Last night, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Larry Wilmore observed MSNBC’s lack of diversity by observing how, jokingly, MSNBC “now stands for ‘Missing a Significant Number of Black Correspondents.” I expressed the exact sentiments a few days ago, highlighting the black journalist purge in American media.
Melissa, through a direct tweet, responded to Wilmore’s joke and made lemonade out of the lemons thrown at her by her former job:
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) May 1, 2016
A few days after writing about the state of black journalism, I also saw this tweet by Perry.
Congratulations to my friend, my colleague, my sister in every way! @JoyAnnReid you betta slay!
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) April 30, 2016
MSNBC apparently confirmed that Joy Reid will take over the 10-to-12noon weekend slot, which was previously held by her colleague and friend Melissa Harris-Perry. After the very public break up, Reid will not take over—the new, untitled show show will debut on May 7th, airing from 10 am-Noon ET on Saturdays and Sundays.
“MSNBC viewers crave not only the facts, but also in-depth discussion and analysis from a range of perspectives,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin, in a press statement. “There is no one better equipped than Joy to lead this new project, and create a place for the kind of unique discussion our audience has come to expect.”
Despite the good news, here at OogeeWoogee, we’re still advocating the need for alternative media. As we’ve expressed before, the fear to step outside of the comfort zone is forcing black anchors [Asians and Hispanics] and journalists to remain complacent, stagnant, and disposable. There needs to be persistent checks and balances–the creation of a self-funded or community-funded institution that challenges the corporate-dominated media industry. The homogeneity in the industry will remain a byproduct of corporate oligarchs who answer just to profit margins. We congratulate Joy Reid, but we’re also firm on our stance about creating a more efficient means to an end, one that doesn’t devalue their worth as journalist.
Melissa Harris-Perry explained her situation using a relationship analogy. Here is her interview with The View from a few months ago:
article by Wilkine Brutus