NABJ appalled by Trump’s disrespect of black female journalists

NABJ appalled by Trump’s disrespect of black female journalists

NABJ appalled by President Trump’s continued disrespect of African-American women journalists and journalists in general

President Donald Trump rejected National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) member and CNN White House reporter Abby Phillip’s question today as “stupid” on national television. Phillip asked the president if he wanted acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to “rein in Mueller,” referring to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian influence in the 2016 election. Whitaker has been critical of the Mueller investigation.

NABJ members and other journalists have taken to social media expressing their frustration with the president’s continuous attacks.

“The most powerful man in the free world is verbally abusing journalists,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “The past two years have been filled with assaults on the media and Donald Trump’s comments this week have reached an all-time low with attacks on three black female journalists. His dismissive comments toward journalists April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor are appalling, irresponsible, and should be denounced.”
Trump responded to Phillip, a former Washington Post reporter and Harvard graduate, “What a stupid question. What a stupid question that is. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

The president also used demeaning and insulting language about American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan, calling her “nasty” and a “loser.” He further scolded her, telling her to “sit down” several times during Wednesday’s news conference at the White House.

During that same news conference, Trump was also dismissive of Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour. She asked if the president’s rhetoric was encouraging white nationalists. The president responded, “That is such a racist question.”

The NABJ is calling on the president to stop his verbal assault on black women journalists and all journalists, and to provide truthful answers instead of insults.

Read NABJ’s statement calling for Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials to be restored here.

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The Word Network To Air The Celebration Of Life Service For Aretha Franklin

The Word Network To Air The Celebration Of Life Service For Aretha Franklin

SERVICE TO BE BROADCAST ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 31ST BEGINNING AT 10:00AM EST.

The Word Network, the largest African American religious network in the world, will air the celebration of life service for Aretha Franklin in its entirety.

“We are very appreciative to receive the support of The Word Network in ensuring that the ENTIRE Celebration Of Life Service for Ms. Aretha Franklin will be aired uninterrupted.  The Word Network will graciously provide a live feed to all other Networks and Broadcast carriers authorized by the Franklin family,” stated Bishop Charles Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple.

The Service will begin at 10:00am EST. on Friday, August 31st.

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Dan Rather’s News & Guts Tops 1 Million Uniques In January, Its 2nd Month Of Operation

Dan Rather’s News & Guts Tops 1 Million Uniques In January, Its 2nd Month Of Operation

The new website successfully creates a home online for the news anchor’s 4.5 million loyal social media followers

News & Guts, the start-up website (newsandguts.com) founded by famed news anchor Dan Rather, passed 1 million unique visitors in January, only its second month of publishing. The site features a mix of political commentary, original reporting, documentary video storytelling, and curated links to other credible editorial sources.

News & Guts is intended to help better serve Rather’s Facebook audience who has come to read his essays and his take on news for the last few years on both his own page and on the News & Guts FB page. Rather has built a highly-engaged reader base with 4.5 million followers on Facebook and Twitter with up to 200 million views per month on the social media platforms. “Engaging with a new audience on social media has been one of the most rewarding times of my career. And now with the new website, it’s an opportunity for me to cut through all the bull shine and bring you what’s important,” Rather says.

The site’s launch in late November was tied to the publication of Rather’s New York Times best-selling book What Unites Us (Algonquin Books, co-authored with Elliot Kirschner), and coincides with the premiere of “The News w/Dan Rather,” produced in partnership with The Young Turks, the progressive YouTube channel that boasts 3.6 million subscribers.

To fulfill its mission as a next-generation source for news reporting and investigative journalism, News & Guts is also investing in original documentary short subjects. First up in February: Exclusive, in-the-field reporting that takes a closer look at the unexpected stories of migrants from Latin Americacrossing the U.S.-Mexico border (trailer below). Another original documentary will tell the story of one of the most ethnically-diverse square miles in America, a place that is not well known and just happens to be located in the Deep South.

News & Guts logged its best day ever, in terms of total audience, on January 29–the day news broke that deputy director Andrew McCabe resigned under pressure from the FBI.

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Media Strategist Ryan Holiday to discuss Peter Thiel’s war with Gawker Media and potential impact on First Amendment at National Press Club Headliners Event March 15

Media Strategist Ryan Holiday to discuss Peter Thiel’s war with Gawker Media and potential impact on First Amendment at National Press Club Headliners Event March 15

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Writer and media strategist Ryan Holiday’s latest book, Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, tells the inside (and bizarre) true story of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s secret – and ultimately successful – plot to destroy Gawker Media. Holiday will share his findings and discuss what he believes the impact of this sordid saga will be on the First Amendment at a National Press Club Headliners Book Event on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

This event will feature a discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Tickets are $5 for National Press Club members and $10 for the general public. To purchase tickets and copies of the book, please click here.

Books will also be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so we kindly ask that you leave all outside books and memorabilia at home.

Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m LyingThe Obstacle Is the WayEgo Is the Enemy; and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. From 2008-2014 Holiday served as the Director of Marketing for American Apparel, overseeing some of the company’s more controversial ad campaigns during his tenure. In 2012, Holiday founded the creative agency Brass Check, which over the years has advised companies such as Google, TASER, Complex, and other prominent public figures. He lives in Austin, Texas.

