Category Archives: Views & Opinions

"I Just Made Shit Up!" Kathryn Stockett and The Story Behind ‘The Help’

The day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Kathryn Stockett found herself sitting in her downtown New York City apartment, reflective, lonely and terribly homesick. “I was thinking about my family and thinking about this woman named Demetrie,” said Stockett. “She was the African-American woman that worked for our family for 32 years and for the first time in my life, I started to ask myself ‘what was she thinking all of those years?’ I had totally taken it for granted. I was so naive as a child. She knew everything about us and I didn’t know anything about her. So I started

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RECAP: My NABJ 2011 Experience

I attended my very first (and certainly not my last) National Association of Black Journalists Convention & Career Fair in Philadelphia last week. The Philadelphia Convention Center was the nerve center for everything NABJ: Ceremonies, panels, receptions, parties, film screenings, celebrity performances and a huge career fair. Although I was in reporter mode covering the event for VIBE magazine, I still managed to attend several panels, a couple of receptions and one lively film screening. THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 The convention began on Wednesday, August 3, but I arrived in Philly on Thursday just in time for the opening ceremony. The

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Wanted: Guest Bloggers

Long before starting my own blog, I tested the waters by guest blogging on other sites. It was a great way for me to flex my writing muscle in between paid writing gigs without the burden of having to run an actual blog. Clearly, I got bit by the bug and decided to launch my own joint. But now I’m extending the invitation to you. If you’d like to be a guest blogger on The Urbane Urbanite, shoot me a pitch at What I’m looking for? For the most part, it’s light and easy fare over here on my corner of the

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