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Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself For The Trayvon Martin Verdict

July 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself For The Trayvon Martin Verdict

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Rachel Jeantel sat down with CNN recently to discuss the case that made her a household name. In addition to speaking about her transformation since the end of the trial she also shared why she blames herself partially for the Zimmerman verdict and what words she’d like to say to him [Zimmerman] today.

CNN: Were you blaming yourself when George Zimmerman went free.

RJ: A little bit.

CNN: Did you think you should have said something different, or acted differently.

RJ: Yeah, act different.

CNN: You think the jurors didn’t take you seriously?

RJ: They judged how they talk how they look, how they dress.

CNN: And they were judging you?

RJ: Yes.

CNN also interviewed Rod Vereen, the man who took Jeantel under his wing after the trial and made sure she got the services she needed. Vereen said that Jeantel was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder so they found her counseling. And at the time of the trial she was barely able to read and write above a third grade level and so he enrolled her in tutoring. And as we reported, Jeantel recently graduated high school. 

Jeantel told CNN that was one of the good things to come out of the trial, it forced her to complete this goal. “I kept my word to Trayvon that I would do this.”

And then they asked her what she would say to Zimmerman if she had a chance to speak to him.

“You know he did wrong and he got to man up to it. To me, you’re not a man. George Zimmerman’s not a man. That’s still a little boy with a grown body.”

You can watch the complete Rachel Jeantel interview in the video below.

 

“We Know Where They Are” Official Delivers Hopeful News About Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

May 27th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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According to CNN, a leading Nigerian military official knows  where the over 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls are located. But he says the nation’s military will not use force or negotiation to retrieve them.

Nigeria’s chief of defense, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, told a Nigerian News Agency, “We want our girls back. I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force? Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

He continued with more hopeful news. “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you. We cannot come and tell you the military secret, just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.”

U.S. Pentagon officials were not able to confirm the report.

Of the estimated 276 girls who were abducted on April 14, dozens escaped but still more than 200 girls are being held captive by the Islamic militant terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Nigerians and others have accused the country of not acting swiftly or efficiently enough to return the girls to their families.

If this report is true, it sounds like hopeful news. An while we don’t expect to be privy to military secrets, I certainly hope the government has a plan to retrieve them now that they claim to know where they are being held. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the story in the coming weeks.

“What Are You Doing To Help?” Don Lemon Checks Guest Who Tries To Insult #BringBackOurGirls Hashtag

May 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to stand behind something Don Lemon has said. We’ve had our fair share of headlines of him talking crazy. But today, we must admit that we’re giving Lemon kudos.

Today, on a CNN panel, guests Will Cain, Mel Robbins, Don Lemon and host Ashleigh Banefield were speaking about Monica Lewinsky when he got to the topic of cheap outrage. And cheap outrage led to cheap activism. He didn’t mention any names but he spoke about how he was unimpressed with the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, celebrities are latching on to. He said that it really doesn’t do anything to help the cause of actually rescuing the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria.

He didn’t name drop but it’s interesting that this comment comes from Cain on the day Michelle Obama, holding a picture of #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was featured on several news outlets, including the front page of one paper.

But Don wasn’t going to let him get away with this one. He checked the hell out of Will Cain, and in my opinion, rightly so. Either way, read a transcript of the exchange below and then check out the video because it’s ten times better.

Will: “We do cheap hashtag activism when it comes to the girls with Boko Haram…I’m telling you that putting a tweet up with a hashtag on Twitter, you haven’t done your duty.”

Don: “That’s disgusting to say that about over 200 girls. What do you expect the First Lady to do?”

Will: “I wasn’t necessarily targeting the First Lady exclusively.”

Don: “Who are you targeting because it’s the First Lady’s picture on the front page of the paper.”

Mel: Let me try to save you Will. I think what you’re saying is the dialogue is cheap about a lot of things, particularly when it’s driven by the media. But what we need to understand about the situation with the girls is that there was tremendous confusion for the first two and a half weeks about whether or not the story was even real. And given the fact that they were stolen from an area with no cell phone reception with no technology. The families used social media and that hashtag, which you just called cheap, to get the world to pay attention.

Don: What do you expect the US government to do when they were not invited in initially?

Will: Make it’s policy outside of Twitter.

Don: What have you done? What did you do for those girls? If you’re so outraged by it. Besides sit here on television and criticize every people’s efforts, if you’re so concerned about it, what have you done?

Will: I’m pointing out something that’s important Don. The society has greater obligations…

Don: If you’re going to point it out, then do something to help.

Ashleigh: You guys are actually on the same side.

Don: No, I just think what he said was a dog whistle to say ‘Ooo I’m putting..’ You’re talking about the First Lady. Don’t get on television…”

Mel: He is not! You’re the one who raised the First Lady.

