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Stylist Deepica Mutyala Makes Amends For Horrible Today Show Segment

August 10th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We, and the entire internet, heavily criticized stylist Deepica Mutyala for the way she styled Malyia McNaughton’s natural hair on the “Today” show. And after that, Mutyala said that she was going to make this better.

And the room collectively asked, “How Sway?!”

Well today, she used humor to do so. Mutyala, with the help of four,  Black women learned a thing or two about natural hair.

And then, since the world is a just place, the four women styled Mutyala’s hair in under a minute.

Check it out in the video below.

Today Show Hairstylist Apologizes For Natural Hair Fail: “I’ll Do Everything I Can To Make This Right”

August 8th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Today Show Natural HairLast week we all had a good chuckle at the disaster that was the Today Show’s One Minute Summer Hair segment. You know the one where the stylist, Deepica Mutyala, basically mutilated a Black woman’s natural hair on national TV? Well word of the disappointment got back to the resident beauty expert and she issued an apology on Twitter promising to do better in the future.

While I was curious whether Mutyala heard about the criticism she rightfully received, I was more concerned with how the model, Malyia McNaughton, felt about the whole thing. Turns out she’s not as mad as the rest of us, according to this interview she did with The Cut. Here’s what she said went down before and after the segment:

Was this your first time working with Deepica?
Yeah, this was my first time working with her. I was invited by the producers of the Today show and I’m very grateful they had me. They had already done a dry run that night, but I wasn’t included because they were still trying to find someone that fit what they were trying to do. So they reached out the night before, and I was really excited for the opportunity to go. We [Deepica and I] met backstage and she was super-sweet. We practiced the style that we intended to perform live on air and I actually liked it. I even told her that I looked forward to trying it when I got home.

When you practiced it backstage, did your hair look completely different?
It was essentially supposed to be a curly ponytail that kind of goes high on the head and kind of combines with the bangs. I had never tried the style before, but once she showed me the inspiration photo, I knew my hair could do it.

As the segment was airing live, did you get a sense that your hair wasn’t panning out to what you and Deepica had planned?
Unfortunately once the cameras rolled live, the pressure just kind of hit. I kind of knew halfway through that it wasn’t coming together the way that we initially intended, but I knew that we just had to keep going because at the end of the day it’s live TV.

Did Deepica say anything to you on set right after the segment aired?
Right after our segment she had to do a Facebook Live segment. After that she came up to me; she hugged me and said, “Thank you so much for jumping in last minute. I really look forward to working with you again.” We talked about possibilities for the future, so it was definitely a bonding moment and I was, again, grateful to her for including a woman of color, a black woman, on the segment.

Has Deepica reached out to you since the clip went viral?
Yeah, absolutely. She reached out the same day because she started getting mean-spirited comments. I felt for her because I knew her intentions were pure and I’m an advocate for everything that has to do with natural hair, black-related inclusion, and so I felt her sentiment and didn’t want it to turn that way. I offered a comment on one of the Today show Facebook posts and people backed down after that. It’s just an unfortunate situation.

What did she say, specifically?
She keeps apologizing, but I totally understand the pressure that she was under, and I’m grateful for the fact that she wanted to be inclusive, and because the natural-hair movement is such a large segment. She is also a woman of color. I think that in the beauty industry we’re both people who are trying to break boundaries, and I thought that it was great that she wanted to show diversity. I commend her and applaud her for that, and that’s why I think people need to look at that angle as opposed to completely bashing her, because I feel like that closes the door for future opportunities. She will probably never work with a natural-hair model again, in regards to hair, and I think that that’s unfortunate, because that’s what we’re fighting against as both women of color.

She also wanted to know whether I was upset with her and I kept reassuring her that I’m not. We know what our intentions were. I would not have gone forward with it if I didn’t feel like she would be able to execute them. I don’t have any hard feelings toward her and I look forward to working with her again even if it’s a makeup segment, maybe not hair [laughs]. So she had a little laugh about it and I told her don’t beat yourself up too much, this is a learning lesson for the both of us.

Hmmm both? What do you think?

When Natural Hair Styling Goes Tragically Wrong On National TV

August 4th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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Malia can already tell something isn’t right.

Anyone with natural hair knows there’s no style that can be executed in one minute or less, even with the best intentions. So why the Today show would attempt such a feat with a woman who appears to have never touched a kink or coil in her life we’re not sure. But lo and behold that’s what happened yesterday when the morning talk show’s resident beauty expert Deepica Mutyala attempted to create three easy summer hairstyles in under a minute.

