*As a writer and journalist for most of my adult life I have made it a habit to watch black journalists practice their craft at the highest levels of the game, no matter their point of view and no matter their politics.
It just does my heart good to see the very best be the very best. So, when it came to MSNBC’s Joy Reid I was in virtual hysterics. This sister has been working it out for some time now and his finally getting her just due with her new show, “The Reid Report”, scheduled to debut Monday, February 24 at 2pm.
She spoke with urban media pioneer Lee Bailey to discuss her new show, and her take on race in America. What? You thought we’d get the chance to interview Joy Reid and not talk about race? You thought wrong.
“This is really a dream job,” she told Lee Bailey.“Having the ability to use your voice and have your voice out there is great. Whether you’re doing it as a guest, or doing as a guest/host of a show. But this is an incredible platform and I’m kind of humbled by the opportunity to have that platform five days a week. It is definitely a dream job.”
Joy has been guest host on several MSNBC news shows such as The Chris Matthews Show as well as being the Managing Editor at theGrio. She tells EURweb that while she is indeed happy with her current standing it wasn’t exactly the course she plotted meticulously.
“I would hope for it and I really wasn’t that calculated. I would just try to do the best I could and really be true to the show of the person was filling in for. As a guest host, I felt like that was my job. Being a contributor I would try to enhance it as much as I could and really be honest with that opinion. Whatever I’m doing, I’m focused on that. You can’t do a good job if you’re focused on something else.
“It’s very humbling when you go out in to the world and hear someone say ‘Hey, Joy! We’re glad you have your own show!’ People have been very nice to me. They have been very generous and are really rooting for the show. So, I feel like it was a team effort to get it. Not just people out in the real world, but people online, people in social media have been pushing really hard advocating for it to happen. I feel like we kind of all got it. I really appreciate it.”
One aspect of being an African American woman that some people cannot to as is the fact that those who are in the spot light are deemed as representative of the masses of women and girls who will never get that type of notoriety in the public eye.
“I’m just trying to represent for black women out there. We haveseveral, but there’s always room for more,” she explained. “We understand that we come in all shades and sometimes, in the media world, they may not be so cognizant of the internal diversity within the black community. I think it’s great. We’re being represented in a far broader spectrum and I think that’s a wonderful thing.”
An embarrassing aspect of internal African American relations is the manner in which some speak of dark-skinned women. Ms. Reid, being a dark-skinned woman, was asked whether her current standing is indicative of a greater acceptance of dark women within the community and in America as a whole.
“Michelle Obama shows the best of what a black woman can be and accomplish. She’s intelligent, she’s accomplished things before being the First Lady. It’s very impressive. Lupita (Nyong’o) is definitely going to be a role model for black girls. I think that’s great. Black women are so varied that any black woman in the public eye has the opportunity to be a role model for some black girl and I think that’s great for diversity.”
If you have ever watched Joy Reid go to work you witnessed a woman who is intelligent, eloquent and knows her stuff. However, she is also the bane of many right-wing pundits. They even have the nerve to paint her as a racist. That would be funny if it wasn’t so ignorant.
“I don’t know what that’s about. There are these people on the right that enjoy calling black people racist,” said Reid. “If that’s what makes them happy then good for them. It doesn’t make any sense because they’re not using the word properly. But, you know, that makes some people on the right happy to do that. I don’t get it, but I can only keep doing what I’m doing. I think we would be a better country culturally if we can have an open conversation about race, but this idea that if a black person brings up race then that’s racist is totally incorrect. I’m not sure where that came from, but it is a thing now.”
The “Reid Report” with Joy Reid debuts at 2pm Eastern on Monday, Feb. 24 on MSNBC.
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This story was written by Ricardo Hazell ([email protected])