Comcast Announces Agreements With AFRO And CLEO TV

Comcast Corporation today announced it has selected two new African American majority owned independent networks to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems beginning in January 2019.  After a thorough evaluation of dozens of proposals, Comcast selected AFRO and CLEO TV, both of which will provide quality entertainment that highlights and features TV and movie content about African American and black communities.

“The offerings from both AFRO and CLEO TV serve as an excellent complement to the growing catalog of programming choices we offer about global black communities,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Products at Comcast Cable. “We remain committed to delivering a wide array of programming by partnering with independent networks, such as the two we’re announcing today, to better serve our increasingly diverse customer base.”

AFRO, a channel from Afrotainment, is a 24-hour polycultural black network mainly broadcasting top-rated Nollywood and black movies, dramas, sitcoms, music, talk, and late night comedy shows.

“We are excited to bring AFRO’s live content and growing on demand catalog of more than 300 hours of original programming to millions of Xfinity customers. Comcast’s selection of AFRO, which is a recognition of the rich diversity in black content and culture, solidifies our position as a leader in polycultural black home entertainment in North America,” said Yves Bollanga, Founder and CEO of Afrotainment.

CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color.  Derived from the name Cleopatra, one of the most powerful, trendsetting, rule-breaking and iconic women in history, CLEO TV will offer quality content that defies negative and cultural stereotypes of today’s modern women.  The network promises a unique and diverse offering of short-form and long-form content including travel, home design, cooking, talk shows, movies, docu-series, sitcoms and much more.

“We’re at a pivotal moment in history where women are making a huge impact in our society and culture, especially women of color,” said Michelle Rice, TV One’s General Manager.  “CLEO TV will offer a diverse mix of lifestyle and entertainment content through the unique lens of Millennial and young Gen-X women of color, an audience segment that is currently underserved.  CLEO TV will leverage the comprehensive media platform of our parent company Urban One, Inc. which includes digital, television and radio divisions that will each play an integral role in bringing this new network to the marketplace.  We are grateful to Comcast for the tremendous opportunity to elevate new voices in our industry.”

To narrow down the proposals received, the main criteria Comcast considered were: the content of the network; whether the network is fully financed; whether the network’s ownership and/or management group(s) are well established, have relevant experience, and are substantially owned by African Americans; whether the network is already launched and has existing or potential multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) distribution; price; and whether the network and its potential carriage provide value to Comcast and its customers.

AFRO and CLEO TV will join over 100 diverse networks available across Xfinity platforms, which offered over 14,000 hours of diverse on demand and online programming in 2017. In 2011, as part of Comcast’s commitments made in connection with the NBCUniversal transaction, Comcast agreed to launch 10 new independently owned and operated networks by 2019, including eight that are minority-owned or -operated.  Six minority-owned networks have already launched, including BabyFirst Americas (2012), El Rey (2013), Kids Central (2017), and Primo TV (2017) which are primarily Hispanic American owned and operated; and ASPiRE (2012) and REVOLT (2013) which are majority African American owned. AFRO and CLEO TV will be the next two networks to launch as part of this commitment.

Top Streetwear Trends Worth Investing in

From bold high tops to graphic cartoon tees, it seems like the only attire men want to wear anymore is streetwear. It’s not just a style that defines what models are wearing off-duty or what celebs are wearing off set anymore. Steeped in hip-hop culture, we know mens streetwear as a category of mens clothing online, but it’s also becoming a lifestyle and culture that revolves around men’s fashion.

From sneaker selfies to fresh haircuts, the streetwear influence is spreading like wildfire, especially amongst millennials. The street-style scene has infiltrated so much of today’s pop culture that most stylish menswear brands include streetwear-inspired pieces in their lines. You no longer need to limit yourself to impossible-to-get name brands in order to buy men’s trendy clothing with those authentic urban vibes, like urban styles of mens clothing online at Differio.com.

As much as we catch street style every day, there are certain trends that truly make a unique statement each season. We gathered the top streetwear trends that are worth investing in right now so you know what to ditch and what to score.

  1. 90s-Inspired Pieces

If there’s one era that’s been successfully brought back from the dead, it’s the 90s decade. From colorblock patterns to colorful graphics, men’s streetwear has definitely taken inspiration from some of the brightest and boldest elements of this decade. As for the streetwear looks, it’s never been easier to mix vintage and modern styles than with today’s retro-inspired fashion clothes for men.

Amongst trendy mens clothing online and in stores, brands are bringing back the bubble-jacket look – the kind made popular by so many old school hip-hop artists. The latest puffer-jacket trends are covered in high shine and fashioned with an oversized fit. Street-style aficionados are layering their puffer jackets over ribbed turtlenecks and colorblock sweatshirts.

There are signature details in these pieces that can take you back twenty years ago. You still get the urban-vintage vibe, but it’s tweaked with modern details that are worthy of being sold amongst high fashion clothes for men.

