- Sandra Trim da Costa, Miles Davis’ publicist (facilitating an interview)
- Taylor Swift (being interrupted by Kanye)
- Rihanna (being abused; using social media)
- Miley Cyrus (making better music as Hannah Montana — interesting, if they mean it, but a tangent — becoming Miley2K3)
- Madonna (getting sub-Facebook-posted by deadmau5, “[representing] everything awful about the commercial music industry and celebrity industrial complex”)
- Paris Hilton (being tweeted about by deadmau5)
- Ronnie Spector (being abused)
- Kim Kardashian (being married to Kanye)
- Laura Palmer (a fictional character)
- Britney Spears (marrying Kevin Federline)
- Bianca Jagger (apocryphically riding a white horse into Studio 54)
- Blondie (is a band, but at this point I’ll count it; making “extremely satisfying uptempo songs)
Aside from Trim da Costa, who’s referred to periodically doing publicist stuff, and Miley Cyrus, who gets a couple sentences, everyone here is an offhand mention.
We’re beyond bummed to let you know that Roxane Gay is leaving the Rumpus to focus on other endeavors (like her two new books, the recent novel An Untamed State and the imminently forthcoming essay collection Bad Feminist). Roxane is as much a part of the site as anyone, and we hope she won’t be stranger around here.
Luckily, she’s leaving us in good hands. We’re happy to welcome Mary-Kim Arnold as our new Essays Editor! You can get to know Mary-Kim on tumblr, twitter, facebook, and instagram—and of course, here on the Rumpus.
The recent appointment of Emma Carmichael as Jezebel’s new editor in chief — over longtime deputy editor Dodai Stewart has prompted many conversations about what it’s like to be a writer/editor of color in the already precarious world of journalism.
The world of New York/coastal media is elite and insular — but for journalists of color around the country who are outside the curtain, we think it would be helpful for them (and us) to share with them our thoughts on and frustrations (and inspirations) with our profession.
We want you to contribute to a BuzzFeed post rounding up advice from prominent journalists of color that’s directed at up-and-coming writers and editors of color.”
1. What advice would you give to young/new journalists who are just starting in the field?
2. What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you first started?
3. And this great question from Anna Holmes’ Bookends column: Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?
To be clear, your answers do not have to be explicitly about the Jezebel thing; we’re aiming for a much bigger, broader discussion.
We’d like to get a solid paragraph from you, but you should definitely feel free to go longer. We’re more than happy to keep your identity anonymous if you choose; we don’t want to put anyone in any sticky situations in this already sticky world of journalism. At the very least, we’d like to include your role at your publication (or whether you’re a freelancer) and a general sense of whether you work online or in print or on broadcast primarily. Email these responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by EOD Friday.