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Terri Winston named associate publisher for fifth 'Who's Who in Black Chicago'

Former NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn teaming up to launch an ad agency in Chicago

Black Women's Expo celebrates its 20th year with record consumer attendance

Jesse Jackson launches Digital Inclusion initiative to take on Silicon Valley

BET Networks issues first branded app including on-demand access to shows

Terri Winston named associate publisher for fifth 'Who's Who in Black Chicago'

Former NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn teaming up to launch an ad agency in Chicago

Black Women's Expo celebrates its 20th year with record consumer attendance

Jesse Jackson launches Digital Inclusion initiative to take on Silicon Valley

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 17 - 23 Bravo's 'Real Housewives' takes No.1 on cable chart; BET is week's network winner

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 17 - 23 For the third consecutive week 'Scandal' takes ABC to No.1 on the Top 25

NNPA Foundation honors Charles Tisdale and Paul Redd during Black Press Week

FAMU signs partnership agreement on creation of Black Television News Channel

Bounce TV announces expansion of sales staff, addition of west coast office

Nielsen promotes Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Don Lowery to new SVP responsibilities

Radio One names Gary Gunther Vice President, GM of St. Louis market forms programming partnership with Kitara Media

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 10 - 16 'Haves and Have Nots' takes No.1 spot on cable's Top 25; OWN again top cable network

BET Networks buys 'Queen Latifah Show' for late-night talk block starting March 31

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 10 - 16 'Scandal' audience rises again and makes ABC week's most watched TV network

Lattimer Communications wins awards for Visit Orlando and DeKalb Medical campaigns

TV Land, BET and Centric to simulcast live premiere of TV Land's 'The Soul Man'

Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage sets sail again with Ford as presenting sponsor

National Pork Board to try better ads to increase demand from ethnic consumers

MassMutual hires new executives to increase expertise in diversity, marketing

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 3 - 9 OWN is the week's most watched cable network among Top 25

Adult Swim greenlights Aaron McGruder's scripted comedy, 'Black Jesus'

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 3 - 9 In its second week back, ABC's 'Scandal' takes the No.1 spot on Top 25 chart

Partnership combines e-commerce and data gathering on multicultural beauty products

Tribune Broadcasting names Devin C. Johnson SVP, Head of Digital Media

Essence magazine announces new editorial appointments and promotions

Radio One names Eddie Harrell, Jr. Vice President and GM of Cleveland stations

ADCOLOR selects GSD&M as its agency to champion diversity

BET Networks captures eight NAACP Image Awards with 'Real Husbands' and 'Mary Jane'

NABOB urges FCC to push ownership through Joint Sales, Service Agreements

Lagrant Communications launches public affairs division focused on women

Nielsen: Younger African-Americans more likely to view news on TV and online

WBLS-FM and WLIB-AM, once black-owned, to be sold to Emmis Communications

Viacom, A&E file with U.S. Court to be included in tobacco 'apology' ad campaign

Black TV Ratings for Week of Jan. 27 Feb. 2 CBS airing of Super Bowl XVLIII draws the largest black audiences in game's history

JPC appoints Amy S. Hilliard president of its Fashion Fair Cosmetics division

Miles Ahead Entertainment launches digital division targeting solutions for brands

Viacom, A&E file with U.S. Court to be included in tobacco 'apology' ad campaign

JPC appoints Amy S. Hilliard president of its Fashion Fair Cosmetics division

EPMG United reaches 1.4 million unique visitors monthly according to comScore

Vdopia marketing report says mobile video ad spending to blacks has tripled

Court asks tobacco firms, Dept. of Justice for details on who 'apology ads' will reach

MSNBC adds Joy Reid, moves Tamron Hall up on daytime schedule

FOX Network follows black media in tobacco settlement request to U.S. Court

Moguldom Media launches film division to produce African American documentaries

NNPA, NABOB ask U.S. Court to have black media included in tobacco settlement

Tobacco firms' proposal to Justice Dept. leaves black media out of required ad buys

Justice Dept., Ally Financial reach $98 million settlement on discriminatory loans

Toyota names Jim Colon Vice President, African American Business Strategy

Deon Levingston promoted to position of President of YMF Media

Toyota introduces new ethnic ad agency model to improve 'cohesive marketing'

Radio One names Shawneen Thompson Vice President, GM of Philadelphia market

WWRL, NY's last black-owned radio station, not being sold as rumored

Herb Wilkins, trailblazing investor in BET and Radio One, dies at 71

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Ebony names Mitzi Miller its top editor as Amy DuBois resigns unexpectedly

(April 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 the company...
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BET Networks set to debut Keke Palmer in daily talk show this summer
(April 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...
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Vernon Slaughter, innovative and admired veteran music industry executive, dies at 63

(April 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...
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Tavis Smiley to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

(April 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...

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Rights acquired 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 to...

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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 POP. The site is launching June 2nd (just before Fathers' Day) and will be a...

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Maybelline New York names Jourdan Dunn as brand's spokesmodel

(April 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.
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BET Networks to re-brand Centric cable channel as a destination for black women

(April 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...
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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 overall...

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Carol H. Williams agency officially names Marcus Taylor its Creative Director

(April 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..

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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...
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Bounce TV promotes Elverage Allen to EVP, adds executives, opens West Coast office

(April 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...
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Bounce TV to premiere original family-oriented sitcom, 'One Love' tonight

(April 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
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CHWA agency announces promotion of Brian Welburn to Account Supervisor

(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 needed...
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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...

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Jesse Jackson leads delegation of minority suppliers to Japan to meet automakers

(April 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...

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Black TV Ratings for Week of March 24 - 30
'Scandal' takes on March Madness and wins battle for viewers on Thursday night

(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 consecutive week. The NCAA's mens basketball Road to the Final Four did give...
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Carol H. Williams agency promotes Matthew Taylor to VP/Director of New Business

(April 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...
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ESSENCE unveils refreshed design and features for its magazine and website

(April 3, 2014) ESSENCE has unveiled a new look, with a refreshed design for the magazine, as well as the 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 home page will feature larger images and more content up top -- as well as...
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Movie industry report may under-rate impact of African-American ticket buyers

(March 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..
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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 to...

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EBONY Magazine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation release survey on the Black family

(April 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...
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BET Networks issues first branded app including on-demand access to shows
(March 29, 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...
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