Today gets points for diversity, having included an Asian, Black, and white woman in the segment, but poor Deepica could barely even twist the Asian woman’s hair into a rope-twisted ponytail before failing to convince millions of Americans at home that the ’90s are back and the move is to take textured hair and pull it into the tightest side ponytail ever made on the top of one’s head and shred every curl the model spent no less than two hours setting into twist-out perfection the night before while trying to create “this like bang in front of it.”

Yes, it looks as bad as it sounds. Actually worse. See for yourself in the video below and have a good chuckle with your girls. This is one of those times we hate to admit inclusion was not for the better.


Hold The Applause: Charlie Sheen Is No Hero For His HIV Admission

November 18th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Yesterday morning, Charlie Sheen went on The Today Show and revealed to the world that he is HIV positive. During the in-depth interview, Matt Lauer confronted Charlie Sheen about extremely personal matters in his private life. Not only was his HIV status disclosed, but Sheen also answered questions about his diagnosis, his bank account, his revolving door of past prostitute companions, and how he revealed his status to his former wife Denise Richards and his family. Even his doctor got in on the action (with Sheen’s approval), divulging his health info while Lauer chimed in about whether or not Sheen could be trusted actually to take his medication. It was uncomfortable, invasive and easily one of the most exploitative interviews I’ve seen in years. But at the end of the day, Charlie Sheen approved every single question that came from Lauer’s mouth.

None of his admissions are shocking. But what did shock me was reading the angle that some publications were taking on the matter: They were actually calling Charlie Sheen brave for his admission, and many were sympathetic toward him and his story. I don’t think there was anything brave about what Sheen did. It was all self-serving, like most of Sheen’s controversies.

Sheen is no stranger to controversy or exploiting the public for attention. He has been in and out of trouble for decades; the long-reigning Hollywood king of second, third, fourth, and fifth chances. From accidentally shooting his fiancée in the arm to serious substance abuse and alcohol issues and dating porn stars and prostitutes, Sheen has been upfront about every single one of his digressions and the public has welcomed him time and again, an opportunity very few people, let alone celebrities, get.

After publicly dissing his boss and co-workers in 2011, he was fired from his million-dollar-an-episode gig on Two and a Half Men and went rogue. He had a meltdown where he publicly showed off multiple girlfriends that he called “goddesses,” said he had “Adonis DNA” and was “winning.” He even went on a tour, ‘My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option’ where he was able to share his rants. The tour sold out in minutes.

And a year later, he found himself with another high-profile job, bad behavior be damned. He starred in Anger Management on FX, which ran for 100 episodes. Charlie Sheen really was winning.

Or at least it seemed like it. Around that time, he was diagnosed with HIV and quickly discovered that the company he kept was toxic, which led him to tell all his business to Matt Lauer.

Four years later, he is insisting that he is under attack and he just wants to share his truth. It’s a great plea. However, Charlie Sheen has not proven himself to be anything but a victim of White privilege. His PR team has been top notch and they undoubtedly held the puppet strings in Sheen’s big interview, especially when Sheen used his children, whom he claimed blackmailers were really taking his millions from, as a reason for the public to pity him:

“What people forget is that that’s money they’re taking from my children. I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason.”

Pretty low to use his kids to gain the public’s pity. Especially when ex-wife Denise Richards, whom he has publicly disrespected many times, had full custody of the four young children he has (including their two daughters and his sons from another relationship) while he lived recklessly. Last year, ex-wife Brooke Mueller was granted full custody of her twin boys with Sheen.

The truth of the matter is that Charlie Sheen is a reckless man who is suffering from more than just a slew of health conditions. He is using this as a moment for yet another chance. He didn’t come out to help others who share his diagnosis, but rather, he came out to save face and money.

I do want Sheen to receive all the help that he needs in the coming years to keep his condition under control. May he continue to have success in fighting his HIV. But I just think it’s best to be honest: Charlie Sheen is many things, brave is not one of them.

Did Brian Williams’ ‘Today’ Show Interview Help?: Making A Professional Comeback After Lying

June 19th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Now that we have word of NBC’s plans for both Lester Holt and Brian Williams, it’s time for Williams to take to the airwaves in the hopes of rebuilding his career and reputation. Once the face of NBC News — smart, trusted, a leading voice for good journalism, and a good sport known for making a pit stop on the set of Jimmy Fallon’s late night show to slow jam the news — he’s now been pushed to MSNBC to start from scratch.

