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Carolina’s first Black-owned TV network reaches 1.3 million households without cable subscriptions

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owners of the Carolinas first black owned TV network Owners Romona and Michael Woods have placed into service
the first Black-owned television network serving the Carolinas….. full story

Highlights: you do not need to be a cable subscriber; access by converter boxes
and digital antennae; features original programming and a small business showcase series;
Black Television Network (BTN) focuses primarily on the community; the
potential audience size is 4.2 million….


Written by BostonMurrell

September 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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As National Urban League delegates depart, the Boston black digerati rolled in this..

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Featuring Boston Black digerati: The Blackstonian, Bostonoffline, Eworkstyle, Ethnic Online, YPULEM & Talia Whyte with a mention about where to see Urban League financial information regarding use of funds in Boston.

+ + (9 hrs ago) This may have been the last tweet from the official social media speaker of the National Urban League 2011: JOBS Rebuild America Boston Conference

( ) and we quote….

” “National Urban League  @NatUrbanLeagueNational Urban League 2011 Conference comes to a close!  ( in Boston, July 27-30th). Thanks for everything BAH-STAN @ULEM, it’s been an empowered time!  (2012), See you in New Orleans! #NUL11” ”

### Black digerati roll Boston:
As a special gift to conference delegates from out of town, the Greater Boston community and for independent business owners,  The BlackStonian  media operation released  a special Guide To Black Boston Business Guide.
Buy it here, all year – its only a $1.00 online and well worth it!

REPORTERS REALLY DEVELOPED, RESEARCHED AND PUBLISHED PRINT, WEB  & VIDEO STORIES ABOUT  the conference from a Black (Roxbury) perspective that are unique. 

### was on it!  announcing winners and plugging their favorite teams at Saturday’s Entrepreneur’s $10K business plan award session. View the BostonOffline tweet stream  of event coverage, party scenes and more.  BostonOffline has an interesting entrepreneur’s working group called ECHO. Its a support network and looking good. Give them a shout out too.


I dodged her request for an on-camera interview..there she was with microphone battling it out with the big media production crews at SOBB Hynes and doing it well!  The impressive, independent  Talia Whyte served as a one-woman field production crew feeding hi-quality content into the social networks of Urban League national and YPN local.
She’s an innovative  social media technology instructor, an ex-Jamaicaway Books sales associate and one to watch regardless if she is conducting classes at BNN-TV, supporting Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Young Professionals group ( did you know if you are 21-42 years of age you can be a YPer? ) or following her other passions.  Bookmark!/taliawhyte

ETHNIC ONLINE staged  the  Seaport Hotel “End of Summer Party Friday night.” It stood out with the entertaining performances of SINBAD and Ledisi with Eric Bennet to close out the week.  Bookmark


To Be Sure, There were a Million “Happy Moments”created by conference supporters and organizers this year!#  YPNULEM is the Twittertimeline ( they have a web site too) for the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts team and it shows.

# To wit: this Blackstonian story  titled ” 7/30/2011 – Urban League Convention Held In Boston Missed Opportunities for Black Boston has some legs too.

Blackstonian named and quoted black Boston business people you are likely to know.  The focus of it was on what Black Boston independent business owners said about consultant, supplier and vendor contracting with ULEM business officials procuring the services for insuring that Boston’s hosting of the National Urban League Conference 2011: JOBS Rebuild America had the products, services and talent it needed. Oh no they didn’t get paid! Oh no they didn’t according to the article.
Remember,  private companies and non-profits does not have to institute open bidding on contracts, but at end of the year, a non-profit such as ULEM Boston must file financials. The independent non-profit filing site is going to have it as will the Corporate Records Division at the State of Massachusetts.    An annual report must be filed and its available online with certain documents but to see more, learn more, you’ll have to take a trip down to the Secretary of State’s office.

The Urban League has been fund raising for over 100 years and overstand the game, to our benefit of course. Funders will often require restrictions on public disclosure about use of their donations and investments.

The headquarters are located at Urban League: 120 Wall Street,  New York, NY 10005 ,  ph: (212) 558-5300,  fax: (212) 344-5332

If your mind is twisting cause you want to see every single line-item of the UL Boston’s conference week, forget about it! You’ll never know.

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts may wish to release, through its Housing and Economic Investment CAC, a high-level summary breakdown of the financial receipts and spending allocated to the July 27-30th National Conference and July 28th, 2011.

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Stats that will blow you away

They said: 

Economically, it makes sense to increase our market share as a convention and tourism destination for diversity and attract our share of the $270 billion spent each year in the country by this market segment.They are:

Boston City Councilor and the first African American woman elected to the council, Ayanna Pressley is vice chair of the Council’s Arts, Film, Humanities & Tourism Committee and James Rooney is executive director of the MCCA. MCCA is the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

From our archives —

400,000 African Americans visited Boston and Massachusetts (pdf) 
 and were 2.7% of all domestic travel visits to the state that year.  –  Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism survey, 2003.

