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Philadelphia — Journalists who trekked to both conventions knew that the atmosphere of each party gathering would be different — what they didn’t expect was how much different they would be.
So much of the story at the Republican Convention was who wasn’t there; for the Democrats, the reverse was true, as the concern was whether the prelude to Hillary Clinton’s moment would be upstaged by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and others.
All of this may not matter in the long run, even if Donald Trump is well attuned to star power and celebrity (two years ago he actually tweeted dating advice to Katy Perry). Trump is running an anti-establishment campaign — and he’ll probably play up that fact in the coming days.
But from the angle of showmanship, this was a very successful convention, with some exceptions.
1. Michelle Obama. Her speech on Monday, in »
- Ted Johnson and Ramin Setoodeh
This embarrassing testament to voter apathy was hardly a surprise: Political conventions have long been carefully stage-managed coronations — choreographed infomercials at which crowd reaction is about as spontaneous as a sitcom’s in-studio audience.
But this year’s gatherings promise a twist: There’s sure to be news, particularly at the Republican National Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland, and likely at the Democratic gathering the following week, July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
As they always have, the cable news networks will air nonstop coverage of the proceedings, this year hoping to replicate the record interest drummed up by some of the current cycle’s debates and forums.
ABC, CBS and NBC each will spend an hour of primetime on each night of both parties’ conventions — an hour »
- Ted Johnson
The Gracie Awards recognize programming created by, for and about women in all media.
Carter starred as the titular female superhero in “Wonder Woman,” an adventure-drama series that ran on ABC and later CBS from 1975-1979. In the 2000s she guest starred on TV shows including “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Svu,” “Smallville” and “Two and a Half Men.” The actress also appeared in the 2005 movie reboot of “Dukes of Hazzard” alongside Johnny Knoxville and Jessica Simpson, and she later lent her voice to video games such as “The Elder Scrolls” series and “Fallout 4.” Aside from acting, Carter devoted herself to singing, beauty pageants and charity work.
“Lynda is the definition of a trailblazer as she has paved the way for women in media, »
- Alyssa Sage
Vicangelo Bulluck, who executive produced the NAACP Image Awards for 10 years, will exec produce the 41st Annual Gracie Awards Gala, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced Monday.
The Gracie Awards, which recognize individual achievement and outstanding programming by, for and about women, honor national, local, public and student-level talent within the arenas of radio, TV and interactive media. The annual awards ceremony is presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation — a network that facilitates collaboration, education and innovation within the media fields.
In his decade-long stint as an exec producer of the Image Awards, Bulluck oversaw major music performances and tributes for Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Bono and Barack Obama, among others. He was the first executive director of the national NAACP’s Hollywood bureau office, which he’s responsible for opening. Bulluck also served as the managing director of outreach and special events for the »
- Alyssa Sage
4 items from 2016
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