Showing posts with label CNN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CNN. Show all posts

Monday, December 01, 2014


Ray Rice

On CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, ESPN reporter Jemele Hill explains how she landed the first Janay Rice interview, why she agreed to certain conditions, and what Janay feels towards the outcome of the situation.

Hill on Janay Rice’s perception of the situation with her husband: “I think obviously she would not like to relive the situation. However, I think that that's pretty obvious. There were certain positives or a silver lining, if you will, that came out of this. Among the many was the fact that the level and awareness of domestic violence is now, you know, maybe more than we have seen in this country in quite some time. The other side of her, from a personal level, too, is that she felt like she learned a lot about herself, about her own strength, the strength of her family, the strength of her relationship with her husband. So, even though it was horrible and traumatic, and there's going to be some probably long-term emotional damage from this entire episode, I think that she has enough perspective to understand that there was something larger and bigger at play than just the microcosm of her situation.”


STELTER: The rest of that interview will air tomorrow on "The Today Show," but it was ESPN's Jemele Hill who had the first exclusive interview, which was the basis of a first-person essay by Janay that ESPN published on Friday. Jemele, thanks for joining me.


STELTER: You told me during the commercial break this was the first time in your career you have ever had to interview for an interview. Tell me what that was like.

HILL: Well, it was a little bit different process.

Obviously, with this kind of interview, Janay and her family, they wanted to basically have an array of choices. They wanted to figure out who they probably felt the most comfortable with.

And so when I met her and her mom for the first time, you know, I just wanted them to understand my commitment and passion for journalism. And the whole reason that I got into this business was to tell stories. They were already fully aware of what my opinions on the Ray Rice issue had been, and I think they felt as if I were fair.

That doesn't mean favorable, but they felt as if I were fair. And I think that was a big reason why they decided to trust me with their story.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Anderson Cooper

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of The Imitation Game, John Leguizamo, star of Fugly!, Taye Diggs, star of Murder in the First, Christina Hendricks, star of Mad Men, Kelly Ripa, host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Kathy Griffin, award-winning comedienne, will present at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, hosted by Anderson Cooper. The star-studded tribute airs Sunday, December 7, at 8:00 p.m. ET, from The American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Morgan Spurlock, acclaimed filmmaker and star of CNN Original Series Inside Man, and Questlove, drummer for The Roots, executive producer of new music show SoundClash and member of The Tonight Show house band are also presenting in this year’s show.

Each celebrity presenter will join one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes on stage to share their inspirational story.

During the celebration, the 2014 CNN Hero of the Year will be announced.

Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Oscars’ youngest Best Actress nominee and star of the upcoming film remake of Annie, and Nick Jonas, actor, singer-songwriter will also recognize youths who are being honored by CNN as Young Wonders.

Thursday, September 04, 2014


Joan Rivers

Joan River died today at age 81.This is very sad news as I have photographed Joan so many times over the years.

I was one of the staff photographers on the set of her CBS show and photographed Joan with every star that was a guest on the show. I was there when she was at St Paul's Church on Lexington Ave when she talked about her husbands sucide and the sadness I saw as she was trying to understand it all in her mind. 

My favorite photo shoot with Joan was when Milton Berle was on her show. I never laughed so hard when he talked about the size of his "Number". The look on Joan's face was priceless. Joan's dogs also were the star. I must have photographed her with so many of her pets over the years. She adored them so much and I think they were good company for her.The world has lost another great icon.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Micky Dolenz Of The Monkees

Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.

The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world. 

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Soledad O’Brien And Brad Raymond
To Host In Hamptons

 Soledad O'Brien

On July 27, 2012 CNN correspondent and global humanitarian, Soledad O’Brien and husband, Brad Raymond host their 2nd annual “New Orleans in the Hamptons” fundraising event to benefit the Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Foundation. In classic New Orleans spirit, the evening will include a live jazz band performance to accompany the dinner program.

Event Chairpersons for the evening will be entertainer Steve Harvey and his wife philanthropist Marjorie Harvey, X-Factor's L.A. Reid, and Blogher CEO Lisa Stone. Additional confirmed attendees include the foundation's Board of Directors Pharrell Williams and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, Maxwell, Star Jones, and a host of supporting business professionals

The Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Foundation is a natural progression, an extension of what the couple has been doing independently and quietly for years. “We address all the obstacles in students’ lives and support them in every way that leads to a better future. Education is the great equalizer and the key to the American dream," says Soledad. O’Brien and Raymond started the foundation after witnessing the heart wrenching effects of Hurricane Katrina.

All proceeds from ticket sales for the “New Orleans in the Hamptons” event fund scholarships for talented young women who lack resources to pay for their educational aspirations.

For additional information on the Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Foundation or the “New Orleans in the Hamptons” fundraising event please visit

Monday, July 02, 2012



Bitching By: James Edstrom

Anderson Cooper

I just read Anderson Cooper has come out as gay. Is it safe enough Anderson?

I like Anderson, I have met and spoke to him many times at events around New York City. But it really kills me that all these famous people stayed in their safe closet for all these years, while the rest of us were fighting for gay rights. Now that we got them, all these celebrities are running out of the closet like they were always there for us. And the sick thing is, the gay community welcomes them with open arms, like they were always helping the cause.

Cooper made the announcement in an email to writer Andrew Sullivan.

"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," he wrote.

