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The parents of Jordan Davis, a black Florida teen who was shot in an altercation over loud music, spoke to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts on Wednesday morning about the controversial verdict in their son’s death.
A jury found Michael Dunn, the 47-year-old white software engineer who shot Davis,guilty on three counts of second-degree attempted murder. The jury could not come to a decision on the charge of first-degree murder.
Dunn got into an argument with four young men in a Jacksonville parking lot on Nov. 23, 2012 over the volume of the music playing in an SUV next to his car. Davis was one of the passengers in the SUV. The argument culminated in Dunn firing several shots at the vehicle, killing Davis.
Dunn argued that he fired in self-defense, claiming that he feared for his life during the argument and that he saw Davis brandish a gun. No weapon was ever found.
Davis’ parents said on Good Morning America that they don’t personally blame the jurors, but that they believe that the laws that allowed Dunn to plead self-defense in the case must be rewritten.
Read more on Jordan Davis’ parents’ interview at BlackVoices.com
It was just a week ago that “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts let the world know she has been in a relationship with a woman for some time now when she thanked her “longtime girlfriend” in an end of the year Facebook post, now the 53-year-old is opening up even more and talking about her partner on national television. This morning, while recapping her weekend celebrating her niece’s's wedding, Robin pointed out that her girlfriend Amber was in attendance with her and her entire family and when George Stephanopoulos asked Robin what’s been the response to her coming out, she stated through tears:
“I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now. My year-end post was full of gratitude and telling everyone all that I am grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber who loved me through a very difficult year. I’m very happy for the support.”
Of course Robin wasted no time changing the subject after sharing those very personal sentiments, but we have no doubt Amber appreciated that. Check out all she said in the video below.
Good Morning America fans rejoice! Robin Roberts, the most trusted news personality in the US, has reportedly signed a deal to continue co-hosting the morning news program “for years to come” at a reported $14 million per year. A source tells Shadow and Act that the deal was signed last month, extending Roberts’ 20-year tenure with ABC.
GMA will now have to negotiate with other hosts of the show — Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer — who will likely want a pay raise. (LOL… you think?) The show has overtaken Today as the ratings leader for morning television. However, that Shadow and Act insider says that doesn’t mean everyone will be getting a bump.
Yesterday, Roberts was in Vatican City with Elliott, attending Pope Francis’ weekly address. They waited in line to touch the Pope just like all the other attendees.
Meanwhile, on a less happy note (or maybe not!), Ann Curry’s time with NBC is said to be coming to an end. Her contract is up in 2014. She was given a $12 million salary and her own news team after being demoted from Today show host, but if you ask most people, they’ll probably say they haven’t hear too much from her since she was pushed out of the former morning news leader. A media analyst tells The Hollywood Reporter that she might want to follow in Soledad O’Brien’s footsteps and start her own production company. That would give her the flexibility to take her talents elsewhere. (She’s a widely respected journalist with amazing broadcast experience, after all.)
Separately, if you’re still angry/interested in that whole Today show saga, they’re going to make a Lifetime movie about it, based on the book Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter. Who do you think should star? Will you watch?
From Black Voices
Daviece Clement sat in a downtown Richmond coffee shop last week, casually detailing her plans to launch an advertising campaign to snag the man of her dreams.
She talked about her background, her career and her dreams. She laughed. She high-fived. She laid it all on the line to a reporter she’d met just days before, well within earshot of the other midmorning coffee patrons.
Clement punctuated the conversation — a wide-ranging discussion of an innovative approach to finding a husband — by repeatedly noting just how introverted she is.
There are a lot of adjectives to describe Clement — smart, charming, engaging, funny — but it’s hard to imagine that anyone with access to a working dictionary would ever describe the 32-year-old hairdresser and former advertising executive as introverted.
“I really am!” she insisted when challenged, leaving one to wonder whether Clement is trying to convince you or herself.
Either way, what matters is that this perception is one of the driving forces that has led her to create an advertising campaign to find her man.
