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Present-Day Media Moguls Talk The Future Of Black Media And Advertising

Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of present-day media moguls to get their hot takes on how you can find your way into brand deals, TV castings, and a PAID influencer/celebrity status? On the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money, AfroTech taps in with Ahmed Islam, CEO at Ten35, a full-service advertising company that leans into the culture, Michelle Ghee, CEO at Ebony / Jet, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, CEO at MediaCo, and Detavio Samuels, CEO at REVOLT. This conversation was recorded at the inaugural AfroTech Executive held in Los Angeles, CA.

Shanique Yates

Mar 30, 2022

REVOLT Welcomes New Hires To Advance Plans In Metaverse

REVOLT is welcoming new hires. According to information provided to AfroTech, the company is welcoming Diondre Lewis — who will serve as the company’s chief technology officer — and Chantelle Silveira, who will serve as Senior Vice President of Product. Lewis and Silviera will pioneer change within the media industry and lead technological advancements. “I’m excited to be a part of REVOLT at such a pivotal inflection point in the history of the company. We are sitting at the confluence of Black culture, media, and technology and we have a unique opportunity to combine all these forces and scale globally,“ Lewis said in a statement provided exclusively to AfroTech. REVOLT plans to stay ahead of industry trends and believes the strategic hires will advance the company’s goal to promote wealth building for its community in the real world and within the Metaverse. “REVOLT aspires to be a wealth-building engine for our community so, strategically, we have to build a business that can...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 4, 2022

From ‘Billionaire Boys’ To Veteran CEOs, Inaugural AfroTech Executive Gathered Some Of Tech’s Biggest Power Players

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know there’s been a diversity, equity and inclusion problem going on in tech for quite some time now, and not addressing it is not going to make it go away. With the inaugural AfroTech Executive — held on Aug. 28, 2021 — AfroTech and Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun did the opposite. Instead of ignoring the problem and failing to address it, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, AfroTech brought together some of tech’s biggest power players in one room to discuss how to move the needle. From venture capitalists and angel investors to startup founders and tech moguls, and of course, corporate executives like EBONY and JET CEO Michele Ghee, AfroTech Executive made sure everyone was in the room to talk about how how to progress as a collective. Basically, in the words of Ghee, a diversity, equity and inclusion champion herself, we could preach to the “choir all day” long amongst ourselves, but we cannot accomplish anything alone. “It’s important...

Micah Kimberley

Sep 2, 2021

Diddy Appoints Detavio Samuels and Colin McIntosh to Lead the Revolution at REVOLT

The revolution will be televised! Sean “Diddy” Combs has the Midas touch when it comes to longevity in an industry that most predicted wouldn’t be around forever. In 2020, reports revealed that Hip-Hop is America’s favorite and most influential genre thus far and the numbers don’t lie. Just like Diddy has an eye for musical talents, he has an eye for an executive team that will take his leading Black-owned media company, REVOLT, to revolutionary heights. Detavio Samuels and Colin McIntosh understand that they have a role to fulfill as the new leaders of REVOLT and they’re prepared to do it by any means necessary. “The mission is to create the largest Black global media empire that ever existed,” said Samuels, who has been appointed to CEO of the company, “and in that world, we can take care of our people.” McIntosh adds the title of Chief Operating Officer to his current position as  REVOLT’s Chief Financial Officer. “We want to build a platform for creators,” said McIntosh in an...

Shanique Yates

Mar 12, 2021

REVOLT'S Detavio Samuels Has the Blueprint For Black Creative Success

It’s no secret that Black people have always and continue to drive the culture. From catchphrases to hashtags, with the invention of social media just came more innovative ways for us to influence the culture, but at what cost? Detavio Samuels, co-head of REVOLT — the media and television network founded by hip-hop mogul Diddy — dropped by on the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money. He shares the keys to staying ahead of the curve as Black creatives and how Black media companies can sustain growth and scale against a system that was never built for us to succeed. “It’s incredibly hard to trademark or capitalize off of catchphrases or hashtags,” he tells BTGM host Will Lucas. “As a creative, you should be thinking about what the end product of whatever idea it is that you’re creating and do your best to think about how you monetize it before throwing it out into the world.” Samuels stresses the importance of not only having a clear plan for monetization but being clear about...

Shanique Yates

Jan 9, 2021