Must See TV: Chicago violence and Hadiya Pendleton tonight on CBS

The mainstream media has largely ignored the violence in the city of Chicago while giving almost unprecedented coverage of violence in White communities like Sandy Hook, Connecticut and in Boston.

So, it is certainly about time that a major mainstream media outlet devotes time to the continuing violence in Chicago. Tonight on CBS the news magazine 48 Hours devotes an hour to the violence in that city. It will also cover the tragic shooting of Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton. (photo above)

The only sore spot in the coverage is that it seems that CBS thinks in order to make the killings in Chicago’s mostly African American neighborhoods more interesting to the general population that they must also include a segment on drug use in the suburbs of Chicago. Oh well, I suppose it’s a start.

CBS’ 48 Hours airs tonight at 10pm eastern/ pacific. See a preview of the episode here.


If you watch the episode please let me know what you thought of it.


10 Things about the Grammys

10.  First, I live on the West Coast where the Grammys are broadcast from and yet I have to see them on tape-delay. Makes no sense.

09. Second, Jennifer Lopez has turned into Cher. Like Cher she has taken to dating men who aren’t in her league, so to speak. And, also like Cher, she now makes over the top dance songs with no substance. Yep, Jenny from the block has definitely turned into Cher.

08. AK played the drums! And as ever, she looked marvelous!

07. Mumford and Sons annoy me.

06. Drake looked constipated.

05. Rihanna has a really interesting stage presence. I really enjoyed her performances, especialy the Bob Marley tribute with Sting, Bruno Mars and Ziggy and Damien Marley. This was the best performance of the night.

04. Rap verses can really ruin a good R&B song. Wiz Khalifa  ruined Adorn by Miguel and Jay Z ruined Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake.

04. I can’t believe Fun beat The Alabama Shakes and Frank Ocean for Best New Artist. But, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes can sing! She was great in that tribute along with Mavis Staples and Elton John.

03. It was nice seeing His Purpleness.

02. I could smell John Mayer through the TV screen. 😦

01. Chuck D!

What did you think of the 2013 Grammys?
Did you even watch the Grammys?

AK performs on The View!

Very few artists, if any, promote their music they way that Alicia Keys does. She’s relentless when it comes to getting out and promoting a new album. She’s already made several TV appearances here in the U.S. and in Europe promoting her brand new number 1 album, “Girl on Fire‘.

That photo above of Alicia, looking like Lena Horne, was taken just before her performance on The Late Show With David Letterman last night. And earlier in the day yesterday she performed her brand new single, “Brand New Me” on ABC’s The View. Check out her performance below. See, I told you she’s a hard worker!