Everyone wants to be at the top ... there is no doubt about that. Many will even convince you that there is only room for one at the top. That is far from the truth because there are differences that people want to be a part of that opens up room at the top of any heap. Unfortunately, there seems to be a huge gap in media for sisterhood because media is a very male dominated arena, even to this day. Many females, regardless of color, are seemingly catty and will do anything to get the "story."
This past weekend in Dallas held the events of Mega Fest 2013 and the media was in full effect. Media outlets from all over the country and even the world stood in lines, conducted interviews and took pictures. One local media house called other media outlets at a red carpet event for the movie Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard Poporats. It was a confusing statement but it started a dialogue with some smaller media outlets that there is not a sisterhood within the media industry. It was sickening to see some people barely speaking to each other, smirking at each other if they got an interview over another media outlet and just being rude to each other.
The silver lining out of the Mega Fest 2013 outside of it being a great event for everyone involved, was the realization that some media outlets want to build and foster relationships with other media houses. It was refreshing to talk to Angle Bush, Executive Producer of Your15MinutesRadio.com in Houston, Shirley Walker-King, Program Director at KKVI 89.9 FM in Dallas and Publisher and Owner of Be You! Girl Magazine in Tennessee. These ladies sat with each other, partnered with each other and ensured that they were included in the number to gain the exposure each outlet needed for celebrity interviews and event coverage.
The consensus at the conference was "we need to stay connected so we can continue to work together." That speaks volume because at the end of the day we are all seeking exposure for our particular outlet but there are enough people in the world where we can give quality content and share the content of others. It's time to stop the hating we have for each other in media and start connecting.