Will: “I think I need an interpreter so I can know my own words next time I’m on,” Cain said.

Don: “I’m not stupid,” Lemon replied. “I’ve been on television with you before and I know your game.”

Ashleigh: “We are a family, and a family we will remain. It’s like “Duck Dynasty.”

Don: “I’m not a part of that family. Don’t include me in that over there, I’m sorry . . . That’s a family I’m not interested in.”

 

 

Alright then Don! Let ‘em know. What do you think about this exchange? Is Don Lemon starting to show a little ack right?

Tweet This! CNN To Debut News Shows Just For Twitter

April 11th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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cnn digital studiosCNN is taking digital to the next level with the launch of CNN Digital Studios. And first out the box will be a video news bits show made possible through a partnership with Twitter called “Your 15 Second Morning.” Not only might it generate more CNN viewers but it will also allow the company to tap into the massive digital advertising revenue. It also sets CNN up to compete with mobile-first news startups like NowThis News and Circa.

“Beyond that show, which executives hope will become a daily habit among younger news consumers, CNN has lined up some top talent for a slew of original franchise series of the news/entertainment variety,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

Among the shows: “Related with Dave Franco,” which will focus on celebrity siblings (Franco is brother of actor James Franco); interview series “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace”; the health-themed “Live to 100 with Sanjay Gupta”; and “Crossfire Reloaded,” an extension of the network’s recently revived debate show.

Another possible CNN web series may feature an ex-NFL player looking at productivity in people’s lives. And another is rumored to star a hot young urban chef who is a protege of Anthony Bourdain. (Bourdain has a show that airs on CNN.)

The HLN, a CNN Worldwide network, deal with Twitter is a strategic alliance. The two entities will collaborate on several projects, including a program to visualize Twitter data live on air. They are already working on a Tweet DVR. It is a save-for-later feature will capture live Tweets from television premieres and play them alongside digital video and TV replays of the same program.

Then’s there’s #TweetTheVote in which people will be polled about elections and it will include special analysis of ‘outside the beltway’ tweets, and a Twitter powered get-out-the-vote effort on TV.

“Twitter is at the center of the social circle of what’s trending, topical and talked about,” said @AlbieHechtHLN in a press statement. “As HLN becomes the TV hub of social media newsgathering, collaborating with Twitter will provide us the tools to further be a part of, and report on, the conversation.” Albie Hecht is executive vice president and general manager of HLN.

HLN recently announced a roster of new shows, including “The Daily Share,” a one-hour news and information show which will be a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and creating in their social media lives; “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” featuring YouTube star Jessica Edwards looking at a couples’ social media ‘likes, hearts and pins’; and “The Social Life,” with Twitter star, travel junkie, sports fan and foodie, Ali Nejad taking on missions—from building homes for the homeless to joining a pro soccer team for a day; among other offerings.

Will you follow CNN and HLN on Twitter?

Are You Ready For The Don Lemon Show?

March 7th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

CNN is experimenting with a new weekly night show hosted by Don Lemon.

The Wrap reported Wednesday that “The Don Lemon Show” will air “tentatively” at 10 PM on Monday nights for approximately five weeks. It’s the latest experiment by CNN as chief Jeff Zucker attempts to shakeup the lineup and rebuild the network.

Lemon, who currently anchors CNN’s “Newsroom” during weekend primetime, will replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC 360 Later,” which was axed in early February. Zuckerhas been experimenting with several new programs during the 10 PM hour such as a panel show including Donny Deutsch and re-airing host Jake Tapper’s “The Lead”– both of which did not last.

Read more about Don Lemon at BlackVoices.com 

New Report Shows That News Media Does A Dismal Job Of Reporting On Racism

January 24th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Print and television media is good at talking about individual acts of racism like racial slurs and personal injustices, but on average, both forms of media have failed to include perspective and insight on broader discussions of racism, this according to new research.

The report, entitled “Moving the Race Conversation Forward,” was put together by Race Forward, a racial justice research and media organization, which also produces the news site, ColorLines. According to the introduction of the report, researchers analyzed 1,200 articles from national and local newspapers from across the country, as well as transcripts from the three major cable television news station from the period of January through August 2013 to find out how race is discussed in the media. The results shows that while national newspapers “demonstrated higher rates of systemically aware content (as defined by Race Forward as institutionalized and structural racism)” than other media sources, all 14 media outlets surveyed did a dismal job in framing a productive discussion, which took into account the pervasive nature of racism. In fact, the report states that only one third (32.7%) of the race/racism content from any media outlet made mention of systemic racism, and that most of the racism-focused reporting was based upon individual-level racism.

