Sharpton: Totally Unacceptable Northam Did Not Resign, ‘He Said I Didn’t Do Blackface Here, I Did Blackface There’


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During a press conference designed to deny wearing blackface that appeared on his yearbook page, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam admitted that he had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson dance contest. That happened. After the jaw-dropping press conference ended, MSBNC turned to a panel assembled to provide reaction. The commentary was slightly delayed start as host Kendis Gibson appeared to need a moment to catch his breath before saying “I must say seemed like a terrible attempt at damage control speaking for more than 40 minutes.” He eventually threw to Reverend Al Sharpton for his insight, who did not disappoint. “It was totally unacceptable that he did not resign and he made it worse,” Sharpton opined adding, “He said I didn’t do blackface here, I did blackface there.” He then provided historical context for Michale Jackson’s cultural relevance in the early ’80s, The Jackson’s Victory tour and reminded viewers Continue reading "Sharpton: Totally Unacceptable Northam Did Not Resign, ‘He Said I Didn’t Do Blackface Here, I Did Blackface There’"

MSNBC Guest to Al Sharpton: Trump’s Wall is a ‘Monument to White Nationalism’


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Speaking to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton on Saturday, political editor at TheRoot.com Jason Johnson said that President Donald Trump‘s wall is a “monument to white nationalism.” The comment came during a discussion about how Trump has said that he is reportedly willing to compromise with Democrats but that  a lot of the concessions seem to come in the form of how the wall is actually being described aka concrete wall versus steel fence. “You know, Rev, you can call it a slap, a tap or a beatdown, I’m still getting punched in the face, right?” Johnson said in response to Sharpton’s question if changing the name but not what the wall is being erected for amounted to a compromise. “Like you can’t change the words and change the impact on something,” Johnson continued on. “This wall that the president wants is a monument to white nationalism. Anybody who Continue reading "MSNBC Guest to Al Sharpton: Trump’s Wall is a ‘Monument to White Nationalism’"

MSNBC to Shuffle Weekend Lineup: Al Sharpton Getting New Hour, David Gura Debuting Panel Show


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MSNBC is set to shuffle its weekend lineup, giving Rev. Al Sharpton a new hour on Saturday and debuting a new panel show hosted by anchor and correspondent David Gura. Starting October 13, Gura will be hosting the two hour panel show between 8 and 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, sources told Mediaite. His show remains nameless, though sources said MSNBC is considering reviving the name for Chris Hayes‘s old show: Up. The anchor, who joined NBC News and MSNBC from Bloomberg last year, is also expected to host an hour show between 2 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, after having recently auditioned in the time-slot. Gura’s new show will replace Sharpton’s show Politics Nation on Sunday mornings, which is currently airing from 8-9 a.m. As part of the shuffle, Sharpton’s show will move to 5 p.m. for a live show Continue reading "MSNBC to Shuffle Weekend Lineup: Al Sharpton Getting New Hour, David Gura Debuting Panel Show"

Al Sharpton Swipes at Trump During Aretha Franklin’s Funeral: He Needs to Learn What Respect Means


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Many high-profile public figures are in attendance at Aretha Franklin‘s funeral in Detroit today, and the Rev. Al Sharpton was among those who spoke. Sharpton talked about Franklin’s legendary history of not just singing but supporting civil rights, even sharing an anecdote about the time she wrote a check to support the National Action Network. “We don’t all agree on everything,” Sharpton said as he addressed the crowd. “But we agree on Aretha.” At one point during his remarks, he referenced his on-air flub last week before swiping at Donald Trump:
“You know, the other Sunday on my show I misspelled respect. And a lot of y’all corrected me. Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means.”
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Watch MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Botch Spelling of Hit Aretha Franklin Song On-Air: ‘R-E-S-P-I-C-T’


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MSNBC host Al Sharpton, who is known for struggling to pronounce words properly while on-air, botched the spelling of iconic soul singer Aretha Franklin’s hit song “Respect,” spelling it “R-E-S-P-I-C-T” during Sunday’s taping of his show PoliticsNation. Sharpton made the error while addressing President Donald Trump calling former White House Omarosa Manigault-Newman a “dog” in a much talked about tweet. “I think you might’ve learned the lesson this week, sometimes the dog bites back with a book deal,” Sharpton said of Trump’s beef with Omarosa. “So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T, and the next time you get a black woman and a beagle confused, remember this: I got you,” Sharpton said — clearly misspelling the lyrics to Franklin’s song. Despite the error, Sharpton had a close relationship with Franklin, who passed away last week. “What most do not realize is that the Queen Continue reading "Watch MSNBC Host Al Sharpton Botch Spelling of Hit Aretha Franklin Song On-Air: ‘R-E-S-P-I-C-T’"