2011 – From the EWorkstyle Urban Events editor’s desk

Media CAC ( community advisory committee ) at work already and here’s what’s up.

This link carries you direct to a broad, comprehensive look at people who volunteered on the State of Black Boston 2011 media advisory committee.

Members were selected by the media chair of ULEM. Members constituted CAC, the community advisory committee.

Its goal was to consolidate points of view from previous Boston public gathering where the issue of Boston Black media was discussed, then place onto a long list some things blacks in Boston can do better in media.

That list was edited and published in the official State of Black Boston 2011 SOBB2011 report executive summary booklet distributed at conference locations. You can also download it online below.

In the reporting by Eworkstyle publisher and media consultant Paula Robinson-Deare, see SOBB media group volunteers and expert panelists:  Janine  Fondon of Unity First, Kelly Chunn of Kelly Chunn Associates, Howard Manly of the Bay State Banner The Boston Banner, Melody Adams, the ULEM media panel chairperson and host of “Speak Up Boston,” Manolina Charlotin, Haitian Reporter newspaper / DOTnews, William Murrell, III producer of the blackBoston online mashups: / / / @blackboston on Twitter;  and Karl Nurse, Karen Holmes Ward, Collette Phillips, Jackie Jenkins-Scott.



Written by BostonMurrell

July 31, 2011 at 9:29 am

the few who control the media and a non-profit

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Would you want to see COMCAST buy NBC News, MSNBC,  CNBC, the Spanish-language Telemundo network, and the USA and Bravo cable channels with one fat check?  Gee whiz! They just might do it soon.

Investing in the Online Newspaper

This article mentions  investors by name who are buying and building online newspaper businesses. You can read about current  projects and learn about non-profit companies that have been formed from the investments.  In one business plan,  $5 million in private money was put up for 120 journalism students to work with a radio station with 28 reporters to make an online newspaper.

Journalism Online is another well capitalized effort. They are dead set on taking over the hosting of newspaper web sites so they can insure they’ll get paid when they get read.  On a their sites, a  consumer would  sign up  for annual or monthly subscriptions, day passes, and single articles from multiple publishers.  The publishers set the prices and viewing options.

The Black Press Boston Update

The Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall has a 200-320 capacity space.  It can be configured for a variety of events such as conference.  On September 30th it was reported that 200 people met with the operators of the Boston Banner newspaper, to conference with them about their plans for becoming a continued success story.  { ]

There’s a directory of black newspapers all over the country.

What Will People End Up With?

For the past 60 days or so  this writer  turned off the TV set and switched off  Obama bashing radio talk shows.  They were all replaced by my FM/AM battery-operated radio that cost about $19.00 from Radio Shack.  I began paying more attention to my Facebook  newsfeed.  When I glanced at magazine covers or turned their pages at the store,  I rarely bought them.

During my media-blackout, I  would read the NYT, WSJ, the Globe the Herald, etc. but from a distance. I’d  scan them quickly, then put them right back on the shelf where I got them. I brought the Boston Banner, the JP Gazette,  and the Boston Phoenix papers home with me.  I’d stuff  litle LOLA and COLOR magazine into the brief then bring them home as well.

Information Overload

I think a less newsy world is not a bad thing really.

Newspapers in print rarely have been  arranged to give a person exactly what they are looking for.  The online editions aren’t much better. There is some customization but showcasing the ads often trumps the convenience of having a completely user-controlled experience when you view the material online.

I think print or electronic information that provides an answer to what people are looking for is something people want and likely to pay for.   With 411, that happens.

Time after time, I have found information I needed faster by using the Yellow Pages directory, than I have using either Bing, Google or Yahaoo Search Engines.  The advertisers pay for both.

A person called  the other day seeking a “black” investor for his medical device product that would help solve the problem of sexually transmitted diseases.  He wanted a person’s name and contact info.  Frankly, I don’t think a “product” is going to solve that problem but it was an interesting question to pursue getting an answer for.

I had an hour to figure out where to go to obtain a duplicate  social security card the other day in Boston.  I was out and about so I decided to stop by  FEDEX/KINKOS to rent computer time to look it up.   At $0.25 a minute, time flies.   It cost me a bit more than $3  to pin down where Room 148  is in the Tip O’Neil Office Building.  When I got there, the office was closing at 4PM, although their web site said 5PM.   I had 8 minutes left to go but got the deal done.

“Time”  is manufactured by human beings in the UK

I don’t know how much time is left for newspapers to maintain an adequate revenue stream. Its hard to say really but I have seen a few trends that I’d like to remember.

[ here today, gone tomorrow ]

I’ve seen custom wordprocessing shops with people in them charging $1 a page to type pages for you get replaced by computer word processing software.  Seen music recording studios that charge by the hour get replaced by home pc variety ProTools/Logic and Audacity software working in concert with hi-quality portable electronic audio processors.  I’ve seen BYTE magazine, PC WORLD magazine and others like them who thrived on the Mail-Order advertising customer like the DELLs, Gateways and IBMs,  get replaced by online Internet catalog sales, ebay, craigslist and etc.

