An Interview with Joan Morgan
Callaloo - Volume 29, Number 3, Summer 2006, pp. 764-772
Faedra Chatard Carpenter and Joan Morgan - An Interview with Joan Morgan - Callaloo 29:3 Callaloo 29.3 (2006) 764-772 Muse Search Journals This Journal Contents An Interview with Joan Morgan Faedra Chatard Carpenter This interview was conducted by telephone on March 21st, 2006, between upstate New York and Laurel, Maryland. CARPENTER: I've read a lot about how you started as a hip-hop journalist. A couple of your early works were pieces on Monie Love and Queen Latifah, is that correct? MORGAN: Oh yes, those were my first two profiles, actually. CARPENTER: Well, I had read somewhere that your jump from working on female-oriented pieces to the broader field of hip-hop was an unsteady journey. Could you talk about how you started writing as a hip-hop journalist? MORGAN: Okay, let me contextualize this for you. When I started writing, there was no such thing as "hip-hop journalism." I am part of that generation of writers that, for better or worse, created that as a genre and it really was a term that other people applied to our writings. When kids would come up to me and say, "Wow, I want to be a hip-hop journalist, too," I would just say, "You just need to be a good writer," because I didn't start out as a voice writing about hip-hop. I started writing about the central park jogger case, actually. I also covered the Mike Tyson trial. So, hip-hop was something I wrote about, but I didn't come in with the focus that some of the younger journalists do today...
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