Minority Matters is a television program dedicated to providing a forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansas' minority communities. The show's goal is to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness for all Arkansans, and to seek solutions to the challenges facing our state.
Minority Matters February 2014
Living and loving with AIDS, the statistics and the outlook in the Arfrican-American and other minority communities. WATCH NOW
Minority Matters January 2014
In this program we are going to discuss whether or not we live in a post racial America and ponder the question "Does race matter?" and if so, what is it's relevance? WATCH NOW
Minority Matters December 2013
This month we'll be discussin the upcoming election year and evaluating the important political races that will help determine which party controls the state capital and possibly the U.S. Congress, and the role minority voters will play in the election. WATCH NOW
Minority Matters November 2013
There have been movies, documentaries, blog posts, and conversations about African-American hair and what constitutes good hair in the community. The debate over natural or permed or textured hair has been picking up for a while and some say that natural hair is connetion to our African heritage and kinky hair is not as professional and prefer it straightened chemically or otherwise. WATCH NOW
Minority Matters October 2013
The trial process: the important decisions lawyers make their effect on the outcome of a trail. WATCH NOW
Sylvester Smith is a businessman, philanthropist, and community leader. He is a graduate of Philander Smith College, and earned his MBA at Harding University.
Six years ago Sylvester founded the Kareem Brown McNeal Foundation (KBM), which he named after his best friend who passed away in 1997. KBM provides mentoring for at risk youth in Little Rock Arkansas. The program teaches young men how the accord themselves as gentleman, the importance of hard work and sacrifice, and prepares them for college.
Sylvester has been politically active for many years and is the only Arkansan who has served on the governing bodies of both the Republican Party of Arkansas and the Democratic Party of Arkansas. He received his first gubernatorial appointment at the age of 19 when Governor Jim Guy Tucker appointed him the Governors Commission on Youth Violence Prevention.
He became the youngest member of Governor Huckabees senior staff when he was appointed as a policy advisor at the age of 24. Sylvester worked in various capacities in the Huckabee Administration including; serving on the Arkansas Transitional Employment board, which managed the states welfare to work program; and as the Governors alternate on the Delta Regional Authority Board of Directors, which oversees the multimillion dollar federal delta development initiative.
In 2004 Sylvester and seven other Americans traveled to Eastern Europe as part of a leadership program sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. He is particularly proud of this accomplishment, because he was one of eight delegates selected from a pool of 1000 nominees from across the country.
Sylvester has been named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders by Arkansas Business, and one of the 20 most influential African Americans in Arkansas by Powerplay Magazine.
Today Sylvester serves on the Arkansas Real Estate Commission by appointment of Governor Mike Beebe. The Real Estate Commission licenses and regulates real estate activity in Arkansas. He is also a member of the North Little Rock Sewer Commission, which manages the citys $70, 000,000 sewer system and has a $14,000,000 annual budget.
He is also the Publisher of ink Magazine a web based magazine for African Americans in Arkansas. Lastly, Sylvester is a consultant who provides advice and counsel to small businesses and small communities across Arkansas.