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Monday, October 14, 2013

Survey: Black Women Portrayed Negatively in Media

Judge Orders Heart & Soul Owners to Pay Writers

Reginald Stuart, Rochester, N.Y., Paper Win for Diversity

ESPN Backs Columnist Reilly Over Redskins Quotations

Black Print Magazine Ads Drop, Latino Products Rise

Role of Ethnicity Varies Among 5 Hispanic Opinion Editors

"When Is It O.K. to Call a Scientist a Whore?"

Fusion Plans Current Events, Not "Traditional News"

Utah Has Its First Regular African American Anchorwoman

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Survey: Black Women Portrayed Negatively in Media

In the media, "negative imagery of Black women is seen often twice as frequently as positive imagery," according to a survey of more than 1,200 respondents appearing in the November issue of Essence magazine.

They "told us that the images we encounter regularly on TV, in social media, in music videos and from other outlets are overwhelmingly negative and fall into categories that make us cringe — Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies," Dawnie Walton wrote last week in advance of the issue's appearance on newsstands Friday.

"The study also revealed six types we feel we don't see enough in media, types we feel more genuinely reflect us and the Black women we know: Young Phenoms, Real Beauties, Individualists, Community Heroines, Girls Next Door and Modern Matriarchs. . . ."

Walton reported "surprising, bonus details and insights from our research":

  • "85% of our Black women respondents reported they regularly see representations of Baby Mamas in media, while only 41% said they often see Real Beauties. The type seen least often? Community Heroines."

  • "Modern Jezebels and Gold Diggers are the types that cause Black women the most embarrassment. . . ."

  • "Our Black respondents said the typologies that best represent the Black women they know in real life are the positive ones — including Real Beauties, Modern Matriarchs, Girls Next Door and Individualists.

  • "But non-Hispanic White women cited negative typologies as most representative of Black women they've encountered in real life — namely, Baby Mamas, Angry Black Women, Unhealthy Black Women and Uneducated Sisters.

  • "Younger women — ages 18-29 — were more likely than older women to be aware of negative typologies and also more likely to find them compelling. . . ."

  • "African-American women reported higher levels of happiness with their natural beauty and appearance, plus their spiritual lives and religious commitments. Meanwhile, White women reported higher satisfaction with their homes, their relationships with significant others, and their savings and investments."

  • "Both Black and White women reported that the strongest influence for boosting their sense of worth is themselves. But while Black women cited their mothers as the second strongest influence, White women say they look to their significant others to lift them up.

  • "Interestingly, women who were compelled by negative typologies also reported they find physical features including lighter skin and straight hair to be most beautiful."

Writing about the study for the Washington Post, Krissah Thompson reported Thursday, "The magazine's study differs from other assessments of the portrayal of black women in the media in an important way: It proposes a solution.

"The problem with the current images is that they reflect extremity, according to the magazine and the researchers. The solution is to uplift images in the 'invisible middle.' Those include figures such as, 'the acculturated girl next door,' 'community heroines,' 'young phenoms' and 'modern matriarchs.'

"Marketing expert Pepper Miller, who was interviewed by researchers for the report, wrote in her book 'Black Still Matters [in Marketing]' that 'there are the high profile celebrities, entertainers, and sports figures on one side, and the impoverished, crime-ridden, and down and out on the other. This flawed perception results in the rest of us — The Invisible Middle — being ignored and marginalized.' "

Judge Orders Heart & Soul Owners to Pay Writers

A Maryland judge has ordered the owners of Heart & Soul magazine to pay aggrieved writers $90,263 after many of them remained unpaid despite an April settlement under which a dozen freelance writers and editors would finally be compensated.

Since the Sept. 30 order from Judge Krystal Q. Alves of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland for Prince George's County, four of the 12 women received checks, Larry Goldbetter, president of the National Writers Union, messaged Journal-isms on Friday. "They all appear to be for the agreed upon amount for May," he said of the checks.

Heart & Soul has had a rough go since journalist George Curry and his partners in Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates, LLC of Silver Spring, Md., announced in January 2012 that they had bought the 18-year-old health and wellness publication from Edwin V. Avent, a Baltimore-based businessman who now heads the recently launched cable network Soul of the South.

The new Heart & Soul owners promised to compensate a group of angry writers who said they were owed more than $200,000 in back pay. But after failure to satisfy the writers and other setbacks, Curry said in November that he had resigned as executive vice president/content and editorial director.

The status of the publication could not be determined on Monday. The website features a story dated Sept. 25.

Reginald Stuart, a corporate recruiter for McClatchy Corp., jokes with Emily Tan

Reginald Stuart, Rochester, N.Y., Paper Win for Diversity

"Reginald Stuart, veteran journalist and corporate recruiter, and the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle are the recipients of the 12th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors in partnership with other journalism organizations," APME announced on Friday.

