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The New York Daily News and The New York Post are really enjoying this story about Al Sharpton being an FBI informant. Though Sharpton has been plagued by rumors that he was informant during the 80s for years, The Smoking Gun ramped things up by publishing documents that provide new details.
Sharpton admitted cooperating with the FBI/NYPD unit that was targeting the Genovese crime family, but insisted he wasn’t a “rat.” ”I am not a rat,” Sharpton tweeted. “I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right.”
Not only did Sharpton place quotation marks around that great statement — as if he was quoting someone else — he gave the Daily News and Post more ammo for their covers. We think the Daily News won this round, but only because that is one creepy illustration.
Has it really been that long? More than two decades after Ring My Bell first launched in 1991 as a Channel 4 UK live broadcast, the World of Wonder series is being dialed up for a second Web revival. The first episode premieres on the company’s YouTube channel Thursday, March 21.
In case you’ve forgotten, the show – which got a previous Web makeover in 2006 – very simply connects a celebrity and inbound callers. Some of the earliest programs featured Al Sharpton and Boy George. From today’s announcement:
The family of the legendary R&B singer will allow the public to pay their last respects at a viewing on Friday. Etta James, a Los Angeles native, died last week from complications of leukemia. She was 73.
A private funeral will be held on Saturday in Gardena, with Reverend Al Sharpton presiding.
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Occupation: Host, MSNBC’s PoliticsNation at 6 p.m. ET
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
What I do all day is I do three jobs: I run National Action Network early in the morning, I do my syndicated radio show from 1 to 4, then I do Politics Nation with Al Sharpton pre-production from 4:30, go live from 6 to 7, then we do afterstudy and analysis, and then maybe in the evening I might have a speaking engagement. But on a slow day, I do three jobs.
What’s your favorite medication?
Air, while I’m on the treadmill. I like doing inhale-exhale exercises while I’m doing my workout.
How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Over $50. I go up in Harlem, to Betty’s on Eighth Avenue.
Hopefully this is not how the New York Post intends to celebrate Black History Month. It’s not entirely clear who thought this was a good idea but this is the cartoon, by Sean Delonas, running in today’s Post. Clearly, the cartoon was partially inspired by yesterday’s horrific chimpanzee attack, as well as the signing of the stimulus bill yesterday, but it is also has unmistakable racial undertones.
The Post editor-in-chief Col Allan says: “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut…It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”
Sharpton’s initial response after the jump.
In March, David Ehrenstein penned a piece in the LA Times titled “Obama the ‘Magic Negro’”. The term ‘Magic Negro’ comes from film criticism about the stock character commonly played by say Morgan Freeman. Wikipedia explains the phrase as ‘a supporting, often mystical stock character in fiction who, by use of special insight or powers, helps the white protagonist get out of trouble.’
It’s like the hooker with a heart of gold or the nun with no heart at all. A movie cliche. Like when someone coughs – they’re dying. Or a woman throws up – she’s pregnant.
Anyway, Ehrenstein’s piece was not about Barack Obama, it was about the image of the Magic Negro and what the public has projected on to him.
Enter, right-wing ‘knowhard’ Rush Limbaugh and ‘satirist’ Paul Shanklin. Shanklin wrote a spoof to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon”. Titled,”Barack the Magic Negro.” With the lyrics sang by an Al Sharpton impersonator,”Barack the magic negro lives in DC. The LA Times they called him that because he’s not authentic like me. The guy from the LA paper said he made guilty whites feel good…” and “Don’t vote the Magic Negro in…”
So, who cares? No one. But then Chip Saltsman, former Mike Huckabee campaign staffer (snicker) wants to be RNC chair, so what better to send out to all his associates for Christmas than a copy of “Barack the Magic Negro”.
Nike and the NFL have riled up local dog lovers by refusing to dump Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick, who has been indicted for running a dog fighting operation. Nike did suspend the Zoom Vick V shoe , but activists say “too little, too late” and are mass emailing contact info for NFL and the Falcons. (see below)
Jossip has some really disgusting details from the indictment.
Russell Simmons, Al Sharpton and PETA have hooked up against Vicks.
The Sarcastic Gamer posts on an unlikely deal with Take Two Games.
Carlos Mencia, on the other hand, thinks the Senate should have better things to do. At least he didn’t play the it’s my culture card.
Al Sharpton might okay with it, but the National Association of Black Journalists has wee bit of a problem with Imus‘ rumored return to the airwaves. Says NABJ president Bryan Monroe:
“NABJ and America applauded in April the decision of national broadcasters to remove his language from the national airwaves. We would hope that, just a few months later, they would not substitute a desire to cash in for the need to stand by their convictions.”
Sharpton, via Radar: “My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air. We’ll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding. We’ll be monitoring the situation, but we wanted him to pay for being a repeat abuser, and he paid. We never said we didn’t want him to make a living.”
It’s been awhile, but we finally have another post-Imus media sensitivity moment: Al Sharpton has launched a protest campaign against TMZ. TMZ’s staff referred to Beyonce Knowles‘ BET Awards outfit [above] as her “Roboho” costume in a fashion parody piece. In a sad day for fashion bloggers everywhere, TMZ has already changed their wording: “Roboho” is now “BeyonceTron.”
Here’s the official call to arms from Sharpton’s National Action Network:
Calling any woman a “ho” is demeaning and abusive and it should not be tolerated on any level. It is intolerable to think that TMZ.com would find humor in calling Beyonce — someone who symbolizes the strength, dignity and uplifting of Black women — a “Roboho,” and they should be denounced by the entire community for glorifying the continued oppression of women with this derogatory term. Racism in America is perpetuated by ignorance and hate and using one’s airwaves or media entity to promote it is a blatant setback to civil rights and the advancement of equality.
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