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AT&T honors African American trailblazers with 28
Days program during Black History Month
30, 2016) AT&T celebrates acclaimed actress, writer and activist Ruby Dee
along with past and current black trailblazers with this year's AT&T 28
Days throughout the month of February. The program spotlights pivotal
figures and moments during Black History Month...
TLF issues tracking survey results of multicultural
scholarship recipients in communications
(January 30, 2016) The 2015 Biennial Alumni Tracking Survey conducted by
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) found that success rates among their past
scholarship recipients was at an all time high with 88 percent reporting
that they were currently working in a communications related field...
The Grio, Rolling Out form digital ad network
offering advertisers key ethnic audiences
30, 2016) Two top media sites for reaching millennial and multicultural
audiences have partnered to offer expanded reach for advertisers trying to
connect with these coveted consumers. Popular news site thegrio.com and
lifestyle and entertainment outlet rollingout.com have joined forces to
form the Rolling Out Digital Ad Network...
MediaVest USA to host Madison Avenue Minority
Radio Summit next month
(January 24, 2016) Brian Terkelsen, CEO of MediaVest USA, one of the
nation's largest media buying agencies, has announced the company will
host a historic Madison Avenue Minority Radio Summit at the New York Times
Building in New York on February 26th. The Summit will bring together
media agency executives, media planners and media buyers with African
OWN Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original
dramatic series, 'Queen Sugar'
19, 2016) Rutina Wesley ("True Blood") has been tapped for a series
regular role in the new original series "Queen Sugar," from award-winning
filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Selma") for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and
produced by Warner Horizon Television. In the series, Wesley will star...
Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for
first-time exhibit at HBCU
25, 2016) "To whom much is given, much is required," is a guiding
principle of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey (pictured). Having a passion for
African-American history, the founders of The Kinsey Collection, brings
one of the largest private collections of black art, artifacts, documents
and artwork to their alma mater Florida A&M University in time for Black
Report: Reaching unbanked Black, Hispanic
Millennials possible with mobile services
19, 2016) Consumer banking relationships are being reshaped by mobile
financial services, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts
in the report, "Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers in the U.S." For the
unbanked, these mobile services offer a realistic way to expand economic
LeBron James to
produce, star in reality TV series highlighting Cleveland entrepreneurs
(January 20, 2016) NBA All-Star LeBron James announced his latest
venture outside of basketball. This summer he'll co-produce and star in
a new reality TV series called "Cleveland Hustles" on CNBC.
Along with longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, James
will offer four aspiring local entrepreneurs...
UNIFY, a Black-targeted premium online video
streaming service set to launch Feb. 1st
18, 2016) On February 1st, UNIFY will launch itself as the only premium
online video streaming service providing TV and film entertainment geared
towards the African-American audience. With TV shows and movies spanning
from the 1960s to the 2000s and original documentaries, sitcoms and
Online streaming: The best hope for African-American
(January 19, 2016) President Obama stated in his January 11, 2016 State of
the Union Address "We've protected an open Internet". These words are
profound. An open Internet means open opportunities for a new generation
of minority owned digital networks, content creators, tech entrepreneurs
and film talent. I am amazed that there are those who will defend the
decades-long discriminatory practices of...
Nielsen promotes Angela Talton to position of Chief
13, 2016) Nielsen Holdings announced that Angela Talton has been promoted
to Chief Diversity Officer reporting to Chief Executive Officer Mitch
Barns. "Diversity and inclusion are crucial to our growth, strength, and
ability to innovate. Angela's vision, leadership and execution have helped
us reimagine diversity...
Toyota is top winner at Diversity Volume Awards
recognizing ethnic car sales
(January 11, 2016) In a first for the auto industry, the Diversity Volume
Leadership Awards were presented yesterday to carmarkers with the greatest
number of units sold to Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American, Women
and Millennial car buyers. The awards ceremony was produced by the
National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) and IHS
Automotive research firm...
Nielsen: African-Americans lead Hispanics in social
media penetration on PCs, tablets
6, 2016) While social networking appeals to all races and ethnicities,
marketers should take note: Differences do exist in how these groups may
be sharing their digital voices or reading the voices of others. For
instance, social networking on a PC reached more than 27% of black adults
in a typical week -- the highest of any multicultural group among PCs...
Urban radio veteran exec, Deon Levingston exits SVP
post at Emmis New York
6, 2016) Widely-respected urban radio executive, Deon Levingston, has
exited his position as SVP/Market Manager with Emmis Communications New
York. Levingston oversaw operations of 40/Rhythmic WQHT (HOT 97), Urban AC
WBLS, and Gospel WLIB, the three most listened-to stations by the city's
African-American population. No announcement has been made regarding his
Royal Allen, marketing veteran known for his
entrepreneurial zeal, passes at 52
5, 2016) The Chicago-based marketing veteran, Royal Allen, known for his
entrepreneurial spirit and his successful work on behalf of major clients,
died New Year's Day at the age of 52. According to information issued by
the Danielle Ashley Group, where Allen was an independent consultant and
director of New Business, the cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Allen began working at Danielle Ashley Group...
