Black media representation.The Black community needs excellent media representation as misrepresentation of the black community is prevalent, but black media has the opportunity to better represent the community. Black journalists, media producers and directors have the opportunity to show the positive side of the community we love and needs nourishing. To put it short, black representation in the media matters and empowering black lives matter.
How do we control our reputation and voice in main stream media? We have to have the courage to tell our story, the true story. The black community is not about crime, violence, miseducated and damaged people. Black people have creative minds, courage and dignity. And it’s important for us to see these positive images and voices in media to give hope and educate our black youth on becoming the great leaders we need for the future.
It takes more than seeing a few black faces on camera. We need those faces in front of the camera, behind the camera and we need them not in just slave roles, demeaning roles. Yes, I cheer for Shonda Rhimes when I watch her hit show Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, but I don’t feel like the characters on the show represent black america well. Every time I see Olivia Pope chasing after someone’s husband and being an educated black woman completely dysfunctional, it doesn’t leave me with a good feeling. There is a problem with how we represent black characters on TV shows and the movie screen. I love watching Lee Daniels popular TV show Empire, but I cringe when I see the disunity of the black family. They have power and fame yet they cannot keep their family together. The last time I recall seeing a positive image of black families on primetime TV was watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air or The Cosby Show.
Instead of whining about the misrepresentation of black media, I am here to do something about it. As an interactive journalism, I am here to give black america the opportunity to tell their story and overcome challenges of TV and film industry racism. Where is the racial equity? We need to really do some soul-searching to inspire and enlighten our black community. We cannot wait for someone who knows nothing about black empowerment and struggle to properly represent the black community. That is not how racial equity works.
According to the Nielsen Report, black america is one of the largest percentage groups who watch TV. What does that mean? We need to better use our community power over media. How can we maximize our media return of investment? Let advertisement support black owned business and media.
My name is Briana Booker and I am an interactive journalist ready to take black media to the next level. If you need a business proposal writer, social media manager, publicist or more, reach out to me. I have years of experience supporting black owned business as well as publishing for black media, including black women empowerment magazines like Slantress Magazine. Let’s have the conversation.
I am Briana Booker, the Founder of www.fromgirltogirl.com , a lifestyle enrichment Magazine and Public Relations company all about female empowerment and entrepreneurship promotion. I do Professional writing for non-profits, government and the private sector. For each sector, I provide the following services: Social media management. Guerrilla marketing. Event planning. Grant Writing. Proposal Writing. Press Release Writing. Copy Writing. Research and Analysis. Editing. Blogging. Lobbying. If I lack a skill I am a quick learner.