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Al Sharpton Defends Melissa Harris Perry From Cornel West’s ‘Arrogant’ And ‘Disingenuous’ Attacks

Source: Zerlina Maxwell / theGrio

In a recent interview with Diverse magazine, Professor Cornel West attacked his former Princeton colleague and newly minted MSNBC host Professor Melissa Harris-Perry.

West called Harris-Perry a “liar” and said that, “[s]he’s become the momentary darling of liberals, but I pray for her because she’s in over her head. She’s a fake and a fraud. I was so surprised how treacherous the sister was.”

West and Harris-Perry have disagreed publicly before in their varying assessments of President Barack Obama. West and talk show host Tavis Smiley have consistently been harsh on Obama and what they see as his lack of concern for the black community and the poor.

Harris-Perry’s view of the Obama administration has been more balanced often based on analysis of process and structural impediments to sweeping change that many feel President Obama promised. West sees Harris-Perry, and her MSNBC colleague Reverend Al Sharpton, as conciliators to the administration and questions why a civil rights activist like Sharpton wouldn’t be more harsh in his critique, questioning why he is so close to the administration.

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  • Verreauxii

    That was a rather harsh assessment by Dr. West. 

    • 123456789

      NO IT WASN’T.
       DO YOU KNOW HER?WE DO. AND SHE’S AS FAKE AS A $3.00 BILL.PROFESSOR WEST TOLD THE TRUTH

      • Verreauxii

        I’m sorry…and you “know her” how? West is being his usual pompous self. Delusions of grandeur. 

  • Hopefully they won’t fall for the divide and conquer tactic. Anyone can see what’s going here. Fix it folks!! Smh…

    • 123456789

      BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA ARE ALREADY DIVIDED AND CONQUERED.
      SO WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
      OBAMA IS NOT WITH YOU OR FOR YOU.
      THAT’S WHY HE TOLD YOUR BLACK GRANDMOTHER THAT MARCHED WITH MR. KING “TO STOP COMPLAINING, TAKE OFF YOUR HOUSE SHOES AND GET MARCHING”

      OBAMA WOULDN’T TELL THE GAY COMMUNITY “TO STOP COMPLAINING”, NOW WOULD HE?
      THE GAY COMMUNITY IS THE REAL, TRUE POWER.
      JUST ASK ROLAND “YOU’RE FIRED FROM CNN” MARTIN.

  • West an Smiley need to stop all that hating an get on board this train to bring down the real enemies  They truly getting on my nerves! 

    • I’LL WHIP YOUR ASS

      STOP HATING?
       BRING DOWN WHAT ENEMIES SILLY COW?
       THEY’RE GETTING ON YOUR NERVES BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE A BRAIN OR YOUR WEAVE’S TOO TIGHT AND YOU MUST HAVE DRUNK THE OBAMA KOOL-AID.FARRAKHAN AND MALCOLM X MUST REALLY GET ON YOUR NERVES AS WELL, RIGHT REDA STSHIT?

    • Demoq

      who is the real enemy………………………..can’t say “the white man any longer!

  • NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE

    NBC STEALS COPYRIGHTED IP FROM BLACK ARTISTS EVERYDAY TO CREATE CONTENT LIKE THE FORMER  LAME NBC TV SHOW “HEROES”.
    WE’RE “THE NYC ART STUDENTS FOR THE LEGENDARY UNDERGROUND AFRICAN-AMERICAN  ARTIST MR. EELE” AND AFTER READING THE COMMENTS BELOW WE QUESTION HOW ANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN WITH A BRAIN WOULD WORK FOR SUCH A EVIL, IGNORANT, RACIST, SCUM CORPORATION LIKE NBC.

