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Article Author, NYT Culture Editor Address Shonda Rhimes Outcry

Sometimes, it’s all about the article updates.

Adding to a post this morning about the furor surrounding New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley‘s weekend piece on Shonda Rhimes‘ new ABC-TV program How To  Get Away With Murder, public editor Margaret Sullivan has shared post-publication feedback from culture editor Danielle Mattoon and author Stanley.

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Let’s start with Mattoon’s remarks. Rhetorical is all fine and dandy, but next time, she and her fellow NYT editors may want to make sure a question mark (or some other equivalent indicator) punctuates this approach. As written, the first-paragraph intent was not clear enough:

“Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay,” Mattoon said, “and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used…”

She told me that multiple editors — at least three — read the article in advance but that none of them raised any objections or questioned the elements of the article that have been criticized.

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The Help, Boardwalk Empire Win Big at SAG Awards

The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin picked up a big win for best male lead, but, other than that, it was all The Help at this year’s SAG Awards. Viola Davis won for best female lead while Octavia Spencer picked up the nod for best female in supporting role. The Help‘s cast also won for best ensemble award.

Meanwhile, on the TV side of things, Boardwalk Empire had a great night, picking up awards for best ensemble cast and best lead actor for Steve Buscemi.

Full list of winners after the jump:

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Essence to Honor Angela Bassett Among Others at Annual ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ Event


Essence magazine will be in Los Angeles come Oscar-time to throw its fourth annual “Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.” This year the event will celebrate the work of Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Loretta Devine and Viola Davis.

Press release after the jump:

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Ebony Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary in Los Angeles

Ebony magazine threw a big party in LA last Thursday in honor of its 65th anniversary. Somehow we missed the invite (ahem, get it together Ebony, ahem) but the mag’s website has details of the event.

Though the cocktail was fabulous and the dinner divine, the party really got started when Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett kicked off the Soul Train line.

Tony Award winner Viola Davis, The Event’s Blair Underwood, Tron’s Yaya DaCosta, True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams, Vogue fashion editor Andre Leon Talley (who brought an actual princess with him to the party) and Johnson Publishing Company CEO Desiree Rogers shook and shimmied down the aisle – all to celebrate Ebony’s 65th anniversary.

Wolfgang Puck catered the event (ahem, seriously Ebony, let us know about his stuff, ahem). We’re also told comic Robert Townsend insisted on doing “the butt.” Which we would also have insisted upon too ahem, if we were invited, ahem.