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(NPR) — The website launched last week and strives to unite the black community while spreading their experiences far and wide. Its news stories and blogs are mainly written and edited by African-American themselves. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with HuffPost BlackVoices’ heads Sheila Johnson, Rebecca Carroll and Christina Norman about the new platform.
(News One) — Four years ago, Dallas native Lincoln Stephens and his roommate Jeffrey Tate were sitting in their Chicago condo when they came up with an idea to change the face of one of the least integrated industries in American society. What arose from that conversation was an idea to develop a network of Black males that were in advertising or marketing to collectively mentor the next generation. “We thought to ourselves that we could be change agents and immediately got to work,” said Stephens. Fast forward four years later — and not only has the idea expanded to include all ethnic minorities of both genders —but there are now 17 other men and women listed as founders of the organization. And they are all part of the advertising and media worlds — and all volunteers.
The New York Times reports that Perry and his longtime distributor, Lionsgate, are working on a new cable channel venture called Tyler TV.
It’s difficult to break into cable but Perry, thus far, has had no big failures so can we blame him for trying? His loyal audience of African-American women have helped him become one of the most successful men in Hollywood. His movies and his TBS shows “Meet he Browns” and House of Payne” have all been successful by industry standards. His catalogue of movies have grossed more than $522 million in tickets.
According to the New York Times, Lionsgate and Perry are considering three options for their cable distribution. One route would be to take over TV GUide Network, as Lionsgate already owns half of that channel; another would involve buying and rebranding the gospel channel. The third option is vague but involves working with Comcast, which has promised government officials that it would provide more minority programming as part of its merger deal.
“She’s the Boss” Web Series Offers Candid Insights and Experiences of Leading African-American Women Entrepreneurs and Executives
August 9, 2011 – New York, NY – Moguldom Media Group, the leading digital media company that develops premium online publishing brands serving African-American audiences, has extended its fast-growing MadameNoire.com brand into online video with the premiere of “She’s the Boss”, an original webseries. Produced in conjunction with Moguldom Studios and sponsored by the General Mills Feeding Dreams program, “She’s the Boss” features an intimate view of the day-to-day activities of leading African-American businesswomen. Behind-the-scenes glimpses, advice, and interviews will inspire viewers of both genders across Moguldom’s audience of three million—and hold particular interest for the women who make up MadameNoire.com’s core fans.
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(Huffington Post) — Today the National Association of Black Journalists is meeting for its annual convention in Philadelphia (I’ll be speaking there this morning, after Eric Holder and a taped message from President Obama). In a nice moment of synchronicity, today is also the launch of our newest section, one that I’m particularly excited about: HuffPost BlackVoices. Surveying the current national and international landscape, I often feel that we are living in a split-screen world. And depending on what part of the screen you are looking at, you will have a very different perception of where things stand — it alters everything you think about the present, and dramatically affects your view of the future. And nowhere is this split-screen reality more pronounced than in the African-American community. On one side, it’s a bleak picture: we see the African-American community besieged by crushing unemployment, rampant foreclosures, widening income and wealth disparity, and a disproportionate number of men in jail.
(AdAge) — There are definite advantages to publishing a magazine aimed at a black audience. That’s the opinion of Earl G. Graves Sr., the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise and one of this year’s inductees into the Advertising Hall of Fame. ”Because there’s such a paucity of African-American magazines that are out there, I don’t think we are going to have the diminution that some of our fellow publishers might have,” Mr. Graves told me in a video interview. There’s Ebony and Jet, Black Enterprises and Essence (no longer African-American-owned). ”And so there’s a paucity of publications that are really first class that are reaching an audience more and more hungry for information.” But, he added, that audience wasn’t always appreciated.
As we are all aware by now, Sharpton has been pegged to host his own show on MSNBC, making him the first African American to host a primetime cable show in the station’s short-lived history. While the decision is still up in the air, it does look good for the 57-year old permed-activist and former tour manager for James Brown.
Not everyone is happy about his appointment and much has been said about whether or not Sharpton is qualified to host a show, especially considering that there are hundreds or more black journalists with loads of experience striving for a chance to showcase their talents on a national platform. And personally, I have to admit that the couple of times I’d caught him on air, he did seem rather stiff and tempered compared to the fiery orator we once knew him as.
But the bigger question for me is: how does the man, who has been the whipping boy for the mainstream media for years become a media darling all of a sudden?
I can honestly say that when it comes to Sharpton, I have a take it or leave it ambivalence to the good Reverend. Sure, sometimes (most times) he comes off a little less than sketchy but occasionally he manages to do or say something rather noble, which kind of makes up for his overall cringe factor. And I’m willing to bet that many in the Black community feel the same way. But let’s be real here, there is nobody White America and the press loves to hate more than Al Sharpton. Matter of fact, if I had to make a top five list of the most hated black men in America it would go like this: 5). O.J Simpson; 4). Jesse Jackson; 3). Rev. Louis Farrakan; 2. Al Sharpton; and 1). Barak Obama. And Obama is in top spot over Sharpton only because he is a Black President.