    Dear Mr. Kaufman Thank you for your telephone call and your follow up email on this matter. I appreciate that Fox is taking this matter seriously, and we acknowledge Fox’s professionalism in doing so. In answer to your inquiry, the copyrighted works that are of concern regarding the upcoming “Touch” series, written by Tim Kring, are the same copyrighted works that were at issue in the NBCU case involving the first season of “Heroes,” which was also written by Tim Kring. These works are “The Twins: Journey of the Soul,” “The Letter” and/or “Envious of America.” In addition, we note that the copyright owners, Enjai Eele and Amnau Eele (well-known professionally as “The Twins,” and will be referred to as such herein) are also well-known, living persons with both rights of privacy and publicity. Mr. Eele is well-known as the “artist that paints the future” and used that supernatural ability to predict and attempt to stop the catastrophic events of September 11 th, 2001 through his paintings and Ms. Eele is a professional model, formerly a runway and print model for Yves Saint Laurent and many other international designers, who is also well-known for her divinations and predictions. Indeed, many of the story elements and characters in The Twins’ copyrighted works are based upon themselves. based upon Fox’s promotional material regarding the upcoming “Touch” series, there are clearly many substantial similarities between the planned storyline and characters in “Touch” as compared to the storyline and characters in both the copyrighted works and the lives of The Twins themselves. I will not make an attempt to list all similarities at this time. However, I note initially that, as summarized on the Fox.com website, the storyline of “Touch” is a “preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.” The synopsis also states: “Through masterful storytelling, the series follows a group of seemingly unrelated characters . . . who affect each other in ways seen and unseen.” This description of the storyline of “Touch” is highly similar to “The Twins: Journey of the Soul,” “The Letter” and/or “Envious of America,” which is also a preternatural drama in which science and spirituality intersect to show interconnections among people and events, and is also full of seen and unseen elements. The Journey of the Soul story following the experiences of the characters “Idai” and “Hadah” from their childhood, through their emergence as The Twins, to September 11 th, 2001 in New York City, through their efforts to stop the catastrophic event with “Idai’s” and “Hadah’s” paintings. The central character of “Touch,” “Jake,” is described as being a “mute, severely autistic 10 yr old and can communicate with numbers showing how people are interconnected” and who has the “ability to see things that no one else can, the patterns that connect everything, their meaning and connect these numbers.” As described on another website, seriable.com (March 7, 2011), “Jake” is described as being “obsessed with numbers” and “making . . . weird predictions that come true;” that he can “spot and decipher things in nature that very few people are able to notice; enabling him to see that life is made up of ratios and patterns, a quantum entanglement of cause and effect,” an ability that allows him to “predict future events.” These descriptions of the character “Jake” are highly similar to the characters “Idai” and “Hadah,” who also use their ability to see, paint and write the future to attempt to help others, including by using numbers and symbols for prediction. For example, page 8 of “Journey of the Souls” includes the following passage referring to Idai’s obsession with use of numbers: “Idai [Idai’s grandmother speaking] it is time for you to put your shoes on! Come we have much work to do and so little time. Grand mama walked over to the corner of the parlor, behind a secret wall hidden to the eyes. She reached in and pulled out a long black onyx box and she sat it on the table. She opened the box and inside were a pair of old shoes polished and buffed to a weather beaten look. The shoes were black, shaped like coffins. And there were small numbers written in chalk all over the shoes.” (Emphasis added.) I also note that the logo of the “Touch” series is an orange background with white thin lettering. The “O” is the center which looks like the sun with rays trailing across the graphic. This looks like The Twins work but instead of the eclipse, Mr. Kring has put the sun there. The logo includes a little white child’s hand reaching up to touch it. Similarly, the Twins’ “Journey of the Soul” work begins with a young male child with special abilities. The storyline of “Touch” and the character of “Jake” are also highly similar to the personal and professional lives of Mr. Eele and Ms. Eele, which inspired much of the storyline of those works and of the characters “Idai” and “Hadah.” For example, Mr. Eele is a real life artist that can paint the future, who also had this