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While Shonda Rhimes provides a gripping look into the dark and twisted world of politics with her hit primetime TV show, “Scandal,” and draws us in with her engaging characters and compelling storylines, most Americans can shut off their televisions each Thursday night with the comfort of knowing that the majority of the insanity going on during the show is not happening at the White House. However, as it turns out, Chinese television viewers may have been led to believe that the political thriller is a “true reflection” of what’s happening in our nation’s capital. Thankfully, during a recent trip to the East Asian country, Michelle Obama was able to clear up some of those misconceptions.
The fashion-forward First Lady learned during a chat with Chinese outlet Caixin that Chinese TV viewers are addicted to a “certain American TV series about Washington politics,” and that many of them are “getting their primary impressions of the president and the first lady” from said series. While there are several TV shows out there that focus American politics, naturally, most assumed that “Scandal” was the show the interviewer was referencing. Lady O, however, made it clear that the White House is nothing like what you see on TV.
“I hate to disappoint people, but real life in the White House is nothing like what you see in that television show,” she explained. “In real life, everyone in the White House — my husband and I and every member of our extraordinary staff — is there for one reason: because we love our country and want to serve it.”
“And that’s what we focus on every day: how to give more Americans a chance to fulfill their dreams, to get a good education, get a good job to support their families, and so much more.”
Well put, Lady O. Well put.
Are we just letting all of this go?
Remember When We Were Going to Shut Barneys Down?
An historic event took place and it got buried in the news! Maybe too many folks were worried about the latest RHOA news to notice. In Washington, D.C. at the end of Black History Month (February 25), more than half of the blacks who have ever served in the Senate gathered for a special panel discussion at the Library of Congress to celebrate Black History Month.
Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) led the gathering, entitled “Honoring Our Past And Celebrating our Future,” reports The Daily Beast. Five of the seven living black senators attended and spoke of their trailblazing journeys. Scott and Cory Booker (D-NJ) were joined by former senators Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL), Roland Burris (D-IL), and William “Mo” Cowan (D-MA). Former Senator Ed Brooke (D-MA), who is ill, and Barack Obama, who was senator before he was elected president, did not attend.
While these politicians have made history, there is still much more progress to be made. So far only nine blacks have served in the United States Senate.
“In the history of the Republic, we’ve never had this number of African-American Senators in one place—truly an historical event…that is awesome,” said retired Navy Rear Admiral Barry C. Black, the 62nd Chaplin of the Senate (who is also African American), as he opened the session.
The Senators shared how they overcame obstacles. Moseley-Braun, for example, talked about of how gender and racial bias caused so many difficulties she nearly quit the job once due to the stress. “My Senate years were very difficult,” she said. “Why did they want to run me into the ground? Whatever brickbats and reputation damage they did, it was up to me to take it.”
Burris experienced racism and skepticism. “I had many black people tell me I was crazy or divinely misdirected to think they would elect a black state-wide in Illinois,” said Burris, who in 1978 became the first African-American elected to statewide in Illinois after winning as first as comptroller and then as attorney general.
But Cowan told The Daily Beast “that the American experience would not be complete until both Democrats and Republicans elected blacks to the Senate from every region of the country with frequency and regularity.”
Added Scott, who was elected to finish the term of retiring Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and will have his own election this November, “Our country needs people to represent them based not on what they look like but based on their values and beliefs… I think that in the first 150 years we’ve had four black senators—in the last few decades we’ve had five.”
Building diversity has to happen in the coming elections if the government is truly going to reflect what the nation looks like. Are there any notable politicians in your area? Let everyone know about them in the comments.
‘He Didn’t Unite Us, He Did The Exact Opposite:’ Stacey Dash Says Obama Worsened Race Relations In America
Yes, she’s still talking.
By now we’re all pretty aware that Stacey Dash isn’t crazy about President Obama or the Democratic party. She rarely ever passes up an opportunity to let this be known. During a recent interview with Adam Carolla, Stacey expressed that she believes the nation’s first Black President not only failed to help unite us, but he’s actually contributes to division in this country.
“[In 2008] I voted for Obama and I have to say, I got ‘blacked’ into it. I didn’t know anything about him, but I just knew we needed a Black president. I thought, ‘He has a way to unite us in such a profound dynamic.’ But he didn’t [unite us]. He did the exact opposite,” said the former “Single Ladies” actress.
“There’s been more racial conversation over last five years than we’ve ever had before,” Carolla added Carolla. “If Hillary Clinton gets elected … I suspect there’s gonna be four years of feminist talk. It’ll be found in every story.”
Stacey; however, made it clear that she wants no parts of Hillary getting elected in 2016.
“I don’t want it. I hope not,” said Stacey. “There will be a big excuse on this big huge platform to say, ‘You’re doing this because she’s the President. She’s a woman, you don’t like it.”
