Questions & Answers: J.C. Watts
Jan05

Questions & Answers: J.C. Watts

California Black Media’s McKenzie Jackson goes one-on-one with Black Television News Channel co-founder J.C. Watts, for a candid discussion on the vital importance of “culturally-specific” programming for African-American viewers.

Will California viewers be able to watch the Black Television News Channel (BTNC) when it debuts next fall? Along with his partner, veteran Florida television veteran Robert Brillante, former U.S. congressman J.C. Watts has been working tirelessly for six years to ensure that the network he founded in 2008 will be available to the widest possible audience. With a deal already in place at Dish Network, BTNC is eyeing a deal with Comcast that would position the Tallahassee Fla.-based channel to send its signal into the media giant’s top ten U.S. markets by February 2016. As BTNC moves quickly toward its official debut next fall, Watts sat down with California Black Media to discuss the stakes for the nation’s first Black-oriented news channel.

Magic Johnson Joins The Marvel Experience
Jan05

Magic Johnson Joins The Marvel Experience

NBA 2-Time Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson recently confirmed that he has become an investor and Board Member for Hero Ventures’ The Marvel Experience.

“The Marvel Experience is a traveling destination that not only provides unique high quality entertainment for families and fans of all ages but will create jobs in each city that it visits,” said Johnson. “I’m excited to partner with Hero Ventures and bring this affordable entertainment option around the world; specifically to ethnically diverse communities that over-index as followers of the Marvel Super Heroes.

Michael Vick’s Hair Brushes in High Demand
Jan05

Michael Vick’s Hair Brushes in High Demand

New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick’s newest business venture has been making large amounts of dough, according to business media reports. In the past year, the 12-year football veteran bought a 40 percent stake in a hair brush company called “WaveMasterz”—and has seen sales increase dramatically following his endorsement. Vick’s business partner, rapper Bow Bow also invested 10 percent in the company.

Jan05

Calender January 2015

Ongoing

CAAM Courtyard Series: From Women’s Hands
(Through May3, 2015)
Features the art of five women of color who address female presence and agency.
10am–5pm
Free
CA African American Museum
600 State Drive–Exposition Park
Contact: (213) 744-7432
www.caamuseum.org

Bill Cosby Falls From No. 3 Rank Of Most Trusted Celebrity
Dec08

Bill Cosby Falls From No. 3 Rank Of Most Trusted Celebrity

At 77-years-old, Bill Cosby, the once-beloved actor and favorite TV dad has fallen from the American people’s graces. In just under a month, the comedian, who broke racial barriers on television with “The Cosby Show,” slid from third in a list of most trusted celebrities to number 2,615 amidst renewed accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women over many years.

Kirk Franklin’s Next Move
Dec08

Kirk Franklin’s Next Move

It was just last year that Kirk Franklin launched a Sirius XM Praise Channel and partnered with the House of Blues to re-invent its gospel brunch across the nation. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Sunday Best host had partnered with BET on yet another reality show, “Gone Gospel”, but fans are wondering when gospel’s biggest selling artist will release a new album. Well, it appears they might just have to keep wondering.

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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