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ASPiRE network announces exit of its first general
manager Paul Butler
16, 2015) Two years after Paul Butler was hired by Earvin "Magic" Johnson
as ASPiRE's first general manager, the network has announced that they
have parted company. On Friday, May 15, Johnson announced that Butler was
leaving Aspire to "spend more time with his family...
Black TV Ratings for Week of May 4 - 10
'Scandal,' NBA push ABC to fourth week as No.1
network in black homes
16, 2015) ABC was able to hold on to its popularity with black TV viewers,
thanks to the march towards the season finale of "Scandal" and the
suspense of the NBA Playoffs. Both programs headed the chart of Top 25
shows for the first week of May. ABC was the most watched network with
11.7 million viewers for...
Chicago memorial service announced for veteran media
personality Ty Wansley
12, 2015) Ty Wansley, who for 35 years was a successful broadcaster in
Chicago and St. Louis, died on Wednesday, May 6 at Chicago's Northwestern
Memorial Hospital from congestive heart failure. He was 63 years old.
Wansley was a native of St. Louis, MO where he attended...
to host first annual Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
(May 11, 2015) UPTOWN Magazine will host its first annual UPTOWN
Uncorked Food and Wine Festival, July 30 - August 2, at Silverado Resort
in Napa Valley, CA. The premier destination event will host more than
300 wine connoisseurs for a weekend of grand tastings, private vineyard
tours, live music, comedy and more.
Sponsored by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Lexus...
Fox is dropping 'American Idol,' and goes all in on
'Empire' and the black audience
11, 2015) Prior to Monday's upfront presentation of its plans for the
coming TV season, the
announced that it is
dropping "American Idol" in 2016 and is moving its newest midseason
success, "Empire," to a return in the fall. It will also increase its
schedule for the hip-hop drama to...
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 27 - May 3
Despite more NBA games on chart, Top 25 cable audience falls from
10, 2015) The NBA boosted its dominance over cable TV viewing in black
households when compared to the previous week. Basketball-related
programming captured 15 slots on the Top 25 chart, with a 20.1 million
black viewers. That's up from the 12.4 million and 12 chart positions.
Despite that popularity, non-NBA programs claimed the first...
MBA Association to hold 45th anniversary gala in Chicago June 12
11, 2015) The National Black MBA Association will host its
45th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Hyatt
Regency Chicago. Retired McDonald's CEO Don Thompson and Amy Hilliard
(pictured), president of Fashion Fair Cosmetics will be honored at the
Gala. During the 45th Anniversary Gala Celebration, the NBMBAA
Black TV Ratings for Week of April 27 - May 3
its third consecutive week as No.1 network in black households
6, 2015) Since March Madness ended, taking with it CBS' lead on the Top 25
TV shows in black households, ABC has reigned at the top of the chart.
Even though "Scandal" wasn't on the lineup for the last week of May, As
ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" moves towards its season finale, its percent of
households grows. With no episode of "Scandal" airing...
Nielsen named to
Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 firms for diversity for second consecutive year
(May 6, 2015)
Nielsen has been named to DiversityInc.'s 2015 Top 50 Companies for
Diversity ranking for the second consecutive year. Advancing eight spots
from 2014, Nielsen was ranked number 42 this year. "Inclusion is a
cornerstone of Nielsen's success around the world," said Mitch Barns,
Chief Executive Officer, Nielsen...
Girl Magic,' a digital program from Essence, among Time Inc.'s new video
(May 1, 2015) Time Inc. unveiled a number of new digital video programs
during its NewFronts showcase last week. One of the new offerings, "Black
Girl Magic," is a docu-series from Essence that highlights the lives of
six teenage girls from diverse backgrounds. Directed by emerging
Veteran film executive, Zola Mashariki expected to join BET Networks as
1, 2015) Zola Mashariki, an executive at Fox Searchlight, has reportedly
been chosen by BET Networks to be its Executive Vice President of original
programming. She will be based in Los Angeles and fills the opening
created when Loretha Jones departed the network last September...
A new focus for Chicago Defender includes changes in
leadership and mission
3, 2015) The Chicago Defender, the nation's oldest African-American owned
newspaper, is marking its 110th anniversary by pumping new blood into
fulfilling its mission. With a new executive team, the iconic paper is
considering a number new avenues, according to a New York Times story,
including the possibility of making the weekly free.
