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Emerging Media Platform AMAKA Studio is Amplifying Stories Centered Around Pan-African Womanhood

The importance of representation within media publications is the reason why we’ve seen so many outlets successfully flourish for catering to  underrepresented audiences. For AMAKA Studio — a brand new digital media publisher that recently launched on International Women’s Day — its sole mission is dedicated to celebrating stories centered around Pan-African womanhood and those across the diaspora. As a multimedia platform, AMAKA Studio aims to break new ground for African women that provides a space where their culturally-relevant experiences, needs, and interests are being amplified for the world to see from the perspectives of women of their communities. With Nigerian-American journalist and media maven Ivie Ani leading the publication as editor-in-chief, the platform has an overarching goal to bridge the gap between North and Sub-Saharan Africa and expand the media landscape for African women empowerment. Photo Credit: Robert Mayer In this new role, Ani brings with her years of...

Njera Perkins

Mar 19, 2021

This Founder Created Melanin Moms Media to Connect Women of Color to Brands and Help Drive Revenue

In celebration of Black History Month, marketer and social influencer LaToyia Dennis launched a digital advertising and marketing firm for women of color. The national boutique firm coined Melanin Moms Media specializes in connecting women of color to brands and events to help drive revenue for those mom bloggers and influencers from marginalized backgrounds. Dennis was inspired to launch the firm after seeing the lack of resources and income opportunities for minority women in the economy. “Since joining the mom influencer community four years ago, I have met many amazing moms of color with stellar content that are still passed over for campaigns,” said Dennis in a press release. “With my experience in advertising sales, sponsorship activation, event production, and brand engagement, I decided the time was right to start a company that pulled my experience, expertise, and passion together to help moms of color influence the world. My mission is to help moms live a life of purpose,...

Michelai Graham

Feb 13, 2021

These 10 Innovative Black Women Are Bringing Sneaker Culture to the Digital World

Sneaker culture has become a widespread phenomenon in the digital age that was brought to life via the internet. Sneakerheads have existed long before digital media became popularized, but platforms such as Instagram, Tumblr, and others gave them a place to thrive and connect. Though sneaker culture continues to grow and expand through different avenues, one thing remains unchanged — women, especially Black women, are still fighting their way into the “boys club.” “I’ve noticed that Black women, rather than waiting for major corporations to co-sign them, are actually creating their own spaces, platforms and events,” shared Robyn Mowatt — former sneaker columnist/ associate editor at HYPEBAE and current OkayPlayer staff writer. “This means that they’re taking control of their narratives and also making space for the next generation of young women to have ownership of streetwear/sneaker culture on their own terms,” she added. No longer needing approval from the industry’s gatekeepers,...

Njera Perkins

Oct 12, 2020

ViacomCBS, iHeartMedia Ink 3-Year Deal to Produce Dozens of Original Podcasts

The world of podcasts is getting a huge push in 2020, and now mega-media companies are getting in on the fun too. This week, mass entertainment companies ViacomCBS and iHeartMedia announced a three-year joint deal that includes a slate of over a dozen original podcasts based under both brands, Variety reports . According to a news release , the three-year pact calls on iHeartMedia — the biggest global commercial podcast publisher — to produce both new podcasts and shows associated with ViacomCBS’s portfolio of channels that span across different genres, including music, comedy, pop culture, and history. “We are excited to partner with iHeartMedia, the leading global commercial podcast publisher to expand our hit shows and IP into hit franchises,” said Keyes Hill-Edgar, chief operating officer of ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group, in a statement . “iHeart’s wide distribution and availability across a number of leading platforms align well with our global reach and audiences.”...

Njera Perkins

Sep 10, 2020

Ivie Ani is Mastering the Art of Having Critical Conversations Across Digital Platforms

The digital age of journalism has birthed a new generation of writers who have a contemporary medium for storytelling and news reporting. Digital journalism not only changed the way we consume news but also changed the way journalists distribute their editorial work. Today journalists face the task of navigating social platforms to amplify their work. As social media plays a huge role in news reporting now, it also muddies the space for journalism to have a place to thrive on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Journalist, writer, editor, and on-air commentator, Ivie Ani is a well-respected figure in journalism who uses her various platforms to speak on media, journalism, identity, pop culture, hip hop, the diaspora, music, and history. As a role model for passionate journalists, she’s been able to create purpose behind her work to have a lasting impact on the culture. With a formal background in print journalism from New York University, Ani has a unique view...