Byron Allen settles discrimination suit against
AT&T, gains carriage for seven channels
5, 2016) According to news sources, Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios
has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit brought against AT&T, and has
been given distribution for seven of his cable channels on DirecTV and
U-verse. The only comment offered by representatives from Entertainment
Studios and AT&T was: "The matter has been resolved...
Bounce TV reports its biggest year of growth yet in
2015 among multiple segments
(January 5, 2016) Bounce TV reported that its viewership continued to soar
in 2015 as the nation's first-and-only over-the-air broadcast television
network for African Americans. It posted the most-watched year in its
history while remaining the fastest-growing African-American targeted
network on television...
NAMAD, IHS announce nominees for first annual
Diversity Volume Leadership Awards
16, 2015) The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)
and the research firm IHS Automotive today announced the nominees for the
first annual Diversity Volume Leadership Awards. The honor recognizes the
sales efforts of auto companies with new car buyers who are
African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Women and
RLJ Entertainment's streaming channels now available
to Amazon Prime customers
15, 2015) RLJ Entertainment has announced its three proprietary, streaming
channels -- Acorn TV, UMC, and AcaciaTV -- are now available to Amazon
Prime members as part of Amazon's newly announced Streaming Partners
Program. As part of the program, Amazon Prime members can easily add on
any of the three streaming channels via the Amazon Video App. Each channel
also features a free trial.
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6
Lovin' You Is Wrong' delivers No.1 spot on Cable Top 25 to OWN
11, 2015) Tyler Perry's "If Lovin' You Is Wrong" followed up a strong
showing last week by taking the No.1 cable show in black households for
the first week of December. The OWN Network drama had 600,000 more
black viewers of Monday Night Football, but it wasn't quite enough to win
the week's title of most viewed cable network...
'Women of Power' and 'Our World with Black
Enterprise' TV shows return to TV One
13, 2015) Beginning this week the TV shows, "Women of Power" and "Our
World with Black Enterprise" will premiere on TV One with exclusive and
intimate interviews with some of the nation's leading men and women. The
network syndicated show will air at its new time every Monday at 6:00 a.m.
and 6:30 a.m. Viewers can also watch the program each week online...
Black TV Ratings for Week of Nov. 30 - Dec. 6
'The Wiz Live!' draws six million black viewers for No.2 spot on Top 25
(December 9, , 2015) NBC is giving thanks that it was able to revitalize
its holiday musical hopes with the success of "The Wiz Live." The
special drew 11 million viewers overall, six million of whom were black,
and delivered two million more than watched last year's Peter Pan. The
holiday schedule did nothing to bounce "Empire" from its perch...
magazine names Simone Amelia to newly created position of Content
8, 2015) The NorthStar Group, publisher of The Source Magazine, have
announced the appointment of Simone Amelia to the newly created position
of Content Director.
"On behalf of The NorthStar Group, we are excited to have someone as
skilled and well respected internationally as Simone Amelia on our
team," said L. Londell McMillian, publisher...
Commonground plan for new agency following partnership failure
8, 2015) Commonground/MGS, the agency partnership that formed less
than 15 months ago, was forced to close it doors December 5th after
failed negotiations between the holding company-owner, PCH
Communications LLC and its financial lender, Fifth Third Bank. Last
Friday, an e-mailed statement abruptly informed the 240 employees in New
York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and...
NAMAD, IHS Automotive to salute ethnic sales with Diversity Volume Leadership
(December 7, 2015) The National Association of
Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD) and IHS Automotive have announced
the creation of the first Diversity Volume Leadership Awards. The awards
program is the first of its kind to recognize and celebrate the new
vehicle sales volume leaders based on model year for the following the
ethnic, women and ethnic Millennial consumer...
Media calls newspaper story on Tom Joyner's forced retirement
2015) A story appearing this week in the London-based Daily Mail Online
reported that radio legend Tom Joyner was going to be forced into early
retirement next year by REACH Media, owners and distributors of the Tom
Joyner Morning Show. The program is the most successful in syndicated radio
Citing unnamed sources, the Daily Mail claims Joyner's former business
partner, and now his boss, David Kantor...
Cafe Mocha's Salute Her Awards to honor seven
outstanding women Chicagoans
(December 2, 2015) Popular nationally syndicated radio show, Cafe Mocha,
is bringing the Salute Her Tour presented by Hyundai to Chicago for the
second year. On Thursday, December 10, the Salute Her Holiday Awards
Luncheon will recognize women who share a common commitment to make a
positive contribution to strengthen their respective communities.
Festivities take place at the Hotel Allegro. The honorees include...
