What does it mean to be a journalist when the story you’re writing about is also about you? It’s a question that Ericka Cruz Guevarra, host of the KQED The Bay podcast, explored in a recent episode. She shares her story about a camping trip she took with her best friend during the pandemic. But it’s also a story about the mental health impact of news coverage when you’re a reporter of color. Ericka originally wrote and produced it for Hella Asian, a live community event hosted at KQED by the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
We have an update on two stories we brought to you about two women of color who had to fight hard for recognition in Hollywood. Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather recently received an official apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the abuse she suffered at the 1973 Oscars and the impact it had on her career. Actress Juanita Moore has appeared in more than 80 movies and TV shows, but hasn’t always been credited for her work. In 1959, she became the fifth black actor in film history to be nominated for an Oscar. The trailblazing actress will finally be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.