Recognizing Diversity at AdColor Awards
The Bottom Line: New black judge, black tech entrepreneurs, Hootie's and Badu's career changes and more.
Where Are the Black Jobs? Maybe on This Website
Dante Lee, 27, a Bowie State University computer science graduate, and William Moss, who has a software-development degree from Hampton University, are tech nerds with a twist. They are the founders of Lee Moss Media of Columbus, Ohio, an umbrella for Web ventures dedicated to informing and connecting the black community socially and economically.
Their latest venture is blackjobs.com. Never humble, the duo claims the site is "the Largest African American Jobs and Career Network." Its Web target, like much of Lee Moss Media, named below, is a Millennial audience, job seekers who are college graduates, as well as noncollege professionals with three-plus years of experience. Employers post jobs, and job seekers upload résumés and apply for thousands of full-time and part-time positions listed on the site, which includes an employment-related news feed.
Lee created blacknews.com, blackpr.com and blackstudents.com. In 1999 Moss founded HBCU Connect, the largest historically black college online social network, with 1.2 million members. The client roster of Lee Moss Media includes Ford, Allstate and Google.
The keys to blackjobs.com's success may be whether members of HBCU Connect and their friends migrate to the site and, more important, in these postrecessionary times, whether employers will actually hire anyone.
Someone You Need to Know: Eddie Brown, Founder of $4 Billion Brown Capital Management
In the early 1990s, I created Black Enterprise magazine's investment roundtable because its readers needed to know about securities specialists such as Eddie Brown of Brown Capital Management. For 25 years, Brown was a regular guest on the PBS program Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser. BCM has a small-company fund that is four-star rated and a midcap fund that is five-star rated.
Brown, 70, was recently interviewed by USA Today. The Howard University grad is a philanthropist and author of Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies. (To see the USA Today article, scroll down to his photo after clicking this link: 5 Questions for Eddie Brown.)
Hootie Left the Blowfish and Rock and Roll to Be a Country Star
In 2007 Darius Rucker left his kazillion-CD-selling band to make a living singing country. And has he ever, with five No. 1 hits, including "This" and "It Won't Be Like This for Long." Find out how he made the transition.
From Horse Trainer to Circus Cowboy
Andre McClain, a performer and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus preshow host, is probably the most visible black cowboy in the United States. An article about him in the Kansas City Star begins with the words, "Andre McClain was a grown man by the time he ran away to join the circus. But that's essentially what he did."