On MSNBC, Omarosa Says Trump ‘Wants to Start a Race War’


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On Sunday, former top White House aide and reality star villain Omarosa Manigault ripped into President Donald Trump and accused him of wanting to start a race war. It happened during a conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSBNC. “You know, when he called me that dog, I thought it was clear evidence, one, that he has absolutely no respect for the presidency,” Manigault said, referring to Trump’s tweet that came in the wake of Manigault’s new book UNHINGED. She continued on: “It was such a vulgar slur, and can you just imagine if he would say that publicly what is he saying about me and other Continue reading "On MSNBC, Omarosa Says Trump ‘Wants to Start a Race War’"

Corey Stewart Boasts of Black Support, Hilariously Fails to Name a Single Black Leader Backing Him


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Corey Stewart had an incredibly-tense chat with Al Sharpton last week about racial issues in America, but today, the GOP senate candidate for Virginia returned to MSNBC for Round 2. It didn’t go much better than it did the first time. Stewart, who has been in the news a lot lately for reports on his extensive ties to white supremacists, argued that America has completely moved beyond racial issues. This drew a lot of pushback from Sharpton and Toure, particularly when Stewart said multiple times that “you guys are so obsessed” with race. The three continued to spar about whether Stewart can effectively represent Virginia if he cannot acknowledge the sociopolitical issues minority groups have to contend with. Stewart stuck to his guns by saying “most Americans…don’t care that much about race,” which he characterized as a distraction from bigger matters. Since Stewart insisted that he had plenty of Continue reading "Corey Stewart Boasts of Black Support, Hilariously Fails to Name a Single Black Leader Backing Him"

Rev. Al Sharpton Says Trump Needs to Hear Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’


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When it comes to respect, Rev. Al Sharpton suggested President Donald Trump take a cue from Aretha Franklin. After the Queen of Soul’s passing Thursday, TMZ caught up with Sharpton in Manhattan, where he recalled his favorite song of hers. “I love Natural Woman, but Respect goes across gender lines,” he said. “It’s in an era where some people are calling some women dogs. Respect is needed to be heard. We ought to play the president Aretha’s song, Respect.” It was a direct swipe at Trump’s bashing of former aide Omarosa Manigault, on whom he unloaded a slew of insults this week, also calling her “wacky” and mocking her White House ouster. Aside from praising Franklin’s famous lesson in manners, Sharpton reflected on her success as a black woman in the music industry, calling her “the soundtrack to the progress of America when it came to race” Continue reading "Rev. Al Sharpton Says Trump Needs to Hear Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’"

GOP Senate Candidate Corey Stewart Tells Al Sharpton ‘You’re a Race Hustler’ That’s ‘Obsessed’ with Slavery in Tense Clash


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On MSNBC’s Politics Nation, host Al Sharpton interviewed Trump-endorsed GOP senate candidate in Virginia Corey Stewart on race in America, and the explosive interview got heated as Stewart called Sharpton a “race hustler.” Obviously, with the events of this weekend, and it being the one year anniversary of Charlottesville, this is where the topic began. Sharpton introduced Stewart — whose extensive ties to racists Mediaite has covered before — by calling him a “darling” of white supremacists. Sharpton went right for it in his first question. “Do you consider yourself a candidate — the candidate for white nationalists in the state of Virginia?” “No, of course not, Reverend, and here’s the thing,” Stewart began. “I know you brought me on your show because you want to talk about the one year anniversary of the horrible events in Charlottesville last year. But, you know, I meet with voters Continue reading "GOP Senate Candidate Corey Stewart Tells Al Sharpton ‘You’re a Race Hustler’ That’s ‘Obsessed’ with Slavery in Tense Clash"

Al Sharpton Says His Meeting With Michael Cohen Sends ‘Signal’ to Trump


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MSNBC’s Al Sharpton sat down Friday morning with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.  Now, he’s saying it wasn’t just a meeting between two friends over breakfast.  It was aimed at sending a signal to President Donald Trump. This morning, Sharpton tweeted out that he has known Cohen for a long time and stressed his past as a Democrat: “I’ve known @MichaelCohen212 for maybe 20 years. He was a Democrat. He used to broker meetings between Trump and I when we were fighting.” Then, speaking of the meeting on MSNBC, Sharpton said the breakfast meeting was his idea and Cohen was “troubled.” “I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet,” Sharpton Continue reading "Al Sharpton Says His Meeting With Michael Cohen Sends ‘Signal’ to Trump"

