You already know Big Freedia. The recent recipient of the Big Easy Award for Entertainer of the Year, the queen diva and star of the reality series Queen of Bounce premieres the second season June 11 on the Fuse network. Billboard has a first look, which you can watch below. Read Gambit's 2013 cover story about the bounce artist, and check out a new track, "Explode," from Freedia's upcoming album Just Be Free, out June 17 on Freedia's label Queen Diva Music.
Roemer's private equity fund, Roemer, Robinson, Melville & Co., is providing $4 million in seed financing with an option to go up to $8 million, which the network plans to use to expand its reach through Internet streaming, local television and international syndication deals. ...Uygur, who briefly had a show on MSNBC, now broadcasts The Young Turks on YouTube, where his shows have had more than 1 billion views, according to Upstart Business Journal. Though Roemer is a Republican, he ran his 2012 presidential campaign as an outsider, trying to appeal to disaffected voters across the political spectrum. More on the story in Politico, which reports Roemer will sit on the channel's advisory board, but will have no influence over content.
Uygur and Roemer, who made an unsuccessful run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, said they were aligned in their opposition to the influence of money in politics. Roemer is chairman of the Reform Project, a nonprofit organization that pushes for campaign finance reform.
"While we don’t necessarily agree on politics, Buddy and TYT both understand money’s damaging influence on our government," Uygur said in a statement.
Roemer said his firm had been looking for a "new media" outlet to invest in for two years. “We believe TYT will be one of the critical players moving forward in a new media world," he said in the statement. "They are a lot like me, sometimes wrong but never in doubt."
When did kale become ruffage for the gentrified? My dearly beloved grandmother, RIP, African American, not where near upper crust used to grow her own kale in Indiana and made the best greens I've ever had to this day. This is silliness.
Kale was always the thing mixed with mustard greens, collard greens - cook it up and sprinkled it with vinegar. When did it become cosmopolitan and hip? My moms from the southeast and she remembers it as something poor people ate because it was cheep and easy to grow. It was "soul Food." It wasn't really an upper crust white thing. Now that white non southerners have discovered it, it's cool? Beyond silly, and probably why it costs so much now.
The author is clearly not a southerner or he would know that boiled kale, usually with a ham-hock and skillet-fat thrown in, is an old traditional poor-southern dish (AKA "soul food" to black USAns who ancestors migrated north). Like that other great southern/soul-food cruciferous green, collards, kale is a heat-resistant and grows and grows in the hot southern summers. It seem to be that its absence, not presence, would be a sign of gentrification. The twist here is that latest batch of millenials - the so-called gentrifying "creative class" hipsters - make it a fashion statement to adopt old red-neck symbols like Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, and, apparently, kale. But the author seems to miss this point.
What is a "dat"? I understand "grow, youth, and farm". Please don't tell me it is a replacement for the word, that?
Hipsters ruin everything.Good morning.
[Larry] King asked whether he supports the President’s health care reforms, or Obamacare. “Oh, absolutely,” he said, saying that, at 86, he remembers when Social Security was first introduced, with cries that it would bankrupt the country and ruin society. Repeating the populist theme echoed several times Sunday, Edwards said it was the poor, the young and the elderly who are most in need of government’s help, which he said the health care reforms would do.
This Saturday, CBS will air the nationwide premiere of The Whole Gritty City, the New Orleans documentary that follows three marching bands — O. Perry Walker High School, L.E. Rabouin High School and The Roots of Music — and the band directors from 2007 to 2010. It closely follows five students, some of whom take a video camera into their homes.
Wynton Marsalis will host the film, from 48 Hours editor and producer Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson. It will air at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
Read more about the documentary in Gambit.
A&E, the network that runs the hyper-popular Louisiana reality show Duck Dynasty, suspended its star Phil Robertson following comments he made in a GQ profile. Writer Drew Magary talked to an off-camera Robertson, who made self-described "Bible-thumping" and "controversial" statements including: "a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus," black people "were happy" during Jim Crow, and being gay is sin similar to bestiality.
In a statement, A&E representatives said they are "extremely disappointed" in Robertson's comments, adding, "His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."
Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in:
“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana. The politically correct crowd is tolerant of all viewpoints, except those they disagree with. I don’t agree with quite a bit of stuff I read in magazine interviews or see on TV. In fact, come to think of it, I find a good bit of it offensive. But I also acknowledge that this is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views. In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended."
Duck Dynasty's fifth season airs 9 p.m. Jan. 15.
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