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Diversity? You Won’t Find It On Cable News

July 17th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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If you’re having trouble seeing color on your cable news programming, you don’t need new glasses. The lack of diversity on cable news is glaring.

Progressive watchdog FAIR analyzed five weeks of interview segments from Anderson Cooper 360, OutFront with Erin Burnett, All In with Chris Hayes, The Rachel Maddow Show, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.  They examined the guests on each show by race/ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and occupation. The findings: A severe lack of diversity on each program.

Crunching the numbers, it turned out that 84 percent of all the guests were white. Surprisingly, Rachel Maddow’s show had the most white guests, with only six percent being non-white (Maddow did have fewest guests of any show). And none of her guests were women.

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes was the most diverse. Twenty-seven percent of Hayes’ guests were people of color.

Unbelievably, Fox News, which has been known for its white male conservative bent, was more diverse than Maddow–but barely. Just 10 percent of O’ Reilly’s guests were people of color. Hannity had 15 percent. CNN’s AC 360  had 14 percent and 19 percent of Erin Burnett’s guests were people of color, reports The Huffiington Post.

This new FAIR story shows that not much has changed since Media Matters did a similar study last year. As we reported then, in the month of April 2013 76 percent of the 1,677 guests on CNN were men. Fox News had the largest number of white guests — 83 percent. “All In With Chris Hayes” hosted the largest proportion of women and had  the largest proportion of non-white guests — 41 percent.

“We Should Pray For Him” Magic Johnson Responds To Donald Sterling’s Interview

May 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you saw the Donald Sterling interview with Anderson Cooper, you know that he attempted to slander Magic Johnson on basically everything he stands for. He attacked him to the core. He said Magic Johnson had AIDS. (False) Said he wasn’t a good role model and doesn’t do enough for the black community. It’s laughable, really. We know what it is but still, Magic Johnson wanted to clarify a few things. In an interview with TMZ, he broke it down for us.

Check out the highlights from the interview below and then listen to the entire thing.

HIV or AIDS and whether or not he’s a role model

I think when you come on, you should have your facts straight. I don’t’ have AIDS. I have HIV. Been living with HIV for 22 years. That’s his opinion if he thinks I’m not a role model.

What he’s done for the urban community? 

Magic lists his accomplishments

- sent 10,000 minorities to college

- 150 students on scholarship

- put 50,000 minorities to work through his businesses

- built 18 technology centers so kids can have access to computers

- food and toy drives

- job fairs

“I touch urban America in so many different ways. And I’m proud of my work.”

“Then he said, ‘What does he do, work for the Dodgers?’ Well, I think he got it a little wrong. I’m the owner of the Dodgers.”

Claims that he spoke to Sterling after the audio broke

“Donald Sterling reached out to me. I took the call and I’m the one–he wanted me to go on Barbara Walters with him and try to save him and his reputation. I told him I would not go on the show with him. And I told him you should seek the advice of your attorney and try to make this go away, whether that’s making a deal with her, whatever the case may be. And no. 1 you’ve got to apologize not only to me but to all minorities out there. Because you haven’t apologized yet. He said, ‘Oh, oh no I’m going to get to that.’ Harvey not once, even today he has never apologized or to the other minorities he’s offended.”

What he thinks about Donald Sterling and this whole debacle. 

“Well you know, we got to pray for the man. I’m not going to sit here and let Donald Sterling disrupt my day, my year, my month. I’m a guy whose very secure with myself. I’m one of the most honest guys you’ll ever talk to. I got the respect of people and my partners for a reason. I don’t steal, I don’t set people up. I don’t do those type of things. I don’t know that young lady. I took a picture and all of a sudden I’m in the middle of this mess.  But at the same time I will not let you attack me without responding. I responded for myself, you don’t want me to come to your games, I won’t come. You don’t want blacks to come, well I’m going to fight for those people because I’m a proud black man. I’m one of the leaders in the black community and I take that role seriously. So I don’t have any ill feelings toward Donald. I think we all should try to get him some help. “

And last but not least, he should point the anger at the young lady that he’s in love with that put this out. I have nothing to do with this. You put me in it by saying those terrible things about me.

