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Kevin Hart And Kerry Washington Participate In Ice Bucket Challenge

August 16th, 2014 - By Toya Sharee
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If you’re a fan of The Today Show, you’re already familiar with the #IceBucketChallenge. If not, allow me to bring you up to speed. Instead of anyone dousing themselves in flames, participants are actually drenching themselves in ice water not for followers or likes, but to bring attention to ALS.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease gradually shuts down the body’s muscle movements and can affect the afflicted’s ability to move and breathe. ALS currently has a fatal rate of 100%.

The #IceBucketChallenge requires participants to film themselves getting a bucket of ice water dumped on their heads, then donate to the cause and invite three friends to do the same. Matt Lauer and Willie Geist of The Today Show have already fulfilled the challenge, and recently Oprah, Kevin Hart and Kerry Washington have shown their support. Check out their vids along with a few other celebs:

“It Was A Moment Of Desperation” Shanesha Taylor Finally Gets To Tell Her Side Of The Story

July 25th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Today

Source: Today

We’ve been talking about Shanesha Taylor and her case, since she was arrested for leaving her two young sons in a car in Arizona while she went for a job interview. If you’ve been following her story here on MN, you know that we’ve empathized with her decision. It was clear that Taylor, who had experienced bouts of homelessness, was simply trying to provide for her family.

Earlier this morning, on the “Today Show,” Taylor and her lawyer Benjamin Taylor, no relation, sat with Matt Lauer to explain her thought process that day, her current custody status and what she would say to other people who may find themselves in her situation.

Matt Lauer, who came across as a bit callous to me, asked Taylor what caused her to make the decision to leave her children.

She answered, “It wasn’t necessarily a moment of decision. It was planned out beforehand and the plans fell through. I actually had a sitter scheduled and that person wasn’t available or I guess they flaked on me, I guess is the best way to say it.”

Lauer asked her again, specifically, what made her decide to leave her kids in the car.

“It was a moment of desperation. It was me knowing my family was in crisis and knowing that I had to make a choice between providing for me children or caring for my children.”

Then Lauer asked her, despite the circumstances, did she act reasonably or responsibly.

“That’s a difficult question because it’s making a choice out of desperation. It’s choosing what is the best option, what is the best thing to do in this particular situation, being able to provide food, a roof, clothes, shoes for them or take this moment and care for them.”

Lauer then attempted to summarize Taylor’s response asking her if she was saying “responsibility, in this context, is in the eye of the beholder.”

She agreed.

Then he asked her about her current custody situation and how often she gets to see her children.

Taylor said: “I saw them Monday. I get to see them every weekend. We definitely have a lot of family time and do as many activities as we can in a short, two day period.”

To which Lauer responded, I bet they still miss their mom though right?

Taylor agreed.

Then Lauer said Shanesha has kind of become the face of the working poor and asked her what her message might be to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.

“The message is: I understand your family is in crisis but reach out, seek that help. I do understand that there are holes in the governmental system, that they don’t necessarily have the funding or the programs available to help you but there are other sectors. There are the non-profit sectors that have stepped up to fill those gaps to make sure that families that are in crisis are being taken care of, so just reach out.”

I don’t know who could have done this interview, but Lauer just wasn’t the one. He lacked all types of compassion and empathy. There’s something so unsettling about a White, rich, man asking a Black, formerly poor, woman about her parenting decisions and whether or not she acted responsibly. It felt paternalistic and…cold. Who acts or makes any type of decision without taking the circumstances into account? That was the whole point. The circumstances were that she needed to feed her children and she needed a job to do that. I don’t know what Lauer’s personal thoughts about Taylor were going into this interview, but it seemed he let his bias show.

Watch the entire interview in the video below.


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Katie Couric Squashes Reports Of A Return To The ‘Today’ Show Anchor Desk

May 8th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Katie Couric at the 2014 Met Gala. Rob Rich/

Katie Couric at the 2014 Met Gala. Rob Rich/

Update: During a visit with CNN’s Bill Weir, Katie Couric addressed whether she would ever return to the Today show, where she was an anchor for 15 years.

“I don’t think so. No. No. No,” she said succinctly. She admits that she does “miss the gang” and keeps in touch. But she’s wrapping things up with her talk show Katie and has a new gig leading global news coverage for Yahoo. So it sounds like she’s moved on and has her hands full.

