Black Owned Media Companies Come Together For A Conversation On The State Of The Industry

we the media


Nov. 9 2017, Published 9:45 a.m. ET

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In 2017, media is more powerful than ever, but did you ever take a moment to think about who is at the helm of those companies? More often than not, they are white men.

It’s rare for even women focused media companies for a woman to be at the top. For Black media, many of them have been bought out. So, what media companies for women are actually run by women? Well two of them, CRWN Magazine and (my company) Her Agenda actually exist in the same office space. Also in that same office space is an independent Black owned publishing company called Bleu, and the venture backed, Black millennial media platform Blavity. That office space is Alley, and that is where we hosted our very first collaborative conversation titled We The Media. The conversation was moderated by our good friend, and talented on-air journalist Gia Pepper.

Check out a few highlights below of our conversation. The full video will be posted here soon!

Rhonesha Byng, Founder of Her Agenda

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Devon Johnson, Founder of Bleu Magazine 

Lindsey Day, co-founder CRWN Magazine

Jonathan Jackson, co-founder Blavity

Full panel video coming soon!

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By: Rhonesha Byng

Rhonesha Byng is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda— a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. The site provides access to content and community that gives millennial women access to information and inspiration to help them get started or to move to the next level of their career. Rhonesha is an Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto served as the inspiration for Her Agenda. Rhonesha was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and ESSENCE magazine named her among 50 Founders To Watch. Rhonesha is also the co-founder of the newly formed nonprofit org The Black Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute (BOMESI).

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