Quick Take: Why I Still Like My “Morning Joe”

Despite a couple of minor changes — Ashley is MIA and producer Chris Licht is often off-camera monitoring the emails — I still like my “Morning Joe”, former Congressman Joe Scarborough’s early morning gabfest. Here are my personal highlights from last week’s show which was broadcast live from Los Angeles: File Under:  You Must Be Smart Cause … More Quick Take: Why I Still Like My “Morning Joe”

Quick Take: Star Parker and Her “Best Week Ever”

I couldn’t believe it.   I guess I was in denial.  Then I heard it again.  “Star Parker is having the Best Week Ever.” To quote the great Whitney Houston, “Oh hell to the naw!” VH-1 ‘s  Best Week Ever, a television series which spoofs the week’s goings on, made the pronouncement on last Friday’s show.  Who is … More Quick Take: Star Parker and Her “Best Week Ever”

Quick Take: D.L. Hughley Stands and Delivers (Update)

It seems that “my people” are distracted once again.   First, there was the Isaiah Washington firing and the subsequent call to petition ABC Entertainment and now, there is the controversy and protest over comments that comedian DL Hughley made during  Tonight Show appearance a while ago. Apparently, it went something like this:   Hughley was on the couch chatting with Jay Leno.   He … More Quick Take: D.L. Hughley Stands and Delivers (Update)

Oprah and Me

 “You should contact Oprah.”  I am often told this by well-meaning friends, family and acquaintances when I say that I have a book and/or other creative work to promote/sell.  Their suggestion stems from the belief that if one only touches the hem of Oprah’s $260 million garment, he/she may not be made whole but may, at the very least, be made … More Oprah and Me

Quick Take: Thoughts on the Isaiah Washington Petition

I am afraid my people may perish for lack of reasoning. I guess black lesbian activist Jasmyne Cannick had some spare time on her hands when she decided to “launch” a petition drive “aimed at ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson in support of recently dismissed ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actor Isaiah Washington.” I got wind of this miguided … More Quick Take: Thoughts on the Isaiah Washington Petition

On a Lighter Note: Why I Like My “Morning Joe”

Stripper pole comment aside,  I love my Morning Joe.   Hosted by former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough, this MSNBC show has become appointment viewing every morning it’s broadcast from 6 -9 a.m. ( Imus’ old time slot.) Before Morning Joe, I watched religious fare on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) to get divine inspiration or tuned in to Vh-1  to get my Jump Start. Now I wake … More On a Lighter Note: Why I Like My “Morning Joe”

School Daze: Notes to a Grumpy Old Man

After reading St. Petersburg Times columnist, Bill Maxwell’s recent overwrought three-part diatribe about his two-year tenure as a scholar-in-residence at Stillman College , I realized that the generation gap between the black old heads (as they are called) and the hip hop generation is an Grand Canyon-sized chasm. Not only was Mr. Bill out of touch, socially and … More School Daze: Notes to a Grumpy Old Man