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Creator Of The #WhyIStayed Hashtag Talks Her Abusive Relationship & Explains How She Left

September 11th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Creator Of The #WhyIStayed Hashtag

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Earlier today, we discussed the #WhyIStayed hashtag, created by domestic violence survivor Beverly Gooden.

Yesterday, Gooden sat down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” to discuss why she started the hashtag, provide more insight into the minds of battered women and explain how to go about safely leaving an abusive relationship. She was also joined by Dr. Phil who has spoken in front of Congress about the issue of domestic violence and whose wife, Robin McGraw, operates an organization dedicated to the issue, called the ASPIRE Initiative.

Robin Roberts led the segment with a statistic from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline which states that it takes an average of seven times before the victim leaves the abuser.

With that in mind, Roberts asked Gooden what happened the first time she tried to leave her ex husband.

“The first time I tried to leave him, he laid down in front of the door, the door to our apartment, and slept there the whole night so I couldn’t get out. So I didn’t leave.”

Then she explained what is often overlooked in these domestic violence situations.

“I think the main reason why I didn’t leave, and I think this is underestimated a lot, is that I loved him. I loved him. I believed in him. I believed what he said when he said he wouldn’t do it again. I trusted him. I was afraid of him. All of these reasons are invalidated a lot in the public eye as bad reasons why you stay. 

Fear is real. I was afraid of him because of the abuse. I was afraid that he would hurt me after I left. And all of those things are valid. And staying, although it may seem like a bad decision, sometimes, it’s the only decision a woman can make.” 

Dr. Phil was there to stress that women who find themselves in abusive relationships need to make sure that they attempt to leave when they feel it is most safe for themselves and their children, as many women end up being further abused or even killed when they try to escape from their partners.

“Because the abuser panics, it’s like I’m losing control. So they ratchet it up more and more and more. I would hate for this debate to spur women to just precipitously jump and either confront their abuser or leave without a plan.”

Dr. Phil explained that abusers frequently make it difficult for their victims to leave by isolating them away from people who could potentially help like family, friends, church members, coworkers, etc.

And he made sure to stress, “Abuse is not just physical, it’s all of the erosion of self worth and self esteem.”

Gooden said that she finally left when she started looking up tips on domestic violence websites like the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The sites advised her to start to save money and create a bag with clothing and toiletries, hidden away from your partner, so that when she was finally ready to leave she could do so as seamlessly as possible.

Gooden is now four years removed from her abusive marriage.

She explained to Roberts the reason why she created the hashtag and how she would like to see the conversation change.

“The reason that I started the hashtag was to give voice to the people out there who had their voice taken away for them to be able to speak their mind. I think was what bothered me most was the question was, that the question was ‘why did she stay’ and not ‘why did he hit her?’ And we do this across the board with violent situations. We do this with domestic violence by saying ‘why did she stay?’ We do this with rape with saying ‘why did she wear that?’ as if your clothing or your mere presence, gives someone the right to hurt you. So I think I really want to change the conversation from ‘why did she stay?’ to ‘why does he abuse?'”

You can watch Gooden’s full interview in the video below.

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Man Showed Up At GMA Set With Knife And Plans To ‘Kill Michael Strahan’

July 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A homeless man showed up at ABC’s “Good Morning America” Times Square studio and demanded to be allowed onto the set yesterday morning, FOX  reports. The 25-year-old, who has since been identified as Andre Johnson, was denied access by security guards. He later returned with a knife and attempted to stab a security guard.

“The suspect went to the entrance of ABC studios and demanded that security let him into the studio. He was denied entrance, at which time he showed a knife. He [then] attempted to stab a security guard,” said a police source.

A nearby police officer took notice of the altercation and arrested the suspect. Following the incident, the disturbed man was transported to the Midtown South police station, where he revealed to investigators why he was requesting to be allowed on to the set.

“I was there to kill Michael Strahan,” a law enforcement source claims Andre told investigators.

Thankfully, Michael never came in contact with Andre. The man has since been charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

“We’re incredibly thankful for the quick actions of a heroic NYPD officer who acted quickly and got the situation under control,” ABC said in a statement.

It’s currently unclear why he was targeting the former New York Giants star, but we imagine that it must be pretty tough to be a celebrity with things like this going on. Just last month we told you all about Sanaa Lathan’s stalker, who was discovered sleeping in her laundry room.


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Michael Strahan Makes His Introductory ‘GMA’ Appearance, Gets A Wheelbarrow Full Of Candy

April 15th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Michael Strahan made an introductory debut on Good Morning America, talking over his hosting duties and getting lots of gifts from Robin, George and the gang, including an alarm clock with the wrong time, a wheelbarrow full of Sour Patch Kids and a giant coffee cup. He’ll start work with GMA next week.

It was only a couple of weeks ago when speculation about whether the 42-year-old Super Bowl champ would join the GMA line up hit a fever pitch. The move comes after Josh Elliott’s departure from the show, though reports say Strahan had been in talks long before that. Strahan will stay on with Live with Kelly & Michael as well.

Elliott’s departure was marked with some controversy (not Ann Curry level, but sparks nonetheless) as he left for NBC Sports and wasn’t even there when they aired a farewell video for him. The issue, of course, was money. He was making $1.2 million and wanted $8 million. ABC, RadarOnline says, would only go as high as $4 million. The move to NBC Sports is a return to sports anchoring for Elliott, who will host big events like the Olympics.

