Deggans Tells you More on NPR; Matt Lauer Apologizes for Bill O'Reilly on Today
I've been telling National Public Radio for months that there are fun, audio-friendly TV critics of color who can talk about media and television for their multicultural shows, Farai Chideya's News & Notes and Michel Martin's Tell Me More.
On Tuesday, Martin's show took me up on the offer, pulling me and two other black TV experts together to talk about the fall TV season, the network TV business and race issues. So Tanika Ray, correspondent for the entertainment program Extra and Detroit News media critic Mekeisha Madden Toby joined me and Michel for the discussion.
We wound up talking about how Hispanics in Hollywood are finding success placing shows such as Ugly Betty and Cane on networks schedules, the growing use of the black best friend in series and, of course, Cavemen.
Click here to hear us dish on all this stuff and more.
Matt Lauer Apologizes for Bill O'Reilly on Today
I was really disappointed with this exchange aired this morning on the O'Reilly mess. Not only did they have a white guy trying to explain why O'Reilly was racist while a black Republican stood there insisting he wasn't, anchor Lauer ot involved to help pooh-poo the notion that the Fox News pundit sad anything offensive.
I just wish they had taken some time to find a black person who didn't have a vested interest in defending O'Reilly. See for yourself....