Top Ten Reasons We Love Chagmion Antoine
Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 04:08PM
Chagmion Antoine isn’t your typical television newscaster—she’s young, African American and openly bisexual. And she doesn’t work for your typical network. Chagmion Antoine (pronounced sham-ion an-twon) is a correspondent for CBS News on Logo, which, in less than three years, has become the go-to show for all-gay news.
1. She has a great name. Just saying it makes you sound cool. Try it: Chagmion Antoine is a broadcaster for Logo. Chagmion Antoine did a great story about lesbian porn. I really like that Chagmion Antoine. Wasn’t that fun?
2. She has a classic television-journalist voice. Close your eyes and Antoine sounds just like the local news anchor from your childhood. That is, if your small-town anchor talked about sex toys, trans issues and lesbian politics.
3. She gives us a queer view of Hollywood every week. Antoine, along with AfterEllen founder Sarah Warn, host She Said What?, a weekly online lesbian entertainment show. With a similar format to The View, this show is much more Rosie O’Donnell than Barbara Walters.
4. She’s paving the way. As a bisexual woman of color on an all-gay news network, Antoine is breaking new ground in the business. “The reason I wanted to do this job is because it was new and I knew it had never been done before. I wanted to be a part of it,” says Antoine.
5. She’s been with Logo since the beginning. Court Passant, executive producer of Logo, spotted Antoine at an annual convention of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association in New York City. She was just an intern, but Passant was impressed with her confidence, storytelling and delivery. He mentioned the Logo idea to her and Antoine says, “As soon as I heard the idea, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do!’ ”
6. She covers important stories that the mainstream news doesn’t approach. Recently, Antoine delivered an in-depth and intimate story about breast cancer in transgender individuals, a story unlikely to be seen on the mainstream nightly news.
7. She’s hot. Hey, it’s probably why she’s not in radio. And we’re not the only ones who think she’s fine. Antoine said that only two weeks after CBS News on Logo began, a silver Lexus with two sexy ladies pulled up beside her in Union Square and “the hottest one, she winked at me and said, ‘Want a ride?’ I respectfully declined, but that rocked my world!”
8. She loves her job. Antoine says that even if she had only gotten a byline or an occasional story, she still would have dropped everything to jump onboard the Logo train. “I wanted to be a part of it…this is a part of history,” says Antoine.
9. She lives in the present. When asked about her plans for the future, the 26-year-old said, “I plan on setting my alarm for exactly 6:00 tomorrow. I plan on getting dressed and coming in to work.”
10. She’s purely Chagmion. “We’re very talented, but we do things our own way,” Antoine says of the Logo staff. “I get to be myself and I don’t feel compelled to fit into any specific mold.” And we’re glad she doesn’t, because Chagmion Antoine is a representation of the changing face of journalism and the success of Logo is a reminder that, as lesbians, it’s important to stay…um…abreast of all the issues that affect us.
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