Entertainment & Sexy Programming Network

February 24, 2010 at 1:11 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, News, Sports) (, , , , , )

“Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now.”

“She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

— ESPN sportscaster Tony Kornheiser on colleague Hannah Storm

Tony Kornheiser lacks a filter and The Scarecrow would deduce that Kornheiser also lacks a brain.

But is the salty half of “PTI” wrong in his comments about ESPN colleague Hannah Storm dressing business/age appropriate?

Furthermore, who defines standards of appropriateness? And does ESPN care or the viewing audience care?

ESPN's Erin Andrews

Two words. Erin. Andrews.

ESPN created hired a monster.

Andrews is by far one of the most talented and knowledgeable sports reporter today. But it was and still is her body at work, rather than her body of work that makes her so marketable.

And it is Andrews marketability that ESPN is trying to tap into with all its female reporters and anchors.

Andrews, Storm, Cindy Brunson, Sage Steele, Rachel Nichols and the others have been showing much more skin as of late (usually the legs). And it appears that ESPN recognizes its 18-45-year-old male demographic by allowing more skin to be shown on its telecasts.

But there are consequences to putting T & A into ESPN. The most recent and hard hitting example is the secret taping of Andrews undressing in a hotel room, which brought national attention to the varying levels of sexual objectification women in sportscasting deal with from colleagues, fans, and transgressors alike.

Hannah Storm in outfit

So Kornheiser’s comments could be taken as a warning of the hidden implications in dressing a certain way. As Dave Chappelle puts it, “You might not be a whore, but you’re wearing a whore’s uniform”.

However, Kornheiser’s comments neither appear as a good intentioned heed nor sexist. They reveal his shallow imaginings and may reflect the shallow outlook of the ESPN decision makers as a whole.

Kornheiser said that what Storm wore was “way too short for somebody in her 40s or early 50s by now.” A clear indication that others at the station that may have the youth to wear harlot wear should do it, according to his quote.

Could Andrews marketability unintentionally force Storm and other (older) women of the network to dress in much more revealing attire?

Competition is the kryptonite of job security. And fresh marketable figures (whether qualified or not) can trump established figures any day. And it could force a network like ESPN to put pressure on its female sportscasters or the female sportscasters may feel to the need to keep up with the Andrews.

But what if Storm enjoys dressing up with “go-go boots” and a “very very tight t-shirt.” And is there anything wrong with that?

By Storm wearing the outfits deemed inappropriate by Kornheiser, she is stating she is not opposed to presenting herself in such wear. And ESPN definitely does not care, because it appears that most of its female sportscasters share the same wardrobe.

Furthermore, the viewers do not seem to mind, as SportsCenter and other ESPN programming featuring female sportscasters, who dress in casual attire, receive high ratings among the 18-45 male demographic, especially from the collegiate sector driven on cold pizza, parties, and 24-hour sports updates.

ESPN reports on its site, somewhere down in the nether regions of unimportant headlines (refer to the Steve Phillips scandal) that they have suspended Kornheiser for two weeks.

According to the network, “Kornheiser’s comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate.” ESPN goes on to say that Storm is an “integral part of the success of morning SportsCenter.”

The Journalist

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YC The Cynic on The Journalist Today @ 5 p.m.

February 23, 2010 at 9:06 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music) (, , )

The 19-year-old phenom straight out of the Bronx is ready to bring NY rap back….

If you too are cynical, download his album here… And by the way, you’re welcome…

So be sure to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell the President– I’m ON!

Just click on the image below at 4 p.m. EST to listen to The Journalist…


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It’s All Donwill from Here

February 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm (interview, Music) (, , , , , , , )

The Journalist: Explain to us how did this project [Don Cusack in High Fidelity] come about?

Jasika Nicole of Fox's "Fringe" & Donwill have a song for Laura

Donwill: Long story short, me and Von[pea], we got this thing called the “brain trust,” and we kick around ideas—that’s how, more or less, Brooklynati and Moonlighting get kick started. Me and Von have these random conversations.

And one day I was like it would be really dope if somebody took one of their favorite movies and made a soundtrack to it, like an unofficial joint, like the “Unauthorized Biography of Rakim” but did that joint for like a movie, a whole soundtrack.

And he (Von) was like, “Oh yeah, that’d be cool.” So one day, we was in the Bay and I was just sitting around making beats–bored. And I made a couple beats and started rapping to them, and I was like Imma just do a soundtrack to High Fidelity, because that’s one of those movies that just touches me. I relate a lot to it.

And it kinda snowballed from it being a free EP that I was going to put on my blog to actually being an album with features, with guest producers and guest artists.

The Journalist: Now that you’re doing a solo project, how much input do the other members have in the music?

Donwill: This was pretty much all done by me. I kinda showed them in phases the album. I showed Von more than Ilyas, as I created the album just cuz he’s closer and it’s easier to let him come over, hear a couple tracks than zip up some files and send them to Ilyas.

