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Gwen Ifill…9/29/1955-11/14/2016

This one is tough. Gwen Ifill was one of the most intelligent people in the News business. Goodbye Gwen! You will surely be missed.

Gwen Ifill, a pioneering figure as the first African-American woman to co-anchor a national newscast and serve as solo anchor of a weekly public affairs show, died Monday of cancer at a hospice in Washington. The former Baltimore Evening Sun reporter was 61.

Ifill covered government in Maryland and Baltimore for The Evening Sun from 1981 to 1984. She left for a position at the Washington Post.

Her broadcast career began at the Evening Sun when she appeared on “Maryland Newswrap,” a production of Maryland Public Television.

“She’s got a good nose for news and she knows how to explain stories,” Everett Marshburn, then a vice president at MPT said in an interview with “Broadcasting & Cable,” a trade publication. “She’s tenacious and she’s intelligent.”


Gwen Ifill dies at 61

Gwen Ifill, an award-winning television journalist for NBC and PBS, former reporter for The New York Times and author who moderated vice-presidential debates in 2004 and 2008, died on Monday in Washington. She was 61.

Her death, at a hospice facility, was announced by Sara Just, executive producer of “PBS NewsHour.” The cause was cancer, PBS said.

Ms. Ifill was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and the co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of PBS NewsHour, the culmination of a career that began in 1981 at The Baltimore Evening Sun. Both she and Ms. Woodruff moderated a Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February.

Ms. Ifill later reported for The Washington Post and The Times, covering Congress, presidential campaigns and national political conventions.

She is also the author of “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama,” which was published on inauguration day in 2009.

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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Giant Negros


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David Bowie

Had stayed away from the orgy of angst about he passing of musician and model David Bowie. For all of his gender bending wild art, Bowie was a consummate artist crearting music over a 60 year period. His last foray was in a soon to be released Jazz album. What some people forget about him though, is he also was a key voice against the discrimination in the Music Industry. In this 1983 interview, Bowie puts MTV on blast for their lack of black artists.

This is the original video from Bowie’s first major hit in 1969 – “Space Oddity”

And the 1983 hit “Let’s Dance”

Bowie’s latest release off a soon to be released Jazz album “Blackstar”

Shades of Sun Ra! Indeed…


Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now


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TV News Team Gunned Down During Live Interview

Live and on TV…Someone opened fire on a TV News team doing an interview in southern Virginia near Smith Mountain Lake.

WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker was shot to death early Wednesday while running away from a gunman after he shot her cameraman, Adam Ward. Station Manager Jeffrey A. Marks told CNN that Ward’s fiancée, a fellow producer at the station, watched him die on air. “It was her last day. She was moving on to a station in Charlotte,” Marks said, adding that they were planning to hold a celebration in her honor. Ward was reportedly planning to follow her soon.

People from around the globe said they were praying for Parker, Ward, and their families on her Facebook page. In a short bio posted on the page, Parker revealed that she grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, and had interned at WDBJ7 before landing a job there. Ward was a graduate of Virginia Tech. Facebook photos show him proposing to fiancée Melissa Ott.

Parker’s fiancé, a fellow reporter at the station, tweeted a moving tribute to her Wednesday morning. “She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother,” Chris Hurst wrote. “We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday.”

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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Domestic terrorism


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Iran Bans… Foreign Food

Wow… Now Iranian State TV has banned cooking shows showing folks how to cook a hamburger or a pizza… Now you got the kiddies hooked on those golden arches – and mom and dad on that General Tso’s Chicken…

How you going to keep them home?

I guess the Revolution will not be televised.

No Pizza for Iranian Kids...

Foreign recipes banned on Iranian state TV

A state-owned news website says Iran’s broadcasting authority has banned Iranian TV channels from showing cooking programs that present recipes for foreign cuisine.

Jamejamonline reported late Saturday that the deputy head of Iran’s state broadcasting company, Ali Darabi, announced the ban during a visit to one of the country’s 30 state-run TV channels.

