2014 GLAAD Media Awards Highlight Progress in People of Color Media
By Glennisha Morgan
Last week, GLAAD announced the nominees for the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards and we’re proud to announce that ELIXHER is nominated in the category for “Outstanding Blog,” alongside Autostraddle, The New Civil Rights Movement, TransGriot and Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters. In addition to being in great company, we’re thrilled to see all the stories featuring and produced by Black LGBT people and allies. The work has certainly always been there and has unfortunately gone largely unrecognized. But we’d be remiss to not acknowledge how much progress our community has made in terms of diversity and LGBT-inclusivity.
The myriad of queer people of color (POC) and allies also nominated for the GLAAD Media Awards represent just the tip of outstanding and groundbreaking POC content featured on and off air, on blogs, in mainstream media and more. Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, which features our beloved Laverne Cox, was nominated for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” Melissa Harris Perry was nominated for “Outstanding TV Journalism Segment” for her episode “Pride & Prejudice.”
The New Black was nominated for “Outstanding Documentary” and The Soul Man, starring Cedric The Entertainer, was nominated for “Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character). Writer and commentator Marc Lamont Hill was nominated for “Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia” for the Huffington Post Live segment “Remixing the Trans and Hip Hop Conversation.” Black Enterprise‘s Carolyn Brown received a nom for her cover story “Why Gay and Lesbian Couples Pay More” in the “Outstanding Magazine Article” category.
Congratulations to all of the other nominees. Keep paying it forward. And thank you to our readers for continuing to support us. You can view the full list of nominees here.
Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog site that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’