“And GO! And GO! And GO!”
It’s about five minutes to showtime, and Melissa Harris-Perry, clad in a nautical-inspired dress, navy blue cardigan and matching pumps, is jumping up and down on the highly polished floor of MSNBC’s Studio 3A.
The 38-year-old college professor and former cheerleader (Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va., late ’ 80s) grabs the hand of her husband, fair-housing activist James H. Perry, before bounding — half stomping, half dancing — toward the set of her eponymous new cable news show, which, in just a few short minutes, will make its series debut.