The graphic above is one of the earliest covers of The Crisis Magazine:
founded by W.E.B. Du Bois as the official publication of the NAACP, is a journal of civil rights, history, politics, and culture and seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues that continue to plague African Americans and other communities of color. For nearly 100 years, The Crisis has been the magazine of opinion and thought leaders, decision makers, peacemakers and justice seekers. It has chronicled, informed, educated, entertained and, in many instances, set the economic, political and social agenda for our nation and its multi-ethnic citizens.
The Crisis archives can be found using google books.
Please give a listen to Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, and architect of the Moral Mondays Movement, speak in Asheville NC this last weekend about the power we have as bloggers to carry the message:
We must utilize social media, text, twitter, facebook, whatever. We must get our story out Mainstream media doesn’t always tell our story. We had 100,000 people in the street in North Carolina on a winter day.. but you know who tells that story? You do. A movement is only as strong as those who stand together. We have music and storytelling and spoken word and the arts.
He also named us “Baruch” (messengers) and I thought about how important Black Kos is, not just carrying the message to readers who don’t post here, but to people we interact with in the blogosphere, especially people who are not black. We are certainly a small group, with 786 Daily Kos followers, as well as having readers on Motley Moose, though we have no current data about how many people read us.
Many of us who are black grew up in two media worlds, one that was black; with magazines and newspapers that targeted us directly, and the other was a white media world, which covered us infrequently, and not always with any particular understanding or empathy. We learned to deal with both.
To get a sense of the current digital footprint of African-American media, Pew Research analyzed audience data for 18 African American-oriented websites and associated apps tracked by the Maynard Institute, an organization aimed at helping news media accurately portray all segments of society. The set of web entities includes entertainment and lifestyle outlets as well as news organizations. Thirteen garnered 1 million or more monthly unique visitors in January 2015, according to data provided by the analytics firm comScore, four of which are outlets dedicated to news: The Root, NewsOne, The Grio and Huffington Post Black Voices.
Pew discussed black radio, in an earlier piece.
I wonder how many folks who aren’t black regularly read black media, or subscribe to black publications?
In Asheville I asked the assembled bloggers, and attendees, almost all of whom were white how many of you are members of The Black Kos community? Several said they would be joining us. That is a good thing, and I hope it happens, but I also challenge readers here to expand their horizons. My friend Yasuragi regularly forwards me “Racism Review,” which I recommend highly. Check it out.
I don’t want to make this a poll, but I am curious. What black media do you read, listen to or view regularly?
Cross-posted from Black Kos