Thursday, July 17, 2008

The New Yorker Defends Obama Diss


The New Yorker delivered a blow to many with their recent cover portraying Senator Barack Obama as everything everyone makes him out to be. Without an apology, The New Yorker is out to explain just why they decided to roll with the cover that shows Obama as a Muslim and his wife as a militant. David Remnick , editor for the mag, recently spoke to CNN about the controversial piece.

When Wolf Blitzer , a reporter for CNN , claimed the cover appeared to be something out of a KKK publication, Remnick fired back.

"Oh, come on, Wolf . It's on the New Yorker, and context means a lot."

Later, he defended his magazine's stance on the satirical nature of it all.

"If it weren't possible to have satire," Remnick noted, "If you always have to look for the joke that everyone will get, then you don't have Jon Stewart , you don't have Stephen Colbert . Colbert goes on TV and mocks right-wing commentary by pretending to be a right-wing commentator. In a way, this is Colbert in print."

Colbert , who also jokes about politicians, had this to say about the magazine to The New York Times .

"It's a completely valid satirical point to make — and it's perfectly valid for Obama not to like it."

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NFL Investigates Players’ On-Field Gang Signs


The National Football League has thrown the penalty flag down against its players, as the league will begin to crack down on athletes who use gang-related hand gestures as part of their on-field celebrations.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the NFL has hired experts to study game footage to determine whether players are using street-gang signs during the celebration of a sack or touchdown. Although, league officials do not believe the problem is widespread, the NFL has spoken to some unidentified players about their use of hand signals.

“There have been some suspected things we’ve seen,” Milt Ahlerich , the NFL’s vice president of security told the Times . “When we see it, we quietly jump on it immediately, directly with the team and the player or employee involved to cease and desist. Period.”

The NFL’s decision to review game tape for suspected signs came when the higher profile case of gang signs occurred during the NBA playoffs. Boston Celtics forward and captain Paul Pierce was fine $25,000 for making “menacing gestures” towards the Atlanta Hawks bench during a game of the opening round series.

“We were always suspicious that [gang-related hand signals] might be happening,” Mike Pereira , the NFL’s vice-president of officiating told the Times. “But the Paul Pierce thing is what brought it to light. When he was fined…that’s when we said we need to take a look at it and see if we need to be aware of it.”

In efforts to control the situation, first-year players who attended the NFL’s rookie symposium this summer were counseled on gangs, and last season every player was required to view a video on the dangers of gangs.

Some players believe that differentiating between a gang sign and something less menacing can involve some guesswork.

"Guys come from all over the country, and who knows what they're really doing?" Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Dennis Northcutt told the Times. "People have got signs for their kids, signs for their fraternities. How do you differentiate who's really throwing up gang signs?”

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Diddy's "Raisin in the Sun" Nominated For Two Emmys

With the exception of a few occasions, the Emmy Awards have always been a decidedly non Hip Hop affair. But, after breaking ratings records for a TV broadcast of an original movie, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced A Raisin in the Sun has been nominated for three of its prestigious awards.
A Raisin in the Sun , which Diddy executive produced and starred in as Walter Lee Younger , will compete with Bernard And Doris , Extras , The Memory Keeper's Daughter and Recount for the Best Made-For-TV Movie award when the 60th annual Emmy Awards air on Sept. 21 in Los Angeles. Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald were also respectively nominated as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the Miniseries or Movie category.
Noticeably absent from this year's Emmy nominations was The Wire . The HBO series enjoyed solid ratings and an audience which ranged from professional critics to Hip Hop junkies, but was snubbed in its final season on the air.

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Jesse Jackson Reportedly Used N-Word In Tirade

Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a recent TV interview in which he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama , according to CNN .
Confirmed by Fox News on Wednesday (July 16), this turn of events is sure to draw more criticism the civil rights leader's way, as he has already come under fire for crude off-air comments against Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a "Fox & Friends" news show.
Jackson reportedly said Obama was " talking down to black people ," and referred to them with the N-word when he said Obama was telling them " how to behave ."
A Fox spokesman confirmed the claim, but declined to release a full transcript of the July 6 show.

" I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama , their children as well as to the American public," said Jackson in an earlier written statement.

" There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people. " Jackson has not commented on the new accusations.

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