Paul Mooney
Paul Mooney
Paul Gladney, better known by the stage name Paul Mooney, is an American comedian, writer, social critic, television and film actor. He was also featured on one of truTV's reality shows, Ma's Roadhouse.
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British police say Polish man beaten by large gang in hate crime
Yahoo News - 5 months
British police said on Tuesday they were hunting for 20 youths who seriously injured a Polish man in a suspected racially motivated attack, the latest in a number of hate crimes against eastern Europeans following the June vote to leave the EU. The 28-year-old Pole was kicked and punched by a group of teenagers in the northern English city of Leeds, police said in a statement. "I want to reassure people, particularly the local Polish community, that we will not tolerate hate incidents of this nature and will do everything we can to ensure the people responsible are brought to justice," West Yorkshire police Chief Superintendent Paul Money said in the statement.
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The politics of Tibet’s poisonous religious divide
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim HONG KONG (Reuters) - The doctrinal schism that the Chinese Communist Party is using to hound the Dalai Lama arose long ago in the internecine politics of his own school of Tibetan Buddhism. Dalai Lamas are drawn from the dominant Gelugpa School, one of the four major Buddhist traditions in Tibet. When the 5th Dalai Lama united Tibet in the 17th Century, he made an effort to embrace the other schools to enhance political unity, according to the French Tibetologist Thierry Dodin.
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Not Quite the Big One: 'Sanford and Son' 38 Years Later
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Thirty-eight years ago this week, Sanford and Son ended its historic television run after 136 groundbreaking episodes. The show was anchored by the incomparable Redd Foxx and then-rising-star Demond Wilson. While Sanford and Son does not hold the distinction of being the first primetime African-American television show, it's arrival signaled a turn toward a new wave of a self-authenticated black American experience presented to television audiences. Sanford and Son introduced a level of self-assuredness in tone and subject that is all over the current flood of ethnically led and focused programming. Well before Fresh Off the Boat Tuesdays, Empire/Black-ish Wednesdays or Shondaland Thursdays, Fred G. S-A-N-F-O-R-D, period and Lamont showed us their finest antiques and trinkets on Fridays. Reaching the place where culturally aware shows were accepted and embraced right alongside their mainstream counterparts was a slow and at times a painful process. June 28, 1951: The Columba Bro ...
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Searching for Richard Pryor
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Richard Pryor and Jamie Masada at Laugh Factory's Comedy Camp, 2002 Word is out that the casting net is circling to find someone to play the late, great Richard Pryor in a biopic. Hopefully, the focus will be on finding someone who can capture not only Richard's stand-up skills but his richly humanizing personal life. As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget. I had no idea what I was doing back then. I was naïve and gullible, and while English was my second language, I spoke it like it was my third or fourth. I loved comedy and opened the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard with a little help from friends. At the time, the comics were on strike because they were not being paid for their work in the other existing clubs. It was my plan to split half of the proceeds from the door with the comics. What I didn't expect was that b ...
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Old-school Thai junta faces new adversary: social media, flash mob protests
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
By Simon Webb and Paul Mooney BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai military may have a well-rehearsed coup playbook after overthrowing a dozen governments, but it's never come up against the power of social media, as used by dissenters worldwide to share information - and that may prove a game-changer. Protesters appear in droves only to melt away when soldiers link hands to encircle them. In uprisings as different in origin and outcome as the so-called Arab Spring and the London riots in 2011, the tech-savvy have harnessed social media platforms such as microblogging site Twitter to arrange rally points, share police or military positions and let others know about workarounds should authorities, as in Turkey, attempt to block the online chatter. We will keep fighting." The military has banned political gatherings of more than five people.
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Bloomberg News: 'New York Times' Story On China Censorship 'Absolutely False'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Bloomberg News is hitting back after the New York Times reported that Bloomberg killed stories fearing retaliation from the Chinese government. Bloomberg responded on Saturday. "It is absolutely false that we postponed these stories due to external pressure," the organization said in a statement. "We are disappointed that they chose to publish a piece that claims otherwise." The Times' report appeared on the front page on Saturday after the newspaper spoke to four Bloomberg employees who chose to remain anonymous. They said that in October, editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler called them and killed a story about the "financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders." He had compared the move to "self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany," according to one of the employees, and later reportedly said, "If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China." He was also accused o ...