GRAMMY® Nominees Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, and P!NK Set to Bring Music’s Biggest Night® Back to New York After 15 Years

GRAMMY® Nominees Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, and P!NK Set to Bring Music’s Biggest Night® Back to New York After 15 Years

 GRAMMY® WINNER PATTI LUPONE AND CURRENT NOMINEE BEN PLATT TO HERALD A SPECIAL BROADWAY TRIBUTE AT THE 60TH GRAMMY AWARDS®

The Recording Academy has announced the first group of artists to perform on this year’s milestone 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Taking the stage on Music’s Biggest Night®will be current nominee Childish Gambino; GRAMMY® winner and current nominee Lady Gaga; GRAMMY winners and current nominees Little Big Town; GRAMMY winner and current nominee P!nk; and, in celebration of the show’s return to New York after 15 years, two-time GRAMMY winner Patti LuPone, who will reprise her 1981 GRAMMY performance of “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” and “Dear Evan Hansen’s” currently nominated Ben Platt, performing a classic from “West Side Story” in a special Broadway tribute honoring the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and hosted by award-winning television personality and performer James Corden, the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television NetworkSunday, Jan. 28, 2018at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.

Making his GRAMMY stage debut, Childish Gambino is currently nominated for five GRAMMY Awards: Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album (Awaken, My Love!); and Record Of The Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Traditional R&B Performance (“Redbone”).

Set to perform a track from her GRAMMY-nominated album, Joanne (Best Pop Vocal Album), six-time GRAMMY winner Lady Gaga is also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance (“Million Reasons”).

Two-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town are nominated for Best Country Album (The Breaker) and Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Better Man”).

Three-time GRAMMY winner P!nk is nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category for “What About Us.”

First-time nominee Ben Platt is up for Best Musical Theater Album (Dear Evan Hansen).

The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, Chantal Sausedo is the Talent Producer and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on InstagramTumblr, and YouTube.

GRAMMY® Nominees Childish Gambino, Lady Gaga, Little Big Town, and P!NK Set to Bring Music’s Biggest Night® Back to New York After 15 Years

Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner to be Honored with Recording Academy™ Lifetime Achievement Award

BILL GRAHAM, SEYMOUR STEIN, AND JOHN WILLIAMS TO BE HONORED WITH TRUSTEES AWARD; TONY AGNELLO AND RICHARD FACTOR TO RECEIVE TECHNICAL GRAMMY® AWARD

The Recording Academy announced its Special Merit Awards recipients today, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, Queen, and Tina Turner. Bill Graham, Seymour Stein, and John Williams are Trustees Award honorees; and Tony Agnello and Richard Factor are the Technical GRAMMY®Award recipients. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held in summer 2018. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This year’s Special Merit Awards recipients are a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history. These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy.” -Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors such contributions in areas other than performance. The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees determines the honorees of both awards. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are voted on by the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by the Academy’s Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

ABOUT THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREES:
Starting his career in the 1950s, Hal Blaine is best known as the lead drummer and founder of the legendary Wrecking Crew. He has recorded with iconic artists such as Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, and many more. He lent his artistry to Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” productions, creating one of rock and roll’s most recognizable beats. However, Blaine’s talent does not stop at the conventional drum kit. Some of his best-known songs include him drumming on Sparkletts water jugs for the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No” and dragging tire chains across a concrete floor for Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” During his impressive career, Blaine has worked on nearly 6,000 tracks; of those, 350 have been Top 10 hits, and 40 have been No. 1s (including fellow honoree Neil Diamond’s “Song Sung Blue”), and worked on six consecutive Record Of The Year GRAMMY-winning tracks between 1965 and 1970.

Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. Before becoming one of the most noted and successful recording artists in the world, Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter. His recorded songs have become a part of the fabric of America’s songbook with a wide range of international hits that include “Solitary Man,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” “I’m A Believer,” “Red Red Wine,” “Holly Holy,” “Thank The Lord For The Night Time,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “I Am…I Said,” “Song Sung Blue,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”  (with Barbra Streisand), “September Morn,” and “Heartlight,”  among many others. Diamond has won a GRAMMY Award, a Golden Globe Award, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Kennedy Center Honor, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. In 2009, he was honored as MusiCares® Person Of The Year.

Emmylou Harris‘ career has been evolving since the 1970s, encompassing pop, folk, country, and now, alternative. She has recorded with myriad artists such as Gram Parsons, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Roy Orbison, to name a few, as well as with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton as part of supergroup Trio. Harris’ distinctive voice has allowed her to cross musical boundaries and made her one of the most influential and admired women in contemporary country music. Few in pop or country music have achieved such honesty or revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris, a 13-time GRAMMY winner, keeps proving that she never stops looking ahead.

Louis Jordan* enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s as the King of the Jukebox. The American musician, songwriter, and bandleader helped pioneer the sound of rock and was dubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Father of Rhythm & Blues and the Grandfather of Rock and Roll. Jordan’s talent, combined with his comedic flair, helped him shatter race barriers, achieving popularity with both black and white audiences. Throughout his lifetime, he was able to duet with some of the biggest artists of his day, including Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.

