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Washington Informer marks its 50th anniversary with video series, '50 Influencers'

(November 7, 2014) In celebration of The Washington Informer's 50th anniversary celebration, the award-winning DC-based community newspaper honored 50 individuals whose selfless contributions have positively influenced the lives of residents in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The red-carpet reception and awards program called the 50 Influencers was held at the historic Carnegie Library on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Joe Madison, host of "The Joe Madison Show" on SiriusXM's Urban View channel weekday mornings, was one of the 50 individuals honored among Washington, D.C.'s elite group of influencers. Others included children's author Eloise Greenfield, pastor of Community Hope Church Rev. Tony Lee, historian C.R. Gibbs and the legendary Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown (posthumously). Over 300 attendees joined the Washington Informer in saluting Washington, D.C. history makers who have helped shaped the city's growth and progress over the last 50 years. The event featured jazz entertainment, an award ceremony and a photo exhibit.

"As we celebrate a milestone this year, it is an honor to recognize those individuals who have made a significant impact in their communities," said Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer. "Because of their work to improve the lives of people of color and the world at large, we felt it was important to pay tribute to their lives and legacies."

The 50 Influencers is among several dynamic celebrations to honor the 50th anniversary of the newspaper as well as the life and legacy of its founder Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr.   Washington Informer's 50th anniversary kicked off the celebration in June when the newspaper hosted the book launch with former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. To showcase the work of the Washington Informer's finest photographers over the years, the newspaper created a remarkable traveling photo exhibit called Fifty 50 Lens. The photographers held an enlightening and entertaining panel discussion about their work over the years in September at Gallery O on H Street in D.C., where the photo exhibit kicked off.

Since its founding as a community newspaper on October 16, 1964 by Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr., The Washington Informer has been the eyes and ears of Metropolitan D.C. Through its lens, the community has borne witness to African American history as it happened, with a bird's eye view of events that have shaped this nation's history.
The next event will be a video series of the honorees that will include stories, photos and interviews with the 50 influencers and will be available on The Washington Informer's website,

Proceeds from the 50th anniversary support the Washington Informer Charities, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes 21st century literacy programs including the DC Citywide Spelling Bee, the African American Heritage Tour, journalism internships and scholarships for local high school and college bound students.

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The 2014 MAAX Awards to honor African American marketing, media and research execs Nov. 17th

Target Market News has announced the recipients of the 2014 Marketing to African Americans with Excellence (MAAX) Awards. The annual awards presentation recognizes the contributions, innovations and exceptional performance of African American professionals in the fields of marketing, advertising, media, public relations, consumer research and advocacy. The recipients are...
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