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TV One says with new branding strategy it wants to 'REPRESENT' the best in entertainment

Kathy Chaney, Chicago-based multimedia journalist, named Managing Editor of Ebony

Raschanda Hall elected President of Black Public Relations Society Chicago Chapter

TV One and CNN to co-host Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall Sunday, March 13th

Carol H. Williams agency names Mark Robinson Senior Vice President for NY office

Former PUSH Automotive Project Director, Glenda Gill, named VP of Supplier Success LLC

Jim Colon, Toyota's VP of African American Business Strategy is leaving the company

Political campaigns use black newspaper ads to reach critical African-American voters

FCC approves rule that would open the cable box to competition from independent suppliers

Walton Isaacson execs Vida Cornelious, Kirsten Atkinson and Ayiko Broyard to be honored

Hyundai appoints Erwin Raphael to General Manager of Genesis USA

Opportunity for financial firms grows as study shows blacks increase stock investments

Ford, Tom Joyner Foundation join forces in honoring unsung heroes nationwide

AT&T honors African American trailblazers with 28 Days program during Black History Month

TLF issues tracking survey results of multicultural scholarship recipients in communications

The Grio, Rolling Out form digital ad network offering advertisers key ethnic audiences

MediaVest USA to host Madison Avenue Minority Radio Summit next month

OWN Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original dramatic series, 'Queen Sugar'

Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for first-time exhibit at HBCU

Report: Reaching unbanked Black, Hispanic Millennials possible with mobile services

LeBron James to produce, star in reality TV series highlighting Cleveland entrepreneurs

UNIFY, a Black-targeted premium online video streaming service set to launch Feb. 1st

Online streaming: The best hope for African-American audiences

Nielsen promotes Angela Talton to position of Chief Diversity Officer

Toyota is top winner at Diversity Volume Awards recognizing ethnic car sales

Nielsen: African-Americans lead Hispanics in social media penetration on PCs, tablets

Urban radio veteran exec, Deon Levingston exits SVP post at Emmis New York

Royal Allen, marketing veteran known for his entrepreneurial zeal, passes at 52

Byron Allen settles discrimination suit against AT&T, gains carriage for seven channels

Bounce TV reports its biggest year of growth yet in 2015 among multiple segments


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William Garth, CEO of Chicago-based Citizen Newspaper Group, dies at the age of 78

(September 26, 2016) Longtime publisher, philanthropist and activist, William "Bill" Garth, Sr., CEO of the Citizen newspaper chain in Chicago, died on Friday, Sept. 23 from complications of  diabetes at RML Specialty Hospital. William Darrell Garth, Jr. said that funeral services and public memorial will be announced soon. "Chicago lost a beacon for our community," said his son, Darrell Garth in a statement. "He was a very savvy newspaperman and...
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Keisha Brown named EVP of Lagrant  and Chair of agency's Health and Wellness Practice

(September 15, 2016) Lagrant Communications (LC), a Los Angeles-based multicultural integrated marketing communications agency, has named Keisha N. Brown executive vice president and chair of its new Health and Wellness Practice. In this position, Brown will drive creative solutions for all of the agency's healthcare clients. LC has more than two decades of healthcare experience working with clients...
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Interactive One names Jamilah Lemieux Vice President of News and Men's Programming

(September 15, 2016) Interactive One announced the hiring of Jamilah Lemieux, as the new Vice President of News and Men's Programming. The former Ebony Senior Editor, both print and digital, is an award-winning writer and popular public speaker on race and culture. Well known for her commanding social media presence, Lemieux is considered a leading millennial intellectual and pop culture critic. Lemieux joins iOne during a time of accelerating growth, as the company expands...
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Comcast and The Africa Channel to expand their partnership with Video On Demand service

(September 123, 2016) The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it has expanded its partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC on VOD. Comcast's current Black Film & TV destination on Xfinity on...
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Veteran journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime with Bounce TV's first news magazine

