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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
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!
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?
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?
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?
#DonLemonOn The Middle Passage: It was a free trip. They should be thankful.
— PragmaticObotsUnite (@PragObots) November 5, 2013
“White People Will Hate My Half-Black Child” White, American Mother Gives Bi-Racial Baby Up For Adoption
Susan also wanted her son to grow up far away from the life she knew. She was a 30-year-old prostitute addicted to crack beginning a prison sentence when she learned she was pregnant. She did not know whether the child’s father was a man who raped her “for hours” or a drug dealer whom she “had done something with” one time, she said. But both men were African American, and she believed the child would face discrimination growing up in the United States.Now, there’s a good chance that Susan just didn’t want to raise a child by the man who raped her or the drug dealer she did something with. Looking into this boys eyes, no doubt, would have been a painful reminder of some of the trauma she’s experienced in her life. It’s completely understandable and actually admirable that she would choose to give him to a family who could love regardless. The fact that she thought enough to pick a woman who would have looked like her mother is also endearing. What I find very interesting though are Susan’s concerns about race. Judging by Susan’s daughter’s comments, she might be giving this child up because of her own prejudice or full out racism. And if that’s the case, even though it may sound pretty terrible, she still made the right decision. Furthermore, does it strike anyone else as interesting that she, a woman who has most likely experienced her own fair share of discrimination because of her past, believes it would be complete hell for a black child to grow up here. In other words, as one Bossip reader put it: “You know life is a mess if a white crack head prostitute thinks the worse thing to be is black in America.”“There’s too much prejudice over here. The white people are going to hate him because he’s half black, and the majority of black people are going to hate on him because he’s half white,” said Susan, who is Caucasian. “And then he’ll have to do extra things to prove what kind of a Negro he is, and extra things to prove what kind of a honky he is and I don’t want that. I did not want that for my kid.” Even her own daughter, then aged 11, said “she would never accept that n***** child.”White people are going to hate him because he’s half black … black people are going to hate on him because he’s half white
Susan, birth mother who chose a Dutch family
Mark O’ Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, who proved to the world of law that his skills and expertise can keep even a murderer out of prison, is now joining CNN as a legal analyst, the The Huffington Post reports.
While O’Mara appeared on CNN’s Morning Day program on Friday, the show’s host — Chris Cuomo — announced that the Orlando-based attorney was hired “to offer [his] insight on a number of high-profile legal matters,” HuffPo said.
O’Mara, who helped get Zimmerman acquitted of second-degree murder charges for gunning down Trayvon Martin, is quite familiar with CNN. He’s occasionally been invited by the network to engage in interviews during the controversial trial.
According to the Inquisitr, O’Mara explained his reasons behind signing a contract with CNN:
“I know first hand what it is like to be the focus of media scrutiny. It is no secret that I’ve been critical of the press, but complaining doesn’t solve anything, and it occurred to me that if I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem. I’m hoping that serving as a legal analyst for CNN will allow me to contribute some thoughtful, moderated insight to what could otherwise be sensational or inflammatory issues.”
This also won’t be O’Mara’s first gig as a legal analyst. During Casey Anthony’s case, the Florida-based defense attorney reviewed legal documents and facts for Orlando’s CBS-affiliate in 2011.
Thank you Don Lemon, this is just the type of thing one wishes for on a semi-slow news day.
Somewhere in the midst of shaming black people and all the things we don’t do and need to do, Don Lemon made an attempt to be down again with a haircut cerca Kid N’ Play in the 1980s. I wish I could tell you what was going through Don’s mind when he made the trip to his local barber and asked for a cut more befitting of an 18-year-old than a 47-year-old CNN News Anchor (he looks good for his age doesn’t he?!) , but he appears to be proud of it. When Don tweeted the pic above of his new hair do, he wrote:
New haircut. Too long for TV news? I kinda like it. #HarlemBarbers
Oh, and if you think the front is amusing, check out the back.
OK, OK. It’s not that bad, although again, still not sure what brought this on. We can thank Don Lemon for what he brought on himself though. No less than 32 seconds after he posted these pics did #BlackTwitter have its way with him by means of the hashtag #donlemonlookslike. You know once we get started we can’t be stopped, which is why the hashtag eventually started trending with these shade moments which happen to be my personal faves.
— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) September 4, 2013
#DonLemonLooksLike tried out to be in New Edition back in 80s but got CUT
— GQ (@ATLREPPA) September 4, 2013
#DonLemonLooksLike his barber heard his sagging pants remarks on CNN and wasn’t too thrilled….
— Jerell Gantt (@imitationbyj) September 4, 2013
— Alexis (@TheNotoriousLEX) September 4, 2013
Don took it all in stride when he saw he was trending, responding to the hooplah saying:
So now you’re a brotha? Oh
Don’s gon’ learn today! What do you think of his new cut?