Meghan Markle, the Media and Our Vanishing Rights to Privacy, Decency and Giving Birth Without Photo Shoots

Several things happened this week that have me thinking our perspective on the power of the media is skewed. It’s real, no doubt, but we’re missing something really basic. That might sound strange coming from a member of the media. But I like to think of myself as a different kind of journalist in that, … Continue reading Meghan Markle, the Media and Our Vanishing Rights to Privacy, Decency and Giving Birth Without Photo Shoots

Je Suis Charlie: I Support Humanity #JeSuisCharlie

So the other day my phone rings while I’m on the train, and a friend says, “So you speak French now.”

I knew exactly what she was talking about, but I played dumb to prompt whatever was coming next.

“Huh?”Je Suis Charlie

“Your Instagram post earlier.”

“Je Suis Charlie? Yeah. It’s my little show of solidarity for the Charlie Hebdo journalists killed in France.”

“You usually post about black people.”

For a moment, I just sat there. I took the phone from my ear and looked at it. Then I told her roughly the following:

Let me explain something to you, and I want you to listen very closely because what I’m about to say is not only important for you to know about my character, it’s important information for you to know as it will inform how you should deal with me here after.

Just because I’m pro-black does not in any way mean that I’m anti-anything else. Quite the contrary. Continue reading “Je Suis Charlie: I Support Humanity #JeSuisCharlie”