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Black Media Owners to Candidates: “Show me the Money”

Rep. Alcee Hastings leafs through Florida’s Westside Gazette and Miami Times

Presidential candidates and political action committees are expected to spend almost $2 billion in media buying.  Black-owned media outlets, according to news reports, will not profit from that ad revenue.   Leaders of Black media owners’ association say during President Obama’s two successful campaigns, black-owned media outlets didn’t net much political advertising revenue and 2016 presidential campaigns is proving to be worse.   High-profile political consultants say campaigns aren’t ignoring black media, they’re following the African-American audiences to the corporate/white-owned media outlets.   According to The News Tribune, the Clinton Campaign have run a few ads with black-owned media but they will place the majority of ads on OWN and run ads with shows that have large African-American audiences such as Empire, Wendy Williams and the Steve Harvey Show.

Read more at the link below.

Source: Black-owned media wonder, Where are the campaign ads?

Black Community Seeks Balanced News

Tired of mainstream media snubbing the positive events and only covering criminal activity in Indianapolis, Indiana’s black neighborhoods; Gregory Meriweather launched “Black on Black” radio show in 2015.  Streaming through the website  the radio show, with the tagline “us helping us” has the goal to change the landscape of the Indianapolis black community through open lines of communication.

For more information on airtime:

email: phone: 317.493.1192

Source: Seeking validation from our oppressors

A Return to Print? Not Exactly

Traditional publishers are holding on, but e-books keep evolving.

eBook sales on the decline?  It depends on whose digital inventory we’re measuring, says Bloomberg columnist Justin Fox.  If we ask independent authors versus traditional book publishers the sales figures vary greatly.  Possibly the sales appear to be falling because the Big 5 publishing houses price its eBooks at a much higher price than you’ll find kindle books and self-published digital books.  Higher prices equal fewer sales but big 5 publishers aren’t the only game in town. Therefore, having only their sales dictate what is selling and what isn’t may be a bit disingenuous.

Source: A Return to Print? Not Exactly

Blacks Showcase at Book Expo 2016 In Chicago

Blacks Showcase at Book Expo 2016 In Chicago by Kai EL’Zabar BookExpo America (BEA) 2016 is hosted in Chicago this week Wednesday May 11 through  Friday May 13 at McCormick Place. It  is the …

One of the gems at the Book Expo is the AALBC–African American Literature Book Club) represented by its founder Troy Johnson.  Started in 1997, today the is a widely recognized source of author profiles, book and film reviews, book recommendations, event information, discussion forums, writer resources, interviews, articles, videos, and more.  AALBC targets primarily a middle-aged African-American female demographic. It previously sold books through the affiliate program, and then started to operate its own warehousing and distribution program. It is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited, web site dedicated to books by or about people of African descent. For more information about . .

Source: Blacks Showcase at Book Expo 2016 In Chicago

African American News Media: Fact Sheet

Pew Research center reports Black-owned Newspapers are now mostly community weeklies and circulation holds steady among those that are audited.

Magazine circulation is down for the 4 big publications Ebony, Jet, Essence, Black Enterprise.

Digital news and community platforms catering to African-American readers is up on computers but African-Americans spend less time on mobile devices.  As for Broadcast television in 2015 there were 12 black-owned television stations; 7 of which are owned by political commentator Armstrong Williams. The first and only public broadcasting station, WHUT, licensed to and operated by Historically Black College and University is currently up for sale.

Source: African American News Media: Fact Sheet

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