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Keisha Brown named EVP of Lagrant and Chair of
agency's Health and Wellness Practice
15, 2016) Lagrant Communications (LC), a Los Angeles-based multicultural
integrated marketing communications agency, has named Keisha N. Brown
executive vice president and chair of its new Health and Wellness
Practice. In this position, Brown will drive creative solutions for all of
the agency's healthcare clients. LC has more than two decades of
healthcare experience working with clients...
Interactive One names Jamilah Lemieux Vice President
of News and Men's Programming
15, 2016) Interactive One announced the hiring of Jamilah Lemieux, as the
new Vice President of News and Men's Programming. The former Ebony Senior
Editor, both print and digital, is an award-winning writer and popular
public speaker on race and culture. Well known for her commanding social
media presence, Lemieux is considered a leading millennial intellectual
and pop culture critic. Lemieux joins iOne during a time of accelerating
growth, as the company expands...
Comcast and The Africa Channel to expand their
partnership with Video On Demand service
123, 2016) The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it has expanded its
partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting
multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC on
VOD. Comcast's current Black Film & TV destination on Xfinity on...
Veteran journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime
with Bounce TV's first news magazine
12, 2016) Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime
television on Tues. Sept. 13 as Bounce TV world premieres its first-ever
news magazine show Ed Gordon at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Gordon serves as executive producer and host of the new Bounce TV
original series, sitting down for revealing interviews with top headline
makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. Ed Gordon will also include
Esther 'E.T.' Franklin named Executive Vice
President, Managing Director for Mediavest|Spark
1, 2016) Esther "E.T." Franklin has joined the Mediavest | Spark agency as
Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Strategy and Cultural
Fluency. Previously she held the position of Executive Vice President Head
of Americas Experience Strategy at Publicis Media. "Over her 20+ year
career at Publicis Groupe and SMG, Esther has shaped the way the
advertising/communication industry looks at..
Former McCann exec Christine Villanueva moves to SVP
of Strategy at Walton Isaacson
30, 2016) The Walton Isaacson ad agency has announced that Christine
Villanueva has been named to the new position of Senior Vice President,
head of strategy effective immediately. She will report to Jeff Davidoff
who last month was named president of the agency. "Christine's role is
essential to our commitment to innovation and insight driven work," stated
Davidoff. "She is uniquely qualified to...
Johnson Publishing Co. ends seven decades of media
leadership with sale of Ebony, Jet
15, 2016) Johnson Publishing Co., the nation's most successful
African-American owned magazine publisher, is no longer publishing
magazines. After more than seven decades, during which it set the bar for
black business success, JPC has sold its magazines properties, Ebony and
Jet, to a black-controlled private equity firm in Texas. The new owner of
the iconic titles is The Clear View Group. To make the transaction
possible, the assets of Ebony and Jet were...
TV One sets all-day Empire Binge-A-Thon on May 14
prior to season finale on Fox
11, 2016) TV ONE is celebrating the blockbuster drama EMPIRE with a second
season binge-a-thon on Saturday, May 14, giving viewers a chance to catch
up with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan before the series'
May 18 season finale on FOX. Beginning at 9 a.m. ET, viewers can binge
back-to-back on all 17 episodes of the second season of television's
award-winning and most nominated series...
LimeGreen Moroch wins prestigious Ex Award for work
on Kia Motors America
15, 2016) LimeGreen Moroch took top honors in the "Best Multicultural
Event Campaign" category at the 2016 Ex Awards. Hosted by Event Marketer
Magazine, the annual Ex Awards ceremony is the world's largest and most
prestigious recognition program for experiential marketing. The
Chicago-based cross-cultural agency won the Ex Award for its Kia Motors'
"Inspirationally Crafted" events, which targeted African American consumer
tastemakers and opinion leaders, promoted the brand's corporate diversity
Black Arts Chicago, an audience development
initiative, is launched by Target Market News
4, 2016) Target Market News, one of the nation's leading authorities on
the African-American consumer market, has announced the launch of a new
media, marketing and research unit to support African-American arts and
culture. Black Arts Chicago is the first full-service organization created
to provide audience development and marketing communications for
African-American artists and cultural institutions. The organization's
mission is to increase attendance for...
TV One announces acquisition of cable rights for hit drama 'Empire' to air
14, 2016) On April 13, the eve of TV One's Annual Upfront Presentation,
President Brad Siegel announced the acquisition of blockbuster drama
EMPIRE. The show will make its TV One debut this
spring. Following FOX's second season finale in May, TV One will also
add EMPIRE to its summer programming line-up. "We are ecstatic to
partner with 20th Television and Imagine in showcasing one of the
biggest hits in television history," said Siegel...
Memorial services for legendary radio broadcaster,
Doug Banks, set for April 16 in Dallas
13, 2016) A memorial service will be held for radio legend, Doug Banks on,
Saturday, April 16th at 10 am at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home &
Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas. 75225.
Additional information can be obtained by calling 214-363-5401.
Broadcasting icon Doug Bank died on Monday, April 11 from complications of
diabetes in Miami. Best known for his...
'Soul Train' franchise acquired by BET Networks from
InterMedia Partners, Yuciapa Cos.
4, 2016) BET Networks announced yesterday that it had acquired the assets
of Soul Train from InterMedia Partners and The Yucaipa Companies. The
assets include the Soul Train brand, and more than a thousand hours of
archival footage from the show's 37-year history. Terms of the purchase
were not disclosed.
Tony Cornelius, the son of Soul Train's founder, expressed enthusiasm for
the BET's acquisition...
Bounce TV debuts free mobile app featuring originals
series, premiere boxing and more
4, 2016) Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on
television, today announced the launch of a free mobile app which will
allow access to a wide variety of its popular programming anywhere,
anytime. The Bounce TV app features full seasons of Bounce TV's original
series, including hit shows...
Luster Products, Rolling Out kick off S-Curl Brand
national Style Icons Tour
1, 2016) Luster Products and Rolling Out launched the Style Suite national
tour in Chicago this week introducing Luster's S-Curl brand. The event
featured a panel discussion with national style icons and influencers
discussing the elements of classic and trendy men's styles, from full
beards to the ultimate shoe game...
Newcity Communications names Adrienne Samuels Gibbs
to interim Senior Editor post
30, 2016) Chicago-based Newcity Communications has announced that Adrienne
Samuels Gibbs has joined the staff of the alternative weekly newspaper as
interim Senior Editor. In this role, Adrienne will oversee features,
covers as well as the eight section editors that comprise our editorial
staff -- essentially all the copy that makes up the publication....
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, NAAAOM
petition FCC on Charter/Time Warner merger
31, 2016) Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, Inc. (ES) and The National
Association of African American-Owned Media (NAAAOM) are now challenging
media reports that claim the Federal Communications Commission's review of
the proposed merger between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable
Chevrolet, NNPA partner on new journalism internship
program at Howard University
(March 30, 2016) In an effort to provide student journalists with a unique
experience working in the Black Press, the National Newspaper Publishers
Association (NNPA), has teamed with Chevrolet and the School of
Communications at Howard University to launch an innovative journalism
fellowship program. The program titled, "Discover The Unexpected" (DTU),
will feature internships at four NNPA member publications for eight Howard
CEO Michon Ellis to deliver keynote at Omaha's Diversity conference
30, 2016) Founder and Chief Executive Officer of cross-cultural marketing
agency LimeGreen Moroch, LLC, Michon Ellis, will give the keynote address
at the 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Best Practices Conference, presented by
the Omaha Diversity Week 365 Committee. With this year's theme:
"Developing Tomorrow's Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Today", Ellis will
be discussing the impact of senior leadership's commitment to diversifying
FCC asks independent programmers to submit
challenges they face in access to TV audiences
30, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission has issued a Notice of
Inquiry (NOI) to begin a conversation on the state of independent and
diverse programming. The NOI seeks comments on the challenges independent
video programmers face in gaining carriage of their content on both
traditional and emerging distribution platforms...
TV One says with new branding strategy it wants to
'REPRESENT' the best in entertainment
22, 2016) Having introduced its new branding strategy last month, TV One
executives are now fully engaged in taking the cable channel into its
re-focused future. With eleven years passed since its launching as the
nation's second largest network targeting the African-American audience,
TV One wants its next decade to be built on the most...
Kathy Chaney, Chicago-based multimedia journalist,
named Managing Editor of Ebony
13, 2016) Kathy Chaney, a well-known, award-winning Chicago-based
journalist, has been named Managing Editor of Johnson Publishing Company's
flagship, Ebony magazine. Her appointment became effective today. The post
has been vacant for a year following the departure of Wendy Wilson last
April. It is the second...
Raschanda Hall elected President of Black Public Relations Society
(March 10, 2016) Raschanda Hall, the director of global media relations
for Business Wire, and a long-time board member of BPRS Chicago has been
elected unanimously by the board to serve as the next president. Hall
most recently served as the chapter's Executive Vice President and
Programming Committee Chair...
TV One and CNN to
co-host Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall Sunday, March 13th
(March 10, 2016) TV ONE and CNN will partner to host the "CNN-TV ONE
Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall" on Sunday, March 13 from 8-10
p.m. ET, two days before five states hold primary contests. Moderated by
Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV ONE's "News One Now,"
and Jake Tapper of CNN, the nationally-televised primetime special will
take place at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and air live on
CNN and TV ONE. The two-hour event, which will emphasize issues facing
Black America, will also...
Carol H. Williams agency names Mark Robinson Senior
Vice President for NY office
3, 2016) Carol H. Williams Advertising has announced that Mark Robinson
has been named Senior Vice President and Management lead for the agency's
New York office. With nearly 40 years of experience in consumer products,
strategic and multicultural marketing and general management Robinson
provides CHWA with a unique...
