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Joy Reid To Replace Melissa Harris-Perry On MSNBC

April 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Joy Reid To Replace Melissa Harris-Perry On MSNBC

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MSNBC hasn’t exactly been painting themselves in the most favorable light these days. The firing of several anchors of color, including Touré, Martin Bashir, and Alex Wagner, has a had quite a few people screaming foul, most notably former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.

You may remember that after months of what she described as inconsideration and a complete breakdown in communication, Harris-Perry blasted the network in an e-mail that leaked, making headline news. And while she has since settled into another position over at Elle, there was still the issue of who was going to consistently fill her time slot.

And now we have an answer: Joy Reid.

According to Variety, Reid will host a show that airs on Saturday and Sunday on MSNBC between 10 a.m. and noon.

Reid has a background as a talk radio producer and host. She was also the managing editor of During her tenure at theGrio, she was often a featured guest on other MSNBC shows.

Eventually, she was offered a hosting position for her very own show, “The Reid Report.” The show ran for just a little over a year before it was canceled when the network decided to pull away from progressive-themed news and lean more toward a breaking-news format.

So, needless to say, it’s interesting she finds herself in this position once again, replacing Harris-Perry, whose own show was essentially fazed out for breaking news.

Adweek reports that in a statement, Reid said: “Melissa did a show that was incredibly valuable,” Reid said in a statement. “Instead of trying to replace it, we will fill the space with something new; something compelling, and something that adds to the conversation.”

Reid’s new show will air on Saturday, May 7.

We certainly wish Joy the best in this new role.

Melissa Harris-Perry Likens Relationship With MSNBC To A Passive-Aggressive Boyfriend

March 15th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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When it came down to maintaining her voice or taking a severance package, Melissa Harris Perry chose her voice. And she used it recently during a sit down with “The View,” to clearly explain the reasons why she had to leave the network and even the rationale behind the invocation of the mammy reference and “little brown bobblehead.”

Harris-Perry started the segment by comparing her relationship with MSNBC, to that of a floundering relationship with a passive-aggressive, soon-to-be ex boyfriend.

I think the easiest way to describe this is if think about a relationship. Have you ever been dating somebody and presumably you guys are still dating, but not really? Like, he hasn’t called. Y’all haven’t been out in months and all the places you used to go together, actually he’s out there with somebody else. And you’re like ‘I’m pretty sure we’re not dating anymore.’  So that’s kind of what happened with the show. The show had basically been canceled. All of our branding was gone, the thing that said Melissa Harris Perry was gone, our music was gone and our editorial content was gone. Then, I was gone as a host. So, during the hours of 10-12, I wasn’t there anymore even though I was in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina, I wasn’t asked to be on air at that time, other people were. 

And then some other folks at other places started to notice. They called, they asked MS about it and then at that point, MS decided to put me back on air. But just me, not our show. So our show was a particular kind of thing, it was a table of people with different viewpoints and ideas and what they wanted me to do was just show up and read the news. And so what I declined to do was that. I didn’t decline to come back and do my show. 

Then she explained why she used the term mammy in the e-mail that was eventually leaked.

This was an e-mail that I wrote internally to my team. I’m an African American politics scholar so when I say “mammy,” I mean something very particular and it’s basically the history of mammy is that mammy is the Black woman who cares more about the master’s family than her own. And so what I’m saying is I don’t care more about MSNBC’s reputation than I do about the Nerdland family, about the thing that we built, about our viewing audience and about our team. And so I didn’t want to be used as cover. Did I think it was racialized? Not in the sense that they’re coming after Melissa for being Black. Do I think it has racial implications? 100 percent and here’s how I know it. Our show had the most diverse guests on cable news, period. It just is an empirical reality. Taking this show off the air, even if you put me back on the air as a host, meant that the folks that sat at our table, whether they were transgender women of color, whether they were Latino Republicans, they just weren’t going to be there anymore. Because we were the folks that were putting them on air. 

Then one of the hosts read a statement from MSNBC where they said that if Melissa hadn’t sent a destructive e-mail, she would have been able to continue to do her show. So, the question, why didn’t she try to meet with them before she sent the e-mail?

She responded that while she was certainly thankful for the opportunities MSNBC granted her, she did try regularly, since November, to meet with executives, all to no avail. When asked if MSNBC had the contractual right to change programming whenever they wanted, Harris-Perry said:

“100 percent, absolutely. Just like your boyfriend has the right to break up with you. They just gotta tell ya.” 

Then came the mammy and brown bobblehead references. Harris-Perry said that once those words were in the New York Times, she decided to release the e-mail in its entirety to provide the proper context, fully aware that the relationship with MSNBC was probably irreparable at this point.

Then Harris-Perry explained that during negotiations, she walked away from a severance package and instead chose to continue to be able to use her voice.

“Because in the end, it was either you can have your voice or you can have the money. And I decided to bet on my voice.”

But the bright side of this whole situation is that, in result of her release, the network has actually brought some of the diverse faces, who had been dismissed, back to the network’s line up. And she said if that is the legacy of Nerdland, she can happily live with it.

You can watch Melissa Harris-Perry’s entire segment in the video below.

Melissa Harris Perry Walks Away From Her MSNBC Show

February 26th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Melissa Harris Perry Walks Away From Her MSNBC Show

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Author, educator and news anchor Melissa Harris-Perry is refusing to go on her MSNBC show, which she hosts on Saturdays. Harris-Perry said she will not return after the network has been bumping her traditional programming to cover the on-going presidential campaign.

In an e-mail obtained by The New York Times, Harris-Perry said that she felt her show had been taken away from her and she felt “worthless” in the eyes of the NBC News executives.

She continued: “ Here is the reality: Our show was taken— without comment or discussion or notice- in the midst of election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced… I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin (NBC News chairman and MSNBC president) or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

Later, in a phone interview, Harris-Perry told The Times, that she didn’t know if there was a racial component to the way she was being treated.

“I don’t know if there is a personal racial component. I don’t think anyone is doing something mean to me because I’m a black person.”

In that same interview Harris-Perry said she’d received no word as to whether or not her show would be canceled and she was frustrated that her time slot was subject to pre-emptions. Though she was asked to return this weekend, she said she would not appear.

A spokesman for NBC News said, “In this exciting and unpredictable presidential primary season, many of our daytime programs have been temporarily upended by breaking political coverage, including M.H.P. This reaction is really surprising, confusing and disappointing.”

During this election season, MSNBC has taken a hit in ratings, falling behind Fox News and CNN. Since Lack joined the network as chairman last year, he has started to steer the network away from its liberal brand and move it toward harder news.

Harris-Perry said not being able to talk to her viewers has felt like a betrayal.

“It is perfectly fine, 100 percent reasonable and perfectly acceptable for MSNBC to decide they no longer want the M.H.P. show,” she said. “But they should say that, they should cancel the show, they should stand up. And maybe it would be rewarded with huge ratings, but they shouldn’t kill us by attrition and take us off the air without telling anybody, including us. That for me is what’s painful and difficult.”

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

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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?