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Eight days after news of the affair between GMA3 hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes broke, Robach gave (UK's) DailyMail.com an update on their relationship: 'It's kind of over now.' The duo have been 'indefinitely' suspended from the show. Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos have anchored the show since Monday...


Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies at age 92. During an era of racial strife, white musicians and producers worked alongside Black singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to create the “Memphis sound” embodied by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Bar-Kays and many others...


They're on STRIKE for at least one day! The New York Times Guild, the union that represents more than 1,000 members at The New York Times is asking readers to not engage in any of the paper's online platforms and stand with them on the digital picket line on Thursday, December 8, 2022. The union and newspaper management were not able to reach agreement on a new contract after 20 months of negotiations...


Bomani Jones who appeared on the 'CNN This Morning' show this week now says, "Nothing I’ve said has spread like my Deion Sanders comments on CNN." He adds, “The only thing in my career that I can think of that has gone as viral as this Deion thing has, is the Donald Sterling thing in 2014.” "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders has announced he is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. He will coach JSU in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.>Read more...


Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy announce The Breakfast Club will add rotating guest hosts until a permanent one is named to replace Angela Yee. >Read more...


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November 27, 2020

From the Desk of SVP of Programming Anya Grundmann: Yolanda Sangweni is Now Senior Director for Programming At NPR

In a note to programming staff, SVP of Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann announced the following staffing update:

Dear Colleagues,

I am so pleased to announce that we have a wonderful new Senior Director for Programming, Yolanda Sangweni. Yolanda will be a key member of the programming leadership team, helping drive our strategy to reach new audiences, including developing new programs and initiatives. She will also be the executive sponsor for several of our existing shows, including Throughline and CodeSwitch, and act as programming's senior liaison with the Marketing division.

Yolanda comes to us from Luminary where she was responsible for enhancing podcast discovery to users through a variety of methods as the Director of Programming and Editorial. She was also the programming lead for "Hear to Slay" with Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom and a forthcoming limited series with "Guys We F****d" co-hosts Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson. Yolanda also spent nine years working for Essence where she began as an entertainment editor and eventually became Digital Content Director leading the company's digital editorial and social strategy. She prides herself on being part of the core team that brought live events like the Essence Festival and Black Women in Hollywood to life. Yolanda co-created and co-hosted "Yes, Girl," Essence's 2x Webby-nominated podcast. She is also the founder of African Women Create, a collective and forthcoming newsletter highlighting African women in the creative arts.

"I am thrilled to join NPR, an organization I have always looked to as the gold standard of masterful storytelling. To be part of a diverse team that gets to cultivate a deeper understanding of ideas and culture in these times, as an immigrant born in South Africa, I know this to be both a privilege and an honor. I am excited to contribute my voice and experience to creating impactful programming."

Yolanda will be reporting directly to me and will start her new role this coming Monday, November 23rd for a short, but full first week. Please give her a virtual warm welcome when you can!

Anya



Here's a recent tweet by Yolanda Sangweni. We couldn't agree with her more:



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