Tavis Smiley, right, says of Prince, “I’ve never met a more curious mind …” 
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The outpouring of pixels, print and video memorializing Prince continued unabated on Monday with testimony about the superstar's allegiance to the black community and especially to black media.

In an interview published Sunday with Shenequa Golding of Vibe magazine, publicist Terrie Williams described how she met Prince, who died at 57 on Thursday, through the late jazz legend Miles Davis.


"This had to be a good — I started [the agency] in’88 and Miles and Eddie Murphy were my first two clients and Miles and I sort of became friends. We were in LA and we went to something, to some club, I don’t remember what it was and Prince was there and that’s how I met him," Williams said. "This was definitely in the late 80s, like ’88 or something like that, and that was where I first met him. The second time that I met him was when the agency was retained to secure urban outreach for Prince’s Welcome To America tour, which was at Madison Square Garden and New Jersey.

"I’m sorry Terrie. When you said you were trying to secure urban outreach, you were trying to secure black publications?" Golding asked.

"Yes, and that was just really it because I had this kinship with him. What I know is that there are people who have a tendency to disrespect black media.



"Like, for example, I always just say same 'bougie negroes' who will never even pick up a black newspaper. Black media is the heartbeat of our community and to exclude us in anyway is not cool. But that was something that I was pleasantly surprised to just know that he felt passionately about.

"Why were you surprised?" "Because I didn’t know himknow him, you know what I’m saying? I’ve represented a lot of people and sometimes over the years, I’ve had to convince clients about the significance of black media. So it was just a pleasant surprise to know he cared and that it was vital to him that we were part of the mix and that just spoke volumes. . . ."


On Friday, talk show host Tavis Smiley described how Prince called him for a one-hour lunch that turned out to be a four-hour conversation. "About what? Everything," Smiley said.

"Little did I know that although I was the talk show host, Prince was actually interviewing me! He'd decided that he was ready to talk on a live TV show and I was his choice. Later I realized that he wanted to spend time getting to know me, to decide whether or not I was worthy of the kind of conversation in which he was ready to engage. A frank talk about his music, the word 'slave' we'd seen on his face, artists' rights, his world view and then some.

"After a few more chats to get better acquainted, I guess I passed the test, because one day he called and asked if I'd have him as a guest on my talk show. . . ."


The bond grew so close that the musician would grill Smiley afterward about "State of the Black Union," the annual forum he hosted on C-SPAN for 10 years.

"We would feature the best and brightest minds in Black America, trying to wrestle intellectually with our unique challenges, and offer solutions to make Black America better," Smiley said.

"Like most iconic artists, Prince was not mildly, but wildly curious. He'd sit at home and watch these live sessions all day every year. And each year, I awaited the phone call that I knew was forthcoming when the sessions concluded. He'd taken copious notes and wanted me to continue the conversation over at his house. He wanted in. And, he wanted me to bring certain panelists over to the house with me for a sort of academic after party.


"I'd always oblige, and everybody from Cornel West to Dick Gregory would sit around his table dissecting the political, economic, social and cultural issues confronting the black community in particular, the nation and the world. I've never met a more curious mind.. . ."

On The Root on Monday, Harriette Cole recalled her time as creative director and editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine. "Our team had worked hard to secure an interview and photo shoot with Prince, just 'cause. We wanted to know how his mind was ticking at that that time. We knew that whatever he was thinking was worth knowing, and so we stalked him until he agreed to let us photograph and interview him.

"Our connector was Tavis Smiley, his unlikely ace. Tavis was slated to do the interview. After Prince and I met and immediately dove deep into talking about God, spirituality, the cosmos and politics, he decided I was going to do the honors.


"Never mind that interviewing Prince meant hand scribbling notes, attempting to capture his transcendent funk poetry because his paranoid a** refused to let me record anything electronically.

"We made magic during our brief time together. He did what he did best. He mesmerized us with his sense of self, with his specificity, with his good manners, with his musical artistry, with all that made Prince, Prince. He liked us, the Ebony team, and kept us with him well into the night, even performing with a few band members on his sound stage, some songs he had been working out only hours earlier. . . ."

On Facebook, Paula Madison, former diversity executive at NBCUniversal whose family owns the Africa Channel, wrote, "He was a brother who knew that his fellow Black folks needed help. He insisted that the overwhelming majority of ticket prices for his 21 Nights Tour at The LA Forum be only $25!!!


"We spent days and days into nights discussing the ownership of the US' airwaves and how Black folks are disadvantaged in that realm. He decided he wanted to grant The Africa Channel access to his LA tour and that's how we came to produce the special 30-minute on The Africa Channel.

"He was not only a musical genius but was a learned man who read voraciously and studied movies and TV. Just know that we lost a truly Down Brother. . . ."

The special, "PRINCE! Behind the Symbol," aired in 2011 and is being streamed on the Africa Channel.


Shannon Adducci, Billboard: Prince's First Photo Shoot: 'My Gut Said He Was Going to be Huge,' Photographer Robert Whitman Recalls

Dave Campbell, Associated Press: Prince and Sports: ‘He Was Very Small, But He Was Quick’

Jon Caramanica, New York Times: Prince, a Master of Playing Music and Distributing It


Harriette Cole, The Root: My Year on the Road With Prince

Juan Cole, truthdig.com: Prince’s Islamophilia as a Problem: ‘It’s Fun to Be in Islamic Countries’

Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker: Remembering the impenetrable genius, and musical achievements, of Prince.


Minister Louis Farrakhan, Nation of Islam: Prince — The Essence Of Beauty

Sharyn L. Flanagan, USA Today: I miss you already Prince

Carlos Greer, Yaron Steinbuch and Danika Fears, New York Post: Prince treated for Percocet overdose days before he died


Ron Hart, pitchfork.com: Inside Miles Davis’ Prince Obsession, As Detailed By Davis’ Family and Collaborators

Christopher Heine, adweek.com: Prince Was a Tech Innovator Who Didn't Always Get Credit for His Early Commitment to Digital

Alexander Reed Kelly, truthdig.com: The World Has Lost All Sense of Perspective When We Mourn the Passing of Prince but Not 500 Migrants


Sonny Lê, Public Radio International: Weirdo like me: Prince and David Bowie helped me find my place in America

Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press: Magic memories: Prince's warmth and wit shone in private

Questlove, Rolling Stone: Questlove Remembers Prince: In This Life, You're on Your Own


Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com: Good Night, Sweet Prince

Radio Ink: Radio Ramps Up Prince Music After His Death

Gyasi Ross, Indian Country Today Media Network: Thank You for a Funky Time: Natives Speak Out on Their Love for Prince


Tavis Smiley, "The Tavis Smiley Show": 'I'll never know why Prince chose me as one of his young protégés' (video)

Stereo Williams, Daily Beast: Prince Was Not ‘Biracial.’ He Loved His Blackness — and Yours

Touré, New York Times: Prince’s Holy Lust

No Guarantees at Free Press After Fellowships

As if journalism fellowship programs don't face enough obstacles in attracting more applicants of color, some news organizations are scaring away potential fellowship applicants by refusing to guarantee the journalists their jobs when the fellowship ends.


"It's true; the Free Press does not hold the job — or any position for that matter — for folks who accept fellowships," Suzette Hackney, formerly with the Detroit Free Press, told Journal-isms by email on Monday.

Hackney was the sole U.S. journalist of color in the Knight-Wallace Fellows program at the University of Michigan for the 2012-13 academic year. In January 2014, she joined the Blade in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio, as an editorial writer and columnist.

Last June, she moved to the Indianapolis Star as community engagement editor and columnist.


"If you accept, you do so with the understanding that you won't have a job post fellowship," Hackney continued. "That's a very scary proposition for many; I was willing to take the risk in 2012, when I left the Freep for the KWF," or Knight-Wallace Fellowships.

Free Press Editor Robert Huschka did not respond to requests for comment. Fellowships provide the means for journalists to take a break from the daily grind and explore a project of their choosing.

Last week, Lynette Clemetson, a veteran journalist and a news executive at NPR who on April 5 was named director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships and Livingston Awards at the University of Michigan, told the Journalists Roundtable in Washington that many journalists of color are afraid to apply for fellowships. "Even the Detroit Free Press, so close to Ann Arbor, no longer guarantees employees a leave of absence to accept a journalism fellowship," Clemetson told the group.


The first journalist of color to head one of the major fellowship programs, Clemetson said at her appointment, "In this changing media landscape, many journalists are concerned that if they take time out to apply for or accept a fellowship they may lose their jobs.

"I think this is especially true for journalists of color, who have been especially hard hit in past years of media downsizing. The Wallace House programs, with their international outlook and regional character, support diversity of all sorts. As director, I want to work to make media organizations see the value in supporting these programs. And I will be working hard to encourage journalists from a range of backgrounds to apply."

Clemetson said that the Free Press was not alone in its policy and that she planned to speak to editors about the value of fellowships to the newsroom. The Michigan program plans to emphasize more digital journalism and multimedia storytelling, she said.


5 Journalists of Color Among JSK Stanford Fellows

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University on Monday announced its 2016-17 fellowship class, which includes two Latinas, two African Americans and an Asian American among its 12 U.S. fellows. Eight are women and four are men. JSK Managing Director Dawn Garcia said in the announcement, “This year’s JSK Fellows represent journalism’s best risk takers — innovators in established newspapers and broadcast organizations like The Los Angeles Times, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and Seattle’s KPLU Radio, as well as those practicing journalism at newer journalism ventures such as BuzzFeed News, Radio Ambulante and Project Facet.”

Garcia was recently named director of the program to succeed James Bettinger, who is retiring after 27 years leading the fellowship program as director and deputy director. She will become director on Sept. 1.


The journalists of color and their projects:

Veronica Chambers, journalist and author of Hoboken, N.J.; How can new media companies afford and effectively support intergenerational newsrooms?

Adriana Garcia, managing editor, print, the Times-Picayune, New Orleans; How can we bring the news to low-income citizens with newspaper print schedules diminishing or disappearing?


Clara Gonzalez Sueyro, director of user experience, Radio Ambulante, Oakland, Calif.; How can we improve the user experience of podcast journalism on mobile smartphones with visual and interactive media?

Stacy-Marie Ishmael, managing editor for mobile, BuzzFeed News, New York; How much investment does attaining a minimum viable mobile infrastructure for newsrooms require?

Ryan Nakashima, business writer, Associated Press, Los Angeles; How might news organizations improve the user experience while helping fund journalism?


Freed Iranian Hostage Among 12 U.S. Nieman Fellows

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was released in January after spending 18 months in an Iranian prison, is one of 12 American journalists awarded a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in the class of 2017, the program announced on Tuesday.

Rezaian, the paper’s former Tehran bureau chief, is to study "what the new arc of U.S.-Iran relations means for American foreign policy in the Middle East. Drawing on his unique experiences in Iran, he will examine the possibilities and the challenges of this diplomatic opening."


Unlike the other major fellowship programs and previous Nieman administrations, the program is not providing information about the diversity of the class.

"I'm afraid we can't release that information due to stringent FERPA laws," Ellen Tuttle, communications officer, told Journal-isms last year, referring to the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. "Harvard considers all application information confidential, so we can’t release the information."

However, the announcement includes this information about the fellows' study plans: "Lolly Bowean, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, will study the cultural differences between the African-American descendants of American slavery and the children of black immigrants. She also will research the evolution of the black family in America. @lollybowean


"Roland Kelts, a Tokyo-based author, contributing writer to The New Yorker and columnist for The Japan Times, will study the proliferation of streaming media content and the spread of Asian popular culture in the West, driven by digital natives worldwide. Kelts messaged Journal-isms, "My mother is Japanese, my father is American." @rolandkelts

"Jeneé Osterheldt, a lifestyle columnist for The Kansas City Star, will study theories of discrimination and their application to storytelling on diverse subjects. Her research will include black and women’s studies, as well as the history of feminism. ‪@JeneeinKC‪

"Jason Rezaian, a reporter for The Washington Post and the paper’s former Tehran bureau chief, will study what the new arc of U.S.-Iran relations means for American foreign policy in the Middle East. Drawing on his unique experiences in Iran, he will examine the possibilities and the challenges of this diplomatic opening." Rezaian holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship. @jrezaian [added April 26]


Comcast-NBC Merger Led to Latino Stereotypes

The news industry was abuzz Monday with the announcement of the Gannett Co.'s unsolicited bid to acquire Tribune Publishing, owner of such news organizations as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. But Latino researchers reported on Friday that media mergers such as that of Comcast and NBCUniversal lead to more stereotyping of Latinos. "Overall, we found that even with a slight rise in the percentage of Latinos on screen, the number of stereotypes skyrocketed after the merger," Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Chelsea Abbas wrote Friday for Fox News Latino. "Although Latinos — who are currently 55 million strong, contribute to every field and profession, and comprise 18 percent of the U.S. population — are extraordinarily diverse, they are increasingly playing four kinds of roles: criminals, police officers, blue-collar workers or 'sexy' Latinas. . . ."

They also wrote, "Even more stunning, news is worse than fiction. Our analysis of the influential NBC Nightly News show from 2012 to 2014 revealed that U.S. Latino stories accounted for a dismal 1.8 percent of over 9,000 broadcast segments, and the combination of U.S. Latino and Latin American stories together was only marginally better at 3 percent. "Likewise, while 4.3 percent of non-Latino U.S. news related to crime, a whopping 64 percent of the Latino-themed segments were about criminal activity and illegal immigration. . . ." Should Gannett acquire Tribune Publishing, there would almost certainly be cuts, Sydney Ember and Leslie Picker reported for the New York Times. "The unsolicited bid is a rare move in the newspaper industry, but it underscores the industry’s rising desperation," they wrote. "In the last several years, publishers have rushed to consolidate as newspaper prices have fallen. Many see these moves as a way to cut costs and build scale as they struggle with declining circulation and dwindling print advertising revenue. . . . "Gannett could also cut costs by eliminating duplicate departments and management positions," Ember and Picker wrote, quoting Bob Dickey, CEO and president of Gannett. "He estimated these savings at $50 million, a number that some experts saw as a bit low. . . ."


Matt DeRienzo, Editor and Publisher: Industry Insight: Creative Funding of More Freelance Journalism Could Replace Some Cuts to News

Ken Doctor, "Newsonomics," Nieman Lab: After Gannett’s $815 million Tribune bid, here are eight things to look out for

Sidney Hillman Foundation: The Nation wins April Sidney for Heartbreaking Profile of Downsized Journalists


Writer Sees Economic Gulf Between Press, Public

"So here is the situation: A country that is increasingly younger, darker and half female is being reported on by a press corps that is older, whiter and more male," Neal Gabler wroteSunday for Moyers & Company, examining why "the self-important, pontificating political reporters and pundits who dominate our press, got it all wrong about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders."

"A gaping demographic gulf separates the press from the people — a gulf that undoubtedly affects the kinds of stories chosen and the way in which they are covered," Gabler wrote.


However, he continued, "the widest gulf between the press and the people is probably not politics (over 50 percent of reporters call themselves independents, so they aren’t pitched at the political poles) or race or ethnicity or geography or even the culture that is forged by a combination of these — though all are important and all contribute to a press corps that neither resembles America nor, in many respects, thinks like most Americans.

"Rather, the widest gulf may be economic. It is very possible that reporters — especially the Big Feet — dismissed Trump and Sanders because journalists couldn’t possibly fathom the deep, seething, often unspoken economic discontent that afflicts so many Americans and that has helped fuel both the Trump and Sanders movements. They couldn’t fathom it, perhaps, because they haven’t experienced it. I know because I have.

"When you put their geographical proximity together with their class solidarity, it is entirely likely that MSM reporters will huddle, the way most geographic and economic cohorts do. "They are more likely to see the same things, attend the same parties and events, mingle with the same people, draw on the same sources and send their children to the same schools, which adds up to their seeing the world in similar ways and reporting the same stories in the same ways. In short, the MSM is not only an elite, it is a kind of economic and cultural clique. And that clique is not us. . . ."


Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Clash of the Injured Titans

Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America: As Trump Tries To Remake His Image, Why Isn’t The Press Mocking Him As Inauthentic?

Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: On Bill Clinton, his 1994 crime bill, black voters and Hillary Clinton


Editorial, Dallas Morning News: Cruz-Kasich alliance to stop Trump is a cynical gamble that could backfire

Editorial, Star Tribune, Minneapolis: Felon voting bans have a racist past

Toni Fitzgerald, medialifemagazine.com: Readers: Donald Trump is great for media

Elizabeth Jensen, NPR: NPR Interview Takes An Inflammatory Turn

Dara Lind, vox.com: Bernie Sanders just accidentally explained why his political revolution has failed


Albor Ruiz, Al Día, Philadelphia: Clinton, Trump and child hunger

World Bows Down for Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

"The wait is officially over," Lilly Workneh wrote Sunday for HuffPost BlackVoices.


"On Saturday, Beyoncé released 'Lemonade' on HBO, which turned out to be a captivating 12-track visual album that immediately made the world graciously bow down.

"The hourlong premiere featured a series of music videos creatively strung together through spoken word, stunning imagery and searing lyrics that only Beyoncé could deliver so beautifully. But perhaps what makes it most beautiful is that the album’s visuals are almost entirely carried by various images of black women.

"It is a powerful move from Bey, who uses her latest work to validate the experiences of black women everywhere.


"Oh, did we mention it also comes with a pretty dope dance scene with Serena Williams, who slays in a bodysuit? On Public Radio International's "Marketplace," on Monday, Kai Ryssdal told listeners, "Serona Elton teaches music business at the University of Miami and I asked her, on a scale of economic and cultural power right now, where is Beyonce?" Elton replied, "Well I'd have to say, what's the top number of that scale, because that's pretty much where she sits right now. She is a force, and she's very much a self-made woman, now she's got her hand in just about every aspect of the entertainment business and she's really in control of all of it." On the "PBS NewsHour," Salamishah Tillett of the University of Pennsylvania said of the effort, "Well, I think it’s Beyonce pulling a Beyonce. "And by that, I mean, she is an artist who has — this is her second consecutive visual album that was dropped unexpectedly. I think it’s akin to Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' premiere on MTV in 1983, and, of course — and this may be controversial, but to — it’s comparable to Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival in ’65, meaning that you have an artist who’s at their peak who is conjuring and converging with the sound technologies and the political demands of the moment. "So, it’s unexpected and it’s a surprise, but only Beyonce could do this in this magnificent of a fashion. . . ."

Gene Demby, NPR "Code Switch": Before Diving Into The Raging Flood Of New Beyoncé Thinkpieces, Read This

Melissa Harris-Perry, Elle: A Call and Response with Melissa Harris-Perry: The Pain and the Power of 'Lemonade'


Kaitlin Kimont, romper.com: How To Watch Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Without HBO, Because You Deserve To See It Again

Wesley Morris, New York Times: Beyoncé Unearths Pain and Lets It Flow in ‘Lemonade’

Print vs. Digital: Which Makes Writers Think Twice?

In an interview published Monday with a London art and design school, the Washington Post's Robin Givhan answered questions about her role as a fashion critic, including whether she felt that digital and print offer different approaches for a journalist.


"I really consider them different versions of the same thing, in the sense that, to me, the same rules of writing, journalism, reporting, and fact-finding apply," Givhan told Sarah Moroz of Central Saint Martin at the University of the Arts London.

"Increasingly, there are certainly publications that are digital-only, but I don’t know if there’s any publication that is print only. So you have to be nimble, and you have to understand how to work in the digital realm. At this stage of the game, to say you want to pursue print is a little bit like saying I want to pursue horse and buggies. It’s charming, but their days are numbered. You have to be able to move back-and-forth between both.

"That said, I think there are things that are to be learned from print that are helpful in digital. There is a permanency to print that I think makes you much more cautious, and much more concerned that you’re getting it right the first time. You can’t go into a glossy publication that’s been published. You can’t go into a newspaper and update it. Once it’s there, it’s there.


"And I think, having that sense that it’s on the permanent record makes you much more circumspect in how you describe things. I often feel that with digital, there is this wonderful aspect of immediate gratification. You can write it, and there it is.

"One colleague joked that online, there’s no such thing as a ‘correction,’ it’s just an update. But the reality is that the mistake is out there. You can update it, but you can’t take it back. Once you put out bad information, the bad information lives on. The problem with that doesn’t come through as vividly as it should, when people are accustomed to working only in a digital environment. "To me, a mistake online is as horrifying and egregious as one in print. Every journalist that I know is horrified in the pit of their stomach if they make a mistake. The sense of ramifications should be there. "With print, it’s more expensive; the barrier to entry is higher. And as a result, most print publications are corporately owned. The complaint, of course, is that that squelches independent voices. But, the good thing about that is that it means there is an entity that is responsible. So that if there is a mistake, or someone feels they have been mistreated, there is this recourse of a lawsuit. There’s an entity that you can sue that has money you could get. And as a result, they do tend to be more careful! "And I think the danger with digital is that it’s so much more democratic — that possibility of reach is so enormous that a single person can do tremendous damage. The person who’s damaged has no recourse. And the person who does the damage doesn’t have any kind of warning flag, or something reminding them of the damage that they can do. . . ."

Short Takes

"Kurt Davis has been named Executive Vice President, Affiliate Relations for the CBS Television Network," CBS announced on Monday. "In his new role, Davis, who has served as Vice President, News Services for CBS News since 2013, will oversee all day-to-day operations for the Network affiliate relations department. . . . An established journalist and news executive, Davis was previously responsible for overseeing CBS Newspath, CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization which provides video to over 200 affiliates and broadcasters around the world. He succeeds Elizabeth Tumulty, who has led the CBS affiliate relations group since December 2013. . . ."


"On the heels of winning two Pulitzer Prizes, The Tampa Bay Times has announced that veteran photojournalist Danese Kenon will join the staff to become their deputy director of photography for video and multimedia," the National Press Photographers Association reported April 19. "Kenon is coming from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she has been their assistant managing editor of visuals. . . . Before Pittsburgh, Kenon was the assistant photography team leader at The Indianapolis Star, and she is the past chair of the National Association of Black [Journalists] Visual Task Force. . . ."

"On Sunday, the Golden State Warriors hit an NBA record 21 three-pointers en route to a 121-94 win and a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets," Black Adam Schefter wrote Monday for totalprosports.com. "Warriors [forward] Draymond Green had four of those 3's & 18 points total in the game. After the game, Draymond ripped into a reporter who tried his best to get a controversial statement out of him, basically asking him to compare their play to the recent Houston floods that have claimed 8 lives. 'You’re trying to get a controversial statement out of me,' Green told the reporter. 'But you’re not, because I feel sorry for the people of Houston.' . . .”

Reacting to the front-page report by the New York Times' Rachel L. Swarns this month that in 1838, Georgetown University and its Jesuit owners trafficked in slavery to keep the school afloat, the Times editorial board said Saturday that "Georgetown is morally obligated to adopt restorative measures, which should clearly include a scholarship fund for the descendants of those who were sold to save the institution. . . . Georgetown can begin by welcoming the descendants into the university family and listening to their suggestions" for recognizing their ancestors "in a durable way."


"Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources," John Ourand reported Monday for Sports Business Daily. ". . . Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL, serving as the lead play-by-play announcer for ["Monday Night Football"] since '06. . . ."

"PBS has announced details of Armed in America, a two-night special airing May 9 and 10 that expands its series of town-hall events into an exploration of the rise of gun violence in the U.S.," Jill Goldsmith reported Monday for current.org. "Each broadcast will feature an Independent Lens documentary followed by a town hall moderated by Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered. . . ."

In Philadelphia, "Al Día News' Executive Editor, Sabrina Vourvoulias, has left the publication, she announced Sunday on Facebook," Brett Klein reported Sunday for Philadelphia magazine. He also wrote, "Under Vourvoulias’ leadership, Al Día launched English language content, which quickly became a must-read for many of the city’s decision makers. Through smart commentary, she and the publication advanced the city’s conversation about race. Vourvoulias, who had been with the company since 2012, declined to comment on her resignation. . . ."


"According to the United Nations, more than a half a million refugees have sought asylum in Europe over the past year to escape the violence and atrocities of the civil war in Syria," Christine Birkner reported Thursday for adweek.com. "But after surviving the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean, Syrian refugees often are faced with discrimination and racism, with some railing that they're criminals or are stealing Europeans' jobs. To combat such prejudice, FCB Zurich worked with Refugees Welcome, a nonprofit that helps Syrian refugees find homes in Europe and Canada, to create a powerful YouTube campaign called 'Search racism. Find truth.' . . ."

"Virginia McLaurin, who recently turned 107, was still basking in the glow of her dance with President Obama in February," Courtland Milloy wrote Saturday for the Washington Post. He also wrote, "To board an airplane, however, McLaurin needs to replace a long-lost government-issued photo ID. To get a D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles non-drivers’ photo ID, she needs a birth certificate from South Carolina, where she was born. To get the birth certificate, she needs the photo ID. A classic bureaucratic Catch-22. . . ."

"Hollywood has cast Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi for the live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell," the animation film, "and the director even considered using CGI to make her look Japanese," Ari Laurel wrote April 19 for hyphenmagazine.com. "While the lengths Hollywood will go to avoid taking a chance on an Asian actor is infuriating, it would be enlightening to see what state of the art effects would have been used to enhance her yellowface. . . . For generations, we have practiced rooting for white leads and feeling empathy for their stories. We are not versed in doing the same for ourselves, and this has changed the way Asian Americans self-identify forever. . . ."


"IBT Media’s Newsweek has named Ken Li managing editor," Chris O'Shea reported Monday for FishbowlNY. "Li is succeeding Kira Bindrim, who is taking a role with Quartz. Li most recently served as a founding editor of Re/code. He has previously worked for Reuters, The Financial Times, The Industry Standard and The New York Daily News. . . ."

The Washington Post is posting a multimedia package on President Obama's legacy, edited by Terence Samuel, Washington politics editor. "Over his remaining time in office, we will release five multimedia rooms: The First Black President, Commander in Chief, Obama and the World, Obama’s America and The First Family," the Post wrote.

"Two years ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson set his sights on Silicon Valley," Marissa Lang reported Friday for the San Francisco Chronicle. "He promised to push tech companies and venture capital firms to prioritize diversity and inclusion, and to add more employees from historically underrepresented groups like women and people of color. But the progress he’d hoped for hasn’t happened yet, and Jackson is growing restless. . . ."


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Migration of blacks from the South to the Midwest and Northeast, Erick Johnson reported for the Chicago Crusader. "The force behind this movement was the Black Press. And behind the Black Press [were] the FBI and city officials who aimed to keep Blacks in their place. . . ."

"Terrence McCoy of The Washington Post and Neela Banerjee, John Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer and Lisa Song of InsideClimate News will share the Edgar A. Poe awards, which [recognize] excellence in coverage of events or investigative topics of regional or national interest," Hadas Gold reported Monday for Politico, writing about the White House Correspondents' Association 2016 awards, to be presented Saturday. "McCoy won for his investigations into Freddie Gray's death while in police custody in Baltimore, and the team from InsideClimate news won for a story on how Exxon Corporation became a leader in 'denying climate change.' " . . . "

"Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country's only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death," the BBC reported Monday. "The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy. Another person was also injured when the attackers entered a Dhaka flat. Since February last year suspected militants have killed several secular or atheist writers and members of religious minority groups. . . ."


The International Federation of Journalists said Sunday it "condemned the arrest yesterday of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, member of the board of IFJ affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, while he crossed the al-Karameh border. According to the PJS his mobile was confiscated and he was allowed one call to his wife [in] which he told her he was taken to the Etzion interrogation center. Nazzal was on his way to Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, to attend the General Meeting of the European Federation of Journalists taking place on 25-26 April as part [of] a PJS delegation invited to participate. . . ."

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