Blacks more likely than whites to take action on digital news stories

Pew study: Blacks more likely than whites to take action on digital news stories

(March 2, 2017) According to a study from the Pew Research Center black online news consumers are much more likely than white consumers to follow up on news stories with an action.

A real-time study asked more than 2,000 online news consumers twice a day over the course of a week (Feb. 24-March 1, 2016) whether they got news online in the past two hours and, if so, what their experience was with that news. Those who did get news online were asked whether they took one of six types of follow-up actions: speaking with someone either in person or over the phone; searching for additional information; posting, sharing or commenting on a social networking site; sending an article to someone by email or text message; bookmarking or saving the news for later; and commenting on a news organization’s webpage.

Black online news consumers took at least one of these actions two-thirds (66%) of the time on average. That is 17 percentage points higher than whites (49%). By comparison, online news consumers overall took a follow-up action 52% of the time.

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Dr. Umar to Launch Afrikan-centered Academy in August 2018

Dr. Umar Johnson | Biography

Dr. Umar Johnson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist who is considered an expert on the education and mental health of Afrikan and Afrikan-American children. Dr.Umar, as he is known to friends, is a paternal kinsman to both the Great Abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and the late Bishop Alexander Wayman (1821-1895), 7th Bishop of the AME Church, both from Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Dr. Umar is founder and lead tour guide for the Unapologetically Afrikan” Black College & Consciousness Tour for 11 thru 17-year-old boys & girls which exposes them to the great historical Black College tradition, within the context of visiting and learning about significant places and personalities that helped shaped the global Afrikan struggle for freedom and independence. This tour is held annually during the first two weeks of July.

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The Prince of Pan-Afrikanism hosts a free regular weekly Black parent teleconference every Tuesday morning from 6-8amEST where he gives free educational and mental health consultations to community members in order to help them better advocate for Black children.

Dr. Umar’s name, quotes and speeches have been mentioned and shared on records and songs by various Hip-Hop artists more than any other living scholar. In addition, his image has been re-created by various Black artists more than any other scholar of the 21st century.

The most requested Black scholar in America also hosts a regular annual “Unapologetically Afrikan” Group tour to the Afrikan continent, which takes place the last week in July and first week in August. This tour, which always includes stops in two different countries, is designed to help Afrikans in the west reestablish their psycho-spiritual connection to their ancestral homeland.

A direct descendant of formerly enslaved civil war veterans who served in the United States Colored Troops of Maryland, Dr.Umar is an educational diagnostician who specializes in special education issues. He is known most for his work in identifying mis-diagnosed learning disabled and ADHD students.
Dr. Johnson is preparing to begin organizing his National Independent Black Ex-Offender Association (NIBEA), also known as “The New Underground Railroad,” in order to advocate for rights on behalf of previously incarcerated Black women, men & children, and to prevent their recidivism.
Dr. Umar is founder & president of the National Independent Black Parent Association (NIBPA) organized to fight against educational and academic racism & disproportionality in the 7 core areas of a) special education, b) school discipline, c) school finance, d) social support/services, e) school policy, f) home schooling, and g) parent advocacy.
One of the most recognized social scientists & Pan-Afrikanists of the 21st Century, his book, articles and lectures are included by college and university professors across the country within their required course materials. Dr.Umar is one of the most requested speakers in the world, and has lectured in North America, South America, The Caribbean, Europe and Afrika.
Dr.Umar is currently working on building his new school, The Frederick Douglass & Marcus Garvey RBG International Leadership Academy for boys, America’s first residential academy for Black boys founded upon the principles of Pan-Afrikanism and International Economics. He can be reached at DrUmarJohnson.comGoFundMe.Com/DrUmarPrinceOfPanAfrikanism.EventBrite.Com

Fan Engagement for Independent Artists

The internet has done a lot for the independent artist.

It has brought down the major record labels and given any musician with a computer the means to become their own producer, manager, publicist, and distributor.

It has also created over-saturation.

The now fabled competition to get discovered and signed by a major label has been replaced by the drive to post a YouTube music video with over a million views, or a Facebook page with over a hundred-thousand likes.

What independent musicians need to remember is the music industry has, and always will be about one thing: the relationship with your fans. The number and strength of these relationships is the key to standing out from the crowd and gaining real traction as an upcoming band.

Track Your Fans

You may know how many people showed up to your gig last night, but do you know who they are?

Mailing lists are so last-decade. They’re good for one thing: providing contact information. Still that very contact information, and the response rate from those contacts, is unreliable at best.