Proud of what Anderson? Proud that by you staying in the closet, you were safe? Proud that so many gay kids over the years needed a gay role model and you stayed in the closet so you were safe? Proud that you sneaked around New York City all these years, going to gay parties and not once when a gay horror story came out, did you say that you were gay and this was a outrage?

He also stated in the e mail:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Anderson Cooper

Charlotte Ross

Mary Louise Parker

Soleil Moon Frye

Shay Mitchell

Debra Ann Woll

Sara Ramirez

Piers Morgan

50 Cent Curtis Jackson

Emma Roberts

Eliza Dushku

Christy Turlington

Chris Colfer

Chaka Khan

Sofia Vergara

Laura Dern

Annalynne McCord

Liam Hemsworth With Miley Cyrus

J.R. Martinez

Brooklyn Decker

The 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California the other night.

Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Friday, October 01, 2010



Jon Stewart

Once again, CNN has fired another talented anchor. Rick Sanchez has been fired from the network after his comments on a radio program received criticism. Appearing Thursday on the Sirius radio program "Stand Up! With Pete Dominick," Sanchez, who was born in Cuba and grew up in Florida, repeatedly went after Comedy Central television host Jon Stewart, calling him a "bigot." When pressed by Dominik as to what he meant, specifically, Sanchez gave the following details. "I think he looks at the world through his mom, who was a schoolteacher, and his dad, who was a physicist or something like that," Sanchez said, according to transcripts provided by the radio program's blog. "Great, I'm so happy that he grew up in a suburban middle-class New Jersey home with everything you could ever imagine." Dominick then asked what group that it was Stewart held a prejudiced view toward. "Everybody else who's not like him," Sanchez responded. "Look at his show, I mean what does he surround himself with?"

Also during the program, Sanchez did retract the word "bigot" from his criticism of Stewart. "All right," Sanchez said. "I'll take the word bigot back, I'll say prejudicial, uninformed." But as the conversation continued, Sanchez continued hammering at Stewart, and after Dominik then said that, being a Jew, Stewart had a sense of what it was to be an oppressed minority, Sanchez laughed at the remark.

"Very powerless people," Sanchez said with a snicker. "He's such a minority, I mean, you know. Please, what are you kidding? I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they -- the people in this country who are Jewish -- are an oppressed minority? Yeah."Sanchez then went on to argue that Jews don't experience the same level of discrimination as blacks and Hispanics. "I grew up not speaking English, dealing with real prejudice every day as a kid, watching my dad work in a factory, wash dishes, drive a truck, get spit on. I've been told that I can't do certain things in life simply because I was a Hispanic," Sanchez said. "My friends who are black, I've seen that with them, I've seen that with a lot of minorities. I can't really think, although I understand the plight of Jews, and all the experiences, and the things that have happened historically for them -- but I can't say that my buddy Glen or my buddy Izzy who I grew up with in South Florida ever were prejudiced against directly simply because they were Jewish. There may have been jokes around them or about other things, but it's kinda, you know what I'm saying, it's kind of a different thing."

Editors Note: What is wrong with CNN. First Lou Dobbs and now Rick Sanchez. These are the most talented people in the news business. CNN is throwing such talent away because of a few comments. What happened to freedom of speech? Rick was doing a radio show on his own time and he has the right to say how he feels. He does not have to say the views of Network bosses. Sanchez has been the butt of Stewarts jokes several times before. Can't this respected newsman have the right to say whats on his mind, without losing his job? Sanchaz has talent, asks the good questions and is a very liked host by the audience. Come on CNN, keep the talent you have!

Stewart Photo By: RD/Eckstein/Retna

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Larry King

Larry King was spotted out and about in Los Angeles, California the other day. The famed newsman recently announced his impending retirement.

Photos By: RD / Vinicius Poersch / Retna Digital

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Larry King earned his Walk Of Fame Star !

Movie star JANE FONDA kicked off a televised tribute to CNN anchorman LARRY KING by turning up in person to honor her pal. Wearing a white suit, the actress stunned the broadcaster during a special show to honor his 50 years in the business, which aired in America the other night. She said, "Hey Larry, I thought I’d just stop by and say, ‘50 years, you’ve gotta be kidding…’ He doesn’t look a day over 50." She then spoke fondly of her special friendship with the newsman, adding, "You’ve always been a real good friend and you’re one of my favourite people to have as a guest in my ranch." Fonda also had a little fun at King’s expense, joking about his skills as a horseman: "For those of you watching from home you haven’t lived until you’ve seen Larry on a horse; it’s a little bit like George W. Bush in a flight suit it’s just wrong." She concluded by praising King’s interview technique, stating, "Being interviewed by him is like sitting in a living room with a friend… who’s smart, who’s kind (and) a little bit flirtatious." The TV ‘roast’, hosted by comedian Bill Maher, also featured quirky video tributes from former President George Bush, Hugh Hefner, Sarah Ferguson, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Ashton Kutcher and Alec Baldwin, who poked fun at his pal’s interviewing technique and joked that the left arm King leans his chin on when listening to guests is false.The actor said, "Larry lost his arm in an accident when he was a child." Celine Dion also joined the celebration, via satellite from her home in Las Vegas, and thanked King for helping to calm her nerves when he first interviewed her on his CNN show Larry King Live. She recalled, "Not only was it one of the biggest moments in my career, in my life, I was very impressed with the way Larry interviewed me."He knew I was scared and he was so respectful, he’s so generous… and he always asked the right questions." Dion even broke her no-singing-before-a-show rule and sang Because You Loved Me unaccompanied for the broadcaster.