15 items from 2011
It's hard to get me to watch a reality show of any kind, even if I can be talked into a competition show if there's the right contestant. But it's likely I'd tune in every week if Pee-Wee Herman were cast on Dancing With the Stars.
Speaking of my own personal animosity towards reality television, has anyone watched Sundance Channel's Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys? Because having seen the cast previews, I'd really like to have you explain to me why you watch it.
In depressing news, Spirit Day coincided with the Senate marking up the Department of Education funding bill, widely seen as the best way to pass the two anti-bullying and anti-discrimination bills for students. Neither the Safe Schools Improvement Act nor the Student Non-Discrimination Act were discussed, and are probably dead. Again.
The number of gay and lesbian couples adopting children has tripled in the last decade, »
- Ed Kennedy
On Wednesday evening's The Factor, Bill O'Reilly asked guest Bernie Goldberg if he'd seen "the brothers with me last night," referring to his rather explosive interview with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West over corruption on Wall Street. Goldberg and O'Reilly disagreed with the basic premise of West and Smiley's argument, opining that "dysfunction" (in the form of, say, substance abuse or being born into single-parent households) does more create poverty than do decisions made on Wall Street. »
- Alex Alvarez
A few days ago, Herman Cain made headlines when he said that he didn't "believe there is racism in this country today that holds anybody back in a big way." Shockingly, some people disagreed. Two of those people are Cornel West and Tavis Smiley who have spoken out against Cain a number of times including during their appearance last night on The O'Reilly Factor when they said he was "trivializing" a serious issue. »
- Jon Bershad
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night and engaged in a spirited debate with host Bill O'Reilly over poverty, corruption in the financial sector and a jobless rate that is growing to nearly 20% in African-American demographic. The two sides of the debate represented distinct ideological points-of-view, which made for a remarkably compelling discussion of various of hot topics in the news, namely Occupy Wall Street and a struggling economy. »
- Colby Hall
On Monday's Morning Joe, panelist Tavis Smiley caused a minor uproar when he pointed out that a key difference between Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush is that "one of those guys lied to the American people." Host Joe Scarborough, guest Jon Meacham, and even Mika Brzezinski pushed back on the idea that Bush "lied," laying the blame for bad Wmd intel at the feet of CIA Director George Tenet, and Smiley eventually got lost in the semantic weeds. »
- Tommy Christopher
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West are not holding anything back in their media blitz, first suggesting President Obama declared war on the poor, then revealing how they aren't on the White House guest list, and now predicting the London riots could definitely happen in America because of this country's great wealth disparity. Smiley sums up his frustration with Obama by offering a bit of advice: "enough with the speeches about now it's time to focus on jobs." »
- Matt Schneider
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West continued their media tour on C-Span this morning, and expressed frustration with President Obama over a much more personal issue than merely not talking about poverty. Smiley noticed that Obama invited Bill O'Reilly to the White House, but he himself has yet to receive an invitation from the President, who regularly appeared on his show before being elected President. »
- Matt Schneider
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West stopped by CNN's American Morning to discuss their "poverty tour" and to express their disappointment with President Obama for failing to stand up for the poor and for not ever publicly mentioning the word "poverty." Carol Costello wasn't entirely convinced and asked why Obama should "concentrate on one segment of the population" when he is the President of all Americans? Yet Smiley and West passionately tried to convince her why. »
- Matt Schneider
Last Friday, Susanne Rostock’s “Sing Your Song” (HBO, date Tba, no trailer yet), an authorized documentary about the life of actor/singer/activist Harry Belafonte which premiered at January’s Sundance Film Festival and will air on HBO later this year, was greeted with a lengthy standing ovation following its screening at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Belafonte, who is now 84 and walks with a cane, made his way along the red carpet press line, sat through the film, and then participated in a Q&A with Tavis Smiley after it ended.
Rostock’s film — the idea of which was strongly promoted by Belafonte’s daughter, who felt that her father’s memories needed to be chronicled, and who is credited as a producer on the film — is largely narrated by Belafonte himself.
It takes you from the tenement in which he was raised in Harlem, »
- Scott Feinberg
PBS Host Tavis Smiley appeared with Lawrence O'Donnell last night and the two took turns expressing outrage over Donald Trump's continued willingness to say anything to attack President Obama. O'Donnell repeatedly referred to Trump as a liar, while Smiley warned that Trump's "race to the bottom" in rhetoric was a sad sign of what he expects to come in the election season. »
- Matt Schneider
President Obama's extraordinary embrace of Reverend Al Sharpton last week has as much to do with the president's antipathy for three other black leaders-Jesse Jackson, Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley-as it does with any genuine White House enthusiasm for the controversial New York preacher. Unlike Sharpton, who actually sat in the front row at Obama's December announcement of the deal to extend the Bush tax cuts, Jackson, West and Smiley have criticized the president's centrist tilt, alienating themselves from the administration.
Obama stayed so far away from Sharpton during the 2008 campaign that Sharpton, with Obama's blessing, never even endorsed him. Yet not only did Obama just become the first president ever to appear at »
- Wayne Barrett
James Taylor will play a special charity concert at Carnegie Hall next month, joined by a host of celebrity friends.
The show on April 12 will celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 120th birthday and will raise money for the venue’s artistic and educational programs. Musical guests will include Sting, Bette Midler and Steve Martin.
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It’s officially the most commented on Shadow And Act post since the site was created almost 2 years ago (142 comments so far and counting; see the deluge Here if you’re just joining us); Apparently, we weren’t the only folks taken by Anthony Mackie’s comments; in the below clip, Tavis Smiley asks Mackie to further explain his “We’re Being Lazy On Our Game” comment, leveled against black Hollywood. The episode aired today.
Loooong time readers of Shadow And Act will be familiar with what follows below – initially posted on May 29th, 2009, almost 2 years ago, and only about a month after Shadow And Act was launched. Seems like an eternity. But it’s been a fun ride.
In light of recent articles and the conversations that they inspired, I thought I’d repost it as, in effect, my response to all the noise. I’m referring specifically to the New York Times article titled Hollywood Whiteout, by Mahnola Dargis and A.O. Scott, that was printed on February 11th. I won’t rehash; you can read it Here, if you didn’t, but I think the title says plenty.
That article was sent to me by several of you, wondering if I would respond to it on S&A, but I really have had no interest in doing so. It seems like an annual »
The comic was talking to moviemaker Kevin Smith, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and two political pundits about the treatment of women in Muslim countries, like Egypt, when an unseen man started yelling from the audience.
Maher and his guests attempted to laugh off the interruption, but the protester started yelling at security staff as they tried to evict him from the studio, stating, "Do not touch me; that's battery... I will leave of my own accord." But he continued shouting at Maher, apparently upset by comments the comic had made about the 9/11 terrorist attacks on a previous show.
The host joked, "That went better in rehearsals," and then added, "I once had to go into that crowd and throw a guy out myself - and I think I might have to do it again." »
15 items from 2011
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