I have covered entertainment as an editor and writer in Dallas for more than a decade, and I run into one constant comment.
People of color say they can't find themselves in the pages of the newspaper or online. So they quit looking.
I respond that though we can always do better, we do produce stories about you, your neighbors, your friends — and their places in culture throughout our region.
But now, we're taking a big step to make it easier for you to find those stories and to discuss them. I'm gratified to present Pop of Color, at GuideLive.com/pop-of-color. A lot of it is for us, by us.
Want to talk about it? Start with me: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an effort to showcase the work we already do in one spot and engage our readers on what we should be doing next.
Too many times, the representation of people of color in all media — in Dallas or anywhere across the country — comes from the latest crime. The stories that are front and center are ones where reporters parachute into a crisis.
Those stories need to be told. "Tell the truth, and shame the devil," the old saying goes.
But it's not fair when those stories take the spotlight and cast a shadow on our diverse cultures. There are many other stories, especially in the arts, that we will focus on in Pop of Color. Read about actress Irma P. Hall, hometown HGTV stars Andy and Ashley Williams and groundbreaking talk show host Gaby Natale. North Texas has a rich, vibrant community of color doing amazing things.
White people can find representations of themselves everywhere in media. We should all be afforded that opportunity.
So, welcome to Pop Of Color, where readers can see and be seen in stories as diverse as we are.