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Archive for July 11th, 2012

Congressional vote to repeal Obamacare: Payback to the insurance industry – GOP Leaders in Congress tell the American people: “Don’t Get Sick”

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(From the Campaign for Better Health Care)

 

CHAMPAIGN, IL –  On July 11th, the do-nothing Congress which has worked fewer days than any other Congress in modern times will be voting for the 31st time to take away health care security for the American people.  

“Obamacare does one very important thing:  Insurance companies can’t rip you off anymore.  Those who are fighting to gut the law today are doing the bidding of their high dollar donors from the insurance industry, plain and simple.” stressed Jim Duffett, Executive Director of the Campaign for Better Health Care.

The GOP leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and those individual congresspeople who want to repeal Obamacare are sending a clear signal that their vote today will take away health care protections and safeguards for the American people.  

 
Specifically:
  • Tens of millions of seniors will have to pay thousands of dollars more a year for prescription drugs
  • Tens of millions of our children will now be discriminated against by the insurance industry for pre-existing conditions, and be kicked off their parents health care plans once graduating from high school or college
  • Millions of small businesses will lose tax credits now and in the future to pay for health care for their employees, and will be denied access to insurance through a large insurance pool called the Exchange
  • All Americans will be at the mercy of the insurance companies, who will be able to cancel their policies at any time, cap the level of medical coverage, and charge customers whatever they want
  • Women will be forced to pay 3, 4 or 5 times more in health care premiums
  • 30-35 million Americans will lose the shared opportunity and responsibility to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families
  • The federal deficit will increase by hundreds of billions of dollars; hundreds of thousands of Americans will face medical bankruptcy due to medical bills; and hundreds of hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities will close their doors

Duffett continues, “For tens of millions of hard working Americans and small businesses this isn’t a political issue, it’s a personal one.  Their health depends on it.  The taxpayers of America subsidize the health care costs of those members who will be voting to repeal Obamacare today by immorally pulling the health security rug out from beneath the feet of the American people.  Their alternative to Obamacare for small businesses and middle class families is – don’t get sick.  No wonder the GOP controlled House of Representatives have a favorable rating of 10%.  Shame on you,” concluded Duffett.

Street to be named in honor of Chicago icons Ed and Betty Gardner during a dedication ceremony, July 12, 2012

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“Celebrating the Gardner Legacy”

 

Entrepreneurs Ed and Betty Gardner, Chicago and worldwide icons, will be honored during the unveiling of a street sign Thursday, July 12,  named in their honor.

The street sign event will take placeThursday, July 12, 2012, at 8830 S. Dobson (Five blocks East of Cottage Grove and six blocks West of Stony Island), in Chicago, beginning at 12:30 p.m.  

The Gardners, founders of Soft Sheen Products, who started a hair care business in their garage, and subsequently grew to a $100 million business, with operations worldwide, including Africa. The firm hired thousands of employees and became an economic engine wherever they had operations.

Ed and Betty Gardner touched Chicagoans in many ways. They are heralded as:

Entrepreneurs – Founders of Soft Sheen Products
Political Activists – Played a Lead Role in Electing Harold Washington Chicago’s First Black Mayor

Anti-Crime Fighters – Founded Black on Black Love – Launched anti-crime movement

Cultural Saviors – Restored and refurbished the former Regal Theater

Role Models – They are the symbols of how love can lead to a happy family, prosperous business and wholesome life

Other notable mention: With their success, the Gardners could have retreated to the suburbs and to a gated enclave. However, always true to their roots, they remained vibrant and active in their South Side community.

The event will be attended by members of the political, religious, business, health and beauty aids, civic and grassroots communities to celebrate the Gardners’ various contributions to Chicago and other places, national and abroad.

Speakers include Alderman Michelle Harris – 8th Ward, Father Michael Pfleger, the Honorable Roland Burris and Television Personality Merri Dee, and many more.
The 30-minute program will feature songs, tributes, and essay readings by schoolchildren – culminating with the street naming ceremony.

The tribute was conceived by Frances Wright, President/CEO of Black on Black Love

For more information, contact: Melody M. McDowell – 773-660-2001 or 312-371-8917 – Cell, or MelodyPR@aol.com

Nigerian Governor invests in Texas

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Street trader to philanthropist, Nigerian Governor inspires a new generation of change!

Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas of Imo State, Nigeria to announce millions of potential investment opportunities for Texas companies. First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Behgjet Isa Pacolli to attend as Guest of Honor

 

Houston, TX (BlackNews.com) — Governor of Imo State, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha [OON] will announce millions of dollars of potential investment opportunities for Houston companies in Nigeria on July 14, 2012. First Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and Former President, Behgjet Pacolli also to attend as Guest of Honor. These investments in healthcare, education, agriculture and the infrastructure sector will spur the creation of jobs in Texas and Imo.

Houston Mayor’s Office of International Trade and Development and Generation Rochas (GR), an organization that promotes development opportunities in Africa, is hosting the event. The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. CST at the Hilton Houston Southwest, 6780 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074.

From humble beginnings as a street trader to business mogul and now Governor of Imo State, Governor Okorocha has worn many hats. Since his inauguration he developed the “Imo Rescue Mission,” an initiative to rescue Imo State by bringing in investors to develop infrastructure. He has aligned his government to work from bottom to top and empower the community leaders. Focused on the number of children who have left school early because their families could no longer afford this necessity, his administration is providing free education to every young person in his state. Governor Okorocha has become the standard bearer of a new Nigeria, symbol of a new generation.

About Generation Rochas

Generation Rochas (GR) wants to encourage the new generation of potential leaders through the exemplary efforts of Governor Okorocha. Built on integrity and founded on pure heart, this political platform is ready to ignite a movement across the world. GR encourages the next generation to identify, develop, and implement opportunities in Africa. For updates, please visit www.generationrochas.com.

Photo Caption: Governor Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha on the cover of Generation Rochas Magazine.

Better Business Bureau Consumer Alert: Utility Bailout A Fraud

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CHICAGO, IL – On the heels of last weeks punishing heat wave residents across the country including northern Illinois could fall victim to a very serious form of identity theft. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) warns that con-artists are using text messages, emails, door to door sales, websites and word of mouth to mislead individuals into thinking there is a government program authorized by President Obama’s administration that will pay them up to $1,000 to cover their utility bills.

 

“We became aware of this scam following a number of phone calls to our offices,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “There is no special bailout or any other kind of program authorized by the President to help with utility bills.”

 

Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, after they “register” by providing social security numbers and banking information, account and routing numbers. Deposits briefly appear in victims’ checking accounts only later to learn they drew out of invalid accounts.

 

Bernas added, “There have been reports of as many as 2,000 people in Tampa, Florida and thousands of others across the country who were tricked by this scam.”

 

The BBB suggests the following tips to help avoid falling for this trap:

  • Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you have verified the identity of the party seeking the information.
  • If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company or the government and feel pressured for immediate personal information, hang up the phone and call the utility customer service number on your bill.
  • Always think safety first. Do not give into high pressure tactics, and don’t let anyone in your home without checking their identity.
  • Don’t let the immediate pressure of debt make you too anxious to think through the situation. There are sources of information available to you to give you the straight story, check with the BBB at www.bbb.org 

For more tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org and for more information on scams visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BBBChicago

Clifford Law Offices retained as lead counsel by family who lost parents in Union Pacific train derailment and bridge collapse in Glenview

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 Clifford Law Offices was retained on behalf of the family of a couple that was killed last week when more than two dozen derailed cars of a Union Pacific train fell from an overpass and crushed their car on the street below. 

Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been retained by the family of Zorine and Burton Lindner who were killed in the tragedy.  His nationally renowned personal injury and wrongful death law firm will look into the cause of last week’s derailment of a train carrying coal over Shermer Road near Willow Road in the northern suburb of Glenview.

Judge William Maddux, Presiding Judge of the Law Division of the Cook County Circuit Court, issued an order Friday to stop all clean-up work for 36 hours. Union Pacific, defendant in the case, petitioned the court for removal of the state court case to federal court.

The Lindners were traveling on Shermer at about 1:30 p.m.  when the tragedy occurred. Services for the couple were held Sunday at a Deerfield synagogue. The Linders were married 47 years and had two children and four grandchildren. Burton Lindner was a well respected Chicago lawyer and Zorine Lindner was a retired school counselor.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices’ Communications Partner Pamela Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell) or 312-899-9090 or 847-251-4877 ; www.CliffordLaw.com
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‘Finding fame is easier than ever before’, claims Recording Artist, Terry Bradford

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From being Celine Dion’s duet partner for five years to providing vocals for The Lion King, Terry Bradford boasts a distinguished musical career. However, having recently returned to the stage following a 3 year voluntary break, Bradford has noticed a stark change in performer demographics.

