Black News Channel Coming To New Orleans

Kicking off Essence Festival weekend, the Black News Channel (BNC) hosted an exclusive, invitation-only launch celebration on July 4, 2019. The celebration featured a women’s empowerment tribute to the former Queens of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

The Black News Channel is the nation’s only independent, minority-owned and operated, African American news network “by people of color for people of color,” and will launch on November 15, 2019. The network will serve around 33 million cable and satellite TV households in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.

The network’s chairman is J.C. Watts, Jr., former Oklahoma congressman, celebrated athlete, and broadcast and cable news veteran. “Our network will deliver intelligent programming that informs, educates, inspires and empowers our African American audience. African Americans have been asking for this kind of programming that will give them a voice in the national conversation about issues that matter,” Watts said in a press release.


According to its website, BNC’s goals include:

  • Giving voice to an underserved community
  • Building bridges to connect the many diverse cultures in our nation
  • Facilitating a more informed national conversation about challenges facing our urban communities
  • Engaging African American viewers in our nation’s social, economic, and political discussions and debates
  • Creating a platform for African American newsmakers and policymakers to reach their constituents
  • Showcasing African American achievers creating positive role models for black youth
  • Producing educational programming that is culturally relevant to empower African American viewers
  • Inspiring African American viewers with uplifting and spiritual messages produced daily
  • Preserving a proud African American heritage
  • Recruiting and training aspiring African American journalists.

To learn more about the Black News Channel, you can visit their website. They are also hiring!

Help Keep Big Easy Magazine Alive

Hey guys!

We’re so grateful to our friends, our families, our neighbors, and especially our readers for chipping in, sharing, and donating to the cause of local progressive media. Your support has lifted us up so much and will most assuredly not be lost or forgotten.

If you care about local independent progressive media in an era where multi-millionaires such as John Georges are monopolizing our local press, then please donate any amount you can to make our operation a success. We can do this! Do not give up.

What else can you do if you’ve already donated and can’t donate anymore? Share our content on Facebook and tell people about our fundraising operation. Call and email others who may be able to give. We believe in you because you believe in us and together we can ensure Big Easy Magazine becomes a progressive icon for New Orleans and an inspiration for the expansion of progressive media around the world.

Thank you,
Scott Ploof
Big Easy Magazine

Share this Article

Things to Do
Add Some Progress to Your Inbox
Big Easy Magazine sends weekly emails to keep you informed about what’s going on in our community and beyond.
We respect your privacy.