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Can Comedy Fight Religious Bigotry?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I did not expect The Muslims Are Coming! to bring tears to my eyes. It was supposed to be a (film about) comedy after all, a film about the absurdity of Islamophobia in the United States, and about the role of comedy in combating stereotypes and generalizations about a community. But, hearing comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, the directors of the film, discuss how their parents moved to the United States, the love they had for the country even before arriving, and the struggles of leaving everything you know and love behind for the sake of your children was truly poignant. Indeed, both scenes end with Farsad and Obeidallah choking up as well. Several scenes in the film are quite moving not only because it reminded me of my family's own arrival in Canada from Sri Lanka, and all the struggles involved, but also because the film, while highlighting many warm and touching interactions, constantly juxtaposes them with scenes filled with bigotry, ignorance, and exclusion. White A ...
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Paul Mooney: Drapchi: Putting a Human Face on the Suffering of Tibetans
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On the morning of April 24, a 23-year-old Tibetan woman set fire to herself in Dzamthang county in Sichuan. Later that same day, two Tibetan monks in their early 20s set themselves on fire outside the main prayer hall of the Taktsang Lhamo Monastery, also in Sichuan. The three self-immolations brought the total number of Tibetans who have set fire to themselves to more than 120 since 2009, depending on whose numbers you use. The gruesome trend is a reaction to China's repressive policies in Tibetan areas, which affect every aspect of life there. Yet the world is hardly taking notice. Maybe Tibet is too small a place to win international attention, especially at a time when China is quick to intimidate any government that dares challenge it on such sensitive issues. And so, Drapchi, an 85 minute long debut feature film by India-based Independent filmmaker Arvind Iyer, which puts a human face on the suffering of Tibetans at home and in exile, is a timely and important re ...
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Rich Polt: From Hip Hop to Ice Cream: Talking GOOD with Darius Wilmore
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Darius Wilmore is creative, outspoken, and prolific. Those are the adjectives that swirl in my head as I consider his long list of achievements, initiatives, and professions. Today, most people know Darius as the creative director, marketing strategist, and co-owner of Baltimore's Taharka Brothers Gourmet Ice Cream Company. A recent article in Forbes refers to the company as an "employee-owned B-Corp--a benefit corporation, or for-profit company with a charitable mission." Darius calls it a unique award-winning social enterprise amalgam ... "SNCC + YO! MTV RAPS/106TH & PARK + ROCK THE VOTE + BEN & JERRY'S = TAHARKA BROTHERS." I like Darius's definition more. Taharka Brothers broadcasts its messages of positive progressive social change, cultural understanding, and economic and social justice through its ice cream flavors, which are inspired by U.S. civil rights history, international human rights figures/movements, and socially conscious popular culture. For example ...
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Kirsten West Savali: Lisa Lampanelli And Her "N***a": How a Comedian Became a Cliché
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Self-proclaimed comedian Lisa Lampanelli has once again proven her fondness for back-door racism by referring to creator of the hit HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham, as her "n***a" on Twitter. That in and of itself is nothing spectacular, but her pathetic, self-serving attempts at justifying her vocabulary choice have probably been her funniest -- unintentional -- jokes to date. And I don't mean funny ha-ha; I mean funny as in she sounds like a damn idiot. Me with my nigga @lenadunham of @hbogirls - I love this beyotch!! say.ly/oKP5chO — Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 18, 2013 Undeniably, calling a woman b***h as an endearment is another problematic conversation worth having; but today, let's deal with the most combustible issue. From The Huffington Post to XOJane, Lampanelli has recycled the same tired, misguided rhetoric that some black people use to justify re-purposing plantation language as a show of camaraderie -- namely, that the use of an "a" instea ...
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Paul Mooney Is Not Supporting ‘Django Unchained'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Paul Mooney joined the TJMS to talk about his latest show at the Addison Improv, however, after briefly poking fun at Sybil Wilkes for visiting the Mayan Ruins, Tom opened a can of worms asking the comedic legend about his opinion on the new movie “Django Unchained.”
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Jamie Masada: Keep Giving: The Thanks Will Take Care of Itself
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Black Friday is taking over the Thanksgiving spirit and soon we will get a 15 minute break for turkey and stuffing while we spend the rest of the time shopping. It hasn't taken long. The big corporations have been moving in for over a century. First, there was the sale items; soon, a stampede mentality -- capable of actually killing people -- has developed into something called "Black Friday." Perhaps that refers to the black eyes and bruises people are getting from shoving and pushing in the crowds. This beautiful day -- Thanksgiving -- that I didn't even know about when I came here as a teen was so great! One just shared a meal with others! A turkey with stuffing and sweet potatoes and cranberries! And pumpkin pie and apple pie! That's America I said to myself. This was a day that was about the gathering of family -- whatever a family was -- and celebrating that togetherness with a meal of thanks. It was a day to count our blessings and be thankful. What a great idea! ...
