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Africa Channel to launch morning show that will air
live in Africa and U.S.
15, 201) The Africa Channel announced that it will make television history
with the soft launch of a new morning show on Friday, July 18, the birth
date of Nelson Mandela. The weekday show, "Expresso," will be the first
series to ever air live on the African continent and then on tape the same
day in the U.S. upon its official premiere in the fall...
Valerie Gammon, veteran entertainment and TV exec,
to head Miramar complex
15, 2013) The City of Miramar in Broward County, Florida has announced
that veteran television and entertainment executive, Valerie Norman
Gammon, has been appointed Director of Cultural Affairs. In October 2014,
the City will break ground on its new Entertainment Complex to be located
at Miramar Regional Park...
Pamela El named to new position of Chief Marketing
Officer for the NBA
11, 2014) The National Basketball Association has announced that Pamela El
will join the league in the new position of Chief Marketing Officer
effective August. 18. El will report to NBA COO, Mark Tatum and will be
responsible for the NBA's global marketing operation, directing brand
development, overall marketing, and advertising for the NBA, WNBA, and NBA
Development League. With more than 30 years of experience, El has long
Andre Harrell is named to new position of Vice
Chairman of REVOLT TV
11, 2014) REVOLT TV CEO Keith Clinkscales announced the appointment of
music veteran Andre Harrell to a new role of vice chairman. In his new
position, Harrell will use his extensive music industry knowledge to lead
the inaugural REVOLT Music Conference taking place this October in Miami.
Through the music conference, Harrell will also create...
Nielsen report: Blacks more likely than Whites to
watch video on demand
(July 9, 2014) African Americans are more likely than any other ethnic
group to watch video content live, according to a recent study by Nielsen.
This finding means that African Americans are more likely to see
advertisers' messages because they are not using time-shifted viewing as
African American TV & Video Summit, first targeted TV conference, coming
The African American Television and Video Summit, the
first conference devoted exclusively to the trends and opportunities in
targeted TV, will be presented by Target Market News, in association
with The NABOB Foundation, on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at the
Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago. The all-day
conference will explore a range of topics...
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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week June 23 - 29
BET Awards week's No.1 cable show, VH1 most watched
cable net in black homes
(July 6, 2014) The BET Awards 2014 was the clear winner for most watched
cable shows in black households during the last week of June. The cable
special set a record for total viewing audience. However, black viewership
dropped by six percent from last year's total audience, from seven million
to 6.5 million. Also repeating last year's ratings for the last week of
June, VH1 was the...
20th anniversary ESSENCE Festival largest ever with
more than 550,000 attendees
(July 7, 2014) The ESSENCE Festival wrapped up its 20th
anniversary in New Orleans with a record-breaking 550,000 attendees over
the Fourth of July weekend. The annual four-day event featured
entertainment, empowerment forums, and cultural experiences during the day
and the world's best performers each night. More than 80 performing
artists appeared on stage including Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel
Richie. Some 150 speakers participated in panel discussions including
Robin Roberts, Alicia...
PUSH conference ends with expanded commitment to
pursue diversity in tech firms
3, 2014) The Rainbow PUSH Coalition concluded its 43rd annual
conference in Chicago by stating it plans to continue its current
initiative to increase diversity among technology firms. The conference
was preceded by Rev. Jesse Jackson's visits in May to shareholder and
executive meetings for Facebook, Google, and other firms in which he
called for all companies to...
Black TV Ratings for Week of June 23 - 29
Appeal of summer time TV re-runs at an all-time low with black
(July 3, 2014) The four major TV networks are finding it harder than
ever to draw black viewers away from other summertime options. None of
the Top 25 most popular TV shows in black homes was able to attract at
least one million viewers during the last week of June. CBS was the most
watched TV network, with...
BET Awards sets record with total viewing audience
and traffic on social media
1, 2014) The live premiere of the "BET Awards" 2014 on Sunday, June 29, is
cable's Number 1 award show this season, drawing 7.9 million viewers and
dominating Twitter with 11 million tweets. Up one million tweets from last
year, this year's show is the most tweeted about the BET Awards...
Commonground named ad agency of the year by Black
30, 2014) The Chicago-based advertising agency Commonground was named
"2014 Agency of the Year" by Black Enterprise magazine. The full story is
featured in the magazine's annual presentation of "The BE 100s: The
Nation's Largest Black Businesses." CG leapt from 73 employees and $24.4
million in revenue in 2012 to140 employees and $26.4 million in revenue
this past year...
NNPA names Benjamin Chavis, longtime civil rights
activist, Interim President/CEO
28, 2014) Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. a global business leader, educator, and
longtime civil rights activist, was elected interim president and CEO of
the National Newspaper Publishers Association at the group's annual
meeting last week in Portland, Ore. "We are pleased that Ben Chavis, a
longtime supporter of NNPA, will be able to use his skills and his
New urban station looks to take on New York's WBLS
for urban radio listeners
27, 2014) The shakeup of black-oriented radio stations in the New York
market added a new turn last week when Cumulus Media announced the launch
of "Radio 103.9," a new urban adult R&B station that will replace the
lite rock music format currently on WFAS-FM. The change in format begins
July 4th, with the official launch taking place July 7th. Radio 103.9 will
be taking on WBLS-FM, one of New York's top stations, and one of the most
Black unemployment rate continued to fall for the
second consecutive month
(June 25, 2014) For the second month in a row, the nation's Black
unemployment rate decreased, according to the Labor Department figures
released for the month of May. The unemployment rate for Blacks decreased
slightly from 11.6 percent in April to 11.5 percent in May and was two
percentage points lower than...
