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Pew study finds attitudes differ with how Blacks and
Whites use cell phones
(August 26, 2015) The Pew Research Center has released a new study that
explores attitudes about the use of cell phones in public settings. It's
clear from the findings that differences on the how and when to use cell
phones are often a matter of age. But the Pew study also revealed that
African-Americans as a user group don't always agree with the conventional
president and managing editor of Sister 2 Sister magazine passes at 73
(August 25, 2015) After a long battle against cancer, Dr. Lorenzo Brown,
president and managing editor of Sister 2 Sister magazine, died August 21 at 73. He was
also the husband of the magazine's publisher, Jamie Foster Brown. The
publication, founded in 1988 as a family-owned business that included
their two sons, Randall and Russell. It was one of
the nation's most widely read celebrity monthlies. The magazine
discontinued its print version last year in favor of its Website,
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Monday, August 31
at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover,MD
20785, 301-583-1790. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and services begin at 7:00
Target Corp. to pay $2.8 Million to resolve EEOC
race and sex discrimination finding
25, 2015) Retail giant, Target Corporation, headquartered in Minneapolis,
has agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve a Commissioner's charge of
discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of
the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Based on the
investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three
employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately...
Rainbow PUSH 16th annual Automotive Summit set to
convene hundreds in Detroit
25, 2015) The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the
Citizenship Education Fund, will hold its 16th Annual Global Automotive
Summit on Friday, October 9th at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Michigan. The
theme of this year's gathering is "Shifting Into High Gear: Commitment,
Access and Accountability." The Summit focuses on inclusion for ethnic
minorities in the areas of supplier diversity, human resources,
advertising and marketing, technology, professional services and dealers.
It is the only...
Federal judge re-instates Byron Allen's $20 billion
lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner
20, 2015) Federal Judge Terry Hatter, who two weeks ago dismissed a
lawsuit filed by Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc. and
the National Association of African-American Owned Media against Time
Warner and Comcast, today issued a ruling re-admitting the complaint.
Judge Hatter's earlier dismissal ruled that the Plaintiffs had failed to
allege a claim for...
'Straight Outta Compton' finishes opening weekend with a record-setting
17, 2015) The opening weekend for the rap bio drama, "Straight Outta
Compton," surpassed Universal Picture' expectations and those of the
co-producers, the original members of the group N.W.A., Dr. Dre and Ice
Cube. At an estimated $60.2 million the film ranks this summer's biggest
box office winner, the fifth biggest August opening of all-time, and the
biggest take by an R-rated film in...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of August 3 - 9
'Haves & Have Nots' draws twice as many black
viewers as Republican Presidential debate
12, 2015) Not that many people would be surprised, but Oprah's network
beat out Donald Trump and Republican Presidential Debate by 2-to-1. The
Tyler Perry drama "The Haves and the Have Nots" remained No.1 for the
fourth consecutive week, with 2.8 million black viewers, while the Fox
News Channel only attracted 1.4 million curiosity seekers...
Black TV Ratings for Week of August 3 - 9
NFL pre-season game runs over summer fare with black
audiences ready for football
11, 2015) A sure sign that summer is close to an end is the return on
NBC's Sunday Night Football in pre-season form. While no other TV shows
were able to garner at least one million black viewers, the NFL proved
that the gridiron appetite is alive and well nearly 1.9 million tuning in.
The Vikings beat the Steelers 14-3 in the Hall of Fame Game...
advertising agency named Supplier of the Year for fifth time
10, 2015) For an unprecedented fifth time in six years, Walton Isaacson
(WI), an independently held, minority owned, full-service advertising
and marketing agency, has been named Supplier of the Year by the
Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council. The Supplier
of The Year program was introduced by the National Minority Supplier
Development Council in 1981 as a...
Radio One report revenues for the second quarter
increased 10.5% over 2014
11, 2015) Radio One, Inc. reported its results for the quarter ended June
30, 2015. Net revenue was approximately $119.8 million, an increase of
10.5% from the same period in 2014, reflecting greater advertising demand
and an increase in affiliate revenue at our cable television segment.
Also contributing to the increase was a timing difference of Reach Media's
annual cruise event and a major...
BET Networks to air original biopic miniseries on
famed group New Edition in early 2016
10, 2015) BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment announced today the
production of an original miniseries based on the iconic music group New
Edition. New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe,
Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on as co-producers for the
LimeGreen agency announces merger with Dallas-based
10, 2015) Moroch Holdings Inc. has announced that it will be taking a
minority interest in Chicago-based LimeGreen LLC, a cross-cultural
marketing communications agency focused on helping its clients reach
culturally diverse groups through compelling consumer insights. While the
agency will remain minority-owned, it will transition its namesake to
LimeGreen Moroch. "We started LimeGreen ten years ago with the singular
Johnson Publishing promotes Kevin McFall to SVP of
Strategy and Business Development
10, 2015) Johnson Publishing Company has announced the promotion of Kevin
McFall to Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business
Development, with the responsibility of overseeing print, digital,
broadcast, and technology partnership initiatives for the Ebony and Jet
brands. McFall will also be responsible for licensing, partnerships,
digital strategy, audience development, and managing internal and external
Latest Prudential study shows greater financial
confidence among African Americans
7, 2015) Prudential Financial, Inc. released the results of its 2015-16
African American Financial Experience study, which found that African
Americans demonstrate continued optimism and growing affluence. The study
also examined two vital subsets of the African American community --
caregivers and veterans. "This study paints a picture of an increasingly
financially savvy and affluent African American community...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of May 27 - Aug. 2
OWN's 'Haves & Have Nots' remains No.1 cable show
for third consecutive week
7, 2015) The OWN network again edged out VH1 for the top spot on the Top
25 cable shows during the last week of May. Tyler Perry's "The Haves and
the Have Nots" stayed No.1 for the third week in a row, while VH1 claimed
the most spots among the Top 25. Fourteen shows on the chart...
