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"Byron Allen sues sharpton, Comcast, naacp for racism"


  

          

A lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable Inc., Rev. Al Sharpton and the NAACP alleges that the media companies discriminated against black-owned businesses and paid activists like Sharpton to “whitewash” its practices. The complaint alleges that Comcast gave large donations to Sharpton, the NAACP and other civil rights groups to make it appear that the cable company was promoting diversity, even while it was failing to follow through on a promise to do so.

The lawsuit, seeking $20 billion, was filed in Los Angeles federal court Friday by Entertainment Studios, a television company founded by black producer and comedian Byron Allen and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM). The complaint, which comes as regulators mull a $45-billion merger between Comcast and TWC, alleges that Comcast has refused to do business with Allen and other black media executives.

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The lawsuit also accuses Sharpton, the National Action Network (the non-profit civil rights organization he founded in 1991), the NAACP and the National Urban League, claiming that the groups signed “sham diversity agreements” with Comcast in exchange for donations, knowing that the cable company would leverage the agreements to mask its discriminatory practices.


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Allen, who says he first approached the distributor seven years ago, said in a phone interview that he’d been put off by Comcast executives year after year. One executive allegedly told him that the company was “not trying to create any more Bob Johnsons,” referring to the millionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, which was sold to Viacom in 2001 for $3 billion.

“This is why black-owned media is becoming extinct,” Allen said. “It’s economic genocide.”

In 2010, Comcast signed a “memorandum of understanding” with civil rights groups as part of an effort to win approval for its merger with NBC Universal. In the agreement, the cable company committed to adding 10 new minority owned and operated networks, at least four of which would be run by African Americans. Sharpton, who lobbied for the merger in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission and signed on to the memorandum, said that the company’s 2010 meeting with minority leaders was the most important factor in his decision to support Comcast’s bid.


He was given a job as host for MSNBC’s PoliticsNation in August 2011, six months after the merger was approved — a move that raised questions about a potential conflict of interest. The complaint alleges that the position was part of a quid-pro-quo deal for Sharpton’s approval of the merger, as was $140,000 in donations to his National Action Network.





They pay him a little bit of money instead of spending the tens of millions and billions they should be paying to the black community,” Allen said.

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Despite the goals laid out in the memorandum, the lawsuit says that Comcast now distributes only one black-owned channel, the Africa Network, which is run by a former Comcast executive, and that the company’s other purportedly black-owned channels are actually controlled by white-owned businesses.

“Defendants NAACP, National Urban League, and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network signed onto the MOUs with Comcast knowing — and agreeing — that Comcast would use the MOUs to perpetuate civil rights violations against 100% African American–owned media companies, including Entertainment Studios,” the complaint reads.


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According to a New York Times and Center for Public Integrity investigation published last year, the NAACP received $30,000 in donations from Comcast between 2004 and 2012. The National Urban League, another defendant listed in the complaint, received $835,000. Both organizations expressed support for a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. (For the record, lots of companies routinely and regularly donate money to such groups.)

Speaking with Variety, Sharpton said that Allen had approached various civil rights groups for support in getting his channels carried, but had been turned down because Entertainment Studios’ networks were “below the standards of what we wanted to support.”

Allen’s network operates eight channels and distributes 36 shows including Cars.TV, which won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lifestyle Program” in 2012. According to Allen’s attorney, Skip Miller, Entertainment Studios is the only black-owned multi-channel producer in the U.S. and its content is carried by Verizon, AT&T, RCN and a number of other distributors.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/24/lawsuit-accuses-comcast-al-sharpton-of-discriminating-against-black-owned-media/



