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URBAN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY SOURCE

APRIL RYAN

THEA MITCHEM

SYLVIA RHONE

CYNTHIA JOHNSON

JEANNAE ROUZAN — CLAY

SAM SELOLWANE

PLUS MANY MORE ...

NICOLE GEORGE-MIDDLETON


JEANNAE ROUZAN – CLAY | 22 Photo Credit: Jesse Collins Entertainment.

APRIL RYAN

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CELEBRATING WOMEN OF COLOR IN MEDIA

CARYN LEE

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WENDY WASHINGTON

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THEA MITCHEM

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CYNTHIA JOHNSON

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SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN

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Cover: Nicole George-Middleton, Photo Credit: Brooklyn Law School

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M E D IA L E G E N D O F T H E Y E A R

APRIL RYAN

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APRIL RYAN

April Ryan interviewing Barack Obama aboard Air Force One Photo credit: White House Photo Office

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“I don’t look at myself as an advocate, I look at myself as an African American woman who’s a White House correspondent. I’m not an advocate journalist, I’m not an activist journalist, but I ask questions about the community.”

Apri l ryan

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APRIL RYAN

April Ryan with Bill Clinton in the White House. Photo credit: White House Photo Office

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SYLVIA RHONE PRESIDENT OF EPIC RECORDS

Photo Credit: Marc Baptiste.

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SYLVIA RHONE

“The music industry has made great strides in identifying and developing young minority talent, but it can still be a very insular business. We need to be more conscientious, and strive to ensure our executive leadership positions reflect the cultural, racial and gender-role shifts that have transformed our society.� SYLV IA RHON E

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THEA MITCHEM EVP OF PROGRAMMING/NORTHEAST REGION/iHEART MEDIA PROGRAM DIRECTOR/WWPR (POWER 105) NEW YORK

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Thea Mitchem with The Breakfast Club: Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, DJ Envy. Real 92.3’s Doc Wynter and Big Boy. Photo Credit: iHeart Media

Thea Mitchem with Angie Martinez. Photo Credit: iHeart Media

“You can have millions of streams and the average Joe won’t know who you are, it is Radio that connects with the masses.” THEA MITC HEM

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NuVoodoo Media Services Salutes Women of Color in Media and Congratulates

THEA MITCHEM

EVP, Programming, NE Region at iHeartMedia and Radio Facts 2017 Women of Color in Media Honoree

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Congratulations Coach, You Make Us Better!!!!! From the World's Most Dangerous Morning Show


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WENDY

WASHINGTON BY RADIOFACTS

Photo Credit : This is Dope

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WENDY WASHINGTON

Wendy with Morgan State University President David Wilson during BET Vote Your Voice HBCU Truck Campaign. Photo Credit: TIDI!

“But there is tremendous freedom in being able to execute a vision without interference. It’s liberating not being limited by a corporate culture with a ‘stay in your lane’ mandate.” WEN DY WAS HING TON

St. Beauty visits the John Legend Truck pop-up at Southern University and A&M College. Photo Credit: TIDI!

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WENDY WASHINGTON


Strong. ConďŹ dent. Assertive. RCA Inspiration proudly recognizes the 2017 Women of Color in Media.

www.RCAInspiration.com Available Now


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JEANNAE

ROUZAN – CLAY VP OF SPECIALS AT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT

Jeannae Rouzan – Clay is from Los Angeles, CA and she works at Jesse Collins Entertainment. She is the Vice President of Specials as well as a Co-Executive Producer for the company’s projects. She is involved with various successful shows like Black Girls Rock, The BET Awards and BET Honors, to name a few. We got a chance to talk to her about what it’s like to work in the fast-paced environment of award shows as well as her perspectives on the industry concerning opportunities, memorable moments and balancing personal and professional life.

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Rouzan – Clay going over details on a show with Connie Orlando, Interim Head of Programming, BET and Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment. Photo Credit: BET

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JEANNAE ROUZAN – CLAY


CYNTHIA JOHNSON


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SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN BMI BOARD MEMBER

Nex·us, neksəs/, Noun, a connection or series of connections linking two or more things.

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BMI CEO Mike O’Neill, BMI President Del Bryant and BMI Chairman Susan Davenport Austin gather for a photo with 2014 NAB honoree Babyface at the 66th Annual BMI Board of Directors NAB Dinner, held April 8 at the Wynn Encore in Las Vegas. Babyface was honored at the event for his achievements in music. Photo credit: BMI

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SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN

“I think for people trying to diversify, at the end of the day, the real question comes down to: what are you interested in?” Susa n Dave npor t Aust in


“I am a passionate person and I live a passionate life and when it comes to music, I’m truly a fan of music. I have an immense amount of respect for creatives.� sam selo lwan e


You have to invest in yourself in order to really be successful and part of that investment should be to educate yourself on the ins and outs of your craft. NICO LE GEOR GE-M IDDL ETON

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CARYN LEE

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CARYN LEE

Caryn Lee and Rae Sremmurd. Photo Credit: Interscope Records

Caryn Lee (Left) at FX panel. Photo Credit: Interscope Records

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Caryn Lee with Kendrick Lamar. Photo Credit: Interscope Records

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CARYN LEE

“Women of Color are headed into a good time for the media industry. The American story involves a multitude of different voices and I think that Women of Color will play a very important role in making sure that everyone’s stories are told!” CARY N LEE


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