Cathy Hughes continues to make strides in radio. The UrbanOne founder was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame, making her the first Black woman to be inducted into the radio category.
Per the official press release, Hughes grew Urban One, formerly known as Radio One, into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. The company is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. As such, Hughes became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by Alfred Liggins III, Hughes’ son.
Urban One, Inc. also owns TV One, a television network serving more than 60 million households, and maintains controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), which provides several syndicated programs, including the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The company also provides social content, news, information and entertainment through its digital platform, iOne Digital, with popular websites including “Cassius” and “Bossip.” Urban One maximizes its reach to more than 80 percent of the African-American market by offering cross-platform marketing opportunities with its marketing firm, One Solution. (read more)
In 2004, Daniel Dae Kim and his wife and two children moved to Honolulu for a month while he shot the pilot episode for Lost. He thought at the time that if the show got cancelled, at least he could say they lived in Hawaii for a month. That one month turned into two, and then three, and then a year, and then a few more. 15 years later, Kim and his family are still there.
“There’s this thing called the Aloha Spirit which is actually real,” Kim explained to me recently over the phone. “There’s a kindness to the people here that I hadn’t experienced in other places where I’ve lived.”
Although he still owns a home in Los Angeles and often travels for work, Hawaii is Kim’s home base. Growing up as a minority in a Pennsylvania steel town, Kim is comfortable now in a place with a robust Asian-American community. Diversity and representation is important to Kim, both in life and at work. (read more)
Beyoncé recently made headlines for a major partnership with Adidas. Through the partnership, Beyoncé will have the ability to create apparel and footwear for the company and there will be a relaunch of her Ivy Park brand, which was previously sold at Top Shop. Following the headlines of the new partnership with the superstar, a video started circulating the internet where ESPN’s Nick DePaula alleges that Beyoncé declined a partnership with Reebok based on the lack of diversity of the staff members. DePaula says in the now viral video that Beyoncé told Reebok staff members that ‘Nobody in this room reflects my background, my skin color, and where I’m from and what I want to do.’ Using Beyoncé as the face of a new product may come off as inauthentic if the creators and designers of the product are not diverse themselves. While the veracity of these claims has yet to be verified and Reebok put out a statement to debunk the myths of Beyoncé walking out of the Reebok meeting, the whole situation brings up an important issue that many companies are currently facing when it comes to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and that is a lack of diversity. Companies should ensure that their employees are from diverse backgrounds, which has become especially important to consumers. What are some ways that organizations can increase diverse representation to encourage profitability and productivity? (read more)
But according to ESPN writer Nick DePaula, Beyoncé also met with Under Armour, the Air Jordan people at Nike, and Reebok, but she didn’t like Reebok’s lack of diversity so she left the meeting.
“She had a meeting at Reebok and they had a whole presentation of everything, potential products, how this could all look, and she kind of took a step back and said ‘Is this the team that will be working on my product?’” DePaula told the hosts of ESPN’s “The Jump.” (read more)
At the National Association of Theatre Owners’ annual CinemaCon in Las Vegas one thing rang true with movie distributors and theater owners alike — more diversity means more money.
The annual convention is a chance for Hollywood executives and local cinema owners to mingle, celebrate the successes of the year prior and prep for the year to come. 2018 was a banner year for the industry, as ticket sales in the U.S. and abroad smashed records.
The year also marked a changing tide in the types of films that can now be considered blockbuster-worthy. In the past, diverse casting has been reserved for low-budget indie films and Oscar-aspiring period pieces and biopics.
“Black Panther” changed that tune.
The superhero flick, which had a predominantly African American cast, garnered more than $1.34 billion at the global box office.
Its director, Ryan Coogler, was the second black director to direct a film that has crossed the billion-dollar mark, and now holds the title for highest-grossing film by a black director. F. Gary Gray was the first black director to reach that distinction with “The Fate of the Furious” in 2017.
ANDREW YOUNG: He knew when he was going to Memphis he was going to his death. And he’d always said, you know, death is the ultimate democracy. Everybody’s going to die, and you don’t have anything to say about when you die or how you die or where you die. You can only choose what it is you give your life for.
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That was former ambassador Andrew Young talking about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Andrew Young was King’s chief strategist with the SCLC — the Southern Christian Leadership Conference — during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Google released its annual diversity report, revealing modest gains by women, Black+ and Latinx+ groups in hiring in 2018 and overall representation in 2019.
The tech giant’s results mirrored those recently reported by other companies in the sector, such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest: slow progress and acknowledgement of the need to do more.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are business imperatives for Google. They improve outcomes for our employees, our products and our users,” vice president of employee engagement Danielle Brown and global director of diversity, equity and inclusion Melonie Parker said in the report’s introduction. “That’s why we are building on last year’s enhanced strategy, with clear lines of accountability for Google’s leaders. We are committed to a set of goals to increase workforce representation and to create a more inclusive culture.”
Women currently make up 31.6% of the tech giant’s global workforce, up from 30.9% in 2018. (read more)
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) today announced the kick-off of its new national “Know the Numbers” campaign to raise awareness about how prostate cancer disproportionately affects African American men, who are 76 percent more likely to be diagnosed than men of other ethnicities, 2.2 times more likely to die of the disease and are 23% more likely to present with advanced/metastatic disease. The campaign, themed “Know the Numbers,” encourages men and their families to understand their risks and to take proactive measures to protect their health. (read more)
The visual media company, beauty brand and creative agency teamed up on #ShowUs, a collection of 5,000 gorgeous images representing female-identifying and nonbinary individuals of all ages, skin tones, sizes, ages and abilities from all over the world, and all taken by female photographers. The photos are available for purchase as stock imagery, meaning they can be used in things like projects, media and advertisements. (read more)