I used their opinions. I trust their opinions. It’s like as musicians and artists, the fans love or hate the music but the fans don’t understand that there’s a council of like five to ten people that every artist has. It could be the guy at the newsstand, the dog walker, and their roommate. And those are the people that dictate if the music is actually good or not to the artist themselves. Because that’s the opinion I trust.

I trust Von’s opinion. I trust Ilyas’ opinion, the guy Dom’s at the label opinion, our manager’s opinion; there’s a couple more people. But when I bounce my ideas off of those heads and they tell me, “Nah, that song ain’t really, you know.”  There might be somebody who can hear it. But me, if my ears don’t like it, my trusted committee of ears don’t like it, I’m like well, I’ll take it back to the drawing board.

The Journalist: How did that work out, getting Jasika Nicole from the “Fringe” to play the lead female role in “Laura’s Song” video?

Donwill: It’s funny man. I hang out around an eclectic bunch of people. And she just happens to be one of the people that I hang around with. We like watch TV, movies together and shit–

My bad.

The Journalist: Nah, you good, you good. You can do whatever.

Donwill: Oh, see I’ve been holding back then.

[laughter]

Donwill: We have this thing called Bad Movie Night, where we all get together and watch really bad movies and laugh.

And one day we were watching a movie, and I’m just like I wanna ask her to be in my video but I don’t wanna seem like a weirdo.

[laughter]

Real rap,we’re cool and she knew me. But she didn’t like know me. I met her through a friend. And that’s like the beginning of a whole notha relationship, when you pulling somebody to side and like, “I’m interested in doing X,Y, and Z.” But I let her hear the song and told her about the idea.  and it just so happen to be that she’s a person after my own vision. And she loves artistic passion and loves projects where the person is so driven, they don’t let anything hold them back.

Like that video itself is a feat in itself. It was guerilla style.

The Journalist: What happened in that scene with you and Vonpea doing your take on a “High Fidelity” moment?

Donwill: The thing that nobody knows about Von, because he’s such a serious looking dude is Von is probably one of the most hilarious people I know. Like seriously, the guy is hilarious.

He likes the movie too, so he would try to get really into being Dick’s (Jack Black) character. And when the camera’s rolling, he would get into these long rambling–You know how Dick would be in the movie really Millie Mouse, low voice, mumbling and stuff. He (Vonpea) was like that to the letter. And I’m just there like this guy. He was trying to make me laugh, trying to make me mess up the take.

The Journalist: Comparing you guys (Tanya Morgan) to Slaughterhouse, who’s who?

Donwill: I would say Vonpea is Joell Ortiz. Just for the simple fact that Joell seems like a kinda private person but you know he just demolishes. Every time he spits, he gets your attention; he’s an amazing lyricist. That would be Von.

Me and Ilyas, we’re a little bit tricky. In the public eye, I would be more of the Joe Budden in a sense. I’m the one that’s usually out there— I’m the guy that’s always talking to people. I’m all over the internet; I’m not that hard to find.

The Journalist: I saw you on 2DopeBoyz the other day—just typing away.

Donwill: Yeah, exactly. I’m just there. Whereas Ilyas, he would be like a Crooked I. That’s more of Ilyas’ aesthetic is that hard shit. You know like the [over emphasizes] haaard shiiit… but in a different respect.

Ilyas is into more darker [sic] music. His solo release that he’s putting out is really a dark album.

I don’t know if Tanya Morgan fans in general will able to appreciate what we’re doing. If you can appreciate a concept album, you can appreciate what we’re doing. So I won’t that. Tanya Morgan fans will appreciate what we’re doing solo, because it’s just an extension of the concept. We’re just being ourselves.

The Journalist: What happens if one person in the group just blows up off of their solo project? Is that going to affect how Tanya Morgan makes its music from then on?

And have you guys discussed that?

Donwill: We talk about that. It wouldn’t affect it. Of course from the outside looking in, it would be, “There goes Nelly and the St. Lunatics.”

[laughter]

But from the inside, it’s like we all have very artistic intentions with our music. If something catches fire, you can’t really help that people gravitate to it. All you can do is try to make them understand why they’re gravitating to it.

Once you have the eyes and ears on you, then it’s time to leave them. It’s not time to dance in front of them and do whatever they want you to do. Like we got to organize this body of work, y’all need to listen to this album next, we’re going to do this next.

But let’s say I blow up and I’m on 106th and Park next week–I’m leaving Tanya Morgan and moving out to Brazil, because I get in like that.

[laughter]

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The Journalist With Asher Roth, Donwill & More

February 2, 2010 at 12:00 am (Daily Offerings, Entertainment, Exclusive, interview, Live Stream, Music) (, , , , , )

Listen here… @ 4 p.m. EST today for all the guests, songs, and insights.


And be sure to tell a friend, to tell a friend, to tell the President–I’m ON!

