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July 25th, 2013
06:11 AM ET

Weiner Rejects Calls To Withdraw From NYC Mayoral Race

The field of democratic candidates in New York City's mayoral race will have Anthony Weiner to bully during the race.      

The scandal-plagued former representative is back on the campaign trail just one day after revealing he continued "sexting" long after the same lewd behavior forced him to resign from congress.

He remains defiant despite calls that he drop out of the race. But while he tries to focus on his campaign, it’s proving tough escaping the scandal.

CNN’s Dana Bash asks New Yorkers if the scandal bothers them, and the feelings are mixed.

One man says, "No, I mean, a lot of politicians have their issues and I think this one we can put behind us.”

But another New Yorker disagrees.

“I think it's kind of creepy," says one woman, "so I don't think I'd want that as my mayor.”

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Candidates • New York CIty • Race
April 19th, 2012
07:16 AM ET

Will Lamar Hurd be the first black 'Bachelor'? He explains his bid to be on the show, and talks about accusations of show discrimination

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the producers of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette". ABC's popular reality dating shows have gone a combined 23 seasons without casting a single minority in its leading role.

The lawsuit was filed by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, who had previously applied to be on the series. The complaint says "These applicants were denied the same opportunity to become the next bachelor or bachelorette as white contestants not because they were unsuitable for the role...but solely because of the perceived risk that casting a bachelor or bachelorette who is a person of color would alienate the show's majority-white viewership."

One of the defendants in the case, Warner Horizon Television, is a subsidiary of CNN's parent company, Time Warner.

Meanwhile, regional Portland sportscaster and youth basketball coach Lamar Hurd has been getting some buzz in an unrelated campaign to become the show's first-ever black bachelor. This morning, he talks with Kate Bolduan about his audition for the show.

Hurd says he has not experienced discrimination in his application, and has even received an encouraging message from one of the show producers. He says he wonders if black men and women just haven't thought to apply to the show.

See more from the interview here.

Filed under: Entertainment • Race
March 28th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Texas Rep. Lee on consequences of not following procedure in Trayvon Martin case

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on consequences of not following procedure in Trayvon Martin case. She says shooter George Zimmerman should have been arrested, and reminds viewers that an arrest does not equal a conviction.

Rep. Lee also talks about how opinions on the story have shaped reporting and investigation of the case.

Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
March 28th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Fmr. Miami top cop on Martin shooting: Could it have been self defense or was it an accident?

Fmr. Miami-Dade Police Department dir. Robert Parker on possible arguments for shooting of Trayvon Martin and what should have happened in Trayvon Martin investigation.

Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
March 28th, 2012
11:11 AM ET

Trayvon Martin to be honored as "game changer" – Dad Tracy says son was his hero

This morning, Zoraida talks with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in an Orlando suburb by neighborhood watch officer George Zimmerman. With all the media focus on the family and their son's death, the family with attorney Benjamin Crump respond to the latest in the investigation into the shooting.

In addition, Politic365.com's Kristal High talks to Zoraida about how people hope to turn the energy expressed on the shooting to turn it into positive dialogue in the U.S. She says Trayvon's death should be viewed as a "game changer" for communities and race in America.

Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin
March 27th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

Teaching survival skills to young black men

100 Black Men of America Chair Albert Dotson, Jr. and student Courtney Ward on survival skills for young black men.

Filed under: Race • Trayvon Martin