Jawn Murray and Tony Harris are both celebrated journalists from two ends of the same extreme…NEWS! Murray has been breaking entertainment news for a very long time via his Jawn Juice enterprise. Then he decided to bring the Juice to Black Voices. And he has for the last six and a half years.
There has been a major upheaval of a lot of the administration and talent at Black Voices after AOL, acquired the Huffington Post. Like any other merger, the transition always involves someone losing their job for budgetary reasons. But, Jawn Murray beat them to the punch….just in case he might be headed for the chopping block.
According to Richard Prince’s Journal-ism’s, he’s simply ready to move on with a great record of accomplishment in hand. Murray spoke on his time with BV saying, “. . .’BV Buzz’ also championed Black cinema; helped lobby to save the show ‘The Game;’ introduced Karrine ‘Superhead’ Steffans to the masses; offered ‘Where Are They Now’ features on everyone from Ja’Net Dubois (‘Good Times’) to LaTavia Roberson of Destiny’s Child; filed destination features from places like Japan to London and all throughout the Caribbean; and made sure gospel music got its mainstream shine!”
Murray started with BV when it was just beginning to get its legs. “I saw Black Voices go from being a fledgling portal just acquired by AOL in 2004 to the number one website for African-Americans online today. . . . Though I chose to leave BV, I’m definitely not done being a columnist or blogger or whatever they call us now. I’m exploring a bunch of options and we’ll see how things pan out.”
Along with Murray’s major decision to leave, CNN suffered a tremendous loss when popular anchor Tony Harris decided to make his exit in December to expand his image globally. Harris has taken a position as anchor for the growing Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.
Al Jazeera quoted Harris as saying, “I’m really pleased to have joined. Having an interest in news from around the world, I was attracted by AJE’s global focus and look forward to being involved in stories from all points of the globe. It’s a very exciting time to be coming on board.” Al Jazeera spokesman told Journal-isms that he may very well be the first African American to hold the position.
Read here for more as we take our hats off to both of them.