Black TV Ratings for Week of May 27 - Aug. 2
is the week's only network TV show to claim at least one million black
4, 2015) With the killing of protected species topping the summer
headlines, it's ironic that CBS' "Zoo" should be in the No.1 spot for the
last week of May. The James Patterson adaptation was the only network TV
show to pull in at least one million black viewers...
Toyota again partners with National Urban League as
title sponsor of annual conference
2015) Toyota reclaimed its role as title sponsor of the National Urban
League recent 105th Annual Conference, the nation's largest historic civil
rights and urban advocacy organization. The conference took place from
July 29 - August 1, 2015 at the Broward Convention Center in Ft.
Lauderdale. Toyota's long-standing relationship with National Urban League
began more than 20 years ago and 2015 marks the company's...
Kre8 Media promotes Eureka Vanterpool to senior vice
24, 2015) Kre8 Media, a leading DRTV, Digital Media, and Brand Advertising
agency, has promoted longtime employee Eureka Vanterpool to the new
position of Senior Vice President, Operations. The announcement was made
by T. Lee Cutler, Founder/CEO, Kre8 Media. In her new position, Vanterpool,
who had been Director of Client Services, will spearhead a variety of
executive duties covering the...
Honda will pay $24 mil for discriminatory auto loans
under federal resolution
22, 2015) The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department
of Justice (DOJ) resolved an action with American Honda Finance
Corporation that will put new measures in place to address discretionary
auto loan pricing and compensation practices. Honda's past practices
resulted in thousands of African-American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific
Islander borrowers paying higher interest rates...
JeffCars.com brings new automotive advice show to
public radio WCLK
22, 2015) The website JeffCars.com is bringing its consumer-targeted
information on the auto industry to public radio. The site's founder Jeff
Fortson (left) has struck an agreement with Atlanta-based WCLK-FM to carry
his a new 30-minute program, Auto Trends beginning this month. The
station, known as Jazz 91.9, is based at Clark-Atlanta University, a
historically black college...
TV One appoints Donyell Kennedy McCullough Senior
Director of Casting
21, 2015) TV One announced today that Donyell Kennedy McCullough joins the
Original Programming and Production Department as Senior Director of
Casting & Talent Relations effective immediately. In this role, she will
be responsible for the identification and recruitment of talent for the
network's scripted fare, original movies, reality series, daily news
program and will oversee all talent logistics. McCullough will be based in
Los Angeles reporting to...
NNPA's new chair lays out aggressive agenda for
Black newspapers to 'flex our muscles'
Hazel Trice Edney
(July 13, 2015) Denise Rolark Barnes, the newly elected chair of the
National Newspaper Publishers Association, says the federation of more
than 200 Black-owned newspapers will continue to not only thrive but grow
as it begins its 75th year. With most newspapers industry-wide in an
economic struggle, and Black newspapers enthralled in a historic battle
against advertising discrimination, Barnes (above) says NNPA's new
Essence Festival sets new attendance record in New
Orleans with nearly 500,000
(July 13, 2015) Nearly a half million attendees converged upon New Orleans
this Fourth of July weekend for the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, one of the
country's largest live events. The annual four-day event, which took place
July 2-5, featured entertainment, empowerment, and cultural experiences.
Additionally, for the first time the ESSENCE Festival reached tens of
thousands of fans around the world via 100 hours of produced
industry's first regular sales call for multicultural media at NAMAD
10, 2015) Toyota Motor Sales made automotive history last week by hosting
the industry's first regular conference call specifically for
multicultural media. Conference calls -- once monthly, now quarterly --
have been a long-standing tradition among auto manufacturers to update the
business and auto press on the latest sales figures, product developments
and executive promotions...
Prudential Financial again teams with The Root on
weekly personal finance show
1, 2015) The online video series, The Root Live, produced by Prudential
Financial, Inc. and The Root.com, debuted its fourth season. The 16-week
series addresses a range of personal finance issues, with new 10-minute
episodes running weekly. Programming for the new season continues through
August, with new installments airing on...
Bounce TV post its most-watched quarter ever helped
by original series
(July 1, 2015) Bounce TV, the nation's first-ever broadcast television
network designed for African American audiences, continued its ratings
surge in the just-completed second quarter of 2015, setting network
records for viewership and the delivery of key targeted demographic
audiences in both Primetime and Total Day with June becoming the
BET Awards 2015 a social media hit with audience of
nine million users on Twitter
2015) Nielsen reports that the BET Awards 2015 was the most popular cable
TV show in social media, based on the special's Twitter TV ratings. An
audience of nine million users generated more than seven million tweets
from more than 900,000 unique authors...
Over-the-top content more integral among black viewers than whites
(June 26, 2015) A new study from Horowitz Research reveals that 45% of
Black viewers are more likely to have made over-the-top (OTT) an
integral part of their viewing lifestyle. The study, "State of Cable &
Digital Media: Multicultural Edition 2015," also found the trend to true
among other multicultural viewers, with 46% of Asian viewers, and 51% of
Hispanic viewers in the study spending more than 20% of their total TV
viewing time watching OTT...
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