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Wayne Brady Did An Ask Me Anything On Reddit
Business Insider - over 4 years
"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" veteran and current "Let's Make A Deal" host Wayne Brady did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit earlier today. Here's a link to the full AMA.  We've curated some of his best responses below.  Wayne, who was your favorite guest to improv with on Whose Line? "It was def Robin Williams. It was my dream to work with that guy. And to be able to improvise with him was amazing. I almost had a comedy stroke right on stage." During the Whose Line days, it seemed like you, Ryan and Colin all had really great chemistry, that didn't quite translate to all of the various "fourth members". Were you three friends outside of the show, or was there just some natural chemistry that was there? "I met everyone once I started doing the show. The other guys knew each other and worked together a lot but I was the new kid. The thing about being on Wliia was that it was always fresh because we didn't hang out, so the taping was a cool party. I think some people love the notion ...
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The cost and limitations of control
China Media Project - almost 5 years
With the 18th Party Congress just around the corner, and important questions about political succession in the balance, anyone could have guessed 2012 would be a sensitive year for China’s media. But China has so far exceeded expectations, imposing rigid restrictions on media across the board — from newspapers to social media — and actively and directly using commercial websites and newspapers to advance explicit agendas. For both the Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng stories, examples of control and use of the media are abundant. Most recently, we wrote about how Beijing newspapers were employed last Friday to send a stern message to the United States on its handling of the Chen Guangcheng case, even as the facts and history of Chen’s case were kept entirely out of domestic media. Back in 2008, and many times afterward, we wrote about Hu Jintao’s media policy, what we termed “Control 2.0.” Essentially, this approach, formalized in Hu Jintao’s speech during a visit to the People’s Dai ...
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P.E. Producer Remembers Adam Yauch And The Beastie Boys
News One for Black America - almost 5 years
Bill Stephney, an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,  has previously led the music companies Def Jam Recordings, SOUL Records and Stepsun Music.  Stephney has produced artists ranging from Public Enemy and Vanessa Williams, to the social satirist Paul Mooney.  He has supervised music and produced soundtracks for films such as “Boomerang,” “Be Be’s Kids,” “CB4,” “Clockers” and “Shaft.”   Special to NewsOne & TheUrbanDaily Adam Yauch, a co-founding member of famed music group, the Beastie Boys, passed away yesterday.  He was only 47 years old. Yauch, known by his nom de hip-hop as “MCA,” was for certain, a deft (and “def”) emcee – but he was also a musician, music video director, journalist, activist, philanthropist, film executive, husband and father. MUST READS: BREAKING! Beastie Boys Legend Adam Yauch Dead At 47 Twitter Reacts To Adam “MCA” Yauch’s Death He was many things, and judging by the results, pretty darn good at each one of them. From 19 ...
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My, What a Busy Week!
The Portland Mercury - almost 5 years
My, aren't you a Busy little beaver. THURSDAY, MARCH 22 HONORED—PHAME Academy provides arts programs for adults with developmental disabilities; tonight, their week-long H Is for Honored tour of the Portland region concludes with a showcase featuring comedy, dance, and a performance from the PHAME choir. AH Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 7 pm, $15, all ages GIVE A SHIT—It's that time o' the month again: The Bus Project and the Mercury pair up to give you Give a Shit Happy Hour, a low-key shindig with folks who give a shit and rad nonprofits that deserve a moment in the spotlight. Oh, and booze and food! AZ Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine, 6 pm, FREE, all ages FRIDAY, MARCH 23 BLAME CANADA—Like a prog-rock orgy of Grand Guginol rock and psychedelic whatthefuck, the live shows of Of Montreal are an experience not to be missed. The music's great, the visuals are great, and hey, look at that, are those drugs? Take them! EH w/Dee ...
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Storming start - Morpeth Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Paul Mooney dives in for Morpeth's first try in their 28-13 victory against local rivals Percy Park. Photograph by Chris Lishman. MORPETH continued their excellent start to the league campaign against one of last year's top performing sides
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The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened to Me - The Atlantic
Google News - over 5 years
These moments of suddenly discovering the pain and lack of status and power that attends being Black is what comedian Paul Mooney refers to as "a nigger wake-up call." Skip Gates calls them "the scene of instruction" and he says they exist in classic
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Nas memoir It Ain't Too Hard To Tell set for 2012 release | Music News - SoulCulture (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
What It Means To Be Black Now is out now, featuring contributions from Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Mooney, New York Governor David Paterson, Aaron McGruder, Chuck D and Mumia Abu-Jamal among others
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Mooney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 72
    In November 2014, it was announced by Paul's brother that Mooney has prostate cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Mooney still continues to tour performing his stand-up comedy act. Much of Mooney's material is based on the subject of racism in the United States which disturbs some audience members. Such incidents can be heard on Mooney's comedy albums Race and Master Piece and seen in his DVD Know Your History: Jesus Is Black; So Was Cleopatra. In September 2005, Mooney performed a segment at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards called the "Nigga Wake Up Call Award", in which he jokingly presents an award to African American celebrities who have had well-publicized legal troubles. The "nominees" included Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Lil' Kim and Diana Ross.
