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Al Sharpton

Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. (born October 3, 1954) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, television/radio talk show host and a former White House adviser for President Barack Obama. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin' It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances cable news television. In 2011, he was named the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show. In 2015, the program was shifted to Sunday mornings. Sharpton's supporters praise "his ability and willingness to defy the power structure that is seen as the cause of their suffering" and consider him "a man who is willing to tell it like it is". Former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch, a one-time foe, said that Sharpton deserves the respect he enjoys among black Americans: "He is willing to go to jail for them, and he is there when they need him." President Barack Obama said that Sharpton is "the voice of the voiceless and a champion for the downtrodden." A 2013 Zogby Analytics poll found that one quarter of African Americans said that Sharpton speaks for them. His critics describe him as "a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations". Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Buchanan. Sharpton sees much of the criticism as a sign of his effectiveness. "In many ways, what they consider criticism is complimenting my job," he said. "An activist's job is to make public civil rights issues until there can be a climate for change." (Wikipedia)


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Born:
Oct 3, 1954 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
27
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Movie Maynard 2018-04-10
Known For
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of Rescue Me
Poster of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Poster of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Filmography
Movie Maynard (Himself) 2018-04-10
Movie Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes Himself 2018-03-11
Series The Nineties Himself 2017-07-09
Movie 91 Bullets in a Minute Himself 2014-08-19
Movie The Central Park Five Himself (archive footage) 2012-05-24
Movie Good Hair Himself 2009-10-09
Series Joy Behar: Say Anything! Unknown 2009-09-29
Movie Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez Unknown 2009-01-01
Series Murder in Black & White Unknown 2008-10-05
Movie The Black List: Volume One Himself 2008-01-22
Series The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Movie Street Fight Himself 2005-01-01
Series Rescue Me Unknown 2004-07-21
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Series I Hate My Job Unknown 2004-11-09
Series Anderson Cooper 360° Unknown 2003-09-08
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Mr. Deeds The Rhyme Master 2002-06-28
Series My Wife and Kids Unknown 2001-03-28
Series Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Series MSNBC Live 1996-07-15
Movie Run For Cover Himself 1995-05-12
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11