Melissa Harris Perry is the QUEEN of unapologetic black womanhood, and the personification of black resistance. She gave a big middle finger to MSNBC when they wanted to control the nature and frequency of her show as they "temporarily" transitioned to covering politics 24/7 during this election year. She kept firm that she had a clear vision for her show, and no election year was going to silence or muffle the important stories she lived to share. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.” Well the show didn't come back, she parted ways with MSNBC amongst tense emails made public and hilarious tweets. Since this all went down, we have been waiting patiently for her next move, and this week she was announced as the new Editor at Large of Elle.com.
Yup, Elle Magazine, the publication that after about 30 pages, you'll MAYBE find a woman woman of color who is not Beyonce or Sofia Verga. I went to the site recently to check out some headlines:
You know how us #blackgirls relate to Jane Austen characters.
Oh no, Reese Witherspoon, Oscar Winner and everyone's favorite girl next door can't find a role for her? In America? In 2016? A blond woman? Tell me more.
Riveting coverage on Kendall Jenner's track suit!
Listen, I respect MHP too much to blatantly criticize her choice to join the predominately white, historically not-so-feminist publication. She is the Queen mother of raging against the machine, and her political agency is unmatched. I guess we will have to see how the tides turn at Elle, but one thing is for sure; they are going to get some woke women of color expecting more than what we've seen from the publication in the past.