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Personhood, Weight Loss & Melissa Harris-Perry’s Thoughts On Oprah’s Weight Watchers Commercial

January 8th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Melissa Harris-Perry's Thoughts On Oprah's Weight Watchers Commercial

I know I’m not the only one who is tired of Oprah’s Weight Watchers commercial. It is literally everywhere. But we shouldn’t be surprised really; it’s Oprah, and she does pretty much everything big. I mentally wished Oprah success on her journey but; aside from the fact that I was bored of it, I didn’t really pay the commercial much mind.

Interestingly enough, professor, news anchor, author, etc. Melissa Harris-Perry watched the commercial and took something else away from it.

She had an issue with one line in particular.

“Inside every overweight woman, is a woman she knows she can be.” 

Oprah goes on to say that you can get to a point where you look in the mirror and don’t recognize yourself.

On her MSNBC show, Harris- Perry is known for her open letters. And last week’s was directed to Ms. Winfrey. She said after watching her commercial, she was “a bit distressed.”

She began by running down a brief list of Oprah’s accolades. Noting that not only is Oprah a billionaire, she’s one of the most philanthropic people on the planet. And she talked about Oprah’s influence, her ability to jumpstart careers, change lives through education and catapult authors out of obscurity with a book club recommendation.

She bad.

So when Oprah said inside of her there’s the woman she wants to be, Harris-Perry said,

“I’m thinking to myself ‘But O! You are already precisely the woman so many are striving to be. Who you are, what you have accomplished, how you have influenced and altered the world is all so much more important than your dress size. There is not one thing that you have done that would have been more extraordinary if you had done it with a 25 inch waist.” 

She continued saying, “I worry as a mom and as a woman about the messages our daughters receive if they think a woman as phenomenal as you is still not enough unless she is thin.”

I watched Harris-Perry deliver her open letter and at the end of it, I was like “Damn.” There’s some truth there. To me, and many others in the public, skinny Oprah was no different than overweight Oprah. So for her to say that she felt or continues to feel like she isn’t the woman she knows she can be because she’s not thin, is concerning. When I think of personhood, weight has very little to do with it. The spirit, soul, essence doesn’t change because you lose or gain weight.

Maya Angelou said something along the lines of you’ll forget what a person said, even what they do but you’ll never forget how that made you feel.

I know that to be true. When my grandmother died, months after her passing I was freaked out when I found I couldn’t remember certain elements of her physical features. Then it occurred to me, likely through Divine revelation, that a person is not their body and I could and still can access the way my grandmother made me feel heard, loved and important.

A quote that is often misattributed to C.S. Lewis says, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul; you have a body.”

One is eternal, depending on your beliefs, and the other is not, regardless of your beliefs.

I don’t think there are thin or fat souls, as we define them in the physical sense.

That being said, I’ve never been heavy. I don’t know what it’s like to struggle with weight in that way, particularly as a public figure, on television every single day for 25 years. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and not recognize myself but not because of weight.

I imagine that being frustrated with an area of your life and seeking to change it goes beyond just the physical component. We all know that achieving a goal, is very rarely about a physical feat. Most of the time, there is mental, emotional, psychological and even spiritual satisfaction that comes from achieving a goal, even if you may use your physical body to do it.

For many people, weight is more than just weight. It might represent something emotional, some type of bad habit, a lack of control or discipline in their lives. So then losing weight is less about appearance and more about the internal work of addressing those habits, emotions or lacking.

That’s something you don’t have to be overweight to understand.

Despite what we, the public, have witnessed Oprah accomplish and become, most of us can’t argue that we know her well enough to know what feelings, goals and desires she has for her personal life (that she just might happen to share with the world.) If, despite all of her accolades, accomplishments, influence and power, Oprah still wants to prove to herself that she can be the type of woman who is not burdened by excess weight and wants to relieve that burden by losing the weight, then that’s certainly not shallow. It’s admirable. And to Melissa Harris-Perry’s point: The woman who made the decision to lose weight and the woman who will ultimately do the physical work to do so, is the same woman who built an empire and changed the game. She doesn’t have a dress size.