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 20 - 26
Blacks were 43% or more of the audience for week's first round of NBA
29, 2015) It's during the NBA Playoffs that the value of Black viewers to
the success becomes clear. Black fans of the games were 48.5 percent of
all of the viewers for all the first round games that aired on cable last
week. Their presence ranged from 57 percent of the lowest rated match-up
(Memphis vs. Portland on April 25th) to 43 percent of the most watched
game (Golden State vs. New Orleans on April 20th). Black viewers were 48.5
percent of all the NBA games that made the..
Washington Informer newspaper opens branded
newsstand at Dulles Airport
26, 2015) The Washington Informer, the District of Columbia-area
newspaper, has added another benchmark as it celebrates its fiftieth
anniversary. Travelers are already familiar with airport newsstands
bearing the names of such media companies as CNN, MSNBC and the New York
Times. The Washington Informer became only the...
Black TV Ratings for Week of April 20 - 26
beats back strong challenge from CBS to remain No.1 for the week
(April 28, 2015) ABC served up a strong defense against the popularity of
CBS's prime time programming to stave off relinquishing its No.1 status
among Black TV viewers. "Scandal" again pulled in more than three million
Black viewers overall, leading the way for an ABC sweep of the top five
slots on the Top 25. Thanks to the "20/20" exclusive interview with Bruce
NBA to play first exhibition game on African
continent August 1 in Johannesburg
22, 2015) The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball
Players Association announced that the NBA's first game in Africa will
take place Aug. 1 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. The
announcement was made at a press conference in Johannesburg by NBA Africa
Vice President and Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall, Hon. Minister of
Sport, Fikile Mbalula and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick S.
Bounce's 'Mann & Wife' becomes most-watched original
program in network's history
22, 2015) The second episode of the new Bounce TV original series "Mann &
Wife" earned the distinction of increased viewership over its series
premiere episode to become Bounce's most-watched original to date. The
second episode which aired on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
delivered 268K households (+3% vs. series premiere), 168K adults 25-54
(+35%) and 127K women 25-54 (+35%). The show reached 1.3 million
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 13 - 19
OWN network reclaims No.1 spot on Top 25 cable chart
with 'If Lovin' You Is Wrong'
(April 22, 2015) After just one week's absence at the No.1 spot on the Top
25 Black Cable TV Ratings, Tyler Perry's OWN network drama, "If Loving You
Is Wrong" returned to the top of the chart. The show drew two million
black viewers overall, even while competing head-to-head Tuesday night
with BET's "Being Mary Jane." Like the Top 25 TV shows...
Black TV Ratings for Week of April 13 - 19
audience builds to three million as drama heads into season finale
22, 2015) With just two episodes left to the season, "Scandal" drew three
million Black viewers catching up on the latest details of Olive Pope and
company. It was the strongest overall showing by any show on the Top 25
during the third week of April, and one of only 12 shows to claim at least
million Black viewers...
A black academic explains Black Twitter,
what it is and what it isn't
20, 2015) A feature story in The Atlantic magazine tackles the growing influence of
how Blacks use Twitter for communications, engagement and enacting change.
Entitled "The Truth About Black Twitter," writer Donovan Ramsey talks with
journalism professor Meredith Clark (pictured), at the Mayborn School of
Journalism at the University of North Texas, about her study of the social
NAMIC to honor
emerging executives at Next Generation Leaders Awards in Chicago
20, 2015) The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications
(NAMIC), has announced thewinners of the 2015 Next Generation Leaders
Awards. Honoring emerging executives for their professional
achievements, and their efforts in fostering multi-ethnic diversity, the
Next Generation Leaders Awards will be presented during the NAMIC Annual
Awards Breakfast in Chicago on May 7 as part of INTX: The Internet &
Lexus' Verses and Flow Scholarship is accepting
applications from HBCU students
20, 2015) Lexus is proud to announce the 2015 Lexus Verses and Flow
Scholarship is now accepting applications through Sept. 4, 2015. Presented
in partnership with ten of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and
Universities, two students per institution will each be awarded a $5,000
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