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Will Joy Reid’s Show Survive On MSNBC?

By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert Last week, Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow debuted their new shows on MSNBC. The ratings proved to below what many expected. According to TV Newser, their respective shows at 2 p.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET lost ground as compared to last year. “The Reid Report” averaged 286,800 total viewers and 63,200 viewers in the coveted A25-54 demo, per Nielsen. Compared to the same week last year with “News Nation with Tamron Hall” at 2 p.m. ET, “The Reid Report” was down -8% in total viewers and -38%  in the demo. The numbers for “Ronan Farrow Daily” were worse. They averaged 243,000 total viewers and 55,000 demo viewers for the week. Compared to the same week last year with “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1 p.m. ET, “Ronan Farrow Daily” is down -40% in total viewers and -42% in the demo. Farrow drew both the lowest total viewers and demo viewers of all of MSNBC’s show on both Wednesday (260,000/52,000). His program’s best day was Thursday with 320,000 total viewers and 79,000 demo viewers. With Farrow as lead in, Joy Reid’s Monday debut drew just 38,000 A25-54 demo viewers, the lowest demo for the entire network that day. On Wednesday, Reid drew the second lowest demo for the network with 56,000 viewers. Her best total viewer day was Wednesday with 312,000 viewers, while Friday was her high mark in the demo with 84,000 viewers. TV Newser’s Jordan Chariton writes: “From past debuts, we know first week numbers have the potential to change over the course of time. Also important to note, the same week last year featured all networks covering the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.” Joy Reid is the managing editor of TheGrio.com and on air contributor on MSNBC. She is also a political columnist for the Miami Herald and editor of the political blog The Reid Report. Ronan Farrow is the son of celebrity Mia Farrow. Phil Griffin is the president of MSNBC; he recounts his first meeting with Farrow, “Within in 20 minutes I wanted to hire him,” Griffin said. “He’s got it.” We will keep an eye on the ratings…see if he’s really got it! And see how much “joy” Reid can bring to viewers. Source: http://www.eurweb.com   Read More »

You think Lupita Nyong’o is impressive? Wait till you hear about her family

By Yolanda Spivey Lupita Nyong’o won big at this year’s  Academy Award’s , taking home an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as ‘ Patsey’  in  12 Years a Slave .  Born on March 1, 1983 to Kenyan born parents, Lupita is the new “it girl,” appearing  on virtually every major red carpet event in America.  It appears that Lupita can do no wrong with whatever she wears—she definitely has a style of her own. Here are five known facts about Lupita Nyong’o that may interest you: She’s Mexican - Well not really.  Lupita was born in Mexico City, Mexico.  Her father, a Kenyan politician was a visiting lecturer in political science at  El Colegio de Mexico  in Mexico City at the time of her birth.  They moved back to Kenya before Lupita turned one year of age.  Her family sent her back to Mexico for seven months to learn Spanish when she was 16 years old.  She is fluent in Spanish, English, Swahili and her native Luo. Her Name - Lupita is obviously a name of Spanish origins and in alignment with Luo tradition, she was named after the events of the day.  Since she was born in Mexico, her family named her Lupita which is a version of ‘Guadalupe’ from ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe.’ Her Family Rocks - Lupita is the second of six children.  Her father was recently elected to the Kenyan Senate.  Her mother is currently the managing director of the  Africa Cancer Foundation .  Her cousin, Tavia Nyong’o is a scholar and professor at  New York University .  Isis Nyong’o, her older cousin, was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by  Forbes  magazine.  And her uncle, Aggrey Nyong’o who unfortunately was killed in a 2002 automobile accident, was a prominent Kenyan physician. She Had Issues With Her Complexion - Recently, Lupita acknowledged that she didn’t always like her rich, beautiful dark skin and would often pray to God to make her a little lighter.  She stated that she came to accept herself when she saw  Alek Wek , a well known Sudanese supermodel who too shares her rich complexion. Lupita said, “When I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny.  Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty.” She’s More Than Her “Patsey” Role - Lupita graduated  Yale  with a MFA in 2012.  She has also appeared in several short independent films and a soap opera in her parent’s native land of Kenya.  In 2008, she won a first place prize at the  Five College Film Festival  for a documentary she wrote, directed and produced called  In My Genes , about the treatment of Kenyan’s albino population. She also directed a music video called  The Little Things You Do  by artist  Wahu ft. Bobi Wine .  It was nominated for the  MTV Africa Music Awards  in 2009. Yolanda Spivey writes on a variety of topics and can be reached at  organize@yourblackworld.net .  You can also visit her  Facebook page Read More »

Is Forest Whitaker’s Wife Sick or Addicted To Dieting?

By Barry Burch Jr. Forest Whitaker was accompanied by his wife, Keisha Whitaker, to several A-list events this week.  It was a surprise for many to see just how much weight she had lost. The 41-year-old appeared at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, wearing a sleeveless black gown, as reported by  Mail Online.   Her thinness was difficult to ignore. Seven years ago, Keisha looked to be in great shape, but while holding her husband close, on Saturday, it was clearly visible that had changed.  Her upper arm seemed to be thinner than her elbow. RadarOnline.com  reports that Keisha will be tuning 42 this week and has lost a total of 35 pounds over the past several years.  The weight loss is not healthy either.  At her age, the sudden drop could lead to very serious health problems, according to The Hampton’s Diet author Dr. Fred Pescatore. “She runs the risk of premature aging of her heart and bones,” he explained.  ”Most importantly, going up and down like this wreaks havoc on the metabolism and makes it increasingly difficult to continue to stay thin without more and more effort; possibly to the point of starvation and pills.” According to Keisha’s tweets, although a significant amount of weight has been lost, junk food is still a big part of her diet. “Morning Morning Taco Tuesdays!!! Endless Possibilities…..,” reads one tweet. Another reads, “A Pizza store in Burbank who took my order and didn’t deliver don’t worry(2 hours late) Micellis to the RESCUE and it will TASTE good!” Forest and Keisha were married in 1996.  They met on the set of their movie “Blown Away,” as reported by  Mail Online . Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr Read More »

Will Lupita Nyong’o Join The Ranks of Those Whose Careers Waned After Oscar Win?

  By Stephanie Allen-Gobert Oscars or Out-score-us? In the 85 year history of the Academy Awards, black actors and actresses have rarely taken home the famous and coveted Oscar Award. Lupita Nyong’o, the 30 year old breakout star of the acclaimed historical drama  12 Years a Slave , looks poised to become the sixth black winner in the category. Lupita faced fierce competition in this category with Hollywood’s It girl, Jennifer Lawrence. Most critics see Nyong’o as the new frontrunner, following high profile wins at the Critic’s Choice, SAG and numerous other critics’ award. For a first time film actress, her Oscar win is a tremendous achievement that her peers surely envy. But this is not our black actors and actresses first rodeo, we have seen this before. African American actresses have played several demanding and critical roles with little recognition they seem to ride a wave of success with an Academy Award recognition, and sometimes victory. And when black actresses have triumphed, more often than not, the careers do not appear to get the traditional boost that typically follows and Oscar victory. Hattie McDonald, the first black performer to win an Oscar in 1939’s  Gone with the Wind , performance is remembered now more as a historical footnote and sad commentary on the stereotypical roles she was forced to play than the beginning of a burgeoning career. Whoopi Goldberg, who won for  Ghost  in 1990, was already an established comedian and stage star when she took home the Academy Award-she is an exception to the rule. However, Jennifer Hudson, Mo’Nique, and Halle Berry have not fared quite as well. Mo’Nique, who won for her powerful role in  Precious , has yet to make another film since her win (a rumored bio of Hattie McDaniel remains rumored). Hudson was also largely absent from the big screen and her two most recent turns, while well reviewed, went largely unseen. Halle Berry, who was briefly an A-list actress at the box office following her historic 2002 win for the controversial melodrama  Monster’s Ball , has had a series of flops and messy public personal spats throughout her career. She’s planning a comeback on a television show produced by Steven Spielberg. Octavia Spencer, who won for  The Help  in 2012, has proved a little more resilient, appearing in an acclaimed supporting role in this past year’s criminally under seen  Fruitvale Station . She too was considering a jump to the small screen with a  Murder, She Wrote  reboot, but the project was scrapped. So, back to Lupita Nyong’O…where does that leave her? She has won a multitude of fans outside her film work for her beauty and glamorous appearance on the red carpet. Her beauty and infectiously sweet persona might give her the upper hand on some of her previous peers. Her next role is a small one in Liam Neeson’s action film  Non-Stop , which opens this weekend. After that, we shall see! Source:  therio Read More »

Memphis News Anchor Pulls Wigs Off On Air

By Barry Burch Jr. For some people, the local news team is not just the local news team; these people are family.  One news anchor in Tennessee understood exactly this, and shared something personal about herself that most would probably reserve for only their family.  After recently winning her battle against cancer, she courageously made the decision to remove her wig while on air and reveal all that has been going on with her.  It was very emotional to say the least. The brave anchor is Pam Mckelvy of  WMC-TV.   During a broadcast on Wednesday she announced, “I’m going natural.  No more relaxers to straighten my hair.”  The segment was regarding women and their “crowns of glory.”  Mckelvy shared her recent experience with chemotherapy treatments and how they caused her to lose her hair.  She did so while wearing a long silky black wig.  By the end of the discussion; however, her wig was off and her natural curls were showing. “All right, this is it.  This is my new hair,” she declared, as she fought back tears.  The former beauty queen and 15-year TV news vet, as reported by  Yahoo! Shine , said she was so very thankful for all of the support she received from her co-workers while she dealt with her illness.   One co-anchor touched her arm and said, “We love you baby, you look good.  You look  good , child!” This is not the first times the Memphis anchor has revealed personal information about herself.  Back in 2012, she shared with viewers that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She also shared with them the details of a double mastectomy, and even underwent chemo live on the air.  She told viewers last week to be self-loving. McKelvy said she made her decision partly with others in mind.  “I made my choice also because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she said.  She followed this statement with a special shout-out to 12-year-old Vanessa VandDyke, who was threatened with expulsion if she did not tame her “distracting” natural hair, as reported by  Yahoo! Shine . “The times are changing, and God’s delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is,” McKelvy continued. She added, “I want everyone to know that no matter what you go through, it’s not about what’s on the outside, it’s about what’s on the inside.  And I feel, on the inside, I am more radiant and beautiful than I’ve ever been.” Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr Read More »