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MLK Day Poetics, Behind Bars by The Journalist

January 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm (Daily Offerings, Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Behind Bars


started out as a child, under the rocks i’m christened,

like a rose from concrete, watch me grow each listen,

many men can’t fathom, when the soul is crypt in,

four walls, writer’s block, no place for shiftin’,

behind bars i write, all the wrongs existin’,

so i lay on my bed, let the mind go driftin’,

to the joy filled days, that now seem so distant,

beyond this hard cell, basic block of livin’,

one calendar here, all my hope’s relinquished,

when the warden is a mother– but home’s a prison,

i’m a man just like you, i’m just draftin’ genius,

as i’m flowin’ unscathed, like a new york minute,

tryna savor this time, before i spend it,

with a yoruba mind, but i speak in english,

words flow like liquid, images show through vivid,

talkin’ drum just to numb, when the pain revisits…

ink my life with fleshed thoughts, another year in the pen,

clutchin’ these bars here, as i stare out again,

mixed with emotions and truths, what a beautiful blend,

a bittersweet sample of a life is what i present,

real to the core, i don’t have to pretend,

do you feel me, do you smell me, no pinocchio scent,

pro bono with my lyrics, feel free to defend,

cuz what’s 5 to 10, among a crowd of just friends…

locked up 8 calendars, are you feelin’ my rage,

let the pen tear each line, as i fill in the page,

stuck like every letter penned that i file in this space,

can’t undo what’s been done– ain’t  no way to erase,

so im a cage bird singin’, usin’ these tunes to escape,

to a time we all were… no bars and no gates,

when the sun shined bright, as it shone on our face,

and our music was hope, no regret could be traced,

as mama cried out: BOY I FIXED YOU A PLATE,

but mama cries now, cuz her baby’s displaced,

shackled up in a room, while i think of those days,

9 calendars gone, as im wastin’ away…

AIN’T NO BID WORTH THE PRICE OF WHAT MY MIND HAS TO FACE,

ALL THESE THREATS ON MY LIFE, ALL THESE DEMONS I CHASE,

FROM BEHIND THESE COLD BARS, THERE’S A HAPPIER PLACE,

WHERE THE TRUTH IS DEAD REAL, AIN’T NO ROOM FOR THE FAKE,

and my life is all sweet, ain’t room for the hate,

no more glass walls, so my fam can embrace,

10 calendars pass, hopin’ freedom awaits,

so after this sentence,  this man can elate…

goin’ home to a hero’s welcome, to my city and state,

ya boy’s a grown man, and he’s blessin’ with words,

no longer a disgrace, my name is a verb,

to be used– to be linked– to every dream that you search,

build a bridge– cross it quick– as i inspire the herd,

shine a light on ya hood, so ya problems are heard,

show each last one of y’all, a way to be first,

as i flood in the mind, what the soul seems to thirst,

so they say without hate, they should be given a voice,

but you can’t give what’s been ours, it’s a matter of choice,

for me to use my time caged, as a way to encourage,

that hope can’t be lost, no matter the people who spoil it,

cuz in jail sat a King, and His message was peace,

so in the same watch me aim, and let this black man preach…

–The Journalist

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Aloe Blacc Hates UCLA

January 18, 2010 at 11:00 am (Daily Offerings, interview, Music, video) (, , , , , , )

The Journalist unearths the making of “I Hate UCLA” by Aloe Blacc.

Listen below to Blacc’s cover of the Biz’s finest work.

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Emanon & Blu Perform Blind Love

January 18, 2010 at 3:00 am (Daily Offerings, Exclusive, interview, Music, video) (, , , , , )

Yo, remember this is what we call chemistry….

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Aloe Blacc for the “Very First Time”

January 18, 2010 at 1:00 am (Daily Offerings, Exclusive, interview, Music) (, , )

I wonder if he sang her a song like this the very first time they met

If this if your “Very First Time” hearing Aloe Blacc– Enjoy.

Click here for more on Aloe & Maya.

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Coming Soon… Last Shot!

January 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm (Daily Offerings, Exclusive, Sports) (, , )

The Journalist shoots for a Pulitzer with his latest post on athletes and guns

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Blame It On The Game- Bryant Stewart ft. Gerard Walker

January 16, 2010 at 3:19 pm (Exclusive, interview, Music) (, , , )

Blame It On The Game (Remix) ft. Gerard Walker

Shout outs to Bryant Stewart who spoke with The Journalist about his upcoming projects, and the comparisons between Drake’s sound and his sound.

Click here for the write up of the interview…

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Asher Roth Addresses Gay Rumors on WERW

January 12, 2010 at 12:52 am (interview, Music) (, , , )

Listen here… as Asher Roth speaks with The Journalist of WERW about the recent gay rumors.

More of the interview to come… as well as Donwill of Tanya Morgan, Aloe Blacc of Emanon and more.

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