Ratings since Elliott left have actually gone up, with the show tallying 5.8 million viewers the week of March 31, 715,000 more than the Today show.


Michael Strahan Reportedly Finalizing Deal To Co-Host ‘Good Morning America’

April 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Michael Strahan is a prime example that there’s life after professional sports. After fifteen years playing in the NFL, the 42-year-old Texas native has smoothly transitioned into television. In addition to doing an amazing job as the co-host on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael,” it’s being speculated that the ex-Giants player is being courted to join “Good Morning America” as a co-host.

Sources tell the New York Daily News that Strahan is currently in the process of finalizing a deal with ABC to claim a coveted co-host spot on the popular morning show, following Josh Elliot’s departure. According to the source, the deal is as good as sealed.

“They’re on the verge of signing the deal,” said the insider. “It could be announced this week.”

If hired, it’s reported that the retired NFLer will maintain his post on “Live with Kelly and Michael” and will simply work double duty during weekdays at ABC. The insider adds that Strahan has actually been in negotiations with ABC for months and that the negotiations have nothing to do with Elliot’s abrupt departure.

Would you like to see Strahan join the cast of “Good Morning America”? Do you think he’ll be able to hold down both jobs?

Humor vs Hatred: Nick Cannon Addresses Whiteface Controversy, Debuts Cheetah Hair

March 31st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last week we reported on the pictures of Nick Cannon in whiteface and how some were finding it offensive. Cannon swung by “Good Morning America” this morning to discuss the heat he’s come under recently. See what he had to say.

It was one of those things. Naming my album title and doing the character, I knew it would spark controversy. But I felt like it was a conversation that is needed.

We all have differences. We embrace it.  I talk about it in my standup all the time. It’s not a new conversation but it was the the topic of sensationalism last week. 

Without getting too serious, everybody’s really sensitive when it comes to race. That’s even one of the reasons why I did it. If you want to have that real conversation, it’s even funny they’re using this term white face, like I don’t know what that is.?

I know black face was a term created in 1869 to describe offensive minstrel shows. White face, if you look it up and google it, it’s a ski slope in upstate new York. This term that we have created, I was doing a character impression. Black face is about oppression. If you want to have that conversation, we can have that conversation. 

It’s to have fun and put it out there, yes, we have issues with race in this country. In this world. It doesn’t have to be with hatred. It’s a big difference between humor and hatred. 


People get so sensitive. It gets like this whole double standard. It reminds me of the kids a little bit.

When one gets away with something, they point the finger, why does he get to do that? It’s not that big of deal. I’m an artist. As long as I can embrace it, I get the opportunity to create. Everything comes with consequences and a little heat. If I can take the heat, let’s ride.

I wanted to do it from a place of, Yo, this is fun. From the title to the characters. If you listen to the album, it’s so funny. And it’s a bunch of stuff that is probably going to cause controversy but it all comes from a good place.


I have to admit Nick Cannon is saying all the right things, if you ask me. Whiteface really isn’t a “thing.” It’s just a term we’ve recently created. Blackface is the term and expression with the racially offensive and oppressive history. So there is a huge difference between Nick making himself look white and a white person putting on “blackface” which has a history of hatred stemming from 1869. Those of us who aren’t white know that, in the past and still today, the very image of minority groups has been used as a justification to mistreat I thought these things were generally understood but like Nick said, there’s always a white person in the wings on some “what if I did…” Kind of like the argument for white people to use the n-word. Sometimes there are just double standards. #KanyeShrug.

What do you think about Nick’s justification of his “whiteface”? Does it make sense to you or do some of you still find it offensive?

Oh! And there’s this new cheetah hair.

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Source: Instagram


I’m just leaving it here partially because it’s out there and something to look at but mostly because the abs were more enticing than the hair itself. That body is right, right?! Yaaassss!

You can watch Nick’s interview on Good Morning America in the video below.

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Robin Roberts Set To Be Guest Judge On ‘Dancing With the Stars’

March 29th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts will be doing a little moonlighting. She will be a guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Roberts will appear on the show next Monday, sitting beside the regular panelists at the judges’ table. She’s will be the first of various guest judges set to appear on the celebrity talent show this season. Others include Ricky Martin and Redfoo from the band LMFAO.

Roberts appearance will be a win-win for both shows. “Good Morning America usually gets a ratings boost when contenders from Dancing With the Stars appear for interviews, a big help in its own competition with the Today show,” reports The Grio.

“I’m really taking it seriously,” Roberts said on Good Morning America (via USA Today). “I’m going to have fun, but I’m really taking it seriously. Getting advice from people. Going to get out there early so I can study all the dancers.”

Do you think Roberts will make a good judge? We’re not familiar with any dance experience that she has, but judging some of the contestant’s moves doesn’t really require a dance background.

Jordan Davis’ Parents Speak Out On The Michael Dunn Verdict

February 21st, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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From BlackVoices 

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.

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Robin Roberts Sheds Tears Over Girlfriend On GMA: “I Have Never Been Happier Or Healthier”

January 6th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Robin Roberts Talks About Girlfriend

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.

Robin Roberts Will Be Sticking With ‘GMA’ For A Reported $14M Per Year

December 19th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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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?

Virginia Woman Launches Advertising Campaign To Find Husband

October 23rd, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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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.