 

NAPA, CA – Terry Bradford has been a staple of the Soul and Pop music scene for over two decades. Having worked with such names as Elton John, Whitney Houston and Lionel Richie, he has had plenty of time to study the ingredients of the perfect performer. However, having recently returned to the industry following a voluntary break, Bradford believes that finding the limelight is easier than ever before.

“When I first entered the music scene, fame was reserved only for those that looked the part,” says Bradford, who is still enjoying great success as he turns fifty-six.

He continues, “You had to be young, attractive, physically fit and able to pose for the camera. However, the landscape has now changed and many people approaching their middle ages are discovering new-found fame. Gone are the days when, if you didn’t make it by the age of twenty five, your opportunity was lost.”

Bradford praises the boom of television talent shows for the opportunities they are opening up to people from all walks of life.

“Shows such as the X-Factor, The Voice and The Sing Off are giving everyone an opportunity to live their dreams. In fact, I believe that their popularity is directly attributable to the public’s acceptance of artists that may not fit the bill of being ‘young and fit’,” he adds.

Bradford claims to have noticed a big change following his career break, during which he founded and grew a successful vegan food company.

Before choosing to take a step back, Bradford spent five years touring with Celine Dion as her exclusive duet partner. His other accolades include his stint as Linda Ronstadt’s duet partner during her Millennium tour and even being crowned the 1990 Star Search Male Vocalist Champion.

Upon deciding to close his food company and return to his original passion of singing, Bradford was surprised at how accepting both the public and the industry were.

“Going by the ‘requirements for fame’ that existed when I commenced my career break, I imagined it would be very hard to become successful again. However, during this three year period things really changed and I quickly learned that the public was now more willing than ever to warm up to performers that were older. It’s much easier to earn a healthy living in music now,” he explains.

Bradford has now been back on a full-time basis for a little over a year. Since his return he has accomplished twelve sell-out concerts and a myriad of private engagements. His most recent concert, Luminosity, took place at the Napa Valley Opera House on May 12th and was filmed for airing on PBS.

Looking into the future, Bradford has many exciting plans. He is currently compiling a CD and DVD of his Luminosity show (details here) and is continuing his work with a campaign to bring music back to Napa Valley Schools.

While his plans are big and bold, he has some equally bold advice for others.

“Just because you’re different doesn’t mean you can’t fulfil your dreams of changing your life and changing the world. The music scene no longer suffers from boundaries; go out there and give it your all” he concludes.

For more information about Terry Bradford, please visit: http://www.terrybradford.com

His progress can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Terry Bradford

Widely recognized as Celine Dion’s duet partner for 5 years, Terry Bradford has broken through as a solo recording artist and performer.

Strongly influenced by his grandmother, a self-taught pianist and vocalist, Terry began his music training at a mere 3 years of age, when “Granny” plopped him in front of her big, old upright. Terry was a precocious youngster, accompanying Granny’s solos at church and performing in the Gospel tradition.

Music quickly became the center of Terry’s life’s work, both in school and out. By age 9, Terry was the pianist and director for his church choir, and had begun composing music. With his trademark untamed hair and innate grace towards humanity, Terry was an easy mark for school bullies. Rather than respond with bitterness, Terry used these experiences to gain insight into personal motivations and needs, lessons that continue to affect his music today.

From this remarkable beginning, Terry began his transformation into the enigmatic and vibrant musician with universal appeal.

Throughout his long career Bradford has worked with names including Linda Ronstadt, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Elton John, Lionel Richie and many others.

For more information, contact: Mary Wilmer – Manager, 707-681-5068 or info@terrybradford.com

New York City community event aims to stop violence

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A call for peace will resonate on July 21, 2012 on Long Island

 

Legendary R&B and Hip Hop Performers featured at Community Event aimed to combat violence among urban youth

 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — The Kareem D. Sapp Foundation, Inc. a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to engage urban youth in activities that enable them to expand their perspectives and to build the self-esteem and self confidence to pursue constructive options for their futures will be hosting A Call for Peace on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the African American Museum located at 110 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

The Kareem D. Sapp Foundation, Inc. was established in 2008 by Thomas Sapp Jr., father of Kareem D. Sapp who was tragically murdered a year earlier. Mr. Sapp’s aim in establishing the Foundation was to channel the hurt and pain he experienced in a positive manner, with a mission to unite the community by first reaching the youth, with efforts involving love and support.