Add Touré & Joy-Ann Reid To The List Of MSNBC Journos With Tax Issues

April 23rd, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Touré Neblett, journalist, author and MSNBC correspondent on The Cycle, is the latest notable name from that network to be hit with a tax lien.

“In September 2013, New York issued a state tax warrant to Neblett and his wife, Rita Nakouzi, for $46,862.68. Six months later, the state issued an additional warrant to the couple for $12,849.87,” reports The National Review.

He’s the fourth MSNBC reporter to run into tax trouble recently. Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband were hit with a tax lien over a past due $70,000 tax bill last week. And The New York Times went into great detail last year about the tax issues that Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network are facing. They totaled his tax bill at about $4.5 million. (Rev. Al maintained that he’s getting that all sorted out.)

And now we have word that Joy-Ann Reid is past due $5,000 on her taxes. The Reid Report was cancelled back in February.

Our first reaction is that all of these folks — especially Touré, Reid and Harris-Perry — need to find new accountants. When your taxes become more complicated you have to be sure you’re working with a tax professional who has a handle on the laws and paperwork that need to be filed to properly record what’s owed. Things like income from untraditional sources or contractual work, buying and selling property, or high business expenses caused by, for instance, lots of travel have to be treated with care so the IRS doesn’t think you’re trying to pull a fast one. The government does not play with its money, so you can’t either.

Black Twitter Goes In On “Morning Joe” Hosts For Blaming Hip Hop For Racist SAE Chant

March 12th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Black Twitter Goes In On "Morning Joe" Hosts

Source: MSNBC

You know how it is, whenever White kids–or White people are caught acting a fool, there is always some type of ridiculous rationalization. And sometimes–most times– when White people are caught oppressing Black folks, they try to blame their morally bereft actions on the very people they’ve oppressed.

See Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin being responsible for their own deaths; and now, Hip Hop artists being held responsible for the racist chant performed by a predominately White fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Oklahoma.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Earlier this week, we reported that Waka Flocka decided to cancel his performance at the university, after having already performed for the fraternity before. Many of us respected his decision but the anchors of the MSNBC show, “Morning Joe,” didn’t see things the same way. In fact, they thought his decision to cancel the performance was hypocritical.

It was Mika Brzezinski who said:

“If you look at every single song– I guess you call these–that he [Waka Flocka]’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage, full of n-words, full of f-bombs. It’s wrong and he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.”

He shouldn’t be disgusted with them?

And the man for whom the show is named, Joe Scarborough, cosigned.

Aaahh we recognize this trope by now don’t we? White people use the n-word and get in trouble and immediately other White people remind us how often the word is used in Hip Hop and how our use of the n-word someone makes their use of it acceptable or understandable.

But nah.

We can argue all day about whether Black should be able to use the word. But I don’t know why there is ever a discussion about White people doing it. Just don’t. Done. It’s the equivalent of you going home and trying to convince your mom that you should be able to participate in some dangerous activity just because your friend Keisha, does it. Well you can’t do everything Keisha does. Y’all have different mothers and in this context completely different experiences in the world that should forbid you from using the word comfortably.

Leave it alone.

Furthermore, let’s not pretend that this SAE chant is one that was just penned after the emergence of Hip Hop. Judging by the lynching reference and the fact that SAE was founded, has been predominately White and southern in nature since 1856, I’d be willing to argue that this is not a new song. Plus this doesn’t even take into consideration the fact that this is not the first time a racial incident from the fraternity has made national attention.

The first documented incident, you know when the general population started regarding racism as wrong, was in 1982, four years before Waka Flocka was even born, more less making music.

So MSNBC can miss all of us with that weak argument. I don’t even have to expound on the fact that Waka’s use of the n-word is drastically different from the members of SAE talking about stringing Black people up from trees.

Just stop it.

Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who smelled this bull. And Black Twitter came to the rescue once again with a hashtag showing just how ridiculous the “Morning Joe” anchors were in their thinking.

Check out the best tweets from the #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery hashtag.

#Winning: Janet Mock’s Engaged And Set To Host New MSNBC Show

December 22nd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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2014 was a great year for best-selling author Janet Mock!

