November 28, 2020

Rolling Stone writer Touré visits Webster

Journalist, author, cultural critic and TV personality Touré visited Webster University at 5 p.m. on April 4 in room 131 in the East Academic Building. Touré discussed a number of subjects, including his new book “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness.” He explained what the book was about.

“What I’m talking about is the modern era that we’re in, which is sort of this post-black era,” Touré said. “You can be rooted in blackness, but not be strained by it.”

The conversation quickly turned to the Trayvon Martin case. Many students asked questions to get Touré’s point of view on the topic. They also discussed interviews that he has had with famous celebrities, his trip to Africa and what motivated him to become a journalist.

“It’s really important to me to help shape the discussion of black people,” Touré said.

He feels that with the Trayvon Martin situation, journalists are telling the story wrong and not being proper journalists.

“Telling the story the right way is very important to me and that is what moves me as a media individual,” said Touré.

Chelby Jenkins, junior video production major, said that she learned a lot from the lecture.

“You should be pretty active,” Jenkins said. “You should always be kept to date of what’s going on in your community.”

Jenkins also learned that one should be active and always be kept up to date of what is going on in the community.

Touré has released three books, The Portable Promised Land (2003), Soul City (2004) and Never Drank the Kool-Aid (2006).  He has interned and worked for Rolling Stone magazine, interviewing people including Run DMC, Tori Amos, Eminem, Jay-Z. He recently wrote a cover story on Adele for Rolling Stone magazine. He has also been on BET, MTV and is now currently at MSNBC.

For the full story, read the next edition of The Journal on April 11.

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