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Monday, January 6, 2014

The 2nd Thread For 12/6/14: Our Latest Post Racial, Non-Black People Youth Listicle


Once again, for another powerful corporate media listical, black people barely exist in the "post-racial world."

Forbes' Jeff Bercovici had its 2014 version of "30 under 30 in media", and only one black person made the list out of the 34 (since co-founders added meant more than 30 people). Uzoamaka Maduka gets that nod but, outside of one article on Salon, is not well known like many others on that list, as well as her American Reader website barely making a major blip in online and (definitely) black online news circles.

The judges for this list were Arianna Huffington, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith and ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

I have never even heard of Maduka before, and it seemed that Bercovici or those judges just looked in his (or their) elite rolodex list and found the only black person he (or they) knew and picked Maduka.

It really is alarming but typical again of how barely diverse the list is with similar lists in the past, with the usual dominance of white (and Asian) upstarts occupying all the other spots on the list outside of Fusion's Fernando Vila.

(And all three judges were white, another fail moment).

I guess the likes of Janelle Bouie, Rembert Browne, Mychal Smith, and all of those talented young black women who work at BuzzFeed (from Shani Hilton to Heben Nigatu) to name a few were just hard to find for Bercovici and Forbes.

Then again, even in 2014, prominent young black people not in sports or music (entertainment) are always somehow hard to find for powerful, prominent media publications.  
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