While checking out my google alerts I saw an item about a new website aimed at African Americans called TheGrio.com. But as one of the Grio team members states: the site is for anyone and everyone who has an interest in its content.
NBC Universal launched TheGrio which focuses on news and video. The site will gather content from NBC News, its own NBC affiliates and MSNBC. According to the TheGrio.com site:
TheGrio.com is the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African Americans with stories and perspectives that appeal to them but are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. TheGrio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles, and blogs on topics from breaking news, politics, health, business, and entertainment, which concern its niche audience.
TheGrio is brought to you through the cooperation of NBC News and the production team that brought you the documentary film, Meeting David Wilson.
The goal of TheGrio is to be the news portal that satisfies the desire of African Americans to stay informed and connected with their community. TheGrio’s editorial mandate is to focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience.
Lots of interesting news on the web.
Segregated proms are still the norm in certain part of the South. The New York Times as an article titled In Georgia, Segregation Endures on Prom Night. It’s sad that despite this being the 21st century, senior proms are still segregated.
A growing number of single black women in Alameda County, California are adopting according to this article, More Single Black Women Adopting, County Says. It’s because of this positive move the county is seeing a drop in the number of children in the foster care system.
National Journal Magazine has an interesting article about GOP dominance in the South, but how they’re losing everywhere else in the country. The article, For GOP, A Southern Exposure, gives some history about the Republican Party from the 1800’s to the present.
According to a survey of federal employees, a strong manager is more important than money. In the article, Money’s Nice, But a Good Boss is Better, the survey states that federal employees prefer strong leadership and straight answers from management more than higher pay and benefits. Also according to the survey the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ranks as the best place to work in the federal government. You can check out the results of the best places to work at the Best Places to Work website.
Job prospects aren’t going so well for Stanford University seniors. According to a Time Magazine article, Even Stanford Grads Are Hurting in the Downturn, the bad economy has hit even the best and brightest students at Stanford University.
Some men just can’t take rejection. According to the AJC (Atlanta Constitution Journal), an Atlanta man was so enraged when two women rejected him, so he decided to go on a shooting spree injuring the two women. According to the article, Rejected man shot two women, the assailant didn’t know the two women but apparently he refused to take no for an answer.
The CW Network cancelled the last remaining black centered shows on it’s network. According to The Feed, Everybody Hates Chris and The Game have been cancelled and the CW is gearing the network more towards young women. From the WB and UPN to the CW, it’s amazing how black centered tv shows have pretty much disappeared from network television after having a pretty good run starting in the 70’s on to the 80’s through early 2000’s. Black folks are pretty much relegated to secondary roles now on network tv.
Darrell Gilyard the former pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida has pleaded guilty to molesting a 15-year-old girl and sending lewd text messages to another girl at his former church. According to the article, Former rising star preacher pleads guility to molestation, Darrell Gilyard was arrested in January after a church member found lewd text messages on her daughters cell phone. Gilyard rose to fame during the 1980’s with the support of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Students at HBCU Kentucky State University elected their first white Miss Kentucky State University. Kentucky.com reports in the article, First White Miss KSU is proud to be a Thorobred, Elisabeth Joy Martin, a fifth year senior, received over 300 votes last month to win the title. Even though the school is an HBCU, KSU desegregated in 1954.
A big congrats to Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson. Mr. Robinson was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary with a selection of op-ed columns focusing on the 2008 presidential campaign.
By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 20, 2009
The New York Times won five Pulitzer Prizes today, including one for revealing the prostitution scandal that forced Eliot Spitzer to resign as New York governor, while Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson captured the prize for commentary for his writing about the campaign that led to Barack Obama’s election.
Scandal played a role in a number of awards, such as the local reporting prize that went to the Detroit Free Press for disclosing the steamy text messages that led to the resignation and jailing of the city’s mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.
Robinson, a former city editor, foreign correspondent and assistant managing editor for the Style section, told the Post newsroom that he was particularly pleased to have won for his coverage of “the biggest political event of my lifetime, and one that has personal meaning for me.” A number of his columns offered a black journalist’s reflections on Obama’s campaign.
I’ve always enjoyed reading Mr. Robinson’s column so I’m happy for him.
Hmm, I’m sure Tom Joyner won’t be too thrilled about the Detroit Free Press winning a Pulitzer for exposing his homie’s text messages 😉
You can check out all the Pulitzer Prize winners here.
