Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Paula Deen Again; Danny Cevallos on CNN; Nook Partnership; Scotus

Update 2: The Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban. Link

Update: SCOTUS strikes down DOMA as unconstitutional.  "DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment."

Paula Deen gave a highly emotional interview on NBC's Today Show this morning about the issues she's been facing recently with racism and the N-word. I've posted earlier here. This next link will lead you to CNN where the interview was discussed with Marvette Britto, president and CEO of PR and brand strategy Firm, The Britto Agency, and Danny Cevallos, criminal defense attorney from Philadelphia.

The accusations against Deen stem from a lawsuit filed by a former manager of Deen's restaurants in Savannah, Georgia. Lisa T. Jackson's lawsuit alleges that Deen and her brother, Bubba Hier, committed numerous acts of violence, discrimination and racism that resulted in the end of Jackson's five-year tenure at Deen's Lady & Sons and Uncle Bubba's Oyster House eateries in Savannah.

Marvette Britto didn't seem impressed with Deen's interview, or the way Deen handled the issue. Unfortunately, the clip didn't include what Danny Cevallos had to say, and I was very curious to listen to him. Cevallos started doing these pieces on local Philadelphia news channels not too long ago, and since then he's gone network. I wouldn't be surprised if Cevallos wound up with a show of his own eventually...CNN might want to take note of this and help try to boost those hideous ratings. Because you're not going to increase them by cutting Cevallos out of a clip like that and only giving one side of the story.

Nook Partnership

B&N will stop making the Nook, but the good news is that they are working on a deal to get other manufacturers to produce what I'm guessing would be the same device as the Nook. So for those who love their Nooks I would imagine it's good news.

So instead of making and selling its own tablets, the company is planning to move to a “partnership” model.

Essentially, it’ll try to get other companies to build tablets that come with NOOK software preloaded. You’ll probably be able to buy those devices in Barnes & Noble stores if and when when they’re available. Who knows? They might even have the NOOK name on them. But they won’t be built in-house.

I'm not familiar with the Nook, but I know people who have them and they love them.

Scotus Gay Marriage

We're waiting patiently.

Those facts in combination mean that shortly after 10 a.m. the justices will announce their rulings on challenges to two laws that define marriage to include only unions of a man and a woman.

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