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Rashida Jones was named the next president of MSNBC news network. She becomes the first Black woman to run a major cable news network
Jones, who is currently senior vice president of MSNBC News, replaces longtime MSNBC president Phil Griffin, 64.
Jones, 39, will assume her new position in February 2021, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The other famous Rashida Jones, daughter of legendary music composer Quincy Jones, congratulated her namesake in a social media post.
"Congrats to Rashida Jones!! The FIRST BLACK PERSON EVER to run a major cable news network!! I'm so proud to share a name with you and also take this #myelf challenge to the next level. Rashida Jones on Rashida Jones INFINITY. ZOOM IN."
Rashida Jones (Quincy's daughter) hosts a podcast with Bill Gates, who hopes to inoculate 300 million Americans with the Coronavirus mRNA vaccine.
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Byron Allen is furious over a U.S. Supreme Court decision in his discrimination lawsuit against cable TV giant Comcast.
The billionaire TV mogul criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that dismissed a lower court's ruling that had allowed him to move forward with his case.
Allen accused Comcast of discriminating against him because he is Black, saying Comcast discriminates against minority-owned programming.
Allen argued that Comcast refused to license his TV channels Cats.tv and Pets.tv because he is Black.
But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Allen failed to prove Comcast would have licensed his channels if he was not Black.
"This is a vey bad day for our country," Allen told Yahoo Finance in a statement on Monday.
"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has rendered a ruling that is harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans."
Allen added: "We will continue our fight by going to Congress and the presidential candidates to revise the statute to overcome this decision by the United States Supreme Court, which significantly diminishes our civil rights."
In a separate statement, Comcast said it was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.
"We are proud of our record on diversity and will not rest on this record. We will continue to look for ways to add even more innovative and diverse programming that appeals to our diverse viewership and continue our diversity and inclusion efforts across the company."