Friday, February 25, 2011
[The 42nd NAACP Image Awards are scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2011.]
John Malveaux of MusicUNTOLD writes:
“After receiving the current issue of The Crisis Magazine, I sent the following Letter to the Editor.
“To: Laura D. Blackburne, Chair
The Crisis Board of Directors
The first paragraph of your publisher’s letter, Winter Issue 2011, mentions 'stereotypical images'.
"Later, I find the following quote: 'This distortion of the images of African Americans has consequences. The way in which we view ourselves; as well as how we are viewed by the rest of Americans and the world are shaped by these distorted images'.
"This issue also includes the official ballot for the 42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS as follows:
201. Outstanding New Artist
202. Outstanding Male Artist
203. Outstanding Female Artist
204. Outstanding Duo or Group or Collaboration
205. Outstanding Jazz Album
206. Outstanding Gospel Album
207. Outstanding World Music Album
208. Outstanding Music Video
209. Outstanding Song
210. Outstanding Album
“Awareness of African American history and achievements in classical and opera is little known and much neglected by main media and black media. This is to suggest that The CRISIS add categories to heighten awareness and acknowledgement classical and opera categories. If we don’t recognize our own outside the 'stereotypical images', we diminish the opportunity to change the distorted images.
Comment by email:
Very well written, John. Bravo! FredO