Much of that hatred seems to harken back to the Tawana Brawley incident, a 24-year-old sexual assault case in which it was alleged that 15-year-old Brawley lied about being attacked by several white boys. Sharpton, who was one of her fiercest defenders, still stands by his decision to support Brawley at the time and believes that he does not have to apologize for believing what he believed to be true. Yet in the eyes of the mainstream media, who can’t help to bring up the incident every time Sharpton’s mug appears anywhere on television, Sharpton will never live down his support of Brawley. So either mainstream media has a developed a short-term memory or has finally decided to give Sharpton another chance. I doubt that either is the case.
In some ways, Sharpton is not the same Sharpton as old. He traded his tracksuits for three-piece suits, lose a bunch of weight and although he has kept the trademark perm, it is a little more slicked back and less Farrah Fawcett than before. But the change appears to be nothing more than aesthetic. While he is no longer fighting Klansmen on daytime television and calling people “punk fag*ot,” the new Sharpton has taken up a new enemy in the Tea Party, which he pounds on daily with little regard to subject or validity of claim. To this day, he stands by the Brawley story and all the fiery rhetoric that came out of it. He has become not only a loyal defender of the President but has made it clear that he will never criticize him under any circumstances. What we see in Sharpton now is a man, who appears to be more aware of his image, how the media and its wants and is willing to play it to his benefit.
Moreover, this sort of newly-polished version of the same old Sharpton seems to fit well into the MSNBC stated goals, in which the so-called progressive news station is trying to chip away at the ratings dominance of Fox News by being just as incendiary in its own way. Sharpton will add to MSNBC what he has always been to the mainstream media; a big ratings boost because who will not tune in to watch Sharpton and Pat Buchannan fight like two drunk uncles at the family Barbeque?
But you do have to wonder how much of a leash will Sharpton be able to wrangle away from his new handlers? Much of what we see on television is in executive suites before it is spoon-fed to an awaiting American public. Sharpton, just being Sharpton, is bound to slip up, ignore the teleprompter, and say something that will not reflect well on MSNBC in any context.
Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.
by R. Asmerom
In 2005, Alison Samuels penned an article in Newsweek questioning the market for Black actresses. At the time, the movie Hitch starring Will Smith and Latina actress Eva Mendes, playing his love interest, had already hit theaters and made a killing at the box office. The question then hovering in Hollywood was if Black actresses weren’t “good enough” to play the counterparts to Black men, did they even have a future in Hollywood?
Since that time, Tyler Perry has come along, love it or hate it, providing much needed jobs to Black actresses, and another interesting phenomenon has emerged: that of the Black BFF. The Los Angeles Times picked up on the very visible trend in 2007 after many leading white actresses were paired with a Black best friend in feature films.
While the NAACP and the African-American creative community continues to lament the dearth of roles for Blacks in Hollywood, one thing is consistent and that is that Hollywood won’t prioritize diversity over their quest to perfect the money making formula.
“ I think at the end of the day, studios aren’t concerned about black and white, they are concerned about the color green,” said Janora McDuffie, an African-American actress who is currently making guest appearances on Grey’s Anatomy.
There’s no clear progress when it comes to assessing how far Black actresses have come in the past five to ten years. Although Halle Berry won the Academy Award for best actress in 2001, and others like Taraji P. Henson and Jennifer Hudson have won it since then, no Black talent was nominated for the 2011 Academy Awards.
And much of the same names that were popular then are still popular now. Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan, Zoe Saldana, Paula Patton Jennifer Hudson and of course, Halle Berry are still booking the few gigs today. “It’s improved for the sisters in the game with a name but what about the opportunities for the newcomer,” asked McDuffie. “White ingénues you’ve never heard of pop up every other month but where are those same break-out opportunities for women of color?”
(Reuters) — When Comcast was angling to take over NBCU, the cable giant promised prominently to increase the profile of minorities at the company and launch eight independent cable networks, including four under African-American control. But a Who’s Who of African American media figures and civil rights leaders are frustrated that Comcast doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough, if at all. That includes a recent disastrous meeting between Comcast executives and Oprah Winfrey, in which Comcast executives rebuffed the media queen’s request for support for her OWN network. Leading entrepreneur Russell Simmons was rebuffed when he approached NBCU CEO Steve Burke about acquiring the Style network. The National Urban League, NAACP and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, major civil rights groups, see several trouble spots with their efforts to work with Comcast, TheWrap has learned.
(Carolina Peacemaker) — Developing a network can be hard work and it may be even harder when there are few of its kind on the market, but either way it doesn’t mean it is not achievable. Back in January the first African American television network in the North Carolina Region made a home in a quaint building off of South Eugene Street. Both Michael and Ramona Woods constructed their ideas into reality and thus formed Black Network Television (BNT). The newly developed station’s purpose is to be the voice of the community and the station’s destiny is “to serve as a catalyst of change and project a positive image within the community,” shared marketing representative Kathy Boone.