The lack of Oscar nominees for people of color, at the recent Academy awards, continues to spark the discussion about the portrayal of Black people in media.
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Recently, the ladies of Sistah Talk TV featured their hot topic on TV One’s Cathy Hughes as an advocate for the positive portrayal of Black people in media.
Related Article From Hello Beautiful: TV One’s Cathy Hughes On Negative Portrayal of Black Women.
Cathy Hughes Born Catherine Elizabeth Woods, Cathy Hughes attended Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha but did not graduate. Around 1969 she began working at KOWH, a black radio station in Omaha, handling various jobs, and becoming well known.
Her success prompted the School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, DC, to offer her a job as lecturer. In 1973 she became sales director at WHUR-FM. Two years later she became the station’s general manager, boosting sales revenue from $300,000 to $3.5 million.
In 1979, she and her husband, Dewey Hughes, purchased a small Washington radio station, WOL, creating Radio One. Her marriage eventually ended, and she bought her husband’s share in the station. But Hughes was forced to give up her apartment and live at the station for a time in order to make ends meet.
Over time, she made the station profitable, and her own talk show became a hit. By purchasing stations in other cities, the company eventually became the nation’s largest black-owned radio chain. She is the first African American woman to head a firm publicly traded on a stock exchange in the United States.
Check out this video clip: CATHY HUGHES CEO TV One; Her Hollywoods negative portrayal of black women comments are discussed by the SISTAH TALK TV SHOW panel. Moderated and hosted by Dietra Kelsey co Host Robin Michele Downes. Guest Sabrina Lamb and Anika Nfr-Ka Ma’at Daniels-Osaze Televised LIVE through Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)