Posts Tagged ‘Gayle King’

CNN anchor Don Lemon on The Gayle King Show

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who recently publicly announced he is gay was on the Gayle King Show today to chat about his new book, “Transparent” and why he decided to go public about being gay. Lemon told Gayle that his intention was not necessarily to “come out”, but just to be honest about who he was and that involved talking about being gay. Lemon also mentioned that he had not actually been “in the closet” because his close friends, family and co-workers knew he was gay.

My intention is not to get into a debate about what it means to be gay; whether it means he is going to burn in hell for his “sinful ways” (being gay) or whether people should understand that being gay is not a choice and gay people deserve the same love and respect as their heterosexual counterparts. What stood out to me was how open Don Lemon was about being homosexual and how he even mentioned that he had dated women and still found some women attractive.

What I find commendable is that Don Lemon is being open about his homosexuality instead of indulging in the common “down low” lifestyle where a man who is homosexual engages in a heterosexual relationship and then secretly has homosexual encounters. Being open about being homosexual takes a lot of courage especially for public figures such as Don Lemon, who himself said he was somewhat afraid of what “coming out” publicly would do to his career.

Regardless of what our religious convictions dictate we should feel about homosexuals, I still think that we can all appreciate that Mr. Lemon has displayed a level of integrity that even some religious leaders failed to attain. We may never know for sure what happened between Eddie Long and his accusers or why Creflo Dollar felt the need to come to his defense but what I know is Mr. Lemon was open, honest and forthright and that’s more than what can be said about “some religious leaders”.

Oprah packs a lunch to work every day, say Gayle King and Stedman Graham

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

I just watched a two hour Gayle King show special dedicated to a celebration of Oprah’s exit from the Oprah Winfrey Show. During the show, one of the guests interviewed was Oprah’s long time life partner, Stedman Graham. They reminisced about the Oprah Winfrey Show’s many highs and even higher highs over the past 25 years.

What stood out to me the most was when they laughed about how, right up until her last day of “work”, Oprah packed a lunch. Gayle joked that most people don’t know how frugal Oprah really is. Right there and there, I had an “Aha! Moment”. Wealthy people, like Oprah, don’t get wealthy by frivolously spending their money; they get wealthy by making good financial decisions even with such seemingly trivial things as spending money on lunch everyday instead of just packing a lunch.
Imagine if for 25 years, you took $5 to $10 everyday and put it in a savings account and never touched it. With conservative calculations, that amounts to about $50,000! And that is without calculating interest… Food for thought- right?

I’m really going to miss seeing Oprah every week day at 4pm but what I’ll miss even more is the little “Aha! Moments” such as the one I got today even without her there.

Here is my declaration: Every time I have the thought to buy lunch at work, I’ll take $7 and throw it into my savings account. What’s your declaration? Let me know at [email protected] Here’s to the next 25 years!

Star Jones on The Gayle King Show to discuss new book, Satan’s Sisters

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Today, I gave the Gayle King show a shot and I was not disappointed because it was actually pretty good! The most interesting part of the show was when she interviewed former co-host of ABC’s The View and current contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, Star Jones. Star Jones has been doing the rounds on some television shows promoting her latest novel, “Satan’s Sisters”, which I believe will be an interesting read.

Inevitably, the topic of Star Jones’s rivalry with Nene Leakes of The Bravo show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, came up. I was very impressed with the way in which Star Jones handled herself during this conversation and on the show, in general. She refrained from reducing herself to petty insults and name calling and instead shifted the focus of the conversation to her reasons for going on Celebrity Apprentice.

According to Star Jones, the reason why she went on Celebrity Apprentice was to promote her charity, which focuses on bringing awareness to the seriousness of heart disease.

In my opinion, Star’s shining moment was when Gayle asked her if she was worried about her reputation with regards to her rivalry with Nene and she gave the best answer that I have heard to that question:

“I am the author of the ONLY dictionary that defines me”

Yes, indeed, we are the only authors of the only dictionary that defines each one of us. I think that we could all learn from Star Jones; let’s stop focusing on what other people think or say about us and focus on our own thoughts and actions. There is so much opportunity for growth when we start to be mindful of how we want to define ourselves and then take the necessary actions to make that vision a reality.

I’m about to hop online and order “Satan’s Sisters.” I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve finished reading. At the very least, I look forward to being entertained and intrigued!
Selah