It’s almost certain I won’t ever be a part of black Grantland, whatever form it takes. But I want the site to succeed. I want the site to become something like what Rembert Browne, a black writer at Grantland, described for me. “I would love if a site full of black people was writing about everything, writing about stuff that is not a pointedly black, race issue,” he said. “That’s new. That’s not, ‘Oh, this is a black site, black people.’ It’s not, ‘Let’s talk about rap. Let’s talk about racial profiling.’
"Black people are interested in everything," he went on, laughing. "Real talk, we are so dynamic. We’re interested in so much stuff."
From Greg Howard’s lengthy piece on Jason Whitlock’s efforts to start up an African-American-heavy site within ESPN. I kept thinking of it this morning while browsing Publisher’s Marketplace and seeing so many pop culture books about “general” topics to be written by men, and so many topics given the “for girls/women” treatment by girls. (Howard’s brief discussion of espnW is also relevant here.)
The piece is overall really great.