Mobile marketing allows independent artists to track the real-time location of their fans, then target important announcements, content offers, and experiences based on that information. In the past, artists and venues could only offer such targeted content if their fans provided their contact information manually, on that outdated mailing list for example.

Engage Your Fans

So now you have a dynamic network of active fans. You know where your fans live, how many shows they attend and how often, as well as how much money they’ve spent on your band.

You still have two very important questions to answer:

  • How do you turn a passive fan on the fringe of your fan base, into a passionate supporter?
  • How do you thank loyal fans for all their years of support while still keeping their experiences fresh and exciting?

The answer is fan engagement.

Fan engagement = digital interactivity on social networks + attendance at live shows.

Any child of the digital age worth their weight in Macbooks has social networking down to a science. Independent musicians have relied on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud to attract attention.

The thing is, social networks cannot guarantee attendance at live shows. The solution is to create a real community around your band.

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“Love is Respect”

Black Girls CODE is teaming up with Verizon and Break The Cycle to deliver a girls-only hackathon in Brooklyn with the theme “Love is Respect”.

Girls between the ages of 12 – 17 are invited to attend our all girls hackathon on June 7 & 8 at NYU Poly’s School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY to build their skills and experience with app development! Girls will take part in a youth focused hackathon that encourages creativity and teamwork.  They will learn how to plan and build apps then demo their solution on stage with their team!

This hackathon is open to girls of ALL experience levels. Previous computer camp and STEM exposure is great but girls who are new to coding and building apps are welcome to apply as well!

  1. Girls of all experience levels are welcomeblack-girls-code
  2. Girls entering 6th through 12th grade next year
  3. Girls who are interested in computer science, STEM, mobile and gaming

Each student ticket will be $35 and include snacks, meals and hackathon programming. Event information and registration details can be found at:

Limited scholarships are available by emailing a request to

The hackathon theme, “Love is Respect”, will emphasize how girls can cultivate healthy relationships.  Teams will build apps and solutions that solve problems in this space.  In today’s world, young girls are bombarded with media and cultural expectations.  As girls move into their teens and become young women, dating and relationships often play a large role in their lives.  Break The Cycle is an organization focused on helping girls make better choices and establish healthy boundaries in relationships.

QUESTIONS? Email the NY Chapter of Black Girls CODE at

We’re looking for mentors to help the teams for this event. Volunteer at:

For more information, visit our website at

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Return to the Birth of Hip Hop

Hip Hop Pioneers Join The Urban Tech Fair In Leveraging the Latest In Public Web Streaming To Host the Solution Oriented Global Conversation
Conscious HipHop Returns with a Breath of Fresh S.O.U.L.

Conscious Hip Hop Returns with a Breath of Fresh S.O.U.L.

