The Black Talk Media Project is a North Carolina based new media non-profit organization. It was incorporated as a digital media technology education organization committed to teaching the public how to harness digital radio as a mass media tool by using affordable equipment, free software and the internet. Our engagement on the education side is towards empowering independent Black voices to reach the masses of people locally and globally with non-corporate/state controlled media programming.
Shortly after Black Talk Media Project’s incorporation in November of 2008, the following month it launched the online digital radio platform Black Talk Radio Network which was designed conceptually as a safe digital space for people classified as Black to share their social / political views free of censure and harassment after the founder of both the organization and platform was suspended from another platform for creating a Black community focused radio program called “Black Talk Radio” which was producing content specifically targeting Afro-Americans.
Through digital radio and other digital media, the Black Talk Media Project seeks to reverse the harm done to individually owned and operated Black terrestrial radio stations by the 1996 Telecommunications Act passed by a Republican controlled Congress and signed into law by Democrat Bill Clinton.
The 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed the largest media corporations to own up to eight stations in local media markets whereas before they were only allowed no more than three stations in a market. Allowing national and international corporations to grab a disproportionate market share led to a decline in the diversity and independence of community targeted radio. It was especially harmful to independent black radio station owners and led to many of them going out of business.
Prior to the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, In 1995, a corporate entity was prohibited from owning over forty radio stations nationwide but companies like Clear Channel back then were clearly allowed to break the rules by Congress and the Clinton Administration.
The Black Talk Media Project understands how the radio programming targeting Black and poor people came to be and there is only one solution and that is to build and establish an independent community based digital radio network across the nation.
You can help us work towards our goals by making a financial contribution today.
No matter the dollar amount, every penny counts towards maintaining and growing independent Black media. Black Media Matters to you!