  1. Luxe Athleisure

Athleisure was probably one of the biggest influences that made mens streetwear so highly coveted across men’s fashion. It’s basically another way of rocking athletically sexy clothes for men when you’re not doing leg presses and bicep curls at the gym. Cool and comfortable, the newest streetwear trends you can find amongst mens clothing online takes athleisure to luxury heights.

The luxe-athleisure look is basically workout clothing redesigned to look more fashion forward. You can expect a high influx of cool sneaker boots – a wearable hybrid of high-top fashion sneakers and ankle boots. As for fashion clothes for men, urban hoodies, slim-fit pants, and joggers for men are getting updated with racing side stripes that add an athletic touch.

The beauty of this style of urban clothing for men is that you can easily mix and match these pieces for going out or staying in.

  1. Urban Apocalyptic

Festivals like Burning Man might be influencing the streetwear scene as trendy mens clothing online and in stores are debuting urban apocalyptic looks. While this trend still honors streetwear’s roots in urban culture, it seamlessly combines both styles, so you can rock Mad Max vibes on a casual hoodie or t-shirt.

From oversized puffer coats to worn distressed sweaters, the urban apocalyptic trend is all about making post-apocalyptic style more wearable. Some of the latest trends include tops detailed with that end-of-the-world feel, like ergonomic cargo pockets on cardigans and multiple zipper accents on ripped jeans.

It’s an innovative take on transforming looks that are normally more appropriate for couture and making them comfortable enough for grabbing drinks or running errands.

 

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From bold high tops to graphic cartoon tees, it seems like the only attire men want to wear anymore is streetwear. It’s not just a style that defines what models are wearing off-duty or what celebs are wearing off set anymore. Steeped in hip-hop culture, we know mens streetwear as a category of mens clothing online, but it’s also becoming a lifestyle and culture that revolves around men’s fashion.

From sneaker selfies to fresh haircuts, the streetwear influence is spreading like wildfire, especially amongst millennials. The street-style scene has infiltrated so much of today’s pop culture that most stylish menswear brands include streetwear-inspired pieces in their lines. You no longer need to limit yourself to impossible-to-get name brands in order to buy men’s trendy clothing with those authentic urban vibes, like urban styles of mens clothing online at Differio.com.

As much as we catch street style every day, there are certain trends that truly make a unique statement each season. We gathered the top streetwear trends that are worth investing in right now so you know what to ditch and what to score.

  1. 90s-Inspired Pieces

If there’s one era that’s been successfully brought back from the dead, it’s the 90s decade. From color block patterns to colorful graphics, men’s streetwear has definitely taken inspiration from some of the brightest and boldest elements of this decade. As for the streetwear looks, it’s never been easier to mix vintage and modern styles than with today’s retro-inspired fashion clothes for men.

Amongst trendy mens clothing online and in stores, brands are bringing back the bubble-jacket look – the kind made popular by so many old school hip-hop artists. The latest puffer-jacket trends are covered in high shine and fashioned with an oversized fit. Street-style aficionados are layering their puffer jackets over ribbed turtlenecks and color block sweatshirts.

There are signature details in these pieces that can take you back twenty years ago. You still get the urban-vintage vibe, but it’s tweaked with modern details that are worthy of being sold amongst high fashion clothes for men.

  1. Luxe Athleisure

Athleisure was probably one of the biggest influences that made mens streetwear so highly coveted across men’s fashion. It’s basically another way of rocking athletically sexy clothes for men when you’re not doing leg presses and bicep curls at the gym. Cool and comfortable, the newest streetwear trends you can find amongst mens clothing online takes athleisure to luxury heights.

The luxe-athleisure look is basically workout clothing redesigned to look more fashion forward. You can expect a high influx of cool sneaker boots – a wearable hybrid of high-top fashion sneakers and ankle boots. As for fashion clothes for men, urban hoodies, slim-fit pants, and joggers for men are getting updated with racing side stripes that add an athletic touch.

The beauty of this style of urban clothing for men is that you can easily mix and match these pieces for going out or staying in.

  1. Urban Apocalyptic

Festivals like Burning Man might be influencing the streetwear scene as trendy mens clothing online and in stores are debuting urban apocalyptic looks. While this trend still honors streetwear’s roots in urban culture, it seamlessly combines both styles, so you can rock Mad Max vibes on a casual hoodie or t-shirt.

From oversized puffer coats to worn distressed sweaters, the urban apocalyptic trend is all about making post-apocalyptic style more wearable. Some of the latest trends include tops detailed with that end-of-the-world feel, like ergonomic cargo pockets on cardigans and multiple zipper accents on ripped jeans.

It’s an innovative take on transforming looks that are normally more appropriate for couture and making them comfortable enough for grabbing drinks or running errands.

 

DANILEIGH “Week Of Greatness”

Instagram sensation and Youtube “Artist On The Rise” DANILEIGH drops new single and stars in Footlocker’s “Week of Greatness” with DJ Khaled + Asahd, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Meek Mil, AND MORE.

CREED II World Premier

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures hosted the World Premiere of CREED II last night at the AMC Lowes Lincoln Square.

