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Odyssey Media’s Annual IN THE BLACK Tour is BACK!

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Odyssey Media’s Annual IN THE BLACK Tour is BACK!

Odyssey Media™ will launch its Fifth Annual IN THE BLACK™ tour on November 7, 2019 in Fort Pierce, Florida at the Treasure Coast Lexus. The four-city tour presented by The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative, seeks to empower and inspire multicultural-women entrepreneurs nationwide. This year’s additional sponsors include Lexus, Intel, Google and Marriott International. More than 8,000 women have participated in previous IN THE BLACK™ programs in over 30 cities worldwide.

New this year, three minority-owned Lexus dealerships will serve as the backdrop for the IN THE BLACK™ tour with the grand finale taking place in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum. During the tour, entrepreneur hopefuls will take the stage to share their business ideas and take away up to $3,000 in capital. The Keys To Success™ program is a pitch contest by women for women to help kick start their business.

Our fifth-year celebration will include Essence Magazine’s legendary Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor. Also highlighted on the tour is the brand new clothing line from Vanessa Williams featuring a little black dress designed to fit all body types and easily transform from day to night.

Project Runway’s Season 17 finalist, Bishme Cromartie, will share his journey as a fashion designer. Every woman needs the right accessories to finish their signature look, and handbag designer Mark Q. Paige will show off the latest trends from his handbag line.

“Our goal is to continue to create a community where like-minded entrepreneurs can connect, collaborate and network with each other. Thanks to corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, we are able to continue programs, like IN THE BLACK™ and Keys To Success™. These programs teach women how to gain access to capital, coaching and more,” said Linda Spradley Dunn, Founder and CEO of Odyssey Media.

IN THE BLACK™ Tour Dates

November 7 – Fort Pierce, FL | Treasure Coast Lexus

November 12 – Savannah, GA | Chatham Parkway Lexus

November 15 – Oakland, CA | Coliseum Lexus of Oakland

November 17 – FINALE, Detroit, MI | Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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Victory Gardens Presents “The BLACK BEAUTY FESTIVAL” on November 23

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Victory Gardens Presents “The BLACK BEAUTY FESTIVAL” on November 23

Victory Gardens Theater presents the 4th Semi-Annual Black Beauty Festival November 23 from 1:00pm to 8:00pm and November 24 from 12:30pm to 5:30pm in conjunction with The Black Women’s Expo and Black Owned Chicago.

This is their annual Black Beauty Festival’s first holiday edition. Black Beauty Festival: A Soulful Holiday is presented in tandem with the World Premiere of The First Deep Breath, written by Lee Edward Colston II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III at the Victory Gardens Theatre, 2433 N, featuring a showcase of Black owned companies specializing in beauty and wellness products. Avenue of Lincoln.

Black Beauty Festival tickets: A soulful holiday is FREE. RSVP desired, but it was not necessary.

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National Museum Of African American Music Assembles All-Star Band Of Creative Agencies To Launch Grand Opening

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National Museum Of African American Music Assembles All-Star Band Of Creative Agencies To Launch Grand Opening

An award-winning journalist, Johnson first joined The Grio shortly after it launched in August, 2009, as a video journalist and reporter. Johnson has covered a variety of important news events, including trips to Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake, as well as several reports on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Ferguson protests.

Johnson’s original video news features included highlighting exceptional talents such as ballet dancer Misty Copeland and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad before they became superstars. He later served as Sports Editor for The Grio, interviewing star athletes such as LeBron James and Gabby Douglas. Johnson has provided reporting and on-air commentary for MSNBC, CNN, and NBC’s TODAY show.

While at The Grio, Johnson was promoted to Managing Editor, helping guide the news site through multiple transitions before it was acquired by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios in 2016. Prior to his return to The Grio as Chief Content Officer, Johnson served as Editorial Director of NBC BLK, a division of NBC News Digital.

Johnson is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. He currently resides in South Orange, NJ with his wife Monica and three-year-old son, Todd, Jr.

“As our broadcast television, cable networks, motion picture, and digital divisions continue to expand at a rapid pace, the appointment of Todd Johnson to The Grio reflects our commitment to providing the best news and video content for our platforms,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Todd is an amazing executive, and under his leadership The Grio will continue its phenomenal growth.”

“I’m grateful for the tremendous opportunity to lead The Grio,” Todd Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to further elevating The Grio’s voice and branding – to deliver quality content and grow its audience globally.”

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Hires Todd Johnson as Chief Content Officer of The Grio

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Hires Todd Johnson as Chief Content Officer of The Grio

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Entertainment Studios, one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television, with 64 shows on the air, and owner of nine 24-hour HD television networks now serving nearly 160 million subscribers — including The Weather Channel television network and its streaming service Local Now — proudly announces the appointment of Todd Johnson as Chief Content Officer of Allen’s digital media platform, The Grio. Johnson is based at the Entertainment Studios New York City offices.

