A highlight from Lavaille Lavette (Ep. 25, 2021)

In Black America


From the university of texas at austin k ut radio this is in black. America ebony was our social media at least for me growing up email. it was off facebook. Our twitter not in real time to patient wait so that ebony cane learn the month right and so i don't know life without my. My mother has been around longer than edit to be telling my mom age. But you know i'm so. She grew up with ebony and you know she was. I had no idea you know until you start talking to someone about it. I had no idea that everyone just felt pretty much the same way. But you know everybody starts caring film of the same common stories about ebony including my mom and my aunt. The bail of that president and publisher at ebony magazine publishing and author of ebony covering black america published by rosella international publications and long before facebook twitter and instagram. Ebony magazine was black. America's social media in nineteen forty five jerry founder and visionary. John johnson set out to create a magazine for african american trail-blazing life magazine and daddy did for the african american community. Ebony magazine has been a breath of fresh air speaking on that events from an african american perspective celebrating african american standards of beauty. Here in a book levette provide the tresor troll of the magazine rich history. Glamorous covers groundbreaking cultural impact and authentic coverage of african american life from the magazine's inception to the present. I'm john hanson junior and welcome to another edition up in black america on this week's program ebony covering black america was also available and black america. It is our history. It's america's history. I can't even stress the importance of it. You know when. I started this project. I thought i had a sense of ebony. Just had a childhood recollect recollection of it. But as i went through the covers had to do the research to figure out. Who is this on the cover. Particularly in the early you know the forties and and finding out that you know scientists person to this and that it it started meeting the whole lot more to me than it being just a publication. It told ebony told stories. Ebony helped to advance our stories a lot of the things that we are dealing with now when it comes to Social justice and civil rights emmy was right there reporting on magnifying and Even putting out solutions that you know. I think that if we would look back in order to go forward we need to look at some of the plans and some of the things that were laid out you know fifty years ago and about repeating ourselves as a child growing up in the nineteen fifties and sixties. There were two items. You could always finding a home in my neighborhood. The bible and a copy of ebony magazine this once a month publication provided hope and inspiration that all things are possible for the african american community. Ebony magazine has been a breath of fresh air. Speaking issues and events from an african american perspective celebrating african american standards of beauty and elevating heroes are black america athletes entertainer activists educators scientists elected officials and some combination thereof. Everybody covering black-americans is a monumental milestone african american history and culture and nineteen forty five three years after janis. Johnston secured a five hundred dollar loan against his mother's furniture. Emmy magazine was born. Johnson said out greater magazine for african americans. Much like data the trail-blazing life magazine and that he did. The bit book is packed with exclusive contributions by a host of celebrities. Influence and cultural icons recently in black america spoke with lebel of that regarding this publication. The work that i do from a creative standpoint particular books We've seen a spike in book reading. So you know fortunately I'm able to work as i've worked before just not Not a lot of trial actually practically no travel I'm trying to stay out of an airplane. But before the pandemic monday through friday i was on an airplane in some city. Somewhere you know but staying home and getting to Know my city a little bit better know some of the neighbors now. That did not know before. So you know so made us stay. They still forbid. We'll i've been saying As a married guy said you weren't in love prior to the pandemic you'll be in a person's home twenty four seven and you know i work from home a lot Electrical engineer and He's working from home. We are crossing each other Conference calls when we're not on who we like to get steps in so we're walking around the house and putting in each other you know calls and stuff so prior to was beginning this conversation you said you grew up in louisiana. Yes i'm from. Louisiana state landry pairs. So what was life like growing up. I had to me a wonderful childhood. My parents mom and dad educators. My father owned a number of businesses as well as a principal mothers over reading so i had My father's them with mathematician as well My mother reading specialists. So i got a little bit of both the math. The left brain right brain and They gave us everything. I don't They say they spoiled us. I don't believe i was spoiled. Kid you know i. I don't know i. I kinda think we were. You know somewhat shielded from The oh i don't know things that were happening around us. You know after leaving the nest you know you know seeing the world through a different lens but you know. I'm i'm grateful for the type of childhood on it's Went to a catholic school. We're baptists so i had a Religious a re religious education you know we had to take religion class and go to mask and all that kind of stuff. And i think that that was a that was a great foundation for me. You know it We didn't get morals and doing the right thing through moses. You know we were actually taught that and That's that's really given me my foundation and the way i see the world and the way i treat others based on upbringing and what. I was taught in school and at home. So what led you to get a masters in education I wanted to be in business. But i wanted to be an educational expert and Part of the. I don't know this whole thing in my family. Is you have to get your undergrad. And you have to get your masters no questions asked you know. It was like. They're pushing me to get a doctor to. But i said no y'all said or grad and a master's in my older brother and itis exactly what we got but i mean i'm always had an interest in education

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