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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...
A NEW FEATURED SECTION
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...
Coca-Cola announces increased investments of $5
billion in Africa, creation of new initiatives
(August 11, 2014)
The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners in Africa announced a new
investment of $5 billion (U.S.) during last week's U.S.-Africa Leaders
Summit in Washington, D.C. The investment, to be made over the next six
years, increases its total announced investment in Africa to $17 billion
from 2010 to 2020. Coca-Cola and its bottling partners anticipate that
this investment will fund new manufacturing...
Barneys agrees to more than half-million dollar
payment to settle racial profiling lawsuits
(August 11, 2014) Retailer Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve
allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at
its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against
major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained
that detectives followed minority customers around...
Co. teams with Black Greek-Letter groups to help communities
11, 2014) To continue in its efforts to give back to local communities,
the Lincoln Motor Company has teamed with the National Pan-Hellenic
Council, Incorporated (NPHC), a group of nine African-American
Greek-letter organizations. The program, "The Divine Nine Driven To Give
Program" is an extension of Lincoln's national Driven To Give program that
kicked off earlier this month. Lincoln's Driven To Give program was
developed as an engaging way to help educational and charitable
organizations raise additional money to...
Music Awards marks 30th anniversary with new date and city
8, 2014) The Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the biggest night in
Gospel music, will mark its milestone 30th Anniversary with a move to a
new venue and taping date. Central City Productions, which produces the
annual awards spectacular, announced that the telecast will be taped in
front of a live audience at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada,
shifting from January to March 28, 2015. "I am excited about moving The
Stellar Awards to...
agency names Amy Wright Vice President, Strategy and Client Services
8, 2014) Liquid Soul, the Atlanta-based, award-winning lifestyle
marketing agency, has announced the appointment of Amy Wright as Vice
President, Strategy and Client Services. Wright will oversee the
agency's account management department and lead organizational growth
"We are thrilled to have Amy's leadership, intellect and ability,"
says Tirrell Whittley, CEO of Liquid Soul. "As we enter...
series, 'Power,' finishes season strong, heads to Encore Black channel
7, 2014) The STARZ movie channel said its original series and summer
breakout hit "Power," finished strong in its season finale and has
averaged about 4 million viewers per week to-date, with strong viewership
among White and African-American viewers -- both male and female audiences
(18-49). The New York-based drama, which has resonated with
African-American viewers throughout its eight-episode first season,
Black PR Society
issues call for speakers at its 2014 conference in November
8, 2014) The National Black Public Relations Society is accepting
proposals for workshops and general sessions now through August 15 for its
2014 national conference that will take place on November 6-9 at The
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale, 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd in Fort
Lauderdale. With the theme, Power PR! Equip! Adapt! Conquer! speakers
should demonstrate expertise in social media, PR & brand...
LaToya Valmont, formerly with Essence, named
managing editor of Glamour magazine
7, 2014) LaToya N. Valmont has been elevated to managing editor for
Glamour, it was announced today by Cindi Leive, Glamour editor-in-chief.
In her new role, Valmont will manage the monthly issues from lineup to
closing, overseeing deadlines and layouts while supervising the...
McDonald's 11th annual 365Black Awards to air August
10th on BET's CENTRIC channel
7, 2014) McDonald's USA will televise its 11th Annual 365Black Awards
ceremony for the second consecutive year on the national cable television
network of Black Entertainment Television. Hosted by national television
correspondent/actor Terrence 'J' Jenkins and leading actress Tika Sumpter,
the program will air Sunday, August 10 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. Those
who miss the first airing can catch it again Sunday, August 17 at 11 p.m.
EDT/10 p.m. CDT on CENTRIC...
The 14th Power of Urban Radio Forum to be held in
Washington Oct. 2nd
7, 2014) Kizart Media Partners will host its 14th Power of Urban Radio
Forum in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned
Broadcasters (NABOB) on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Westin City
Center in Washington, DC. The 2014 forum brings together leading CEOs and
global marketers including those from Wells Fargo, TracFone, Miller Coors,
Ford Motor Company, Toyota USA, and AARP...
Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected for second term as
president of Motion Picture Academy
7, 2014) Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night, Aug. 5, by the
organization's Board of Governors. The African American to serve in the
post, she is beginning her second term as president and her 22nd year as a
governor representing the Public Relations Branch...
Amy DuBois Barnett named Executive Editor for new
ESPN African-American website
7, 2014) ESPN Digital & Print Media today announced that award-winning
journalist Amy DuBois Barnett will join ESPN as Executive Editor of Jason
Whitlock's upcoming site that will provide coverage, commentary and
insight about sports and culture directed towards an African-American
audience. In this role, Barnett will manage editorial operations for the
site. She will report to Whitlock, founder and Editor-in-Chief...
NABOB issues statement supporting announced purchase
of WEVV by black owner
6, 2014) The Washington-based National Association of Black Owned
Broadcasters offered a favorable reaction to the announced acquisition by
Bayou City Broadcasting of TV station WEVV in Evansville, Indiana. In a
statement, NABOB called the transaction "significant" for a number of
reasons. "It is the first independent purchase of a television station...
SOURCE360 Expo, a multi-venue event, opens in
downtown Brooklyn Sept. 19 -21
19, 2014) The NorthStar Group and The Source Magazine, will present the
inaugural SOURCE360 Expo, a three-day, multi-venue event at sites in
Downtown Brooklyn beginning Friday, Sept. 19th. The multifaceted event
includes a conference, concert, and festival covering music, fashion,
film, sports, dance, tech, gaming and digital media....
Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of July 21 - 27
Summer cable viewing by black households gives boost
to all networks
(August 6, 2014) With the Summer season half over, cable networks are
enjoying some of the best ratings ever. Channels such as BET, VH1, and OWN
that offer programming for African Americans are seeing especially good
numbers. Five of the Top 25 cable channels had at least one show that drew
a million or more black viewers...
Nexstar to sell another TV station to a black-owned
5, 2014) For the second time in just two months time, Nexstar Broadcasting
Group has announced the sale of a television station to an African
American owned company. WEVV, a CBS affiliate in Evansville, Indiana will
be sold to Bayou City Broadcasting (BCBE) for $18.6 million. BCBE is a
minority-led broadcaster owned by affiliates of...
Black TV Ratings for Week of July 21 - 27
'Extant' continues to draw black TV audiences to
CBS' summer line-up
5, 2014) CBS has led the other TV networks in drawing
hard-to-find summer viewers. While its "Under The Dome" drama is
under-performing against last year's numbers, "Extant" starring Halle
Berry has proven popular with black viewers. The sci-fi drama is the
only summer prime time TV show drawing one million viewers. Thanks to
"Extant," CBS is coming in as the most...
partnership with Dunkin' Brands to increase black-owned franchises
25, 2014) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) has announced a partnership with Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., the
parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, to create a
Diversity Franchising Initiative to increase the number of
African-American owned franchise businesses in the U.S...
former PepsiCo SVP, joins Golin agency in newly created post
25, 2014) Golin, one of the world's largest public relations and
communications firm, has announced the appointment of Pamela Culpepper as
the agency's new Chief People Officer. In this newly created role, she
will lead the agency's human resources organization and oversee talent,
development, performance, diversity and inclusion, recruitment and
employee engagement initiatives...
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, 2014) 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...