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Last year, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts inspired us all when she emerged with great vitality from a bone-marrow transplant she received from her sister. Today, Roberts is celebrating the gift-of-life — one year since the risky surgery.
“I’m going to beat this,” Roberts said when she first learned about her myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She was given a second chance at life, thanks to her sister Sally Ann; Roberts touchingly calls the one-year anniversary since the transplant her “First Birthday”:
“Unlike my first first birthday — which of course I don’t remember — this time around I know I will never forget all the people who have reached out to me over the past year. Your words of encouragement, smiling faces, and prayers have carried me through the toughest times. I know that I would not have made it to this milestone without you.”
In a PSA (below), Roberts pushes for more bone marrow donors as a way of increasing the chances of finding a match. According to Be A Match’s official website, 70 percent of “people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life,” it said. “Be A Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. ”
Roberts says she felt so blessed by the renewal of her life that it is her mission to inspire others to give people with life-threatening blood cancers a second-chance as well. “That is my birthday wish… that you all find the strength within yourselves to push forward and have people in your lives who will be there to love you through it,” Roberts said.
Click here for more information about the quick and easy steps in joining Be A Match.
TV journalist Robin Roberts is back! The New York Times reports that one year after leaving ABC’s Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant, and six months after returning part-time, she has returned full-time as the show’s co-host.
She returned to a five-day-a-week schedule yesterday morning. Roberts made the announcement at an event recently celebrating the US Open tennis tournament.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said, according to People magazine. “I want to get back to my full life.”
Her comments came almost a year to the day when Roberts signed off from the show, after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, known as M.D.S., a rare and debilitating blood disorder. She had a bone marrow transplant that saved in September.
During Roberts’ medical leave, ABC anchors Amy Robach and Elizabeth Vargas were her main substitutes. And they continued to fill in after Roberts came back to the morning program part-time in February. Roberts typically worked three or four days a week, adhering to her doctors’ advice about a gradual comeback, reports The Times.
Good Morning America has been pulling in good ratings. The program just celebrated a full year at number one, marking a generational change in morning television, a category that had been led by NBC’s Today show for 16 years, reports the newspaper.
Will you watch Roberts on Good Morning America?
Today Alicia Keys took the stage during “Good Morning America’s” summer concert series. We didn’t catch the actual vocal performance but looking at the pics, there are a couple of highlights. One, she brought Maxwell out to perform what I believe to be the strongest song her Girl On Fire album “Fire We Make.” And two, she debuted this new bowl cut. There may have been a better way to explain that but this is the only style that comes to mind right now.
At first glance, I didn’t know quite what to think about it, so if you too find yourself confused, check out some more images on the next couple of pages.
Just to be clear, the people in this pic above are not the ones participating in the “We Forgive You Paula” rally — at least as far as we know — but this was the only photo we could find with Paula Deen and any black person besides Oprah since her fall from grace so there you have it.
Now on to the real nonsense. In true Uncle Tom fashion (sorry, is that too harsh?), a group of African Americans have gotten together to form a coalition of “black people for Paula” who are planning to rally in New York City, of all places, to express their support of the disgraced Food Network Chef. Don’t believe it? Here’s their official website and the statement of purpose written there:
The word Paula used was horrible. She has admitted that what she said was wrong and hurtful. She gave an extremely heartfelt apology and I forgive her, my family forgives her and the African American community forgives her. We have all made at least one mistake that we wish never happened. Paula Deen should not have to continue to suffer for one mistake.
Myself and over 100 of my friends are gathering in New York city on Friday, August 16, 2013 to have a “WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” rally in Times Square right outside of the Good Morning America studio during the 7AM filming hour. We want everyone to see that that Black people are for Paula and that we accept her apology. Black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have forgiven Paula. The Black community has forgiven Paula, it’s time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.
