Fresh Black Girls: Edie Huggins!
I was in the middle of FBG’ing someone else when I heard that Edie Huggins, a Philadelphia institution and pretty spectacular lady, passed away today at the age of 72. She was the the first black female on the news in Philadelphia, a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a serious news veteran with 42 years of experience at the time of her passing. My Philly heads all know about her “Huggins Heroes” segments profiling people doing good deeds in the city; back in like 1992 she profiled students at my school and I spent the next month or so wanting to be her when I grew up. I had never considered that there was such a thing as a black woman being herself on television, and was mesmerized by her ability to command attention while speaking in a normal and lady-like voice. Such charisma and professionalism…she will be missed.