Ebony Media, Lionsgate team up to launch FAST channel

Ebony name returns to TV as the former Chicago-based property showcases Black films and television For the first time in a long time, the Ebony magazine name is back on TV.  The brand name synonymous with Black life in America is teaming up with Lionsgate to launch a 24/7 FAST (free advertiser-supported television) channel. The new Ebony channel features content […]

Chicago Defender ends print edition; shifts to digital only

Second publication this week to call to quits on print In a timed day-after-a-holiday Friday news dump, the owners of the Chicago Defender announced the publication is ending its print edition on July 11 and shifting entirely to digital. The move is not unexpected; numerous smaller newspapers are doing likewise amid a tremendous slump in print as digital has siphoned […]

Johnson Publishing sells Ebony, Jet to private equity group

Longtime African-American publications sold to Texas firm Chicago’s African-American community is mourning yet another loss of an institution. On Tuesday, Johnson Publishing Co. announced it was selling its Ebony and Jet magazines to an Austin, TX.-based private equity firm Clear View Group. Re-christened Ebony Media Operations, the publication will remain headquartered in Chicago but will now be owned by out-of-town […]

Why is Chicago still hung up on Oprah?

A few days ago, Oprah Winfrey announced she put her Harpo Studios up for sale. The facility, which hasn’t been used much since her talk show ended in 2011, could fetch over a million bucks in the real estate market. On Thursday, the Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg slammed her for not being “Chicago” enough, or something. Great article. If it were […]

Hottest Couple of the Year – Not

The T Dog Media Blog usually doesn’t devolve into tabloid murkiness, but this is worth reporting: Eddie Murphy’s recent marriage to producer Tracey Edmonds is over after only two weeks, according to People Magazine (call it the Viva Laughlin of marriages.) Why I am mentioning this? Because Ebony magazine (the publication yours truly grew up reading religiously) recently named the […]