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KFC Has a New Col Sanders…And He is Black

K-Fried continues the hilarious and brilliant ad campaign using stand ins for the long deceased Col. Harlan Sanders, this time with a black actor playing the Col..

David Alan Grier will be the new Col. Sanders

Kentucky Fried Chicken has a new Col. Sanders — and he’s black 

The #OscarsSoWhite pendulum has swung the other way — now Col. Sanders is black.

“Breaking news: David Alan Grier has been cast as the first African American Colonel Sanders in the new KFC ad campaign,” Grier tweeted Thursday morning, revealing that he had been cast to portray the iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken pitchman in the white suit and string tie.

The Original Col Sanders

No other details were provided.

Grier is the latest — and, by far, the most eye-catching — actor to play Col. Harland Sanders in KFC’s ongoing effort to rebrand itself.

In May, the company launched an ad campaign that revived the late Sanders in the form of “Saturday Night Live” comic Darrell Hammond.

Hammond’s gig was short lived, and he was replaced by fellow “SNL” alum Norm MacDonald, who also ended up being replaced when comic Jim Gaffigan took over.

But Grier, 60, is the first to cross what might be the ultimate racial divide — and fans were instantly offering suggestions.

“Please do the KFC commercial dressed as Col Sanders but with Maya Angelou voice?” tweeted Keith Arsenault.

Another KFC fan reminded Grier that he was stepping into a controversial role, especially given that racist Alabama Gov. George Wallace reportedly once considered Sanders to be his running mate on a segregationist third-party presidential bid in 1968.

“Damn David,” tweeted J. Cobb, “you’re gonna break Mr. George Wallace’s heart.”

Last year, “Saturday Night Live” veteran Norm McDonald donned the white suit.

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN Last year, “Saturday Night Live” veteran Norm McDonald donned the white suit.

Making matters worse for Grier is the legacy of Sanders himself. The original pitchman for the “finger-lickin’-good” chicken led a storied life, enlisting in the Army at 16, and being home just three months because he was too young to serve.

Sanders’ pal, former Kentucky Gov. Lawrence Wetherby, later gave him the honorary rank of colonel — and the title stuck. Sanders was a constant TV presence — and remained so even after he sold his company in 1964. He died in 1980 at 90.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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White Flight From Social Media Sites???

Hat tip to The Grio for this one –

The Wurgel-Marcotulli family, left, and the Sparkses, right, in their alter egos as black and white, respectively, in FX's reality show "Black. White."

The Wurgel-Marcotulli family, left, and the Sparkses, right, in their alter egos as black and white, respectively, in FX's reality show "Black. White."

By Latoya Peterson

Is there really a racial divide on the Internet? Much of Danah Boyd’s research explores that dynamic. Since 1999, Boyd, social media researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has been studying how people use the Internet and has unearthed some fascinating facts about how people – teenagers in particular – move through the online space.

However, none of her work has received as much response as a recent talk she gave, explaining what she calls the Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Colbert: Reverse Racism

Colbert Hits one out of the park, as a new black man!

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Posted by on July 22, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Barry Rand New President of AARP

AARP President Barry Rand with President Barack Obama

AARP has finally figured out they need to make a turnaround if they are to become relevant to a larger segment of the population. Their previous President, Bill Novelli was way too close to the Bushit Administration, and was seen by some to rubber stamp policies which hurt the membership. The selection of Barry Rand is definately a departure.

Meet AARP’s First Black CEO

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Since taking over in April as CEO of AARP, the nation’s top advocacy group for people over 50, A. Barry Rand has been asked the same question by reporters, as well as others.

They want to know if a quintessential “grey suit” who has been long-known as a corporate America change agent and the prolific leader of a Fortune 500 company can successfully transition into somebody who can lead an advocacy group with nearly 40 million members. It even became a discussion point with AARP’s executive board when they met with Rand during their search process. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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