10 Products You Thought Were Owned by Black People, But They’re NOT
Note: This Post was NOT done by Dr. Boyce Watkins.
But it does have good information, so you should read it to be informed about the black community. We mention this point because there is someone who feels that Dr. Watkins plagiarized the article, which he did not. We give credit to where the information was derived, and want the community to have it. But our team is vast, and Dr. Watkins doesn’t write very many of the posts that appear on KultureKritic.com. So, we’d also appreciate it if people didn’t give him all the credit for our work.
You see a lot of products that are sold to black people and presented by black people, but not actually owned by black people. WhyYouMadson.com came up up with a list that they stole from another website, Kiss My Black Ads”,so, we’re going to share the list right here. Notice that on the list are companies like TV One, which built it’s brand by convincing black people that they were black owned, and that BET is not. Turns out that they are both owned by white people.
10. Black Entertainment Television
BET was bought out by Viacom back in 2003. The funny thing is that the quality of their programming has improved since they were sold to white people.
9. Def Jam Records
Russell Simmons sold his stake to Polygram in 1999.
8. Marc Ecko
Do you wear this stuff? If so, then you shouldn’t be on this blog.
7. Jimmy Jazz
We don’t know what this is, but WhyYouMadSon seems mad about it.
6. Essence Magazine
Now owned by Time, Inc and CNN. The magazine industry is getting competitive, so a lot of companies are selling out in order to survive.
5. ‘TheGrio, TheRoot, NewsOne, BlackVoices.com
Most of the black online media is owned by someone else. These entities are controlled by MSNBC, The Washington Post, TV One and AOL, respectively. They are here to pull together a black audience so they can be packaged for advertisers. That’s how the game works.
4. The George Foreman Grill
George sold the rights to use his name for $127 million. A good comeback for a man last remembered for getting beat down by Muhammad Ali.
3. Church’s Chicken
If you still eat Church’s chicken, we should inform you that your arteries are probably clogged. Go see a doctor, NOW.
2. T.V. One
Not only is TV One partly owned by Comcast, they also have a problem with not giving African Americans as many top management positions as they deserve. They’re a lot like Clear Channel, who seems to think that white people understand how to market to black people better than black people do.
1. SoftSheen Carson
This is L’Oreal, and no, the company is not a black one.
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