Black advertising, media firms waiting to tap black
voters for political campaigns
(November 24, 2015) For African American advertising, marketing, media and
research firms, the 2016 political season officially began last week with
the news that Hillary Clinton's campaign had made its first hire.
Chicago-based Burrell Communications has been selected to develop the
creative for TV, radio, print and...
PRecise Communications appoints Will Ayers as
account executive, moves to new offices
10, 2015) Will Ayers has joined PRecise Communications as an account
executive focusing on digital strategies. Ayers brings more than eight
years of communications experience to PRecise. Previously, Ayers worked
for two New York City public relations and media agencies, including
Edelman, executing communications campaigns for companies such as eBay,
Brown, veteran Indianapolis broadcaster
9, 2015) Amos Brown, beloved Indianapolis broadcaster for more than 40
died this past Friday, November 6 at the age of 64 while visiting his
family's home in Chicago. He collapsed from what is believed to be a heart
attack. Brown was the talk show host and Director of Strategic Research,
and Community Affairs Director at WTLC-AM, a station owned by Radio One.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Light of the
World Christian Church, 4646 North Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. Visitation
will take place on Friday, Nov. 13 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., and on
Saturday from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m....
The Next 15, a new TV One docu-series, follows the
comeback of fallen reality TV stars
6, 2015) TV One today announced production has begun on The Next 15, a
docu-series following the lives of six reality stars whose infamous
television debuts have come and gone. The series documents the return of
one of the original reality TV divas, Tiffany "New York" Pollard (Flavor
Of Love, I Love New York) and Claudia Jordan, who is out for redemption
since recently ousted from The Real Housewives of Atlanta...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of Oct. 26 - Nov. 1
VH1, OWN give NFL a run for its money by beating
Monday Night Football
6, 2015) The Baltimore Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals lacked sufficient
appeal to help Monday Night Football break the two million mark with black
viewers on Oct. 26th. That gave VH1 and OWN an opening to snatch the No.1
and No.2 spots on The Top 25 cable shows chart.The overall winner for the
last week of October was...
Black TV Ratings for Week of Oct. 26 - Nov. 1
'Sunday Night Football' takes back No.1 with
'Empire' bumped for World Series
4, 2015) Fans of the hit series "Empire" are apparently not feeling any
love for baseball. Fox aired two games of the World Series (which, if you
somehow haven't heard, was ultimately won by Kansas City) and Cookie and
company got pushed to the curb. Black viewers apparently sat on their
hands, as no other Wednesday night show...
AARP releases survey of the financial attitudes of
New York's Black Gen-Xers
4, 2015) A staggering 70% of African American Gen-Xers say they may leave
New York City when they retire, saying high debt, housing expenses and
healthcare are hampering their ability to save, according to a new survey
of African American city voters commissioned by AARP. As Gen-Xers started
turning 50 this year...
Interactive One, Coca-Cola join forces on custom
content series featuring cooking tips
2, 2015) Digital platform, Interactive One has announced the launch of
"The Kitchen Table" a new digital content series targeting
African-Americans sponsored by Coca-Cola. The cooking series lives on
iOne's flagship digital property aimed at women, HelloBeautiful.com, with
60-second vignettes also appearing on TV One. In addition, the content
will be promoted on the iOne social channels to...
'Rickey Smiley For Real' brings syndicated radio
host back to TV One with docu-series
30, 2015) Nationally syndicated radio personality, host and stand-up
comedian Rickey Smiley returns to TV One with the premiere of his new docu-series,
"Rickey Smiley For Real" on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. The hour-long
series takes a humorous look at Smiley's hectic life as he manages his
career, single fatherhood and personal life. TV One's Rickey Smiley For
Real is a voyeuristic view into what makes Smiley a successful media mogul
in radio, comedy and television...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of October 19 - 25
For the third consecutive week, the NFL is back at
No.1 of favorite cable shows
28, 2015) The NFL is back. After getting bounced from its usual No.1
position four weeks ago, "Monday Night Football" on ESPN was the most
popular cable show in black households for the third consecutive week.
VH1's "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood" and "Black Ink Crew" took second and
third position respectively, and...
AARP promotes Edna Kane-Williams to Senior Vice
President, Multicultural Marketing
29, 2015) AARP announced today that Edna Kane-Williams has been promoted
to the role of Senior Vice President for Multicultural Leadership. In
this new role, she will lead the development and execution of AARP's
multicultural strategy to increase the organization's social impact and
relevance among multicultural audiences. With more than 20 years of
experience working in senior management...
NABOB applauds FCC ruling that gives some AM
stations early access to FM translators
27, 2015) A recent by ruling by the Federal Communications Commission will
make it possible for owners of Class C and D AM radio stations to explore
taking their programming to the FM band through the use of FM translators.
The decision by the commission, as part of its AM Radio Revitalization
proceeding, gives these smaller stations the first opportunity to buy
existing FM translators and relocate them to the markets they currently
are licensed to operate in...
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