You can download and read the report for yourself or you can watch this five minute video, produced by Jay Smooth. But because I’m generous, I’ve read the report and have taken the liberty to highlight some of the report’s other interesting findings for you:

The New York Times, which had 246 articles related to racism (38.6 percent of which mentioned systematic racism), had a slightly higher than average percentage of systemically aware articles, including nine out of 10 stop-and-frisk stories. So did The Washington Post, which featured 243 articles on racism, almost 43 percent of which had systemically aware content, including more than two-thirds of the paper’s George Zimmerman coverage.

Local newspapers, which scored high on systematic awareness include: the Los Angeles Times, which averaged more than 10 articles on racism per month; the Tampa Bay Times, with one-quarter of its content on racism being focused on politics; and the Philadelphia Inquirer, with almost one-third of its content on the topic focused on sports, in particular, Phildelphia Eagles player Riley Cooper’s use of the n-word. With that said, none of the local papers surveyed managed to score above 35 percent in the systemic awareness category.

Out of the top three major cable news stations, it’s not surprising that MSNBC managed to score the highest in its systemically aware content. What is surprising, however, is that the “Lean Forward” station had the lowest number of race/racism-focused content (26 reports produced during the survey period) out of all 14 media outlets surveyed. CNN came in a distant second, scoring high on racism-focused content, however, the majority of which only focused on individual incidents like Paula Deen’s n-word revelation and George Zimmerman stories. Of course, the least systemically aware cable news station was Fox News, with almost one in three segments being dismissals of racism.

Of the categories, which featured the most systemically aware content on racism, economics scored the highest followed closely by criminal justice, education and politics. The least aware categories included entertainment, arts and culture, and ironically, race relations and identity.

The mainstream media really sucks when it comes to focusing on race-related topics concerning Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Of the 1,187 instances of news and television media coverage on race that were reviewed, only 2.36 percent covered AANHPI stories.

The report also says mainstream media discussions of race and racism rarely feature coverage of racial justice advocacy or even solutions. According to the report, articles and Op-eds, which feature protest, organizing, policies and reforms addressing systematic racism never constitute more than 3.3 % of any individual news outlet’s coverage of race and racism. The highest incidences were found in the Washington Post (8 out of 244) and the Tampa Bay Times (2 out of 61).

Likewise, the failure on the part of the media to engage fruitfully in discussions of systematic racism helps to encourage what the report calls the Seven Harmful Racial Discourse Practices, including my favorites: reinforcing the misconception that racism is simply a personal problem (individualized racism); making false equivalence through incomparable acts; diverting from race-talk altogether (especially in favor of other so-called universal injustices); and silencing through coded language (because as Richard Sherman has shown us, a “thug” is often used as an “acceptable way” to call someone, usually black, something a bit more colorful).

The report also offers recommendations for ways that news media outlets could report better on racism (that’s if they are interested), including the following: expanding understanding of racism beyond personal prejudices; focusing on impact rather than attitudes; using a racial lens even in conversations about other injustices (including class, gender and sexuality); and cultivating discourse led by people of color. However, even if you are not part of the production side of the media, as consumers of its content, it is important that we too look through these reports on racism with the same systemically-aware eye.

Don Lemon Questions If “Thug” Is A Racist Term & Says Don’t Act Like A Thug If You Don’t Want To Be Treated Like One!

January 12th, 2014 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Let’s be honest: There are few things Don Lemon says nowadays that don’t make us side eye him.  He can utter the exact same words you’ve said on the same topic and somehow, he will be hated for it. But, it hasn’t stopped him and this time, he’s continuing his coverage on the Nebraska toddler who has been called a “thug baby” by much of the world.

On Friday night, Lemon decided to tackle it from a different angle, this time asking if the term “thug” was racist. He specifically questioned if it was a racist because it was used to describe the innocent two year old child.  He pointed out that while many in the hip-hop community have used to the word in their music, it is not relegated to that genre and went to on to show that every ethnicity and class type has used the term at one point or another.

Lemon added that while he isn’t sure if the Omaha police posted the video with a racist mindset but if they did:

“Why not take the outrage you have behind that and use the energy for good to actually stop a detrimental cycle of any name? Why take ownership of thuggery? There’s nothing flattering or enticing about being a thug. And why get mad that someone calls you the very same name you call yourself? If you don’t want to treated like a thug or considered one, then don’t act like one. That’s the message that parents should be sending to their children.”

What do you think about Don Lemon’s comments?

Now We Know Why He’s Been Talking Crazy: Don Lemon To Get His Own Nightly Show On CNN

November 19th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you were one of the few people who couldn’t get enough of watching Don Lemon deliver the news, along with his own interesting perspectives on things that affect black folks (like the n-word) on CNN’s weekend program, Newsroom, you’ll be happy to know he’s about to be on your TV every night.

