The Face of Black Men - Neither Super Predator Nor Superhero
Somewhere between the inaccurate and distorted media images of the black male super predator and the black male superhero, live the majority of black men. They are fathers, brothers, doctors, bloggers, editors and accountants. Here are only a few in my life. While they are exceptional to me, they are hardly the exception.
Robert Pierre, while you wouldn't guess by looking at him, Robert has been with The Washington Post for two decades. His commitment to making sure the new tools actually bring new voices into the conversation is impressive. And despite the seriousness of his mission, clearly Robert maintains a sense of humor.
Paul Mitchell, Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. A Maynard grad and Multimedia Editing Program champion, Paul discovered that being a dad to a daughter brings out a whole new protective side after his twin daughter and son were born a couple of years ago.
George Kelly is the online coordinator for the Bay Area News Group. A member of the Oakland Soft Rock Choir and a karaoke enthusiast, George was one of the first I went to when I was trying to figure out this new fangled social media stuff. @allaboutgeorge is a great guide to this day.
Sasha lives down the street from me. He works on cars and and does odd jobs for the neighbors to eek out a living. He insists on rolling out my garbage cans on garbage night and always has a big smile for me. With the neighborhood changing, I worry that the newcomers won't appreciate him and one day there won't be room for Sasha.