Update written by Tonya Garcia

Original post published May 6, 2014.

Rumors are floating around that Katie Couric could be heading back to the Today show, meaning she might be sitting next to her old friend Matt Lauer pretty soon.

According to the New York Post, Couric is in early talks to return to the NBC morning show, albeit on a temporary basis. If the negotiations work out, Couric will sit in for Savannah Guthrie, who will be on maternity leave during the summer months. But sources tell the Post Couric’s temp gig could develop into something longer-term if her return causes a ratings boost.

Couric might be getting a feeling of deja vu right about now if this rumor is true. “In 1991, she got her first taste of the co-anchor chair on ‘Today’ when she sat in for Deborah Norville when Norville left for maternity leave. When Norville didn’t return, Couric got the gig full-time,” reports the Post.

In 2006, Couric left to host the CBS Evening News.

But Couric isn’t the only one NBC is talking to. They are also considering Meredith Vieira, who succeeded Couric at Today until 2011, when she was replaced by Ann Curry.

It could take a little finagling to get Couric back. Currently, Couric is “global anchor” for Yahoo, which has a content partnership with ABC News. However, Couric’s work for Yahoo isn’t included in the deal. This might mean there would be no conflict if Couric did in fact return to Today. According to Mashable, Couric is one of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s biggest signings, in a deal worth $6 million per year. And Couric’s syndicated talk show, Katie, wraps in June.

Today has consistently come in second place to Good Morning America for more than a year, with the ABC show beating Matt Lauer and the gang by its biggest margin so far last month. Beating ABC with their own media partner could be the cherry on top.

But after the situation with Ann Curry, Today has to be very careful with who they choose to put on the show and how they bring them on-board, even if it is on a short-term basis.

Would you like to see Katie Couric return to Today?

‘I’m A Part Of This For Black Women:’ Tamron Hall Becomes Official ‘Today Show’ Co-Anchor

February 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Tamron Hall Becomes 'Today Show' Co-Anchor

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After working as a morning show fill-in for quite some time now, Matt Lauer and Samantha Guthrie announced during this morning’s “Today Show” taping that Tamron Hall has been officially promoted to co-anchor for the 9 o’clock hour along with Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist. The wonderful announcement came along with a beautiful tribute to Tamron that documented her journey as a broadcast journalist.

“I’m excited, I’m nervous. I’m like the sitcom character that keeps popping up behind the sofa and now I’m finally on the sofa,” Tamron said during the on-air announcement today.

“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the Today family,” said Today’s Executive Producer, Don Nash. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”

This makes the 43-year-old Texas native the first black woman to ever co-anchor the morning show in its 62-year history.

“How could I not be walking on cloud nine?” the bright-eyed beauty gushed to Essence. “Just the other day I was reading about Meredith Vieira being the first woman to host the primetime Olympic shows. Of course, I knew what was happening with my negotiations behind the scenes and I thought, wow, these big moments at NBC News and now I’m a part of this for women, for Black women, for all of us. And I’m just taken aback by it. I can’t even describe to you how it feels.”

Naturally, Tamron says her mom was the first person she called when she learned of the big news.

“I called my mother and she called everyone in Luling [Texas] and Austin,” she revealed. “And everything in between. I have three incredible nieces, and a nephew who’s going off to college. To hear them say they’re proud of me left me in tears.”

Way to go, Tamron!

Not Likely: NY ‘Post’ Says ‘Today’ Show Considering A Replacement For Al Roker

January 20th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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New York Post‘s Page Six says that Al Roker’s job could be in peril, with the Today show considering a switch to The Weather Channel’s new meteorologist, Sam Champion. Champion appeared on the Today show last Thursday (The Weather Channel is partly owned by NBC), and Page Six writer Richard Johnson says Champion would be much less expensive than the $8 million per year that Roker is getting paid.

original rokeringHowever, Roker is wildly popular, serving as host for the Rose Bowl parade and the annual tree lighting event in Rockefeller Center. And traveling along with the Today show team to host NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Roker is more than just a meteorologist. He was even in DC for the Presidential Inauguration. There aren’t too many meteorologists covering those kinds of stories.

Even Johnson points out that NBC is still reeling from Ann Curry’s departure from the show, with Today settling in to the number two spot behind Good Morning America after a long reign up top.

