The Press: Trouble in Harlem

To the Negro press, all things black are good. Racial papers studiously ignore Negro failings, shout their indignation over real and fancied injustice, assail color discrimination so hard that they help to keep it alive.

When LIFE'S editors, last February, decided to publish a close-up of Negro Champion Joe Louis, they looked about for a Negro journalist to write it. The man they picked was dimple-cheeked Earl Brown, 38-year-old, Virginia-born managing editor of Harlem's weekly Amsterdam News.

Earl Brown belonged to a new school of Negro newsmen. A Harvard graduate (1924) who won his...

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