M. Alexis Scott
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928. She has responsibility for the overall editorial content and general management of the paper, which targets the African American community in metro Atlanta. In 1932, the Atlanta Daily World, founded by W.A. Scott, II, became the nation’s first black-owned daily newspaper in the 20th century. The paper publishes once a week now, can be accessed daily over the Internet at www.atlantadailyworld.com. The newspaper became a part of the Real Times Media family in March 2012, joining five other historic African American newspapers including the Chicago Defender, the Michigan Chronicle, The Michigan FrontPage, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tenn. Ms.
Scott joined the Atlanta Daily World in 1997, following a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the Journal-Constitution and then director of diversity at Cox. In addition to her duties as publisher of the newspaper, Ms. Scott is a regularly featured commentator on “The Georgia Gang,” a week-in-review program on politics broadcast on FOX 5 in Atlanta. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Life Financial Group Ms. Scott is active in nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the boards of the High Museum of Art, the Historic South View Cemetery Preservation Foundation; the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the board of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. She serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Center for Civil & Human Rights and the President’s Council of the Atlanta History Center.
Ms. Scott has received many awards and honors, including the inaugural Keystone Leadership Award from Build, Grow and Enjoy Radio in 2012; being inducted along with the rest of The Scott Family into the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame of the Atlanta Press Club in 2011; the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the Atlanta Hawks; 2010 Journalist of the Year Award from the Atlanta Regional Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the 2010 Generational Torch Award from the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce; 2009 Community Leader Award from the Alliance for Christian Media and the 2009 Pioneer Award from the Black Women Film Preservation Project. She was inducted into the 2007 Business Hall of Fame of the Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She also received a 2007 Trailblazer Award In Honor of Coretta Scott King from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
A native of Atlanta, Ms. Scott is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, and attended Barnard College in New York City and Spelman College in Atlanta. She also attended the Columbia University School of Journalism as a summer participant in the 1974 Michelle Clark Fellowship Program. She is a 1992 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. She has an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Argosy University. She has two sons. She and her family are members of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., where Ms Scott served as presiding officer from 1982-1992, was a member of the Sunday School staff for nearly 30 years and serves on the Board of Missions.
The portrayal of women and so-called women's issues by the media was the focus of a panel Tuesday, Nov. 27, sponsored by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and its Women's Solidarity Society. The breakfast program at the Ritz Carlton Hotel downtown was called "The Unbiased Truth: Compelling the Media to Tell Our Story."
As a member of the panel, I had an opportunity to participate in a discussion with Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company and former White House Social Secretary in the first Obama Administration; Carol Jenkins, former broadcast journalist and founding president of The Women's Media Center; Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the CNN morning show, "Starting Point," and special correspondent for CNN/US; Abby Disney, filmmaker and co-founder and co-president with her husband Pierre Hauser of the Daphne Foundation in New York; Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication; and Dyllan McGee, executive producer at Kunhardt McGee Productions, where she produced Skip Gates' genealogy specials for PBS, "African American Lives."
The program was part of the efforts by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to raise awareness and funds to support a permanent exhibit on women and girls issues at the Center, which is scheduled to open in 2014. So far, $640,000 of the $1 million goal has been raised, according to Deborah Richardson, executive vice president of the Center.
The panel of women weighed in on the progress that has been made in addressing women's concerns and the portrayal of women in the media, as well as noting that there is still much more progress needed.
CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien said she thinks after 50 years we might be mid-way toward the goal of equity for women in media. "That's why it seems ugly," she said. "When you're in the middle it looks ugly."
USC's Journalism School Director Geneva Overholser said she doesn't think we're gotten to the middle yet. "I'm optimistic, but I don't think we've reached the middle yet."
Documentary producer Dyllan McGee said her latest project is a film on the Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She said she is talking with individual women who were involved, not only in leadership, but in all aspects. "We have to tell our stories," she said.
Abby Disney recalled her efforts to produce her first feature-length documentary called "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." It is the story of the women of Liberia and their efforts to bring peace to their nation after decades of a destructive civil war. She said they were told about stories of women who stripped their clothes off rather than be moved from their protest. While media was present, there was no evidence. The videotape had been used to prop open a window and was nearly destroyed when it was finally discovered. "Only about 60 seconds was left, but it was exactly what we needed," she said.
The panel was moderated by Monica Pearson, former WSB-TV anchorwoman. Her questions prompted panel members to talk about the need for more women in charge of media decisions. I added that we need women deciding who covers what, how it gets covered and in what context.
Panel members talked about the impact of women's response to the efforts to limit abortion rights and access to contraceptives by some politicians during the recent Presidential and Congressional campaigns.
The attack by conservative radio talk shows on the young law school student who spoke out in support of contraceptives resulted in losses for the candidates proposing these restrictive measures.
Several panel members said it's more important than ever for women in media to provide a framework and context for reporting these kinds of stories so they are about issues and not personal attacks.