Since its inception, the Foundation has become a leading champion for the cause of raising community awareness. In addition, the Foundation’s executives have committed to speaking out about the influx of violence amongst the youth in the community, and have also conducted workshops in the local junior and senior high schools about the prevention of gang violence, anti-bullying, anger management and deterring the use of illicit drugs amongst the youth. The formula utilized by the Foundation which infuses entertainment with positive messages and powerful keynote speakers has been exceptionally effective.

The July 21, 2012 event, A Call for Peace, was organized as a result of making an effort to respond to the numerous acts of violence that the Long Island youth and residents have fallen victim to. Resolutions to address this ongoing critical issue have been limited.

Performances will include the legendary R&B group, The Force MDs (‘Let Me Love You’ ‘Tears’ ‘Here I Go Again’ ‘Love is a House’ ‘Tender Love’) , R&B crooner, Jeff Redd (‘I Found Loving’ ‘You Called & Told Me’) and MC/on-air personality, Chubb Rock (‘Just the Two of Us’ ‘ Treat ‘Em Right’). Additional appearances and performances will be provided by local youth and youth-based organizations: the Order of the Feather Fraternity: Queens Chapter, The Aspiring Young Artists, Dylan Jenet Collins and Natia. The previously mentioned youth will have an opportunity to showcase their talents alongside seasoned professionals, as well as having a platform to present their opinions about the state of community affairs. Legendary hip hop pioneer, Larry ‘Love’ Moore will emcee the program with his engaging flair and captivating personality.

Admission to A Call for Peace is $35.00 and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Kareem D. Sapp Foundation, Inc. at (516) 642-1276, at Victoria’s Fragrances located at 169 Baldwin Road, Hempstead, NY (516) 280-6564 or online at http://kdsfoundationcallforpeace.eventbrite.com.

For more information, visit The Kareem D. Sapp Foundation, Inc.’s website at www.kareemdsapp.org

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project announces the establishment of American Rhythm Center

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CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) announces the establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), a new initiative to provide a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations. This new institution will be located in renovated spaces at Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue.

CHRP will develop ARC, a collaborative effort to foster community growth through rhythmic expression, in several phases. The aim is to offer diverse, high-quality dance and movement classes to the general public while centralizing the education programs, rehearsal space and administrative offices of several core groups, as well as additional emerging companies and independent artists.

 

The idea for ARC grew from a CHRP strategic planning process followed by intensive, collaborative planning with participating community partners, including: 

 In the first phase of development, CHRP is updating space occupied for three decades by the Boitsov Ballet, which will feature three professional, flexible-use studios ranging from 750 to 1,500 square feet, as well as a remodeled lobby, dressing rooms and a separate floor of administrative offices. In the second and third phases, CHRP will add supplemental program space, a black box theater and updated administrative facilities. Limited operations will begin at the end of July in conjunction with CHRP’s 22nd annual Rhythm World Festival; a grand opening with all the partners will take place in early September.

CHRP’s ARC will provide a long-term platform for stability and growth in several key areas by: 

  • addressing the near-universal need among small and mid-sized dance and other arts organizations for professional administrative, rehearsal and education spaces as well as a desire to unify as many organizational functions as possible in a single location
  • creating a venue that will allow arts organizations to develop and maximize earned income from tuition-based education programs while lessening reliance on subsidies
  • enabling longer-term program planning as well as enhancing the potential scope and impact of tuition-based education programs
  • attracting thousands of students from Chicago, the U.S. and around the world to study dance in Chicago’s emerging dance corridor, furthering Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision for Chicago as a center for dance education and performance
  • managing the facility, mitigating many users’ current space management burdens

 “We are proposing to alter the traditional business model by offering arts groups the opportunity to shift their reliance on contributed income and dwindling revenue from ticket sales to self-sustaining revenue via educational programming,” commented CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander, who had the original vision for ARC. “The value proposition for most people has changed, and making art has become more nourishing than watching others make art. CHRP’s ARC will serve a two-fold purpose: to offer world-class dance instruction for the public and provide a stable platform for small and medium-sized nonprofit companies in Chicago’s emerging dance corridor.” 

According to new CHRP Executive Director Frank Sonntag, who recently led the opening of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis, “Lane’s vision is all about creating a collaborative environment with shared resources, which will provide the partnering organizations with a creative hub and educational platform greater than the sum of its parts. I think such efforts will become more commonplace and integral to capacity-building efforts throughout the arts and culture field in the future.”

