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My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Timesby Gerald M. Boyd
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An inspiring and riveting tale.” —Patrik Henry Bass, Senior Editor, Essence
After a career of many firsts, journalist Gerald Boyd became the first black managing editor of the New York Times. But the dream ended abruptly with Boyds forced resignation in the wake of scandal over Jayson Blair, a reporter who had plagiarized and fabricated news stories.
A rare inside view of power and behind-the-scenes politics at the nations premier newspaper, My Times in Black and White is the inspirational tale of a man who rose from urban poverty to the top of his field, struggling against whitedominated media, tearing down racial barriers, and all the while documenting the most extraordinary events of the latter twentieth century.
"Boyd's appointment to the role of managing editor of the New York Times in 2001 made him the first African-American to hold one of the paper's top two editing positions, and his leadership helped the Times garner numerous Pulitzers. But colleagues found him gruff and imposing — a perception he attributed to racial bias — and he was forced to resign after a young reporter named Jayson Blair was caught plagiarizing and fabricating stories in 2003. In this memoir, Boyd, who died in 2006, comes across as a relentlessly ambitious man who overcame poverty, racism, and a rocky personal life to become one of the most powerful newsmen of his day. Unfortunately, Boyd proves to be a merely competent narrator: the prose is smooth but lacks flair, and the vignettes themselves are disappointingly dry. The notable exception is the treatment of the Blair scandal: Boyd's blow-by-blow is animated by indignation and gives a rare glimpse into the rancorous world of newsroom politics. Although as a source of objective truth the memoir is more suspect than a news story, Boyd's perspective is crucial to understanding the crisis that unfolded at the Times in 2003." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Gerald M. Boyd was the first black managing editor at the New York Times. During his 20 year tenure with the Times, he served various roles, including White House correspondent. Prior to his work at the Times, he had a career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A Neiman Fellow at Harvard, he was a board member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and was named the Journalist of the Year by the National Associated of Black Journalists. Robin D. Stone is the author of No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse. Her work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Detroit Free Press, and Essence magazine. The widow of Gerald M. Boyd, she lives in New York City with the couples son, Zachary.
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