Imagine seeing locs on a television anchor at a news station near you. We at Loc’d Life Magazine (www.locdlife.com) would love to see it. Farai Chideya is making it a reality.
Farai Chideya is a novelist, journalist and radio host. She is founder and president of Pop & Politics, one of the longest-running pop culture blogs in the U.S. (www.popandpolitics.com). During its 15 years, PopandPolitics.com has been a training ground for young arts and culture journalists. In addition to her radio, video and online journalism, Chideya appears as a political analyst on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC News, Fox News, BET and HBO and sits on the Journalism Advisory Committee for the Knight Foundation.
Prior to 2009, Chideya was the host of the National Public Radio radio program News & Notes. Before that, she hosted “Your Call,” a daily radio call-in show on San Francisco, California’s KALW public radio. She got her start in journalism working for Newsweek magazine as a researcher, MTV News, the Oxygen Network and the non-profit community news website, TheBeehive.org. She has subsequently written pieces for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Chicago Tribune Syndicate, The American Prospect Online, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Spin Magazine and Glamour.
Chideya was born July 27, 1969, in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Harvard College. She graduated from Harvard in 1990, Magna Cum Laude. In 2000, she was distinguished as the most honored alumna from Harvard. Her academic life includes being a professional in residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and a visiting professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.
Chideya is also the recipient of a Foreign Press Center fellowship that took her to Japan in 2002, a Knight Foundation fellowship based at Stanford University in 2001 and a Freedom Forum Media Studies Center fellowship in 1996.
She is also the author of three books, Kiss the Sky, Don’t Believe the Hype, The Color of Our Future and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters. Don’t Believe the Hype, which has made the syllabi of noted college courses, “give[s] readers a chance to question the depictions of race that have become standard in newspapers and on the nightly news, a map through the modern realities and misconceptions about race.”
This may be the last Sunday in February, but come March, let’s not forget the countless others who forged the way before us.
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