Join Sophia A. Nelson, Roland S. Martin, Joe Madison, Romney Spokeswoman Tara Wall, Former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at 8 p.m. to midnight: On TV One, for its coverage the Republican National Convention for the first time. NBC News’s Craig Melvin will anchor from DC, and Roland Martin will also contribute coverage live from Tampa.
On the night of his acceptance speech for the GOP Vice Presidential Nomination, Sophia Pens a Stirring Piece about the Paul Ryan She has known for 16 years in an EXCLUSIVE for Huffington Post Black Voices:
NBC News and TV One are partnering to provide joint coverage on the final nights of the Republican and Democratic conventions, as well as on election night, the two networks announced on Wednesday. ”As part of the partnership, TV One will air a four-hour broadcast on the final evening of the Republican (8:00pm-12:00am / ET, Thursday, August 30th) and Democratic (8:00pm-12:00am / ET, Thursday, September 6th) conventions featuring TV One correspondents and veteran political reporters from NBC News and theGrio (www.TheGrio.com), NBC News’ video-centric news site devoted to stories and perspectives that appeal to the African-American community,” the announcement said.
“NBC News’ Craig Melvin will anchor all three evenings of coverage from NBC’s Washington, DC studios and TV One’s Washington Watch host Roland Martin will round out coverage with additional segments and analysis.”
“. . . Kim Bondy is executive producer and Kerri Forrest is senior producer for TV One’s election and convention coverage.” Bondy is a former CNN vice president for morning programming and was senior executive producer of CNN’s “American Morning” with Soledad O’Brien and Bill Hemmer.
Melvin joined MSNBC a year ago from NBC-owned WRC in Washington. He has anchored the weekend edition of the “Today” show and reported from Newark during February’s coverage of the funeral ofWhitney Houston. His name was in the gossip columns in October after he married Lindsay Czarniakof ESPN, a co-worker when both were at WRC.
TV One and NBC are both at least partly owned by Comcast Corp., which acquired NBCUniversal last year. Comcast is a minority owner of TV One, a creation of Radio One.
The election collaboration is latest in partnership among news organizations sharing a parent organization.
This weekend Sophia was a Special Guest on the “Up With Chris” Show on MSNBC
You can watch all 3 parts here by clicking on the links below:
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/48793705 (The Modern Day GOP)
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/48793752 (Who Controls the Republican Party)
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/up-with-chris-hayes/48793752 (The Future of the GOP)
Here is the link to the segment. The Power panel starts about 8:20 second into the clip:
From the C-Span Website: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-for-Monday-August-20/10737433257/
9:15am Sophia Nelson, NBC’s The Grio, Feature Columnist, and USA Today and Essence Magazine Contributor
Topic: Washington Journal’s Online Media series will feature a variety of reporters and writers from different online publications, both conservative and liberal in leaning. Guests will discuss the organization they represent, how stories are selected, how they view their role in online news, and news of the day. Sophia Nelson will discuss her work at the Grio, a site that is part of NBC News that focuses on stories and perspectives that the affect African-American community.
August 18, 2012 Saturday Love Twitter Chat: Having Courageous Conversations that Carry Us Through
Today we discussed an important topic for living well as human beings: We discussed the importance of talking things out, even when it is hard or challenging to do so. We borrowed some wisdom from Iyanla Vanzant via (Oprah.com) on HOW to have those hard conversations, and WHY it matters so much to our well being & growth to do so successfully. My dear friend, best-selling author and speaker Michelle McKinney Hammond says this: “When two people fail to sustain a relationship,both had something to do with its demise. It’s time we stop naming and blaming.” I agree it’s time start loving and forgiving. Listening and transforming for the better.
My standard moderator disclaimer: If I am talking about it, tweeting about it, or posting about it, I am living through it, and have walked through it, and I want to help others avoid my mistakes or learn from my successes. I have really failed over the past six months in this area, so I am looking for ways to practice what I preach and transform in this area where I usually excel.
Fact: Conversations are not always easy to have. But if we find the courage to have the hard ones we grow, our relationships grow, and our ties with one another deepen. Some will argue that it is better to NOT talk, better to walk away. HOG Wash. Losing someone of value is never the right way. Walking away without explaining why you are doing so is cruel. You leave people scarred and wounded, wondering, “what did I do wrong?” In reality, having a hard conversation only becomes hard because we have avoided dealing with the issues between us and someone else early on when it was easy to discuss or dissect. Our relationships fail when we know we should speak up, but we fail to do so. We know we need to be heard or hear someone and yet FEAR stops us from saying what we need to say.
Here is a transcript of this Saturday’s Twitter chat: My Tweets below only–Retweets, interactions can be found by going to #SaturdayLove hashtag on tweetchat.com
I watch trends on social media & the BIGGEST Trend I see daily is people who R hurt, broken, angry by relationships gone bad #SaturdayLove
What is the #1 reason relationships, partnerships, friendships GO WRONG? Lack of honest, early, two-way, valued communication #SaturdayLove
Fear is that voice that says if I speak up I will be: rejected, ignored, an argument will ensue, they won’t care how I feel.#SaturdayLove
@IyanlaVanzant: Hard conversations occur in important relationship where some info needs to be shared, clarity gained or feelings expressed.