Guests included Director Steven Caple Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Dolph LundgrenFlorian “The Big Nasty” Munteanu, and Sylvester Stallone.

CREED II is in theaters Wednesday, November 21st

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

NASIR The Film

Hip-hop icon Nas, widely regarded as one of the most influential emcees of all time, releases a short film to accompany his 11th studio album NASIR via Mass Appeal / Def Jam Recordings.

Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, the short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality.

Hamlin & Associates Names Eric C. Shepherd as President

Hamlin & Associates has announced the immediate appointment of Eric C. Shepherd as company president.

Shepherd joins Hamlin & Associates with an extensive automotive background, successfully leading organizations in advertising and retail operations along with OEM executive experience, including three years as President, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America.

“Eric’s background is so unique, starting on the advertising agency side, to working with Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce on the OEM side, then running retail dealerships. He brings such depth and strength to our organization and will lead us into a tremendous growth period,” said John Hamlin, Founder and CEO, Hamlin & Associates.

“I can’t wait to push Hamlin & Associates to new heights. John’s commitment to growth and the investment he has put in, including a multi-million dollar renovation project for a new company headquarters, was a key driver for me to join the organization,” said Shepherd. “We share a common vision for our growth and are excited to quickly move the company into expanding areas of opportunity.” In an industry so often focused on one-size-fits-all marketing, Mr. Shepherd adds a vast breadth of insight on how to match a brand offering with consumer demand.  He has an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience on both the OEM and retail side, ranging from the best volume brands to the most exclusive brands in the world serving ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Trevor Lewis Out With Broken Foot

By Reid Urban

The injuries keep continuing to pile up for the Los Angeles Kings and today, they lost another player to a long-term injury.

Forward Trevor Lewis broke his foot in morning skate on Friday and is out on a week-to-week basis. This news comes on the heels of the team recalling goalie Cole Kehler to replace Peter Budaj, who is battling an illness. Kehler will back up Petersen tonight and perhaps the next few games.

Losing Lewis is a big blow for the Kings. Despite his lackluster offensive numbers on the season, he is a big key forward for them. He averages around 14 minutes a night and he is regularly on the penalty kill. His stats this season were also in the positive, despite him only having three points in 17 games. He is still very reliable and in tough situations, interim head coach Willie Desjardins has put him out there.

In his absence, newcomer Carl Hagelin will most likely pick up the penalty kill minutes. However, it’s still unclear who might get the increased opportunity up front, as Hagelin may not be the immediate answer beyond the penalty kill.

Hopefully, Lewis can recover and get back onto this team before any more damage can be done. However, his injury and the recent trade of Tanner Pearson may either be bad news or it could allow younger and more excited rookies to get into the lineup and produce.

CASH MONEY RECORDS x TURKEY GIVEAWAY

Continuing a 22-year holiday tradition, Cash Money Records will host its annual turkey giveaway in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, November 20th. Once again, label Co-Founders and brothers Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams return to their hometown in order to give back, uplift, and spread hope, spirit, and cheer for the holidays. Full details can be found below.

For the Williams Brothers, this charity stands out as a cornerstone of the label’s core mission and values. Given their lifelong commitment to philanthropy, they co-founded 501(c)(3) organization The Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation—named after their parents. Among many initiatives, the Foundation presents the turkey giveaway, providing families throughout the community with a bountiful Thanksgiving meal every year. As a result of their work, the company remains a paragon in the community.

With the William Brothers on-site, this will be the fifth year that Cash Money hosts the event at New Home Full Gospel Ministries (1605 Carondelet Street; New Orleans, LA 70130) from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Walmart generously donates the turkeys, and Rouses provides the sides and fixings. Birdman’s newest innovation Stunna Brand, Inc. comes aboard as a sponsor for the first time. Radio station Q93 kicks out the jams all day, and NOLA Games On Wheels engages families with entertainment and video games.

Back for the fifth time, the turkey giveaway includes full-service health screenings by Ochsner Health Systems. Services span testing for glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, dental care, eye exams, quick look EKG’s, stroke assessment, and more. Attendees may receive counseling and information on heart healthy diet, kidney disease, pre-natal care, and diabetes as well as smoking cessation programs and healthy recipe books.

Also, for the fifth year, Dr. David Liang [Director, Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease] and his staff administer Aortic Disease and Marfan Syndrome heart screenings.

The Turkey Giveaway is something we’ve been doing since the beginning of Cash Money,” states Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams. “The moment we made it, we knew we had to lift up our hometown. It was always a part of the label’s vision and brand from day one. Over the years, it’s become something the community can rely on and trust. To me, that’s our greatest accomplishment. We’ve received so many blessings, we want to share those with the city we love and call home.”

Birdman continues, “You could take away the success, the money, and everything. It doesn’t matter. What matters most is the people who were with you since day one: your neighborhood, your friends, and your family. We’ve never forgotten how New Orleans put us first. The Turkey Giveaway is a way to say ‘Thank you’ to everybody we love. Out of everything, it’s what we want people to associate Cash Money with. This defines our legacy.”