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Ebony names Mitzi Miller its top editor as Amy
DuBois resigns unexpectedly
23, 2014) In a move that caught the industry by surprise, Amy DuBois
Barnett resigned her position as editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine on
April 22nd and was replaced by Mitzi Miller, the editor-in-chief of sister
publication, Jet magazine. Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing
Company, said that the change was effective immediately. A statement from
BET Networks set to
debut Keke Palmer in daily talk show this summer
22, 2014) BET Networks and Telepictures have announced that they are
partnering on a new daily talk show targeting millennials. The Keke
Palmer Project -- the working title of the program -- is set to premiere
on the network this July hosted by singer, actress and activist Keke
Palmer and will air Mondays - Fridays during its initial...
innovative and admired veteran music industry executive, dies at 63
22, 2014) Vernon L. Slaughter, one of the music industry's most successful
and admired executives, has died. Following a long battle with ill health,
Slaughter passed Monday morning, April 22, in Phoenix, Arizona as a result
of kidney failure. He was 63. Slaughter, who practiced entertainment law
for 19 years, is most remembered by colleagues for...
Tavis Smiley to
be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
17, 2014) The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that
television personality Tavis Smiley will be honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 24, 2014 near the famous
corner of Hollywood & Vine...
to produce the iconic Soul Train show as a Broadway musical
(April 17, 2014) Tony Award-nominated producer Matthew Weaver of
MediaWeaver Entertainment has acquired the theatrical stage rights to
the trailblazing musical variety television series Soul Train. Created in
1970 by visionary Don Cornelius, Soul Train famously introduced the world
Uptown publishers launching Notorious POP, a Web-based platform for black fathers
(April 17, 2014) U Brands and entertainment and marketing firm Nia
Enterprises are collaborating to create a brand-new, multi-platform
destination created exclusively for fathers of color called Notorious
The site is launching June 2nd (just before Fathers' Day) and will be
York names Jourdan Dunn as brand's spokesmodel
17, 2014) Jourdan Dunn has become the newest spokesmodel for
Maybelline New York, joining the likes of Christy Turlington, Freja Beha
Erichsen and Charlotte Free. The announcement came just days after
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o being named as the new face of Lancome.
BET Networks to
re-brand Centric cable channel as a destination for black women
13, 2014) Centric, BET Networks' 24-hour music and entertainment network,
last week unveiled a new branding strategy. The channel will now be
positioned as the network for African American women, with programming
selected to appeal directly to...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week Mar. 31- Apr. 6
BET remains cable's top network in the Top 25 for fourth straight week
(April 11, 2014) BET enjoyed a big boost in viewership, including taking
the No.1 spot on the Top 25 for the first week of April. Its "Celebration
of Gospel" edged out Bravo's Real Housewives" and led the way for BET's
Carol H. Williams
agency officially names Marcus Taylor its Creative Director
10, 2014) The Carol H. William Advertising agency has announced the
promotion of Marcus Taylor to Creative Director. Taylor has been with CHWA since 2002 and, as his announcement said, "has performed as a
creative leader for some time."
"He has touched so many
successful campaigns," said Carol Williams, agency President..
Black TV Ratings for Week of Mar. 31 - Apr. 6
'Scandal' still captures twice as many black viewers
as any other TV show
(April 10, 2014) When lots of men left TV behind at the end of the NCAA
Men's Basketball Championship game, black women held fast to ABC's
political drama, "Scandal." The show stayed in the No.1 spot on the Top 25
chart for a fifth consecutive week...
Bounce TV promotes Elverage Allen to EVP, adds
executives, opens West Coast office
4, 2014) Bounce TV has announced a series of executive hirings and the
opening of a west coast sales office as the network's national advertising
sales division continues to grow. Elverage Allen has been elevated to the
post of Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, overseeing all
general market ad sales efforts...
Bounce TV to premiere original family-oriented
sitcom, 'One Love' tonight
4, 2014) Bounce TV, the nation's first-ever broadcast television network
designed for African American audiences, will premiere its newest original
series, One Love, Tuesday, April 8 at 9:00 p.m. (ET). One Love follows the
adventures of Pastor William
CHWA agency announces promotion of Brian Welburn to
(April 4, 2013) The Carol H. Williams Advertising agency has announced the
promotion of Brian Welburn to the position of Account Supervisor. "Brian
has demonstrated a level of dedication and leadership along with a
willingness to assume increased responsibility to implement the changes we
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 24 - 30
'Real Housewives' posts second week at No.1; BET is week's top network
(April 4, 2014) "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" claimed its second
consecutive week as the cable show with the highest rating in black
households. The Bravo reality drama was hotly followed -- again -- by
BET's "The Game" and "Basketball Wives LA" on VH1.
BET repeated its win for the...
Jesse Jackson leads delegation of minority suppliers
to Japan to meet automakers
2, 2014) The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is
leading a 13-person delegation to visit leading automotive companies in
Japan, April 2-9, 2014. The delegation will meet with corporate leaders of
Toyota, Nissan and Honda at their Japan headquarters, with the goal of
building primary trade and business relationships with U.S.-based,
African- American suppliers...
Black TV Ratings for Week of March 24 - 30
'Scandal' takes on March Madness and wins battle for viewers on Thursday
(April 3, 2014) ABC "Scandal" viewers didn't get run over by CBS and
March Madness. The political drama held on to its dominance over
Thursday nights and remained the No.1 show on the Top 25 of black
viewers' favorites for the fourth
The NCAA's mens basketball Road to the Final Four did give...
Carol H. Williams
agency promotes Matthew Taylor to VP/Director of New Business
2, 2013) Carol H. Williams Advertising has announced the promotion of
Matthew Taylor to the position of VP/Director of New Business of CHWA.
In his new position, he will oversee all new business including business
engagement opportunities, increase client relationship opportunities,
business building opportunities, collaborations and...
unveils refreshed design and features for its magazine and website
3, 2014) ESSENCE has unveiled a new look, with a refreshed design for the
magazine, as well as the Essence.com homepage. The design refresh is the
first for the magazine in 5 years -- incorporating bolder fonts and
images, and a new layout of the monthly sections. The revamped Essence.com
home page will feature larger images and more content up top -- as well
Movie industry report may under-rate impact of
African-American ticket buyers
28, 2014) At the recent CinemaCon gathering in Las Vegas, movie theater
owners and industry professionals were presented with new data that
highlighted the growing importance of African-American audiences. It was
good news, but not entirely unexpected. The Motion Pictures Association of
America has been tracking data on black movie ticket buyers for a few
years, and 2013 was exceptional in the number of..
FCC ruling closing Joint Sales Agreement loophole
includes public interest waiver
(March 31, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a
provision that closes a loophole in its TV ownership rules that it says
"ensures competition, localism, and diversity" in a single broadcast
market. The practice of allowing Joint Sales Agreement, where the owner of
one TV station was allowed to selling advertising for another station, led
EBONY Magazine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation release
survey on the Black family
1, 2014) EBONY magazine has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to
conduct the State of the Black Family Survey which appears in the May
issue. The study, drawn from a national sample of 1,005 African-American
respondents, identified job loss and financial insecurity as the leading
issues confronting Black families...
BET Networks issues first branded app including
on-demand access to shows
2014) BET Networks has announced the launch of its first ever brand app:
BET NOW. Users can download the new app for free on iPhone, iPad and
Android devices. BET NOW is currently available in the App store or Google
Play Store. "With BET NOW, users are one download away from consuming some
of their favorite...