Just last Friday, Roker became a Twitter meme. NBC correspondent took Roker’s seat on set and Roker appeared behind him, his angry face lit by a lamp. Soon after people were sending in their #Rokering pics with the hashtag.

The show’s executive producer, Don Nash, says the rumor isn’t true. With contracts in place and Roker’s following, we’re predicting that Roker’s staying put for a while.

‘From ‘TRL’ To ‘Today”: Carson Daly Is Joining Matt and Savannah On The Morning Show Team

September 12th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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via Al Roker’s Instagram

Carson Daly has been popping up at the Today show anchor desk here and there over recent months. Turns out that may have been his audition. Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and the rest of the Today show team announced this morning that Daly is joining them as host of the Orange Room, a digital set that will make its debut on Monday.

For the past couple of weeks, the show has been broadcast outdoors on the Plaza while Studio 1A has undergone renovations. Those changes have included a new Orange Room, a digital set where Daly will be interacting with the audience through social media hangouts, livestream interviews, and social media updates to stories reported on the air.

The show aired a huge “get to know you” video about Daly, who has had his own late night talk show and moved on to become the host of The Voice since his days VJ’ing and interviewing entertainers for MTV’s Total Request Live. You can check that out below.

Daly will continue to host The Voice, but will only serve as executive producer of Last Call. A new host will be announced. He will also continue to host his morning radio show on 97.1 AMP FM Los Angeles and will work with NBC on new shows and opportunities through a partnership between the network and his Daly Productions.

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The Honest Shoppers: Assumed “Burglars” Spotted On Camera Doing The Right Thing!

September 1st, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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They’re being touted as the “honest shoppers” but four young men from a New Jersey college football team were just doing the right thing.

William Patterson University freshmen football players Anthony Biondi, Jelani Bruce, Kell’e Gallimore and Thomas James went into Buddy’s Small Lots to pick up some batteries and an audio cable before heading back to practice. What they didn’t know is that they’d triggered the store alarm in the process. The police alerted the store’s vice president and based on the outside store cameras, the men are seen entering the store and leaving a few minutes later.

But after further investigation using the store’s inside cameras, the “honest shoppers” were shown at the checkout counter, waving their money directly at the camera and paying for the items by leaving the money on the counter. They even left the proper amount of tax.

Marci Lederman, the store’s manager said the store was closed which explains why there was no store clerk. The lights were on because of a “quirk” in the system and the door was open because the lock is broken.  Lederman also had this to say about the honest shoppers:

“I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could.”

For their part, the young men are excited to have a little bit of fame right now. When speaking to Today’s Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, Biondi said, “(We’re) just ecstatic knowing that one good deed blew up nationwide and now everyone’s hearing about it.” Gallimore added, “Soon as I went on my laptop, it was like right there, front page, and I was just excited. I was like smiling because I was like, ‘Oh I’m famous.”

All four young men were rewarded with $50 worth of free merchandise from the store.

What a great story and how cute is it to see the guys so excited about their share of fame?!

‘Rip Van Roker': Al Roker Hit The Snooze Button And Slept Through His Own Show

August 7th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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It happens to the best of us! You’ve been working hard (or playing hard) and one morning, you think you’re hitting the snooze button for 10 minutes more of precious sleep when you’re actually turning the alarm off entirely. A half hour later, you’re jumping out of bed like a chicken without a head. No way to start the day.

Yesterday morning, Al Roker was the victim of the old snooze button switcheroo. Only when Al Roker doesn’t show up for work, there’s a conspicuously empty spot in front of the TV camera. He missed his Weather Channel program, Wake Up With Al.

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It’s the worst thing in the world to have to explain to a boss that the reason you’re late for work is “the alarm didn’t go off.” Here are three tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

-The first one is discussed right in the clip below: have a backup. If you have a traditional alarm clock, set your phone. If you have a phone, get an alarm clock.

-Stagger your wake up times. If your alarm clock is set for 6am, set your phone for 6:15. That way, whether you miss the snooze button or not, you get the extra 15 minutes and the assured wake up call.

-Put the alarm across the room. If you have to get up to turn it off, the chances of you hitting snooze and climbing back into bed are slim.

This morning, his pals from the Today show — Matt Lauer and  Savannah Guthrie — paid him a visit at The Weather Channel to make sure he made it to work on time. Maybe he took some of our advice!

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Is Hoda Kotb Heading To “The View”?

