Lost in Translation

Scoop and AG
The one who hit TSF off with true inspiration, Scoop Jax, and AG do a Nike pose

When you think about translating one thing to another, you often ponder about language, or mathematics. However when I entitled this “Lost in Translation”, I was referring to the need of more journalists of color in general, and more specifically black, or African American journalists in this world of mass media.

It’s no secret that if we as a people don’t take responsibility first in how we conduct ourselves, and raise/teach our children, then for those of us few black Americans in the media that write, speak, and report about our culture…if we as a whole don’t make adjustments, then the job and reporting are more adverse, difficult and are down right painful for us to speak upon it. Nevertheless, if things in the black community get better, worse, or remain the same, it is still important for the people with the same make-up of said community, to present and report to the best of their abilities.

As Chuck D once said “the problem is this, we got to fix it, check out the justice…” If we don’t write our stories, someone else will, and whether they are good, bad, or ugly, we have to write them from our perspective, because more times than not, we are not writing about our happenings, and our heritage, and the message is lost in the translation.

Okay so this is Black History Month…but at what angle were you told the same story every February as a child? George Washington Carver made 10,000 or so things from the peanut, Booker T. Washington was great, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream, and all of the black people in America were once in slavery living in the southern states of the USA. Who wrote those history books, and why do we call one another names, and why are the images of the continent of Africa always so negative? And by all means, please do not get me started on the Native Americans…cowboys and Indians, Thanksgiving, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Please someone call a timeout, I need the full time out.

I don’t want to make this long, and I’m not coming at my race or any other group for that matter. I’m just saying to take control and write/report with integrity, and if you are not a member of the media, please do not believe everything you hear, or read. Question it sometimes, and in that you just might find the truth. Last but not least, I want to say peace to my mentor Robert “Scoop” Jackson, and the man with the vision Michael Tillery.

Scoop raised me in this game, and Michael is providing me with more opportunities to write. Thank you to you both.




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