"The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of the American Society of News Editors' Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion. The awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at the annual awards lunch at the APME conference in Indianapolis.

"This year, the 12th annual awards were sponsored by The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the APME Foundation, and the Chips Quinn Scholars program of the Newseum Institute. The honorees will each receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque.

The announcement continued, "In the nominating letter for Stuart, a veteran journalist who has spent 45 years chronicling news stories and recruiting and placing journalists in various assignments — including the last 20 as a recruiter for Knight Ridder and then The McClatchy Co. — Stuart's nomination celebrated him for placing more than 1,000 journalists into jobs."

It also said, "In her nominating letter, Jennifer Leonard, president and CEO of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, saluted the Democrat and Chronicle for 'its dedication to diversity in news content and leadership in providing tools, information and resources to promote intergroup understanding and equity in our upstate New York community.'

"She said that through its Unite Rochester initiative, the Democrat and Chronicle bolstered community conversations through a continuing series of news stories, deployed extensive online expertise and social media reach to stimulate community discussions, developed and publicized results of a countywide poll about racial attitudes, issues and solutions and took its leadership team on the road for town hall meetings to spur conversation about the issues and beliefs that divide Rochester. . . ." used this photo illustration to accompany a piece by Jake O'Donnell on Rick Reilly's column about the nickname of the Washington NFL team.

ESPN Backs Columnist Reilly Over Redskins Quotations

ESPN is standing by columnist Rick Reilly, who defended the Washington Redskins team name only to have his father-in-law, a Blackfeet Indian elder, say that Reilly misquoted him as supporting the name.

The Native American Journalists Association on Friday called on ESPN "to review Reilly's past work to ensure there have been no other instances in which sources may have been misquoted or their views misrepresented." It also said, "Arguing that a racial slur is actually not offensive when members of the offended group say otherwise not only seems harmful, but almost deliberately cruel. . . ."

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys told Journal-isms by email on Monday, "We reviewed the column and stand by Rick's reporting."

Reilly wrote on Sept. 18, "I know an atheist who is offended by religious names like the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There are people [who] who don't think Ole Miss should be the Rebels. People who lost family to Hurricanes. There are people who think Wizards promotes paganism. Shall we listen to all of them?"

He quoted his father-in-law, Bob Burns, as saying, "The whole issue is so silly to me. The name just doesn't bother me much. It's an issue that shouldn't be an issue, not with all the problems we've got in this country."

"But that’s not what I said," Burns countered Oct. 10 in his own piece for the Indian Country Today Media Network.

"What I actually said is that 'it's silly in this day and age that this should even be a battle — if the name offends someone, change it.' He failed to include my comments that the term 'redskins' demeans Indians, and historically is insulting and offensive, and that I firmly believe the Washington Redskins should change their name.

"When Rick's article came out, it upset me to be portrayed as an 'Uncle Tom' in support of this racial slur. I asked him to correct the record. He has not, so I must do it myself. . . ."

Reilly sent out a tweet later that day, "While I stand by the reporting in my Sept. 18 column about the Washington Redskins nickname controversy, and felt I accurately quoted my father-in-law in the piece, clearly he feels differently. This is an incredibly sensitive issue, and Bob felt he had more to say on the subject after that column was posted on We've spoken and cleared this up. I admire Bob and respect his opinions, and he's welcome to express them. Bob and I are good and I'm looking forward to my next steak with him."

Black Print Magazine Ads Drop, Latino Products Rise

African American-oriented print magazines saw declines in advertising pages in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period in 2012, but Hispanic-oriented print magazines all showed gains, according to new figures from the Publishers Information Bureau. The exception was Siempre Mujer.

The figures are for print magazines only, not their fast-growing tablet magazine counterparts.

Among African American-oriented print magazines, Black Enterprise was down 46.1 percent (it reduced the number of issues in the measuring period from nine in 2012 to five in 2013); Ebony, down 1.3 percent; Essence, down 15.4 percent; and Jet, down 22.5 percent (it reduced the number of issues from 19 to 14).

However, Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co., publishers of Ebony and Jet, told Journal-isms by email, "Both magazines are up at the newsstand this year over last year for the first half-- which is amazing. We are thrilled."  Rich Magid, chief financial officer, said Ebony is up 11.9 percent and Jet, 4 percent.

Among Hispanic print titles, Latina rose 14.8 percent, People en Español 4.2 percent, Ser Padres, 6.2 percent, and Siempre Mujer was down 13.9 percent.

Enedina Vega, vice president and publisher of Meredith Hispanic Media, responsible for Siempre Mujer (and Ser Padres), told Journal-isms that last year was an exception. "In 2012 we were fortunate to carry 2 inserts from one company which accounted for 75 PIB pages. That business is not running anywhere this year," she said by email.