As one of the leaders of the Transgender movement, Mock has received the opportunity to host her own show on MSNBC called So POPular! Variety reports Mock’s show will feature weekly reviews of entertainment and pop-culture news “viewed through a progressive lens.”

With Mock’s visible presence in the media, she continues to change  how others communicate to or about transgender women. In MadameNoire’s PRIDE month interview highlight, Mock shared her thoughts on how other media personalities are not educated on trans issues:

“In one instance we have been telling trans to tell their stories and the stories have been told in the same way over the past 60 years. Christine Jorgenson came out in the 1950s as the first trans-American woman to transition, medically. Since then we have been preoccupied by that idea of what trans people do to their bodies. When we do that, we dehumanize trans people. I think we would never ask the same questions of women who are not trans. It is just a blind spot because we have been trained to think this way that trans women or trans people are these objects we get to talk at and not actual people with their own boundaries, body anatomy and agencies. Trans people get to say what they want to talk about in terms of their own body and people should not have to investigate their ‘realness.’ So as the end of the day, we are asking trans people to prove to society that they are either really a woman or man.We as a people and media have a need to make trans people prove if their trans-identities are real identities.”

As Mock continues to thrive in her career,  her personal life is also blooming. The curly-haired beauty recently got engaged to her boyfriend Aaron Tredwell. Mock announced the news yesterday via Instagram with the picture below and  caption “I said YES!”:

janet Mock's Engaged


 Congratulations to Janet and Aaron. Catch Mock’s first episode of So POPular! below.

MSNBC Doesn’t Renew Goldie Taylor’s Contract

September 30th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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MSNBC Forgoes Renewing Goldie Taylor's


MSNBC has decided not to renew the contributor contract for Goldie Taylor. She appeared on camera during both daytime and primetime programming.

Yesterday, Taylor shared the news with her followers on Twitter:

Taylor also tweeted she does not know what her next career move will be but she is open to editorial and speaking engagements.

In July we reported on Taylor’s responds to Stephen A. Smith over his remarks about how victims of domestic violence might have provoked their partners. This in reference to Ray Rice’s assault against his then-fiancee Janay Smith. Since then Taylor has been vocal about the protests and the police response in Ferguson, MO after the shooting death of Mike Brown.

She has also been working on a documentary about East St. Louis, MO, which she crowdfunded on Kickstarter. The bidding is over, but you can watch the trailer below. So she’s not going to be on MSNBC, but certainly she’ll continue to be a voice in journalism and non-fiction.

H/T Mediaite

Diversity? You Won’t Find It On Cable News

July 17th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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If you’re having trouble seeing color on your cable news programming, you don’t need new glasses. The lack of diversity on cable news is glaring.

Progressive watchdog FAIR analyzed five weeks of interview segments from Anderson Cooper 360, OutFront with Erin Burnett, All In with Chris Hayes, The Rachel Maddow Show, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity.  They examined the guests on each show by race/ethnicity, gender, political affiliation and occupation. The findings: A severe lack of diversity on each program.

Crunching the numbers, it turned out that 84 percent of all the guests were white. Surprisingly, Rachel Maddow’s show had the most white guests, with only six percent being non-white (Maddow did have fewest guests of any show). And none of her guests were women.

MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes was the most diverse. Twenty-seven percent of Hayes’ guests were people of color.

Unbelievably, Fox News, which has been known for its white male conservative bent, was more diverse than Maddow–but barely. Just 10 percent of O’ Reilly’s guests were people of color. Hannity had 15 percent. CNN’s AC 360  had 14 percent and 19 percent of Erin Burnett’s guests were people of color, reports The Huffiington Post.

This new FAIR story shows that not much has changed since Media Matters did a similar study last year. As we reported then, in the month of April 2013 76 percent of the 1,677 guests on CNN were men. Fox News had the largest number of white guests — 83 percent. “All In With Chris Hayes” hosted the largest proportion of women and had  the largest proportion of non-white guests — 41 percent.

