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After Black Media Companies Applied Pressure on GM For a Week, the Motor Company is Devoting More Ad Dollars to Them

Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors (GM), is under fire after the leaders of several Black-owned media companies accused her of racism for refusing to meet with them. The leaders blasted Barra in a full page advertisement in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, the outlet reported, which included an open letter that said she has refused to meet with them “consistently, over time and after multiple requests.” The ad was signed by the heads of seven Black-owned media companies, including Ice Cube, founder of Cubevision; Byron Allen, head of Allen Media Group; and former NBA player Ulysses Bridgeman, owner of Ebony and Jet magazines. The leaders originally demanded an hour-long Zoom meeting with Barra and GM executives in the ad and asked that GM allocate at least 5 percent of its ad budget to Black-owned media companies. The group said they would like to see Barra’s resignation if these demands weren’t met. “You stand on stage, after the death of George Floyd, saying, ‘Black Lives...

Apr 2, 2021

11 Black Creatives and Media Moguls in the Making to Watch Out For in 2021

If we’ve learned anything about Black creatives this year, it’s that they undeniably hold the strength and will persevere even in the face of adversity. During such unprecedented times — a global health pandemic, social reckoning, and an uncertain future — Black creatives have been the backbone of inspiring joy and inspiration. The influence of Black culture is felt everywhere on a global scale — from beauty and fashion to music and entertainment. The Black creatives who have flourished tremendously in 2020 are for sure destined for great things in the new year. Below are just a handful of some of the budding Black creators and media moguls in the making who need to be on your radar for 2021 and beyond: Danielle Young Photo Credit: Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images Journalist, writer, host, and digital content creator Danielle Young is a woman whose talents know no limits. When the pandemic first hit, Young did the one thing she does best — create. Her Instagram Live series, “Real Quick,”...

Dec 30, 2020

Charlamagne Tha God Renews and Extends iHeartMedia Relationship With New Five-Year Deal

Pioneering Radio Hall of Famer and multimedia mogul Charlamagne Tha God has inked a new deal with iHeartMedia that has him moving up the ladder. This week, iHeartRadio announced that the media company has both renewed and extended its relationship with Charlamagne in a new five-year agreement that includes a new job title and continued tenure on award-winning show, Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club.” Under this five-year deal, Charlamagne will continue his trademark interview style at the nationally-syndicated radio show and also fulfill his duties in his new role as Senior Creative Officer of Cultural Content and Programming.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) “I give my sincerest thanks to iHeart for empowering me over the past decade to be the best talent that I can be, and for honoring me as an owner and executive,” Charlamagne said in a statement. “I love the audio business and iHeart is the biggest and best audio company in the world. As...

Dec 9, 2020