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TOP 10 THINGS YOU THOUGHT WERE BLACK OWNED BUT AREN'T (YOU ALL HAD BETTER COUNT TO 10 BEFORE READING THIS!!!)

TOP 10 THINGS YOU THOUGHT WERE BLACK OWNED BUT AREN
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad on May 24, 2010

BET, George Foreman Grills and Dark & Lovely No Lye Relaxer have a commonality: They're not as black as you think. For the confused, theBVX ( which like Black Voices is NOT black-owned) has compiled a shocking list of 10 things you thought were black owned but actually aren't.

10. Black Entertainment Television

If black is in the name, it must be black owned, right? The network was founded by an African American, Robert Johnson, in the '80s, but in 2003, BET was sold to Viacom, which also owns MTV and VH1. The sale made Johnson one of the first black billionaires. Ballin'!

9. Def Jam Records

The label, born out of a college dorm room and built on MCs like Run-DMC, Jay-Z and Kanye West, is commonly associated with its co-founder, Russell Simmons, who escaped a financial mishap by selling 50 percent of the label to Polygram in 1994. In 1999, Russell sold his stake in the business to Universal Musical Group for $100 million. No wonder the label's more Rihanna than raps these days.

8. Marc Ecko

If you're into urban wear, then you may already know that Marc Ecko is a thirtysomething New Jersey native who never tried to pass for black. Instead the man whose line was once considered "too white" or "too black" for some retailers has attracted multiethnic consumers by cleverly targeting urban markets. But where does the rhino fit?

7. Jimmy Jazz

The 20-year-old company, which has more than 120 stores throughout the United States, housing lines like Baby Phat, Rocawear and Coogi, was founded by James Kherzie. The young Brooklynite opened the store as an alternative outlet for hard-to-find urban brands. Despite hip-hop's lyrical mentions of the brand, the name is based on the song 'Jimmy Jazz' by punk rockers The Clash. London calling?

6. Essence Magazine

The publication that was once the second largest black publication hasn't been black owned since the remaining minority stake in Essence Communications Inc. was sold to Time Inc. in 2005.



The corporation originally purchased 49 percent of the popular African American publication in 2000, leaving the style bible in the hands of a man more partial to Brooks Brothers than Carol's Daughter.

5. 'The Game'

The popular CW show, which is set to have second life on BET, was created by Mara Brock Akil, but one of the producers behind the black dramedy is Kelsey Grammer. Grammer is best known for his role on 'Cheers' as Frasier, and his production Grammnet was also responsible for the African American comedy 'Girlfriends.'


4. The George Foreman Grill

Say it isn't so! The household staple bearing George Foreman's name is not owned by the former heavyweight champion. The grill's inventor, Michael Boem, sought out George because he was a burger freak known to consume the item before fights. The money behind the grill? Salton Inc., which was later acquired by Applica, and George sold the rights to the use of his name in 1999 for $127 million and stock options.

3. Church's Chicken

No, we don't think African Americans have a super-size love for chicken but we do know that Church's is scattered across numerous urban neighborhoods occupied by minorities. The founder targeted areas where Kentucky Fried Chicken, at the time, would not locate. George Church started the no-frills chain in Texas before being acquired by a public company and then sold to a private equity firm. Chuuch!

2. T.V. One

The network that has revived 'A Different World" is not 1980s BET in the making. T.V. One is primarily a partnership between Radio One's Cathy Hughes and the mammoth cable company Comcast Corporation. But we do love 'Unsung,' though.

1. SoftSheen Carson

If you're thinking of hair care products, items by SoftSheen Carson probably come to mind. The 46-year-old Softsheen brand was acquired by L'Oreal in 1998 and merged with another minority brand, Carson Products. The company that helps many black women maintain their hair is actually owned by L'Oreal USA, which is owned by the parent Parisian company L'Oreal Group. We knew Kelly Rowland was just the face for Dark & Lovely.
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Siebra Muhammad
A Registration Clerk/Specialist at New Orleans Public Schools
What's wrong with this picture?
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 3:42PM
Idell Crockett
Radio Dispatcher at EBR School Sysyem
THANKS FOR ENLIGHTENING ME ON THOSE FACTS THAT REALLY HIT CLOSE TO HOME.
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 4:44PM
Craig Amos
Graphic Designer & Publisher at Amos & Grant Advertising Design
Most of the names on the list were of no surprise and were very public transactions. What DOES surprise me though is TV One! My God, Cathy, I thought you were going to be an anomaly. Also, does anyone know if George Church was a black founder of Church's? Because honestly, I've never thought blacks had anything to do with its foundation; but this article suggests otherwise.
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 6:56PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Florida A&M University class of 2013
Soft Sheen Products???????????????? NNNNNNOOOO!!! I stopped using those products long time ago.... Hey I use Mizani products (sounds black) Ha!!
Monday, May 24th 2010 at 7:51PM
Helen Lofton
N/A class of 2012
I think that the majority of Blacks would not be surprized to know that Blacks may only manage the businesses in their neighborhoods. In an all Black neighborhood it probably was safer for Blacks to handle the business, especially after the riot when Martin Luther King died. I can remember going to work early and seeing White's with keys entering business that appeared to Black owned.
Wednesday, May 26th 2010 at 12:41AM
Kennette Burgess
International Product Marketing Manager at Market America Inc/ SHOP.COM
I already knew BET and Def Jam werent currently owned by BET, that's why BET is going down the drain and I dont watch it anymore because it is not the BET i grew up with.
I am initially shocked about Essence though, however through my recent research about certain issues regarding race and education, and what they have said in there, then I a not surprised now.

And the significance of this post is simply, don't be fooled to think that these 'black owned' business have your best interest at heart or to think that what they say goes b/c they are black and coming from the same racial perspective!! Great lesson
Thursday, July 1st 2010 at 10:19PM
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