Can This Be Right? A New Survey Says MSNBC Is The Least Trusted TV News Source

June 10th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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msnbcA Brookings and Public Religion Research Institute study finds that of all TV news sources, Americans trust MSNBC the least. Huh? Well, there’s a little more to this.

According to this survey, Republicans fall into two camps: those who trust Fox News (The New Republic calls them Fox News Republicans) and those who don’t. However, Democrats are much more scattered about where they place their trust. Nearly a third (31 percent) trust the networks — CBS, NBC and ABC. About a quarter (26 percent) trust CNN. Public television was the choice for 14 percent. Then comes MSNBC at 10 percent. And The Daily Show pulls up the rear with nine percent.

Republicans are so polarized, TNR says, it impacts policy preferences, with non-Fox News Republicans falling more closely in line with Democrats and Independents, including on the issue of immigration, which is what the survey was largely questioning. For instance, only 42 percent of Fox News Republicans believe there should be a path to citizenship where 62 percent Non-Fox News Republicans believe there should be.

But more than that, the survey found that Fox News Republicans are uninformed on the immigration topic.

“Sixty four percent of Fox News Republicans wrongly believe that illegal immigration has increased during the past few years. Adults who most trust the broadcast [stations] do not excel at that question either: 46 percent believe that illegal immigration has increased. But that’s much better than Fox News viewers,” the article says.

The article wraps by cautioning that the Fox News “echo chamber” can lead to widespread misinformation and political candidates that have no chance of winning.

But let’s go back to the first part: MSNBC is the least trusted among television news sources? What do you think?

‘Disrupt’ Interrupted: Karen Finney’s MSNBC Show Canceled

June 6th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Wow. It was just a year ago that MSNBC added a new black host, Karen Finney, to its regular lineup. Now, she’s out.

Melissa Harris-Perry Talks Surrogacy And The Politics Behind Raising Black Children

April 8th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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Melissa Harris-Perry

From EurWeb

On February 14 my husband, James, and I welcomed our little girl, Anna James (AJ), 
to our family. I had lost my uterus to fibroids five years earlier, so we turned to surrogacy as a way to have our own biological child. We were already raising Parker, our spirited 12-year-old daughter from my previous marriage, and with AJ’s arrival I became a 40-year-old mom of a new-born and a tween.

The idea of balancing
 two children with a 12-year age gap between them, a still-young marriage and two full-time jobs (my self-titled MSNBC show in New York City and a Tulane University professorship in New Orleans) had me panicked that first night in the hospital.

But my anxiety transformed into deep sadness 
the next day, when, after 30 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury returned a verdict in the case of the death of Jordan Davis. The jurors found 47-year-old Michael Dunn guilty on three counts
 of attempted second-degree murder for shooting into an SUV full of African-American teenagers. During a dispute with the teens about loud hip-hop music at a gas station, Dunn fired ten bullets into their vehicle, killing 17-year-old Davis, who was sitting in the backseat. On the charge of first-degree murder, which was tied directly to Davis’s death, the jury was hung. Finding Dunn guilty on the attempted murder counts means that it’s likely he will spend decades in prison, but like many others who followed this case closely, I had lingering angst that Davis’s killing would not be legally recognized as murder.

I met Davis’s mother, Lucia McBath, when she appeared on my show last August. She joined me on the same day I hosted Sybrina Fulton, the mother of murdered teen Trayvon Martin, and Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers. I was struck by the reality that the father of Evers-Williams’s children was ripped from them by an assassin 50 years earlier, the killer of Fulton’s son was set free by another Florida jury the month before our taping and McBath was still waiting to learn if her slain son would receive justice. These women had all experienced unspeakable suffering, but were still compelled to bear witness to their tragedies.

Read more about Melissa Harris Perry’s motherhood journey at 

#EpicFail: Tweets That Made The World Go “What Were You Thinking?”

January 31st, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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It can take just one tweet to unravel years of friendship or to turn a celebrity that never knew you were alive to a ball of rage. Then there are those tweets to beat all other tweets: the ones where employees and potential employees spoil all of the chances they ever had for respect, a promotion or a job, and make you go, “What in the world were they thinking?” Here are nine tweets of epic fail proportions that will make you cringe.