Writing is a tough gig. The industry is fast-paced and demanding, but even in a content driven business hell bent on new narratives and new perspectives, often, writing while Black, doesn’t ensure one’s voice is heard.
The rise of #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackLivesMatter and the unceasing references of Black culture in mainstream pop culture –i.e. #BeckyWithTheGoodHair – has raised concerns for writers of color in the way these stories are either neglected, misrepresented or tokened.
The conversation became a trending topic on Twitter with #HireBlackWriters:
I could go in all day about how many dope black writers I know. There's no shortage of us. #HireBlackWriters— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) June 28, 2016
#HireBlackWriters and don't pigeonhole us into solely writing op-eds on race and culture. We do a damn good job on reporting stories, too.— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) June 28, 2016
@zblay I just read a mention that made my cringe. None of them get it. None of them!— Samuel Colunga (@RecklessMage) June 28, 2016
#HireBlackWriters so you'll avoid the majority of the backlash you encounter— Alexander (@SirRWalters) June 28, 2016
#HireBlackWriters and then hire another and another because diversity doesn't stop when one person of color walks through the door.— Maya ☔️ (@mayascade) June 28, 2016
Publications, take note.
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