Robin Roberts’ Announcement Gets Wide Coverage

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Jean Marie Brown
June 11, 2012

Robin Roberts, Usher, Pedro Hernandez and D’Angelo take center stage in the mainstream. Reports on rising health care costs, Florida’s voter purge, allegations of sexual abuse at Horace Mann prep school and a Tony Award-winning play on race are also featured. Robin Roberts has a rare blood disorder and needs a bone-marrow transplant. The Daily Beast features the news and a report on how her previous cancer treatments likely caused her condition.

The video of her announcement to viewers is also on Slate’s home page video player . . . The Huffington Post reviews Usher’s new album . . . The Grio and The Root also take note of today’s release  . . . The Justice Department has announced that it plans to sue Florida over its refusal to stop purging suspected non-citizens from the voter rolls . . . Health care costs are prompting Americans to skip doctor visits . . . The Bronx D.A. is investigating claims of sexual abuse at New York’s Horace Mann prep school  . . . The mental health of Pedro Hernandez, the suspect in the Etan Patz case, is being considered.

. . . The Tony award winning play “Clybourne Park” examines the state of race relations . . . D’Angelo performed with Questlove at the Bonnaroo festival . . . What do you do when race and gender intersect? A leader of a Black Hebrews sect in North Carolina has admitted killing a 27-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy; his motive for slaying the child was that he believed the boy was gay. Prosecutors said the woman wanted to leave the group. The Huffington Post and The Grio both have coverage, but HuffPost ties the story to its Gay Voices page. 

Another point of view . . .

The conversation on the ethnic sites is a bit broader, with topics including same-sex and interracial marriage, the origins of the “n-word,” bias in scientific research, hearings on “stand your ground” laws and black hair. The Grio explains the history of the euphemism, “the n-word.” It came into prominence during the O.J. Simpson murder trial . . . In honor of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage, The Grio has a roundup of interracial celebrity couples. The Root takes note of the anniversary by asking whether there are similarities between the struggle for same-sex marriage and interracial marriage

. . . There’s more on Audra McDonald’s win at the Tony Awards . . . Was bias built into the methodology of the study that suggests that exercise isn’t as beneficial to black girls? . . .The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights plans a review of “stand your ground” laws  . . . MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry discusses black hair  . . . Patrik-Ian Polk looks at the lives of five friends, four of them gay and one lesbian . . . Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is favorite for VP among some Republicans.


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