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Let’s be clear: This show was the original Girlfriends and definitely lent a hand, even if indirectly, into the creation of Sex and the City. Maxine, Khadijah, Synclaire and Regine kept up such different lives – with the help of their male neighbors, Kyle and Overton – and often had us wondering which one we related to the most. Here, we choose some of our best moments and episodes – no order, just fun times. Did yours make the list?
For the third consecutive year, every single senior at Urban Prep Academy, the only all-black, all-male charter high school in Chicago, has been accepted to college, school officials announced.
The academy also said that 83 percent of its first graduating class in 2010 has re-enrolled in a second year of college, a rebuttal to critics of the school who have charged that students aren’t always ready for college, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Critics have also suggested that Urban Prep squeezes out students with academic and discipline problems who other schools have to work with. Urban Prep officials acknowledge that this year’s senior class of 85 was almost twice that size when the boys started out as freshmen.
But Urban Prep CEO Tim King, in a meeting Thursday with the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board, vigorously denied that troubled students are forced out or encouraged to leave.
For more information on how these young brothers did it, visit EurWeb.com.
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Reports say Sean “Diddy” Combs is expanding his empire with plans to launch a music-themed cable network reminiscent of the old MTV but for an African American audience. So basically a new BET, right?
The channel, called Revolt, is expected to launch 12/12/12 and is being promoted as a music and music news channel with an urban skew, and sources say the venture which former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon is involved with is well funded. Comcast will provide distribution as part of its commitment to the FCC to help launch minority owned networks. The company plans to launch 10 channels over the next eight years, including eight Hispanic or African American owned ones.
A Comcast rep didn’t confirm Diddy’s involvement but he said the company hopes to make an announcement soon. Previously, Comcast did announce plans to launch an African American-owned channel by January of 2013 so Revolt could definitely be it. Time Warner is also expected to get in on the distribution which means Revolt could land in 18 millions homes when it launches.
It will be interesting to see what the Bad Boy can do with TV.
What do you think about Diddy and this new Revolt channel? Could it be good for African American media?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(AdAge.com) — Mention the word “urban” and marketers see a young black man with headphones, fresh sneakers and a slick cellphone, bobbing his head to a hip-hop soundtrack down a graffiti’d city street. That’s the hackneyed image of the African-American consumer portrayed in many campaigns. Marketers that assume “urban” represents the entire African-American population are missing out on other key consumer segments. Segments such as the black single mother, the black gay or lesbian, and the black lower-income earner have been overlooked by marketers and lumped together under the misleading “urban” umbrella. “There is no monolithic blackness,” said Lynne d Johnson, a senior VP at the Advertising Research Foundation. But “if you are not the Ebony or Essence reader, you are underrepresented. There are other segments within the African-American demographic that are not those or hip-hop.”
(Business Week) –On the cover of a DVD called Hot Ice, Curtis Jackson, the Grammy-winning rapper known as 50 Cent, points an automatic weapon at the camera. He does not look happy, despite the bikini-clad model behind him. During an interview shown on the video, Jackson describes a recent run-in with a rival rapper: “I hit him. But I hit him ’cause what he was sayin’ was tellin’ me to hit him.” Later he details how he took the rival rapper’s jewelry. Boasts Jackson, who owns boxer Mike Tyson’s former Connecticut estate and has a net worth estimated at up to $100 million: “He ended up giving me two watches in order to get the chain back.”
Look for price to continue to play a role in 2010, as labels deal with budget-conscious consumers with high expectations. Insiders predict it will be another year of shifting fortunes as retro brands re-emerge and more underground labels make their mark on a wider audience. One thing is for sure, things aren’t slowing down. “In young men’s, the trends are a lot faster than they used to be,” said Jahna. “So as a retailer, you have to be really quick and on top of your game to keep the younger customers in your stores.”