With the proliferation of fake news and negative images of people of color in the media, Black news outlets are now more important than ever. Today we highlight the work of The Black Detour, an up-and-coming media outlet aimed at empowering and informing black people, by interviewing the founder Jay Colby. In the interview we discuss how he developed the platform and grew his audience (22:40) and advice he has for others interested in telling stories that matter (26:34). We also grapple with a few interesting questions about historical and contemporary issues in the black community. Specifically, we ask whether black people are too forgiving in regard to racism and oppression (30:44), we discuss elitism in the black community and whether the Talented Tenth is relevant in the 21st century (37:48), and we discuss whether integration is the worst thing that happened to the black community (56:40). We close by having a conversation about the importance of black media for knowledge building in the black community (1:07:17).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Check in with Ty and Daphne
03:30 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News
20:20 - Introduction of the Topic
21:21 - Learn More about Jay Colby
1:14:07 - Daphne and Ty Reflection on the Interview