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26/02/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Out on MSNBC Show: “I am not a Token, Mammy, or Little Brown Bobble Head”

Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Out on MSNBC Show: “I am not a Token, Mammy, or Little Brown Bobble Head”

by Yvette Carnell

For well over a year (see here and here), I have been predicting the end of a group of black pundits who I derisively refer to as the Negro Whisperers.

MSNBC‘s Rev. Al Sharpton has been relegated to weekends, Joy-Ann Reid’s gone, as well as Goldie Taylor, Touré and now–Melissa Harris-Perry. The chattering class of Democratic apologists are dropping like flies.

According to the New York Times, Harris-Perry is frustrated with pre-emptions at her show and confirmed she will not be returning:

In a phone interview, Ms. Harris-Perry confirmed she would not appear on the show this weekend. She said she had received no word about whether her show, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays, had been canceled, but said she was frustrated that her time slot had faced pre-emptions for coverage of the presidential election. She said she had not appeared on the network at all “for weeks” and that she was mostly sidelined during recent election coverage in South Carolina and New Hampshire. (She was asked to return this weekend.)

 

In her email, Ms. Harris-Perry wrote that she was not sure if the NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, or Phil Griffin, the MSNBC president, were involved in the way her show was handled recently, but she directed blame toward both.

 

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

“After this election is over, Negroes and all their social and political relevance will be completely purged from mainstream media. These Corporate financed websites will shut down as well. The need for Negro opinion will end when Obama walks out the door,” said Black Agenda Report‘s Pascal Robert when asked about Harris-Perry’s departure.

Jamil Smith published with permission Harris-Perry’s email to her #nerdland staff:

Dearest Nerds,

 

As you know by now, my name appears on the weekend schedule for MSNBC programming from South Carolina this Saturday and Sunday. I appreciate that many of you responded to this development with relief and enthusiasm. To know that you have missed working with me even a fraction of how much I’ve missed working with all of you is deeply moving. However, as of this morning, I do not have any intention of hosting this weekend. Because this is a decision that affects all of you, I wanted to take a moment to explain my reasoning.

 

Some unknown decision-maker, presumably Andy Lack or Phil Griffin, has added my name to this spreadsheet, but nothing has changed in the posture of the MSNBC leadership team toward me or toward our show. Putting me on air seems to be a decision being made solely to save face because there is a growing chorus of questions from our viewers about my notable absence from MSNBC coverage. Social media has noted the dramatic change in editorial tone and racial composition of MSNBC’s on-air coverage. In addition, Dylan Byers of CNN has made repeated inquiries with MSNBC’s leadership and with me about the show and what appears to be its cancellation. I have not responded to reporters or social media inquiries. However, I am not willing to appear on air in order to quell concerns about the disappearance of our show and our voice.

 

Here is the reality: our show was taken?—?without comment or discussion or notice?—?in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.

 

The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.

 

Undoubtedly, television nurtures the egos of those of us who find ourselves in front of bright lights and big cameras. I am sure ego is informing my own pain in this moment, but there is a level of professional decency, respect, and communication that has been denied this show for years. And the utter insulting absurdity of the past few weeks exceeds anything I can countenance.

 

I have stayed in the same hotels where MSNBC has been broadcasting in Iowa, in New Hampshire, and in South Carolina, yet I have been shut out from coverage. I have a PhD in political science and have taught American voting and elections at some of the nation’s top universities for nearly two decades, yet I have been deemed less worthy to weigh in than relative novices and certified liars. I have hosted a weekly program on this network for four years and contributed to election coverage on this network for nearly eight years, but no one on the third floor has even returned an email, called me, or initiated or responded to any communication of any kind from me for nearly a month. It is profoundly hurtful to realize that I work for people who find my considerable expertise and editorial judgment valueless to the coverage they are creating.

 

While MSNBC may believe that I am worthless, I know better. I know who I am. I know why MHP Show is unique and valuable. I will not sell short myself or this show. I am not hungry for empty airtime. I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work. When we can do that, I will return?—?not a moment earlier. I am deeply sorry for the ways that this decision makes life harder for all of you. You mean more to me than you can imagine.

