Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Need For Black Vanity Press

I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to have positive representation of Black people in the media. It’s one of the main reasons why I stay so dedicated to blogging. I know from your emails and notes in Facebook that many of you crave images of Black people doing well and looking great.

I also know that several of us would love to wrap ourselves in the cloistered existence of a so-called post-racial America - especially given the election of President Obama. However, the unfortunate truth is that recent media analysis indicates one of two things happens when it comes to the media’s portrayal of Black people. We are either dogged by persistent negative stereotypes or we are completely absent.

This is why it is so important that we ensure the financial viability and success of Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine during these difficult times. These two publications are the windows into a world where the rich spectrum of Black people is celebrated. These magazines are as relevant today as they were when the late John H. Johnson started them in 1945 and 1951 respectively.

Please consider subscribing to one or both of these publications. The next page of our story needs to be filled with culturally relevant content from the company that cared about us first.