After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost.
Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.
Perry admits that their impending arrival put the heat on a renovation that had been years in the making."I was renovating the house after I bought it in 2002, before (Hurricane) Katrina, and then the storm added more to the work list," said Perry, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and a homeowner whose post-Katrina trials were profiled in The Times-Picayune's "Long Road Home" column.
"I'd say things were about 80 percent done by the time I knew Melissa would be leaving Princeton and taking a position at Tulane" University, he said, where she is a professor of political science.
When James Perry first laid eyes on the sidehall shotgun in Esplanade Ridge, it was love at first sight.
But it was another story altogether when he first brought his future wife to see the place during Mardi Gras 2009.
In an email to her staff, posted from her Twitter, Harris-Perry reveals that while she believes an MSNBC decision maker ( presumably Andy Lack or Phil Griffin) added her to the weekend lineup, she has no plans to appear due to ongoing radio silence from the network leadership about the status of her show, which she believes may be headed for cancellation, after being sidelined for several weeks for election coverage.
"If he could take on a project like that and stick with it, it was a good sign."The couple wed in October 2010 and by Thanksgiving, Harris-Perry was en route to New Orleans and the Esplanade Ridge house with her daughter, Parker, 9; Parker's "Grammy," Diana Gray; a dog named Pebbles and two cats."I took one look at it and told him we needed to get a hotel room instead," said Melissa Harris-Perry, who was living in New Jersey and teaching at Princeton University at the time."He had told me he was in the process of renovating, but what he didn't say was that the house was a construction site."For Harris-Perry, "renovating" meant choosing new cabinets or the perfect hardware for a new kitchen, as she had been doing at her house in Princeton.She is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, (Princeton 2004).And she is currently at work on a new book: Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough.