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For the past month, KPCC producer Austin Cross has been publishing a series of essays exploring race, journalism and more. In his latest, he tackles his own journey of learning what it means to truly amplify Black voices.

Reflecting on how, early in his tenure at Take Two, he put together a roundtable of Black speakers that included a professor and community leader, Cross writes:

“A journalist, an academic, and a faith leader. How do I say this? Sigh.

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“I chose to put a microphone in front of the Black community's polished gems, rather than its uncut diamonds. Subconsciously, I thought I was doing my people a favor by presenting its most assimilated voices… But if truth and accuracy are the foundation of true reconciliation, then accurate representation is non-negotiable. All Black experiences matter.”

Cross’s earlier essays examine his experience as a Black man in a modern American newsroom, and the ideas about race he inherited from his father.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Policing The Police: Some L.A. County law enforcement officers aren't wearing masks while on duty, despite the county COVID-19 requirement and mandates from their own departments.

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First Person: Austin Cross, a producer for our newsroom's Take Two, reflects on what it really takes to amplify Black voices.

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KPCC/LAist executive editor Megan Garvey snapped this view of the San Jacinto Mountains, seen from Cathedral City.

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