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Black Television on the Web Gets More Coverage November 15, 2009

Posted by Aymar Jean Christian in Uncategorized.
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The premiere of Buppies in two weeks seems to have captured a small bit of media attention! I’d like to think my article in The Root, probably the first on the issue, had a little something to do with it, and I’m glad to be researching a topic so fresh. (For my list of black “webisodes” click the black web series page link.)

In the latest piece of news, DeNeen L. Brown, of The Washington Post — a company I hold in high regard, for obvious reasons — did a write up of a few of the new series, mainly Chick, whose creator I’d interviewed before, and Buppies, about which I’ve written for this blog and the Wall Street Journal. Brown does a thorough job talking to various players, including Jonathan Moore of RowdyOrbit, a site which continues to interest those in the media, though I’d like to think I found it first!

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Jonathan Moore of RowdyOrbit

Brown also talks to the NAACP and two professors who write about black media — though not myself! She references previous “web television” or “webisodes” like Lonelygirl15, although there have been many since then, a number of them quite successful. Nonetheless, she does say “web television” has been around since the 1990s, a fact missed by a number of people who write about. I recently did an interview with Scott Zakarin, who created The Spot, which proves this fact.

Essence has also done a write-up on the trend, focusing on Buppies, and Tatyana Ali did the Mo’Nique Show.

In other news, last week I recorded an interview with Buppies‘ Aaliyah Williams about this topic for “Here and Now,” a radio program for Boston’s NPR hosted by Robin Young.  Come back to the blog for updates!

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