According to Shadow and Act, Lemon’s show, which is untitled at the moment, will air at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central), and it will be a “a one-topic show tackling important issues of the day, either reported or vastly underreported, from Lemon’s unique perspective.”

You know what that means: more five-point surface strategies on how to fix the black community, stop-and-frisk, and advice to celebrities on how to get their lives together. Basically, elongated versions of what we hear from him when he speaks on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Ironically, this is the same news network that wouldn’t give Roland Martin a show after his years of service as a contributor on a variety of programs. As he said on Huffington Post Live:

“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘I can do this.’ We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.

If it’s a ratings game, and we won, how is it I never got a show?”

Lemon is probably getting a show because of all the feathers he’s ruffled recently with his stances on issues pertaining to black folks. They probably see him as providing that “edge” that can pull in ratings based on controversy, and Lemon is definitely controversial. Congratulations, Don, your plan worked.

Do you think you would tune in to his new nightly program? 

#DonLemonOn: CNN Reporter Gets Roasted By Black Twitter After Defending Stop-And-Frisk

November 5th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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At this point, I think it would be safe to say Don Lemon is a glutton for punishment. As one of few African Americans reporting news on a major network, the CNN journalist has attempted to make his mark as some sort of expert on the black community. Unfortunately, for him and us, every time he opens his mouth he just can’t get it right.

Today, Black Twitter is having a field day at Lemon’s expense after he spoke in favor of stop-and-frisk on Black America Web’s radio program. Yes, you read that right. Proclaiming that, “If you question many people in New York City, even some black and Hispanic people, they will tell you that on the surface they don’t really have an issue with stop-question-and-frisk,” Lemon went on to pose this nonsensical question:

“Would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive? That’s the real issue facing the citizens of New York and pretty soon, ultimately YOU.”

And that’s when the veteran (term to be used loosely now) journalist got his behind handed to him with the hashtag #DonLemonOn. Bringing up nearly every racial issue that has plagued African Americans in the United States, Black Twitter decided to create their own commentary on how Don Lemon might address issues like slavery, segregation, and more. Read on and have a good laugh at his expense in the face of his ignorant commentary. Thoughts?

CNN Needs A Splash of Color! Journalist Appointed To Lead Network’s Diversity Group

October 3rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Anderson Cooper image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com. Jake Tapper (top) and Wolf Blitzer (bottom) via Twitter

Anderson Cooper image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com. Jake Tapper (top) and Wolf Blitzer (bottom) via Twitter

Since Soledad O’Brien was dismissed, CNN has been in the hot seat for its homogeneous, “invariably white” staff. Swooping in to dissipate criticism, Geraldine Moriba, the new Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide, will work to bring a splash of color to the news network.

Ever since Jeff Zucker was appointed president of CNN last year, the network has developed a poor track record on diversity. Along with O’Brien, Roland Martin and Donna Brazile were removed from their analyst positions on the network. “Do you think that the vision Zucker has for CNN may be a ‘White-out?’” an Ebony contributor once asked. Martin, describing CNN executives as “largely white males,” believed they refused to renew his contract despite his good ratings because they were threatened by “having strong, confident minorities” on board.

Just last week, rumors were circulating that Zucker was pulling the plug on CNN’s Diversity Council, but CNN announced the contrary: African-American journalist Geraldine Moriba will be spearheading a revamped Council to address multicultural issues facing the news network.

I had the pleasure of working with her prior to my time at CNN, and always found her to have a terrific sensibility and understanding of some of the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” said Jeff Zucker, chief of CNN.

For the first time, the VP of Diversity and Inclusion will be required to report directly to the President on matters concerning diversification.

Moriba, also an Emmy-winning executive producer for CNN’s Program Development, has demonstrated her credentials for her new position through her work on CNN’s In America. The program featured 11 groundbreaking documentaries in two years which “focused on communities which had previously been underserved,” a press release stated. Moriba also created the “In America Blog” which surpassed 15 million readers within the first six months.

Aware of the scrutiny CNN has received for hiring few anchors of color, Moriba explained, “Some of the smartest journalists in the business work at CNN and I know that the prevailing sentiment in our newsrooms is that it is crucial for our content and workforce to reflect the audience we serve. These are goals accomplished by working as a team. This isn’t only about pursuing a noble purpose, it’s about continuing to share news from across our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, in even more effective ways.” The anchors in the image up top are some of the network’s more famous faces. But Jane Velez-Mitchell (host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell), Van Jones (one of the hosts of the revamped Crossfire), and Don Lemon (host of CNN Newsroom on the weekends) are some of the other anchors on the network.

The award-winning CNN Diversity Council was created back in 2003. Its basic initiative is to enforce CNN’s diversity mission of “growing its business by reflecting diverse audiences and perspectives in its programming and supporting an inclusive culture for its employees,” a press statement said.