Overall, "digital editions are getting a small slice of the money that used to go solely to print," Bill Cromwell reported Thursday for "The PIB found that tablet ad units grew 17.5 percent during third quarter, and when those were combined with print ads, total units were up 6.8 percent over last year.

"Still, it's very likely that ad pages will never return to where they were a few years ago, let alone a decade ago, when the decline began. . . ."

From left: Myriam Marquez, Arnold Garcia, John Diaz, Mariel Garza and Brian Calle

Role of Ethnicity Varies Among 5 Hispanic Opinion Editors

"Some of us on the AOJ members-only discussion list were appalled but not surprised when AOJ diversity chair Richard Prince said he had found only five persons of apparent Hispanic ancestry serving as opinion-page editors of substantial U.S. dailies," John McClelland, editor of the Masthead, a publication of the Association of Opinion Journalists, wrote Friday.

"He quoted one, Arnold Garcia. Prince wrote: 'The Newspaper Association of America lists 1,382 daily newspapers in the United States. Arnold's comment: "Doesn't say much for recruitment efforts, does it?" '

"Media industries have been slow generally, since beginning to diversify purposefully in the (gulp!) 1960s. So now we wondered why so few of one of the most numerous and rapidly growing minorities are in key leadership roles in U.S. editorial floors. That's too broad and deep an issue for this package, but we thought there would be good tales among the success stories. Perhaps a spark to discussion?

"This started with a seemingly routine query related to the waning weeks of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. But it struck a nerve. So we asked the five to share a bit of what their world is like, to run before the AOJ convention Oct. 13-15.

"We suggested that they comment on highlights, lowlights, speed-bumps on the way to the EPE [editorial page editor] job, how cultural backgrounds affect this or other forms of journalism, and so on. These understandably busy people didn't know us from Adam, but all responded well. . . ."

The five are Myriam Marquez, Miami Herald; Arnold Garcia, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; John Diaz, San Francisco Chronicle; Brian Calle, Orange County (Calif.) Register; and Mariel Garza, Los Angeles Daily News.

"When Is It O.K. to Call a Scientist a Whore?"

Danielle Lee

"Before this weekend, the top discussion topics on the forum of Biology-Online — which describes itself as the 'world's largest and most comprehensive biology discussion board,' were on mutations and body temperature," Scott Jaschik wrote Monday for Inside Higher Ed. "But the topic attracting the most contributions now is a bit different, with readers weighing in on the question: 'When is it O.K. to call a scientist a whore?'

"The question reflects the way an editor of Biology-Online responded to a scientist who declined to write for the site without pay. But the discussion has broadened to bias and disrespect faced by female and minority scientists. And when Scientific American took down a blog post about the incident, the anger grew more intense, as a respected publication was accused of refusing to permit discussion about the treatment of a minority woman — even when that woman was one of the magazine's bloggers. When the magazine took down her post, other bloggers leaped in and published what she had written, and Twitter is now full of the hashtag #IstandwithDNLee — referring to the woman whose treatment set off the controversy. . . ."

Fusion Plans Current Events, Not "Traditional News"

The new Fusion network, the joint English-language venture of Univision and ABC News that plans to target young Hispanics, will not be offering "traditional news. We are going to be covering current events, but we are going to be doing it through the filters" of the millennial generation, Isaac Lee, president of Univision News and recently named CEO of Fusion, said on Monday.

Lee told Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable, "My target audience is a millennial audience that today has a different set of values than what people think of. That lives in the digital world, but definitely enjoys television and enjoys good content and over-indexes in information.

"They are getting their breaking news via Twitter, they're getting their opinions about everything that goes on in their Facebook pages. They are watching several YouTube channels and they are into cable and broadcast and movie theaters and they don't have a network that is targeting only them that has the focus of creating content especially for them. . . ."

Lafayette asked, "How much of what you're going to be doing is going to be traditional news?"

Lee replied, "I think that the key part is not going to be traditional news. We are going to be covering current events, but we are going to be doing it through the filters that I mentioned. Things do not have to be boring to be well done. You can be funny and relevant. You need to be consistent and you need to be outstanding and perceived to be authentic as well.

"So we are going to have a morning show. The morning show has an anchor, a beautiful female anchor [Mariana Atencio] from Venezuela. We have an anchor from Brazil [Pedro Andrade] who does a show out of New York for Globo. It has a guy from Brooklyn [Yannis Pappas] descended from a Greek family who has millions of followers on YouTube. And they are going to be doing a very different morning show that is going to be fun.

"That is going to be entertaining, that is going to be self-deprecating, they're not going to take themselves seriously and they don't pretend. They can actually be having a conversation with an audience that likes to see things plain and simple. They don't need to be reading a Teleprompter. It can all be more casual and more real. . . . "

News director George Severson said of Nadia Crow, who is 27, "I’m so amazed, fo

Utah Has Its First Regular African American Anchorwoman

Nadia Crow, 27, who grew up in Chicago, has become the first regular African American anchorwoman at a Salt Lake City TV station, KTVX-TV, Scott D. Pierce reported Sunday for the Salt Lake Tribune.

