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CNN accused by National Association of Black Journalists of lacking diversity; Zucker refuses to meet with group

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CNN accused by National Association of Black Journalists of lacking diversity; Zucker refuses to meet with group

The National Association of Black Journalists has elevated CNN to a “special media monitoring list” over concerns about a lack of diversity and the network’s president’s refusal to even discuss the lack of black executives at the liberal news organization.

The NABJ specifically expressed concerns “about the lack of black representation within the ranks of CNN’s executive news managers and direct reports to CNN President Jeff Zucker,” The group noted that “Zucker has no black direct reports” and that the network doesn’t have a single black executive producer, or vice president on its news side.

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“This concern, coupled with Zucker’s refusal to meet with a four-person NABJ delegation, has prompted NABJ to place CNN on a special media monitoring list,” NABJ director of communications Kanya Stewart posted on the group’s website.

NABJ said that CNN pushed back on the claim that there weren’t any black vice presidents, but when asked to provide names to the organization never followed through. CNN’s website displays headshots of the network’s “leadership,” and the images back up the NABJ’s claim.

“A special team will perform further research and an analysis of CNN’s diversity, inclusion and equity practices, per the NABJ Board’s directive. The special team will also publicly report on identified deficiencies in hiring a diverse workforce in news decision-making capacities at CNN. NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees,” Stewart added.

“NABJ is also calling for a civil rights audit that examines the company’s hiring, promotion and compensation practices involving black employees.”

— NABJ spokesperson Kanya Stewart

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The NABJ has a four-person delegations that has met with other news organizations, including Fox News, CBS, NBC and ABC. NABJ vice president-digital Roland Martin is among the representatives that CNN honchos refuse to meet with and the network is pointing to a 2016 town hall event between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as the impetus to deny the meeting.

The National Association of Black Journalists says that CNN lacks diversity among executive ranks.

The National Association of Black Journalists says that CNN lacks diversity among executive ranks.

Then-CNN contributor Donna Brazile famously leaked a potential question to Clinton ahead of the CNN event, which Martin’s cable network TV One was a partner.

“For months, we have been working with NABJ to schedule a meeting because the relationship between CNN and NABJ is very important to us. Unfortunately, the significant and reckless damage that Roland Martin did to CNN while partnering with us during a 2016 Democratic Town Hall has made any meeting that includes him untenable. Mr. Martin displayed an unprecedented and egregious lack of journalistic ethics and integrity by leaking questions prior to the town hall,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement published in the network’s media newsletter.

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CNN did not immediately respond when asked by Fox News for additional comment.

The NABJ wrote that “Zucker’s refusal to meet with the full delegation is based on a personal issue between” with Martin and the meeting request, but the group said it simply wants to solely focus on CNN’s diversity efforts, results and strategic priorities.

This is far from the first time that CNN and Zucker raised eyebrows because of the network’s last of diversity. Back in 2017, a federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against then-parent Time Warner claiming widespread racial discrimination at CNN.

Last year, a study by TheWrap indicated that CNN has “significantly fewer women serving in visible on-air roles than either Fox News or MSNBC.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Bhad Bhabie shows off $42G diamond-encrusted Rolex on 16th birthday

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Bhad Bhabie just got some serious bling for her 16th birthday.

Danielle Bregoli, of “Cash me outside” fame, celebrated her milestone birthday a little early in New York City on Tuesday with a very pricey gift from her managers Adam Kluger and Dan Roof: a $42,000 diamond-encrusted Rolex watch.

“THANK YOU to my managers since day one,” the fledgling rapper wrote on Instagram, posting a close-up video of her luxe new accessory.

According to TMZ, her custom mother-of-pearl Rolex features a baby pink face, 15.38 carats of VS diamonds over the entire band and 1.5 carats of VS diamonds in the Roman numerals that encircle the face dial. All in all, the Rolex has a reported value of $42,000 and was commissioned from Joel the Jeweler in LA.

The new Rolex should pair nicely with the $45,000 gold grill covered in flawless diamonds and the 14k yellow gold choker-length chain Bregoli scooped up this summer from Houston-based celebrity jeweler Johnny Dang.

The article originally appeared in the New York Post

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Jessica Simpson’s baby bags are packed

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Jessica Simpson is primed and ready to give birth!

A source speaking with ET has noted that Simpson’s “hospital bags are packed” amid the singer’s tumultuous pregnancy.

The famous singer is currently expecting her third child, Birdie, with former football player Eric Johnson.

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Simpson recently uploaded an Instagram pic of her baby bump, letting her followers know that she is ready to pop. The picture, which features the pregnant Simpson with an artsy background, was simply captioned “Jess-tation.”

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According to ET, a source for Johnson told the site that “Jessica is definitely uncomfortable.” The source continued, stating, “This has been a tough pregnancy but she knows it will all be worth it when she’s holding that little baby. Her hospital bags are packed. Everyone is trying to be patient, but the family is so excited and counting the minutes until the baby is here.”

Throughout this pregnancy, Simpson has experienced a multitude of health issues, including swollen feet and bronchitis. Simpson has been hospitalized for bronchitis four times throughout her pregnancy — noting how “crazy painful” it was to cough so much during pregnancy.

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Simpson also recently made headlines for breaking a toilet seat during her pregnancy. She made light of the situation by posting an Instagram photo captioned, “Warning..Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant.”

The couple currently are parents to Maxwell, 6, and Ace, 5.

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Cory Booker calls girlfriend Rosario Dawson a ‘wonderful,’ ‘incredible human being’

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Cory Booker calls girlfriend Rosario Dawson a 'wonderful,' 'incredible human being'

Cory Booker couldn’t contain his love for girlfriend Rosario Dawson.

The New Jersey senator, 49, stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to chat about his 2020 presidential run and the conversation shifted to the new woman in his life and their budding relationship.

“She was visiting me in D.C., and then she left to the airport, and she got ambushed at the airport,” he said of Dawson who confirmed their relationship status to TMZ when cameras caught up to her.

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“She was wonderful and she’s just an incredible human being,” he added of the actress.

Booker is also aware that balancing in a relationship while campaigning will be a challenging task. “As our relationship grows it’s difficult, but she is such a deeply soulful person,” he revealed. “[She] has taught me a lot of lessons about love already. That sometimes, you show the greatest strength when you make yourself vulnerable.”

“She really has this nurturing spirit that’s made me more courageous, not just in the love that I project and want to see in our country, but I think even in our own personal relationships to love more fearlessly,” he continued. “So, I’m very, very blessed to be with somebody that makes me a better person.”

DeGeneres even joked about officiating their potential White House wedding and said it would be like America’s version of a royal wedding.

Dawson said of Booker last week, “I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much” and she’s really enjoying the time they get to spend with each other.

The couple first made headlines in January when they were reportedly spotted seeing a Broadway show together.

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