Njera Perkins

May 27, 2020

Mouse Jones Aims to Disrupt the Digital News Space With 'Quarantine Nightly'

If quarantine has proven anything, it’s that Black people can be beyond innovative even under pressure. COVID-19 shut down a lot of things, but for this media personality, it’s still business as usual. Professional host Mouse Jones has taken over several mediums in the digital space since he first stepped foot into the industry. As a hip hop and cultural figure, he’s made it his business to be the voice of his generation, speaking on all things important to the Black community. His new nightly news podcast — “ Quarantine Nightly ” — is his latest venture where he reports on all things concerning Black culture that mainstream media omits. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mouse Jones (@mouse_jones) In an effort to maintain his digital platform, the Trap Karaoke host created a new means of highlighting stories in our culture that people should know about. Podcasting, his preferred digital medium, largely attributes to Jones’ success as a host. “Podcasting is a vehicle to go...

Njera Perkins

May 19, 2020

This Entrepreneur Sealed a Deal With BET While Working to Build Her Own Creative Universe

Content creator and director Jourdan Guyton does not believe in the word “no.” Throughout her career as an actress and content creator for network television, she longed to see programs that reflected the stories and the faces of women who looked like her. Tired of waiting, she decided to take the reins. Guyton and a former colleague from her television past joined forces to explore programming beyond network television. In 2017, the pair launched “Two Grown,” a web series that explores the hijinks of two young women of color experiencing the personal and professional highs and lows of life in New York. “The web series space leaves room for full and vast credibility. You can tell stories that aren’t limited the way they are in mainstream media. It’s a powerful platform for people of color, because it’s not limited in space or duration,” according to Guyton. When “Two Grown” began, the two co-creators took on multiple roles in front of and behind the camera, along with a small crew....

Emily Adeyanju

Feb 11, 2020

Alphonso Morris Wants to Bring EdTech to Everyone as a Product Designer at Coursera

Alphonso “Fonz” Morris is a senior product designer at Coursera, one of the world’s largest EdTech platforms. We sat down to talk to him about his journey and his vision for the company and himself. The Beginning Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Fonz made his way to the south in search of higher education at the historically Black Morehouse College. As a self-described “engineering-minded kind of kid,” his childhood dream was to become an architect. However, when he got to college, a computer science career seemed to have more potential than an architectural one. While at Morehouse, he also participated in a study-abroad program at Oxford University, where he studied art history and visited some of the world’s most iconic museums and galleries. Although he began his computer science degree at Morehouse, he later transferred to Georgia State after two years because he could no longer afford tuition. While he made this move purely out of financial necessity, he believes everything worked...

Colleen Williams

Nov 5, 2019

Issa Rae Diversifies Her Portfolio With Streamlytics And Angela Benton

2019 has been a busy year for actor and producer Issa Rae, and it seems she has no intention of slowing down. Issa has acquired a minority stake in L.A-based streaming startup Streamlytics , which is lead by serial entrepreneur Angela Benton. Angela Benton, a Silicon Valley powerhouse, founded at least two other companies before starting Streamlytics in 2018.  She’s also served in advisory capacities for several other startups, including NewME, a startup accelerator for minority founders . Under her leadership, the accelerator assisted entrepreneurs from underrepresented demographics in raising over $47MM in venture capital funding. According to Streamlytic’s website, their goal is “to level the playing field by democratizing access to streaming media data for both users and companies who want to leverage it.” NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 25: Issa Rae attends Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty...

Colleen Williams

Sep 25, 2019

Lagos-based Data Technology Firm Terragon Acquires Bizense

Terragon Group, a Lagos-based data technology firm, recently announced they purchased Bizense, a Singapore-based mobile technology company, in a cash and stock deal. The deal is the first of its kind in Africa, according to the company. The acquisition will allow Terragon to leverage Bizense’s expertise in mobile advertising and targeting technologies in key Asian markets where the Nigerian data analytics firm has consumer data research and development teams. “This move has been a long time coming as it will strengthen the company’s technology offerings to its clients,” said Terragon co-founder Ayodeji Balogun in a press release. “We are united by a common culture of innovating game-changing mobile solutions – this is the unique differentiator.” Terragon provides businesses insights for Africa’s mobile users with products designed to help clients connect with millions of consumers. The acquisition will help the company scale its digital transformation and data monetization service...

Jenna Chambers

Nov 19, 2018

Warner Music Group Acquires UPROXX To Expand Reach

UPROXX, an entertainment and pop culture news site known for having a young, digital audience and expanding into Snapchat original series’ such as F That With Vince Staples or the Emmy-nominated basketball docu-series Us Against The World, was recently acquired by Warner Music Group. “Over the past years, we’ve won the trust of our audience, along with numerous industry accolades, because of our understanding of culture, entertainment, and marketing – an approach that’s rooted in authenticity and transparency,” said UPROXX CEO Benjamin Blank in a statement. “With Warner Music Group, we just doubled down on that formula and are now able to deliver more to our audience and partners with even more access and at much bigger scale.” Blank will continue to run the platform as CEO and Chief Creative alongside publisher Jarret Myer. This acquisition follows the news earlier this year that WMG purchased Songkick, a concert discovery app. “With this acquisition, we grow our significance as a...