MEDIA CREATORS & PUBLISHERS

MEDIA Startups &

founders

*Note: Founder information and company descriptions are pulled from LinkedIn and/or company websites and reflects the language of each entity. Funding information is sourced from Crunchbase, Venture for Africa, and/or other reputable news outlets. All information provide is 100% curated by THE PATH. Lists will be continuously updated, with new companies and founders added throughout the month.

BLAVITY, INC.

Founded: 2014

Aaron Samuels, COO

Morgan Debaun, CEO

Jon Jackson, former CMO

Jeff Nelson, CTO

City: Los Angeles, CA

Raised: $9.4M (Series A)

Blavity creates content for black millennials who aren't represented in media despite their multibillion dollar buying power.

mitú

Founded: 2012

Beatriz Acevedo, Founder

City: Santa Monica, CA

Raised: $42M (Series C)

mitú is a digital media company that brings a Latino POV to mainstream entertainment across multiple platforms. 

CREATOR | FOUNDER

Founded: 2018

Paul C. Brunson, Founder

City: Washington D.C.

Raised: N/A

Launched in 2018, Creator | Founder provides business news "for the culture."

CULTUREBANX

Founded: 2018

Kori Hale, cofounder and CEO

City: New York, NY

Raised: N/A

CultureBanx is a business and financial media company that provides black business leaders with the latest news on how black culture shapes business and financial news.

CULTUREBANX

Founded: 2018

Kwame Som-Pimpong, cofounder 

City: New York, NY

Raised: N/A

CultureBanx is a business and financial media company that provides black business leaders with the latest news on how black culture shapes business and financial news.

AFROSTREAM

Founded: 2014

Closed: 2017

Tonjé Bakang, Founder & CEO

City: Paris, France

Raised: $120K (Venture Series Unknown)

Afrostream was a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, providing millions of fans with unlimited access to Afro-American and African movies and content.

BLACKFOODIE

Founded: 2015

Eden Hagos, Founder

City: Toronto, Canada

Raised: N/A

Black Foodie spotlights the best of African, Caribbean and Southern cuisine.

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THE PLUG

Founded: 2016

Sherrell Dorsey, Founder

City: Charlotte, NC

Raised: N/A

The PLUG is the first daily tech newsletter covering founders and innovators of color.

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PILOTLY

Founded: 2014

James Norman, Founder

City: Oakland, CA

Raised: $250K(SEED)

Pilotly is a consumer insights platform that enables content creators to get detailed feedback rapidly from viewers anywhere in the world.

TANGOTV

Founded: 2014

Victor (Joseph) Mnyawami, Founder

City: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Raised: N/A

Tango Tv is a media streaming and video platform for African films and shows.

OMG DIGITAL

Founded: 2016

Dominic Mensah, cofounder

Jesse Ghansah, cofounder

Prince Boakye Boampong, cofounder

City: Accra, Ghana

Raised: $1.2M (SEED)

OMG Digital creates digital editorial brands for African millennials. It has been hailed as the "Buzzfeed of Africa" for its millenial-targeted content.

AYIBA

City: Lagos, Nigeria

Ayiba is an online magazine that highlights a new generation of achievers who disrupt narratives through innovation, tech, and new media.

MADE MAGAZINE

Founded: 2015

Kris Christian, CEO & Founder

City: Chicago, IL

Raised: N/A

MADE is an aggregator and curator of fresh content MADE to inform and inspire a diverse community of forward-thinking millennials.

REMEZCLA

Founded: 2008

Andrew Herrera, CEO & founder

City: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Raised: $11M (Series A)

REMEZCLA is a rapidly-growing independent media brand. Founded in 2006, REMEZCLA was the first premium digital destination for young, bicultural Latinos.

ARK REPUBLIC

Founded: 2017

Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers, founder

City: Newark, NJ

Raised: N/A

Ark Republic is a member-funded, advertisement-free media outlet providing 100% original multimedia coverage of under-explored, under-examined and under-reported stories.

MOGULDOM

Founded: 2006

Jamarlin Martin, Chairman & CEO

City: Miami, FL

Raised: N/A

Moguldom is a counter-culture business-content platform that is long on tech entrepreneurs, leaders, and influencers who are challenging the establishment.

SHOPPE BLACK

Founded: 2015

Tony O. Lawson, cofounder & CEO

Shantrelle P. Lewis, cofounder

City: Philladelphia, PA

Raised: N/A

Shoppe Black is a media platform promoting Black-owned businesses and culture around the globe.

CRWN MAGAZINE

Founded: 2015

Lindsey Day, cofounder & Editor-&-Chief

City: New York, NY

Raised: N/A

CRWNMAG exists to create a progressive dialogue around natural hair and the women who wear it.

