AJ Walker Takes A Leap
Admittedly, I am not much of a 'news' guy; I'd finally decided to take a stand. Thanks to my grandmother, I grew up watching the news - around the clock - eventually growing numb to the countless stories of random shootings and inaccurate weather reports. Enough was enough. Yes, it was tough parting ways with some of my favorite anchors, weather/traffic girls, but something had to give. Through the years, I'd question the appearance of many news personalities, wondering why so many looked young, yet appeared conservative in their head shots (clean shaven, side-parted hair, fades, etc). In recent years, anchors/reporters have branched out, with men growing 5 o'clock shadows, and women becoming more daring with their wardrobes - yet, many of the hairstyles remained traditional. It's almost like a happy medium: Hey, young world, look at me, I can wear cool clothes too! ... with a hairdo often seen in a Brady Bunch episode. Borrrrinnnng! I understand there's a level of "professionalism" required for news types, but we're living in an age where gossip, the Kardashians, and the latest trends have masked themselves into hard news. It would behoove us all to see news personalities... well, show a little personality! This is where CBS News 12 West Palm Beach news reporter AJ Walker, wins the award for 'News Reporters Who Get it!'
In what many will find courageous, AJ recently "pushed the envelope" wearing braids on air in honor of her late mother. Hi-five, AJ! Does her act call for every on-air news personality to tap into their inner Janet Jackson (e.g. Poetic Justice) by sporting braids? Absolutely not. Perhaps this movement allows for more women of color to embrace natural looks instead of what we've grown accustomed to (I long for the day where an accomplished male with a curly 'fro, small taper and a groomed beard is giving stock tips LIVE from the New York Stock Exchange... I just described myself, but I'm not accepting applications at this time : ) I know their are many more like AJ who share a passion for news, looking to embrace their true self, yet, afraid of the backlash/blackballing from a group of people who wouldn't understand. This is a HUGE moment - not only for television, but culturally, and I just wanted to take the time out to acknowledge AJ for her bravery!
P.S. Please, any up-in-coming news reporter looking to embrace their true self, do not take AJ's 'movement' too far. What I DON'T want to see? News reported by someone wearing braids like Travis Scott. Let's be rational here.