Al Sharpton, After Speaking With Michael Cohen: He Won’t Be a ‘Sacrificial Lamb’ for Trump


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Reverend Al Sharpton says the big news today about Michael Cohen proves that the attorney won’t sacrifice himself on the alter to his old boss, President Trump. On Friday morning, Sharpton ginned up a lot of intrigue after telling his Twitter followers that he chatted with Cohen over breakfast. Cohen was already causing chatter for all of his recent hints about cooperating with Robert Mueller Continue reading "Al Sharpton, After Speaking With Michael Cohen: He Won’t Be a ‘Sacrificial Lamb’ for Trump"

CNN Analyst Blasts ‘Leftist Bigots’ Joy Reid and Al Sharpton For Hosting Racism Town Hall: ‘Utterly Ironic’


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CNN law enforcement analyst James A. Gagliano did not bite his tongue when it came to news that tonight’s MSNBC town hall on racism is set to be hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and Joy Ann Reid. The highly anticipated town hall event, set to air tonight at 9 p.m. on MSNBC and feature Reid, Sharpton and Chris Hayes as hosts, has drawn attention for its special guest: Valerie Jarrett, former Obama adviser and subject of the racist tweet that effectively and dramatically ended Roseanne Barr‘s career today. But while everyone was focused on Jarrett, Gagliano was focused on two thirds of the special’s hosting team, Sharpton and Reid. “Wow. How utterly ironic,” Gagliano wrote in a tweet. “[Reid and Sharpton] lecturing on racism, and presumably, homophobia, as well. Let that sink in for a moment.”

Rev. Al Sharpton Lauds Roseanne Cancellation: ‘ABC Did the Right Thing’


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MSNBC Host Rev. Al Shaprton voiced his support for ABC and their parent company the Walt Disney Company’s decision to cancel comedian and actress Roseanne Barr’s show today after yet another one of her racist tweetstorms. Barr, who recently become a celebrity icon for supporters of Donald Trump after she voiced support for the president and represented so-called “real Americans” on her now-cancelled show, compared ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape this morning by tweeting, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” While phoning into MSNBC today, Sharpton stated that he is “pleasantly surprised
by Disney’s cancellation of Roseanne “because I think it’s important thing that we do not normalize this kind of blatant racism.” “We’re at an age where we’re getting far too comfortable with racism and Islamophobia, both of which was in this tweet,” he added. The reverend continued by suggesting Continue reading "Rev. Al Sharpton Lauds Roseanne Cancellation: ‘ABC Did the Right Thing’"

Sharpton Calls Out White House Silence at Stephon Clark’s Funeral: ‘No, This Is Not a Local Matter’


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In a fiery speech at the funeral of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed man shot dead by Sacramento police, Rev. Al Sharpton refuted White House statements that it was “a local matter,” and said Clark’s killing is part of a serious nationwide issue. “They’ve been killing black men all across the country — we are going to start standing up….it’s time to stop this madness,” he said. “This is not a sacramental fight anymore, this is a national fight…we all stand for Stephon Clark. We will make Donald Trump and the whole world deal with police misconduct.” Continue reading "Sharpton Calls Out White House Silence at Stephon Clark’s Funeral: ‘No, This Is Not a Local Matter’"

Al Sharpton Responds to Don Jr.: ‘We Haven’t Changed,’ Your Dad Did


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Al Sharpton gave a brief response today to Donald Trump Jr. citing him in defending his father from charges of racism. Trump Jr. said that those accusations are ridiculous and do a disservice to actual racism, while also citing Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and “all the rappers” that liked him before he got into politics. In a clip that aired during Ari Melber‘s show tonight, Sharpton said he met Trump “marching on him about Central Park” and “later he tried to turn Democrat… then he went all the way back right with birtherism.” “We haven’t changed,” Sharpton said. “He changed. And what he’s changed to become is one who has proposed some of the most Continue reading "Al Sharpton Responds to Don Jr.: ‘We Haven’t Changed,’ Your Dad Did"

Don Jr. Defends Dad from Charges of Racism: Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, ‘All the Rappers’ Used to Like Him


