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McDonalds Holds Annual Black Media Legends Gala

As the calendar flipped to February, it became Black History Month. For the annual honor, the tri-state McDonalds restaurants select Black Media Legends and Trailblazers. Each year they are showcased on the place mats of customers’ trays.

This year, the lunchtime event moved from the Waldorf Astoria to the Plaza Hotel.

The 18 people are standouts in their fields (TV, radio, and newspapers). But this was all about the great WNBC anchor Sue Simmons, who stepped down last June.

Most of the presenters and award winners mentioned Simmons in their speeches, or ad libbed, due to her remarkable career and presence.

Ironically, John Noel, a reporter with WNBC since 1998, never mentioned Sue’s name in accepting his trophy. FishbowlNY did speak to Noel, a Brooklyn native, about sharing this year’s class with his former colleague.

“If you’re going to call anybody a legend in the media here in New York City, clearly she qualifies for the title,” Noel says. “She’s known and loved by millions of people in the metropolitan area. Much of what she’s done on the air remains legendary.”

The full list of winners after the jump

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CNN Anchor’s Twitter Spat Explanation Offends the Hotel ‘Help’

It was bad enough when CNN anchor Don Lemon engaged in a weird little Twitter spat with actor Jonah Hill over what he felt was a rude exchange with the actor in a hotel lobby. But the Atlanta newsman may now need to apologize to hotel service staff everywhere.

While trying to explain himself to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point, Lemon said that Hill “treated him like the [hotel] help…” In the comments to an LA Times Show Tracker report, hotel staffer jerandolph had this to say:

Your Royal Highness Lemon -

Sooooo… Mr. Hill – I mean, Jonah – treated you as The Help, eh? As a three-decade veteran of The Help at my hotel, I have a question: What are we??? The lowest form of life??? And, furthermore, if what he did to YOU was not appropriate – then why would it be alright to treat US is such a manner???

Signed,
The Lowly Help

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Over It | Likewise | The End is Here

Dating Don | Spy Like The Best | Oddity

  • TVNewser: Someone paid $1,050 for a date with CNN’s Don Lemon. That sounds like a lot, but he does have a nice smile.
  • SportsNewser: Bill Belichick and his staff were miked-up for the entire 2009 season for an NFL Films feature. Too bad it wasn’t from the 2007 season, we would’ve loved to get some tips on how to cheat in the NFL.
  • PRNewser: Colorado has declared September “Ethics Month.” Feel free to be unethical in all of the other months.

1050 ESPN’s Jared Max is ‘One of the Richest Men in the World’ After Announcing He’s Gay

Thursday, May 19 was a typical day for most people. However, for sportscaster Jared Max, his world would be changed forever—by his own doing.

That morning, Max announced on his ESPN 1050/WEPN early morning show that he was gay.

“I had to do this for myself,” Max admits. “I’m 37 now [at] what point do I say, ‘This is the one life we know we’re going to have, what the hell am I keeping quiet for? Why am I doing this to myself?”

Max, who came out to his mother when he was 21, was ready to make peace on a larger scale thanks to his cats.
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CNN’s Don Lemon and Rick Welts Lead Weekend Coming Out Party

It was a good weekend for open and honest discussions of sexuality in the media–aided by the public coming out of two major public figures. Getting a lot of chatter today is CNN anchor Don Lemon’s decision to come out as a gay man. Lemon was profiled by The New York TimesBill Carter in yesterday’s paper. Lemon’s decision to discuss his sexuality comes about a month before the release of his book on the same subject, “Transparent.”

Lemon argues in the Times that his decision to come out was especially difficult because of his race.

“It’s quite different for an African-American male. It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.”

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On The Menu: CNN’s Don Lemon On The Power Of User-Generated Content

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, host Matt Van Hoven of AgencySpy and special guest host TVNewser‘s Kevin AlloccaCNN Newsroom” anchor Don Lemon, who discussed user-generated content, Twitter and blogs and how he uses them on his show.

“I’ve been using it on the show now for over a year,” Lemon said of user-generated news. “I think Rick [Sanchez] and I were the first two to use it. I actually had a personal [Twitter] account and sort of pitched it but didn’t do it on the air…We use Twitter, we use Facebook, I use whatever resource is available. I’ll use iReports, I’ll use my own…I went to Blog World last week and took a camera and shoot little vignettes and put them on the air. However I can get material, as long as it can be vetted and its real, I’ll take it from anywhere.”

Lemon also got a chance to tell some stories about his trip to Las Vegas last week for the Blog World Expo, where he focused his coverage on the death of print journalism and the future of newspapers. Lemon also helped to launch the Twitter trending topic #bcancer, which remained the top trending topic on Twitter for four days and helped raise money for breast cancer while creating a Guinness World Record, he said. “It’s really crazy how social media takes the power of an idea to the next level,” he said.

And what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay there for this anchorman. Stay tuned until minute 27 to find out what we mean.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Jon Stewart, by accident we are sure, made fun of the exact same Don Lemon clip we were obsessed with yesterday. Just sayin’.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Don Lemon Tries To Be Positive About Palin

  • Don Lemon Tries To Be Positive About Palin

    After Sarah Palin‘s last resignation speech (there could be more) CNN’s Don Lemon tried to get some positive tweets off his Twitter feed. He read aloud,”I’m positive she’s an idiot.”

    Now when blogging first started and became a big deal in 2003 – CNN news anchors didn’t quote them. Certainly didn’t quote them without reading them. Yeesh.

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