Dori J. Maynard

by Dori J. Maynard

From pop culture and politics to the personal, Danielle Belton’s The Black Snob covers a lot of ground. During a recent week, Belton weighed in on everything from Mormons comparing themselves to Southern blacks during the civil rights movement, to the Michelle Obama Action figures. She didn’t think much of either. Writing with a distinct […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

This year for my birthday I got three calls. Two people sent cards. And I don’t think I ever received so much attention in my life. I have to say, it was fabulous turning 51 years old on Facebook. The well wishes started pouring in on the night before my birthday and they kept coming […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

In the end, it may be the cell phone that makes the difference in Oscar Grant’s death. Without it, it’s likely that 22-year old father would have been just another anonymous black man who ended up dead after a run in with law enforcement. Instead, as Grant lay face down on the platform of a […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

In a few weeks the American Society of Newspaper Editors will release its annual census. The census, created to capture an accurate picture of the industry’s diversity, will also tell us how many jobs were lost in this year of layoffs, buy-outs and shuttered newspapers. As newspaper companies struggle with advertisers and audiences continuing to […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

By now almost everyone knows that a group of demonstrators protesting against the killing of a young father by a transit officer splintered off and began a wave of destruction in downtown Oakland. Mainstream media outlets called it everything from a riot to a violent protest. Some bloggers referred to it as a civil unrest, […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

Go to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ blog and you don’t know if you’re going to find a post on politics, poetry, the NFL or the world of videogames. A journalist who has worked at Time Magazine and the Village Voice, Coates started his own blog after being laid off from Time Magazine. Then, back in August, the […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

Two days after the election both UNITY and the National Association of Black Journalists sent out open letters urging the media to redouble their efforts to diversify staffs in the aftermath of the historic election of Barack Obama. At the same time, others privately wondered if there are some people who would argue that the […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

A little more than a year ago, when Jossip Initiatives launched Stereohyped, it tapped former print journalists Lauren Williams to be the editor for the “black interest” site, which boasts the tag line “Once you blog black, you never go back.” Written with attitude, humor and at times a sense of horror at the mess […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

No matter the medium, the subjects were the same. Jesse Jackson made some rather unwise remarks about Barack Obama and the New Yorker published a satirical depiction of the Obamas that many thought missed the mark. The difference came when you looked at how those stories were covered on the web compared to the “traditional […] more »

by Dori J. Maynard

Over at TheRoot.com, Kim McLarin points out the ridiculousness behind the rumor that floating “out there” exists a tape of Michelle Obama using the term “whitey.” McLarin does not base her argument on the fact that a Princeton and Harvard University graduate, married to a man with the political savvy to come from behind to […] more »