Category Archives: Media

The Black Press Shows Resilience of the Black Community

For 190 years, the Black Press has chronicled the spirit and resilience of the African-American community. “You can see it in the spirit of the process that we have [developed] in documenting our history—we are marvelously resilient by nature, we are street fighters, guerilla fighters and resilience defines us,” said NNPA Foundation Board Chairman Al… Read More »

Sunday news shows still need more diversity

America’s Sunday news shows have gotten marginally much better with having Brown faces on their political roundtables to discuss issues of the day. But we’re still not there yet. Thirty years ago, there were only three major networks: NBC, ABC and CBS and their three Sunday political talk shows were dominated not only by white… Read More »

Black Women Publishers Drive the Black Press

In 1827, with the publication of the “Freedom’s Journal,” John Russwurm and Reverend Samuel Cornish established the Black Press and boldly declared their mission: to be the voice of the African-American community, standing up for victims of injustice, and championing the unsung. Dedicated, resilient and strong Black women, who account for a significant number of… Read More »

Still Pleading Our Own Cause: The Black Press Celebrates 190 Years

The oldest Black business industry in America began 190 years ago today. On March 16, 1827, the first edition of the “Freedom’s Journal” was published, thrusting African-Americans into the bustling publishing business. At the time, Blacks in America weren’t even considered citizens, most were slaves and forbidden to read or write. However, John Russwurm and… Read More »