(September 12, 2016) Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime television on Tues. Sept. 13 as Bounce TV world premieres its first-ever news magazine show Ed Gordon at 10:00 p.m. ET.
 Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the new Bounce TV original series, sitting down for revealing interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon will also include

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Esther 'E.T.' Franklin named Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Mediavest|Spark

(September 1, 2016) Esther "E.T." Franklin has joined the Mediavest | Spark agency as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Strategy and Cultural Fluency. Previously she held the position of Executive Vice President Head of Americas Experience Strategy at Publicis Media. "Over her 20+ year career at Publicis Groupe and SMG, Esther has shaped the way the advertising/communication industry looks at..
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Former McCann exec Christine Villanueva moves to SVP of Strategy at Walton Isaacson

(August 30, 2016) The Walton Isaacson ad agency has announced that Christine Villanueva has been named to the new position of Senior Vice President, head of strategy effective immediately. She will report to Jeff Davidoff who last month was named president of the agency. "Christine's role is essential to our commitment to innovation and insight driven work," stated Davidoff. "She is uniquely qualified to...
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Johnson Publishing Co. ends seven decades of media leadership with sale of Ebony, Jet

(June 15, 2016) Johnson Publishing Co., the nation's most successful African-American owned magazine publisher, is no longer publishing magazines. After more than seven decades, during which it set the bar for black business success, JPC has sold its magazines properties, Ebony and Jet, to a black-controlled private equity firm in Texas. The new owner of the iconic titles is The Clear View Group. To make the transaction possible, the assets of Ebony and Jet were...
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TV One sets all-day Empire Binge-A-Thon on May 14 prior to season finale on Fox

(May 11, 2016) TV ONE is celebrating the blockbuster drama EMPIRE with a second season binge-a-thon on Saturday, May 14, giving viewers a chance to catch up with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan before the series' May 18 season finale on FOX. Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, viewers can binge back-to-back on all 17 episodes of the second season of television's award-winning and most nominated series...

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LimeGreen Moroch wins prestigious Ex Award for work on Kia Motors America

(May 15, 2016) LimeGreen Moroch took top honors in the "Best Multicultural Event Campaign" category at the 2016 Ex Awards. Hosted by Event Marketer Magazine, the annual Ex Awards ceremony is the world's largest and most prestigious recognition program for experiential marketing. The Chicago-based cross-cultural agency won the Ex Award for its Kia Motors' "Inspirationally Crafted" events, which targeted African American consumer tastemakers and opinion leaders, promoted the brand's corporate diversity initiatives...
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Black Arts Chicago, an audience development initiative, is launched by Target Market News

(May 4, 2016) Target Market News, one of the nation's leading authorities on the African-American consumer market, has announced the launch of a new media, marketing and research unit to support African-American arts and culture. Black Arts Chicago is the first full-service organization created to provide audience development and marketing communications for African-American artists and cultural institutions. The organization's mission is to increase attendance for...
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TV One announces acquisition of cable rights for hit drama 'Empire' to air this spring

(April 14, 2016) On April 13, the eve of TV One's Annual Upfront Presentation, President Brad Siegel announced the acquisition of blockbuster drama EMPIRE. The show will make its TV One debut this spring. Following FOX's second season finale in May, TV One will also add EMPIRE to its summer programming line-up. "We are ecstatic to partner with 20th Television and  Imagine in showcasing one of the biggest hits in television history," said Siegel...
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Memorial services for legendary radio  broadcaster, Doug Banks, set for April 16 in Dallas

(April 13, 2016) A memorial service will be held for radio legend, Doug Banks on, Saturday, April 16th at 10 am at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. 75225. Additional information can be obtained by calling 214-363-5401. Broadcasting icon Doug Bank died on Monday, April 11 from complications of diabetes in Miami. Best known for his...
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'Soul Train' franchise acquired by BET Networks from InterMedia Partners, Yuciapa Cos.

