By LaShawn Francis
I received my first copy on The New York Trend at a Black Expo. I shoved it in my bag with all the other brochures and pamphlets I got that day and kept it moving. Little did I know the impact that paper would have on my professional and personal growth.
In addition to the cultural content, I was supremely impressed by the fact that it was a publication owned and operated by a black woman. So naturally the next question was…how can I be down? So I wrote a letter to the publisher in the masthead. I was surprised when I was called in and met with Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams.
I started as an eager intern ready to learn about the newspaper industry. Under the tutelage of Dr. Taylor Williams and the amazing Ann Brown, I was exposed to the hustle of deadline, the importance of relationship building and the almighty advertising dollar.
One of the best parts of working with the Trend was the fact that we covered music at its best!
I could not have asked for a better introduction to my career than with this publication. It was an honor to work closely with a host of professionals such as Dr. Williams, the writers like Bruce Kareem and other editors like Marc Taylor and Natasha Brooks Everett and our fabulous photog, Carol Marino.
During my tenure at The New York Trend, I am proud to say I rose in the ranks from intern to managing editor, the youngest in the history of the publication. I was blessed to attend college (theory) while working with the Trend (practice.)
Upon graduating from college, Dr. Williams urged me to go to graduate school. I wasn’t even thinking about more school but following her example, I did. That aggressive nudge to get my master’s degree helped to set me apart from other candidates vying for the jobs I obtained after the Trend.
I am thankful for my experience at The New York Trend and the contribution it has and continues to make in our community.
It’s through the Trend that I was able to meet my supreme crush of life, Gerald Levert, SEVERAL times! On that warm and fuzzy note, have a very happy anniversary!!