Hollywood Live: CNN adds some new (colorful) faces to primetime | Loretta Jones knocked unconscious in unprovoked attack

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This combination of photos show legal analyst Laura Coates at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington on April 29, 2023, left, and political correspondent Abby Phillip at the TIME100 Gala in New York on June 8, 2022. Phillip and Coates will host back-to-back weeknight shows on CNN starting at 10 p.m. Eastern (AP Photo)
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CNN announced on Monday a sweeping new lineup, elevating a new generation of rising stars to key time slots as they try to improve their lackluster ratings. The network is attempting to recreate the high viewership figures that came along with former President Donald Trump’s time in the Oval Office.

CNN is coming out ahead of the 2024 presidential election cycle with two African American women leading the charge. The schedule reboot gives weeknight shows to Abby Phillip and Laura Coates. 

I just love the fact that they’re trying to add some diversity to their programming slate. They’re going to be rolling all of this out in a couple of weeks. 

The three-letter network said that Phillip, who is the current host of “Inside Politics Sunday,” will become an integral member of the network’s special politics coverage in the coming months and will anchor a 10:00 PM primetime program out of New York. Laura Coates, the network’s recently promoted chief legal analyst, will helm a show from Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to both of these women. They certainly deserve the bump up.


Loretta Jones knocked unconscious in unprovoked attack

Screenshot from a video posted on Instagram by @cheflorettaj

Loretta Jones, the wife of Bishop Noel Jones, pastor of the megachurch City of Refuge here in Los Angeles, was punched in the face and knocked unconscious by a random woman in an apparent unprovoked attack at their church on Sunday, according to L.A. Focus Magazine.

One witness said the woman walked up to the first lady and coldcocked her from out of nowhere. Security did detain the unnamed woman as she shouted something like, ‘I did it because she gave my daughter cancer.’ At least that’s what I’ve heard. 

Anyway, the first lady was apparently transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Her status remains unknown. I’ve been trying to find more on this story. The church has not issued any kind of a statement. 

But I find it very interesting that none of the other news outlets have picked up on this story.

By the way, Bishop Noel Jones is the twin brother of iconic entertainer, Grace Jones. 

We wish them all well over there. And you know what? I bet a lot of folks will turn up on Sunday though to see what’s going on.

And for all these stories and a whole lot more, don’t forget to follow Tanya Hart on social media @tanyahollywood and @aurnonline.


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