Race / TV

Celebrity Murder Trials, a Thriving Entertainment Industry, Homegrown Billionaires and Terrorism: The Motherland has Arrived

The Neighborhood

I dream of an Africa which is in peace within itself. – Nelson Mandela

AFRICA: The View From Here
written by Kendall F. Person

Africa the view from hereIn 1992, African-American host of NBC’s Today Show, Bryant Gumbel, won a powerful coup. The Today Show agreed to allow Mr. Gumbel to host the morning news show from a thriving city in west Africa. In 1993, he was recognized by TransAfrica, UNICEF and the National Association of Black Journalists for his original broadcast from the continent. However, I do not believe that Mr. Gumbel’s accomplishment were ever really understood or recognized for its value within the community.

Up until that time, nearly all images coming out of the Motherland were of starvation, disease, apartheid, savages and one bloody coup after another. His broadcast were from thriving metropolises of ordinary people in all black cities in sub-Saharan Africa. But whether The Today Show did not have…

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