My 30th Anniversary In The Black Press (Thank You, Deborah Smith-Gregory!)


Thirty years ago today, at the ripe age of 17, I covered my first news story professionally. I covered a huge¬†anti-apartheid rally in Newark, N.J. for The New Jersey Afro-American newspaper, the “baby” of what then was a chain of weeklies that went up and down the East Coast.¬†Deborah P. Smith-Gregory, my journalism teacher at Seton Hall University’s Upward Bound project in 1983, brought me into The AFRO. She allowed me to share her byline with her. The article made it onto the front page, and I never looked back. Thanks, Mrs. Deborah Smith-Gregory!

Back Home Listening To Imhotep Gary Byrd On WBAI (And Now, Simulcast On WLIB And WBLS) Again…..

….makes me think of the first time I paid attention to his voice 30 years ago, which was on this song on a cassette tape and the above PSA that I saw on New York local television.

I guess the PSA came as a result of the below.

My Root Story On Howard University And WHUT-TV……

… here.

(Yes, I re-posted this great hour of Black public affairs programming!)