Tuesday, October 18, 2005

So...I had an interview with a radio station yesterday. I was thinking, hey, writing press releases and doing promotions would be kind of neat. Anyway, the interview went great, but I'm not going to take the job. Not enough writing or potential for growth in the journalism field...
But the main point of this post is that when I told my friends about the radio station where I was interviewing, they were surprised. They said, "But you're not black," and acted as if I would not fit in at this radio station because I'm white. I interviewed with a radio station called 97.9 The Beat. Yes, a lot of African Americans listen to their music...but so do a lot of white people, etc. I was impressed by the diversity of the radio station's staff! The lady who interviewed me was white, but yes, there were a lot of black employees. The fact is that I was given an equal opportunity at this radio station regardless of my color. I think that's really cool.
I must say that I wasn't surprised by my friends' reactions to my interview at 97.9 The Beat. I think this is all really fascinating...

Monday, October 03, 2005

I talked to an old friend from high school yesterday. She writes for the Denver Broncos now. She's female. I thought that was great. She's the only female writer. She's not allowed in the locker room...AND she is not allowed to travel with the team. She can NOT be on the plane with the men. Interesting. Thought it would be interesting to post.

Is she not allowed into the locker room because men are CHANGING in there? Is it for their PRIVACY? Hours before game-time, they're not changing though... Maybe this issue goes a little bit deeper....

Sunday, October 02, 2005

So...just the other day, somebody told me that I wouldn't understand something because I was a "blonde, white girl." Ha. THAT is one common stereotype! Sure, I have a tedency to be slightly giddy, hyper and sometimes I don't have the best street smarts ever...but I am definitely not a "dumb, blonde" who's been sheltered and has no life experience. Somebody had made a comment that apparently only a person that was black or from the "ghetto" would understand. Since I'm white, apparently I wouldn't understand. It's funny though-- because I have tons of friends of all different cultures (and many that are black)! I think it was kind of insulting to call me a "blonde, white girl" just because I, myself, am not black or from the "ghetto." But...you know, this is a common stereotype.... It's hard to change what we've known for so long, right?

Oh, and by the way, my hair is dirty blonde!! ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

So... I broke my right foot and sprained my right ankle on campus last Wednesday. It hurts like hell, but the reason for my post is this-- I am now hobbling around on ugly crutches and in a hideous, black, big boot on my right foot. Basically, I am "temporarily disabled" and I stand out. People STARE...and it makes me very insecure and self conscious. It's embarassing. I'm so glad that I don't have a permanent disability. I've also noticed that while some people are friendly and cautious, many people are very unaware and careless around me. It kind of ticks me off. The other day...a lady entered the bathroom right as I was about to exit and she didn't even bother to hold the door open for me. It was frustrating.

I just really dislike the idea of STANDING OUT. I am so self conscious and insecure when people stare at me. This is going to be a very interesting next six weeks or so...and I can't tell you I'm excited about it...

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Kanye West's Comments...

Well, I just reviewed the video of Kanye West's comments on NBC's Hurricane Katrina Fundraiser. Let's just say that he obviously did NOT read from a teleprompter. Just in case you didn't know, Kanye West is black. He's a well know rap artist who actually has some great lyrics. Anyway, he got very emotional as he spoke on NBC's televsided fundraiser that was LIVE. It appeared as if he were about to break down and cry. He said that he was sick about hearing how black people were looter's and white people were helping people... His ending comment was, "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

I'm not sure what to think of this. See, I am a fan of Kanye West's music and his lyrics. I really like him. But the thing is... NBC was trying to help raise money for Hurricane Katrina, and West's comments certainly did not help get contributions from Bush supporters and Republicans. I am not sure if I should be dissapointed in his comments or not. I think he made some outrageous comments, but some were true as well. Either way, the goal of the program was to RAISE money...not anger people.

NBC ended up cutting out many of his comments before the Fundraiser programming aired on the West coast. Do I agree with that? I am not sure. I will say that I am not angry at NBC for the decision they made. I think I'd like to talk to someone in the media and hear their opinions about this, just to get some perspective. The reason I am not angry with NBC is because I know they were trying to raise money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina...and I don't think West's comments helped raise any money. I'm not sure. Typically, negative comments don't make people want to give. That's my experience, anyway.

I just thought this was an interesting issue for discussion...so I thought I'd talk about it some! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

So... I have started a new semester at UNT and am in Dr. Lambiase's Race, Gender and the Media Course (JOUR 4250). I'm glad to have her as a Professor again. In her class, we will be making posts on our "blog" related to the class. I've never had a blog before...so this is new to me. Today, I decided I'd talk about New Orleans...and the coverage on the hurricane...

I've looked at countless newspapers and magazines and online magazines and have seen many photographs of the destruction and the people fleeing New Orleans. A lot of the photographs are of black people. So...is this an accurate depiction? I think so. About 67% of the population of New Orleans is NOT white, but black or hispanic, etc. Of those 67%, many are poor. I really do believe that most photojournalists are trying to be fair and display the scene as accurately as possible. I saw one photograph of literally hundreds of black people (evacuees of New Orleans)...and I had trouble spotting one white person. This is just the truth. It's not a conspiracy. Also, it is/was much more difficult for poor people to leave New Orleans because they have less money and resources. Many poor people don't have cars or family to help them leave. Basically, my point is, I do believe most journalists are trying to give an accurate depiction of the truth...and the truth is that there are a lot of poor and black people in New Orleans and the surrounding areas.