(April 4, 2016) BET Networks announced yesterday that it had acquired the assets of Soul Train from InterMedia Partners and The Yucaipa Companies. The assets include the Soul Train brand, and more than a thousand hours of archival footage from the show's 37-year history. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Tony Cornelius, the son of Soul Train's founder, expressed enthusiasm for the BET's acquisition...
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Bounce TV debuts free mobile app featuring originals series, premiere boxing and more

(April 4, 2016) Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, today announced the launch of a free mobile app which will allow access to a wide variety of its popular programming anywhere, anytime. The Bounce TV app features full seasons of Bounce TV's original series, including hit shows...
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Luster Products, Rolling Out kick off S-Curl Brand national Style Icons Tour
 
(April 1, 2016) Luster Products and Rolling Out launched the Style Suite national tour in Chicago this week introducing Luster's S-Curl brand. The event featured a panel discussion with national style icons and influencers discussing the elements of classic and trendy men's styles, from full beards to the ultimate shoe game...
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Newcity Communications names Adrienne Samuels Gibbs to interim Senior Editor post

(March 30, 2016) Chicago-based Newcity Communications has announced that Adrienne Samuels Gibbs has joined the staff of the alternative weekly newspaper as interim Senior Editor. In this role, Adrienne will oversee features, covers as well as the eight section editors that comprise our editorial staff -- essentially all the copy that makes up the publication....
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Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, NAAAOM petition FCC on Charter/Time Warner merger

(March 31, 2016) Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, Inc. (ES) and The National Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM) are now challenging media reports that claim the Federal Communications Commission's review of the proposed merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable has concluded...

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Chevrolet, NNPA partner on new journalism internship program at Howard University

(March 30, 2016) In an effort to provide student journalists with a unique experience working in the Black Press, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), has teamed with Chevrolet and the School of Communications at Howard University to launch an innovative journalism fellowship program. The program titled, "Discover The Unexpected" (DTU), will feature internships at four NNPA member publications for eight Howard University students...

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LimeGreen Moroch CEO Michon Ellis to deliver keynote at Omaha's Diversity conference

(March 30, 2016)  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of cross-cultural marketing agency LimeGreen Moroch, LLC, Michon Ellis, will give the keynote address at the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices Conference, presented by the Omaha Diversity Week 365 Committee. With this year's theme: "Developing Tomorrow's Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Today", Ellis will be discussing the impact of senior leadership's commitment to diversifying the workplace...

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FCC asks independent programmers to submit challenges they face in access to TV audiences

(March 30, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to begin a conversation on the state of independent and diverse programming. The NOI seeks comments on the challenges independent video programmers face in gaining carriage of their content on both traditional and emerging distribution platforms...
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TV One says with new branding strategy it wants to  'REPRESENT' the best in entertainment

(March 22, 2016) Having introduced its new branding strategy last month, TV One executives are now fully engaged in taking the cable channel into its re-focused future. With eleven years passed since its launching as the nation's second largest network targeting the African-American audience, TV One wants its next decade to be built on the most...
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Kathy Chaney, Chicago-based multimedia journalist, named Managing Editor of Ebony

(March 13, 2016) Kathy Chaney, a well-known, award-winning Chicago-based journalist, has been named Managing Editor of Johnson Publishing Company's flagship, Ebony magazine. Her appointment became effective today. The post has been vacant for a year following the departure of Wendy Wilson last April. It is the second...
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Raschanda Hall elected President of Black Public Relations Society Chicago Chapter

(March 10, 2016) Raschanda Hall, the director of global media relations for Business Wire, and a long-time board member of BPRS Chicago has been elected unanimously by the board to serve as the next president. Hall most recently served as the chapter's Executive Vice President and Programming Committee Chair...
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TV One and CNN to co-host Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall Sunday, March 13th

