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Soledad O’Brien to do work for Al Jazeera America

This March 26, 2013 file photo shows journalist Soledad O’Brien at a birthday party for Chaka Kahn in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, file) NEW YORK (AP) — Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will be contributing reports to the new Al Jazeera America network when it debuts in August.

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Opinion

Bill Maher defends Paula Deen and says she’s no worse than a rapper

BILL MAHER (AP Photo) by Dr. Boyce Watkins (YourBlackWorld.com)–Comedian Bill Maher is the liberal that people love and hate at the same time. He has an opinion on nearly everything and has enough money that he doesn’t have to care what you think. Recently, Maher spoke about the racial controversy involving cooking queen Paula Deen. Unless you’ve been on vacation to Mars, you probably heard that Deen lost her show on the Food Network after admitting to the use of racial slurs in the past. Deen is a White woman born in Georgia in the 1940s, so we have to admit that her admitting that she’s used the n-word falls under the “no duh” category. Nearly everyone in Georgia, at that time, referred to Black people as n*ggers, we just have to accept that. But Maher went a step further, not only stating that Deen should possibly be given a pass for being a woman from the south born before the civil rights movement, but even asked if rap records should be banned because hip-hop artists also use the n-word.

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Opinion

‘Sopranos’ was a violent fantasy for middle-aged guys

by John Avlon(CNN) — Why do we love gangsters — at least the ones on TV and in the movies? The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini at age 51 has brought a round of instant nostalgia for the HBO show he led at the turn of the millennium, “The Sopranos.” It helped define the time for people living it, stretching between the excesses of the Clinton years and the grim patriotic grit of the post-9/11 period. There was very little admirable about the character of Tony Soprano — most of us don’t murder on our lunch break — and yet he became a kind of elevated everyman. From the commute home to New Jersey shown in the opening credits — over the techno-blues of Alabama 3′s “Woke Up This Morning (And Got Myself a Gun)” — to Tony’s constant struggles to keep in control at work, this was a violent fantasy for middle-aged managers who want respect.