The Debate Watching Party continues...The Scene - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


The looks:

People are intently and quietly listening and watching.

The walls on the back of the ballroom at the Washington D.C. Convention Center is colored with blue lights and white stars. Its very patriotic.

People are shaking their heads as McCain agains talks about somewhere he’s been and how much experience he has.

The expression on Obama’s face is one of disbelief at the words coming from McCain. He disagrees with the notion that he did not forcibly object to Russia invading Georgia.

The crowd is mostly black but still diverse. There are teachers and economists, politicians and media. Some people are wearing jeans and others Wall Street suits. Some people’s outfits are full of color while many are business black. There are church ladies and club chicks next to car sales men and reverends.

The one thing they seem to all have in common is complete support for Senator Barack Obama. When Obama lets out a zinger they cheer, clap, slap hands and together. When McCain attacks they scowl, boo and groan in unison.

When the debate first began syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner asked that they remember to be non partisan.

I think they forgot. 

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.