Enid Doggett
Jacqueline Taylor-Adams
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Time:   3p PST | 4p MST | 5p CST | 6p EST | 11p GMT and simultaneously Wed May 14th 12a CEST and 8a JST
Location: Urban Tech Fair Spreecast Channel at
In Attendance:
  • Silky D (First African American Female DJ)
  • Lathan Hodge ( Award winning Film and Television Producer / Chuck D Rep)
  • Zuhairah McGill (Actor / Director / Producer)
  • Jim Neusom (Founder/Executive Producer, Urban Tech Fair)
  • Emerging Artists Akua Naru (Germany), Farrah Burns (NYC), NeNe Ali (NYC), Intelligenz (Las Vegas), and S.O.U.L. (Jacksonville, Fl)
Principles Available for Interview
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3p PST | 4p MST | 5p CST | 6p EST | 11p GMT and simultaneously Wed May 14th 12a CEST and 8a JST the Urban Tech Fair will launch its first global virtual broadcast, THE OTHER SIDE OF HIP HOP: BACK TO BIRTH on its new Spreecast Channel at
As the Urban Tech Fair (UTF) missions to be a model demonstration of leveraging technology, our existing resources, and collaboration, UTF launches it monthly virtual series with a global discussion on the birth of, women in, and conscious Hip Hop. This solution oriented discussion uses the extremely user friendly and interactive Spreecast platform to bring Hip Hop pioneers, emerging artists, and the general public together to address the question, “How do we reclaim and take control of our original cultural expression and use it to break down generational barriers, instill a positive value system, teach, engage strategic entrepreneurship, and just have some fun?”
The Other Side of Hip Hop: Back To Birth will feature from Los Angeles, Silky D, one of the first African American female DJs, Award winning Film and Television Producer, Lathan Hodges, actor/director/producer Zuhairah McGill along with emerging artists Akua Naru of Germany, Farrah Burns and NeNe Ali of NYC, Intelligenz of Las Vegas, and S.O.U.L. representing Jacksonville, Florida. Also, the work of Hip Hop pioneers and historians Afrika Bambaata, Chuck D, and KRS One along with emerging artists Seff Al-Afriqi and Hezekiah.
The Other Side of Hip Hop will provide the community with a common knowledge and value base through Hip Hop’s history and founding principles of peace, love, unity and safely having fun. Then, emerging artists will be interviewed and their works showcased to demonstrate that Hip Hop in its original intent does still exist. Last, there will be a call for and brainstorm of solutions as to how do we provide access to this Hip Hop to the 94% of people within our communities who get their art and news from mainstream media. Once we provide access, how do we distribute and incorporate the values of Hip Hop to develop individual minds, families, and communities. The framing question to be posed is, “how do we leverage the creative culture of Hip Hop and technology to build effective thinking frames?”
Spreecast is a cutting edge new social video platform with one focus, building the next video conversation platform for web and mobile.
With a focus on providing Access, Education, and driving Commerce, the Urban Tech Fair, a 30 day interactive community based cloud and ground experience, brings urban dwellers ages 12-55 together around under served communities to demonstrate what is possible through technology and collaboration by leveraging local resources, talent, and innovation, aka the Silicon Valleys that exist in our OWN backyards. The Urban Tech Fair works to empower communities with resources and sustainable technologies that enhance the quality of life and equality of information access.
The Urban Tech Fair is the brainchild of Software Developer, Publisher, and Blogger Jim Neusom, more commonly known as the Digital Drummer. Marketing Strategist Jacqueline Taylor-Adams brings definition, clarity, and strategy to the vision as Chairperson and CMO. Collaboration with national technology associations, business organizations, local community groups, business and technology professionals who are also community advocates allows the Urban Tech Fair to effectively promote Access, Education, and drive Commerce.
To learn more about the Urban Tech Fair, visit online at, email or contact Jim Neusom at 1 (877) 552-7012, ext. 1010.
A 30 Day cloud ‘n Ground Experience that Proves Innovation . Talent . Resources aka Silicon Valley exists in your OWN backyard!
produced by Interserve Networks
in association with the BDPA
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FAMU to Launch Black Television News Channel

Black Television News Channel (BTNC) will be a national 24-hour cable news network targeting African American television viewers. The mission of BTNC is to provide intelligent programming that informs, educates, entertains, inspires, and empowers its African American audience.

BTNC’s original programming will target a dynamic, high-growth, loyal consumer who finds himself, today, marginalized to sound bites concerning sports, crime, or entertainment by the mainstream news media and is grossly underserved by cable television’s programming options.  The development of BTNC’s operational model and programming concepts began several years ago with the Florida’s News Channel, an African American entertainment network to produce a nightly one-hour newscast. This pilot newscast was delivered to more than eight million cable television homes during an 18-month trial period. Simultaneously, feature “news-talk” programs targeting African Americans were produced and distributed to approximately two million cable homes throughout the State of Florida. This multi-million dollar trial period not only enabled BTNC’s management to evaluate the demand for its programming, but also offered an opportunity to create valuable news gathering “content” partnerships. Likewise, the trial period enabled BTNC’s management to test new IP video transmission platforms and forge strong marketing and promotional alliances within the black faith-based community, as well as with African American business leaders, entertainers, and lawmakers.

Black Television News Channel’s experienced management team is led by former Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr. Watts is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Journalism, a celebrated athlete, an ordained minister, a popular television commentator, and a successful entrepreneur. Watts offers BTNC a lifetime of experience and relationships in business, political, and black communities.



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Advances in Global Entertainment Technology 2014


IBOM LLC & Social Media Week

In Association with, Black Enterprise Magazine & Black Student Union


Advances in Global Entertainment Technology #smwGET


Janell Hazelwood Associate Producer
@Black Enterprise


1.     Jason Njoku –Iroko TV
2.     Jacqueline Nwobu Co-Founder/Munaluchi Bridal Magazine
3.     Janel Martinez Tech Editor @Black Enterprise,  CEO/Aint I Latina
4.     Oldine Jean-Charles CEO/LJCL, Co-founder/Social TV


Date: February 21, 2014

Time: 7pm

Location: NYU Campus Vanderbilt Hall (Tishman Auditorium— 40 Washington Square South), NY,NY

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5 Predictions for Indie Artists in 2014

By Chris Mooney
TuneCore Sr. Director of Artist Promotions and Strategic Relationships

As the new year approaches, people around the world are making lists of resolutions—hit the gym more than once a month, replace some of the takeout with home cooked meals, make smarter financial decisions—the list goes on.  While we too are putting together our list of resolutions, we’re also thinking about where the music industry is headed for independent artists in 2014.

