Tamika Mallory reveals the truth about being unapologetically Black at RIDE Con

Tamika Mallory at RIDE (Photo credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Tamika Mallory stands as a leader who fights for the rights of women and minorities. Mallory served as a keynote speaker on opening day of the 2019 RIDE Conference.

Mallory shared her truth with the audience and revealed why it’s important for her to remain true to herself and the community at all times.

“How many of us know that being unapologetically Black is probably one of the most difficult tasks you will ever face,” Mallory asked the audience before offering remarks about rolling out publisher, Munson Steed. “I wanted to honor Munson Steed because he has been unapologetically Black in this space. I’m sure there have been times when things hadn’t always gone as you want them to go, and when you face some challenges and doors are closed in your face because you choose to be unapologetically Black. So many of our friends in the media world are trying to be on both sides. And I understand the struggle that folks have when you are unapologetically Black. But there is something special about people who say, ‘I’m going in this direction, regardless of what opportunities I may miss out on.’ We have to have Black media to tell our stories for us.”

Mallory also urged attendees to support Steed and other Black-owned businesses. “When we leave this conference, will we send money back and make sure that we’re subscribed to rolling out? Will we ensure that we speak well of it and that we repost what is on the website for the day? And will we support Roland Martin and make sure that his course of having his own show that is not connected to any major network, that we keep him on the air because who else tells the truth like Roland Martin?”

Mallory concluded by encouraging the audience to support those who fight for the cause. “We have to start figuring out as a people, each one of us, what are we putting in,” Mallory counseled. “Is it okay for activists who are out here in our society to not be able to pay their rent? We will give our money to the Chanel’s, Gucci’s, restaurants, and all types of people who are not invested in our communities. But when we see someone doing the work, we are so quick to question and criticize them, rather than supporting our own. That’s what this RIDE Conference is about. For me. It’s about us supporting our own people.”

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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