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Phil Griffin to be Honored by National Action Network at The Keepers of the Dream Awards

MSNBC president Phil Griffin will be honored by the National Action Network (NAN) at the 13th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards on April 6.

The awards are given in April each year to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King‘s death and to “honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life.”

Host Reverend Al Sharpton and the NAN will host the awards, which will also honor Muhammad Ali, Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone, Magic Johnson, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and others.

The keynote address will be by Dr. William Cosby.

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Rod Blagojevich Has “Potty Mouth,” Thought About Appointing Oprah (And Other Things Discussed This Morning)

blago_1-26c.bmpThree down, (at least) four to go. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made his Today show, Good Morning America and “The View” appearances so far today, and in each he stuck to his story about not getting a fair trial. But there were some highlights as well. During his interview this weekend with Amy Robach, which aired this morning on NBC, he compared his situation to Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Robach wrote about the experience yesterday.

blago_1-26b.bmpDuring his interview with Diane Sawyer, Blagojevich revealed he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat (click here for the video). Then it was onto “The View” where both prior interviews were referenced. Barbara Walters interviewed Blago first, via satellite. “Your wife’s family doesn’t seem to be crazy about you,” said Walters, while revealing Patti Blagojevich canceled her appearance on the program yesterday. When he made it to the couch, Joy Behar asked about the couples’ “potty mouths” and tried to convince him to do his Richard Nixon impression and say “I am not a crook.”

Up next, FNC’s Geraldo Rivera at 2pmET (we’ll twitter the interview) followed by Larry King Live, Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden (taking place now) and The Early Show’s Maggie Rodriguez tomorrow morning.

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Click continued to see the NBC interview (no ABC embeds unfortunately)…

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The Ticker: BBC, FBN, NBC…

> BBC World News America will air a rare 1964 interview of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight, in which he predicts an African American President “in less than 40 years.” The video can be seen on the BBC America site, and runs tonight at 7pmET.

> FBN contributor Charles Payne will be an honoree tonight at the Congress of Racial Equality Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner in New York City. Past honorees have included Elie Weisel and Muhammad Ali.

> FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin made a couple of appearances in the Dateline NBC special last night about the Inauguration. Click continued to check it out…

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