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"Miss Juneteenth" is one of the current virtual offerings at The Little Theatre, part of the Black Cinema Series. It's about a single mom, Turquoise Jones, a former Miss Juneteenth winner, preparing her rebellious teenage daughter to follow in her footsteps and compete in the pageant.

"One message is pride, one message is teaching history," Richard McCollough says.

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists (RABJ) is celebrating 15 years as an organization. Since its inception, it has worked to bring diversity into newsrooms and to ensure balanced coverage of communities of color.

This hour, we discuss RABJ’s achievements to date and the state of diversity in media. In studio:

  • Richard McCollough, chief meteorologist at WDKX, founder of Mirusmedia, and president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists
  • Erica Bryant, columnist and reporter at the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Kevin Hicks, journalist and vice president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has produced a television documentary series and children’s book series called “Rochester Legends.” Both projects feature interviews with noted African Americans who have made significant contributions to the community over the years. The illustrated books are geared to the third grade level. They tell the stories of our guests, and their outstanding contributions to the Rochester community:

  • Dr. Walter Cooper, research scientists, humanitarian, activist, and educator
  • Dr. David Anderson, history re-enactor and community leader
  • Constance Mitchell Jefferson, Minority/Women Business Enterprise Officer for the City of Rochester, and Constance Mitchell’s daughter
  • Richard McCullough, meteorologist, president of the Rochester Association of Black Journalists, and owner of Mirusmedia

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has developed student journalists and promoted diversity in newsrooms for 40 years. The Rochester chapter of the organization (RABJ) has supported that mission in our community for the last decade. Our panelists discuss the impact of both the NABJ and RABJ, and provide a preview of the Salute to Excellence Gala on November 7, which will honor African American pioneers in Rochester media and award scholarships to students. Our guests: