ATLANTA, GA -January 28 1, 2019 First day of Super Bowl Live Zone with performances by Atlanta hip hop icons such as Goody Mob featuring Cee Lo Green at Centennial Park on Monday, January 28, 2019.(Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media)
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Briefs: CeeLo Green on “Marriage Boot Camp;” CNN’s $76 million settlement over labor dispute; Ken Burns tackles East Lake Meadows public housing

Originally posted Friday, January 10, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Next month, Atlanta native and singer/rapper CeeLo Green will be on the newest season of WE-TV’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.”

He and his fiancée Shani met eight years ago and have been engaged for three. They are deciding if they want to get hitched or quit it. The season debuts Thursday, February 6 at 10 p.m.

Green - known for his song “Crazy” with Gnarls Barkley, solo hit “F*** You” and his time with the rap group  Goodie Mob -  has dabbled in reality TV before. He  was on a short-lived semi-fictional TBS series “The Good Life” in 2014 and a coach on “The Voice” for four of the first five seasons back in 2011 to 2013. 

The four other couples are Michel’le Toussaint and her boyfriend Stew; former “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star  Joseline Hernandez and her current boyfriend BALISTIC BEATS; Styles P and Adjuna Styles and Bianca Bonnie and Chozus

Dr. Ish and Judge Lynn Toler, who shoots her show “Divorce Court” in Atlanta, will be back. 

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CNN has settled a long-standing labor dispute for $76 million, according to Bloomberg Law.

Camera operators 15 years ago accused CNN of laying them off to avoid dealing with a union.

According to the story, the dispute involved about “200 video camera operators, broadcast engineers, and other technicians staffed by a separate video services company. Those workers, for the network’s Washington, D.C., and New York bureaus, say the company laid them off without bargaining with their union and refused to hire some of them back because of their union connections.”

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Photo: Eva Davis leans against a telephone pole, the buildings of of East Lake Meadows appear behind her. Atlanta, GA. September 8, 1986.

PBS is going to air a new Ken Burns film focused on Atlanta’s infamous East Lake Meadows public housing. It’s directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon (”The Central Park Five”).

The film - set to debut Tuesday, March 24-  looks at the 650-unit public housing community’s inception, decline and demolition as well as the changes that  have happened since then.

It also profiles individuals who toughed it and broader issues of public housing, race and class. 

As the AJC’s Jeremiah McWilliams in 2012 wrote, this was not just any public housing project: “They used to call East Lake a shooting gallery, a poverty trap and worse. The neighborhood's massive public housing project was so violent it earned the nickname ‘little Vietnam.’”

His story added: “Once feared as a drug and gang haven, the neighborhood five miles east of downtown Atlanta is now being held up as a national model for providing cradle-to-college education, high-quality mixed-income housing, safer streets and a web of support for low-income families.”

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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