Jamie Foxx: Radio Star, Obama Booster

Jamie Foxx—actor, singer, comedian—has his fingerprints all over Hollywood. His latest gig: Sirius Radio's "The Foxxhole." He spoke with Allison Samuels.

What made you want to do radio?
Dick Gregory told me about 10 years ago to get a radio show so I'd always have a voice. In the beginning, I was very Howard Stern, saying whatever and just having a good time, which was cool because we didn't have a lot of people listening. Then people started listening. That's when my manager's wife asked me, "When are you going to start talking about something now that you have people paying attention?"

You took the show to the Democratic Convention. How was that?
We had a blast just being there and watching history. I was up there with all the serious journalists, which was cool for me because who would have thought?

What makes you such a big Obama supporter?
Oprah introduced me to him and I just loved how cool the brother is. We need a cool president. But I'm nervous. You never know how it may turn out. I will have a party if he wins, but a quiet party because we've got a lot of work to do once he gets in there.

What did you think about the reaction to Colin Powell supporting Obama?
Please. If that had been someone like me I'd understand because I'm going to always say "I'm voting for the brother!" But Colin Powell? If he had wanted to be down with the brothers he never would've been a Republican.

Is your show all politics?
No, you've got to keep the jokes coming and talk about sports or movies, but I do give people my position on a number of issues, like bringing back prayer in school. Now that got me some angry calls, but I had to explain—I don't care who you pray to. I like being able to give people food for thought and surprising the hell out of them. People come up to me all the time saying, "Wow, Jamie, you know a few things."

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