Archive for the ‘The Media & African Americans’ Category

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Sony Pictures is reportedly paying close to $60 million to AEG Entertainment for the 80 hours of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” concert rehearsal footage. Before the icon’s sudden death on June 25, the 50-night concert was set to begin this month in London at the O2 arena. Sony is planning to release a film […]

You may recall the six young Black men in Jena, La., who were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight with white schoolmate Justin Barker. After a major civil rights demonstration protesting the inappropriate severity of the charges, international media attention, and fund-raising to pay for legal representation, the charges were later reduced to second-degree […]

FOX is making a seemingly serious effort to embed diversity themes and talent at the earliest stages of program development. Ron Taylor, the TV network’s new VP of diverse programming and content, is the most recent example of this effort. Taylor will oversee script development reflective of diverse themes and/or written by writers from diverse […]

Detroit’s former FOX affiliate WJBK newsanchor and former WJLB-FM radio host Charles Pugh announced recently he will run for a seat on Detroit’s 9-member city council. He is the troubled city’s first openly gay political candidate. He shared his lifestyle with Detroiters five years ago and saw his popularity soar. Now he’s banking on his local-name […]

Veteran actress Zoe Saldana, 30, plays the lovely Nyota Uhura in the new Star Trek prequel, directed by J.J. Abrams, that opened in theatres over the weekend and soared to #1 with an estimated $76.5 million in box-office receipts. The role of Uhura was made famous by Nichelle Nichols in the 60s TV series by the […]

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize Monday for his commentaries on the 2008 presidential campaign. He says he had to face the challenge “to believe what we were seeing and hearing and experiencing and not what we were expecting.” Apparently, even Robinson didn’t expect President Obama to win. The Pulitzer Prizes are determined and […]

Emmy-winning journalist and Access Hollywood anchor Shaun Robinson has written a new book that offers advice and wisdom for young girls from the celebrities they adore. In short, you’re beautiful exactly as you are…and even celebrities are flawed. Worth checking out if you have a teenage girl at home. Speak your peace.

  If you’re a person of color, you probably noticed last night during the president’s second press conference the more diverse group of questioners. President Obama took questions from venerable African-American magazine Ebony, Hispanic TV powerhouse Univision, and military publication Stars & Stripes. Although we didn’t see reps for BET or TVOne, Black Enterprise‘s Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle was seated […]

WVAZ-FM, Chicago’s highly-rated adult urban contemporary station owned by Clear Channel, replaced long-running The Tom Joyner Morning Show today with The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Harvey’s show already airs on #1 music station WGCI-FM, WVAZ’s sister station, in the market, but will now simulcast on both stations until March 31. After March 31, Harvey’s show will air […]

Former Detroit mayoral aide Christine Beatty was released from jail today at 12:01 a.m. (EDT). She served 70 days of a 120-day sentence for felony charges in last year’s text-message scandal that exposed corruption in city government and a love affair between Beatty and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Beatty was released early for good behavior. […]

CNN recently canceled D.L. Hughley Breaks the News and Comedy Central has done the same with Chocolate News, featuring veteran comedian David Alan Grier. Both shows premiered in October 2008. Supposedly, D.L. wanted to move the show to Los Angeles to be with his family, which CNN apparently wasn’t willing to accommodate. However, the cable network […]

  Florida mega-attorney Willie Gary and Michigan attorney James Thomas, representing former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, sent a letter yesterday to SkyTel — Detroit’s communications provider when Kilpatrick was mayor of the predominantly Black city — demanding $100 million for violating Kilpatrick’s privacy and constitutional rights, along with federal and state statutes. The attorneys further charged in […]

Update (3/9/09): Hundreds of text messages exchanged between or sent and received by former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former aide Christine Beatty have been released. They were released shortly after 12 noon today. Supposedly, Wayne County, MI, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny believes the text messages may expose misconduct in city government. Speak your peace. […]

For the first time in the magazine’s 9-year history, Oprah Winfrey shares the cover of O: The Oprah Magazine with someone else — First Lady Michelle Obama. The April 2009 issue with the first lady looking amazing on the cover hits newsstands March 17. Check it out. Speak your peace.

Submission deadlines for the 2009 American Black Film Festival are fast approaching: March 13 for the Nickelodeon Script Writers Review; documentaries, March 17; short films, April 7; and narrative features, April 17. The four-day festival will again be held in Miami, FL, beginning June 24. The host hotel is the Ritz-Carlton and films will be screened […]

TV One head Alfred Liggins with mother and business partner Cathy Hughes TV One, a joint venture between Comcast and Radio One, recently told the Federal Communications Commission that it objects to BET founder Bob Johnson’s method for getting his new Urban Television on cable systems. According to TV One, the four-year-old cable network for African Americans 25 […]

After three weeks, America’s chocolate sweethearts are reportedly back together or, at least, trying to work it out. Let’s hope these lovely kids get some help. Otherwise, we really shouldn’t judge or spend so much time minding their business. Speak your peace.

The CW announced today 6 shows will return in the fall as part of its primetime TV lineup. There was no mention of The Game, a Black-oriented sitcom about professional football players and the women they love. Shows with predominantly Black casts just aren’t in vogue anymore. Networks now target younger audiences to establish a base. Black […]

Former BET news anchor Ed Gordon served as moderator last week for online Black news outlet The Loop’s presentation of its survey and report Journalism in Color at the National Press Club in DC. A panel of multicultural journalists discussed the mainstream media’s past and present handling of race and race-related issues in America. We […]