The very most innovative and inspiring names in Black America adorn list annual list
David Wilson, founder of theGrio
*Black History Month has been celebrated and observed in educational institutions in where African Americans are the majority for decades now.
However, for progressive adults who prefer to live in the present rather than reflect on the past, February has become something of drag. Especially so when one considers the stale and unimaginative manner in which Black History is oftentimes presented.
That’s no knock on the harrowed experiences of our honored ancestors, but folks get tired of hearing about the back trinity this time of year. If it’s not Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. then it’s the venerable Frederick Douglass, or Malik El-Haj Shabazz aka Malcolm X.
Five years ago the founder of the African American news outlet TheGrio,David Wilson noticed this problem and tried to come up with a way to use this time of year to celebrate the accomplishments of African American trailblazers who are operating in the here and now. The result was the annual theGrio 100. Wilson discussed the list with EURweb.com’s Lee Bailey.
Unidentified man includes “treadmill dancing” in his routine.
*Everyone has their own fitness tricks that keep them motivated to do what’s necessary to stay healthy everyday.
Some people enhance their fitness routine with different moves or routines weekly. Some just freestyle on a treadmill.
One guy at the gym is not mad that he has to be there. He’s an unidentified treadmill dancer that has a routine on the treadmill that better not be tried by anyone that has any type of awkward athletic ability because they will fail in a disastrous way.
*Amid criticism of MSNBC’s Al Sharpton blurring the line between journalism and activism in covering the Trayvon Martin case, parent network NBC has announced that news magazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will gather some of its black on-air personalities to offer “a personal perspective” on the case, “and what it says about the African-American experience.”
The segment, airing Wednesday (March 28) at 10 p.m., will feature NBC Sports commentator Tony Dungy, NBC News Correspondents Ron Allen, Tamron Hall, and Lester Holt, and David Wilson, executive editor of theGrio.com.
As previously reported, Sharpton has come under fire for his coverage of the case on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation.” CNN host Howard Kurtz said on his show Reliable Sources, “How on earth can Al Sharpton be an activist, stand with the parents, and he asks people to contribute money, and he went to the Justice Department with the parents of Trayvon Martin. And then he does his show, and then he speaks at the rally again. He’s covering himself. How can MSNBC allow that?”
Below, Trayvon Martin’s parents return to Sharpton’s “PoliticsNation” for Monday’s broadcast.