I think his strategy is to attack me and also pit both communities [Jewish and Black] against each other. But it’s not going to work. I got calls and text messages from both communities, all walks of people, supporting me. It’s just a shame and it’s disturbing Harvey to see him sit there. It’s sad. It’s actually, it’s sad. We just gotta pray for him.

And I just hope that he understands sometimes you gotta look up and say, I just should go and do my thing. It’s been a good ride with the team, let me sell it because I did say these bad things and just move on with your life. And then also don’t do no more interviews. I don’t’ want to be sitting here doing interviews. I’m supposed to be working, I’m supposed to be celebrating. But I’m sitting here doing interviews about something that has nothing to do with me.

Magic Johnson is such a classy dude that we believe there were probably just ten people, most likely racists, across the globe who believed any negativity Sterling spewed about him. He didn’t need to defend himself. But I find it interesting that Sterling wanted Magic to join him on Barbara Walters…for what, sir? Sterling really might need some help. Check out Magic’s full interview with TMZ in the video below.

He Said What?! Donald Sterling Digs Deeper Hole In CNN Interview

May 13th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Left to right: Wenn.com, Still shot of CNN interview.

Left to right: Wenn.com, Still shot of CNN interview.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Donald Sterling certainly didn’t get any media prepping before talking to Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired last night on CNN. While trying to explain the racist remarks that were captured on tape during a conversation with his former girlfriend, V. Stiviano, Sterling dug a deeper hole for himself, implying that Jewish people are more generous than black people, calling Magic Johnson out for contracting HIV, and said Cooper was the real racist, reports Business Insider.

As you may recall the recorded conversation with his girlfriend centered around her befriending the former basketball player and posting a picture of the two together on Instagram, much to Sterling’s dislike.  Sterling told his girlfriend  that she shouldn’t pose for photos with black people like Johnson.

In the CNN interview, Sterling openly criticized Johnson, this time for his illness. (He said Johnson has AIDS at first, but Cooper corrected him.)

“What kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl, and then he catches HIV. Is that someone we should respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background.”

Then he also charged that Johnson really didn’t do much for people of color. “He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South L.A.?” he said. Sterling went on to accuse Johnson of angling to try and purchase the basketball team after Sterling was banned, claiming Johnson told him not to say anything after the tapes were revealed. (The newly-appointed CEO Richard Parsons noted the two-week delay in issuing the apology that Sterling gave before he set off on more offensive remarks.)

Sterling went on to compare Jews and black people, saying, “That’s one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans, maybe I’ll get in trouble again, they don’t want to help anybody. ” The Magic Johnson Foundation has promoted HIV/AIDS education and prevention over the years and supported organizations in urban locations to that end.

When Sterling tried to explain he was indeed NOT a racist, he accused Cooper of being one for some bizarre reason. “I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do. I think you’re a bigger racist than I am,” he told Cooper.

Watch all five parts of the video here. And then let’s hope there’s nothing more from anyone associated with this horrible situation.

Double Teaming: Donald Sterling And Estranged Wife Do Separate TV Interviews

May 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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donald sterling andersonEvery day there’s some new news in the Donald Sterling scandal. Now comes dueling interviews. Sterling sat down recently with CNN’s Anderson Cooper while his wife, Shelly, was interviewed by ABC’s Barbara Walters.

The Los Angeles Clippers owner said he was sorry and asked for forgiveness for his words but added he feels he was “baited” to make racist comments.

“When I listen to that tape, I don’t even know how I can say words like that… I don’t know why the girl had me say those things,” he told CNN’s Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on tonight. When Cooper asked: “You’re saying you were set up?”  Sterling responded,  “Well yes, I was baited. I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don’t talk about people.”

The 80-year-old married lawyer and billionaire real estate investor insisted he is not a racist. Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by the NBA.

“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt…I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”

There turned out to be another tape in which Sterling tried to add a reason for the racist comments. In the new recording posted on RadarOnline, he spoke of his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, saying that she’s black and he’s “jealous that she’s with other black guys.”

He then took a shot at Magic Johnson, who he said he spoke with. “Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles,” said Sterling.

