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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.
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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.
Sources are mumbling about a possible Good Morning America spin-off that would give Robin Roberts her own daytime talk show. Roberts herself has denied this rumor –Broadcasting & Cable quotes a statement from her, ”No one is developing any show for me nor are discussions being had to that effect. I am 100% focused on my health and anchoring GMA, now and in the future” — but the article also says that the folks at ABC have not been shy about the fact that they want to build on the success GMA has enjoyed.
“The buzz about Roberts comes amid ratings woes for Couric’s daytime show, which debuted in fall 2012 under a two-year deal. If the show doesn’t come back after its current deal expires, that slot could open up at 3 p.m. in fall 2014,” B&C continues. That would be fine by us because, as we’ve said before, Katie’s show is a snooze-fest. And the ratings have reflected that. The question is whether Roberts would do any better. She’s been ranked the most trusted person in TV journalism, and she surely has had the support of her colleagues and viewers as she’s battled various health issues.
And, most important for a successful and sustaining daytime talk show, she’s an empathetic interviewer with an engaging and relatable personality. She has a memoir on the way and recently won a prestigious Peabody Award. In other words, she’s phenomenal.
But the competition is stiff. Besides the existing shows, she’s got to deal with Queen Latifah, who will have her own show come fall, as well as Bethenny Frankel and Kris Kardashian. Total aside, we’re gonna predict that the KK show will be cancelled with the quickness.
It’s not like we need another talk show, but if we had to have one, Robin Roberts would be a good choice. She’s a woman who has battled for her life and would surely tackle topics that would be genuinely beneficial to the audience (in addition to the usual lighthearted stuff). We’re always up for more Robin.
Katie Couric paid a visit to Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show and, during the course of an interview that covered everything everything from her early crush on Matt Lauer to her infamous interview with Sarah Palin, Couric admitted that the folks at the TODAY show made “cautious overtures” to her to possibly return to the show.
TODAY has been in ratings trouble ever since the morning program unceremoniously dumped Ann Curry last year. The show has been trying to revive ratings — lightening things up a bit, for instance — in order to keep Good Morning America at bay. TODAY has made up some ground, but it’s not near the highs it once enjoyed. Indeed, it enjoyed some of those highs when Couric was in the anchor seat.
Since leaving the CBS Evening News, Couric has been hosting her own daytime talk show which, IMHO, is booorrring. A mish mash of stuff and none of it is anything to write home about. So although she didn’t say what she plans to do (it doesn’t sound like a return to TODAY is necessarily in the cards), we’d be curious to see how long the talk show lasts. After all, there’s lots of competition for a talk show audience. If you’re not winning the ratings battle, you’re losing.
Why don’t we help out the TODAY show execs here: Would you even choose TODAY over the competition at this point because Katie Couric is on it?
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will publish a memoir in 2014 with Grand Central, the publisher announced Wednesday.
The book, which is not yet titled, will include Roberts’ story of her battle with MDS. The disease affects bone marrow and the creation of new blood cells.
“I am humbled that many have an interest, and draw strength from my ongoing journey,” Roberts said. “I’m grateful for the prayers and well wishes of so many people. I’m thrilled that Jamie Raab and Grand Central Publishing will help me tell my story.”.
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