RE: Fay Jackson -- Mixed-Race Journalist
Looks like Halle Berry, LOL
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Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 12:54 AM
Subject: [Generation-Mixed] Fay Jackson -- Mixed-Race Journalist
Fay Jackson ,
California Journalist(Portrait by Helaine Victoria Press)
Fay Jackson was born February 15, 1902.
She was an African-American journalist and movie publicist.
Jackson was born in Dallas , Texas , as the youngest of
three children to Charles T. and Lulu Beatrice Jackson.
Her father was a concrete mason and chemical
scientist and her mother a seamstress and actress.
At the age of 16, her family moved to Los Angeles .
In 1922, Jackson graduated from Los Angeles Polytechnic
High School , attended USC, majored in journalism and
philosophy and was the first president of the
Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.
Jackson founded Flash in the late 1920s, the first
colored news magazine on the West Coast and d
uring the 1930s she became the first colored Hollywood
correspondent with the Associated Negro Press (ANP).
Her persuasive personality easily
had her mingling with celebrities.
Jackson was one of the few African-American
journalists allowed access to major film studios.
Her column appeared in 216 colored newspapers
across America and she used her influence
to help colored women find jobs.
In 1937, the ANP sent Jackson to London to
cover the coronation of King George VI.
She sent back interviews with Emperor Haile
Selassie of Ethiopia , performer Josephine
Baker, H.G. Wells and Alberta Hunter.
In 1940, she started the California
News, a colored weekly newspaper.
Jackson also wrote for the California Eagle, when Charlotta
Bass, editor of the colored-owned and -operated newspaper,
saw her talent and brought her on board as a political editor.
Jackson worked with the U.S. War Department
against the inadequate housing provided for minorities.
Jackson used her position to counter the prejudice and
discrimination toward African Americans with her stories and
photographs, which shed a positive light on their achievements.
Jackson demanded respect and sought to and maintained
integrity in a profession that was dominated by men .
Ahead of her time, Jackson learned quickly
how to be a "no-nonsense" businesswoman.
Fay Jackson died in 1988.