July 29th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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The New York Post is reporting that The View is interested in adding Hoda Kotb, co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford, to its diminished roster.

Three of The View‘s hosts — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who has already left the show for Fox & Friends, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters herself — are leaving the show over the next year or so.

According to the Post, Kotb would replace Behar and add journalism experience to the panel, something that has been lacking since Meredith Vieira left. “She also adds some diversity to the panel,” the paper quotes a source saying. Which is strange because Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd are on the panel, but OK.

Kotb has hosted Today with Kathie Lee since 2007. And while the hour can become a wine-fueled gaffe machine, it’s entertaining enough to make it a ratings winner for the show, which has fallen from its top spot — to GMA — in the months since Ann Curry was booted from the anchor desk and Savannah Guthrie was added.

“Insiders believe NBC would hustle to keep its Kotb/Gifford partnership intact,” the Post says. Moreover, sources add that Kotb is happy where she is, and another ABC source says the story isn’t true.

“How Can You Let The Killer Of An Unarmed Child Go Free?” Tracy Martin And Sybrina Fulton Speak Out On Verdict

July 18th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Out of all the many famous names who have tried to comment about the George Zimmerman verdict, no one’s opinion means more than that of Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The two went on ‘Today’ this morning to discuss their feelings about the case, the verdict, and what’s next for the grieving parents:

How they’re coping with the verdict:

Martin: “Still shocked, still in disbelief. We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime he committed.”

Sybrina’s thoughts on the jury’s decision:

Fulton: “I don’t understand if they were looking at it from Trayvon’s point of view. Because he was a teenager, he was scared, he did run. As far as if he ran home or not, if somebody is chasing me, I don’t think I’d run home and bring them to my house.”

Their thoughts on the possibility of racial profiling and both the defense and prosecution claiming the case wasn’t about race:

Martin: “Obviously, anytime you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there is some type of profile in there. Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this would never have happened. Obviously race is playing some type of role.”

On Juror B-37 claiming it was Zimmerman’s voice screaming on the 911 tape:

Martin: “I totally disagree. She can only make that assumption because she had may have heard George Zimmerman speak in the court. She never had a chance to hear Trayvon’s voice. We know in our hearts that that was our child screaming for help.”

If the justice system failed them and Trayvon:

“Fulton: I think it failed Trayvon to a certain degree. I think we let the process take its course. We didn’t get the verdict we were looking for becasue we wanted him to be held accountable. Our focus has continued to change. First it was for the arrest, then it was for a conviction. So now, we moved on to a different focus. Yes, I think we were disappointed.”

On if they have anything to say to the jury:

“Martin: I just really don’t have anything personal to say, I just didn’t understand. How can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free? What would your verdict have been had it been your child? There’s no winners in this case at all. But, I want them to put themselves in our shoes.”

Their thoughts on protests nationwide, and those that have become violent (in LA for instance):

“Fulton: We have always maintained to do things decent and in order. We do think the protests should be peaceful protests. We’re not saying for them not to protest because they have a right to protest, they have a right to be heard. We just want to make sure that it is peaceful, that nobody gets hurt. That nobody gets arrested. That you don’t damage your own property.”

How their faith has helped them move forward:

Martin: “I think that the forgiveness is like a healing process. Forgiveness takes time. The bible says that you have to forgive and forget. But, also the healing process is a long process and the forgiving process is a long process.”

How they feel about Zimmerman getting death threats and if the justice system puts those acquitted in a bad pariah position after the verdict:

“Fulton: We don’t know about that. We do know about the victims.  We sit on the victim seat. So is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims? It’s sending a terrible message to other little black and brown boys that you can’t walk fast and you can’t walk slow. So what do they do? How do you get home without people knowing or assuming that you’re doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

Their final thoughts on everything, including a possible Civil Rights case against Zimmerman:

Martin: “We would like for the Federal Government to look into it and to weight all of the options. As parents we just feel like there could have been more done. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We’re working diligently with the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a foundation that we’ve co-founded. Some of the missions of our organization is to mentor, to do scholarships, to educate communities on the laws, and to advocate for senseless violence. Nothing we can say or do gets Trayvon back. Maybe we can help someone else not lose their child.”

They wouldn’t comment on how the prosecution handled the case against Zimmerman, with their family attorney saying they just appreciated the help in general. Check out video of their full interview on the next page and let us know what you think:

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