Despite being ripped to shreds on social media, Dash says she definitely does not regret voting for and endorsing Mitt Romney during the 2012 elections—adding that it’s racist to vote for someone based on the color of their skin.
“I feel like I did the right thing,” she told Carolla. “It’s not a form of racism, it is racism. Racism is racism is racism. You should be able to make a choice based on the content of someone’s character, not the color of their skin.”
She also seemed to imply that Black people should get over racial inequality because that time has passed.
“It’s not 1965,” said Dash. “We’ve won that battle. We should move on.”
Ohhh, we’ve got a live one here, folks! Leave it to our sister site, Bossip to dig up AlfonZo Rachel (no, the capital “z” is not a typo – that’s how he writes his name) and his thoughts on Oprah Winfrey and her comments about racism.
Before we even get to that, it should be noted that Rachel describes himself as a “conservative” and a “republican” so perhaps many of his comments won’t come as a surprise. Yes, as you can see, he’s African-American.
Rachel posted a new video on the “ZoNation” show with his commentary regarding Oprah’s recent comments saying she believes a lot of the disrespect President Barack Obama receives from Congress occurs because he is African-American. While Winfrey has always been a supporter of President Obama, her very blunt comments about racism in the political world took many by surprise.
AlfonZo Rachel first lashed out by saying that Oprah was whining and asked, “How are a bunch of so called ‘racist’ white people making you rich while making Obama fail at the same time? And with all the white people you have as fans, there ain’t enough left over to make a problem for Obama.”
He continued by saying the race card is the card of the cowardly and by calling others racist, it protects them (the cowards) from admitting their failures. Further, he believes it is very racist to call white people racist and makes non-white people think they’re better than white people.
You’ve got to listen to Alfonzo Rachel’s point of view, including him saying that most of his hate mail comes from liberal Democrats and he “guesses” there are “some racist Republicans” but he’s never met them.
Does he have a point or is he just rambling?
Black people catch a lot of shade from their names. Whether you have a “black name” or a “white name,” these struggles are just part of being black.
When People Think You Have a White Name
In Season 4 of 30 Rock, they came up with a joke about a white man named Wesley Snipes. When Liz Lemon made fun of the Wesley character’s name, he said:
It’s insane that the actor Wesley Snipes has that name! Look. If you saw a picture of him, and a picture of me, and you were asked “Who should be named Wesley Snipes?” You’d pick the stuffy Englishman every time! Every time, Liz!
When we have “black names” white people shade us for being ignorant. When we have “white names” that reflect the country we’ve lived in for several hundred years, we’re trying to be like white people. It’s impossible to win.
Morgan Freeman knows the film industry like the back of his 76-year-old hand.
The acting sage has churned out a good handful of blockbuster films in 2013 thus far, and his upcoming film, “Last Vegas,” a comedy, starring an ensemble cast of male Hollywood royalty, will be yet another feather in his cap of cinema excellence and longevity.
We would happily mention the many other films Freeman’s played in, but there isn’t enough room on this page for a list that spans forever.
His career on the big screen notwithstanding, Freeman has never been gun shy when discussing topics related to American history, politics and pop culture, nor does he mind napping during interviews.
The silver fox with the unforgettable voice is also an unofficial movie critic (can’t say he isn’t qualified). The Daily Beast writer Marlow Stern spoke with the freewheeling Freeman about a wide variety of topics ranging from Tea Party madness to, well, “twerking,” and why he won’t see breakout director Lee Daniels’ compelling film, “12 Years a Slave”
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We all have opinions on everything from hair politics to race politics — and when celebrities speak up on those issues, we pay attention. But we don’t always agree with what they have to say. From Stacey Dash giving Paula Deen support to Joseline’s bid for Amercia’s Next Top Role Model, we’ve been keeping track of all the issues you’ve been waiting to weigh in on. Let us know which side of the debate you’re on when it comes to these controversial social stances of your favorite celebs.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker rather easily won the special Democratic primary that took place in New Jersey yesterday, as the state prepares for a special election on October 16 to replace longtime Senator Frank Lautenberg who died recently. Booker took about 60 percent of the ballots in the four-person field. With the exception of a now-deleted offensive tweet from Republican candidate Steve Lonegan, Booker rode a wave of popularity to last night’s vote. Lonegan is trailing Booker in the polls today, according to CNN, 29 percent to 54 percent.
But in the latter stages of the primary race, greater negativity has started to seep into the media coverage. A good chunk of it has to do with money. As The New York Times reports, the mayor has a stake in the troubled video-based website Waywire valued between $1 million and $5 million. “That is, at best, strange,” says The Daily Beast. “As mayor, Booker is paid about the same as a member of Congress, and one can imagine the outcry if a sitting congressman used his connections to lure investors into a corporate venture that made him an instant millionaire. Indeed, it would be illegal for a congressman to do so, and while it may not be illegal for a Newark mayor, the whole thing still stinks.”
