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Nielsen, ESSENCE partner for expanded 2014 African
American Consumer report
25, 2014) Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights;
with ESSENCE, the number one media company dedicated to African-American
women, today jointly released "Powerful. Growing. Influential. The
African-American Consumer 2014 Report," This is the fourth report
examining Black consumer issued by Nielsen, surveying more than 10,000...
Bounce TV reports increases in affiliates, sponsors,
viewers and markets
(September 25, 2014) Bounce TV, the nation's first broadcast television
network designed for African American audiences, announced continued
growth in affiliates, sponsors and viewers. WMAR-TV in Baltimore, MD (E.W.
Scripps Company) and WSYM-TV in Lansing, MI (Journal Broadcast Group) are
the newest affiliates. Their addition...
Kerry Washington, Allstate Foundation to spotlight
money's link to domestic violence
20, 2014) Actress and advocate Kerry Washington has teamed up with The
Allstate Foundation in an effort to raise awareness about the critical
role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations.
Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation
Black TV Ratings for Week of September 8 - 14
Black viewers of Thursday Night Football's
debut were 18 percent of total audience
(September 17, 2014) The debut of CBS' Thursday Night Football attracted a
total audience of 20.8 million viewers for the game, of which 18 percent
-- or 3.8 million -- were black. The broadcast gave CBS three shows in the
top five for the week, and displaced the usual winner -- NBC's Sunday
Night Football -- for total audience and share...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of September 8 - 14
OWN's 'If Loving You Is Wrong' delivers the
network's biggest premiere ever
20, 2014) The OWN network's Sept. 9 debut of Tyler Perry's "If Loving You
Is Wrong" was the biggest premiere in the channel's history. Of the 1.9
million of all viewers that watched, 1.8 million were black, and the show
delivered a 1.47 rating among women 25-54...
NABOB, NAACP and AURN announce joint campaign to
'Get Out the Vote'
(September 19, 2014) The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
(NABOB) American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) and the NAACP have partnered
to produce and distribute a national radio campaign encouraging African
Americans to both register and vote in the upcoming mid-term
elections. "It's important we build on the momentum from the 2012
presidential election when record numbers of African Americans showed up
at the polls to vote," said Jerry Lopes, AURN President...
Deckers Brands appoints Google executive Bonita C.
Stewart to Board of Directors
17,2014) Deckers Brands, a global leader in designing, marketing and
distributing innovative footwear, apparel and accessories, today announced
the appointment of Bonita C. Stewart to the Company's Board of Directors.
Ms. Stewart brings a wealth of experience to Deckers spanning interactive
marketing and brand development, as well as financial and operational
Power of Urban Radio Forum spotlights
trillion-dollar black consumer market
16, 2014) Thursday, October 2, 2014 the 14th Power of Urban Radio Forum
will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the Westin City Center by Kizart
Media Partners, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Black
Owned Broadcasters (NABOB). The 2014 forum will focus on the strategic
importance of the $1 trillion African American consumer market. Managing
Partner and Founder of Common Ground, Sherman Wright, will deliver the
inspires fashion line designed by Kerry Washington for The Limited
15, 2014) Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington and
costume designer Lyn Paolo, in partnership with Elliot Staples, head of
design from The Limited, have developed a new fashion line exclusively for
The Limited inspired by Shonda Rhimes' top-rated ABC drama, Scandal.
"By creating a line inspired by the show, we are introducing a...
ASPiRE to preview 'Changemakers,' a new reality
series on celebrities doing good
15, 2014) The ASPiRE cable television network will premiere its fifth
original series, "Changemakers," on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. and 8:30
EDT. Currently in production in Atlanta, the half-hour reality series will
spotlight African-American celebrities -- such as Keshia Knight Pulliam
and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges -- who are making a difference and reveal how
and why they use their success to help others to be their best selves. The
six-episode series is...
OWN network to add docu-series '2 Fat 2 Fly' to
lineup for early 2015
12, 2014) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced an eight-episode order
for a new one-hour docu-series "2 Fat 2 Fly" following best friends Ramone
Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they navigate their small-town food truck
business of the same name, selling a revolutionary twist on a culinary
classic: stuffed chicken wings. The series will join the network's popular
Saturday night programming lineup in early 2015...
Coalition of Black, Hispanic broadcasters air strong
opposition to Senate Video Bill
12, 2014) The members of Four TVFreedom.org coalition have sent individual
letters to congressional leadership opposing the passage of proposed
video reform legislation known as the Satellite Television Access and
Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA). The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB),
The Hispanic Institute (THI) and the National Association of Black Owned
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of September 1 - 7
VH1 closes out the summer with a boost for its most popular black
(September 11, 2014) For the last unofficial week of the summer, VH1 saw
its favorite shows with black viewers dominating the highest spots on
the Top 25 list of cable shows. Love & Hip Hop, T.I. and Tiny, and
Atlanta Exes finished No. 1, 2 and 3 respectively, and were virtually
the only programs to claim more than a million viewers. This meant that
VH1 was the most...
ASPiRE partners with Urban Sports & Entertainment
for more HBCU football coverage
(September 12, 2014) The ASPiRE network is expanding its Historically
Black Colleges & Universities sports coverage this fall thanks to a new
deal with Urban Sports & Entertainment Group to broadcast a total of 11
live and encore HBCU football games, airing now through Saturday, November
15th. Six football games will be live, with three intra-collegiate
match-ups exclusive to ASPiRE...
season of 'Finding Your Roots' gets support, original content from Ford
12, 2014) Ford has joined forces with Public Television to bring the
second season of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. back
this season. The 10-part series finds Henry Louis Gates, Jr. continuing
on his quest to -- as he puts it -- "get into the DNA of American
culture." By weaving a group of celebrity stories together, each episode
takes viewers on a journey through layers of ancestral history,
uncovering familial secrets. "This is one of the most fascinating ways
history is uncovered
Russell Simmons' All Def Digital media firm raises
$5 million in financing
11, 2014) ALL DEF DIGITAL, INC. (ADD) has announced it has closed $5
million in Series A financing led by the influential new media venture
capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital,
Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures. The announcement was jointly made
by ADD co-founder Russell Simmons (pictured) and Greycroft's Mark Terbeek,
Black TV Ratings for Week of September 1 - 7
CBS' coming Thursday Night Football means NFL will
dominate the Top 25 chart
(September 11, 2014) Now that the NFL is playing on network TV in prime
time on Thursday as well as Sunday and nights, the top of Top 25 chart of
most popular shows with black viewers is about to get sacked by
gridiron-related programming. The first week of September offered a peek
of what's to come. The rankings of shows by share of in black households
had football taking the first eight spots, as well as an additional slot
BET appoints marketing veteran Kay Madati as
Executive VP and Chief Digital Officer
8, 2014) BET Networks announced it has named Kay Madati as Executive Vice
President and Chief Digital Officer. Madati, a former Facebook executive,
will lead the teams responsible for all aspects of digital, social and
mobile strategy and oversee operations, content creation, technology and
product development across the suite of BET Network's digital platforms.
former arts editor and columnist at Chicago Defender, dies at 87
26, 2014) Earl Calloway, a long time arts and entertainment editor and
columnist with the Chicago Defender, died on Wednesday, August 20 at the
age of 87. He had been hospitalized for the past few weeks, but the
cause of death was not immediately given. Born on October 4, 1926 in
Birmingham, Alabama, Earl Calloway has been a fixture in the world of
journalism for more than four decades. He is best known...
Report: Multicultural consumers are more likely to
drink bottled water
26, 2014) According to findings published by market research publisher
Packaged Facts in the report "Bottled Water in the U.S.," adults who drink
relatively large quantities of bottled water are more likely to be part of
a multicultural population segment. They are 36% more likely to be African
American and 31% more likely than average to be Hispanic. The
multicultural character of those drinking large amounts of bottled water
announces winners of its 2014 EMMA Awards for multicultural marketing
(August 25, 2014) The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in
Communications has announced the winners of its Excellence in
Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA). Presented in conjunction with the
annual NAMIC Conference, the awards competition recognizes outstanding
marketing efforts designed to attract and retain ethnically and culturally
diverse audiences and customers including African American...
