Former CNN, BET, anchor T.J. Holmes finds sweet spot at ABC News

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Award-winning news anchor T.J. Holmes is now co-anchor of America This Morning and World News Now on ABC News.

By Carmen Glover

Former CNN and BET Anchor T.J. Holmes was named co-anchor of America This Morning and World News Now on ABC, the station announced last week.

Holmes, who has appeared on MSNBC and TV One to fill-in for various anchors since his show, “Don’t Sleep” was cancelled on BET, has appeared on Good Morning America consistently in recent months.

“I’m thrilled to announce that T.J. Holmes is officially joining America This Morning and World News Now as co-anchor. In addition to his anchor duties he will also report across all broadcast and digital platforms,” World News wrote on its site. “T.J. has impressed us all for the past few months with his vibrant storytelling, engaging style and quick wit. An award-winning journalist , he has reported from around the world on some of the most important stories of our day.”

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T.J Holmes and his wife, attorney Marilee Fiebig, enjoy a special moment.

According to the post, “When not in front of the camera, you can find T.J treating his wife and daughter to some of his mom’s famous southern cooking.”

Holmes was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2012 for “Don’t Sleep” and his work at CNN earned the network two Peabody Awards. Holmes, who was born in Arkansas, married his wife, attorney Marilee Fiebig, who was born in Zaire, in 2010.

Holmes participated as a panelist at the Circle of Sisters forum at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City in October 2013, where he was a hit with the audience. He has participated in conventions for the largest association for Black Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), of which he is a member. Congratulations

CNN pulls support to National Association of Black Journalists, fires many black staffers

President of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler has been an ardent advocate for the right of black journalist to work in every aspect of journalism so that the perspectives of blacks are heard often and in a balanced manner.

President of the National Association of Black Journalists Bob Butler has been an ardent advocate for the rights of black journalists to work in every aspect of journalism so that the perspectives of blacks are heard often and in a balanced manner.

MINNEAPOLIS (October 17, 2014) – Today at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Board of Director’s Meeting, President Bob Butler announced that long-time supporter CNN has withdrawn support of NABJ for the 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

NABJ issued a statement last week, “NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African-Americans,” in which NABJ expressed concern over the large number of African-American staff members leaving and being fired from the cable news network. Several African-Americans anchors have left the anchor desk or CNN altogether in the past few years.

Following the release CNN contacted NABJ President Bob Butler and informed him the association’s request for support was denied.

Since that time CNN announced a major layoff in which at least five senior managers were laid off. In the past year nearly a dozen African-American managers have resigned, been laid off or were terminated.”

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “There were not that many African-American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

NABJ was established as an advocacy group in 1975 in Washington, D.C., and is now the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation. It provides career development, educational support and other services to its members worldwide. For more information, visit

Finding Samuel Lowe depicts tale of love, family, determination, grit


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Trailer from the documentary that tells the tale of the cross-continental search to find relatives.

By Carmen Glover

Retired NBC executive Paula Madison can truly say that she has reached the self actualization phase on Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. Drawing from her love for family and the desire to trace her roots and forge a connection with all members of her extended family, Madison and her siblings, Elrick and Howard, embarked on a cross-continental quest to find their maternal grandfather, Samuel Lowe. The journey takes Madison and her siblings to the picturesque island of Jamaica, the homeland of their parents, to China, the homeland of their maternal grandfather. The result is the film Finding Samuel Lowe.

At a screening held at the Museum of the Moving Images in Queens, New York last Friday in conjunction with the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), Madison talked about growing up in Harlem with her mother, after her father was deported back to Jamaica, and observing an air of sadness hovering around her mother, whose face was unquestionably Asian.

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Retired NBC executive Paula Madison is greeted by a relative on one of her trips.

“Finding my family has been like filling a hole that existed in my soul. That longing that I had to find my family has been filled. Since I have found my family in China I have been back to China every six months,” Madison stated during a question-and-answer session that followed the screening. “It feels like I’ve been guided my grandfather since I was a child,” she said as she examined various truths that she unearthed during the investigation for the film and the redemption came when the family all met. “When we gathered in China there were over 320 of us and all of us were Lowes.”

The film explores the origins of the Haka clan, a Chinese tribe to which Madison’s ancestry was traced, the history of Chinese indentured servants in the Jamaica, how those servants eventually became entrepreneurs, and the link between the Chinese men who came to work in the cane fields in and the black women in Jamaica bonding and forming families.

Members of the Lowe family joyously come together in the spirit of love.

Members of the Lowe family joyously come together in the spirit of love.

The values emphasized in the film, such as respect for education, family and prosperity are stark. Told with no holds barred, Finding Samuel Lowe is an emotional, loving, tribute to a family’s determination to answer the most fundamental of questions: Who am I? It describes a journey that many viewers will be inspired to take so that they, too, can answer that question without reservations.

The screening was attended by a large contingent of NYABJ and NABJ members, current and former NBC employees, and media stars such as former Essence magazine editor Susan Taylor, publicist/author Terrie Williams and Karl and Faye Rodney, publishers of the Carib News. The film, which was directed by Jeannette Kong, will be screened in Jamaica, West Indies on July 30. Visit the website for more information.

Madison has been involved actively in the  national and local chapters of the association of black journalists for years. She is now expanding into the Chinese portion of her culture and will release a book detailing her nuanced journey, under the Harper Collins imprint, in February 2015.–