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HLN Anchor Kyra Phillips Honored

KyraPhillips2HLN anchor Kyra Phillips received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for her support of those with disabilities Saturday night at a gala event in Denver. Phillips and husband, Fox News anchor John Roberts also emceed the event which supports the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Phillips has been an advocate for those with disabilities for more than 20 years, beginning when she was a local TV news reporter and met a young man named Jimmy who was competing in the Wisconsin Special Olympics. She later became a spokesperson for the group. Last week, as part of her HLN show “Raising America,” Phillips set up a call to action for awareness and penned this article on Huffington Post.

During the gala, NFL hall-of-famer Eric Dickerson, model Beverly Johnson, and actor John C. McGinley (pictured, above, with Phillips) walked the runway along with 20 models with Down syndrome at the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show.”

In the gallery below, Phillips is pictured with Deondra Dixon, an ambassador of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and the sister of actor Jamie Foxx.

(Photos: Jensen Sutta)

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Away From Daily News Grind, Soleded O’Brien Continues to Chart New News Path

Soledad O’Brien continues to blaze a trail for what she sees as a new news model — where journalists produce stories for any number of outlets, reporting on things they are passionate about, while immersing themselves in the communities they cover.

Today, along with actor Hill Harper, O’Brien will host the “Let Freedom Ring” 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. O’Brien, who left CNN earlier this year, will end up appearing on all the networks at some point during today’s ceremony.

Tomorrow, O’Brien premieres her sixth installment of “Black in America” at Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ Megafest in Dallas. On Friday, O’Brien will return to CNN to promote “Black in America” on “New Day” — a show which replaced her morning program “Starting Point” a few months ago. She’ll then hit to road again for the People en Espanol festival in San Antonio.

All the while, two of her four children will be in tow. O’Brien phoned in from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower Tuesday — hours before a flight would take her to Washington — part of a 9th birthday trip for twins Charlie and Jackson, which included a Yankees-Blue Jays game (with Derek Jeter keepsakes), and visits with the Toronto Police marine and mounted units.

“What I have really enjoyed is I get to concentrate on the things I am passionate about,” says O’Brien who spent 10 years  at CNN and, before that, 7 years at NBC. “The challenge now is to say ‘no.’ You could book yourself constantly.”

Upon leaving CNN, O’Brien created Starfish Media Group. CNN is now one of her clients. She’s also putting together three stories following a recent trip to Haiti for another client, Al Jazeera America, (O’Brien will also be live on AJAM this morning from Washington) and she’s got two stories in the can for HBO’s “Real Sports.”

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What Brought Bill O’Reilly, Savannah Guthrie, Katie Holmes and Penny Marshall Together?

As the summer winds down there was one more big bash in the East End Saturday night. The Apollo in the Hamptons benefit brought in more than $3 million for Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. The star-studded guests came from the worlds of entertainment, news and politics, reports Page Six. Including, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, “who was dancing on a chair by the evening’s end.” Bill O’Reilly, Jon Bon Jovi, Rep. Eric Cantor, Howard Stern, also, “Katie Holmes rocked out onstage with Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz — and Colin Powell.”

Lions Are Winners When It Comes To Social Media

If I told you the Dallas Cowboys were generating the most social media presence on the web, you wouldn’t be surprised, right?

But what if I told you right behind the Cowboys were … the Detroit Lions.

Yes, the same Lions origination that has won two games since 2008, are runners-up in Networked Insights social media rankings.

The rankings were determined by using an algorithm that analyzes the conversations of 300 people on the web and 17 million websites over the past 30 days.

“My expectations was the (Washington) Redskins would be tops, since they are the (second-most valued team (at $1.55 billion), according to Forbes,” said Dan Neely, CEO of Networked Insights.

According to Neely, the Lions finished second in the study thanks to several overall No. 1 draft picks that generated online conversation and a loyal fan base.

I have a feeling that online conversation surrounding the Lions was more negative than positive. And after an 0-2 start, the same could be said for the Cowboys.

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Mika Brzezinski Warms to Malaysians, Paris Hilton’s Parents

IMG_0635.JPGMika Brzezinski was this close to the parents of Paris Hilton last night — the same Paris Hilton who was in the news so often three years ago that Brzezinski took a stand and ripped the script, literally, refusing to read another story about the overexposed star.

Well, last night Brzezinski, along with Rick and Kathy Hilton, were among the honored guests as politics met Hollywood for an event honoring the prime minister of Malaysia Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor who was presented the International Peace and Harmony award for her humanitarian work. (By the way, Mika nailed the names of both the prime minster and his wife).

The event at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan was hosted by Jamie Foxx with special guests ranging from actors Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron and Emmy Rossum to former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, former FBI director Louis Freeh and former DHS official, now CNN analyst Fran Townsend. (TVNewser rode up in the kitchen elevator with Townsend and Freeh — it had to be one of the safest in New York at that moment.)

Eagleburger apologized for not wearing a bow tie to the black tie event. “I thought I packed it, but when I looked in my bag it wasn’t there,” said Eagleburger, who served under Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and GHW Bush. “Then I remembered yesterday was tax day and I know who took it!” he said to a laugh from the crowd.

Performances from Leona Lewis, the Harlem Boys Choir and a rendition of “We Are the World” led by Foxx and sung by De Niro, Theron and others capped off the night.

As for Brzezinski and the Hiltons — we don’t know if they had a chance to talk things over.

(Photo: MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, with the parents of Paris Hilton in the rear, at an event sponsored by the BCIU – the Business Council for International Understanding).

Fox Report Gets ‘Sterned.’ Shep Calls it ‘Disgusting’

Mine_4.5.jpgA crank caller got on the air tonight on “FOX Report with Shepard Smith.”

Around 7:50pmET as Smith was recapping the story of the West Virgina mine collapse, he went to a phone interview with a man who he thought was a spokesperson. “What have you learned?” asked Smith.

“We have learned that Jamie Foxx is a c–t,” said the caller. Using the “C” word just about no one likes to hear.

“That’s unfortunate,” said Smith. “It’s never happened to us here but it’s always distressing when there are six people killed at a mine disaster and we’re waiting for 21 others to find out whether they are alive or dead and something like that sneaks by our screeners. Disgusting.”

A tipster tells us it may be Captian Janks of Howard Stern fame referring to the feud between Stern and actor Jamie Foxx.

Video after the jump…

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Sandler, Foxx, Aniston and…Cheney on ABC Next Week

The first interview with Vice President Dick Cheney since the November election goes to ABC News’ senior congressional correspondent Jonathan Karl, who interviews Cheney tomorrow. Portions of the interview air first on Monday’s World News, and later on other ABC broadcasts and platforms, like Nightline and Good Morning America.

Cheney’s second interview will be for an hour with Chris Wallace next Sunday on FOX News Sunday.

From a political star to Hollywood stars on Good Morning America next week. The morning show has Adam Sandler Tuesday, Jamie Foxx Wednesday, and Jennifer Aniston and Will Smith on Thursday.

Dance Party at CNN Grill

dnc_8-24.gifThe CNN grill has been a hotbed of activity during the Democratic National Convention.

Jamie Foxx and Ashley Judd caused a stir when they stopped by last night, and Spike Lee took up an afternoon seat outside. Even non-CNN tvnewsers frequent the Grill — we’ve spotted CBS’ Jeff Greenfield multiple times.

And last night, around 1amET, CNN commentators Donna Brazile and Roland Martin started up their own dance party, courtesy of the Jackson 5. Click continued to see the action (and to see another CNN commentators reaction)…

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