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NABOB meets with
U.S. Army on strategies for increased African-American enrollment
(June 21, 2017) The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
(NABOB) sent 20 representatives to meet with Major General Chris Hughes,
the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, in Fort Knox,
Kentucky. In a two-day meeting with the NABOB delegation, Major General
Hughes explained that he needed help for Cadet Command to increase the
number of African Americans applying to ROTC and seeking to become
officers in the U.S. Army...
The life and music of Morris "Butch" Stewart to be
celebrated in weekend memorial
22, 2017) The life and music of Morris "Butch" Stewart will be celebrated
by family, friends and the industry during a three-day open house memorial
this weekend. Stewart died on May 19 at Evanston Hospital after a battle
with cancer. He was 64. The memorial celebration will begin in Evanston at
Good Stewart Productions on Friday, June 23rd 6pm-9pm, resume Saturday
June 24th 5pm-9pm, and conclude Sunday June 25th 3pm-7pm.
Kudu named SVP, Executive Creative Director of Carol H. Williams
30, 2017) Carol H. Williams Advertising agency has announced that Ola
Kudu has been named Senior Vice President, Executive Creative
Director reporting to the CEO & CCO, Carol Williams. An award-winning creative veteran, Kudu has over 20 years
experience in multicultural space, entertainment & lifestyle marketing,
and creative leadership.
Black Cable & TV Ratings for Week of May 1 - 7
TNT remains most watched cable network, thanks to NBA Playoffs; CBS
most-watched TV net title
(May 16, 2017) The NBA Playoffs moved into the second round during the first
week of May, and interest in the games among Black viewers boomed. TNT
benefited the most with 12.4 million following the basketball games. VH1
claimed 7.6 million viewers for its most popular show, while ESPN
attracted seven million to it seven NBA games. The OWN network notched
4.2 million for its Top 25 shows...
buys Moguldom Media properties, becoming largest Black-targeted digital
12, 2017) iONE
Digital, formerly known as Interactive One, announced the acquisition of
digital media properties Bossip.com, HipHopWired.com and MadameNoire.com
from Moguldom Media Group. Prior to acquisition, these brands made Moguldom the third largest Black digital content
provider, behind iONE Digital and BET, respectively...
Radio One changes name to Urban One to reflect reach
across multiple media platforms
12, 2017) Radio One has changed its corporate identity to Urban One. The
new moniker, which officially took place on the 18th anniversary of the
company's initial public stock offering, is meant to reflect the "rich
history as the most trusted source to inform, entertain and inspire the
African-American community," according to a statement...
Linda Johnson Rice takes back control of JPC, denies company has plans to
7, 2017) Following a month of announcements on corporate restructurings,
Linda Johnson Rice is back at the helm of three of the best known
brands in Black America. Over the weekend, a statement was released by
Johnson Publishing Co. citing the departure of Desiree Rogers, who will
end her seven-year tenure as CEO on June 2. Her duties will be assumed by
the company's chairman, Johnson Rice...
Desiree Rogers, Johnson Publishing Co. CEO, to leave
firm next month
5, 2017) In the latest of a series of announcements, the nation's oldest
black-owned magazine publisher, Johnson Publishing Co., announced that its
CEO, Desiree Rogers, is exiting the firm effective June 2.
Essence and Twitter
announce collaboration on livestream weekly talk show
(May 4, 2017)
Essence Communications, a division of Time Inc., announced today it is
partnering with Twitter to livestream "Essence Now," a weekly talk show
covering all things entertainment,
fashion, news and love and relationships. The latest collaboration
for Time Inc. and Twitter, "Essence Now" will be the first live show on
Twitter targeting Black women...
Black Cable & TV Ratings for Week of April 24-30
NBA Playoffs keep TNT No.1 among cable's Top 25
networks; ABC is most-watched TV net
(May 4, 2017) As the first round ends in the NBA's Playoffs, TNT benefited
from the games' growing popularity. The sportscasts drew 11.9 million
black viewers during the final week of April. VH1 with 7.9 million was the
second most popular, followed by the OWN network's 4.3 million.
However, the weekly race was tighter among broadcast networks...
Rolling Out forms
partnership with Digital Remedy to enhance targeting for marketers
28, 2017) Leading cross-platform media property, Rolling Out today
announced a partnership with Digital Remedy to create Rolling Out
Extend. The new alliance will give Rolling Out marketing partners
additional reach, enhanced targeting and campaign insights...
Toyota promotes Al Smith
to position of Group Vice President, Social Innovation
Albert (Al) Smith, Jr.
has been named group vice president, Social Innovation for Toyota Motor
North America (TMNA). He is responsible for Toyota's diversity and
inclusion, shared impact, and environmental sustainability functions
across North America. "I'm thrilled Al has joined Toyota's Social
Innovation team, bringing with him a deep understanding of the principles
and behaviors that underlie the Toyota Way, including respect for people,"
said Chris Reynolds, executive vice president, corporate resources and
chief diversity officer...
New study shows differences between attitudes of
Black and other Millennials
2017) A newly released study of Millennials reveals that Black consumers
between the age of 18-35 are more optimistic about their futures than
Hispanics, Asians and Whites of the same age. Young African-Americans were
also far more likely (59%) to say "anyone can achieve their dreams if they
try hard enough."
Pew study: Blacks more likely than whites to take
action on digital news stories
(March 2, 2017) According to a study from the Pew Research Center black
online news consumers are much more likely than white consumers to follow
up on news stories with an action. Black online news consumers took action
two-thirds (66%) of the time on average. That is 17 percentage points
higher than whites (49%)...
Traci Otey Blunt named President of RLJ Entertainment's Urban Movie
21, 2017) Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment has announced
the appointment of Traci Otey Blunt as President of Urban Movie Channel (UMC).
UMC is the first premium subscription-based streaming service created for
African American and urban audiences featuring including feature films,
original series, stand-up comedy, documentaries, and other exclusive
Interactive One appoints Mariella Bobo Executive
Director of Style, Special Projects
21, 2017) Interactive One announced the hiring of Marielle Bobo as the new
Executive Director of Style and Special Projects. She joins iOne as a key
member of the launch team for their groundbreaking lifestyle platform
debuting in the Spring. With more than 17 years of experience in fashion
and beauty media, Bobo is widely known as a masterful creative director,
Prior to joining the organization, Bobo served as the Fashion & Beauty
show targeting African-American interests in cars debuts on SiriusXM
2, 2017) After hitting the airwaves in July 2015, with a monthly
automotive show, "Auto Trends with JeffCars.com" expands to SiriusXM
with a weekly 30-minute multicultural show, which premieres during Black
History Month. The weekly show kicks into gear on SiriusXM Channel 141
on Friday, February 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Encore broadcasts will occur every
Sunday and Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. ET, respectively...
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