Lester Holt temporarily replaces lying, discredited, Brian Williams at NBC

Lester Holt

Lester Holt has devoted a long career to NBC where he has distinguished himself as a pleasant, credible and capable journalist, more than deserving of taking over the NBC Nightly News anchor desk permanently.

By Carmen Glover

On Saturday, February 7, NBC Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams, who has unleashed an epic furor due to his repeated lies while on air, announced that he would be taking a temporary leave of absence and that Lester Holt will fill in for him in the interim. NBC News will do itself a disservice if it allows Williams back into the anchor seat because Williams willfully disgraced and ignored the bedrock of journalism: to cover and tell the truth.

It has been evident now for years that the evening network anchor chairs are reserved for white males: David Muir on ABC, Scott Pelley on CBS and Williams on NBC. Diane Sawyer vacated her seat on ABC last year and Katie Couric finally left her seat at CBS after enduring vicious criticism and low ratings. Long ignored in the narrative has been the total blackout in the evening news anchor chair unless it is a cherished holiday when most folks choose to be with their families and so black anchors occupy the seats by default.

Holt, who has been a stellar anchor/reporter for years at NBC should not be used as a mere clean up man to mop up Williams’ mess. For one thing, Williams should not be the one to take a leave of absence. Rather, NBC officials should have the gumption to fire him immediately or place him on indefinite leave for lying to the public and breaking the most sacred oath of journalism. When Jayson Blair was found to have fabricated sources and plagiarized articles at the New York Times he was fired. And rightly so.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams has lied repeatedly about enduring gunfire while traveling in an aircraft with other military personnel in Iraq. When those soldiers debunked his oft-repeated lies, he issued a feeble non-apology claiming that he “misremembered.”

I remember walking into  one my advanced Spanish/journalism classed at Lehman College years ago to see Patricio Lerzundi, a native of Chile, who had worked at the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Presa (required reading for the class). Gazing around the classroom Lerzundi asked: “What’s the first rule of journalism/” We looked at him in bewilderment. He then turned to the chalkboard and wrote: “If your mother says I love you, check it out.” He then explained the importance of verifying information that will have our bylines. That stuck with me.

For Williams, who earns a cool $10 million per year, he never learned that basic lesson and, to add insult to injury, fabricated his own facts and then used his prominence to retell his lies over and over, secure in the knowledge that his network will protect him. NBC needs to cut him loose and try to regain some semblance of credibility, especially after its disgraceful handling of the Ann Curry situation.

Whether NBC makes the right decision is less important to me personally than it is journalistically because I do not watch NBC though I watch its cable counterpart, MSNBC, at times because it has greater diversity among the anchors. Journalistically, I am disgusted with them trotting out Holt to parade as the temporary face of the network when his work has proven that he is more than capable of being the true face of the network and the rightful heir to NBC Nightly News–OnPointPress.net.

Happy Birthday Bob Marley: Reggae has lost its soul, style, flavor

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley in happy times.

By Carmen Glover

On February 6, 1945, Robert Nesta ‘Bob” Marley was born in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. He would be 70 today. Marley died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981 from skin cancer. Marley’s name is synonymous with quality reggae music that infuses the soul with pulsating, conscious, profound meaning, nuance and power.

Marley’s music and lyrics have the ability to soothe “No Woman No Cry;” unite “One Love,” and “Three Little Birds;” rebuke and reject friction “War;” chart history “Chant Down Babylon, and “Exodus;” respond to conflict “Crazy Baldheads,” and “Bad Card;” seduce “Bend Down Low,” and “Mellow Mood;” and unwind as in “Kaya.”

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

Bob Marley in his trademark cap.

As the reggae landscape continues to evolve, sometimes the genre is unrecognizable from the era when Marley, Jacob “Killer” Miller, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer,The Burning Spear, Third World, Culture, Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse, Chalice, Junior Reid, Dennis Brown, The I-Threes and other icons toiled meticulously to produce a musical prototype that inspired pride and caused fans to leap to their feet and dance with abandon.

What passes for reggae in this current musical climate is disturbing in some quarters, disappointing in others and embarrassing in far too many instances. While there are some singers, including Marley’s children, who seem committed to carrying on the legacy of inspired reggae music that the iconic musician perfected, it would not hurt if, today, on his birthday, music lovers take some time to savor the exquisite sounds of authentic, inspiring and enjoyable reggae music by listening to Marley’s music.

It’s a great way to say Happy Birthday Bob, reggae music misses you!–OnPointPress.net.

 

Reggae singer Jah Cure has signed with VP Records

Jamaican reggae singer Jah Cure.

Jamaican reggae singer Jah Cure.

By Tiffany Mea

Jamaican singer Jah Cure, one of reggae’s greatest voices, inked a new deal with VP Records to release multiple albums, including The Cure, slated for Spring 2015. Expressing enthusiasm about signing to the label he said:

“It is time for me to sign with an official company. VP is the largest distributer of reggae music and that is a fact, so I am happy to say I am in the best place right now for me. I look forward to build together and feel and sense good things to come.”

The artist has a history with VP Records. He released two albums – Freedom Blues (2005) and True Reflections…A New Beginning (2007) – with the label, but was not officially signed as an artist. VP Records is thrilled to finally have the reggae star on their roster. The company’s A&R, Neil Edwards, said that he has “worked with Cure for over 13 years now, so this has been in the making for some time.” He added: “Cure’s sound is so unique. It resonates with roots reggae listeners and R&B lovers alike.”

The highly anticipated LP The Cure will be a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with pop fused elements. Consisting of production from the island’s legendary Clive Hunt and Llmar “Riff Raff” Brown (amongst many others), the collection will feature Cure’s brand new singles as well as current hits like “Rasta,” his John Legend cover “All of Me,” That Girl” and “Life We Live.”–OnPointPress.net.