  • 2013
    Age 71
    At a performance in West Nyack, New York, on April 20, 2013—five days after the Boston Marathon bombings—Mooney allegedly joked "white people in Boston deserved what they got and (it was) OK to lose a few limbs... as long as no blacks got hurt it was OK."
    More Details Hide Details Numerous audience members stormed out and the show's producer "Levity Live Comedy Club" cancelled the remaining shows. On April 23, Mooney appeared on the Opie and Anthony Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and denied he had made the comments as reported, particularly denying he said that "white people deserved to be blown up." In Black Is The New White Mooney talks about his partnership with Richard Pryor, from their first meeting to the last joke. Mooney reflects on his childhood and some of the most notorious moments in his life, including organizing a performers' strike on the Comedy Store and publicly giving up the n-word after Michael Richards' onstage outburst. It features a foreword written by Dave Chappelle.
  • 2006
    Age 64
    That show, which he performed at the Lincoln Theater following a set by Dick Gregory, took place on December 2, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Mooney almost made it through his entire set—about an hour of jokes—before he mistakenly used the word in a routine on O.J. Simpson. He ran off stage covering his face in his hands, and walked back on a few moments later saying, "I'm really going to get it now. This is probably already on the Internet." On the BET special 25 Events that Mis-Shaped Black America, Mooney reiterated that he was no longer using the word. He was quoted as saying, "I am no longer going to use the n-word. Instead of saying 'What's up my nigga,' say 'What's up my Michael Richards.'" At a summit with Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Richards, Mooney forgave Richards.
    On November 26, 2006, Mooney appeared on CNN and talked about how he would stop using the word "nigga" due to Michael Richards' outbursts on stage at The Laugh Factory.
    More Details Hide Details He referred to Richards as having become "his Dr. Phil" and "cured" him of the use of the epithet. Mooney also said, "We're gonna stop using the n-word. I'm gonna stop using it. I'm not gonna use it again and I'm not gonna use the b-word. And we're gonna put an end to the n-word. Just say no to the n-word. We want all human beings throughout the world to stop using the n-word." On November 30, he elaborated upon these remarks as a guest of Farai Chideya on the National Public Radio program News & Notes. He declared that he would convene a conference on this controversial subject in the near future, as well as perform his first "n-free" comedy in the upcoming days.
    Mooney appeared on The Howard Stern Show on October 30, 2006 where he talked about the performance, including bringing in his road manager as a witness.
    More Details Hide Details During the act he made several jokes about Bush, including one likening him to the devil and one stating that his mother looked like the "guy on the Quaker Oats box", and was immediately pulled from the stage. A 45-minute debate ensued in his dressing room in which they decided to cancel the rest of his act. Mooney was told that he had "offended unnamed officials from Time Warner", which operates Showtime at the Apollo. A Time Warner spokeswoman called the story "ridiculous... it's absolutely untrue" that the company had anything to do with the incident. Mooney vowed never to perform at the Apollo again until he receives a straight answer.
    During a 2006 performance at the Apollo Theater in which Mooney was taping a segment for Showtime at the Apollo, his performance was stopped in the middle of his act, allegedly due to his criticisms of President George W. Bush.
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  • 2004
    Age 62
    According to people who were in attendance, Mooney also made light of the death of Ross' ex-husband Arne Næss Jr., who fell while mountain climbing in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Tracee Ellis Ross, Ross's daughter and Næss's stepdaughter, was also in attendance. She reportedly was so offended and embarrassed that she left the room and was comforted by host Steve Harvey. Backstage in the press room, Mooney was asked if he felt his performance was "over the top". Mooney replied: How can somebody get arrested for (being under the influence) and go to jail and I be over the top? I think that's over the top, don't you? Agree or disagree, folks. No, comedy is not over the top. When you are a celebrity and you do crazy stuff, that's the game. When Mooney was informed that Tracee Ellis Ross was in the audience, he stated: 1=I didn't know... her mama could've been in there, that's not the point. I didn't drive drunk. Now I'm responsible for Diana Ross? If you scrutinize Jay Leno and David Letterman the same way you scrutinize me, then I'll agree with you, but if you don't touch them white folks don't touch me. They say whatever they want to say every night.
  • 2002
    Age 60
    Mooney awarded Ross and made numerous jokes about Ross' 2002 arrest for DUI.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on August 4, 1941.
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