ability as a young boy. Mr. Eele also places great importance on numbers for forming interconnections and predictions. For example, please see the attached photograph of one of Mr. Eele’s predictive paintings, and his handwritten observation in 2001 that “”THERE ARE 9 LETTERS IN THE WORD MANHATTAN AND 11 LETTERS IN THE NAME MOHAMED ATTA.” Mr. Eele is well-known and documented as the “artist that paints the future.” Mr. Eele used that “supernatural ability” to predict and attempt to stop the catastrophic events of September 11th, 2001 through his paintings. This is only one of many events that Mr. Eele has predicted years before it happened. Mr. Eele has an extensive body of artwork that has been fully documented and published containing many predictions that have come to pass. Mr. Eele’s divination art for September 11, 2001, is part of the archives of “The NY Historical Society,” curated by Ms. Sally Herships. Mr. Eele’s Luba tribe’s art as a tribal collective is part of the permanent collection of the New York City The Metropolitan Museum. Mr. Eele’s divination art and vigil for September 11, 2001 has been featured in “ArtNews” magazine and his divination art titled “EKG: The Path To 69 Feet” (© 2002) for the storms Katrina, Rita, Irene and the New York City earthquake, among many others, was published and written about in “The Hunter College Envoy” newspaper. Mr. Eele divination art was also published by NYSCA head Danny Simmons in “One World” magazine owned and published by Def Jam Record owner Russell Simmons in an article entitled: “TWIN HOPE,” written by Quashelle Curtis. Mr. Eele’s divination painting for September 11, 2001 titled: “The Atta Page” (© 2001) was also featured in “The NY Beacon” newspaper and Mr. Eele’s divination art for September 11, 2001 has been exhibited in museums worldwide in the historical “Here’s New York: September 11, 2001” exhibition which was displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Mr. Eele is also a former mechanical engineer from the early 70’s and early 80’s where he worked in the Texas and OPEC oil fields, and in the mid-80’s to early 90’s Mr. Eele was also a aerospace engineer in weapons concepts for military applications in the California aerospace industry. During the running of the “Heroes” series, Mr. Eele was damaged in his profession by frequently having to explain to children that, unlike the corresponding “artist that paints the future” character in “Heroes,” that he was not a drug addict. With “Touch” running, Mr. Eele will likely have to further explain that he is not autistic. Ms. Eele is a pioneering couture fashion model who has walked the runway for iconic designers such as Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent ,Valentino and Armani to name a few. She was discovered by Bill Blass at the age of 17 and she has graced the editorial pages of French Vogue where Ms. Eele was photographed by the legendary photographer Guy Bourdin. Ms. Eele was also a actress (season one, episode one) on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful.” Ms. Eele has worked in every aspect of the fashion business, the Couture, Pret et Porter, covers of magazines, print, editorial, commercials, infomercials, catalogs and showroom on 7th Avenue . Ms. Eele’s career in fashion and television spans over 25 years. For your information, a “Vogue” magazine photo of Ms. Eele is attached. Ms. Eele retired from fashion in 1996. Ms. Eele is also well-known and documented for her Luba divination boards that predict future events before they happen, which uses a mixed media approach. She is one of the co-founders along with Enjai Eele of Black Artists Association in NYC, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of all artists no matter their color, gender or sexuality. Black Artists Association is dedicated to helping adults, young students and disadvantaged youth to realize their dreams and be informed about every aspect of the art industry. Black Artists Association was featured on The NY Post’s “Page-Six” by Richard Johnson in an article titled: “Black-Lash Against Nudie Art.” Black Artists Association was also credited by “AM NEW YORK ” newspaper with getting First Lady Michelle Obama to wear a dress by a black designer for the first time in White House history, which made Ms. Eele one of the top trending people in 2008. Of course, it is not disputable that Tim Kring had and has access to the works at issue and was and is very well aware of The Twins themselves when he wrote “Touch.” In view of the professionalism shown by Fox in addressing these issues early on, we expect that Fox will do the right thing. To this end, we trust that Fox will either work with The Twins to obtain appropriate licenses to use The Twins’ copyrighted works and rights of privacy and publicity, or that Fox will take steps to avoid infringing the rights of The Twins prior to completion and airing of “Touch.” I look forward to speaking with you further about this matter. Theodore F. Shiells

