Waycross Mayor Michael-Angelo James was recently given the “The Star Treatment” that can be viewed on YouTube.
James was the guest of Star Jones, attorney, TV personality and award-winning journalist last month. Jones offered a synopsis of the city’s top government official in a 24-minute interview posted recently on the channel.
James, a Marquis Who’s Who 2021-2022 Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, spent time with Jones via Zoom on April 27. The interview is available at https://youtu.be/_Tm1b623qZY.
Jones, a former prosecutor and district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., had a wide-ranging view with James. She touched on his service to the community, city government, his church as Bishop of Emmauel International Cathedral and students as a sociology professor at Coastal Pines Technical College.
James, who was elected the 66th mayor in Waycross history, detailed how he as drafted to run for the office and his reasons for entering governmental service.
The mayor spoke on moving from the church pulpit to the political podium, and between them often in just a day’s time.
Jones talked with James about his literary works, including what led to his three books on faith and leadership/listening. The mayor told Jones he began writing as a young boy because of a speech problem.
“It became a way to share thoughts without being hindered by my own impediments,” James said.
Jones called the books “a fantastic roadmap for other people’s desires, dreams and aspirations.”
The former member of the panel on “The View” in the early 2000s, Jones was impressed by the mayor’s ability to balance his community service, religious responsibilities as well as family and personal interests.
She also lauded James for his dedication to fitness as an example to African-American and Hispanic members of the area, segments with a high level of heart disease and obesity.
James mentioned the newly created Mayor’s Youth Council among ways to advance the city.
“We want to foster roles for growth in government among our young citizens,” he said.
James said he plans to detail the history of government in the city using the administration of each mayor to segment the work.
Calling the mayor “a renaissance man” for the amount of work he does with his limited time, Jones closed by asking him what viewers should take away from their electronic visit.
“Don’t limit yourself,” James said, mentioning the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. A stanza in the work contains the iconic line that we’re all the master of our fate and captain of our soul.
“There’s no limit to what you can do unless you limit yourself,” the mayor said.