Cicely Tyson, her memoir just out, was active to the end
Tyson's death was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Cicely Tyson was active to the end, in the middle of promoting her memoir “Just As I Am” when she died at age 96. Many media outlets this week had been celebrating Tyson and her memoir. AdIn the days before her death, Tyson was also a guest on The Bakari Sellers Podcast, where she talked about her acting choices, injustices and her marriage to late jazz great Miles Davis. In an NPR interview, Tyson said she came to acting so that she “could speak through other people,” after being naturally drawn to observing other people as a shy child.
Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege
Then it became an assault, a riot, an insurrection, domestic terrorism or even a coup attempt. The language used by the American media to describe last week's Capitol siege proves one thing whatever your perspective: Words matter. Phrases like “mob,” “riot” and “insurrection” were appropriate, noted John Daniszewski, vice president and editor at large for standards. There was no riot, insurrection or storming” at the Capitol. The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN have all used riot to describe the day.
Woman hedges apology in tense interview on hotel attack
In the first part of the CBS interview, broadcast Friday, Ponsetto told host Gayle King, “I don’t feel that that is who I am as a person. I’m just as a kid at heart as he is.”When King asked her to go over the events at the hotel, Ponsetto said, “You already asked me that at the beginning of the interview. I would like to have a real interview with real questions and real heart and real sincere apologies. In the CBS interview, Ponsetto denied profiling the teenager and said her heritage is partly Puerto Rican. Miya Ponsetto has both Puerto Rican and Vietnamese ancestry and considers herself a person of color, not a white person, according to her lawyer.
New this week: 'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom' and Paul McCartney
MOVIES— “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” was always going to be an event picture, even on Netflix, where it will be available Friday. Wilson’s 1982 play is set around a recording session in 1920s Chicago as a blues band awaits the arrival of Ma Rainey (Davis). — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— Paul McCartney will release the final album in a trilogy of classics on Friday. “McCartney III” comes 50 years after 1980’s “McCartney II” and 60 years after “McCartney,” his solo debut released in 1970. — Director George C. Wolfe said that when he signed on to direct “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” he instantly knew he wanted to work with Branford Marsalis.
A 'Black Parade' Grammys: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Beyoncé is bringing her Black parade to the Grammys: The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine. A winner of 24 Grammys, Beyoncé becomes the second-most nominated act in the history of the awards show with 79 nominations. Beyoncé is only behind her husband Jay-Z and Quincy Jones, who have both earned 80 nominations each. Jay-Z picked up three nominations this year for his contributions to Beyoncé’s songs: He co-wrote “Black Parade” and “Savage,” thus earning nominations for song of the year, best R&B song and best rap song. Instead, multiple nominations went to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Ricch, who each earned six nominations and followed Beyoncé as the second-most nominated acts.
CBS News rebuilds MTV's old 'TRL' studio for election night
FILE - The ViacomCBS headquarters is shown in New York's Times Square on Aug. 5, 2020. CBS News is rebuilding MTV's old "Total Request Live" studio as its headquarters for election night. The network is installing giant touchscreens and "augmented reality" displays for the big political night and says the studio provides extra roominess to put on a television show in the COVID-19 era. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
CBS News rebuilds MTV's old 'TRL' studio for election night
CBS News is rebuilding MTV's old "Total Request Live" studio as its headquarters for election night. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK – Watch out for Britney Spears and the Jonas Bros.: CBS News is building a new high-tech election night set in the Times Square studio where MTV's “Total Request Live” ruled the music world two decades ago. Norah O'Donnell will anchor her first presidential election night, joined on the set by Gayle King, Margaret Brennan, John Dickerson and Ed O'Keefe. Shades will be drawn on the windows for the serious business of election night. On television, CBS will have Major Garrett reporting on voter integrity, Jeff Pegues on misinformation and Nancy Cordes on congressional races.
Some New York news shows back, but many hosts work remotely
Monday represented a key phase in New York City's reopening, with many offices bringing employees back for the first time. Despite the CBS and Fox moves, most news employees continue to work remotely, and the television programs that originate here have a patchwork of approaches that have quickly become familiar. A majority of the show hosts on MSNBC including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist of Morning Joe work remotely. Other morning shows have varied approaches. Hoda Kotb of NBC's Today show has worked out of that show's Rockefeller Center studio, but most of her colleagues are at home.
Lifetime returns to R. Kelly with a new powerful series
A year later, Lifetime is readying a follow-up series, “ Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, ” with one major difference: this time, R. Kelly will be behind bars when it airs. “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning” will premiere Thursday on Lifetime. That groundbreaking hip-hop group toured with R. Kelly and Maynes was initially approached by the documentary makers about what he witnessed on the road. In an interview with The Associated Press, he connected R. Kelly to other self-destructive superstars like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Prince. Bryant said the indictments against R. Kelly were never the goal of the series.
Tyler Perry: 'I'm ignored in Hollywood'
ATLANTA - Tyler Perry is a history-making media mogul, but he says he understands why Hollywood doesn't treat him as such. "I clearly believe that I'm ignored in Hollywood, for sure," Perry told Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" in an interview that aired Tuesday. Tyler Perry Studios, one of the largest in existence, opened last weekend in Atlanta. "I know what I do touches millions of people around the world," Perry told King. We're represented,' " Perry said.
Gayle King Says Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are 'Targets,' Defends Them Amid Private
Gayle King will always stand up for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received backlash for taking a private jet to Ibiza to celebrate her birthday at a lavish villa, as well as boarding another private plane to the south of France for a sun-soaked getaway. "Elton John offered to fly them on his private plane to his private home. I just think people think that they are easy targets." RELATED CONTENT:Prince William and Kate Middleton Fly Commercial After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Private Jet DramaMeghan Markle Shares Inspiring Messages on Cupcakes After Celebs and Friends Stick Up for HerMeghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney Calls Out 'Racist Bullies' in New Instagram Post
Inside Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King's Best Friend Cover Shoot for 'O' Magazine
Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are #BestFriendGoals. The two BFFs cover the friendship-themed September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands Aug. 13, and ET has your exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the fun photo shoot. Dressed in shades of matching gold and beige, the CBS This Morning co-host joked about being on the cover of Lady O's publication. The issue is all about friendship, and Winfrey and King go back more than 20 years. "I think people were surprised when they started seeing her on CBS," Winfrey shared adding that, "People were like, 'How did you learn TV so quickly?'