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Toyota VP Jim Colon awarded honorary doctorate from Grambling State University

Jeep ads feature Epic Records' new Michael Jackson song in GlobalHue campaign

Radio One reports drop in station revenue, increase shown for internet business

Larry Wilmore signed to replace Stephen Colbert in late-night on Comedy Central

The NBA names Dick Parsons, former Time Warner chairman, interim CEO of L.A. Clippers

Jet, an iconic magazine in the industry and black households, to end publication

Online producer, BlackTree TV, moves to daily television with Soul of the South network deal

McDonald's extends its 365Black Awards program to recognize exceptional teens

REVOLT's Sean Combs makes the case for his channel's value at The Cable Show

Africa Channel announces executive appointments in marketing, programming

Nielsen's 2Q radio report highlights growth of African American, Hispanic listeners

Nielsen's 2Q radio report highlights growth of African American, Hispanic listeners

Sponsors dropping the NBA's L.A. Clippers after airing of owner's racist comments

Essence kicks-off 20th festival with multi-city tour with partner Walmart

Black TV Ratings for Week of April 14 - 20 'Scandal' posts largest black audience ever for season finale, giving ABC top network title

Black TV Ratings for Week of April 14 - 20 'Scandal' posts largest black audience ever for season finale, giving ABC top network title

Bounce TV's debut of 'One Love' is the channel's most watched original series

Ebony names Mitzi Miller its top editor as Amy DuBois resigns unexpectedly

BET Networks set to debut Keke Palmer in daily talk show this summer

Vernon Slaughter, innovative and admired veteran music industry executive, dies at 63

Tavis Smiley to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Rights acquired to produce the iconic Soul Train show as a Broadway musical

Uptown publishers launching Notorious POP, a Web-based platform for black fathers

Maybelline New York names Jourdan Dunn as brand's spokesmodel

BET Networks to re-brand Centric cable channel as a destination for black women

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week Mar. 31- Apr. 6 BET remains cable's top network in the Top 25 for fourth straight week

Carol H. Williams promotes Matthew Taylor to VP/Director of New Business

ESSENCE unveils refreshed design and features for its magazine and website

Movie industry report may under-rate impact of African-American ticket buyers

FCC ruling closing Joint Sales Agreement loophole includes public interest waiver

EBONY Magazine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation release survey on the Black family

BET Networks issues first branded app including on-demand access to shows

Terri Winston named associate publisher for fifth 'Who's Who in Black Chicago'

Former NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn teaming up to launch an ad agency in Chicago

Black Women's Expo celebrates its 20th year with record consumer attendance

Jesse Jackson launches Digital Inclusion initiative to take on Silicon Valley

BET Networks issues first branded app including on-demand access to shows

Terri Winston named associate publisher for fifth 'Who's Who in Black Chicago'

Former NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn teaming up to launch an ad agency in Chicago

Black Women's Expo celebrates its 20th year with record consumer attendance

Jesse Jackson launches Digital Inclusion initiative to take on Silicon Valley

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 17 - 23 Bravo's 'Real Housewives' takes No.1 on cable chart; BET is week's network winner

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 17 - 23 For the third consecutive week 'Scandal' takes ABC to No.1 on the Top 25

NNPA Foundation honors Charles Tisdale and Paul Redd during Black Press Week

FAMU signs partnership agreement on creation of Black Television News Channel

Bounce TV announces expansion of sales staff, addition of west coast office

Nielsen promotes Cheryl Pearson-McNeil and Don Lowery to new SVP responsibilities

Radio One names Gary Gunther Vice President, GM of St. Louis market forms programming partnership with Kitara Media

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 10 - 16 'Haves and Have Nots' takes No.1 spot on cable's Top 25; OWN again top cable network

BET Networks buys 'Queen Latifah Show' for late-night talk block starting March 31

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 10 - 16 'Scandal' audience rises again and makes ABC week's most watched TV network

Lattimer Communications wins awards for Visit Orlando and DeKalb Medical campaigns

TV Land, BET and Centric to simulcast live premiere of TV Land's 'The Soul Man'

Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage sets sail again with Ford as presenting sponsor

National Pork Board to try better ads to increase demand from ethnic consumers

MassMutual hires new executives to increase expertise in diversity, marketing

Black Cable TV Ratings for Week March 3 - 9 OWN is the week's most watched cable network among Top 25

Adult Swim greenlights Aaron McGruder's scripted comedy, 'Black Jesus'

Black TV Ratings for Week of March 3 - 9 In its second week back, ABC's 'Scandal' takes the No.1 spot on Top 25 chart

Partnership combines e-commerce and data gathering on multicultural beauty products

Tribune Broadcasting names Devin C. Johnson SVP, Head of Digital Media

Essence magazine announces new editorial appointments and promotions

Radio One names Eddie Harrell, Jr. Vice President and GM of Cleveland stations

ADCOLOR selects GSD&M as its agency to champion diversity

BET Networks captures eight NAACP Image Awards with 'Real Husbands' and 'Mary Jane'

NABOB urges FCC to push ownership through Joint Sales, Service Agreements

Lagrant Communications launches public affairs division focused on women

Nielsen: Younger African-Americans more likely to view news on TV and online

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Africa Channel to launch morning show that will air live in Africa and U.S.

(July 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...
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Valerie Gammon, veteran entertainment and TV exec, to head Miramar complex

(July 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...
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Pamela El named to new position of Chief Marketing Officer for the NBA

(July 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 been...
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Andre Harrell is named to new position of Vice Chairman of REVOLT TV

(July 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...
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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 frequently as...

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African American TV & Video Summit, first targeted TV conference, coming July 21st

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...

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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...
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PUSH conference ends with expanded commitment to pursue diversity in tech firms

(July 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...
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Black TV Ratings for Week of June 23 - 29
Appeal of summer time TV re-runs at an all-time low with black households

(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...
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BET Awards sets record with total viewing audience and traffic on social media

(July 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...
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Commonground named ad agency of the year by Black Enterprise magazine

(June 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...
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NNPA names Benjamin Chavis, longtime civil rights activist, Interim President/CEO

(June 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 numerous...
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New urban station looks to take on New York's WBLS for urban radio listeners

(June 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 successful

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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...
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Coca-Cola teams with soccer star DaMarcus Beasley for World Cup promotion

(June 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...
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Black Network Television files multi-million dollar suit against Greensboro, NC over loan

(June 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...
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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 Act...
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Danielle Ashley Group wins coveted Silver Anvil Award from Public Relations Society

(June 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...
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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 21st...

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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...

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Creme of Nature roles out campaign with new brand ambassador Africa Miranda

(June 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...
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Launch date and expanded executive team announced by BET for 'Just Keke'

(June 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 executive producer...
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Black TV Ratings for Week of June 2 - 8
NBA Finals deliver an average of five million Black viewers for game-related shows

(June 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...
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Ford reports it exceeded goals for purchasing with minority firms for fourth year

(June 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 diverse suppliers...

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TV stations deal increases Black ownership and opportunities for content producers

(June 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...
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Arsenio Hall's manager suggests the late night show may be revived yet again

(June 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...

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