The Voice Within Us
Where people of African-American descent who live in the San Fernando Valley get their ethnic media from.
Although the black population tends to be disproportionately low in the San Fernando Valley, I’ve noticed that majority of black people rely on public transportation to get around. With that knowledge, I decided to go to the North Hollywood Metro Station and interview people to see where they got their media from.
The first man I came across was D.W. Price. He was traveling to South L.A. and when asked what ethnic media he read he answered :
“I don’t read ethnic media, I am ethnic media” — D.W. Price
Price went to a historically black college which helped him develop a sense of what a black community looks like and also be open to different media outlets that weren’t mainstream.
“I read the “Final Call” in South Central…typically you have to go there to get them, they’re not sold in most stored because the information being advertised focuses on issues in our community,” Price said.
According to Price, the paper is sold by two men on the corner of Crenshaw Blvd in suits selling bean pies.
“They run for about $1–2 dollars but the best part is that if you don’t have the money they give you one for free,” Price said.
Price went on to discuss that the men selling the Final Call are believers of the Nation Of Islam like a lot of African-Americans are in his community. He also said that the newspaper really keeps him updating with his people and his culture.
“A lot of our people are dying… whether its by police brutality or just by us…it’s just a fact and the Final Call highlights that,” Price said
The next man I approached was about 24-years old, his name was Deion Womack.
Womack said he had a hard time finding ethnic media so he relies on Social media, Twitter specifically.
“Twitter is a source of black media because their are a lot of unpopular opinions that you don’t see in the media that you don’t see from other ethnicity,” Womack said.
Womack says Twitter is different from news outlets on TV because its just one race stating their opinion and not a lot of different views.
“On ESPN lately, I’ve seen more black reporters with a platform use their voice for the greater good. People like Jemele Hill aren;’t scared to speak up or lose thier job and we see a lot of support of them on twitter,” Womack Said.
He also went on to say that Twitter is becoming the main source of all news. According to Womack, tweets are now being posted on huge news sites and even on TV.
“With Twitter, our voices are finally being heard,” Womack said.
Another transit user, Natalie Pasache, says she has a hard time finding ethnic media because her neighborhood does not advertise it.
Pasache is of mixed race and beleives that she is never represented in the town she lives in.
“If theres a problem in the black community, I rarely hear about it because I live in a city that caters to Whites,” Pasache said.
She said that if she does see something in the mainstream media discussing black people, that it is almost never positive.
“It makes me feel like an outcast and that my people don’t really matter,” Pasache said.