 

Funding

 

CHRP’s ARC has raised more than  $1 million to date as part of a multi-phased $2.5 million capital start-up campaign. Jenner & Block LLP has provided pro bono legal support. Major funding for capital and start-up operations has been provided by Elaine Cohen and Arlen Rubin, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support from Pamela Crutchfield, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for the Arts and Culture at Prince, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, the James. S. Kemper Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, matching funds from the Polk Bros. Foundation through IFF, Jenner & Block LLP and many generous individuals.

CHRP Board President and ARC lead donor Elaine Cohen said, “It is very exciting for us to think of how much vitality ARC will add to Chicago-providing myriad opportunities not only to CHRP but to a host of ARC resident companies as well as tourists and the public looking to participate in an amazing variety of dance class offerings taught by professionals.”

About Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Founded in 1990, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 22 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:

  • annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
  • a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicago’s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
  • Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
  • participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States

CHRP’s vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts, which will create a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the general public.

 
Support for Chicago Human Rhythm Project provided by:
CHRP’s 2011-12 season is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation for Arts & Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, The Service Club of Chicago, Arts Work Fund, Leo’s Dancewear, The Seneca Hotel and Suites and generous individual donors.

Interactive One adds BlackNews.com and Collegiate Social Media site HBCUCONNECT.COM to its roster, growing its online footprint and advertiser offerings

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Interactive One Studios to lead advertising sales efforts for the African American news site and the leading online community of students and graduates of historically Black colleges

 

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Interactive One, the largest digital media company serving Black Americans, announces an exclusive partnership with Lee Moss Media, owner of HBCUConnect.com, the largest online community for historically Black college students, alumni and supporters and BlackNews.com, a news and commentary site focusing on positive news relevant to African Americans. Interactive One Studios, the company’s business unit that offers product, technology, content, advertising sales and marketing services to digital publishers, will manage all advertising sales activity for the sites.

Under the partnership that went into effect July 1, HBCUConnect.com will join BlackPlanet NEXT.com, BlackPlanetRADIO.com and BlackPlanet.com in Interactive One’s social media offerings. BlackNews.com will become the latest addition to Interactive One’s suite of news offerings to advertisers, which include NewsOne.com and TheGrio.com.

“Adding BlackNews.com and HBCUConnect.com to our roster is another signal of our commitment to provide advertisers with unparalleled opportunities for creating authentic connections with the African-American audience,” said Keith Bowen, Chief Revenue Officer, Interactive One.

Founded in 1999 by HBCU graduates William Roger Moss III and E. Shawn Starks, HBCUConnect.com was the first and is now the largest online meeting place for historically Black college students, alumni and supporters. BlackNews.com, launched in 2001 by Dante Lee, provides news and commentary for African-American audiences with a commitment to reporting positive stories in the community. The social media site and news outlet will have access to a wider pool of advertisers thanks to Interactive One’ deep knowledge of the African-American digital landscape and its advertising sales relationships and expertise.

“We look forward to reaping the benefits of Interactive One’s talented sales team and their relationships with marketers looking to target our audience,” said William Moss, co-founder, Lee Moss Media. “Bringing on more advertisers as a result of this new partnership will allow us to continue to grow and expand the brands.”

About Interactive One:

Interactive One has more than 15 million members and reaches millions of Black Americans each month. With approximately 3 billion annual page views on its suite of sites, the company has become the definitive online resource for Black America through it’s suite of social, content and radio sites such as the iconic BlackPlanet (www.BlackPlanet.com), the newly launched BlackPlanetNEXT (www.BlackPlanetNEXT.com), and the new BlackPlanet RADIO (www.BlackPlanetRadio.com), the digital industry’s first social radio website created for the African American community. Interactive One is also home to several leading content sites including: NewsOne (www.NewsOne.com), which provides up to the minute, comprehensive coverage of newsworthy events relevant to Black Americans across the country and the world; TheUrbanDaily (www.TheUrbanDaily.com), the eyes and ears for Black Americans looking for what’s hot online, on the airwaves, in theaters, and on the street; HelloBeautiful (www.HelloBeautiful.com), the definitive lifestyle resource for today’s Black woman; Elev8 (www.Elev8.com) a site devoted to elevating the mind, body and spirit. Interactive One was launched by Radio One, Inc. in 2008 to complement Radio One’s existing portfolio of media companies targeting Black Americans. Since its launch, Interactive One has quickly become the #1 online platform for the African American community. Interactive One is powered by the mission to create an online community that engages and positively impacts the lives of African Americans.

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