Journos of Color

We highlight work from writers and journalists of color. You can follow us on Twitter, and also submit work you think should be recognized.

October 21, 2014 at 3:58am
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Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Stakes Is High—and Black Lives Are Worthy of Elaboration →

Gawker || June 7, 2014

An interview with Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on her work as an educator and writer, the subjects she pursues, the necessity of longform journalism, and the vulnerability writers must exhibit.

August 30, 2014 at 8:03am
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When People Are Property by Raven Rakia →

How strategically choreographed, racialized fear built prisons out of broken windows., July 22, 2014.

August 7, 2014 at 6:47pm
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Jamilah King: The Overwhelming Whiteness of Black Art →

Colorlines || May 21, 2014

"It’s reassuring that so many white people have a vested — or at least passing — interest in consuming art that deals with race. At the same time I found it unsettling to view art by a black artist about racism in an audience that’s mostly white. It reinforced the idea that black people’s histories are best viewed but not physically experienced."

August 6, 2014 at 10:14pm
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Naima Coster: Lyrical Impulse →

Guernica || August 1, 2014

The author on crafting new sounds, creating female characters, and portraying sex in literature.

July 21, 2014 at 7:57pm
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39 Pieces Of Advice For Journalists And Writers Of Color →

Excellent advice all around

July 9, 2014 at 2:29pm
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From our friends at Buzzfeed!

Hey all! We’re Heben and Tracy, writers at BuzzFeed.

The recent appointment of Emma Carmichael as Jezebel’s new editor in chief — over longtime deputy editor Dodai Stewart has prompted many conversations about what it’s like to be a writer/editor of color in the already precarious world of journalism.

The world of New York/coastal media is elite and insular — but for journalists of color around the country who are outside the curtain, we think it would be helpful for them (and us) to share with them our thoughts on and frustrations (and inspirations) with our profession.

We want you to contribute to a BuzzFeed post rounding up advice from prominent journalists of color that’s directed at up-and-coming writers and editors of color.”

 1. What advice would you give to young/new journalists who are just starting in the field?

 2. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started?

 3. And this great question from Anna Holmes’ Bookends column: Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?

 To be clear, your answers do not have to be explicitly about the Jezebel thing; we’re aiming for a much bigger, broader discussion.

 We’d like to get a solid paragraph from you, but you should definitely feel free to go longer. We’re more than happy to keep your identity anonymous if you choose; we don’t want to put anyone in any sticky situations in this already sticky world of journalism. At the very least, we’d like to include your role at your publication (or whether you’re a freelancer) and a general sense of whether you work online or in print or on broadcast primarily. Email these responses to or by EOD Friday.

June 27, 2014 at 11:11am
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a quick note

Things have been quiet here, but I’m working on changing that, so please, send submissions! We want to publicize your work, and everything else!

February 25, 2014 at 10:20am
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This is worth your time.

February 24, 2014 at 1:40pm
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Esther Armah: International Blackness vs. Homegrown Negroes: Lupita, Chimamanda, Thandie and me →

AlterNet || February 23, 2014

Here’s one truth, black folk are all home grown Negroes in one space and international blacks in another. In other words, apparent privilege is often attached to location.

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Dexter Mullins: Desegregation funding dries up in Little Rock, but problems remain →

Al Jazeera America || February 23, 2014

Over the next three years cross-town busing programs will gradually wind down, magnet schools created specifically to alleviate segregation problems will stop accepting new applications and the school districts will return to neighborhood-based zones, which the superintendents acknowledge could lead to an increase in school segregation based on the racial makeup of Little Rock’s different neighborhoods.

So in what could be called the cradle of desegregation, education administrators and parents are left with the same question that bedevil many schools across the country: What happens when the notion of returning to “local” schools solidifies the very segregation people vowed to fight?