Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Top 10 Moments in Negro Journalism

Hey Ladies!
Jet Magazine, one of the bedrocks of Negro magazine journalism, has chronicled important issues within and pertaining to the black community. From the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Jet has always been there. But after 54 years it still hasn’t outgrown its perverted side—“Jet Beauty of the Week.” The predecessor to Black Tail, XXL’s Eye Candy, The Source’s Dimepiece and King. Black America never seems to get enough of it’s sistas who “love music, taking long walks and reading.” Maybe they will one day discover airbrushing.

Light Skinned News Anchors
Yeah, nowadays there are brothers and sistahs of all shades on the air. But back in the day (read: the ‘80s), it was hard for an African-American to make it on the network news—unless your name was Bryant Gumbel or Spencer Christian. Light-skinned, curly-haired brothers and sistahs dominated the airwaves. That all eventually changed…. Right?

Hip-Hop in CyberspaceThe internet boom of the 90’s didn’t exclude the sprawling world of Hip-Hop. From UBO (Urban Box Office, which of all things is now a Latin and Reggaeton web site!),, Russell Simmons' (holds the world record for crashing the most times in one day) and the future ass market Numerous up and coming as well as accomplished journalists (Want to name a couple?) fled their gigs for the internet—huge mistake!

Jason Blair Proves that Affirmative Actions Ain’t Always the Way to Go
Brother gets a job at one of the most prestigious newspapers in the world and what does he do? Set all black journalists back 10 years by lying to the white man. Jason, if you didn’t want to work, why take the job in the first place?

Earl Graves Bosses Up
After 38 years, Earl Graves’ Black Enterprise Magazine is the only magazine that teaches black folks how to make money, keep it, buy homes and builds a secure financial future for their families. So why aren’t more of us millionaires?

The Godfathers and Mother of This Here Game
Before the internet had us all going nuts and the radio waves became dominated with gossip, shock jocks and bad music the newspaper was the leading voice for us Negroes. Before the all-white newsrooms let us in the door there were dozens of black owned and operated newspapers that empowered, educated and entertained like The Chicago Defender (John Sengstacke), The California Eagle (Charlotta Bass), The Amsterdam News (James Henry Anderson) and The Pittsburgh Courier (Edwin Harleston).

Vibe Magazine—The Golden Years
The oversized magazine came into our lives at the right time. There seemed to be no one speaking to the R&B fans out there. And as hip-hop soul acts like Mary J. Blige and Jodeci came up, so too did Vibe. And while the magazine has changed focus—several times—depending on who was at the helm (Alan Light, Danyel Smith, Emil Wilberkin or Mimi Valdez), it seemed to be the only place where you could get the real on your favorite R&B stars. Vibe, where have ye gone?

BET Fires Tavis Smiley Then Cancels “BET Tonight”
We already know what you’re thinking… easy target. But in all honesty, BET does what it does and we get that. But what we don’t like is being teased and that’s just what they did with “BET Tonight.” Just when we go used to getting the biggest news in our community brought to us in a conversational manner by the verbose Mr. Smiley (sure he either cut off or talked over most guests but so what), he was gone. And after a series of failed guests hosts (including Kevin Powell, one of our hip-hop journalist heroes), we knew it was only matter of time before the show would go away as well. Only to make room for the Black Man’s answer to “Must See TV”… re-runs of “Amen” and “227.” At least now we have BET News updates in between videos.

“Strickly” For My Niggas
If the success of independent rap labels like Cash Money and No Limit (nice dancing P) taught us nothing, it taught us that “do it yourself’ ingenuity can take you far. Just look at the new subgenre of hip-hop magazines: gritty street mags. Endless tales of drug dealers, murders, snitches. You know who you are? Don Diva. F.E.D.S. Murder Dog. Sure, they all have loyal followings. What they don’t have, apparently, are credible copy editors or fact checkers. But it seems like their time to shine is fading with readers opting not to read but watch the same torrid tales on street DVDs.

Stay Tuned...


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