News Alert! Jermaine Dupri Is NOT Chris Kelly: MULTIPLE News Shows And Publications Confuse Dupri For The Late Kris Kross Member
This isn’t really a surprise, because mainstream publications have been dropping the ball on reports of the deaths of black celebrities and confusing us on an everyday basis since they started featuring us on their news programs. But when multiple publications do it for the same story, it’s just pretty pathetic.
This morning while preparing for work, I was watching the Good Day NY morning show on the Fox affiliate here in New York, and while brushing my teeth, the show did a quick report on the passing of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly from Kris Kross. Before the report ended, they put up a photo of the late rapper for a few moments as the song “Jump” played in the background. But it wasn’t Chris Kelly. It was Jermaine Dupri. The exact same photo of Dupri DJing in Los Angeles that I’ve posted above. The moments it was up seemed to go on forever…
Thinking it was a hot mess but really not thinking too deeply into it, I went on to work and told my co-worker about it. We had the same shaking-my-damn-head response. But things got out of hand when she alerted me to the fact that Uproxx found out that a NBC affiliate did the same exact thing last night:
NewsOne caught the error too:
When it was time to run the image of Kelly, they instead ran a photo of record producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri (pictured above). Even more ridiculous was their sourcing of “Google.com” for the image, suggesting that they could have easily googled Kelly to see what he actually looked like.
And even today when I looked for that photo of Dupri doing his DJ thing in LA, I found that the Christian Science Monitor opened up their report on the death of Kelly with the same exact photo as well. While they at least went on to caption the picture by stating that Dupri discovered the group, for half-reading folks (and there are many), it’s easy to see how people could end up confused and think he was Kelly.
You know, a quick click to even just Wikipedia would have cleared up which member, let alone individual in general was Kelly. But when it comes to reporting on black folks, it’s clear that a lot of media doesn’t care to put the time and effort into at least making sure our faces match the pictures you claim are us. If you’re just going to half-a** your coverage of our stars, then please, don’t bother at all.