 

Yours always,

 

Melissa

 Watch the video below where I first predicted this in 2015:

 

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22/02/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Oprah Winfrey in 1989: “I Think a Lot of People Still Use the Slavery Experience as an Excuse”

Oprah Winfrey in 1989: “I Think a Lot of People Still Use the Slavery Experience as an Excuse”

by Yvette Carnell

In an essay that catapulted him to national prominence, Ta-Nehisi Coates argued in favor of reparations in the pages of The Atlantic. Coates’ essay, although well researched and superfluous, was devoid of any real recommendations in that it only suggested that Congress approve a bill that would study reparations. As I’ve said previously, the essay concluded with a meek whimper rather than a bang.

This may have something to do with Coates being against reparations before he began supporting the idea a few years ago. It is important to remember that among the black elite, Coates was not alone in his disapproval.

In an episode titled “Three Generations of Underclass” (highlighted in Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era (Media and Power)which aired in 1989, Oprah Winfrey questioned whether African-Americans are owed anything from slavery.

“I think a lot of people still use the slavery experience as an excuse,” Winfrey said. “Some people are still walking around thinking that this system–now Mr. Bush owes them something because we were in slavery, is that fair?”

In discussing welfare during the same episode, Winfrey opens up the show by asking guests why they are on welfare, without ever addressing the foundational issues that lead to poverty.

“So, you know, we have all heard stories of how being on welfare takes a hold of some families, about two and three generations of mothers and daughters and sons that get stuck in a cycle of poverty that provides little inspiration to the next generation to to better. People who work and pay taxes have a lot of big gripes about those who spend decades and generations on welfare… Today we asked families–mothers who have raised their children on welfare and their daughters who are also raising their children on welfare–why the cycle gets repeated.”

The idea that America shouldn’t address the material conditions of descendants of slaves isn’t just a line supported by conservatives, or just white people for that matter.

Fifty-nine percent of Black Americans think that the descendants of enslaved Africans deserve reparations, according to a June 2014 HuffPost/YouGov poll. Among black people, that’s a majority by only nine points.

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15/01/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Meeting Called as Negro Whisperers Predictably Losing Their Jobs as Obama’s Clock Winds Down

Meeting Called as Negro Whisperers Predictably Losing Their Jobs as Obama’s Clock Winds Down

by Yvette Carnell

Most of what is considered “black media” in the 21st century isn’t published on platforms owned by black people. As I’ve reiterated any number of times, this puts black pundits, many of whom functioned more as Obama’s spokespeople rather than independent commentators beginning in 2008, in a precarious situation.

When Obama was elected, networks scrambled to hire their own race explainers to interpret “blackness” for their mostly white audiences. This entire enterprise can probably be laid at the feet of Booker T. Washington, and since then, becoming a racial spokesperson, or Negro whisperer, has provided a venue for blacks handpicked by corporate networks to behave as if they’ve fastened their tentacles secure within what can only be interpreted as some top secret hive mind existing deep within the black community.

There is no black community, of course, only black communities, each with its own agenda items and priorities. Complexity doesn’t make for a good sound bites, though. With a black man in the White House, the sure money was on race explainers who would interpret for white viewers what Obama and his black supporters were smoke signaling.

With Obama on his way out now, so are his black media functionaries. We’ve seen Toure, Joy-Ann Reid, and Goldie Taylor all removed from MSNBC. And Rev. Al Sharpton’s daily 6pm show was moved to one time a week on Sunday at 8am. Even black journalists are being shown the door. Although this was all both predictable, black media types are ringing the alarm bells, according to Amsterdam News:

The rumor mill is also abuzz with strong rumors that nationally renowned Tom Joyner may shortly be ending his tenure with Radio One. According to some reports, Joyner, whose daily morning show attracts millions of listeners, will end its syndication coinciding with President Barack Obama’s last year in office.

