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“Elevating the Dialogue”
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By DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer
NEW YORK — Harris Faulkner's hobby
may sound like a patriotic put-on, but the
Fox News Channel anchor insists it's legit.
“The thing that I really love to do, that
I now only do in the shower, is to sing the
national anthem,'' said Faulkner, a regular
on Fox's daytime show Outnumbered.
While you clear that image of a shower
gel bottle doubling as a hand-held mic, know
that Faulkner belted out The Star Spangled
Banner in public before Kansas City Chiefs
and Minnesota TimberWolves games.
She sang it so much in the newsroom
at a Kansas City television station that
a colleague secretly arranged her public
Harris, 49, is considered a rising star
at Fox News after a decade there. Besides
Outnumbered, which just celebrated its first
full year on the air, she regularly works six-
day weeks by anchoring a Sunday evening
“She's a go-to person around here,”
said Jay Wallace, Fox's senior vice president
of news. Her energy and willingness to
put in the extra work has endeared her to
management, he said.
The noontime Outnumbered has worked
beyond its mildly sexist premise, where four
women arrayed on a couch kick around
the day's news with one male panelist.
Faulkner's news chops make her the
closest thing to a ringleader. Sandra Smith
of Fox Business Network and commentator
Andrea Tantaros are the other regulars. The
fourth woman, and the man, are rotated
in. Outnumbered guys have included Fox
regulars like Ed Henry and Bill Hemmer
and guests like Terry Bradshaw and Gene
“The show is a mix of hard news, tough
topics and a little bit of that `girls go to
Vegas' thing mixed in,” Faulkner said.
As is typical for Fox shows, it beats
its news competition. March's average
viewership of 1.32 million was more than
CNN and MSNBC combined in the time
slot, the Nielsen company said. In some
markets, “Outnumbered'' does as well as
network shows like “The View'' or “The Talk.''
Often, it resembles an hour-long version
of the “hot topics” segment on The View,
although Fox dispenses with chat for news
coverage when the situation calls for it.
In a more typical newscaster role at
Fox at the time, Harris jumped at the
opportunity to be part of the new show
when it was offered by “the chairman,” as
she refers to Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
“My first reaction was elation,” she said.
“Doing hard news and being able to use
another set of muscles, I knew was going to
be a challenge for me, and I've loved every
second of it, because it is so different.”
At first some of the men felt like they
had to fill a role, or subscribe to gender
stereotypes, she said. But the show usually
appears now to have moved beyond such
Faulkner, who is married to a former
colleague from Minneapolis and has two
young children, is the author of a 1999
book about how her faith helped her get
past a stalking episode, where she had
to testify at her assailant's trial. A far less
harrowing part of her past, teased out
on the air recently by Tantaros, was her
appearance as a backup dancer in Janet
Jackson's Black Cat video.
Faulkner said she's become accustomed
to her schedule, which leaves her on call as
the top news anchor on Sundays in addition
to the 7 p.m. ET newscast. It's tough on a
family, but her husband works largely from
“It benefits my girls to see a mommy
who is living her dream,” she said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jamie Foxx is defending
his national anthem performance at the Floyd
Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight against online
On Entertainment Tonight, Foxx says that his
earpiece fell off just before he started to sing The
Star-Spangled Banner. He said he had to follow the
accompanying organ music through arena speakers
at Saturday's fight in Las Vegas.
Despite that, he got an enthusiastic response
from the crowd and individual compliments from
Denzel Washington and others, Foxx said.
When he learned that online posts were taking
him to task, Foxx said he listened to a playback and
realized the song was a bit off. Nevertheless, Foxx
said he hadn't committed, in his words, “a sin against
America” and said the anthem sounded “great” in
Posts that questioned if he could sing went too
far, Foxx said.
MIAMI — The up-tempo
mélange of dialogue, music and
dance enliven the stage this
weekend, as the South Miami-
Dade Cultural Arts Center and
Siempre Flamenco present Café
Shows are scheduled 8:30
p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30
day of show and can be pur-
chased online at SMDCAC.org or
by calling 786-573-5300.
The center is located at
10950 SW 211th St. in Cutler
Café Cantante is an excit-
ing and authentic flamenco show
dedicated to preserving the art of
flamenco in a fresh and engaging
performance. The trilogy of guitar,
song and dance are in constant
dialogue, and the spontaneity of
conversation is interpreted in the
language of flamenco.
Moving and mesmerizing,
the deep emotions that emanate
from flamenco song unite with
the intricate fury of dance in an
unforgettable performance. The
audience will be swept away to
Andalucía, transcended in time,
as they partake in a moment
of flamenco life. Café Cantante
features an international cast of
world-renowned flamenco art-
ists, led by Siempre Flamenco's
founding directors, Paco and
The Cabaret Series takes
place in the intimate Black Box
Theater space which seats up to
130 people. The series includes
jazz, string groups, flamenco,
Broadway show tunes and soulful
singers. The lounge setting has
table seating, food, drinks and a
The South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center, designed
by an internationally-acclaimed
design team that includes Arqui-
tectonica International (archi-
tects), Fisher Dachs Associates
(theater design), Artec Consul-
tants (acoustics), and AMS Plan-
ning and Research Corp. (theater
management), provides, for the
first time, a state-of-the-art cul-
tural venue and community gath-
ering place in the southern part
of Miami-Dade County.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FOX NEWS CHANNEL
Harris Faulkner celebrates the first year anniversary of Outnumbered along with fellow castmates.
considered rising star at Fox
on set of
Foxx says anthem performance
was not ‘a sin against America’
PHOTO COURTESY OF WETPAINT.COM
Flamenco comes alive in
South Dade cabaret series
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND ARSHTCENTER.ORG
The Siempre Flamenco dancers and Paco Fonta will
appear at the South Miami-Dade cultural center.
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