It’s Not Easy
Don Imus, 1974 album
Rutgers women’s basketball
coach C. Vivian Stringer:
“It’s about us as people– black, white, purple or green. And as much as I speak about that, it’s not even black and white– the color is green.”
Imus flap about
black, white, and green
David Lieberman, Laura Petrecca and Gary Strauss in USA Today:
“So amid all the uproar over Imus’ remarks and the national discussion over race relations that they ignited, why wasn’t he fired?
Stringer and others think that has less to do with relations between blacks and whites than it does with another color.
‘The color is green– if we can tolerate as a society what’s just taken place,’ she said. ‘I don’t know how anyone could have heard this and not been offended.’
As one of the country’s most popular radio talk show hosts, Imus is the centerpiece of a multimillion-dollar business that would collapse without him.
To get a sense of its size: Advertisers spent $11.3 million last year on his show at just one station, New York’s WFAN, according to Nielsen. That accounted for nearly 24% of all the station’s ad sales.
Sponsors paid MSNBC an additional $8.4 million last year for spots on Imus’ show, according to TNS Media Intelligence.”
Mike Lupica in the
New York Daily News,
April 11, 2007:
“Essence Carson talked about what Imus had said about her and her teammates, and about everything that has happened since.
‘It has stolen a moment of pure grace from us,’ she said.
The moment of pure grace was Essence Carson….”
“Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) was founded in 1968. In October 2000, ECI signed an agreement with Time Inc., a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., to form a joint venture known as Essence Communications Partners. ESSENCE was the majority owner of the venture. In March 2005, Time Inc. acquired the portion it did not already own. The company’s name changed back to Essence Communications Inc. The ECI corporate headquarters are in New York City, with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit.
During the past 36 years, the company has grown into a vital business of diverse media properties and communications systems that include ESSENCE, its flagship magazine launched in 1970. Its success is linked to its unique relationship with the readers of ESSENCE magazine and the strong alliances it has forged with America’s leading corporations and financial institutions.”