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did tvone sell to Mr charlie? and does Comcast not have bounce, aspire
Feb 25th 2015
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Well when Comcast seeks regulatory approval...
Feb 25th 2015
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I don't think Bounce is a cable channel at all
Feb 25th 2015
2
Have you all seen how big byron allen is doing it?
Feb 25th 2015
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every time i'm awake watching tv between 1am and 4am.
Feb 25th 2015
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yoooo. that's crazy. and i saw some byron allen show on
Feb 25th 2015
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Remember how Arsenio use to clown Byron Allen?
Feb 25th 2015
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video
Mar 01st 2015
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Yes, because racism is the only reason Comcast could have for not
Mar 01st 2015
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^^^ like, comcast ain't shit, and what he's saying is kinda true
Mar 02nd 2015
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      this cat is basically saying he cares about quantity, not quality,
Mar 02nd 2015
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           You talkin' 'bout Byron Allen or Tyler Perry?
Mar 02nd 2015
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The best company name you came up with is Entertainment Studios?
Mar 02nd 2015
11
Lol, you expecting a top notch, creative name....
Mar 02nd 2015
13
      Or bread slices.
Mar 02nd 2015
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1. "did tvone sell to Mr charlie? and does Comcast not have bounce, aspire"
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Revolt

or are all those majority white/Corp owned?



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3. "Well when Comcast seeks regulatory approval..."
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for acquisitions and other stuff part of the deals they cut with the government is to diversify their cable systems and add minority themed channels. I don't know if the requirement is to be owned by minorities but I don't think it matters, Comcast really controls those channels because if COmcast were to boot them they'd be done.


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2. "I don't think Bounce is a cable channel at all"
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I think it's usually an over the air digital channel.

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4. "Have you all seen how big byron allen is doing it?"
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Tyler Perry before Tyler Perry

http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-12-12/byron-allens-entertainment-factory-produces-low-budget-tv-shows


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6. "every time i'm awake watching tv between 1am and 4am."
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yes.

fuck you.

  

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7. "yoooo. that's crazy. and i saw some byron allen show on "
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recently (when i had cut the cable and before i went back to the big pay tv teat) and shit looked like it was filmed in like 1983 as far as the graphics and production values. i literally made more polished looking shit as a sophomore at my poor ass high school while taking TV production.

so dude said himself he is the walmart of tv? and he's trying to sell shoddy ass product, getting paid on volume, but not really paying the producers (a la bob johnson's 'black economics' comicview wage scales w/ muhfuckas getting paid $150 to be on tv and having their sets run perpetually with no residuals).

oh HAIL naw.

fuck this dude.

granted, sharpton sounds like he got a nice deal. (the naacp donations from comcast were just 'eh').

but dude's hyper inflated lawsuit would seem to be about being pissed that comcast, et al., won't play ball with HIM as opposed to black ppl in general.


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5. "Remember how Arsenio use to clown Byron Allen?"
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8. " video "
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http://www.mediaite.com/tv/tv-exec-suing-comcastsharpton-%E2%80%98give-him-50k-and-a-bucket-of-chicken-and-we%E2%80%99re-good%E2%80%99/

  

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9. "Yes, because racism is the only reason Comcast could have for not"
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distributing his channels.

Also, $20 billion? With a "B"? Bruh...

  

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10. "^^^ like, comcast ain't shit, and what he's saying is kinda true"
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BUT C'MON

I wouldn't give byron allen 10c to distribute his fuckin shit either

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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12. "this cat is basically saying he cares about quantity, not quality, "
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and is just churning cheap shit out because there's a lot of demand for content.

he really looking at contemporary commercial entertainment's lowest common denominator and saying, 'nah, we can go lower'

and he is caking to the tune of multi millions of dollars per year off that. (while paying a pittance to his content 'creators').

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15. "You talkin' 'bout Byron Allen or Tyler Perry?"
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>and is just churning cheap shit out because there's a lot of
>demand for content.
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>he really looking at contemporary commercial entertainment's
>lowest common denominator and saying, 'nah, we can go lower'
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>and he is caking to the tune of multi millions of dollars per
>year off that. (while paying a pittance to his content
>'creators').
>
>*inserts quote from don king*
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11. "The best company name you came up with is Entertainment Studios?"
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13. "Lol, you expecting a top notch, creative name...."
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...from a dude that purposely does generic quality shows? If you're gonna be generic, you gotta be thorough with it. His business cards are probably plain white cards with "CEO" on them.


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>His
>business cards are probably plain white cards with "CEO" on
>them.
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