Listeners Weigh In On Black Love, McDonald's Pull On Olympians

Tell Me More host Michel Martin and Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations heard on the program. This week, the audience weighs in on the state of black relationships roundtable and TMM Producer Monika Evstatieva's commentary on McDonald's sponsorship of the Winter Olympics.

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And now, its time for Back Talk, where we lift the curtain on whats happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere and get a chance to hear from you, our listeners. Lee Hill, our digital media guy, is here with me, as usual. Hi, Lee. Whats up?

LEE HILL: Hey, Michel. Well, Sunday was Valentines Day, and I hope you had a good one.

MARTIN: I did.

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HILL: And leading up to V-Day, we organized a roundtable of black writers, featuring journalists Helena Andrews, CSI: New York star Hill Harper, and our very own Barbershop moderator, Jimi Izrael. Now, they talked about the perceived disconnect when it comes to black men, black women and romantic relationships. Here is a clip from that conversation.

Ms. HELENA ANDREWS (Author, Bitch is the New Black): Theyre not saying that men dont exist. Theyre just saying, there are fewer of them than they would want.

HILL: And lots of spirited dialogue followed that chat on our Web site. And here is a post from blogger Reg(ph). He writes: Ive been witnessing black women arguing the issue of being (unintelligible). They mostly come from successful, college-educated black women. My incomplete college education commits me to the unqualified pool.

Now, Reg goes on to say: I wouldnt say our women need to lower their standards, but re-evaluation of what substantive qualities they're looking for in a man is logical, considering the present climate of our community.

MARTIN: Well, thank you, Reg and Lee. On Wednesday, TELL ME MORE producer Monika Evstatieva took to the blogosphere to take a critical look at McDonald's sponsorship of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the catchphrase for the commercials they are airing during the games.

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Unidentified Man: You dont have to be an Olympic athlete to eat like one.

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MARTIN: Now, Monika is also our staff fitness guru, and she wrote about how she couldnt see anything more contradictory than eating at Mickey Ds and training as an Olympian. But not everybody agreed. We caught up with blogger Dave(ph), and this is what he had to say.

DAVE: Actually, a lot of outstanding athletes do eat fast food. For some, though, their intense training program may be more forgiving of ingesting fat or extra calories. I know when Im in marathon training and running 50 or 60 miles a week, my body often cries out for fat.

MARTIN: OK. Dave, I envy you.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: My body is not crying out for fat anymore. Thank you, Lee.

HILL: Mine is. Thank you, Michel.

MARTIN: And remember with TELL ME MORE, the conversation never ends. To tell us more, you can call our comment line at 202-842-3522. Please remember to leave your name. You can also log onto our Web site. Go to, click on programs, then on TELL ME MORE, and blog it out.

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