Yesterday, fashion magazine, ELLE announced that Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry would join ELLE.com as editor-at-large. Perry’s work is expected to focus on race, gender, and politics mixed with a little bit of fashion. The news comes less than two months after her departure from the MHP Show on MSNBC.
Perry’s weekend morning show was disbanded on February 26, 2016. She shared her thoughts on the unexpected departure in a staff email that was later leaked. “Our show was taken—without comment or discussion or notice—in the midst of an election season … I will not be used as a tool for [management’s] purposes … I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head.” Perry has established herself as a top-notch journalist who’s never been afraid to use her much needed voice. Yesterday, Perry released her debut article, “Where Are The Rest Of Black Feminists in HBO’s ‘Confirmation’?” In one single article, Perry is able to remind us why it is important for media outlets to tell authentic stories that continue to push the envelope through thought provoking journalism. Below she shares her thoughts on why she decided to join ELLE magazine.
“Joining ELLE.com is an opportunity to combine my expertise as a scholar, my commitments as a public intellectual, and my interests as a woman,” said Harris-Perry. “Politics, economics, and inequality will be important to the stories we tell, but so too will culture, community, family, and even fashion. I am thrilled to tell my loyal television audience where they can find me and to introduce myself to brand new audiences, all while telling the stories of extraordinary women and girls.”
You can read her debut article here.