A “crackerjack team” of journalists at an NBC affiliate wrongly identified Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly as Jermaine Dupri as they reported his passing, according to UPROXX, but this latest faux pas is just one of many when it comes to the media properly identifying Blacks.
On Wednesday night, An NBC affiliate broadcast the news that Kelly was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
When it was time to run the image of Kelly, they instead ran a photo of record producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri. 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.
Dupri discovered Kelly and Chris Smith at an Atlanta mall in the early nineties. Soon after, Dupri produced the duo’s first album and introduced the then-tweens to the music world in 1992. The album’s first single, “Jump,” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks, with Kelly and Smith even making a fashion splash by wearing their clothing backward.
Kelly and Smith eventually went their separate ways after their third album in 1996 but reunited this year for the So So Def’s 20th anniversary concert.
Unfortunately, “news organizations” often “mix up” the identities of African Americans.