    From: Jeremy Kaufman
    Sent:
    To: Ted Shiells
    Cc: Susan Gans
    Subject: FW: ABOUT TIM KRING OF “TOUCH”

    Dear Ted, As we discussed today, Fox takes such claims seriously, however, for us to investigate and properly evaluate the matter, we request that your clients indentify the copyrighted work(s) that have been allegedly infringed. For example, are they the same works that your clients asserted against NBC and Mr. Kring in the attached case? We would appreciate it if you could please provide us that information. This email is without prejudice to Fox’s rights and remedies, all of which are hereby reserved. Sincerely, Jeremy Kaufman

    NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE 2 days ago
    TIM KRING IS A CLOWN.

    HERE’S JAKE’S CHARACTER, WHICH IS REALLY” IDAI MARKUS A LITTLE BLACK BOY THAT USES NUMBERS TO PREDICT FUTURE EVENTS IN THIS WAY:
    ” A MAN NAME ATTA WILL ATTACK THE TWIN TOWERS ON 9-11 AT 9:00AM.
    WHY?
    BECAUSE THERE ARE 9 LETTERS IN THE WORD MANHATTAN AND 11 LETTERS IN THE NAME MOHAMED ATTA AND THE NAME ATTA IS IN THE WORD MANH-ATTA-N AND WHENEVER THE WORLD LOOK AT THE WORD manhATTAn THE WORLD WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE NAME ATTA AND WHAT ATTA DID TO MANH-ATTA-N AND THE TWIN TOWERS ON 9-11.” copyrighted by Mr. Eele 2001
    I know this because I’ve been to Mr. Eele’s art class.
    This profound art by Mr. Eele has been copyrighted and published for years.
    Mr. Eele is a legendary underground artist and art teacher that all art students in NYC know, love and respect.
    The above art is titled:”The Atta Page”c2001 by Mr. Eele and it’s old news.
    Tim Kring wished he could have used Mr. Eele’s painting “The Atta Page” in the first episode of “Touch” as Jake’s prediction, but how would “FOX” explain using published art by another artist on their silly tv show without that artist or newspaper’s permission?
    I am very, very thankful that the FBI is now involved with Mr. Eele’s lawsuit against Tim Kring.
    Jail time may just give Tim Kring some space to develop his writing skills, because he has none.

    Aisling 3 days ago
    I think the idea of this show is not from you.You know what I mean that you just a receiver.So,just relax,and don’t think it will get too bogged, weighed down.Forget the pressures from audiences .Forget the sound behind you,just relax,and listen the voice inside.Then you will get there.The stories created by you will be fantastic.I love your shows so much and I trust you will bring more amazing shows for us.

    NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE 2 days ago in reply to Aisling
    YOU’RE RIGHT.
    THE SHOW IS NOT FROM HIM.
    IT’S COPIED IP FROM A ARTIST NAMED MR. EELE.
    TIM KRING HAS BEEN IN A LAWSUIT WITH MR. EELE SINCE MARCH 18, 2007.
    TIM KRING IS A RECEIVER, OF OTHER ARTISTS WORK.
    NBC SEND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ( SO-CALLED WRITERS, REALLY NO TALENT HACKS WITH ACCESS BECAUSE THEY ALL WORK IN THE INDUSTRY) TO OTHER ARTISTS ART EXHIBITS, FILM SCREENINGS ETC.. TO STEAL CONTENT FOR NBC. WHY?
    BECAUSE NBC WAS AND STILL IS IN 4TH PLACE AND NBC REALLY………….. NEEDED A NUMBER ONE HIT SHOW UNDER LOSER, FORMER NBC CEO JEFF ZUCKER.
    “HEROES”, WITH THE PIONEERING CHARACTER OF ” AN ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE ON LARGE CANVAS”, WAS NBC’S WAY OUT OF 4TH PLACE.
    AND IT WORKED,
    UNTIL THE LAWSUIT “MALLERY VS NBCU” REMOVED ‘ ISAAC MENDEZ” AND MADE
    ” THE SHOW’S STORY LINES CONFUSING” BECAUSE TIM KRING COULD NO LONGER COPY MR. EELE’S COPYRIGHTED WORK.

    “MALLERY VS NBCU” PROVES THESE FACTS WHERE ON PAGE 13 OF “THE ORAL ARGUMENT ” IN “THE NYC 2ND CIRCUIT COURT” WHERE JUDGE REENA RAGGI STATED:”

    JUDGE RAGGI: ” THE DISTRICT JUDGE ( DENISE COTE) ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR CLIENT (MR. EELE) HAD A COPYRIGHT, SO WE DON’T HAVE TO BE CONCERNED THAT SHE ( TIM KRING’S LAWYER MARCIA PAUL) DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT, RIGHT?

    MR. CONFUSIONE: NO, I AGREE.

    JUDGE RAGGI: AND SIMILARLY, SHE( TIM KRING’S LAWYER MARCIA PAUL) ACKNOWLEDGED THE ATTENDANCE AT THE EVENT ( MR. EELE’S CLASS) WHERE AN NBC REPRESENTATIVE, HAD AN OCCASION TO SEE MR. EELE’S FILM( A 15 MINUTE SHORT FILM FEATURING MR. ROBERT DENIRO TITLED:”THE LETTER”), SO WE KNOW SHE( TIM KRING’S LAWYER MARCIA PAUL) UNDERSTOOD THAT.

    MR. CONFUSIONE: RIGHT I AGREE. AND I SUBMIT ACTUAL COPYING HAS BEEN DETERMINED AT THIS STAGE, AGAIN, AT THE PROCEDURAL POSTURE AT THIS STAGE.THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHETHER OR NOT THE THINGS TIM KRING COPIED WERE UNLAWFUL. AND IN MY VIEW, I THINK THE COURT COULD NOT DECIDE AS A MATTER OF LAW.

    TIM KRING’S LAWYER MARCIA PAUL OF DAVIS , WRIGHT AND TREMAINE ALSO STATED IN HER “MOTION TO DISMISS” THAT:
    “IDAI MARKUS THE ARTIST THAT CAN PAINT THE FUTURE ON LARGE CAN VAS IS A FULLY DEVELOPED CHARACTER IN PLAINTIFFS NOVEL, AND THAT THE “EXPRESSION” OF HIS CHARACTER IS COMPLEX AND ORIGINAL”
    COPYRIGHT LAWYERS WORLDWIDE…….. WAY IN ON THIS ONE.

    whome 2 weeks ago
    Weekly cliffhangers were the least of your problems, Kring. You were a shitty storyteller with characters changing motivations on a dime just for the sake of adding drama. You had season after saeson to rectify your misdirections and you never did. I’m going to tune in just because I like Keifer Sutherland, but I’m feeling like a chump for giving you a second chance.

    Snerdguy 2 weeks ago
    A lot of people were disappointed that it built up so many characters and story potential and then pretty much disappeared. I don’t know if they are willimg to make another emotional investment in this one.

    NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE 2 days ago in reply to Snerdguy
    IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR YOU TO INVEST INTO THE FACEBOOK IPO.
    TOUCH IS A DUD, DUDE.
    JAKE’S MOTHER DIED ON 9-11 AND JAKE CAN USE NUMBERS TO PREDICT FUTURE EVENTS.
    REALLY?
    WELL……. JAKE’S BIG NIGHT WAS ON JAN 25, 2012 ON “FOX”,
    ON THAT SPECIAL, VERY INTERCONNECTED NIGHT… JAKE WAS GOING TO SHOW ALL OF AMERICA:
    ” DADDY , THIS IS WHAT KILLED MOMMY ON 9-11. MR. EELE’S ART THAT STATES “THERE ARE 9 LETTERS IN THE WORD MANHATTAN AND 11 LETTERS IN THE NAME MOHAMED ATTA AND……. copyright by Mr. Eele 2001
    REALLY TIM?
    AN OLD PUBLISHED PAINTING ABOUT OVER 3000 DEAD INNOCENT PEOPLE AND THEIR STILL GRIEVING FAMILIES BY MR. EELE FROM A MAJOR NYC NEWSPAPER IN 2001 WAS GOING TO BE YOUR “NEW MIND BLOWING MOMENT” ON YOUR NEW TV SHOW “TOUCH” IN 2012?

    REALLY DUDE?

    YOUR CON ON THE VIEWERS GOT MESSED UP ON JAN 25, 2012, RIGHT MORON?
    THE PREMIER LEFT EVERYONE ASKING “WHAT IS THIS SHOW REALLY ABOUT”?
    TIM KRING DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE SHOW IS ALL ABOUT.
    JAKE DID NOTHING NEARLY AS SPECIAL AS MR. EELE’S PROLIFIC “ATTA PAGE” ON
    “TOUCH”.
    DUDE, YOU WEREN’T EVEN IN NYC ON 9-11 AND NOW YOU’RE USING THAT TRAGEDY TO MAKE MONEY?

    WHEN I THINK OF THE FOX TV SHOW “TOUCH”, I THINK OF THE “JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL AT PENN STATE.”

    • NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE

      ALL OF THE COMMENTS BY “THE NYC ART STUDENTS FOR MR. EELE” ABOUT THE  CRIMINAL CORPORATION NBC WAS TAKEN FROM “THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER” BLOG.

  • MsBender

    The attack on Ms. Perry was out of line.  West and Smiley routinely attack those that don’t agree with them.  Sad.

  • I like Melissa’s commentary. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley just want to stir up a ruckus. They won’t be happy unless Obama implements policies that would be regarded as pandering to the black community, which is counterproductive. Obama has OBVIOUSLY implemented policies in an even-handed manner that helps blacks as well as everyone else in this country.

    In case they didn’t notice, while the unemployment rate dropped by 0.2 points overall recently, for blacks it came down 2.2 points.

    Obama is working for blacks, but some of us are too dumb to recognize his strategy of accomplishing that without backlash. West and Smiley represent those dumb ones.

  • Anonymous

    It’s been long time since I’ve said this but I agree with Al and I’m still hot about that bitch tour Tavis and Cornell went on attempting to discredit President Obama.  They were trying to paint a picture of him abandoning poor people and that is utter nonsense when you think about how damn complicated it is to save a country from economic collapse, with the potential to take down all the other industrialized nations with it (China and the Koreas got rich off American so what do you think would have happened if our currency would have faltered?!) so one of like a few hundred problems at a time folks.  He killed the most coveted terrorist in the world, save our country from economic ruin, ended and pulled the troops out of the hot zone, yet it just isn’t enough for Cornell and Tavis who really are so adept at running a $15-6 trillion national budget.  That house n***a ish has to stop and if you’re on that call when you have irrefutable evidence alluding to that conclusion.  As Al said, stop making it so personal because it looks like certain folks think they’re rebels but Tavis going on one ‘poverty’ tour, spending a few hours in jail because of one day of OWS participation is going to cut it gentlemen.  You’ve got to display much bigger cojones than that!!!

  • Moeloot

    This woman is talented.  And because Obama won’t hang out with Tavis is the only reason Tavis has an issue with him.  Tavis wants to piggy back Obama’s Presidency and not be inspired by it.  President Obama is not a civil rights leader.  He is the President of the United States, so he leads all people.

  • Fordf250

    Perhaps Cornel and Tavis would prefer Mitt Romney be POTUS then. They’re both 2 Dumb-asses who are no better than the Tea Party is to the Republicans. Much disrespect to both.