7 Things You Thought Were Black Owned

 

Whether written, broadcast, or spoken – the media is a powerful force that often shape the minds our society. It subconsciously impact the psychological development of black children, while influencing everyday decisions of black men & women.

Today, the black owned media space is almost nonexistent due to “corporate takeover” or partnership with mostly white owned companies. This adversely affects the perception of black people since often times we are misrepresented.

In the words of Dr. Boyce Watkins, “no matter how well-intended a partnership might be on the surface, the truth is that when the hard decisions are being made and that white editor comes into your office to tell you that your article is too radical, you have no choice but to stand down.”

If the decline of black owned media continues there’s no telling what the future may hold for the perception of African Americans. Check out this list of companies that are no longer or was never black owned but identifies with the black community.

#1. Essence Magazine

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In 2013, Essence magazine editor Constance White was fired as corporate overseer.  According to White, Essence was being pushed in a direction that she felt was designed to dumb down the black woman in America, focusing more on fashion and beauty tips than more serious issues of the day. It’s safe to say that Essence magazine now represents the black woman that white people would like for them to become.


 

#2. Ebony Magazine

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In 2011, Ebony magazine was bought out by JP Morgan Chase. The announcement marked the end of a 69-year period in which the company was family-owned. Last year, Ebony received backlash for using a cracked photo of the Huxtables (a black family) in an effort to demean Bill Cosby over sexual assault allegations.


 

#3. XXL Magazine

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XXL magazine, owned by Townsquare Media, is touted as the new voice of the hip-hop generation.


 

#4. Huff Post: Black Voices

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Huff Post: Black Voices, originally known as Blackvoices.com, is owned by Arianna Huffington. This website has writers from different race addressing issues within the black community. Huffington, a pale skinned white woman, came under fire in 2012 when she said Michelle Obama wasn’t black enough.


 

#5. TheRoot.com 

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TheRoot.com was sold to Univision in 2015. Univision prides itself in being an American media company serving Hispanic America.


 

#6. TV One

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TV One is not 1980s BET in the making. This company is primarily a partnership between Radio One’s Cathy Hughes and cable company Comcast Corporation.


 

#7. VH1 Soul (BET Soul) 

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Vh1 Soul, now known as BET Soul, is owned by Viacom. VH1 repeatedly shows images of black men as thugs and black women as hoochies (Love & Hiphop, basketball wives etc).

  • Trisha

    Ebony mag isn’t family owned no more? such a shame

  • Sensual A

    Can you follow up with an article telling us which things are black owned? thanks

    • Travis

      All Black Media has a black owned business directory under the money & power tab

  • Mister Fantastic

    Cathy Hughes is Black and owns Radio One. Although she is in a partnership with Comcast, she still controls the company with her son.

    • tesmith47

      no she does not really control

      • Mister Fantastic

        Radio One is a publicly traded company, which she has controlling shares. Do me a solid and cite source if you disagree. Appreciate it. Her son, Alfred Liggins is chairman of TV One and CEO and president of Radio One.

        • Sadale Mack Green

          She has control of shares, but absolutely no creative control in a grand scheme. TVOne should be on the frontline in providing uplifting, historic all and educational content to Blacks in America. But Comcast will not let that happen so aside from a few programs the entity is not living up to its potential as a vehicle that reinforces a positive Black image.

  • OkayAfricaIsWhitePeople

    don’t forget OkayAfrica.com

  • RealSpit

    Wow!!! Im shocked!! Especially with Ebony magazine!!

  • OkayAfricaIsWhitePeople

    Don’t forget OkayAfrica.com All of these platforms contribute to the ehtnocide of the African.

  • Greta Lane

    I;m shocked about the Root. Hell All of them really. Black folks don’t own ish and sell whatever they do to White folks. smdh

  • Uno

    This is nothing new. White companies been doing this forever

  • mickeymouse

    Which banks are black owned

  • tesmith47

    we must understand to be a capitalist , you must do what a all the other capitalist have done , RAPE THE COMMUNITY!! now days Black faces are given the opportunity to rape the community, that is what capitalist mean by opportunity!! DONT FORGET, Black faces can have white minds!!

  • knotyboy

    No one gives a shit what color you are except for the ultra ignorant and racists. We’re all tool in a big corrupt money machine.

    • Charles Mitchell

      Classism and racism are two different things brother. Unlike other races, black people have no control over how they’re portrayed though mainstream media. We can’t afford to sit back and do nothing

  • Pele Thompson

    Do you have citations to all your alleged facts to your list here?

