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A few short days from now, thousands of Black folks eager to relax, relate and rejuvenate will flock to The Big Easy for the 2018 Essence Festival, the nation’s premier event dedicated to Black music, film, art, politics, food, fashion and empowerment taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans. Between now and then, Joy Profet,…

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Howard University has had the nation’s only Black-owned public broadcasting station for the past 35 years. The programming produced by WHUT has won Emmy Awards and has been the source of groundbreaking documentaries produced by Black filmmakers. Like many HBCUs, Howard University has had to deal with funding issues, staff cutbacks and infrastructure repair. However,…

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Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson (D) represents a cross section of voters in the diverse 4th Congressional district.   He has held office since 2007 and sits on the US Judiciary Committee on Armed Services and the Committee of the Judiciary. In fiscal year 2016, the US Department of Defense will spend almost $507 million on advertising…

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    Howard University has had the nation;s only Black-owned public broadcasting station for the past 35 years. The programming produced by WHUT has won Emmy Awards and has been the source of groundbreaking documentaries produced by Black filmmakers. Like many HBCUs, Howard University has had to deal with funding issues, staff cutbacks and infrastructure…

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The power of Black American consumers can no longer be ignored. During the 45th Congressional Black Caucus, Nielsen released the report Increasingly Affluent, Educated and Diverse: African-American Consumers — the Untold Story, which details how Black households consume and influence media. Neilsen’s Cheryl Pearson-McNeil recently shared how the report debunked stereotypes and revealed the role diversity…

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A very powerful acquisition that might affect the way Black news is disseminated happened this week. It was announced that Hispanic media giant Univision purchased Black news website The Root.  Although The Root was never a Black-owned media company (common ownership with The Washington Post) it is considered one of the few serious Black news…

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The best ideas are those that stimulate change, encourage honest communications, and create value for an entire culture and community. A great example of this is Common and John Legend’s Grammy Award-winning song, “Glory.” It is a song so powerful that it seemed to put a healing salve on the injuries inflicted by America’s racist past…

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With the ongoing scandal involving the re-emergence of decades old rape allegations, Bill Cosby has once again broken his silence on the issue. This time he spoke to Black media saying that “I only expect the Black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that, you have to go…

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Meet Orlena Blanchard, executive director of Black Media Matters Consortium. Blanchard shared vital information about her organization’s mission with rolling out. Read on for what else she had to say. Please describe your role as CEO. As the executive director of the Black Media Matters Consortium, I represent an alliance of the nation’s leading African…

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PHILADELPHIA – Despite the fact that minorities’ population percentages continue to improve in America, diversity in the mainstream newsrooms nonetheless continues on its uninterrupted downward spiral. And with the popularity and convenience of the internet, newsrooms and magazine editorial departments have shrunken to unprecedented lows. That means even less opportunities for minorities and, more specifically,…

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