"She admits she had a few questions about Utah before she got here," Pierce wrote.

Referring to News Director George Severson, who hired her, Crow said, "I asked George, 'Is there somewhere I can get my hair done? Am I going to be able to go to the grocery store and see somebody that looks like me? What is going to happen if I come there? But coming here has really opened up my eyes. There is diversity here. And there are growing populations that people outside of Utah don't realize are here.'

"Including her friends. A lot of them asked her if she'd be safe in Utah. If she would have to wear 'old-timey clothes' with long sleeves on the air. If she'd end up as someone's third wife.

" 'They have these "Big Love" ideas, because that's what they see on TV,' Crow said. 'There are so many misconceptions outside of Utah of what the LDS [Mormon] faith is. And then when you come here, you realize that those things really aren’t true.' . . ."

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sky matthew


sky matthew



I see black women as queens. In the aggregate. Individually their are sisters I could do without.

We need to focus on SELF image first. Others will do what others do.

Nat Turner

That's b/c White men loves you.

Onion G

Quote: "Respondents felt the images were "overwhelmingly negative," falling typically into categories including: “Gold Diggers, Modern Jezebels, Baby Mamas, Uneducated Sisters, Ratchet Women, Angry Black Women, Mean Black Girls, Unhealthy Black Women, and Black Barbies.”

Also add strippers, prostitutes, video vixen, reality show Black women, ignorant house maids and slave women.

So who's to blame and point fingers?

Hollywood producers and directors?

Movie script, screen writers or casting directors?

The "establishment" Whites in Hollywood that "green light" projects?


It's all the Black women who themselves independently and on their own, choose to portray themselves in all these negative roles and depictions mentioned above because they wanted too for the fame, the perks, fortune/money of Hollywood by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Whose responsible for Black women and portrayals of all the reality shows "Housewives Of" and "Basketball wives" series?

And who's cheering them on?

The very Black women who are now "choosing" to criticize them.

Who's all lined up, wrapped all around the building like it's early morning Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving waiting for hours in line to audition for these demeaning roles hoping and praying to be selected and if not selected for this demeaning role, is off to stand in line for the next one?


Two women got EXTREMELY lucky (Kerry Washington and Olivia Pope) who's not on a "Black" BET or TV1 show, starring and playing roles written specifically for White women "first and foremost"starring on prime time TV and now suddendly, there's outrage and madness from women about the previously "chosen on purpose" negativity and portrayal by other Black women?

Also, when Boris Kodjoe and newcomer to America Black British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, co- starred as a married CIA spy married couple in NBC's prime time spy action (not a comedy) drama "Undercovers" back in 2010, why wasn't Blacks watching that drama that got cancelled that lasted about 2 months after several shows?

Some of the stupid and dumb responses I remember for not watching the show "Undercovers" from Black people were "she (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) "is not right for Boris Kodjoe as his wife" AND "we don't know who she is" AND "they should have selected an American Black actress like Vivica A. Fox to play his wife".


So Blacks will watch a Black women on a prime time drama dealing specifically with White men as their work partner or love interest but not support a Black man and a Black woman starring together as in leading roles as work partner or love interest.

AND where was all this outrage at the height of the reality TV show and rap and hip hop era when the negative Black woman volume was really turned up acting a damn fool all the way to ten?

So that really means Black women could not mentally envision it but instead, had to first see it with their own two eyes physically to actually believe it.


Black women, your overall argument and concern now is not a bit, but DECADES WAY too late.


When you are a black person, born and raised under a social material system of white supremacy, everything you know about yourself and how are to function under this system, from those who control and dominate this system...

my prerog

It is never too late to separate.

michael brooks

Onion G !!! You express my feelings exactly !! I say blame those Black Grandmothers for as Donna Summers said:Being their Biggest Cheerleaders" right on the heels of the civil rights movement of the 60's Don't blame hip-hop.Black women have instilled in little black girls that the way to success is simple:Get a white man ;and let them see you on T.V. Shaking your black butt with lots of media coverage.Don't blame the white male controlled media grand-ma.This was your response to the civil-rights movement to your black daughters. Live with it.

LogicalLeopard I

"They "told us that the images we encounter regularly on TV, in social media, in music videos and from other outlets are overwhelmingly negative..."

And the "music videos" category lets you know that most of this negative imagery is coming from black productions. I'm willing to believe that much of the negativity comes from "black" movies, television, and videos. That's sad.


racism towards black people does have its roots in the treaty of Nicea signed by Constantine who hated Blacks with a passion for their opposing views on the divinity.

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