The last Craigslist Killer

Craigslist by most accounts, is an amazing success story, but on the other hand – they have a hard time controlling SPAM  Listings and its totally pissing off a lot of people.  With newspaper want ad listings THERE IS NO SPAM.  Spam may kill Craigslist.

Written by BostonMurrell

October 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Boston Banner finds funding. State is fixing the Tunnel.

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Can Ya Dig It?
It was July 18th, Saturday morning when  we read that Boston’s invaluable  African-American owned newspaper had made news again with the headline    “Bay State Banner to accept city’s loan offer” in the Boston Globe’s business section.

It was a good day for the Banner and Boston’s Black community!

We don’t read the Globe everyday but we read it often enough and its   Saturday edition is often full of surprises. This Banner story was a good one.  Yeay!

Now on another unrelated note….

The paper’s legal notice page printed  an announcement that may appeal to minority-owned construction contractors.

It was about the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority invitation for bids on Contract #094-581 which is an order for work described as “Ted Williams Tunnel Ceilings Remediation and Anchor Testing” and the bid  is open to everyone who can do this kind of gig.

Remember,  this may include  part of the section where the  tunnel ceiling  fell, but I have no idea if it does.

Interested contractors may  contact the Office of Contract Administration at the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as soon as possible.

Bids are due August 5th, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.,
address: John T. Driscoll Building, 668 South Avenue, Weston,MA.

The Turnpike Bid offer  is valued at $1.8 mil.


Written by BostonMurrell

July 19, 2009 at 1:37 am

The savers who may invest in the Banner

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savers have a briefcase full of dough

savers have a briefcase full of dough

Got to wonder if an article  like this (“As weekly paper closes, black community loses a voice: Bay State Banner falls victim to the downturn,”  Boston Globe, June 8 2009) will excite  the saver putting money in a savings account at-a-rate-like-no-other-time-in-history,   enough to pull out some to invest in the Boston Banner?

What will they want to know more to do it and is that explained adequately in the article? Probably not!

Tomorrow, the Banner will likely update with more relevant information about their financial situation.

Used to be that Boston banks who loan money to local businesses to cover receivables and such wanted to see $2 in current cash assets for every $1 of the credit line requested, but perhaps times have changed all that.

Media mongul Rupert Murdoch was quoted recently as saying “newspapers have to charge more for content.”  This is probably right, but then again, his Myspace interactive media property has had huge layoffs recently and the digerati on are saying their comeback against FaceBook is next to impossible, even though Myspace revenue from digital sales stretches towards $500 million a year gross.

So what could the average  Boston Banner reader say to help save the Banner?  They could say “no more free newspapers, charge us and we’ll pay.”  Could be a lesson to be learned considering….

If the Boston Banner closes (let’s hope it doesn’t) there will be a slew of minority-culture  indie  publications attempting to  its place.   I do mean “print”  like sheets of paper, not web sites.

Black media web sites in Boston aren’t  newspapers but a lot of people read them.  The Boston Black web cloud is free from the constraints of journalism theory, although they have learned a few tricks from journalists and reporters.

Predictions on possibilities:

Consider  Color Magazine –  they could take on an expansion to capture some of the print territory the Banner leaves behind if they can handle that financially.  The publication is distributed on the street now and in many locations their boxes sit  right beside the Banner’s.  To do so may encourge them to drop the word “magazine” from their title, print less glossy pages and scratch the word “[diversity] as in  hire-me-I’m colored” from their masthead.

Consider  Unity First, a newspaper/magazine that been going strong for at least 20 years. They have a good audience and had roots in Boston.

Can’t leave this post  without mentioning the Dorchester Reporter newspaper.  DR already covers topics  found in the Banner and its a great paper.

Then there is the unique Black Bostonian newspaper which has its own tribe  and voice… The El Planeta / Boston Latino   media orgs – any of these could become players, but will they?

Probably the best possible outcome for continuing operations at the Banner  is to influence a saver, not the VCs, to jump into the pop and help it break through. So saver, when you do it, take away that word “free” on the Banner’s header  and put a price on it.

Boston will pay for the Banner, I think.

Written by BostonMurrell

July 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Boston Banner Bay State Banner Come Back!

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Franklin Park entrance that once stood

Franklin Park entrance that once stood

The power of words.

Candelaria Silva Mourns the Banner in the articleBay State Banner Suspends Publication – Say-it-ain’t so” read full story on her blog.

Excerpt: >>>  There is simply no one to replace what the Banner has done.<<

Ditto , that’s exactly how we feel.
Hurry back Banner.

Written by BostonMurrell

July 7, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Profiling the African American Internet User

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May 22, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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