Journalism; Black Excellence; Representation
I recently had the pleasure of being honored at the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) Awards Gala for my work in government and journalism. It was delightful and humbling to be recognized. But those feelings pale in comparison to how enamored I was by being with other Black professionals.
Also at the gala were Black media powerhouses like 6ABC’s Sharrie Williams and Rick Williams, WDAS’ Patty Jackson — whose voice I just love — and NBC10’s Ric Harris. Like so many Philadelphians, I grew up on them, watching cable news with my grandmother and listening to WDAS in the car with my mother. The best part of meeting them was that they moved like regular people. Coming from the world of politics, where ego all too often trumps decency, it was refreshing to be around plain ol’ good people who were warm and embracing to me and the other young journalists in the room — something that’s not a given for young professionals.