This year we saw incredible growth in streaming music and ever-increasing revenue for independent artists, especially for songwriters from publishing royalties.  So what’s next? Here are our five music industry predictions for 2014…

1. Artists focus on monetization.

Artists will turn to Publishing Administrators to secure new sources of revenue with a focus on collecting money from YouTube for both their sound recording and composition. In doing so, artists will focus even more attention on YouTube as a social network and place for engagement, contesting, and announcements.

2. More artists start promotion early with pre-orders.

Pre-orders will no longer only be the territory for high-profile artist releases. More artists will embrace the ability to include a link to purchase on iTunes during the marketing period leading up to release date. It is easy now to offer fans instant grat tracks with their pre-order purchase. Plus, all of these pre-order sales register on release day, helping albums rise up the iTunes charts.

3. Management is the new indie label.

Managers assemble hand-picked teams to support their artists, hiring the publicist, selecting their distribution partner, connecting bands with a booking agent, contracting special marketing companies… and based on their success, the band and manager have a real choice to maintain their independence or they also have a much more valuable story to bring to a major label when considering a deal.

4. Streaming radio becomes something to watch.

iTunes Radio is extremely convenient for users, and while it still needs to improve on its discovery suggestions and listener experience, with a few adjustments, it will usher in a fierce challenge to competitive streaming services.

5. Market through video.

Vine and Instagram video will grow in importance for marketing by bands and artists. The video elements allow creative messages with music to fans. These posts are much more capable of “going viral” compared to a Facebook post.

What are your music predictions for the new year?  Let us know in the comments…


Urban Film

This series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today—when America has a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. discusses two of the earliest Africans to arrive in North America.


America's Earliest Africans

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Gullah/Geechee Exhibit – Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language

Located in Jacksonville’s historic La Villa neighborhood and serving as a cultural institution since 1999, the Ritz Theatre and Museum’s permanent collection features the history of Northeast Florida’s African American community. Home of James Weldon Johnson and the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, Jacksonville’s LaVilla community was once known as the “Harlem of the South”.

Calling Florida a stronghold of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the national president and executive council vote to continue with plans to meet in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville, Florida – The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH, prounounced ah-sah-lah) will hold its 98th Annual Conference in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, October 2-6, 2013.  Organizers expect close to 1,000 to attend in spite of the call for a boycott of Florida and repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

Conference plenary sessions are free and open to the public. African American heritage tours of  Kingsley Plantation, American Beach, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine are also available for purchase by the public. Distinguished guest speakers include Director of the National African Art Museum and Jacksonville native Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, daughter of Medgar Evers, Ms. Reena Evers, renown poet and author Sonia Sanchez, sister of slain 16th Street bombing little girl Denise McNair, Ms. Lisa McNair, Director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad and many more.

After George Zimmerman was acquitted of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, ASALH members were among the voices in support of boycotting Florida. With barely three months  before the opening session, the executive council  met to discuss the pros and cons of moving the meeting to another state.

ASALH’s national president Daryl Michael Scott had these comments after the council voted to keep the meeting in Jacksonville.

“For nearly a century, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has sought to empower people through knowledge, and recent events make it necessary for us to rededicate ourselves to our founding purpose….”

“As for ASALH, we will go to Florida in early October precisely because our local branches and members have asked us to come and bring knowledge to bear on the problems confronting their community and the nation.  This is the right thing for us.”
Scott has announced the creation of an empowerment project to update election laws and state histories on efforts to disfranchise Black people, which will be presented in Jacksonville.
For conference registration or exhibit information, visit
Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson known as the father of Black History, ASALH promotes the history and culture of Black life to a worldwide audience. Annually, the organization creates and establishes the theme for Black History month. This year’s theme, At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, celebrates significant anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863, 150 years) and the March on Washington (1963, 50 years).


The Ritz Theatre and Museum in Jacksonville,FL, will present “Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities through Language”, September 12-December 31, 2013. This exhibit, from the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum, traces the cultural links between Gullah Geechee communities in the Southeastern US coastal states and West African countries from which enslaved people were transported.

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