Reports such as these and the growing absence of these well-known and well respected names is sending shockwaves through the nation. Here in New York, plans are underway to address and confront the issue. Following a recent meeting at the headquarters of National Action Network between Sharpton and Lloyd Williams, president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, they decided something must be done about the situation. With that in mind, they are calling for a meeting to address the increasingly troubling disappearance of Black talk shows, personalities and reporters in the media. Sharpton and Williams stated, “Deon Levingston no longer at Emmis is something we must take seriously because of its overall national ramifications. If we are concerned about the future of Black media here and across the nation, we must speak up now before the situation continues to worsen.”

Although the purge of black journalists did not begin with the Obama administration, the election of the first black president did provide a temporary reprieve for them. That’s over now.

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01/12/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Tom Joyner Double Crossed by Best Friend, Forced Out as Obama’s Term Ends, Claims Report

Tom Joyner Double Crossed by Best Friend, Forced Out as Obama’s Term Ends, Claims Report

UPDATE: Tom Joyner’s response to the allegation is posted below.

In “The Race Explainers Are Being Purged: MSNBC Ends Rev. Al Sharpton’s Daily Show”, BreakingBrown’s Yvette Carnell tried to lay out a case for why many black media pundits and personalities would be losing their jobs as Obama’s tenure winds down.

Rev. Al Sharpton was at first rumored to be getting the axe at MSNBC, and it was later reported that he was moving to weekends. Pundit Goldie Taylor’s contract with the network wasn’t renewed. And the latest victim of the Obama purge, according to an unconfirmed report, is none other than Tom Joyner, whose departure is made all the worse because allegedly, his best friend is responsible for twisting the knife into his back.

Tom Joyner’s best friend, David Kantor, allegedly convinced Joyner to sell some of his Reach Media stock to Radio One, and now the host is being forced out by the parent company, The Daily Mail reports.

David Kantor

David Kantor

“They think going with a younger, fresher show is the way to go and the entire plan has been orchestrated by the man who actually launched Tom into syndication originally,” a source told the paper.

The end of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, which began in 1994, is set to coincide with the end of President Obama’s second term.

More from Daily Mail’s source:

‘While both Tom and David made millions each time a new deal was done with Radio One; Tom had less control of the company he once owned, while David gained more power.

‘Each year they would make Tom lay off long-term employees and comediennes like Miss Dupree and Myra J.

‘It killed Tom to just get rid of the people who had been loyal to him from the beginning, but he had no say in the matter,’ the source tells Daily Mail Online.

The report claims that it was decided in 2014 to get rid of Joyner in 2016, to coincide with Obama’s departure from the White House. Also according to the report, Joyner will be replaced by radio host Russ Parr.

BreakingBrown called Reach Media for comment but our calls have not been returned.

UPDATE: Tom Joyner has denied the allegation that he’s being forced out.  He issued the following statement (emphasis added):

Any stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with Reach Media until the end of 2017.  We expect that Reach will continue to syndicate Tom’s show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air.  There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose®. Reach is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future

 

 

 

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25/11/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

French Comic Fined Almost $10,000 and Sentenced to Jail for Anti-Semitic Remarks

French Comic Fined Almost $10,000 and Sentenced to Jail for Anti-Semitic Remarks

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has been sentenced to two months in jail by a Belgian court.

Dieudonne had already been fined  €9,000 ($9,500, £6,300), BBC reported. He faced similar charges in France as well.

After the terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, French lawmakers exalted the principles of free speech, which seems to fly in the face of Dieudonne’s charges.

The Belgian government viewed Dieudonne’s successful prosecution as a major success:

The Belgian court’s judgement on Wednesday said that “all the accusations against Dieudonne were established – both incitement to hatred and hate speech but also Holocaust denial”.

 

Eric Lemmens, a lawyer for Belgium’s Jewish organisations, said the guilty verdict was a “major victory”.

 

Earlier this month the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Dieudonne in a separate case. It judged that freedom of speech did not mean his performances could be racist or anti-Semitic.

“I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” Dieudonne wrote on Facebook, a play on the slogan “Je suis Charlie” in a reference to one of the Charlie Hebdo attackers.

 

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