Essence Magazine? Not black-owned.
Ebony Magazine? Not black-owned.
Huff Post: Black Voices? Not black owned.
The Root? You guessed it! Not Black owned.
Crazy, right?! And all this time I thought that these were outlets for black people, BY black people.
Finding out this information inspired me to research and look for other media outlets I can support, ones that are actually black-owned. I came across a thread on Twitter that had a list of black-owned media outlets that every person should be supporting!
I must say, it’s a pretty fantastic list:
This Week in Blackness (TWiB) is an award winning multimedia digital platform founded by Elon James White. TWiB houses the online broadcasting network TWiB.FM, the digital magazine VALID, and the video on-demand site Blackness.TV.
Seven Scribes is a new media site that is committed to creating a space where black and allied young writers and artists can offer commentary and analysis on politics, pop culture, literature, and art. The Scribes include Josie Helen, fivefifths, Frank Jackson, Eve L. Ewing, Trey Smith, and Erika Stallings.
Founded by Cathy J. Cohen, the Black Youth Project examines the attitudes, resources and culture of the young black millennials. Their three areas of focus are knowledge, voice, and action. It is the ultimate cyber-resource center for black youth and all those who are committed to enriching the lives of black youth.
Blavity is another outlet that serves as a voice for black millennials. This community of multi-cultural creators and influencers aim to reach a wider audience, amplify their message, and fund their hustles. Blavity is a fairly new media outlet. It was founded in 2014 by Morgan DeBaun.
The Afrikan Black Coalition was created in 2003 by black students within the University of California system who found the low admittance and retention rates of black students intolerable. Founding members included Jewel Love (UCSB), Ainye Long & Edwina Williams (UCSC), Na’Shaun Neal & Catherine Sylvester (UCLA), Raniyah Abdus-Samad & Renita Chaney (UCB), Adia Smith & Venita Johnson (UCD), Tiana Lynch (UCI), and Stephanie Akpa (UCSD).
For the past 13 years, the organization has branched out to be more inclusive of all black students and community members in California. Though maybe not technically a “media” outlet, I still think it’s a cool organization that everyone should support, especially if you’re a student residing in California. Plus, they have a blog!
Being the first mobile-based black civic engagement group, PushBlack attracts and engages black people through their text news service, PushBlack Now. Throughout the week, they text their subscribers the top black news stories of the day, representing black people and people of color and their unique experiences. The media site was co-founded by Darrell Scott.
Feel free to add to this list by commenting on this post!