The Meters—Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and George Porter Jr.—are considered by many to be the founding fathers of funk and, for more than 50 years, they have grooved their way around the globe. They have toured and performed with such artists as the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, Robert Palmer, Labelle, Earl King, Allen Toussaint, and Lee Dorsey. Their trademark sound of syncopated layered percussion intertwined with gritty grooves on guitar, bass, and organ, blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe that is regarded as one of the most influential in music history. The Meters’ unique place as a touchstone for countless artists across many genres and as one of the most sampled groups in all of hip-hop and pop music, have kept them relevant to contemporary audiences in a way that few groups can claim.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Queen has amassed a staggering list of sales, awards, and hall of fame inductions that is second to none. Their impressive string of No. 1 albums and top-charting singles continue to put Queen in the Top 10 of all-time iTunes sales. The band has received multiple Ivor Novello Awards, an MTV Global Icon Award, and two recordings enshrined in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®—”Bohemeian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You”/”We Are The Champions,” which also remain popular songs at sports events and arenas around the world. Recently, Queen became the first artist ever to sell more than 6 million copies of an album in the U.K. with their Greatest Hits album. Even with the tragic loss of their uniquely talented frontman Freddie Mercury*, Queen remain one of the most revered bands in rock and pop history, able to claim one of the most enduring song catalogs of all time. With their sterling song craft, virtuoso musicality, and colossal spectacle of their live performances, Queen—John Deacon, Brian May, Mercury, and Roger Taylor—captured hearts and conquered charts like no other band in history, a legacy that continues to live through the ongoing work and concert performances fronted by May and Taylor, presently joined for concert performances by the extraordinary American vocalist Adam Lambert.

Tina Turner has been the Queen of Rock and Roll since she started her musical career in the 1950s. She is well-known for her extravagant live performances and impressive raw voice. Globally, her concert ticket sales have broken records for every tour. Turner’s albums have all consistently charted on the Billboard 200 and have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Her grandeur has been admired by many other prominent figures, including Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and David Bowie. Her determination and sheer talent has crystallized her as a household name around the globe.

ABOUT THE TRUSTEES AWARD HONOREES:
At the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West, Winterland, and Fillmore East, Bill Graham* created the modern rock concert. He discovered and managed artists such as Santana, and organized national tours for Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison. Having arrived in America as a 10-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany with not much more than the clothes on his back, Graham raised millions of dollars for charitable causes by staging Live Aid as well as many other benefit tours.

Seymour Stein‘s cutting-edge consciousness for the next wave in music can be traced all the way back to the late 1960s, when he began his career at Billboardmagazine at the age of 15. Having founded Sire Records with producer Richard Gottehrer in 1966, Stein’s eccentric taste in music combined with his knack for predicting what the next big thing in music will be, has continuously proven to be prosperous. His talent has earned him the title of Vice President of Warner Bros. Records along with being co-founder of Sire Records, a sub-division of Warner Music Group, and inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Some of Stein’s most notable discoveries include Ramones, the Pretenders, Talking Heads, k.d. Lang, Barenaked Ladies, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Cult, the Cure, Tom Tom Club, Spacehog, Primal Scream, Seal, Madness, Madonna, Depeche Mode, the Smiths, Ice-T, and the Undertones.

John Williams is one of the most prolific and celebrated film composers of all time. He has won 23 GRAMMY Awards spanning the last 50 years, with various honors for composing/scoring, performance, and arranging. In addition to his GRAMMY Awards, Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, seven British Academy Film Awards, and four Emmys. His 1977 soundtrack to Star Wars was an Album Of The Year nominee and was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2007. Some of Williams’ most notable scores include Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman: The Movie, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHome AloneHook,Jurassic ParkSchindler’s ListSaving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films,Catch Me If You CanMemoirs of a GeishaWar Horse, and Lincoln.

ABOUT THE TECHNICAL GRAMMY AWARD HONOREE:
Tony Agnello and Richard Factor, through their company Eventide, have influenced the way we make records for nearly 50 years, inventing and producing a wide variety of original audio effects devices, creating the first rack-mounted special effect processors for studio use, and making sophisticated studio processors available to musicians. Founded in 1971 in the basement of Sound Exchange studio on West 54th St. in New York City, Eventide invented the first tape machine autolocator for the Ampex MM1000 multitrack recorder, allowing the operator to precisely and automatically rewind the tape to a specific location at the press of a button—a feature soon standard equipment on every professional machine. Since then, they’ve created  myriad products that have forever changed the recording industry, including the landmark H910 Harmonizer® effects processor, whose underlying technology forms the basis of all pitch-shifting and pitch-correction devices today. It allowed the use of delay and pitch effects separately and in combination, impacting the sound of records such as David Bowie’s Low, Kraftwerk’s Computer World, AC/DC’s Back In Black, and Parliament-Funkadelic’s “Aqua Boogie.”

*Denotes posthumous award honoree.

ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum®, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards®—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities on InstagramTumblr, and YouTube.

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