He has said he will give up his stake in the company if he becomes senator, and the company will be forbidden from lobbying his office. It may not be much of an issue since visits to the site are low — fewer than 3,000 in June — and the company has had to make cuts to staff and office space. It sounds like Waywire is having trouble staying afloat at the moment despite investment from people like Oprah Winfrey and Google’s Eric Schmidt. (The Beast takes Booker and Waywire to task for having the 15-year-old son of Jeff Zucker, president of CNN, on the board. He resigned last week.)
In other money news, as The Washington Post points out in this slideshow, Mayor Booker has made more than $1.3 million in speaking engagements since 2008, donated $619,000 to charity, paid $423,000 on that money, and kept $232,000 of it. And his campaign has raised $8.6 million and has spent $4.6 million, according to the Sunlight Foundation.
Still, the issue for The Daily Beast is whether he used powerful connections to make money. And it’s not just that site. The Atlantic Wire has a rundown of Booker’s critics, most vocally, Alex Pareene on Salon, who says Booker hasn’t proposed solutions to tackle the issues at the heart of what ails Newark and is using the Senate as a stepping stone to the White House.
“The anti-Booker sentiment has been brewing among liberals for some time. But it was less intense when Booker was less close to becoming one of 100 senators, instead of a Twitter celebrity and mayor of a city of 277,000,” writes The Atlantic Wire. (Separately but worth noting, Booker would only be the second African American in the Senate should he win in October. And the other Senator, Tim Scott from South Carolina, was appointed to his seat when Jim DeMint stepped down.)
Booker has faced critics for some time. They’ve accused him of being too interested in getting media attention, either through his 1.4 million Twitter followers (he would have the most in the Senate just behind John McCain from Arizona), or through his heroics, or his appearances. ”Yet Booker is the front-runner not necessarily because of his political accomplishments, but rather his remarkable ability to promote his public persona as a champion of the people. That, some fear, is exactly the problem with sending him to Congress,” writes The Week.
So the backlash has been in full effect for a while but it seems to be getting louder as this special election continues on. I’ll personally admit to a (very) soft spot for the mayor. (Very… very.) But it’s always a good idea to take a closer look at a candidate before they’re elected into office. The question is whether Booker can stand up to that scrutiny and whether he can live up to the promise. Despite the naysayers, a lot of people think he can.
More Americans are watching Fox News over any other television news outlet, according to a new Gallup poll. CNN follows a close second while stations such as ABC and MSNBC fell flat with only one percent of viewership from surveyed Americans .
This poll surveyed 2,048 adults over the age of 18 across all 50 states. Of that total, 55 percent said they get their news from television, and 26 percent of those respondents were unspecific about where are the dial they’re tuning in. While the Internet is known to be a growing source of “fast” news for Americans, it came in second for news, with 22 percent saying they turn to online outlets. Nine percent prefer to read newspapers nowadays, the Gallup poll says.
Of those who prefer television as their primary source of news, about eight percent preferred the right-leaning Fox News, putting the station in first place. Coming in second at about seven percent was CNN — a station that caters to Independents and Democrats. With the help of Anderson Cooper, MN reported, ratings have been increasing at CNN. Piers Morgan’s lackluster ratings, however, may be weighing the network down. In addition to ABC and MSNBC, stations such as NBC, BBC, PBS, and CBS also fell into one percent of the American viewership. MSNBC has “delivered its worst quarterly primetime showing among total viewers and adults 25-to-54 since 2007,” we previously reported.
As expected, the poll determined a whopping 94 percent of Fox News viewers lean towards Republican political views while 63 percent of CNN watchers lean towards a Democratic view. A mere two percent of Fox News supporters approve of President Obama compared with 57 percent of CNN viewers.
The poll also delves into the demographics of both Fox News and CNN viewers. About 66 percent of the Fox News audience is over 50 while less than 30 percent of CNN viewers are of the same age. In terms of marriage, 69 percent of the Fox News viewers have tied the knot while only 37 percent of the CNN audience have done the same.
This survey proves to be important because the absorption of news from either a right- or left-leaning station can affect the political views of the public. One study compared 2,000 towns that either had or didn’t have access to Fox News. Results showed there was an increase of GOP favorability that ranged from 0.4 to 0.7 percentage points in towns that were exposed to Fox News.
“Fox News access provided a demonstrable boost to George W. Bush’s vote totals,” reports The Washington Post. “Effects of that size are politically influential, and larger than the effect of airing 1,000 TV advertisements.”