How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers. This is drawn from a conversation with Sheryl Salomon, managing editor of The Root.
When I turn on my computer, the first thing I bring up is the The Root and The Washington Post. Throughout the day, I'll check with MSNBC and New York Daily News. We subscribe to The New York Times but it's more of a weekend thing for me. I love the Weekend Review and the Sunday Styles section and for years I've been a junkie of the wedding announcements, even though I've long been married. For magazines, I think New York has a combination of interesting features and a great web sensibility in their back of the book items.
I also enjoy Essence and Ebony. Those magazines tend to focus more on lifestyle elements whereas The Root will pay more attention to news, politics and social issues. For other outlets with a lens on African American life, I read Parlour Magazine, which has a global multicultural focus, Urban Cusp, with news from a nice young perspective, Color Lines, Richard Prince's blog, with information about the media industry, Crew of 42, which covers blacks in Congress, Crunk Feminist Collective, kind of like Jezebel, Black Web 2.0, on technology, and Black Snob.