Civil rights activist and seemingly spokesman of the black race, or as he claims to be, is finally getting his own primetime gig to blow some steam. And not everyone is too excited about it.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, will be hosting a new nightly series, “PoliticsNation,” that will debut Monday on MSNBC, the L.A. Times reports. Network executives believe that Sharpton, a freqent guest on the show, will lead a “lively and informed discussion of the top headlines [and] bring viewers his take on events in his signature style.” Sharpton has been guest hosting “MSNBC Live at 6 p.m.” and “The Ed Show”.
Sharpton’s hire comes after several complaints from African-American news associations, like the National Association of Black Journalists, about the lack of blacks on prime-time television and newsrooms.
Al Sharpton recently released a statement midst speculation of his pick to host the show:
“I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ‘lean forward.’ It is a natural extension of my life and work. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either lean to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.”
MSNBC President Phil Griffin released the following statement: “I’ve known Rev. Al Sharpton for over a decade and have tremendous respect for him. He has always been one of our most thoughtful and entertaining guests. I’m thrilled that he’s now reached the point that he’s able to devote himself to hosting a nightly show.”