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Race + TV: Taraji P. Henson Isn’t A Person Of Interest On Her Own Show

By TV Roundtable Member Kendra James

Did anyone else know that Emmy and Oscar nominee Taraji P Henson is the third lead this season on Abrams’ and CBS’ new thriller Person of Interest?

No? Don’t be ashamed, because you certainly wouldn’t know given the advertising. The New York billboards feature the white male leads, Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, and that same poster is the one you’ll see featured in magazines and papers all over, including this morning’s free Metro in NYC. As far as I was concerned these two men were the show’s only leads. I had no idea that an Oscar and Emmy nominated actress was the female star.

When TV Guide gave more of the same on the cover of their latest issue, Taraji took to her Facebook fanpage to speak to her fans:

WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast members……..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the shit I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!

The post was removed later and replaced with:

I swear you guys keep my spirit lifted cause it ain’t easy AT ALL for a sister in Hollywood. Your love is God sent!!!! Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart. Wanted to tell you all this on live TV at the Emmys (if I’d won) but……oh well. Muah!!!!!

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Saving One, Ignoring Thousands?: The Aftermath of the Ted Williams Story

By Arturo R. García

Seriously, it’s great to see Ted Williams reclaim a career and a life that were derailed to the point of homelessness. But this segment from The Early Show shows an unfortunate underside to some of the support he’s gotten around the Cleveland area.

“I just wanna hear you talk!” co-host Chris Wragge gushes. “Just read something!” His colleague, Erica Hill, urges Williams to do a jingle for their show. After hearing Williams’ emotional description of his upcoming reunion with his mother, and his daily “hour with God” while panhandling, Wragge’s unnerving response is to thank Williams for putting them in good spirits, and ask him to do a mock-batting announcement. With that kind of “banter,” no wonder the show’s losing in the ratings.

The air of exploitation, in fact, can be traced back to the video clip that got Williams all the attention to begin with.

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