS THAT TO US WAS TH

ULTIMATE

WE FELT SORRY FOR EVERYBODY ELSE

THAT DIDN'T LIVE IN BROOKLYN

THOSE POOR THINGS.

THEY DON'T LIVE IN BROOKLYN.

THAT STINKS.

♪♪

SURREAL.

IT'S SURREAL

MY MIND IS GOING BACK TO LIKE

TIME CAPSULE, SEEING THIS YOUN

KID AT 17 YEARS OLD WHO DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT TOMORROW WAS GOING T

BRING AT ALL

I WAS TELLING HANG O

SEGREGATION IS GOING TO END.

TELL THEM THAT BECAUSE I

EXPERIENCED THAT, BUT I THOUGH

IT WAS FOREVER

HEY, MAN, YOU'RE GOING TO MEET

MARTIN LUTHER KING WHEN YOU GE

TO 26 YEARS OLD.

YOU'RE GOING TO MEET HIM

YOU'RE GOING TO MEET ALL THESE

DIFFERENT PEOPLE

GET READY, MAN

YOU'RE GOING TO GO ON ONE HECK

OF A JOURNEY, ONE HECK OF

JOURNEY.

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