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Donald Trump Jr. recently defended his father from charges of racism by saying that before his dad got into politics, a lot of notable black public figures liked him. In an interview with Ginni Thomas, who first asked him about George Soros, Trump slammed the “terrible” push on the left that his father is a racist. “Certainly racism exists,” he continued, “but if it’s your response to any argument you can’t win, you actually do real disservice to those people actually afflicted by it. To those people who are actually oppressed and hurt by real racism, real sexism.” And he cited a few examples of public figures he said changed their minds about President Trump:
“I’ve seen him my whole life. I’ve seen the things he’s done. You know, it’s amazing––all the rappers… all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, have pictures Continue reading "Don Jr. Defends Dad from Charges of Racism: Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, ‘All the Rappers’ Used to Like Him"

Jemele Hill to Sharpton: Trump Uses ‘Racial Pornography’ to Rile Up His Base


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ESPN’s Jemele Hill appeared on MSNBC with Al Sharpton this morning ahead of the Super Bowl and she criticized President Trump for his reference to protesting athletes during the State of the Union. Trump briefly referenced “why we proudly stand for the national anthem” during his big address, a clear reference to athletes who have taken a knee during the anthem to protest issues like police brutality. Hill, who got a lot of media attention after calling Trump a white supremacist last year, first addressed her departure from SportsCenter, while still remaining at ESPN. She said it was “100% my choice” to go from the TV position to The Undefeated. Sharpton brought up Trump’s State of the Union comment and asked for her reaction. Hill said the following:
“I wasn’t surprised, and I think this is going to be probably a constant thing for the President, because it’s a Continue reading "Jemele Hill to Sharpton: Trump Uses ‘Racial Pornography’ to Rile Up His Base"

WHCD Red Carpet: Who Has Emerged As New Journalism Stars in Trump’s First 100 Days


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It’s safe to say that “the media” has never been a hotter topic. Between President Donald Trump‘s campaign, and now, his first term, news anchors, correspondents, and even the cast of Saturday Night Live have become household names and celebrities. With every administration, stars are made. Mediaite’s own Travis Irvine was on the red carpet at this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, and caught up with some of our favorite personalities to find out, from their perspectives, who has emerged as a media star during the Trump administration. “Gosh, you stumped me on that one. I don’t spend a whole lot of time looking at that stuff because I’m so damn busy with what I’m doing,” said CNN’s Jim Acosta. He then mentioned his colleagues in the White House press briefing room, saying that they’re “Asking some tough questions. And whether it’s April Ryan, my colleagues in the front Continue reading "WHCD Red Carpet: Who Has Emerged As New Journalism Stars in Trump’s First 100 Days"

WHCD Red Carpet: Tapper, Sharpton and More Tell Mediaite Whether Trump ‘Good or Bad’ for Media


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At this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, President Donald Trump was notably absent. His presence, though, was heavily felt, which we know because Mediaite’s own Travis Irvine asked about him on the red carpet and got some thought-provoking answers. From Jake Tapper to Al Sharpton to Andrea Mitchell, Irvine pressed a variety of influencers about whether Trump has been good or bad for the media. Is that sort of dichotomy a little simplistic? Sure! But Trump himself is regularly lampooned for doing the same thing. So, is Trump good for the media or what? NBC News’s Mitchell chose not to narrow her scope and instead told Irvine that the real question is whether Trump will be good for our country overall. Sharpton, on the other hand, was more direct, saying, “He will be good for ratings. He will be bad for household rates.” CNN’s Van Jones argued that Trump would Continue reading "WHCD Red Carpet: Tapper, Sharpton and More Tell Mediaite Whether Trump ‘Good or Bad’ for Media"

Al Sharpton Plans to Picket Madison Square Garden Unless Charles Oakley Ban is Lifted


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Sharpton Three days after the announced indefinite ban of former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley from Madison Square Garden, the Rev. Al Sharpton called on Knicks owner James Dolan to lift the ban immediately. In a statement released Monday, Sharpton’s National Action Network announced plans to picket Madison Square Garden if the ban is upheld.
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on New York Knicks Owner James Dolan to immediately lift the ban against Charles Oakley, after conversing with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and agreeing that the policy has not been reinforced with other players. Rev. Sharpton is calling upon Mr. Dolan to lift the ban and reinstate Mr. Oakley’s privileges. In the event that the ban is not lifted, NAN’s Northeast Regional Director Kirsten John Foy is mobilizing people to picket Madison Square Garden in solidarity.
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