My dear fellow WGL (short for WomenGirlsLadies) Kristal Brent Zook wrote a great piece yesterday over at the Women's Media Center, Blogging While Brown (and Female). In case you missed it, here's the summary:
In a preview of the "Blogging While Brown" conference (Atlanta, July 25-27), WMC author Kristal Brent Zook spoke with Gina McCauley, founder of www.whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com and one of the organizers of the upcoming conference. McCauley's foray into blogging began one year ago, when the Texas-based personal injury attorney was compelled to respond to the demeaning characterizations of black women that she saw making headlines. McCauley's blog demonstrated the power of individuals to speak out and demand change, when she took on offensive programming from BET. McCauley's righteous indignation helped to generate a wave of protest, leading BET to reposition, and then cancel, the show.
Then, in the midst of their success, everything changed for supporters of What About Our Daughters as its readers and writers were blindsided by a tragedy that would dramatically alter the tone and content of the site. As Zook reports, a tragedy at Dunbar Village, a West Palm Beach, Florida, public housing complex, helped bloggers at What About Our Daughters and other sites to find their voices on issues of misogyny and violence.
Read the article here.
And by the way, the WGLs (aka, our traveling panel "WomenGirlsLadies: A Fresh Conversation across Generations") appear next in Washington DC, at the Association of Women in Communications Conference and at Georgetown on September 26. Details coming soon!