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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Friday, June 29, 2012

Black media groups confront the FCC on the ‘demise of black radio’

A group of black media organizations on Monday will deliver a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, demanding that the FCC look into the demise of black radio in America, and the impact it has had on urban communities.

The letter, and the drive behind it, were sparked by the change in formatting of longtime urban radio station KISS-FM in New York, to sports talk. The change happened after Disney took over the station this spring, ending the decades-long rivalry between that station and WBLS for the adult urban market in New York by merging the stations, and handing the 30-year-old KISS frequency over to ESPN Radio. Similar changes have taken place in cities like Miami, where one of just three urban radio stations, The Beat FM, switched from urban “adult contemporary” to Spanish-language pop. And in many major cities, there are just two, or even one, urban-themed radio stations left. And the number of black-focused talk radio stations is even smaller, particularly after black-owned radio network Radio One essentially exited the black news-talk market in 2007 and 2008.  Read more...

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The value of the Black Press today
Today the issue is mental slavery and the seductive chains of materialism, the ready use of stereotypes and the constant effort to distract with tales of celebrity woe and the latest nonsense. This is the age when fortunes are made and people are famous for simply being famous or pursuing fame.
So while the opportunity to inform is present, the ability and the plots to deceive are also present. There is the ability of Black-oriented, not Black-owned, media outlets, content providers and distributors to offer coverage that is of interest to Black people but may not promote their interests. History has shown us the golden rule in America is unchanged: He who has the gold makes the rules. And the First Amendment caveat remains: A free press belongs to the one who can afford it.


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