Deon Cole takes on CNN’s N-word debate and why they chose Levar Burton for the panel as well as other “errors” he found with the debate on his show ‘Deon Cole’s Black Box’ on TBS.
*As you may have guessed, comedians have more than their fair share of material to work with these days.
The events in the news get more and more foolish, thus comedy-worthy, by the day.
But even with all of the endless topics available, the N-word debate seems to never get old. Comedian Deon Cole of Deon Cole’s Black Box on TBS, was quite upset with, not the use of the word, but the panel CNN chose to use for the examination of the word.
Panel members for the discussion were Marc Lamont Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Safiya Songhai, and Levar Burton to discuss which is more offensive, cracker or the n-word as this controversy was sparked during the George Zimmerman trial.
*Even though he’s definitely in the good guy category, former “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton, still has a fear of being mistreated by police because of his skin color.
On Monday Burton told CNN that he has a routine he follows to avoid a potentially deadly altercation any time the police stops him. He removes his hat and sunglasses, rolls down his window, and puts out his hands to show he is not armed.
“I do that because I live in America,” Burton added.
He felt that as a responsible parent it was important for him to teach his son to follow the same procedure.
On the other hand, Tim Wise, a white author, shared a time in which he accidentally locked himself outside of his car in New Orleans. A police officer approached Wise while he was trying to use a coat hanger to unlock the door. Wise recalled that the officer didn’t harass him or question what he was doing but rather tried to help him by telling him he was “breaking into the car the wrong way” and offered to assist him.
“The cop was trying to help me break in,” Wise remarked. “Now, there is not a black man in this country, 23 years of age, for whom that would have been the reaction… Basically, what my mom told me was, ‘Be nice to cops.’ She didn’t say, ‘Don’t move your hands because you’re going to get shot.’”
*Quentin Tarantino surely stirred up some conversation with the production of his spaghetti Western slave flick, “Django Unchained,” and even threw out some criticism about Alex Haley’s classic TV mini series, “Roots,” saying that much of the story wasn’t true.
So, some of the original “Roots” cast members showed up on the Wendy Williams show to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the mini series and discuss the “Django” hub bub.
“Quentin Tarantino is a very clever man, very brilliant, brilliant movie,” Louis Gossett, Jr. began diplomatically. ” [But] The N word… I’m old enough to remember the knee-jerk reactions when I hear the word and there were too many of them for me. He wanted to break out all of the myths and stuff but he was going for publicity. Now if we want to talk about the West, let’s talk about Bass Reeves…Deadwood Dick and Nat Turner. Now put those dolls out there for our children to see next to Django and maybe that will level the playing field.”
Levar Burton kept his comments pretty neutral but Leslie Uggams took it to the house, basically telling Tarantino to shut his mouth about “Roots.”
*Original cast members from the groundbreaking television mini-series “Roots” participated in a live Q&A session today as part of its “Town Hall” series. LeVar Burton, Leslie Uggams and Louis Gossett, Jr. sat down at 2 p.m. for a Q&A session with a select group of listeners and SiriusXM host Joe Madison at the company’s studios in New York City. Madison hosts a live, daily call-in show about politics and social activism on SiriusXM’s African-American talk channel, The Power.
The special replays on SiriusXM The Power channel 128 today, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., 8 p.m., and 12 a.m.; February 8 at 4 p.m.; February 9 at 2 p.m., 6 p.m., and 9 p.m.; and Sunday, February 10 at 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and on SiriusXM Stars channel 107 February 9 at 6 p.m. and February 10 at 12 p.m. All times are ET.
“SiriusXM’s Roots Town Hall” will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more information.
*For all of you who were worried that Big Bird was going to be sitting on the side of the road, holding up a sign that reads, “WILL WORK FOR FOOD,” he was going to survive regardless of who took office. So Romney can go eat dirt.
“Reading Rainbow” host, LeVar Burton tells TMZ that even a Romney presidency won’t keep PBS down.
“… No matter what happens, PBS needs to reorganize its way of being effective,” he says. “A lot of people need to acknowledge that the world is changing, and we got to change with it or get left behind.”