Former Oklahoma Congresssman J.C. Watts along with Comcast Cable will be launching a new black news channel called Black Television News Channel. The channel will be distributed by Comcast.
By R. Thomas Umstead
(April 15, 2008) Washington D.C.-based Black Television News Channel (BTNC) announced Tuesday it has reached a multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast Cable for distribution in several of the MSO’s urban-based systems beginning in 2009.
The network, created by former U.S. congressman J.C. Watts Jr., will launch in 2009 and will provide original news programming with a distinctively African-American perspective, according to a network press release.
The network would be the first cable service to offer 24-hour news targeted to African-Americans. Prior attempts to launch a full-time news channel have failed, mostly due to the high cost of developing news. Neither African-American targeted Black Entertainment Television nor TV One offer daily news shows, instead relying on short news briefs throughout the day.
“Our unique and vast content partnerships with African American newsmakers will provide our viewers live access to the stories and people in whom our viewers have a special interest,” said Watts in a statement. “With this agreement, Comcast continues to demonstrate its commitment to working with independent programmers with diverse points of view.”
Comcast representatives could not be reached for comment at press time.
I was surprised to read this. But with the lack of black representation on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, well a channel like this is needed. Those channels are dominated by the usual white male point of view. You don’t get any type of daily news shows on BET or TvOne. One of my concerns is will black folks support this channel? And will the channel offer diverse points of views (liberal, moderate and conservative) within the black community?
Mayor, Beatty charged with perjury, conspiracy, misconduct– I’m sure Tom Joyner’s upset about his frat bro’s situation. It always sounds like Tom’s defending this fool.
A Vote of Allegiance?– What’s a black woman to do when it comes down to the Democratic primary?
Okay, Barack. Now Show ‘Em Your White Side.– Satirically speaking of course.
He’s Preaching to A Choir I’ve Left– Jonetta Rose Barras from NPR talks about pastors like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and why she turned away from that type of preaching.
In Parts of Pa., Racial Divide Colors Election -Does Senator Barack Obama have a chance in Pennsylvania?
‘My House. My Dream. It Was All an Illusion.’ -Latina’s Loss in Va. Epitomizes Mortgage Crisis.
Suffering in Silence Over Foreclosure– An Upper Marlboro, Maryland neighborhood is hit by the foreclosure crisis.
With Economy Tied to Wall St., New York Braces for Job Cuts – Job losses could hit Wall Street.
Five found dead at Iowa City home– A mother and her four children were found dead in their home in Iowa City, Iowa. Police are looking for the husband and father of the deceased who was in legal trouble.
XM-Sirius Radio Merger Gets Green Light– The merger of Sirius Satellite Radio with rival XM Satellite Radio was approved today by the Justice Department.
Web Site Draws Cops’ Wrath– New website called RateMyCop.com prompts an outrage amongst the police.
Good pay, steady work, few takers as young people spurn the trades – Young folks are spurning such jobs as plumbers, construction workers, carpenters and other trade positions.
A hard day’s wife – The fab four wives’ club– A look at the former and current wives of the lengendary group The Beatles.
I saw this over at Time.com.
I’m not surprised that this is coming from FoxNews. We have business casual where I work so I’m glad we have a choice.
The New York Times has an article about Illinois Senator Barack Obama titled A Biracial Candidate Walks His Own Fine Line.
Another New York Times article, Threat in Maine, the Whitest State, Shakes Local N.A.A.C.P. , talks about the whitest state in the country and how 75 year old Kendrick Sawyer threatened to shoot any and all black persons attending a NAACP meeting in Northern Maine.
And another New York Times article, In Kentucky’s Teeth, Toll of Poverty and Neglect, talks about how the state of Kentucky has the highest number of folks over the age of 65 without teeth.
Freedom of speech rules in this article, Public access, public hate, about racist and anti-Semitic rants on cable’s public access channels.
A Southern accent on day laborers talks about competition between black American and latino immigrant day laborers in Atlanta.
Hate crime charges have been rejected in the case involving a group of black youths who are charged with violently attacking two whites and a black bus driver on a Baltimore MTA bus earlier this month.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the HBO series The Wire.
Invisible Blogger talks about the late blogger Steve Gilliard.