We want to have a huge banner made saying “WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” and pink T-shirts made saying “BLACK PEOPLE FOR PAULA”. We also want to put together a
“WE FORGIVE YOU PAULA” signing book, that’s a book compiled of positive comments about Paula Deen you send us and we are going to send a copy to Paula and to the the companies that have chosen to prematurely brake ties with her.
The Black community is with you Paula and we are going to let the world know!
I’m sorry, please don’t speak for the entire African American community anonymous person who created this ridiculous effort. If you and your 100 brainwashed friends support and forgive Paula, fine, but don’t throw the rest of the 13% or so of African Americans in this country into this group. And truth be told, I really could care less about this sad excuse for attention and someone’s hope of being seen on GMA, I’m just disturbed that these 100 or so individuals could take the time to put together a website and gathering to show support of a southern bigot, but likely aren’t doing anything to address teen pregnancy among black girls, matriculation rates among African Americans, gun violence in Chicago — hell have they even put on a hoodie for Trayvon Martin?!
It never ceases to amaze me how some black folk always seem to return to the plantation in support of massa. Do we really think Paula would miss a day of frying butter to help a black person who caused such a racial stir? Me thinks not.
This morning, Kelly Rowland dropped by “Good Morning America” to discuss her new album “Talk a Good Game,” and among other things, lay the misconceptions about her song “Dirty Laundry” to rest. Though not much of the song was left up to interpretation, listeners did have to read between the lines a bit to figure out who the abusive boyfriend was that Kelly referenced in the lyrics. But when it comes to the line, “While my sister was on stage, I was enraged,” the former Destiny’s Child singer says we’ve got it all wrong. She told ABC’s Lara Spencer:
“That line is so often misunderstood and I know how it could be. The crazy thing about that song is, I was going through my own personal battle. So when [Beyoncé's] doing her thing, I’m over here thinking, ‘What am I going to do next? What do I wanna do with my life?’ I’m going through this relationship, smiling for people in public, going through so much pain and thinking about what I wanted for myself and I just wanted more. The song turned into something so positive for me and I am so happy that it did.”
So I guess that means we got it wrong and she’s not jealous of Bey?
Either way, the real exciting news is that while at GMA, Kelly revealed a snippet of the video for “Dirty Laundry” and it looks like it’s going to be good. Check out the video of her interview and music video preview below. What do you think?
“It Was The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Me” Chad Talks His 7 Day Jail Sentence With Robin Roberts
I doubt any of us were really feeling sorry for Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson being sentenced to 30 days in jail. Even though we could argue that the sentencing didn’t fit the probation violation and the butt slap, he’s done enough to warrant a little sit down. And judging by his interview on today’s “Good Morning America” interview, Chad seems to agree.
In his interview with Robin Roberts, he said that the seven days he spent in jail were just what he needed. In fact, he called it “one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.”
On the judge’s sentencing and whether he thought it was fair
“I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general. She was able to get me to do that. maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I’m going from this point was probably one of the best things that could happen to me right now.”
What he’s learned from the situation
“Usually, situations like this break people…but I wouldn’t allow anything to break me. I going to be my same positive self. I think with me being Chad it kind of made the judge feel that I wasn’t being serious about the situation but, trust me, I understood exactly what I did. I lost two of the things in life that I loved the most at the time. Football and my now beautiful, I did say beautiful, ex-wife.”
On playing football again
“I think everyone deserves a second chance. Many would say I might not deserve it. I would like to finish my career off the right way. I don’t want the last thing to be remembered you know, well, Chad was cut from the Dolphins for an incident he had with his wife. I would love to grace the football field one more time and to help some team. I’m not injured. There’s nothing wrong with me.”
I find it very interesting that Chad does this interview the day pictures of Evelyn from the almost year-old domestic violence incident are released. Tres bizarre. And the emphasis on the word beautiful was oddly interesting as well. It’s clear Chad is trying to rebuild, professionally in the eyes of the NFL as well as in the eyes of the public. Just like Robin said, we’ll certainly be watching to see what happens to this character. You never know how the cookie will crumble.
Watch the full interview on the next page.