NBC returning ownership of TheGrio.com to founders,
but continues content affiliation
25, 2014) Less than four years after it purchased the African-American
news website, TheGrio.com, NBC News has announced that it is selling the
media platform back to the original owners. Launched n 2009 by co-founders
David A. Wilson (pictured) and Dan Woolsey, the site was one of the first
black-targeted destination to be affiliated with a major news
organization. Neither party disclosed the financial details of the sale...
Coca-Cola announces increased investments of $5
billion in Africa, creation of new initiatives
(August 11, 2014)
The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners in Africa announced a new
investment of $5 billion (U.S.) during last week's U.S.-Africa Leaders
Summit in Washington, D.C. The investment, to be made over the next six
years, increases its total announced investment in Africa to $17 billion
from 2010 to 2020. Coca-Cola and its bottling partners anticipate that
this investment will fund new manufacturing...
Barneys agrees to more than half-million dollar
payment to settle racial profiling lawsuits
(August 11, 2014) Retailer Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve
allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at
its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against
major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained
that detectives followed minority customers around...
Co. teams with Black Greek-Letter groups to help communities
11, 2014) To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities,
the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic
Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American
Greek-letter organizations. The program, "The Divine Nine Driven To Give
Program" is an extension of Lincoln's national Driven To Give program that
kicked off earlier this month. Lincoln's Driven To Give program was
developed as an engaging way to help educational and charitable
organizations raise additional money to...
Music Awards marks 30th anniversary with new date and city
8, 2014) The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the biggest night in
Gospel music, will mark its milestone 30th Anniversary with a move to a
new venue and taping date. Central City Productions, which produces the
annual awards spectacular, announced that the telecast will be taped in
front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada,
shifting from January to March 28, 2015. "I am excited about moving The
Stellar Awards to...
agency names Amy Wright Vice President, Strategy and Client Services
8, 2014) Liquid Soul, the Atlanta-based, award-winning lifestyle
marketing agency, has announced the appointment of Amy Wright as Vice
President, Strategy and Client Services. Wright will oversee the
agency's account management department and lead organizational growth
"We are thrilled to have Amy's leadership, intellect and ability,"
says Tirrell Whittley, CEO of Liquid Soul. "As we enter...
series, 'Power,' finishes season strong, heads to Encore Black channel
7, 2014) The STARZ movie channel said its original series and summer
breakout hit "Power," finished strong in its season finale and has
averaged about 4 million viewers per week to-date, with strong viewership
among White and African-American viewers -- both male and female audiences
(18-49). The New York-based drama, which has resonated with
African-American viewers throughout its eight-episode first season,
Black PR Society
issues call for speakers at its 2014 conference in November
8, 2014) The National Black Public Relations Society is accepting
proposals for workshops and general sessions now through August 15 for its
2014 national conference that will take place on November 6-9 at The
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd in Fort
Lauderdale. With the theme, Power PR! Equip! Adapt! Conquer! speakers
should demonstrate expertise in social media, PR & brand...
LaToya Valmont, formerly with Essence, named
managing editor of Glamour magazine
7, 2014) LaToya N. Valmont has been elevated to managing editor for
Glamour, it was announced today by Cindi Leive, Glamour editor-in-chief.
In her new role, Valmont will manage the monthly issues from lineup to
closing, overseeing deadlines and layouts while supervising the...
The 14th Power of Urban Radio Forum to be held in
Washington Oct. 2nd
7, 2014) Kizart Media Partners will host its 14th Power of Urban Radio
Forum in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned
Broadcasters (NABOB) on Thursday, October 2, at the Westin City
Center in Washington, DC. The 2014 forum brings together leading CEOs and
global marketers including those from Wells Fargo, TracFone, Miller Coors,
Ford Motor Company, Toyota USA, and AARP...