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TV One says with new branding strategy it wants to 'REPRESENT' the best in entertainment

Kathy Chaney, Chicago-based multimedia journalist, named Managing Editor of Ebony

Raschanda Hall elected President of Black Public Relations Society Chicago Chapter

TV One and CNN to co-host Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall Sunday, March 13th

Carol H. Williams agency names Mark Robinson Senior Vice President for NY office

Former PUSH Automotive Project Director, Glenda Gill, named VP of Supplier Success LLC

Jim Colon, Toyota's VP of African American Business Strategy is leaving the company

Political campaigns use black newspaper ads to reach critical African-American voters

FCC approves rule that would open the cable box to competition from independent suppliers

Walton Isaacson execs Vida Cornelious, Kirsten Atkinson and Ayiko Broyard to be honored

Hyundai appoints Erwin Raphael to General Manager of Genesis USA

Opportunity for financial firms grows as study shows blacks increase stock investments

Ford, Tom Joyner Foundation join forces in honoring unsung heroes nationwide

AT&T honors African American trailblazers with 28 Days program during Black History Month

TLF issues tracking survey results of multicultural scholarship recipients in communications

The Grio, Rolling Out form digital ad network offering advertisers key ethnic audiences

MediaVest USA to host Madison Avenue Minority Radio Summit next month

OWN Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original dramatic series, 'Queen Sugar'

Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for first-time exhibit at HBCU

Report: Reaching unbanked Black, Hispanic Millennials possible with mobile services

LeBron James to produce, star in reality TV series highlighting Cleveland entrepreneurs

UNIFY, a Black-targeted premium online video streaming service set to launch Feb. 1st

Online streaming: The best hope for African-American audiences

Nielsen promotes Angela Talton to position of Chief Diversity Officer

Toyota is top winner at Diversity Volume Awards recognizing ethnic car sales

Nielsen: African-Americans lead Hispanics in social media penetration on PCs, tablets

Urban radio veteran exec, Deon Levingston exits SVP post at Emmis New York

Royal Allen, marketing veteran known for his entrepreneurial zeal, passes at 52

Byron Allen settles discrimination suit against AT&T, gains carriage for seven channels

Bounce TV reports its biggest year of growth yet in 2015 among multiple segments

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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...

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The life and music of Morris "Butch" Stewart to be celebrated in weekend memorial

(June 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.
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Ola Kudu named SVP, Executive Creative Director of Carol H. Williams Advertising

(May 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.
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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...
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iOne Digital buys Moguldom Media properties, becoming largest Black-targeted digital firm

(May 12, 2017)
iONE Digital, formerly known as Interactive One, announced the acquisition of digital media properties, and from Moguldom Media Group.  Prior to acquisition, these brands made Moguldom the third largest Black digital content provider, behind iONE Digital and BET, respectively...
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Radio One changes name to Urban One to reflect reach across multiple media platforms

(May 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...
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Linda Johnson Rice takes back control of JPC, denies company has plans to leave Chicago

(May 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...
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Desiree Rogers, Johnson Publishing Co. CEO, to leave firm next month

(May 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.
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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...
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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...
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Rolling Out forms partnership with Digital Remedy to enhance targeting for marketers

(April 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...
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Toyota promotes Al Smith to position of Group Vice President, Social Innovation  

(April 10, 2017) 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...
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New study shows differences between attitudes of Black and other Millennials

(March 21, 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."
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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%)...

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Traci Otey Blunt named President of RLJ Entertainment's Urban Movie Channel

(February 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 titles...
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Interactive One appoints Mariella Bobo Executive Director of Style, Special Projects

(February 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 Director at...
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New automotive show targeting African-American interests in cars debuts on SiriusXM today 

(February 2, 2017) After hitting the airwaves in July 2015, with a monthly automotive show, "Auto Trends with" 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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