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President Barack Obama is appointing the woman behind the television series “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees.
Shonda Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee. Her show “Scandal” stars actress Kerry Washington, a major Obama supporter.
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There have been many times when a biopic was made and you wondered how a particular actor got the lead role. You know, you said something like,”they look nothing alike” or “they can’t even act,” that’s why if we could be in the director’s chair these would be our 15 actor picks for biopics.
Zoe Saldana as Phylicia Rashad
Zoe Saldana sure doesn’t look like Nina Simone, but if a director ever casts for a young Phylicia Rashad—she’s it! No word that there is a biopic on Mrs. Cosby, but it would be great to see. Phylicia Rashad’s poise and elegance can surely be pulled off by Zoe.
President Obama has come down hard on Kanye West again.
Now Obama has used KimYe as examples of a warped American dream.
During a recent interview with David Blum for Kindle Singles, Blum asks the president about the American dream: “Part of the American dream — even if you’re poor, or lower-middle class — involves yearning for tangible things you can’t afford. Were there things, when you were growing up, that you yearned for that you couldn’t afford?”
Obama answered that the American dream used to be simpler: an education, a steady job, a home, and family. “There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.”
Then the President added it was a simpler time when “kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
According to Obama, with more access to celebrities and fame, a “change in culture” has occurred, distorting how many young Americans view success.
As we recently reported, the obsession with successful entertainers and their lavish lifestyle leaves out a large segment of the population.
“Between billionaire and pauper there exists a middle ground that is rarely celebrated. As much as America claims to love its middle class, this country was built on the promise that you could escape it. Or bypass it altogether. We always want more; we always want the most. It’s a sentiment that is strengthened in communities where walking, talking reality checks are absent. Where doing good work, taking care of your family and enjoying life isn’t celebrated as the ultimate success,” we wrote.
What do you think of the President’s comments?
When Barack Obama gave a 2008 Father’s Day speech to the congregation of Apostolic Church of God in Chicago, he spoke frankly on the subject of absent fathers in the black community. Echoing some of what Bill Cosby said in his viral “Pound Cake” speech to the NAACP in 2004, then-candidate Obama lamented: “Too many fathers… have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.”
Citing statistics that show 64 percent of black children are raised in homes where the father is absent, he pointed out that children who grow up in households headed by a single mother are more likely to drop out of school, commit crime, go to prison, et-depressing-cetera.
Obama put it bluntly: “The foundations of our community and country are weaker because of this,” adding, “We can’t simply write these problems off to past injustices. Those injustices are real… but we can’t keep on using that as an excuse.”
Many cringed at his candor. Jesse Jackson famously criticized Obama for the speech, saying the candidate was “talking down to black people.” Jackson immediately apologized for the remarks (ironically meant for a private conversation that had been caught on a mic), and profusely expressed in a subsequent news conference, “I don’t want harm nor hurt to come to this campaign.”
Close ranks. Yank the dirty laundry off the line. End scene.
Just weeks ago, Obama repeated many of the sentiments articulated in his Father’s Day speech in a commencement address at Morehouse College. I have to admit, before reading the speech for myself, I was irritated by some of the soundbytes that buzzed across Facebook, Twitter and various blogs. Specifically, I was concerned the President’s remarks about fatherlessness to a class of graduating black men—men who had defied the stereotype—could be twisted in the public sphere, and used to support the caricature of pathological blackness many Americans still have.
Again, this fear—my fear—of dirty laundry.
But airing the laundry for all to see is a necessary step to correcting the problem, says Joseph T. Jones, Jr., founder of the Baltimore-based Center for Urban Families. “The problem is so massive that we can no longer have private conversations,” Jones explains. “We need other people to be engaged in this conversation.”
Career Redemption: Susan Rice Didn’t Become Secretary Of State, Will Be Appointed National Security Adviser
Susan Rice, the UN Ambassador that caused a firestorm of controversy over the handling of the tragedy in Benghazi and had to withdraw from the running to become Secretary of State, is now going to be appointed national security adviser. The move is being seen as a “defiant gesture” by the White House towards Republicans who had Rice in their cross hairs. It’s also shows that even when it looks like, professionally, things are going in the wrong direction, redemption could be on the way.
Rice had been rumored to take the spot months ago. The current national security adviser, Tom Donilon, had planned to leave before the start of President Obama’s second term, but stayed on to help with the new additions to the foreign relations team, namely Secretary of State John Kerry Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and CIA director John O. Brennan.
According to The New York Times, Donilon has been the source of some recent controversy over reports about the poor workplace dynamic between he and his colleagues. Donilon, who steps down in July, is credited with a number of foreign relations achievements, most prominently, in Asia.
Even after the firestorm over her actions and comments in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi (the incident is still being investigated and nothing has shows that Rice did anything imprudent), President Obama continued to stand by Susan Rice. Aside from that she has served as a trusted confidante to the President, is a Rhodes Scholar, and served as the senior director of African affairs under President Clinton. So, yes, very qualified. And for this job, she doesn’t need Senate approval. So there isn’t much Congressional Republicans can do to stop this.
President Obama is also expected to appoint Samantha Power, a Pulitzer Prize winning human rights expert, to take Rice’s post.