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Chicago Defender names Kai El' Zabar first woman
Executive Editor of iconic paper
22, 2014) The Chicago Defender has announced the appointment of noted
journalist and editor, Kai El' Zabar, to the position of Executive Editor
of the weekly newspaper. She become the first woman in the paper's long
and storied history to hold the top editorial position. Cheryl Mainor, who
became the Chicago Defender's first woman...
Carol's Daughter, a leading black-owned cosmetics
company is acquired by L'Oreal
20, 2014) L'Oreal USA has announced the signing of a definitive agreement
to acquire Carol's Daughter, the premier African-American-owned,
multi-cultural beauty brand with a pioneering heritage in the natural
beauty movement. Details about the purchase were not disclosed. "Carol's
Daughter possesses an expertise in the multi-cultural consumer segment, a
rapidly expanding market that...
The 2014 MAAX Awards to honor African American
marketing, media, research execs
8, 2014) Target Market News today 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...
Black Enterprise, Central City Productions launch
show highlighting black women
20, 2014) Beginning October 25, 2014, a new, weekly half-hour national
network syndicated show, "Women of Power," will air every Sunday at 10:30
a.m. on the TV One cable network. Produced by Black Enterprise and Central
City Productions, the series will showcase accomplished black women
entrepreneurs, CEOs, moguls, and political leaders...
Credit Suisse launches program to accelerate wealth
among black entrepreneurs
20, 2014) Credit Suisse today launched the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs
Circle, which will provide select African-American entrepreneurs with
access to three program elements -- capital, curriculum and community --
to help them fulfill their current business aspirations and build for
long-term growth. Members include men and women in high-growth, global
industries from around the country...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of October 6 - 12
'Monday Night Football' and VH1 stay strong cable
favorites in black homes
(October 19, 2014) Nearly four weeks into the fall TV season, cable
staples such as ESPN's "Monday Night Football" have had no problem drawing
their traditional fans. The NFL game was again No.1 on the Top 25 of
favorite cable shows in black households, with 2.4 million tuning in...
Kia Motors selects Chicago agency LimeGreen for
16, 2014) Kia Motors America announced it has retained Chicago-based
LimeGreen, LLC, to support its corporate initiatives targeting the African
American market. The agency's responsibilities are expected to expand to
include other multicultural consumers. "The entire LimeGreen family is
excited to be in a position to...
Black TV Ratings for Week of October 6 - 12
ABC continues to beat ratings for football with
'Scandal' and 'Get Away With Murder'
(October 16, 2014) For the third consecutive week, ABC's Thursday night
hit dramas "Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" are drawing more
black viewers Sunday Night or Thursday Night Football. The shows took the
No.1 and 2 spots on the Top 25 for the second week of October. CBS,
however, did take the title for...
Prudential, TheRoot.com launch third season of
online personal finance series
(October 9, 2013) Prudential Financial, Inc and TheRoot.com premiered
Season 3 of The Root Live: Bring It To The Table, an online 16-week series
of 10-minute episodes featuring African-American thought leaders
discussing personal finance, careers and long-term financial planning. The
weekly series also covers...
SSN Network and ARISE TV sign distribution agreement
for news content carriage
14, 2014) SSN TV and ARISE TV have signed a content agreement that will
provide for 5 and 1/2 hours of co-branded news programs daily on the ARISE
network's broadcast platform. SSN (formerly Soul of the South Network)
reaches 40 million over the air households and 7 million cable households.
Commonground/MGS, a minority marketing
communications holding company, is formed
(October 14, 2014) Marketing communications firms Commonground, MGCOMM and
The Vidal Partnership have have announced their coming together to form
Commonground/MGS, a wholly minority-owned holding
company. The new umbrella firm combines eight firms and 300 employees in
offices in New York, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, with
projected net revenues of $50 million...
Marvin Ellison, Home Depot top exec, picked as next
President/CEO of JCPenney
13, 2014) The Board of Directors of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. today
announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice
president of stores at Home Depot, as President and CEO-Designee,
effective November 1, 2014. Mr. Ellison will also join the Board of
Directors. He will then succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III as CEO of
JCPenney on August 1, 2015. Prior to his 12-year tenure at Home Depot, Mr.
Ellison served for 15 years in various positions at Target...
with HBCU Connect on co-branded health microsite
(October 7, 2014) HBCU Connect, which delivers engagement and lifestyle
information for the alumni of America's Historically Black Colleges &
Universities, recently announced a new partnership with pharmaceutical
company Merck. The newly launched alliance will provide targeted health
and lifestyle information relevant to the black community through a
dedicated health and wellness microsite...
names former Vibe editor Aliya King its entertainment editor
(October 7, 2014) EBONY magazine announced the appointment
of former Vibe senior content producer, Aliya S. King, as the
publication's new entertainment editor. She will report directly to
Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of EBONY, effective immediately. "I have followed Aliya's work for years, and I think she's an amazing
writer," said Miller. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with
her at EBONY as we continue to grow the brand...
Bob Johnson reflects on the life of Pro-Line founder
6, 2014) "The country lost a great and dynamic leader in Comer Cottrell
who built the PRO-LINE Hair Care business into one of the top hair care
brands for African American men and women. But to me, the founder of
Black Entertainment Television, I lost a great friend, who, as a visionary
and innovative marketing executive, became the first hair care owner to
make the decision to advertise his hair care products on BET during its
Kim Keenan named President, CEO of MMTC succeeding
founder David Honig
3, 2014) The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has announce
that Kim M. Keenan has been named President and CEO, succeeding MMTC's
co-founder and President of 28 years, David Honig. Her appointment is
effective immediately. Prior to taking the helm at MMTC, Keenan served as
General Counsel and Secretary of the NAACP. Previously, she was the...
Comer Cottrell, founder of Pro-Line hair care
products company, dies at 82
4, 2014) Comer J. Cottrell, who founded one of the largest African
American-owned hair care products company in the U.S., died on Friday,
Oct. 3 at the age of 82 in Dallas, Texas. His passing was confirmed by
family and associates, according to the Dallas Morning News. In 1968, with
a $600 investment, Cottrell, his brother Jimmy and a friend got into the
black hair care business. He formulated a...
BET Networks puts focus on black women during Breast
Cancer Awareness month
30, 2014) BET Networks and Planned Parenthood Federation of America
announced a partnership to increase breast health awareness among African
American women during October's Breast Cancer Awareness efforts. The "BET
Goes Pink" initiative is a national, multi-platform call-to-action
campaign dedicated to raising awareness, encouraging early detection
Cafe Mocha radio show teams up with MadameNoir.com
for extended digital reach
(October 1, 2014) The No.1 nationally syndicated female-oriented radio
show and the top lifestyle and entertainment site for Black women have
joined together in a strategic partnership to provide engaging content for
women across all communication platforms. Starting the weekend of October
4, Cafe Mocha will begin airing MadameNoire.com's popular feature Did
Y'all See? and...
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...