This is exactly what it will take to make things better. As women in media, we can make it better, said Carole Jenkins, founding president of The Women's Media Center. I agree. Our voices get stronger all the time.
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who was also co-host and is chair of the board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, closed out the program by urging the mostly women present to "let your voices be heard." It's important to speak out and help shape public policies that affect our lives, she said.
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of the Atlanta Daily World.
I'm truly grateful for this day of giving thanks. I have so many things for which I am grateful: starting with my family and friends. They are real blessings in my life and I am grateful to be a blessing in theirs.
I am grateful to live in a country that has freedom of expression as one of its hallmarks. While there have been and still are challenges to many political expressions, by and large, we live in a free country where people are encouraged to be judged by the content of their character.
I was talking with my older son about writing a Thanksgiving column and he said I should give thanks for President Barack Obama's re-election. I agree with that sentiment. I am very grateful for that.
I was at Rotary Club on Monday and the head of Habitat for Humanity spoke to us about gratitude. One of the many things he said was that having gratitude without sharing is like wrapping a beautiful present without giving it.
I really liked that thought and tried to tweet it at the time, but couldn't get a signal out of the room. You may feel free to tweet it for me. Let me know and I'll follow your tweets. Besides, @ADWnews, my twitter handle is @adwnewswoman.
As I thought more about the spirit of the day – eating and visiting with family and friends – I decided to use this space to share a favorite family recipe. In fact, it is my assignment for our dinner with my Goddaughters and their families.
The recipe is one that I first got from my second husband's Aunt Ruth, may she rest in peace. It was later augmented by my cousin "Poochie" on one of her visits from Philadelphia for one of our grandmother's birthday celebrations. I now call it "Aunt Ruth's Poundcake with Cousin Poochie's Surprise."
And here it is for you:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and butter and flour a bundt cake pan.
Sift together 3 cups of flour, ½ teaspoon baking power, ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of ground mace. In another bowl, soften (or melt in the microwave) 2 sticks of butter and one stick of margarine (the margarine makes for a lighter cake instead of 3 sticks of butter). Add three cups of sugar, five eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture along with one cup of milk. Blend well. I use a hand mixer. Then pour into the prepared bundt cake pan and cook for one hour. Let it cool on top of the stove for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a cake platter.
That's it. Serve it with vanilla ice cream and you have one of the best desserts I've ever had. Happy Thanksgiving!
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of Atlanta Daily World.
Some of the reactions to the re-election of President Barack Obama have been nothing short of whacky.
Can you believe there is a series of secession petitions in all 50 states? Where do they think they're going?
Even I have caught flack. I was accused of hating all white men after noting the broad policy overreaches of the GOP during the campaign which led to Obama winning just about every other demographic group of voters by significant margins. This reaction came from my fellow panel members on the Georgia Gang.
I was simply responding to their assertion that Obama won due to a divisive, hateful campaign. I noted that the GOP-controlled legislatures in more than 30 states implemented voter ID laws intended to suppress voters – mostly low-income people of color and elderly, who usually lean Democratic. They also voted to shorten the early-voter period which saw large Obama voters turn out in 2008. I n addition, I pointed out their efforts to control women's reproductive rights through legislation to limit or discourage abortions and access to birth control. And finally I noted the statements by Mitt Romney to encourage illegal immigrants to "self-deport."
One Georgia Gang fan wrote me later, "It is unfortunate that the Republican Party seems to miss the message that was sent from Tuesday's election. Women, Latinos, Blacks and Asian Americans count!"
Also following the election, a spate of vile racist tweets hit Twitter. One data company figured out where that hate was coming from – turns out it was mostly Alabama and Mississippi with Georgia not far behind.
There were also excited reports about a "riot" on Ole Miss's campus. But it really was just a handful of young folk burning an Obama/Biden poster and a big crowd of bystanders taking photos with their smartphones.
Then, post-election, Papa John of Pizza fame said he doesn't have enough dough for Obamacare so he had to cut hours and lay off workers. Meanwhile billionaire CEO David Siegel, who threatened to fire employees if President Obama was re-elected, gave them raises instead. "I wanted to help them handle the additional burdens the government will put on them," he said.
Police in Arizona said a Mesa woman injured her husband by running over him with an SUV because he didn't vote in last week's presidential election. Authorities said Holly Solomon opposed Obama and was upset her husband didn't go to the polls.
Police said Solomon chased her husband through a parking lot and pinned him under the vehicle as he tried to flee. She was booked on an aggravated assault count.
This is crazy stuff!
And now a week later, some Republican members of Congress have characterized the Nov. 6 vote as a "status quo" election, citing the re-election of Obama and a still divided Congress -- Democrats in charge of the Senate and Republicans in charge of the House.
This is just a case of denial. Democrats added seats in both the Senate and the House. Voting data also show that the number of votes for Democratic members of the Congress outnumber the votes for Republicans, who were elected from districts in GOP-controlled states.
The not-so-loyal opposition needs to get over itself. Barack Obama is president for four more years. Settle down.
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of Atlanta Daily World.