An award-winning journalist, Johnson first joined The Grio shortly after it launched in August, 2009, as a video journalist and reporter. Johnson has covered a variety of important news events, including trips to Haiti reporting on the devastating earthquake, as well as several reports on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Ferguson protests.

Johnson’s original video news features included highlighting exceptional talents such as ballet dancer Misty Copeland and fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad before they became superstars. He later served as Sports Editor for The Grio, interviewing star athletes such as LeBron James and Gabby Douglas. Johnson has provided reporting and on-air commentary for MSNBC, CNN, and NBC’s TODAY show.

While at The Grio, Johnson was promoted to Managing Editor, helping guide the news site through multiple transitions before it was acquired by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios in 2016. Prior to his return to The Grio as Chief Content Officer, Johnson served as Editorial Director of NBC BLK, a division of NBC News Digital.

Johnson is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. He currently resides in South Orange, NJ with his wife Monica and three-year-old son, Todd, Jr.

“As our broadcast television, cable networks, motion picture, and digital divisions continue to expand at a rapid pace, the appointment of Todd Johnson to The Grio reflects our commitment to providing the best news and video content for our platforms,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. “Todd is an amazing executive, and under his leadership The Grio will continue its phenomenal growth.”

“I’m grateful for the tremendous opportunity to lead The Grio,” Todd Johnson said. “I’m looking forward to further elevating The Grio’s voice and branding – to deliver quality content and grow its audience globally.”

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Entrepreneure Jay Z to be Honored with the Salate to Grammy Icons® Award

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starting a businessENTREPRENEUR AND 21-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER SHAWN “JAY-Z” CARTER TO BE HONORED WITH THE GRAM

MY SALUTE TO INDUSTRY ICONS® AWARD AT THE 2018 PRE-GRAMMY® GALA

CLIVE DAVIS AND THE RECORDING ACADEMY WILL PRESENT GALA ON SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2018, AT SHERATON NEW YORK TIMES SQUARE ON THE EVE OF THE 60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS®

 Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Sheraton New York Times Square, the evening preceding the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. As part of the celebration, entrepreneur and 21-time GRAMMY winner Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter will be recognized as the 2018 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® honoree for his significant contributions to the music industry and his numerous philanthropic endeavors.

Sponsored by Delta, Hilton, JBL By Harman, and Mastercard, the invitation-only Pre-GRAMMY Gala has long been one of the music industry’s most prestigious events, having hosted the industry’s top leaders and welcomed the world’s most talented artists on its stage. For the past decade, the gala has also included a presentation to honor industry luminaries through the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons Award. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Irving Azoff, Martin Bandier, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Lucian Grainge, Debra L. Lee, Doug Morris, Mo Ostin, and Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

“We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to honor JAY-Z with this year’s GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Award. His contributions as an industry trailblazer and music visionary only begin to touch on the tremendous impact he’s made both in entertainment and beyond,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “JAY-Z also embodies the vibrant spirit of New York City and we couldn’t imagine a more fitting honoree as we return to Manhattan for this year’s GRAMMY Awards.

“JAY-Z is a quintessential icon and I couldn’t be happier and more excited to share the evening with him,” said Clive Davis, co-host of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala. “What a night this will be!”

Since 1996, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and 21-time GRAMMY Award winner Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has been a dominant force in popular culture, with multiple businesses and accolades across the recording industry.

Among his achievements, Carter has served as President of Def Jam Recordings, launched the successful Made In America festival, acquired luxury spirits brand Armand De Brignac, and maintains his role as majority owner in the 40/40 sports clubs. In 2013, Carter launched Roc Nation Sports, whose roster includes NBA Champion Kevin Durant and MLB All-Star Robinson Cano. Carter became co-owner in global streaming service, TIDAL, in 2015. In 2017, Carter became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

Carter is active in giving back to the community, most notably through his philanthropic work through the Shawn Carter Foundation. The Foundation, founded in 2002, is dedicated to helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education, encouraging them to tap into their potential. Since the foundation launched, Shawn Carter Scholars are studying at more than 100 institutions of higher education throughout the nation.

 

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Tidal Executive Explains Controversial Tidal Image with No s Employees

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This past week a HUGE controversy took place online when Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce took a picture with Tidal employees sans black participants in the employee group pic.  People were greatly disappointed that Jay Z even did an impromptu freestyle rap about being discriminated against allegedly by iTunes and other streaming companies for promoting Tidal and he brought up the names of tragic police victims like Freddie Gray to make his point.

Over a month ago, Tidal executive Vania Schlogel stated that contrary to what people got from the press video, Jay Z is NOT the sole owner of Tidal. She states that the artists are equal partners in the venture and that Jay-Z’s contribution, $65 Million, with an below-market interest rate to support the company. STILL it DOES raise the question of why a huge corporation like Tidal does not have any black employees with an investment of $65 million and more from other black artists. As the interview was done BEFORE the pic popped up, she does not address. In addition, Jay-Z has also not addressed as of yet. See her previous interview below.

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