From left to right: LA Sentinel and Watts Times Managing Editor Brandon I. Brooks, NABJ-LA president and panel moderator Tre’vell Anderson, KJLH radio host Dominique DiPrima and Blavity Representative Shane Bernard. (courtesy photo)

What is the current state of Black Media?

On Saturday, May 20 the National Association of Black Journalist Los Angeles (NABJ-LA) gave panelist; Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and L.A. Watts Times managing editor Brandon I. Brooks, KJLH host Dominique DiPrima and Blavity representative Shane Bernard, the opportunity to discuss the answer to that question and more at the “Black Media Matters: The State of Black News Outlets.”

Bernard believes Black media is in a “transformational stage.”

“The state of Black media is vibrant; although it is changing, I still think that right now we are living through an extremely memorable time in media. Everything from what’s going on at the White House in our current administration to films like, ‘Get Out’.”

Moderator and NABJ-LA president Tre’vell Anderson continued the discussion with questions about slanted views in media.

“I’m a person that doesn’t believe in objectivity,” said DiPrima. “I don’t think we as human beings have the ability to look through anybody’s eyes but our own. We get slammed by mainstream media for being slanted, I believe they are slanted too, they just don’t acknowledge it. In my personal opinion, the way that many mainstream media outlets report on Black issues, particularly Black lawmakers, is super slanted.”

DiPrima goes on to say, an action that is done by a Black or Brown politician will not receive the same type of coverage as a White politician.

“Human beings are bias. We can try to be fair and I think that is an important distinction but there is always going to be a certain amount of bias,” said DiPrima.

One of the challenges the Black press faces is determining whether or not to take a stand on topics like Black Lives Matter movement and #OscarsSoWhite.

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Source: LA Sentinel / Kimberlee Buck