Sunday, October 14, 2007
Jasmyne Cannick Pollitical Diva
There is that word again "Diva" but it really fits this young community focused power house. I met Jasmyne Cannick for the first time about four years ago when film director Patrick Iann Polk screened his then new series Noah's Arc at the Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival.
According to her blog, she is unapologetically Black, Jasmyne Cannick is known for addressing the issues that others can't or simply won't.
At 29, Jasmyne Cannick is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who addresses the intersection of race, class, religion, and gender in the African American community as played out in today's pop culture and politics.
An award-winning journalist, Jasmyne was selected as one of ESSENCE Magazine's 25 Women Shaping the World.
Her thought provoking commentaries have been featured on countless radio stations and in newspapers and magazines aroundthe country including the Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Daily News. A strong advocate for the Black press, her writings have appeared in Black newspapers coast to coast.
She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BET News, Access Hollywood, NBC's Dateline and more.
Jasmyne continues to be a popular speaker at colleges, universities, conferences, and events discussing culture, race, sexuality, and politics. She is a co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation's Black gay civil rights group and she's a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Her day to day work is in politics.
See what I mean.
Take care Jasmyne.
See my 2006 interview with Jasmyne below on Keeping It Real Online TV.