There! That feels good!
When I read this, Tavis Smiley Ends State of Black American Union Show, Continues Media Lockdown of Obama's Black Critics at Black Agenda Report, all I could say was "Dammit Tavis!!" Bruce Dixon paraphrases the gist of the "announcement" thusly:
Tavis's cancellation announcement, a brief video on his tavistalks.com web site is long on folksy introductions, self-congratulation, thank-yous, and goodbyes. The reasons he offers for ending the annual event are brief and unconvincing. Ten years ago, he offers, “...there was only one syndicated black radio show... there was only one black TV network... we didn't have an African American president... (and) we no longer have to wait for one day a year in February to discuss issues that matter to us...” on TV. (emphasis mine)
I'm too mad right now to expound - maybe later...
h/t to willyjsimmons over at Cinie's Place for this reminder: