Good Morning America! (That Includes Black America)
Abby Phillips. Tamron Hall. Robin Roberts.
These are just a few names of three phenomenal black women in journalism who are raising the bar every day.
A growing representation of black women in the media is essential not only for starting conversations with our peers but also for the youth. It's life-changing for anyone to see someone similar to them on the big screen, making an impact on the world. And black women are constantly changing the media world as we know it.
In the spotlight recently has been CNN reporter and Harvard graduate Abby Phillips. She worked her way up fairly quickly. She was a general assignment reporter and became an anchor during election week. Her impressive journalism skills and thought-provoking conversations during the 2020 presidential election helped her gain a lot of attention recently.
This exposure of black women in media is great because it needs to be more normalized. Most of the anchors on national television are older white males, just like many other positions in America. Despite this, it is essential to note that many sources state that black women are the most educated group in the United States.
We continuously use our strengths and perform well above our peers and are now finally getting our deserved recognition. It has grown to the point where the United States vice president, Kamala Harris, is a black woman.
There was a time when Oprah was the leading representative for black women in the media industry and journalism world. Many people looked up to her for her talent and as the foundation of modern journalism. In addition to her, many other notable black journalists are getting noticed and can speak on topics they care about.
I believe journalism isn't supposed to make everybody comfortable. It's supposed to bring out the truth. This added representation has brought about conversations and topics that people would never even think about discussing.
Black journalists have comfortably shared their opinion on racial injustice, systemic racism, the outlook on corporate America, and more. These issues never went away, but this has been the year that has impacted the majority of people. And if people are going to cover this topic, it should be a diverse group of people. It's vital that we can now have these discussions with our peers in an educational and informative way.
Will it be the end? Never.
Many black journalists have made this possible and we need to continue using that to our advantage.I even became a journalist to share my perspective on the world, and now that we're no longer restricted, it's time to unleash our thoughts. The future is in our hands, and we have to refuse to be silent. We need to follow our passions and continue to write, journal, and create!
REPORTER: Treasure Wilson
THE VOICE, Gravity Magazine, 2020