Former PUSH Automotive Project Director, Glenda
Gill, named VP of Supplier Success LLC
3, 2016) Supplier Success, LLC, a supplier finance company focused on
improving the working capital of corporations and suppliers, has announced
that Glenda Gill has been hired in the role of Vice President. The
addition of Ms. Gill solidifies Supplier Success' position as a leader in
the automotive industry, with a particular focus on diversity markets and
assisting diverse businesses. In her new role, Ms. +Gill will...
Jim Colon, Toyota's
VP of African American Business Strategy is leaving the company
2, 2016) In a statement issued by Toyota, Jim Colon, Vice President,
African American Business Strategy, North America has announced his
intention to retire in March. Colon departs as one of highest-ranking and
influential executives in the auto industry.
"Jim's work in over 36 years of service has greatly supported the business
of Toyota within the company, with dealers, and with the communities in
which we interact," said Miles King, Group VP of Human Resources, in the
Political campaigns use black newspaper ads to reach
critical African-American voters
(February 22, 2016) The National Newspaper Publisher Association, which
represents 200 black newspapers, is reporting that the campaigns of
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have each made plans for significant ad
buys with its member papers. Currently there are placements...
FCC approves rule that would open the cable box to
competition from independent suppliers
18, 2016) The Federal Communications Commission has approved a proposal
that it says would "tear down anti-competitive barriers and pave the way
for software, devices, and other innovative solutions to compete with the
set-top boxes." In a 3-2 vote divided along party lines, the Commissioners
approved The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) which will create a
framework for providing the information needed by those that are not cable
providers to develop competitive technologies to offer subscribers...
execs Vida Cornelious, Kirsten Atkinson and Ayiko Broyard to be honored
18, 2016) Three Walton Isaacson executives have been named Top Women
Executives in Advertising and Marketing by Black Enterprise magazine.
Vida Cornelious, EVP and Chief Creative Officer (pictured), Ayiko
Broyard, VP Group Account Director, and Kirsten Atkinson, VP of
Media and Brand Integration have been selected to join the prestigious
listing of leading women in marketing and advertising...
Hyundai appoints Erwin Raphael to General Manager of
16,2016) Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive officer David
L. Zuchowski announced this week Erwin Raphael has been appointed to
General Manager for Genesis USA. Last November Hyundai's worldwide
Vice-Chairman Chung Eui-Sun, announced the company would be launching
Genesis, globally, as an independent luxury brand of Hyundai. Industry
insiders expect Genesis will be heavy competition for Lexus, Mercedes-Benz
and BMW in the U.S. market...
Opportunity for financial firms grows as study shows
blacks increase investments
2016) Middle-class African-Americans are investing more in the stock
market than they have in over a decade, according to the Ariel Investments
2015 Black Investor Survey. The survey of 500 black and 500 white
households with incomes of at least $50,000 found that 67% of
African-Americans are invested in stocks or stock mutual funds...
Tom Joyner Foundation join forces in honoring unsung heroes nationwide
2016) Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a
national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner
Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding
achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the
African American community. Nominations are being accepted until Feb.
AT&T honors African American trailblazers with 28
Days program during Black History Month
30, 2016) AT&T celebrates acclaimed actress, writer and activist Ruby Dee
along with past and current black trailblazers with this year's AT&T 28
Days throughout the month of February. The program spotlights pivotal
figures and moments during Black History Month...
TLF issues tracking survey results of multicultural
scholarship recipients in communications
(January 30, 2016) The 2015 Biennial Alumni Tracking Survey conducted by
The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) found that success rates among their past
scholarship recipients was at an all time high with 88 percent reporting
that they were currently working in a communications related field...
The Grio, Rolling Out form digital ad network
offering advertisers key ethnic audiences
30, 2016) Two top media sites for reaching millennial and multicultural
audiences have partnered to offer expanded reach for advertisers trying to
connect with these coveted consumers. Popular news site thegrio.com and
lifestyle and entertainment outlet rollingout.com have joined forces to
form the Rolling Out Digital Ad Network...
MediaVest USA to host Madison Avenue Minority
Radio Summit next month
(January 24, 2016) Brian Terkelsen, CEO of MediaVest USA, one of the
nation's largest media buying agencies, has announced the company will
host a historic Madison Avenue Minority Radio Summit at the New York Times
Building in New York on February 26th. The Summit will bring together
media agency executives, media planners and media buyers with African
OWN Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original
dramatic series, 'Queen Sugar'
19, 2016) Rutina Wesley ("True Blood") has been tapped for a series
regular role in the new original series "Queen Sugar," from award-winning
filmmaker Ava DuVernay ("Selma") for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and
produced by Warner Horizon Television. In the series, Wesley will star...
Toyota partners with famed Kinsey Collection for
first-time exhibit at HBCU
25, 2016) "To whom much is given, much is required," is a guiding
principle of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey (pictured). Having a passion for
African-American history, the founders of The Kinsey Collection, brings
one of the largest private collections of black art, artifacts, documents
and artwork to their alma mater Florida A&M University in time for Black
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