Byron Allen, Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studio, tells Steve Malzberg that he’s “disappointed” with President Obama’s treatment of the African-American community, adding that he has not seen the “Hope & Change” President Barack Obama promised. On Al Sharpton, Byron Allen says it’s alarming that Sharpton has the access he does to the White House, adding, “To even suggest that Al Sharpton speaks for me, a person of color, a black person … that is racist in itself.” Byron Allen, the youngest comic to ever appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, joined Steve to discuss the Billion Dollar Lawsuit he’s a part of against Comcast for alleged discrimination against Black- owned media companies, having made war with Al Sharpton whom he said was the poster boy for Comcast giving lip service to Blacks. Allen says “It’s easier to make a token donation to Al Sharpton and get cover,” than to actually work with black- owned media companies.
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There are additional inflammatory claims in the suit, like a Comcast executive told someone at Allen’s company, “we’re not trying to create any more Bob Johnson’s.” Johnson created Black Entertainment Television (BET), and sold it to Viacom for $3 billion nearly two decades ago.