Entries in CNN (92)
From Lamar Tyler at The Retort who attened a BIA2 screening only to be turned away after organizers allegedly overbooked a viewing in Washington, D.C. so they could promote it as a success:
After switching our entire family's routine around in order to make the screening I was disappointed that this mistake could have been made, but was it really a mistake? While doing a little research on the situation I learned that the same thing happened in NY last week and that the fact that 150 were turned away in DC last night was celebrated as a success by a marketing exec associated with the event. Taking a quote from my man AverageBro, "What the hell is this, the screener for a documentary or a Kappa party?" Where I'm from when you turn away 150 people at the door to a nightclub that's a success, but when it happens at a screening where everyone is on the guest list that's a PR disaster. But wait, they did give away cups and magnets as a consolation prize. I guess in the end they got the story and manufactured hype that they wanted but at what expense when you're trying to prove that your product isn't more of the same?
Read the full story at The Retort.
Over at Pam's House Blend, Pam Spaulding took NAACP President Benjamin Jealous to task for his recent comments on CNN about the NAACP not getting involved in gay rights issues. Jealous told CNN's TJ Holmes that the NAACP doesn't "take a position on that nationally."
While she called him progressive in his thinking, she argued that Jealous was "getting the message" that gay rights was a "third-rail" issue by the old guard of the NAACP and not a priority.
Arguing that the fight for gay rights is civil rights, Spaulding criticized Jealous and the NAACP for their weak-kneed response, but praised Jealous for at least discussing the issue without malice.
In light of the overwhelming response for me to Google Stalk someone other than my beloved Prince of West Memphis, the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of the TV News, TJ Holmes, I've decided to "Google Stalk" ... everyone you suggested.
Yes! That means random updates and photos of Don Lemon, Jamal Simmons, Carlos Watson, Hill Harper and CNN's Errol Barnett. It's a tough job to track the attractive menfolk of politics, media and activism, but ... sigh ... some girl has to do it!
Now for TJ fans, NO ONE will replace the Teege in my heart. He is my first Google Stalking love. Just because I'm all verklempt over him running off to marry some woman who's not me doesn't mean I've stopped caring about his brand of Pretty Boy Awesome. He is still two scoops of deliciousness with butterscotch sprinkles on a Saturday morning. I would devour him and die, but he is somebody else's guy, ladies (and gents). Woe is moi! But I'm happy for you, Teege! Really. I am. Just ignore the tears. It's cool that you didn't get my approval or anything. I'm good.
God. Where did I put that link to that Vesta song!?
My fair Uncle Rolly Rolls is getting a new show ya'll! Break out the balloons and streamers! CNN finally stopped dicking on home skillet around and pony upped a ... wait? What's that you say? CNN didn't follow through? Then who the hell gave the man I lurve a show? TV One?!?! Can I even get that on my TV?
From The Hilltop towards the end of the story:
“Compared to the video we saw, it didn’t stimulate the conversation,” said recently crowned Miss D.C., Shirley Rivens Smith, a ANC Commissioner for Ward 5.
“It was mediocre. I would give it a D,” said Bey Bright, a D.C. resident.
In defense of the piece, CNN's Chris Lawrence told the audience that the documentary "is not a PR piece about black people." Sweetie, you ain't neva lied!
Of course, Carlos doesn't get a big fancy primetime show. (Yet you can watch Keith Olbermann three times a night and Lock Up ALL WEEKEND LONG!) He gets the 11 a.m. news block to watch over, but that's nothing to sniff at.
He runs the site The Stimulist (which is an awesome site) and is an all around cool and wonderfully good looking fellow. (Google Stalk candidate, maybe?) Although one reader who wrote me about this move complained this could cut into his valued "Tamron Time."