Evalyn “Evie” Johnson has travelled the world to share the hair care techniques she’s honed over 20 years as a stylist. She’s taught natural hair styling in Los Angeles and hair-loss prevention in Australia. She’ll be featured in New Zealand next month at the International Association of Trichologists’ Hairdressing Conference. “I do a lot of speaking engagements, so I travel a lot,” said Johnson, 38, of Bowie, Maryland.
The just-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture is a work-in-progress — in every way. Surprisingly, this is its best asset. In one way, that description is literal. On Media Day, less than 10 days before its grand opening, the museum’s grounds still were littered with the cigarette butts, snack bags and other leftovers from the hundreds of construction workers who put the final touches on the building.
In an election year in which presidential candidates and supporting political action committees could spend upward of $2 billion on political advertising, local African American-owned media outlets across the country say they’re getting few ad buys. It’s a long-standing complaint from African-American-owned newspapers, radio and television stations and black elected officials that’s gotten louder each presidential election year – even during Barack Obama’s successful 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
Bobby Henry, head of the Florida Association of Black Owned Media. Democrats aren’t the only ones complaining. Clarence McKee, an African-American Trump supporter who was a Federal Communications Commission attorney, thinks that Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party are leaving votes on the table by not courting African-Americans voters through local black-owned media. He said the party is missing out on reaching some of Florida’s 237,568 African-American registered voters who aren’t affiliated with any party and may be persuaded to cast ballots for Trump and GOP congressional candidates.