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An article on The Daily Beast today profiles Rev. Al Sharpton, saying that his MSNBC show has "become a force to be reckoned with."
Here's an excerpt from the article - you can read the whole thing at The Daily Beast:
Today, Sharpton appears to have successfully silenced his critics in a 12-month span that’s seen his show, Politics Nation, wield tremendous influence on major news stories such as the death of Trayvon Martin and, more recently, the re-election of President Barack Obama.
“I knew the show would be successful,” Sharpton told The Daily Beast. “But I wasn’t sure how much reach it would have in terms of calling people to act. I couldn’t tell that early on.”
With a background steeped in the black church and a history filled with community activism, the man who started preaching at age four quickly proved he was uniquely qualified to offer political perspective in the age of the first African-American president.
The magazine also has a great mention of "UP w/ Chris Hayes," calling it "the weekend-morning big-think show you actually want to watch."
MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" celebrated the show's one-year anniversary (as well as its best ratings week ever last week!) last night at NYC's Hudson Terrace. Many guests turned out to toast Rev. Sharpton and the show's team, including MSNBC President Phil Griffin (pictured here with Rev. Sharpton), as well as many of MSNBC's hosts including Tamron Hall, Martin Bashir, Alex Wagner, Toure, Krystal Ball and Craig Melvin. Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and The Grio's Joy Reid were also in attendance.
Open up the April issue of Vanity Fair and you'll find not one, but two MSNBC hosts - Rev. Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow - featured in the pages of this month's magazine. First up: Rev. Al Sharpton, host of 'PoliticsNation' sporting a bright red Hermes tie (his favorite designer) on page 166. He sat down with Vanity Fair's George Wayne for a range of questions in which he divulged:
1) Although he became a licensed, ordained minister at the age of 10, he wanted to preach from the age of four years old. He tells George Wayne that "I didn't even consider it strange that grown people were listening to me preach [as a young kid] until I was 13 years old."
2) His famous, signature hairstyle is an homage to his mentor, the singer James Brown, who requested Rev. wear his hair the same way as he did, while en route to the White House for a meeting with President Reagan in 1982. Rev. tells Vanity Fair that James Brown said to him "When we walk into the White House, I want everyone to see you are like my son. And I want you to keep this hairstyle as long as I'm alive."
3) The native New Yorker lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side and has dinner with his two daughters at least twice a week.
Flip to the back page of the magazine and you'll find a Q & A with Rachel Maddow, who tells Vanity Fair her idea of perfect happiness is a "loud bar, good band, cold beer, ride home."