Some cooking programs on Iranian stations present recipes for foreign cuisine, such as Italian and French.

The ban is seen as part of a nationalistic campaign increasingly pushed by Iran’s government in recent years.

Pizza, pasta and Western fast foods like hamburgers and hot-dogs are popular in Iran, and Tehran boasts many restaurants that serve Western or Asian food.


Posted by on February 7, 2011 in Nawwwwww!, The Post-Racial Life


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3D… One “D” too far?

Remember watching “Wolfman” in the theater in 3D when I was a kid. Fun experience, but the little paper red and green 3D glasses, and the seemingly out of focus picture really wasn’t something which lent itself to wanting to do it again.

3D has been around for near 50 years. Until recently it tended to be pretty much limited to the blood and gore horror movie venue, but the commercial success of Avatar seems to have changed all that as TV manufacturers search for the next big thing…

BTx would be a lot happier if they just figured out how to consistently get the picture to fit the screen!

While I have to admit HD is a huge advance over the old non-HD, I’m not so sure I’m ready to trade in my perfectly good HDTVs for 3D.

Historically, in a recession – people tend to spend more money on cheap thrills. Especially if those cheap thrills involve something the whole family can enjoy without having to take out a second mortgage. Parks and free recreation areas have become fun again – especially considering having to drop a couple of hundred bucks to visit the nearest roller coaster…

Which gets us to the fact that this summer was the worst box office summer for the movie business in decades. They apparently killed everyone with an idea in Hollywood, which continued it’s downward spiral in the production of content.

Seems 3D isn’t as exciting as the manufacturers would like you believe…

Consumers Are Excited About 3D-TVs at Home–Until They Try One

3D technology has been around for decades, but it’s only in the past few years that the tech community has really started to push it. That’s partly thanks to a few major blockbusters (Spy Kids 3DAvatar) that convinced these companies that 3D is now viable, but it’s also due to the general malaise of film revenue since the piracy revolution.

3D films often cost 50% more in theaters than traditional non-3D movies–that’s howAvatar made such ridiculous money–and in a time when piracy is taking a major bite out of revenues, that price differential is incredibly valuable.

On the hardware side, 3D is finally cheap enough and advanced enough to put into home entertainment, including computer monitorscamerasvideo game consoles, and HDTVs. For hardware manufacturers (one of whom, Sony, is both a film studio and a hardware company, and is unsurprisingly leading the charge for 3D-TV), this is a chance to get consumers to shell out for another TV, even if they just made the upgrade to HDTV.

Over the past two years, Sony, Panasonic, LG, and Samsung have stormed every tech convention possible with 3D. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the country’s biggest, has been so packed with 3D-TVs recently that 3D glasses are practically required gear. 3D, say these companies, is a revolution of immersion. It will change the way you experience entertainment. You will want it, and want it enough to shell out a few grand for new equipment.

As it turns out, according to a recent Nielsen study, that might not be true. The study measured consumer interest in 3D-TV both before and after being actually exposed to one, and came out with some pretty interesting findings. Though a full 25% said they were “very likely” to buy a 3D-TV set in the next year, after actually using one, that number dropped by more than half, to 12%. And though before testing a 3D-TV only 13% said they were “not at all likely” to buy a set in the next year, after testing that number jumped to a whopping 30%.

The main concerns held by those surveyed include the prohibitively high cost of the 3D-TV set (a premium of anywhere from $500 to $1,000 over an already pricey non-3D set), the lack of 3D content, and, notably, irritation with having to wear 3D glasses all the time. Some of those problems can be fixed–prices will eventually come down, and if 3D is popular enough, the amount of content will go up–but the glasses are here to stay.

More troubling is that less than half (48%–only slightly less, but still less) felt that 3D made them more engaged with what they were watching. That suggests to me that 3D may simply not be more enjoyable than non-3D, that it may not really enhance the viewing experience.

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Posted by on September 13, 2010 in General


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