In 2015, there were 12 Black-owned television stations.
There was a publicly-traded Black-operated radio/TV network, a Black-owned business/financial magazine, a morning news show, and an HBCU-operated and licensed public broadcast television station.
Unfortunately, In 2017, TV One canceled NewsOne, the morning show with Roland Martin. The historically Black college and the university-operated public broadcasting station was on the auction block in 2015. By 2017, the trustees rescinded the offer.
There are no Black-owned daily newspapers. Nor is there a Black-owned 24-hour news channel. Although Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University /FAMU) was expected to launch one in 2015.
According to the Blacknewschannel.com site, the launch date is November 15, 2019, at 6 AM.
This media Black-out has forced Black America to cover its eyes as mainstream media plays fast and loose with Black images. Especially, televised public executions of Black men. Those murders run in heavy rotation during the 24-hour news cycle.
In contrast, an enemy combatant beheading his Anglo captive comes with an apology.
“We, here at [insert news station] have chosen not to show the footage out of respect for the family and small children who may be watching.”
Well, where’s the respect for the Black family, or Black children?
Who manages the media images of African Americans?
Who controls the narrative?
Who speaks for African Americans?
Or is corporate media acting as a ventriloquist for Black America? We want to know the answers.
So, we put the spotlight on Black-owned mass media and non-Black owned media outlets responsible for amplifying the voice and concerns of the African American community in North America.
We also look at how Black Americans consume media. We examine the media executive’s role in providing a voice for minority issues. And how their decision-making affects the African American community.
Africans already lost history in America, once. We must keep track of record keepers today.