So let’s get into WHY we need to have courageous conversations and then the HOW we have them. #SaturdayLove
Having the conversation is critical no matter what the outcome. Cowards say “I CAN’T” talk it out. You must try. It heals. #SaturdayLove
1. If a relationship or person is important to you, you will fight to keep it healthy. #SaturdayLove
2. It is the responsible thing to do to bring closure to a challenging conflict with someone who you love, or valued. #SaturdayLove
WHY we must have the courage to talk it out:
3. The Golden rule: Treat others how you want to be treated. You ever been dropped? Discarded without a word? How does it feel? It feels horrible #SaturdayLove
4. Talking it out allows you both to grow. It challenges you, but it strengthens your interpersonal skills. It transforms. #SaturdayLove
5. Talking it out-with courage, respect & love may not mean you can mend things but it allows you to move forward whole. #SaturdayLove
Now let’s get to the HOW we have these conversations:
Step #1: Acknowledge the fact that you need to have a hard conversation. #SaturdayLove
Step #2: Clarify your expectations. Be clear with yourself about what your experience should be. It is not about who is RIGHT.#SaturdayLove
Step #3: Invite the other person to have a conversation with you. Be open. Be easy. Be light. Invite them into a safe space.#SaturdayLove
Step #4: Set the ground rules—especially if you think there’s potential for upset. Ask to be heard and to hear them out.#SaturdayLove
Step #5: You have to be willing to listen. You cannot do all the talking. You must listen to the other’s persons view.#SaturdayLove
Step #6: Be willing to be wrong. I have said this before. Start saying-I think I’m right but I could be wrong. Listen & Grow.#SaturdayLove
Step #7: Agree on what happens after the talk. Don’t just leave a conversation without an action/expectation plan. #SaturdayLove
The takeaway about having hard conversations:
1. Timing is key. Wait till you are both open to talking. If one of you is not and it is urgent find a mediator or write a letter.
2. Have the courage 2 ask 2 talk. Extend and invitation make it safe to talk. #SaturdayLove
3. Don’t let fear of what they may say, think or do STOP you from engaging in a healing, affirmational, tough, needed talk.#SaturdayLove
Join Author & Motivational Speaker Sophia Nelson every Saturday for 1 hour of inspiration, interaction, conversation and transformation. You can join the conversation @sophiaredefined by hashtag #SaturdayLove. This week’s topics will be how to communicate our needs, emotions, and hurts effectively so that our relationships flourish and we grow throughout the process of our life’s journey connecting with others.
Grio Contributor Sophia Nelson on MSNBC’s Power Panel this Morning with Host Thomas Roberts. Click Link to see the Video: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/48690053#48690053
What kind of fruit is hanging from your tree? How do others see you? Does your public image or brand match up to who you truly are inside? The Biblical notion of spiritual “fruit” of the “spirit” is one that we are all familiar with. It lists out a number of character traits and virtues that people who claim to be believers should possess in abundance.
The Fruit of the spirit is as follows: Joy, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Love, Faithfulness, Self-Control, Goodness, Peace.
I mentioned that I like to follow trends and who tweets what, posts what on Facebook, etc. I can tell you that no matter how many times it is posted, or tweeted when people talk about “knowing people by their fruit” or “believing them when they show you who they are” it always gets the highest interactions and feedback. Sometimes it is scary how many people living in the same universe can be connected by the same set of emotions and feelings. All of us have been burned by people we believed to possess this fruit only to find out the real fruit was damaged, unripened, sour or flat-out rotten.
I did an exercise with my sorority sisters this past weekend where we all had a paper butterfly that we decorated put our names on it and then has to pass it around to 20 other women who would write one word on the back to describe how they saw us. Only positive–affirmative words were used. But it was interesting to see how your peers who work with you, socialize with you and serve on committees with you truly see you as a human being.
Today, ask yourselves some hard questions. What kind of fruit am I bearing on my tree. Is my fruit sweet, ripe, juicy and firm or is it sour, unripened, or worse rotten. At the end of the day NONE of us is perfect. All of us has some damaged fruit hanging on our tree. The issue is can we be mature enough to have that fruit pruned. If we can allow God the Creator to prune us, allow our friends and loved ones to prune us with affirmations, admonishment and wisdom we will grow. We will blossom. We will produce good, strong, delicious fruit. We will be the tree all want to taste from. We will attract people who want to pick our fruit, and in turn sow back into our tree so that we continue to grow and bless others.
Read Author Sophia Nelson’s opinion piece for USATODAY in response to the furor over Olympic champion Gabbie Douglas hair. Nelson weighs in on the subject and says, “It’s really not about our hair.”
“Nappy hair.” “Bad hair.” “Good hair.” “Weaved hair.” “Curly hair.” “Kinky hair.” “Permed hair.” “Short hair.” “Natural hair.” “Dreadlocked hair.” And on and on and on.
Nobody, and I mean nobody is more obsessed with our hair, how it looks, how it feels, how others feel about it, and how we feel about it than African-American women (also known as “Sistas”). I want to get right to what ails us, and it ain’t our hair.