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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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Seven honorees to be recognized at Target Market New's 2016 MAAX Summit, Nov.14th

(October 21, 2016) Target Market News has announced that the 17th Annual Marketing to African Americans with Excellence (MAAX) Summit will take place on Monday, Nov. 14th, 2016 at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile Hotel in downtown Chicago. The theme for this year's gathering is "Change the Conversation," with presentations from Nielsen, IHS Automotive, the U.S. Census Bureau and others. The all-day MAAX Summit is one the industry's largest annual gatherings of African American marketing
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Nielsen's sixth annual African-American consumer report focuses on Millennials

(October 17, 2016) Black Millennials are 11.5 million strong and leading a viral vanguard that is driving African-Americans' innovative use of mobile technology and closing the digital divide. Nielsen highlights this group in a new report called "Young, Connected and Black: African-American Millennials Are Driving Social Change and Leading Digital Advancement." With $162 billion in buying power and undisputed cultural influence, Black Millennials are using their power to successfully raise awareness of issues...
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RLJ Entertainment, AMC Networks form strategic partnership for streaming services

(October 17, 2016) RLJ Entertainment, the entertainment content distribution company which owns and operates UMC (Urban Movie Channel), the first urban-focused subscription streaming service, and Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for British mystery and drama, has formed a strategic partnership with AMC Networks. As part of the agreement, AMC Networks has invested $65 million in the form of loans to RLJ Entertainment to refinance the company's...

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Interactive One names John Shelby Vice President of Sales, Midwest-West Region

(October 12, 2016) Interactive One, one of the leading digital destinations for African American audiences, has  announced the hiring of John Shelby as the VP of Sales for the Midwest-West region. He comes to iOne from CBS Interactive, where he worked on and CBSN, the company's 24 hour live streaming product. "We are excited to welcome John to the Interactive One team during...

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Howard University announces School of Communications to be named for Cathy Hughes 

(October 12, 2016) Howard University president, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, recently announced a multi-million dollar gift to its School of Communications from Alfred C. Liggins III, President and CEO of Radio One, Inc. The contribution was made through the Catherine L. Hughes and Alfred C. Liggins III Foundation and establishes that the School will be named in honor of Cathy Hughes, Radio One founder and Chairperson, and former Howard University staff member.  An official ceremony to announce the naming of the "Cathy Hughes School of Communications" will be held on Sunday, October 23...

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William Garth, CEO of Chicago-based Citizen Newspaper Group, dies at the age of 78

(September 26, 2016) Longtime publisher, philanthropist and activist, William "Bill" Garth, Sr., CEO of the Citizen newspaper chain in Chicago, died on Friday, Sept. 23 from complications of  diabetes at RML Specialty Hospital. William Darrell Garth, Jr. said that funeral services and public memorial will be announced soon. "Chicago lost a beacon for our community," said his son, Darrell Garth in a statement. "He was a very savvy newspaperman and...
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Keisha Brown named EVP of Lagrant  and Chair of agency's Health and Wellness Practice

(September 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...
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Interactive One names Jamilah Lemieux Vice President of News and Men's Programming

(September 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...
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Comcast and The Africa Channel to expand their partnership with Video On Demand service

(September 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...
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Veteran journalist Ed Gordon returns to primetime with Bounce TV's first news magazine

(September 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

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Esther 'E.T.' Franklin named Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Mediavest|Spark

(September 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..
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Former McCann exec Christine Villanueva moves to SVP of Strategy at Walton Isaacson

(August 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...
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Johnson Publishing Co. ends seven decades of media leadership with sale of Ebony, Jet

(June 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...
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TV One sets all-day Empire Binge-A-Thon on May 14 prior to season finale on Fox

(May 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...

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LimeGreen Moroch wins prestigious Ex Award for work on Kia Motors America

(May 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 initiatives...
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Black Arts Chicago, an audience development initiative, is launched by Target Market News

(May 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...
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