Friday, August 1, 2008

MBP of the Week: Washington Post

A week ago, the Washington Post ran a business story about BET founder Robert L. Johnson and his plans to build a luxury hotel in Liberia, West Africa.

An accompanying photograph showed a black man sitting next to a hotel bed. The caption said it was Robert Johnson. It wasn’t.

The man in the photo, according to the Post’s correction, was Corey Printup... one of Mr. Johnson’s employees.

And the Misidentified Black Person phenomenon claims its first billionaire victim!

(Thanks to Calvin for the tip.)

4 comments:

Thembi said...

Wow...furthermore do all of the names on that link to his website look made-up or is just me?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Oh, you tickle me! "Rufus H. Rivers" indeed...

bklyn6 said...

And the Misidentified Black Person phenomenon claims its first billionaire victim!

Does anyone ever confuse the founders of Google?

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hello there!

Liberia is still undergoing a LOT of reconstruction after the massacres that occurred so I am not sure WHY Bob Johnson is trying to build a luxury hotel for white tourists to visit rather than undertaking an initiative to build roads and schools and provide a safe irrigation system...

{shaking my head}

Lisa