Last week The Snob was among the honorees for Politic365's "Game Changers" event. I along with 364 others, including TheRoot.com's publisher Donna Byrd, former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton, MSNBC host and activist Rev. Al Sharpton, Awkward Black Girl creator Issa Rae were honored at the event. Also among those recognized was Trayvon Martin, whose parents were honored at the event Politic365 had last week for being "Game Changers" in their push for justice for their son.
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New MSNBC afternoon show host Al Sharpton was supposed to make a stop at a political panel during the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) conference last week in Philadelphia, but pulled out at the last minute out of concerns that murmurs surrounding some unhappy NABJ members and Sharpton's new gig would overshadow the conference. Of course, by not showing, people went with the narrative that he was mad at NABJ. But neither side seemed to be too mad, in the end. More just moody and kind of butt hurt, but ... ultimately, what can you do? Let's hug this shit out.
The Daily Beast is reporting that Al Sharpton's new gig on MSNBC may be the result of the long-time Civil Rights activist endorsing the NBC Universal-Comcast merger. The merger was controversial for many reasons, but most because of the media behemoth it created. There was quite a bit of opposition against it, including opposition from some black organizations and members of Congress, but Sharpton, Ben Jealous of the NAACP and Marc Morial of the National Urban League all signed off on it. NBC-Comcast later agreed to creating a type of informal "diversity council" to advise the new media conglomerate. The Daily Beast is implying the council Sharpton helped create may have "created" Sharpton's new role with MSNBC as an afternoon anchor.
Not too long after the NAACP ripped CNN and others for their lack of black prime time anchors, Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights activist and sayer of uncomfortable things, has been made the new afternoon host of some random news program on MSNBC. He's replacing Cenk Uygur who was kind of terrible in the same slot. Sharpton, while not a polished broadcast journalist, brings a much more unpredictable sense to the program, as conservatives, barely able to contain their disgust, attempt to have a debate with him on air.
During MSNBC's Black Agenda chat doohickey, co-host Rev. Al Sharpton had a little tiff-a-rooney-dooney with the same outfit Cornel West wears to the "everywhere." It was over Sharpton's most favorite U.S. President, Barack Obama of the Chicago-Hawaii-Kenyan-Socialists Obamas.
It could get lost.
Yahoo! News was so sweet to put together a handy guide about Glenn Beck's "Rally of Divine Providence that will lead to him making more money" going on in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. A lot of people are mad because ... well, no matter what he says, the whole she-bang sounds like a fancy advertisement for that cult he's busy working on. Also, the whole thing just happens to happen on the same day when slain Civil Rights Activist, fan of social justice, Martin Luther King Jr. had his "I Have A Dream" speech back in 1963. And it's happening in the same place -- the Lincoln Memorial.
So when The Good Rev. Al Sharpton gets into a slight tiff with Tavis "Accountablity" Smiley who's side does The Snob choose? Mama Snob is permenantly on Team Al, so I won't ask her opinion. She'll just go "Tavis who?"
I wish I had a BIG, HUGE opinion about this (becuase I know how ya'll love me going on a big, huge CRAZY PANTS opinion tear about things), but I don't. I think Tavis is full of it. (Booo-ring) and that the good Reverand is ... well, IT'S AL! I just can't.
Smiley has taken the same sort of position that Republicans take on national security issues -- Republicans say Obama doesn't say "terrorism" enough, while Smiley doesn't think Obama engages in enough direct public advocacy on behalf of black Americans. Smiley doesn't actually engage on the question of whether or not Obama's attempts to de-racialize black issues have been successful; he just seems to think that if Obama simply talked about black issues more, problems would get solved.
It seems strange, but it's Sharpton who supports Obama's decision to de-emphasize race, while Smiley wants more racial grandstanding. While both men have been justifiably ridiculed for continuing to play the increasingly archaic role of "racial spokesman," it's funny to think that over the years Sharpton is the one who has mellowed, while Smiley still seems mired in the identity politics of the mid-1990s.
Considering how controversy-anemic the NFL is, I don't see the owners approving the Limbaugh-Checkettes bid to buy the Cardiac Cards ... I mean, the St. Louis Rams. (Did I just tell my age?) With the players' union coming out against the bid that tells you that despite how controversy-anemic athletes usually are (talking to you Stephen A. Smith) even they have drawn a line when it comes to Rush "NFL looks like Crips and Bloods to me" Limbaugh.
Now, because he's never met a controversy he didn't like, the good Rev. Al Sharpton has thrown his two pennies and some change into the fountain to take his turn at the great game of "This Idea Sucks and Here's Why!"
Name: Alfred Charles Sharpton
Occupation: You fools know who I am, this is the fifth application I've filled out. I killed Don Imus. Killed HIM. What the fuck have ya'll done but get Obama elected? I coulda done that shit if you hadn't had me and that punk bitch Mitt Romeny with paper sacks on our heads like the fucking "Unknown Comic" or some shit. Ya'll bogus as hell.
Why do you think you deserve to be a member of this organization: I'm the shit. Have you seen this perm? Fly as hell. And white folks are scared shitless of me. Did I mention I KILLED DON IMUS?
SCAN members are often asked to sacrifice everything for the cause of Negro advancement. How far are you willing to go?: I will go on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CBS, NBC, ABC, even the fucking BBC. I'll pull a full Ginsburg for my people in a hot minute!