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Another Disappointment: Tiki Barber’s Response to Kaepernick on CBS This Morning



Waking up with Forgers in my cup, I reviewed an article with Tiki Barber on VIBE Magazine’s site. Surprisingly, over two years ago I reached out the former NFL player for an interview and to cover his events. Now, I understand why Tiki Barber declined the offer. What a strange day to learn so much about a random dude. Learning more about the former NFL player has allowed me to view him differently and thank goodness Exposure Magazine never highlighted him as an achiever. Based on Tiki’s recent comment-

The former running back, who hosts his own CBS Sports radio show Tiki and Tierney with Brandon Tierney, checked into CBS This Morning on Monday (Aug. 29), to discuss the controversy surrounding Kaepernick. According to Barber, Kaepernick has the right idea when it comes to “continuing the narrative” about the unjust history of blacks in America, however, he believes he should still be standing for the anthem.

“I agree with his desire to continue the narrative,” he said. “There are issues in this country. That, you have to commend him for. But I don’t commend him for sitting and not honoring this country and our flag.”








Tiki Barber has become his very own public relations nightmare… Thanks Tiki for not accepting Exposure Magazine’s offer to cover your event and interview you. We now understand why you declined the opportunity.

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’



TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17


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Time 2017 Person of the Year: #MeToo ‘The Silence Breakers’



Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” — women who triggered a #MeToo national outcry over sexual harassment — as the 2017 “Person of the Year.”

President Trump was runner-up for the top title, while Chinese President Xi Jinping was third on the list according to sources at Time.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover  announcement on Wednesday morning’s  NBC’s Today show.  The cover features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face is obscured, intended to represent the women who haven’t yet come forward.

In a statement, Felsenthal also honored the courage of “hundreds of others, and of many men as well, [who] have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s.”

This is the fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault,” Felsenthal said. “The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker in the middle of the country who shared her story with us and some others but doesn’t feel like she can come forward without threatening her livelihood.”

The Today show, which recently experienced its own harassment scandal that ousted former anchor Matt Lauer, also hosted actress Alyssa Milano and #MeToo creator Tarana Burke to talk about the cover, both of whom have spoken out about their own experiences with sexual misconduct

“This is the just the start, and I’ve been saying from the beginning that it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said.

Harvey Weinstein, whose scandal jump-started 2017’s months of reckoning over sexual harassment, looms large over the Time list, with Judd, one of the more than 80 women who have accused him of assault and sexual harassment, featured in the story. Also included is Selma Blair, who accused director James Toback of misconduct, with Swift speaking out against Denver radio DJ David Mueller whom she prevailed over in court this summer.

“When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1,” Swift told Time in an emailed interview, “To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.”

Judd was one of the first women to come forward with allegations against the embittered movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in early October. Swift made headlines in a court case against former radio DJ David Mueller, whom she alleged groped her while taking a picture; Swift won her lawsuit against him for $1. Fowler spoke out about Uber’s culture of sexual harassment, and Iwu spearheaded a campaign to expose sexual misconduct in California politics. “Isabel Pascual” is a pseudonym for a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries who was harassed, and was part of the 700,000 female farmworkers who marched in solidarity with Hollywood actors against sexual assault in November.

The woman featured to the right of the cover whose face cannot be seen represents the unnamed women — and men — who have come forward anonymously with reports.

It is perhaps ironic that Time’s big reveal took place on Today, which just last week fired longtime host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual harassment. Multiple women have come forward, and accounts of Lauer’s alleged misconduct have been published by Variety and the New York Times.

Prior to Time’s announcement, Today viewers had selected the #MeToo movement the winner in an online poll of Person of the Year finalists

Time’s list cuts across the entertainment, media, tech and service industries, including an unnamed housekeeper at the Plaza hotel.

It was the 91st year that the magazine has recognized the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year.

The shortlist included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the Dreamers,  Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who launched a national protest against racism and police brutality, special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Trump caused a stir in the run-up to the selection when he tweeted last month that he turned down a potential offer to be the “person of the Year” after he was told only that he would “probably” be given the title.

“Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot,” Trump tweeted from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

The magazine disputed the account, saying that the president is “incorrect about how we choose Person of the year.”

Time does not comment on our choice until publication,” a spokeswoman told CNN.


LeNora Millen           12-06-17

Time Magazine, NBC News and CNN contributed to this report

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Beyoncé Presents Colin Kaepernick with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award



Beyoncé made a surprise appearance Tuesday night, presenting ex-49ers player Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which honors an athlete who uses their platform to further change.

Setting social media on fire once again with his latest award and surprise presentation from Beyonce, Kaepernick was recently honored by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award. He was also recently named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities.”

Kaepernick promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.” Trevor Noah was instrumental in setting the stage for Beyonce to be present the award to Kaepernick.  Beyonce said she was “proud and humbled” to present the award.

Last year’s Ali Award winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, called Kaepernick a “worthy recipient” during a video tribute.

“He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Colin Kaepernick receives the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award during the ‘Sports Illustrated’ 2017 Sportsperson of the Year ceremony on Dec. 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City.

Beyoncé known by many across the globe—for her humanitarian, philantropic, and charitable work, took a strong stance on Kaepernick’s actions to protest police brutality at the 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in New York.

“Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction,” Beyonce said in her presentation speech. “Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”

In her gracious style, Beyonce continued with her presentation saying,

“We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”

Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated while the national anthem played back in 2016 sparked similar protests by NFL players that continue to incite controversy in the present.

Making it clear for his reason for kneeling during the national anthem—Kaepernick remains consistent in stating his reasons are to protest racial inequality and police brutality. The demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Trump.

Parting ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March, Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by another team. Filing a grievance against the NFL in October, Kaepernick alleges that that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests.

He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy for fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great “mentored me without ever meeting me.”

“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”

In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick said that his “platform is the people.”

“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” he said. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal’s Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Mentioned earlier in this report, Kaepernick has been unable to find a new NFL position since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, and sued the NFL and its owners in October for collusion against hiring him.

Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions. The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.

The 2017 SI Sportsperson of the Year Show will air on NBCSN and on Univision Deportes Network at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, respectively.


LeNora Millen     12-06-17


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