    • Tasha

      Some of these are old news Pele, but I did a little research and the only one that appears to be wrong is TVOne. As a long time subscriber to Essence I witnessed the change in narrative

    • Charles Mitchell

      Nah I just winged it Pele

  • TooTriv

    XXL Mag was never black owned but it’s blacker than those other magazines. I’ve never heard of the root

    • Amanda Marie

      Ebony back in the day tho!

    • Godricide

      That’s just like Huffington saying that “Mrs. Obama isn’t ‘Black’ enough.”

  • Nefertiti Akhen

    Who cares if they’re not black owned they’re still reaching our people

    • Charles Mitchell

      They’re robbing our communities sis

    • Kevo

      Reaching us wit what? If your not black how are you going to teach black history to us?

    • ewop07

      These companies don’t serve black people; they sell black people. Not caring whether or not these companies are black owned is the reason why black people have an annual consumer spending that exceeds 1 Trillion but as a whole owns nothing. Stop begging white people to ride on the front of their bus and buy your own bus. If you live from pay check to pay check and you’re a tenant instead of a landlord; now you know why.

    • Allah-ade (Atef) Nkosithani

      PeaceAnVizion SisTa Akhen, With a name like Yours it’s semii-suprising that You would qwestion this reality, So let Me RaMind You and/or IN(ner)lighten You…The Reazon Black (Minds) People kare is bekause WITHOUT the elemeants of Blackness their objective is to DUMBdown the Karriers of Tradition, WomanBlack, so that She will Be UNkapable of Her immanent duties as Mother of Civilization, which is a Healer and Nurturer of Self,
      Family and kommunity. These popular publikations that kater to the Black Woman/kommunity—sum formerly Black owned—are just like mcdonalds, fast food GARBAGE to DEsensitize the WomanBlack to Her sexuality, oversexualizing Her external beauty, making Her into a Kulture Klown with excessive Kozmetik deception (Make-up), and gorunding Her psychik trauma from mental slavery via the aims/sophy of kaukasasian supremacy racizm and kultural BIAS. Overall, they’re reaching us in a negative and stifling way. AND THAT’S JUST ONE MULTI-ANGLE OF IT. peace

    • Allah-ade (Atef) Nkosithani

      PeaceAnVizion SisTa Akhen, With a name like Yours it’s semii-suprising that You would qwestion this reality, So let Me RaMind You and/or IN(ner)lighten You…The Reazon Black (Minds) People kare is bekause WITHOUT the elemeants of Blackness their objective is to DUMBdown the Karriers of Tradition, WomanBlack, so that She will Be UNkapable of Her immanent duties as Mother of Civilization, which is a Healer and Nurturer of Self,
      Family and kommunity. These popular publikations that kater to the Black Woman/kommunity—sum formerly Black owned—are just like mcdonalds, fast food GARBAGE to DEsensitize the WomanBlack to Her sexuality, oversexualizing Her external beauty, making Her into a Kulture Klown with excessive Kozmetik deception (Make-up), and gorunding Her psychik trauma from mental slavery via the aims/sophy of kaukasasian supremacy racizm and kultural BIAS. Overall, they’re reaching us in a negative and stifling way. AND THAT’S JUST ONE MULTI-ANGLE OF IT. peace

    • ThaBaldAvenger

      that is a pretty silly comment. media may not control what you think, but they control what you think about. Once you understand that, you will see the importance of owning what information is disseminated through our community

    • Godricide

      “Reaching our people,” with what? We don’t hear enough of their voices? We don’t see their stereotype of us enough in the general media?

      Acting as if they ARE us is their desire, and it’s “Mission Achieved!”

    • Shabaka Tecumseh

      read reply to guinnyss..

  • Nefertiti Akhen took the words out my mouth like who really care… who cares who own the cow that produce the milk…. move the fuck on.

    • Shabaka Tecumseh

      You should care what images and commentary are given to your child.. just because you a lost negro doesn’t mean they have to be lost too..and you are prolly one of those negros who scratches their head asking, what’s wrong with “n-gers?”

  • Kimar31

    Jet magazine is still black owned.

  • So Ebony is to blame for Bill Cosby’s disgrace? Shame on you.

  • djtorchMusic

    I guess the term “sold out” has a whole new meaning.

  • Shabaka Tecumseh

    Any Black Bank