The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which hit cable airwaves in 2011, has
been doing quite well lately. In fact, thanks to an increase in show
offerings catered to African American women, the network, which
partnered with Discovery Communications, is now rated number one in
African American female households.
In January, we reported on The Museum of African American History and the $1 million donation it had received from Wells Fargo. Now, the Museum, scheduled to open on September 26, has received another $1 million donation - from software giant Microsoft Corporation.
Former Black College presidents John Garland; Sidney Ribeau; Wayne Watson;
and Dorothy Cowser Yancy recently announced the launch of TM2 Education
Search which provides retained search and leadership development services
targeting Historically Black Colleges & Universities and
Predominantly Black Institutions (the Black College Community).
For the 2008 election and the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama, African
Americans turned out in record numbers nationwide to help elect America's first Black president. This week, civil
rights activists, politicians and concerned citizens launched the Black
Votes Matter Pac in an effort to ensure and maximize the same high
Black voter turnout, particularly in battleground states, for Election 2016.
Classic motion pictures like Mahogany and In the Heat of the Night are
just a taste of the programming that a newly launched African American,
24/7 digital multicast network called “Dream TV” is rolling
out to its potential reach of 18,000,000 subscribers. Network principals say it is the first network to specifically target
African Americans with “traditional and alternative tastes.” Here, in an exciusive interview, we hear from network founder and CEO Chester Jones III.
Next month’s 19th annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, organized
by Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is expected to bring
together thousands of industry leaders who will explore issues vital to
economic progress in African American communities.
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department hosted a ceremony to not only
mark the 150th anniversary of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company
(Freedman’s Bank), but also to name the Treasury Annex building the
Freedman’s Bank Building.
Last summer when news anchor Joy-Ann Reid was removed from the lineup at
MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” was removed from the
station’s daily prime time perch at 6pm to one time a week at 8am on
Sunday morning, they were like the canaries in the mineshaft, early
warning signs that Black commentators and hosts were becoming ever more
scarce on television and in the media in general.