Posts Tagged ‘The View’

Jada Pinkett-Smith on The View

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Today Jada Pinkett Smith was on The View to get the word out about the upcoming third season of her show Hawthorne. She actually spent more time talking about her husband and her children than she spent talking about her show.

I have a lot of respect and admiration for Jada because she, like many of us working wives and mothers, is continually balancing both the pursuit of her own dreams and aspirations and the needs of her husband and children. Her husband, Will Smith, needs no introduction as one of the most, if not the most, successful male actor(s) in Hollywood. Her son, Jaden, enjoys a tremendous acting career that many in Hollywood still aspire to have. Her daughter, Willow surprised even her mother with the success of her single “whip my hair” which has earned her the title of “pop sensation”. As if all that were not enough, Jada is the star of Hawthorne, a successful television show which is back for the third season.

I was particularly pleased to see Jada Pinkett Smith yesterday because the story of her life is one of success and positivity. Recently, there seems to be a so much coverage, in the media, of black women either being spoken about negatively or being reported for bad acts such as robbery and throwing babies out of moving cars or acting in reality shows that portray them negatively.

There is a stereotype that black women cannot maintain marriages and that they are angry and difficult to deal with so women like Jada Pinkett Smith are a welcome breath of fresh air. She not only has maintained her marriage for fourteen years, but she still even after all those years has wonderful things to say about her husband, Will Smith. To Mrs. Smith, I say “You go girl!”

Whoopi Goldberg says Satoshi Kanazawa should not be fired for saying Black Women are unattractive

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Today on The View it was announced that Satoshi Kanazawa, in addition to being fired by Psychology Today, has been asked to resign from the London School of Economics. I believe that this sends a strong message that we who have dual roles as both scholars and bloggers should never try to pass off our opinions as facts that have been backed up by research. I believe that Satoshi Kanazawa is entitled to express his opinions as to what kind of women he finds attractive or unattractive but I believe that when he tried to pass off his opinion as facts, and associated the “research” that he did with a world renowned Educational Institution (The London school of Economics) he crossed the line.

Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand stated today, on The View, that she does not believe that he should have been fired. Being a comedian, she felt that sometimes she said things, while performing, that offended certain groups of people but she did not think that was grounds for being fired. My response to Whoopi is simple; we do not hold comedians to the standard that we hold people who are employed at respectable educational institutions!

Satoshi Kanazawa had the responsibility to add new knowledge to an existing body of knowledge-this is what research is. He failed…miserably!

The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg respond to Psychology Today’s apology

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Yesterday, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd of the popular daytime show, The View, responded to Psychology Today’s apology for publishing an article that reported that black women were the most unattractive women of any race. Satoshi Kanazawa, a self proclaimed ‘evolutionary psychologist’, posted the study entitled ‘Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women, But Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?’.

Whoopi Goldberg pointed out that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”, while Sherri Shepherd, among other things, mentioned that she felt it was detrimental to young black women who may take the study as the truth about who they are. Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s main question was “why publish the study in the first place?”

I am of the opinion that this is yet another attack on the image of black women. It is up to us to consistently push back every single time that there is an attack of this kind. Just because these kinds of attacks have been going on for centuries, does not mean that we should allow them to continue. In fact, the very reason that we need to put an end to it is because it has been going on much too long.

Watch the clip of the women of The View at BlackVoices.com.

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