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This month we're shedding light on the influence that blacks wield on the corporate boards of America's 250 largest publicly traded companies. But even before this issue hit the newsstands, we were hard at work bringing you the inside scoop on black directors on these boards. Last September, Black Enterprise Business Report dedicated an entire episode to the topic, covering the annual Black Corporate Directors Conference in Laguna Beach, California.

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Nearly four years ago, BLACK ENTERPRISE embarked on an ambitious plan to break into broadcast television. Our founder and publisher, Earl G. Graves Sr., first proposed the idea back in the early 1980s, but it was his son Earl "Butch" Graves who made the resources available to implement it.

We started out slow, partnering with Chicago-based production company Central City Productions to produce Black Enterprise Report. But we've since grown. In 2006, we added a second show, Our World with Black Enterprise. And last year, we revamped our first show, renaming it Black Enterprise Business Report.

Both shows are nationally syndicated, weekly, half-hour programs, but they have distinctly different objectives. BEBB offers an inside look at the top black-owned businesses in the world in addition to providing small business tips, career guidance and personal finance advice. Our World highlights the issues and people affecting our community and brings you intimate conversations with celebrities and newsmakers.

Driving the success of our venture into television is our senior producer, Genevieve Michel-Bryan, who has more than 20 years of experience as a respected journalist and producer. She's held a variety of production roles at FOX, ABC, and NBC, where she worked on such programs as NBC Nightly News and Today. Michel-Bryan has won several CEBA Awards, and the 2006 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for the NBC team's work on "The Katrina Effect."

"In the course of bringing our audience insightful social, political, and wealth building information, we've highlighted all different types of stories you rarely see about us," says Michel-Bryan. "Our goal is to look at the life-altering narratives that must be told. It is our duty as journalists to share this with the communities we serve?

But Michel-Bryan doesn't work alone. BEBB is hosted by award-winning anchor Shon Gables, and spearheaded by producer Shannon Antonio Lanier, both formerly with New York's CBS 2 News This Morning. Our World is hosted by the Emmy Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, and leading the show into its second season is producer Dena Craig, who hails from ESPN and Sony Pictures, and has more than 15 years of experience producing nationally syndicated shows. Craig works closely with veteran show bookers Carol Johnson Green and Nichole Shellman. Working for both programs are production assistant Lashana Thomas and supervising editor for television, Kenneth Meeks. Meeks, a published author with two decades of experience in print journalism, is BE's former managing editor. He helped launch Black Enterprise Report, then transferred from the magazine to work exclusively for broadcast, overseeing all editorial content. Several editors lend their expertise to the shows, such as Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne, the "Luxe Life" correspondent on BEBB.

While the magazine will continue to be the flagship product, we are continuously exploring multiple avenues to remain America's ultimate source of wealth creation. So catch the new and creative programming our broadcast team is providing. Our World with Black Enterprise and Black Enterprise Business Report air back-to-back on TV One, Sundays starting at 1:00 p.m. Log on to www.blackenterprise.com to watch clips from the BEBB episode on black corporate directors, to find station listings and show times in your area, and to send us your comments. We'd love to hear from you!--The Editors
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Title Annotation:About This Issue; Black Enterprise Business Report
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Date:Feb 1, 2008
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