This morning, the Today show aired an interview taped over two days between Williams and Matt Lauer. Prefaced with Lauer’s note that there were “no conditions or guidelines” placed on the interview, he went about asking Williams direct questions about why he lied and what he learned from the humiliating experience of being caught and suspended.

By way of explaning the embellishments he made to his experiences covering big stories, Williams said, “It had to be ego that had to make me sharper, funnier, quicker than anybody else.”

In that, Williams is not alone. Professionally speaking, there are only a few reasons why someone lies: to cover their a$$ after making a mistake, to play hooky, or to seem better and more important than they actually are. Williams’ reason falls squarely in the option three category.

For Williams, this is especially egregious. The facts are (supposed to be) at the heart of what journalists do. To that, Williams said, “I am sorry for what happened here… And I expect to be held to a different standard.”

In fact, for anyone in a position of authority, be it a manager or a high-level executive, there’s the expectation that this person is a leader in not just skill but rising to a certain level of integrity. Which is what makes getting snagged all the more embarrassing and cringeworthy.

The jury is still out on whether Williams is on the path to redemption. He’ll likely never rise to the status he once held. But holding a place at MSNBC, at the very least, leaves the door open for him to make segment appearances on NBC and slowly work himself back onto some top-level stories.

For the rest of us, the road back is a little easier and a little harder at the same time. Easier because we don’t have the glare of the media spotlight to answer to. Harder because it’s Williams’ fame that can also soften negative reactions from the bosses.

The first step, however, is a proper apology. The tail end of that interview has a good example of what an apology should sound like. There’s an admission of wrongdoing, what sounds like genuine contrition, and strong statements about his soul-searching and the changes he’s going to make going forward.

You must say the words, “I’m sorry.” You’ve heard the fake apologies on reality TV where the person has a million excuses for what they did and starts pointing out what others did — the mitigating factors — that prompted the bad behavior. Nope. That’s not an apology. That’s a concession. It’s meant to make the apologizing party sound like they’re taking the high road rather than admitting guilt. An apology is both taking responsibility and accepting the repercussions that come with wrongdoing.

Next, you have to be patient. Don’t expect to be brought back into the fold like nothing happened right away. You have to earn your good reputation again.

Finally, you have to do the work and act with integrity. If you’re given a second chance you have to prove why you’re deserving of it.

Really, there should be no lying to begin with. Be honest about all of your accomplishments (Claim them ladies! No need to wait to be acknowledged all the time!), but also be forthcoming about the errors and shortcomings. You’re human. And in the end, demonstrating that you know how to get the job done even when you’re working outside your area of expertise is a sign of just how fantastic you really are.

h/t Mediaite

Will You Watch? Janay Rice Set To Speak With Matt Lauer About Elevator Incident And More

November 14th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Janay Rice Set To Speak With Matt Lauer

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Matt Lauer has been playing coy for at least a week now. It was about a week ago that rumors started to swirl that he would be interviewing Janay Rice, Ray Rice’s wife or both she and her husband together.

Well, someone let the cat out of the bag.

Franchon Parlour, a company that specializes in preparing clients for photo shoots, recently posted images of a very made up Janay, cameras in a living room and an NBC News logo on Instagram, leading us to believe that Janay was the main interview subject. The images have since been deleted from the Instagram page but there were others that appeared on the company’s Facebook page. Without the logo, of course.

I guess it’s really not that much of a secret anymore since Matt Lauer himself, confirmed to TMZ that the interview went off without a hitch.

The jury is still out on whether or not Lauer sat down with both Janay and Ray in their Maryland home but NBC sources told TMZ that Ray will make an appearance. Ray Rice’s people have not confirmed the news but TMZ was told that Ray was home when the interview took place…so all signs point to yes.

As you know the main reason for the sit down was so the couple could address the infamous surveillance footage which shows Ray Rice knocking Janay unconscious in an elevator back in February. And according to sources, Janay was very open about discussing the incident.

Other sources believe that Ray won’t be the only one making an appearance. Allegedly, Janay’s mother will be featured in the segment as well. It’s said that both of Janay’s parents are very supportive of the couple’s marriage.

It would have been nice to hear solely from Janay, considering we’ve already heard from Ray and even friends of the couple. But that’s not how the cookie crumbled, for whatever reason.

No official air date has been announced but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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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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!