SIDE HUSTLE PRO

Founded: 2016

Nicaila Matthews-Okome

City: Washington D.C.

Raised: N/A

Side Hustle Pro is the first and only podcast to spotlight bold, black women entrepreneurs who have scaled from side hustle to profitable business. Launched in 2016, the podcast has been named “the perfect entrepreneurship podcast” by Mashable, earned close to a million downloads, and amassed a loyal social media following of over 50,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

BLOSSOM

Founded: 2017

Natina Marie Adams, Cofounder & COO (not pictured)

Diamonde Williamson, Cofounder & CEO

City: Atlanta, GA

Raised: N/A

Blossom is a subscription video-on-demand platform using artificial intelligence to help women of color find and watch content based on their mood and interests.

SHADOW & ACT

Founded: 2009

Tambay A Obenson, Founder

Acquired by Blavity, Inc.

 

City: Los Angeles, CA

Shadow and Act is a web portal dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. 

BESE

Founded: 2017

Zoe Saldana, Founder & CEO

City: Los Angeles, CA

Raised: N/A

BESE (pronounced "bee-say") is a new media platform that represents communities that have been left out of mainstream discourse for too long. Their mission is to broaden and reshape popular narratives by celebrating the untold stories of today’s changing America. 

RAZE

Founded: 2016

Sofia Vergara, Cofounder

Luis Balaguer, Cofounder

Emiliano Calemzuk, Cofounder & CEO

City: Los Angeles, CA

Raised: undisclosed

RAZE is a mobile-first, digital media company dedicated to producing “Latin-centered” content spanning scripted and unscripted formats on multiple platforms.

THE SHADE ROOM

Founded: 2014

Angelica Nwandu, Founder

City: Los Angeles, CA

Raised: undisclosed

The Shade Room, aka TSR, is an Instagram based media company, founded by Angelica Nwandu. Positioned by The New York Times as the "TMZ of the internet," The Shade Room offers celebrity gossip on an hourly basis, predominantly from an African American perspective.

NEGUS GRADUATE

Founded: 2018

Brittany Sharnez, Founder

City: Little Rock, AR

Raised: undisclosed

College and 'adulting' is not easy. Negus Graduate aims to create  a relatable space for students and post grads to discuss the ins and out of life and how to navigate through it. 

ZEN MAGAZINE AFRICA

Founded: 2010

Arinze Nwokolo, Founder & Editor

City: Lagos, Nigeria

Zen Magazine Africa is an African global online magazine that promotes fashion, travel, models, and cultural arts from Africans in Africa and across the world. 

32 LETTER

Founded: 2018

Candace Amos, cofounder (not pictured)

Christina Carrega, cofounder & Chief Business Officer

City: New York, NY

32 Letter is a multimedia platform that is committed to empowering women of color. The mission to help women get that next promotion or open that long-dreamt-about business starts with there blog and newsletter. 

HER AGENDA

Founded: 2008

Rhonesha Byng, Founder & CEO

City: New York, NY

Her Agenda is a digital media platform for professionally ambitious millennial women.

BLACK TECH UNPLUGGED

Founded: 2017

Deena McKay, Founder & Creator

City: Chicago, IL

Black Tech Unplugged is a monthly podcast designed to tell the stories of Blacks in Tech. 

INNOVATION CRUSH

Founded: 2013

Chris Denson, Host & Creator

City: Los Angeles, CA

Innovation Crush is a weekly podcast produced by Crush Industries. With nearly 700K global downloads, it serves a fun, funny, and highly informative series profiling the rock stars of innovation and game-changing ideas shaping the world today. 

BAUCE

Founded: 2012

Liane Membis, Founder & CEO

City: New York, NY

Bauce is a lifestyle site for the self-made woman. They create and curate content that helps ambitious women from disadvantaged backgrounds build their empires, achieve financial freedom, and look good while doing it.

XONECOLE

Founded: 2015

Necole Kane, Founder

City: New York, NY

xoNecole.com, is a platform for young women to share their personal stories, indulge in career, beauty and relationship tips, and speak their minds on the latest in culture news and politics.

The site promotes positive images of women of color as well as empower, educate, and inspire millennials through their interviews, beauty, fashion, lifestyle, career and travel features.

BILLION OR BUST MEDIA

Founded: 2015

EL Johnson, Co-founder

Krystopher Scott, Co-founder

City: Atlanta, GA

Billion Or Bust Media is a community of Entrepreneurs and Innovators who want to share their knowledge with those who are on the same path as they are. 

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