(March 10, 2016) TV ONE and CNN will partner to host the "CNN-TV ONE Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall" on  Sunday, March 13 from 8-10 p.m. ET, two days before five states hold primary contests. Moderated by Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV ONE's "News One Now," and Jake Tapper of CNN, the nationally-televised primetime special will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and air live on CNN and TV ONE. The two-hour event, which will emphasize issues facing Black America, will also...
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Carol H. Williams agency names Mark Robinson Senior Vice President for NY office

(March 3, 2016) Carol H. Williams Advertising has announced that Mark Robinson has been named Senior Vice President and Management lead for the agency's New York office. With nearly 40 years of experience in consumer products, strategic and multicultural marketing and general management Robinson provides CHWA with a unique...
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Former PUSH Automotive Project Director, Glenda Gill, named VP of Supplier Success LLC

(March 3, 2016) Supplier Success, LLC, a supplier finance company focused on improving the working capital of corporations and suppliers, has announced that Glenda Gill has been hired in the role of Vice President. The addition of Ms. Gill solidifies Supplier Success' position as a leader in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on diversity markets and assisting diverse businesses. In her new role, Ms.  +Gill will...

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Jim Colon, Toyota's VP of African American Business Strategy is leaving the company

(March 2, 2016) In a statement issued by Toyota, Jim Colon, Vice President, African American Business Strategy, North America has announced his intention to retire in March. Colon departs as one of highest-ranking and influential executives in the auto industry. "Jim's work in over 36 years of service has greatly supported the business of Toyota within the company, with dealers, and with the communities in which we interact," said Miles King, Group VP of Human Resources, in the announcement...
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Political campaigns use black newspaper ads to reach critical African-American voters

(February 22, 2016) The National Newspaper Publisher Association, which represents 200 black newspapers, is reporting that the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have each made plans for significant ad buys with its member papers. Currently there are placements...

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FCC approves rule that would open the cable box to competition from independent suppliers

(February 18, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission has approved a proposal that it says would "tear down anti-competitive barriers and pave the way for software, devices, and other innovative solutions to compete with the set-top boxes." In a 3-2 vote divided along party lines, the Commissioners approved The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will create a framework for providing the information needed by those that are not cable providers to develop competitive technologies to offer subscribers...

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Walton Isaacson execs Vida Cornelious, Kirsten Atkinson and Ayiko Broyard to be honored

(February 18, 2016) Three Walton Isaacson executives have been named Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing by Black Enterprise magazine. Vida Cornelious, EVP and Chief Creative Officer (pictured), Ayiko Broyard, VP Group Account Director, and  Kirsten Atkinson, VP of Media and Brand Integration have been selected to join the prestigious listing of leading women in marketing and advertising...

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Hyundai appoints Erwin Raphael to General Manager of Genesis USA

(February 16,2016) Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive officer David L. Zuchowski announced this week Erwin Raphael has been appointed to General Manager for Genesis USA. Last November Hyundai's worldwide Vice-Chairman Chung Eui-Sun, announced the company would be launching Genesis, globally, as an independent luxury brand of Hyundai. Industry insiders expect Genesis will be heavy competition for Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the U.S. market...
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Opportunity for financial firms grows as study shows blacks increase investments

(February 10, 2016) Middle-class African-Americans are investing more in the stock market than they have in over a decade, according to the Ariel Investments 2015 Black Investor Survey. The survey of 500 black and 500 white households with incomes of at least $50,000 found that 67% of African-Americans are invested in stocks or stock mutual funds...
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Ford, Tom Joyner Foundation join forces in honoring unsung heroes nationwide

(February 8, 2016) Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community. Nominations are being accepted until Feb. 14...
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AT&T honors African American trailblazers with 28 Days program during Black History Month

(January 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...
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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...
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The Grio, Rolling Out form digital ad network offering advertisers key ethnic audiences

(January 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...
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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 American...

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OWN Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original dramatic series, 'Queen Sugar'

(January 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...

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Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for first-time exhibit at HBCU

(January 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 History Month...
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