Coca-Cola teams with soccer star DaMarcus Beasley
for World Cup promotion
24, 2014) As the 2014 FIFA World Cup grabs the world's attention,
Coca-Cola announced that it has joined forces with soccer superstar and
USA national team member, DaMarcus Beasley, to promote the passion and
benefits of soccer among African American youth. Beasley, a defender, is
the first American to play in four FIFA World Cup...
Television files multi-million dollar suit against Greensboro, NC over
22, 2014) Prominent trial attorney Willie Gary (pictured) announced that
he has filed a lawsuit against the City of Greensboro, North Carolina on
behalf of Black Network Television and its owners, Michael and Ramona
Woods. The Woods are suing the City of Greensboro for discrimination and
losses related to an economic development loan from the City that was
approved on June 18, 2013, and then reneged on one month later by...
City of Miami
sues JPMorgan Chase for racial discrimination in mortgage lending
(June 20, 2014) The city of Miami has sued JPMorgan Chase, accusing the
bank of predatory mortgage lending in minority neighborhoods that
allegedly caused a wave of foreclosures during the last decade's housing
crisis. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Florida, said the
country's largest bank engaged in a continuous practice of discriminatory
mortgage lending since at least 2004, violating the U.S. Fair Housing
Danielle Ashley Group wins coveted Silver Anvil
Award from Public Relations Society
18, 2014) Marketing agency Danielle Ashley Group proved that it has
weathered the marketing storm by taking home the prestigious Silver Anvil
Award of Excellence from the Public Relations Society of America during a
recent ceremony in New York City. Danielle Ashley Group, Inc. is a
minority- and female-owned...
Cafe Mocha and WBLS salute Women of Color during
Black Music Month celebration
(June 18, 2014) The Cafe Mocha Show affectionately known as 'radio from a
women's perspective' that airs weekends on WBLS-FM is celebrating its
third year of honoring dynamic women for their contributions within the
communities they serve with SALUTE HER: Superwomen Making a Difference
Awards Empowerment Day at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on June
Study: Multicultural TV audiences want to see more
authentically relevant content
(June 17, 2014) If America's growing ranks of multicultural audiences have
a say, mainstream TV programming will become more culturally vibrant,
suggests a new study released by Horowitz Associates. Findings from State
of Cable & Digital Media: Multicultural Edition 2014 reveals that 71% of
African Americans, 65% of Hispanics, and 53% of Asians feel that staying
connected to their culture is very...
Creme of Nature roles out campaign with new brand
ambassador Africa Miranda
16, 2014) Top-selling hair care brand Creme of Nature named Africa
Miranda, singer, model, activist and star of Bravo's docu-drama TV show
"The New Atlanta" as its new brand ambassador, effective immediately.
Miranda (pictured) is already featured as one the models for Creme of
Nature's successful product line, Argan Oil from Morocco. As the brand
ambassador, Miranda will represent Creme of Nature in...
date and expanded executive team announced by BET for 'Just Keke'
11, 2014) BET Networks announced the premiere date for its new daily talk
show "Just Keke," from Telepictures. Hosted by dynamic actress, singer and
activist Keke Palmer, "Just Keke" will air Monday through Friday during
its initial four-week run. The show premieres Monday, June 30 at 5 P.M.
ET/PT directly preceding the network's long-running music series "106 &
Park." It was also announced that joining Judge Greg Mathis (pictured) as
Black TV Ratings for Week of June 2 - 8
NBA Finals deliver an average of five million Black viewers for
12, 2014) The NBA Finals, and game-related shows, easily took the title of
most watched programming in Black households during the first week of
June. The match-up between the San Antonio Spurs and the reigning champs
Miami Heat repeated the five million-plus Black viewers it had in 2013...
Ford reports it exceeded goals for purchasing with
minority firms for fourth year
11, 2014) Automaker Ford reported that for the fourth consecutive year, it
exceeded its purchasing goals from minority-owned and diverse suppliers.
Through its Supplier Diversity Development (SDD) program Ford aims to
source at least 10 percent of its $50 billion U.S. purchasing budget with
TV stations deal increases Black ownership and
opportunities for content producers
8, 2014) Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced on Friday, June 6 that it
had a definitive agreement with Pluria Marshall Jr. (pictured) and
Marshall Broadcasting Group, a Black-owned media company, for the sale of
three network affiliated TV stations in three markets for $58.5 million.
The financing for MBG's purchase will...
Arsenio Hall's manager suggests the late night show
may be revived yet again
4, 2014) After announcing with fanfare in February that CBS Television
Distribution had renewed "The Arsenio Hall" for a second season, and then
reneging on those plans to say last week that the late night show was
cancelled, the third time may be the charm for the show...