Marissa Alexander’s Sentence Could Triple

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III You remember Marissa Alexander don’t you? She’s the Jacksonville, Florida woman who fired warning shots in the direction of her estranged husband. She’s the woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison because of her actions. “Alexander, 33 was previously convicted in 2012 for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander could get out in 20 years.” The 1 st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee threw out her conviction stating that Daniels forced Alexander to prove that she was battered by her estranged husband rather than acting in self-defense. The Appeals courts in sending the case back said that under the 10-20 life law, three separate sentences must be served consecutively and cannot be imposed concurrently. Now, the Office of State Attorney Angela Corey is seeking to sentence Alexander for 60 years.  Her trial is scheduled for July 28. Alexander’s case drew national attention because of the Stand Your Ground law in Florida. Unlike the case of Trayvon Martin whereby George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Martin, Alexander didn’t kill anyone. She is facing life in prison for a warning shot that she says was in self-defense.  Her case has brought about anger as well as confusion in the state of Florida and everywhere for that matter. Alexander’s case of the ‘warning-shot’ has sparked a bill in Florida that will be brought up in the legislative session on Tuesday. Under this bill, there will not be a 20-year prison sentence for warning shots. This case will definitely spark controversy. If Alexander gets 20 years or 60 years, no one wins. Alexander’s attorney is seeking an acquittal and in the process will be arguing against the 10-20 life law. Source: Jacksonville.com Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org Read More »

Woman Locked Children In Closets For Hours, Charged With Kidnapping and Abuse

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III There’s no excuse for child abuse and child neglect. No matter how hard times are for a parent, under no circumstances must a child be treated less than human. 27-year old Monique Latrice Winston is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and four counts of abuse/neglect of a child. This story only gets worse because Winston left the children in the apartment for hours locked in a closet. The two kids involved, one male (3-years-old) and one female (5-years-old) were found in separate closets when neighbors heard them screaming and notified the local police. When the police arrived and opened the closets, they saw the siblings. According to reports, Winston and her boyfriend left the apartment around 9am and the screams were heard and police arrived 3:30pm. “Police say the children were sitting on top of items piled inside the closets, such as clothes and a television . There were no lights inside the closets.” The brother and sister were taken to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The girl showed signs of malnourishment and was diagnosed with ringworms, which reflects not being bathed regularly. Her brother was diagnosed with the same symptoms (ringworms and malnourishment).  Here’s the troubling news about the boy – doctors say ‘his weight is in less than the fifth percentile for a child his age.’ Winton admits to putting the children in the closet. This wasn’t the first time she has done this. She would put them in the closet every other three days. Just reading this story can make one upset and sick. Upset because a mother did this heinous act to two innocent children and sick because no child should face this kind of suffering. While the mother receives justice, let’s keep the two children in our thoughts and hope they will recover physically and emotionally. Source: theGrio Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org Read More »

Ray Parker Jr. Next To Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Here’s a special shout out to Ray Parker Jr for being the 2,518 th entertainer to have the honor of having the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. It’s long been overdue for Parker to receive this honor. Many people know Parker from his popular hit Ghostbusters , but Parker will be honored in the category of recording. Even though there are so many entertainers to have been blessed with the Walk of Fame Star, the truth of the matter is that Parker has paid his dues and now he’s finally getting his reward. Some may be thinking that the Walk of Fame may not amount to much, but the honor is important for those who have given their life for their craft. The Walk of Fame Star honoring will air on March 6 th at 11:30 am (PST). The emcee for the event will be Leron Gubler who is the President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Bill Withers and Brian Holland will be on-hand to help Parker unveil his star. Just in case you’re not aware of this, Parker is a much sought after guitarist in the industry. A truly versatile musician and composer, Parker can tout being well rounded in the entertainment industry has its benefits. “We have amazing musicians on the Walk of Fame and adding Ray Parker Jr. to our famous Walk of Fame is the icing on the cake,” Gubler said. “His star will be next to fellow musical greats Herbie Hancock , Thelonious Monk , Dizzy Gillespie and The Funk Brothers !” Parker has been the recipient of numerous awards to include the Grammy and Golden Globe Award and BAFTA, just to name a few. The Walk of Fame is another accomplishment that Parker can add to his already impressive resume. To read more about Ray Parker, click here . Source: Eurweb.com Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, activist, published author of (4) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: drgrey@sinclairgrey.org . Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org The post Ray Parker Jr. Next To Receive Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »