Comedian Larry Wilmore caused a lot of controversy after using the “n-word” during his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night. Despite the negative backlash, the White House has come to his defense, saying President Obama “appreciated the spirit of Mr. Wilmore’s expressions on Saturday night.” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the context was not discriminatory. “Any comedian who’s signed up to follow President Obama at the White House correspondents’ dinner is assuming one of the most difficult tasks in comedy. Just by the nature of the engagement, that’s a tough job, following the president of the United States,” said Earnest. “It’s not the first time in the Monday after the correspondents’ dinner, that some people have observed that the comedian at the dinner crossed the line.” Read more.
Kerry Washington Shows Off Baby Bump at the Met Gala
Actress Kerry Washington has another baby on the way. The Scandal star showed off her baby bump on the red carpet at the Met Gala on Monday. Washington donned a sequined Marc Jacobs dress with a slit that came up to her thigh, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and a new purple hairstyle. She rubbed her belly as she posed for the cameras. This will be Washington’s second child with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, who used to play football for the San Francisco 49ers. The two secretly tied the knot in June 2013 and have a two-year-old daughter named Isabelle Amarachi. Read more.
Black New York Times Employees File Lawsuit Against the Publication
Racial discrimination within the realm of media is still an ongoing issue. Two African-American women recently filed a lawsuit against the New York Times, claiming the publication discriminates against employees based on race, age, and sex. The women, Marjorie Walker and Ernestine Grant, say the newspaper’s CEO Mark Thompson has implemented a policy that promotes “deplorable discrimination.” “The New York Times, widely touted as the “paper of record,” has been engaging in deplorable discrimination that has remained largely off the record. Unbeknownst to the world at large, not only does the Times have an ideal customer (young, white, wealthy), but also an ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family) to draw that purported ideal customer. In furtherance of these discriminatory goals, the Times has created a workplace rife with disparities,” reads the lawsuit. Read more.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden Appear on ‘The Voice’
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden made a special appearance on NBC’s The Voice on Monday evening in an effort to endorse the Joining Forces initiative. Launched five years ago, the initiative was designed to help military families. Last night’s audience was filled with current and former military members in celebration of Military Appreciation Month. “We are so excited to be kicking off this anniversary with all of you at ‘The Voice,’” said FLOTUS. “Over the past five years, through Joining Forces, Jill and I have had the privilege of traveling around the country to meet our troops, the veterans, and military families. We are just in awe of them.” The First Lady will continue to make her television rounds this week. She is slated to guest star on Tuesday night’s episode of NCIS and she will make an appearance on Sunday at Prince Harry’s Invictus Games sporting event. Read more.
Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO’s Film About Henrietta Lacks
According to reports, media mogul Oprah Winfrey will star in HBO’s The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks. Winfrey has worked behind the scenes to get the project green-lit, but now she will play a larger role and step in front of the camera. The film will delve into the life of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells were utilized to develop the first immortal human cell line. The film will be written and directed by George C. Wolfe. Production for the project is slated to kick off this summer. Read more.
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