While Sterling is still waiting to see if he will be forced to sell the Clippers, an attorney for Donald Sterling’s estranged wife told CNN  that she intends to keep her 50 percent stake in the team. And she plans to fight any attempt by the NBA to take away her share.

“I will fight that decision,” she told Walters. “To be honest with you, I’m wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there’s 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?”

There has to be a majority vote by the league to force the sale of the team.

“Under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “It doesn’t matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.”

Sherry Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, disagrees with the NBA’s interpretation of its own regulations.

“We do not agree with the league’s self-serving interpretation of its constitution, its application to Shelly Sterling or its validity under these unique circumstances,” O’Donnell said in a statement released in response the NBA. “We live in a nation of laws. California law and the United States Constitution trump any such interpretation.”

Shelly also told Walters, “I signed the petition for a divorce.” Interestingly, she also told Walters she thinks her estranged husband is suffering from “the onset of dementia.”

Could this be a way to explain his remarks and actions as an argument against the team´s sale? We shall see. The ball’s still in play.

Extra, Extra Read All About It: Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay

February 18th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Coming out to your family and loved ones certainly isn’t always an easy thing to do, but these entertainers took it once step further and told the world. Check out this list of celebrities who announced they’re gay.

Celebrities Who Announced They’re Gay

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Ellen Page

In 2007, Ellen Page had a breakout role in the sleeper film Juno, starring as a high school student that was going through an unplanned pregnancy. The role earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. While she went on to star in the blockbuster films Inception and X-Men: The Last Stand, Page stole the show this past Valentine’s Day at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference by announcing she’s gay. During the emotional speech, Page said she hoped her coming out would make a difference with others struggling to do the same thing.

Can Being Gay Please Stop Being Breaking News?

February 16th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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“Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’”. “Queen Latifah Can’t Change, Even If She Tried”. “Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks To ‘Long Time Girlfriend’”.  Because of course what celebrities choose to do in their bedrooms is everyone else’s business.  As much as we’d like to think we’re entitled to a public confirmation of people’s sexual orientation, the fact is we’re not, even if it isn’t so easy for us to assume by who they are or aren’t dating.

I can’t completely blame the public for their desperate need to know.  If celebs aren’t leaking a sex tape they are writing song lyrics about what goes down in their bedroom and on themselves.  When the public responds unfavorably they cry for privacy and remind us that they are people too.  But the bigger deal the media continues to make about “coming out” the more it reveals just how uncomfortable we are with sexuality in this country.

I think what bothers me most is that when it comes to homosexuality, what people tend to obsess over is the sexual act itself.  When we heard Justin Timberlake married Jessica Beal we didn’t instantly wonder, “I wonder if she likes her hair pulled?” But when it comes to gay couples we immediately become curious about what kind of sex they’re having.  There’s a lot more to being gay than having sex; they go to dinner, argue about to watch on Netflix and forget to take out the trash too.

I don’t know if I completely agree with the idea that “gay is the new black”  but there was a time in this country where different races using the same restroom or a black woman sitting in the front of the bus was breaking news.  I have faith that one day who someone is having sex with the same gender is just as “meh” as a black man in a voting booth.

When NFL prospect, Michael Sam recently revealed he was gay, I worried that his personal life could be easily used more for good publicity for the NFL and less as a major step in the gay rights movement.  I worry that being an ally or supporting gay rights is a way for people to be down with the next new cause and not because they legitimately believe in someone’s right  love who they choose and not be discriminated against because of it.

Ellen Page is the latest celeb to “come out”.  Just recently at a conference for LGBT teens she revealed, “I’m here today because I am gay,” she confirmed, “And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” But does celebs revealing their sexual status make being gay more acceptable or does the fact that they feel the need to do so publicly make more of a mockery out of sexual orientation.

Every day there are adults and adolescents struggling to come out and only in the best for situations do they proverbially live “happily ever after”.  There are mothers coming out to their husbands and children.  There are young men coming out to their religious grandparents. There are adolescent girls trying to find a way to explain their feelings to their friends.  And I’m willing to bet coming out is that much harder to do when you don’t have 30,000 Twitter followers applauding your efforts.  Being gay shouldn’t be just breaking news on a blog.  There are hundreds of real people coming out who have real lives to face regardless of if their sexuality becomes a trending topic or not.

Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a  passion for helping  young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health.  She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about  everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.

 

9 Fine Men We Were Sad To Find Out Were Gay Or Bisexual

October 24th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.

“X-Men” Producer John Palermo On Kanye West: “Money Can’t Buy A Dumb Ni**a Class”

October 14th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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A major Facebook fail is on the verge of killing the career of “X-Men” producer John Palermo after some rather suspect, not to mention racist, messages were found on his timeline.

It seems September 12 was a rather upsetting day for John, who went on two strongly worded rants that day. The first was about “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen’s revelation that she had plastic surgery to make her eyes appear “less Asian.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, to that news John remarked:

“I’m crazy about Julie Chen!!! Now that her eyes are finally open, she should leave Monster Moonves.”

Later in the day, John heard news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had moved into a Bel-Air house, which apparently sent him over the edge. He wrote on his page:

“There goes the neighborhood!!! It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbNiggaClass.”

Unfortunately, John’s intolerance doesn’t stop at race. He also went in on everyone’s favorite silver-haired reporter, Anderson Cooper, in response to an article that the CNN host attended the opening of his boyfriends’s gay bar. His reaction?

“#SmellsLikeLubeAndHIV”

It should come as no surprise that John Palermo’s Facebook page is now defunct, but unfortunately, for him, his remarks live on. The Hollywood Reporter will have an in-depth report on the matter in their upcoming October 18 issue, but it appears to make John no nevermind. He told THR his comments were actually some sort of ant-racist reverse psychology move on his part. He told the magazine:

“Maybe people [who take offense] will look in the mirror and say, ‘When was the last time I called Les Moonves and asked for an African-American to play opposite me?'”

Riiiight.

He went on to offer an explanation that’s probably far more realistic than that previous statement.

“I stopped caring about what Hollywood thinks of me years ago. I’ve got nothing to lose, nothing to gain. I’m a bored dude, unemployed, sitting at home in the Valley. For me, some of the best ways to overcome serious issues is to laugh about them. Because then you truly understand where that ignorance is coming from.”

John, stay your bored a$$ off of Facebook.

What do you think about his comments?

11 News Media Personalities You Should Follow On Twitter

September 20th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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The newest addition to the Today show team, Carson Daly with Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Dan Jackman/WENN.com

We all love them from our favorite news and political shows on TV and their personalities on Twitter. From the quirky to the opinionated, these news media personalities never stray from a breaking story or opposing viewpoint, whether it be on TV or Twitter.

From the television to the tweets, here are 11 news media personalities you should follow on Twitter.

Speak For Yourself: 4 Zimmerman Jurors Put Out Statement Denouncing Juror B-37, Ask For Privacy

July 17th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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We already know that juror B-37 from the George Zimmerman trial is a HAM. Yes, I said it. Just a few days after finding Zimmerman not guilty and providing no justice for Trayvon Martin and his family, she was out here trying to secure a book deal and was trying to get some attention by talking on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Seeing as she was one of the few jurors to initially come into the deliberation room wanting to acquit him, I know I wasn’t the only person who was disappointed by her interview and would have preferred to hear from a juror (if we must) who had their mind changed and wanted to explain why.

In the end, all this exposure has backfired for juror B-37. That book deal is now a no-go (allegedly because she claims she didn’t realize all the emotion behind the case and what was “occurring in the world during the weeks of my sequestration,” but others say a petition created by Twitter user Genie–@MoreAndAgain–caused the juror to get dropped by the publisher). And despite her blacked-out interview with Anderson Cooper, her decision to speak out oh so soon had been looked down upon by four other jurors from the case, who together have put out a statement letting people know that juror B-37 doesn’t speak for them, and they don’t want any attention–for now:

Jurors statement

It would probably be in their best interest not to speak out even after they “process” what they have been through. They came to the decision they agreed upon and seeing how a great number of people in the country don’t agree with it, they need to just move on with their lives and not try to seek anymore attention or money from this tragedy. Especially since we don’t know what the one other juror who hasn’t spoken out is planning. Keep it moving…