Condé Nast Makes History by Naming Keija Minor, First Black Woman, as Editor-in-Chief of Brides Magazine

Keija Minor editor in chief of Brides magazine

Condé Nast Makes History by Naming Keija Minor, First Black Woman, as Editor-in-Chief of Brides Magazine

Kudos to Condé Nast for making history by naming Keija Minor, a black woman, as editor-in-chief of Brides magazine, one of its 18 magazines, for the first time in its history. Media Bistro reports the promotion is effective immediately.

Amy DuBois Barnett, current editor of Ebony, was the first African-American woman to head up a mainstream consumer magazine during her time at Teen People. 

Blacks are virtually unseen in leadership roles at most mainstream magazines but it is refreshing to see Condé Nast buck the trend. Keija Minor established herself at a smaller magazine, Uptown, which is a lifestyle glossy aimed at rich blacks. She then  It was at one such smaller magazine that Minor began, establishing herself at Uptown, a lifestyle glossy aimed at affluent African Americans. She went on to get a position on the editorial desk at Brides, before landing the top spot.

Dawn Brown Kills Sons Zander and Zayden, Self in Apparent Murder-Suicide Near Clearwater FL

DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE:  Dawn Brown and her two children were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Clearwater, Fla., Saturday morning. According to the Tampa Bay Times, it appears that Brown, 34, killed her two children, Zander, 9 and Zayden, 5, and then hanged herself with a cord from a ceiling fan.

Pinellas County Deputies responded to a call for assistance shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, NBC News reports, but neighbor William Lavold told Tampa Bay Online that he received a text at 3 a.m. about trouble at her home and didn’t see it until at about six a.m., when he then went next door and found the bodies. He then called police. He didn’t disclose who sent the text message.

The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is planned for the children, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

So Much for Main Street: Top Five Donors to Romney Campaign All Connected to Wall Street

President Obama raised $432.2 million with his Republican rival Mitt Romney raising $279.3 million in the presidential campaign. Obama blew through his funds, but has very little debt, while his rival nearly $51 million in debts. The Obama campaign’s top donors include University of California $702, 281; Microsoft Corp. $544,445; Google Inc. $526,009, Harvard University $431,860 and the U.S. Government $396,350.

The top donors to the Romney campaign are Goldman Sachs $688,080; Bank of America $541,148; JP Morgan Chase & Co. $541,019; Morgan Stanley $535,047 and Credit Suisse Group $433,785 (all Wall Street institutions for Romney). It should be noted that the institutions themselves don’t donate to the campaigns but the money came from their PACs, individual employees or owners, including those individuals’ immediate families, Open Secrets reports.

Here’s a breakdown of money raised by both campaigns:

president obama raised more than rival mitt romney in presidential election

President Obama Outraised and Outspent Rival Mitt Romney in Presidential Election (Photo credit: Open Secrets)

FEC Report: Mitt Romney Super PACs Make Big Media Buys in New York and Florida

Federal Election Commission Round-Up:  The presidential election campaign is heating up and there will be money flowing into media outlets and all over the place as Super PACS and the campaigns themselves spend more money in a mad dash to the finish line. Here is the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission:

NARAL PRO-CHOICE AMERICA – C90004185
View    Download   filed 09/21/2012

1. Supports Candidate: Barack Obama (P80003338) 
Office Sought: President, DC District 00
Payee: Google
Date Expended = 09/21/2012      Amount Expended = $7500.00
Purpose: Online advertising

2. Opposes Candidate: Mitt Romney (P80003353) 
Office Sought: President, DC District 00
Payee: Google
Date Expended = 09/21/2012      Amount Expended = $7500.00
Purpose: Online advertising

Mitt Romney Super PACs are in the game as well:

NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA POLITICAL VICTORY FUND – C00053553
View    Download   filed 09/21/2012 – 24 HOUR NOTICE

1. Opposes Candidate: Barack Obama
Office Sought: President, District
Payee: Ackerman – McQueen
Date Expended = 09/19/2012      Amount Expended = $15000.00
Purpose: Website Development

RESTORE OUR FUTURE, INC. – C00490045
View    Download   filed 09/21/2012 – 24 HOUR NOTICE

1. Opposes Candidate: BARACK OBAMA (P80003338) 
Office Sought: President, District
Payee: McCarthy Hennings Media, Inc.
Date Expended = 09/19/2012      Amount Expended = $13586.00
Purpose: Media Production

2. Opposes Candidate: BARACK OBAMA (P80003338) 
Office Sought: President, District
Payee: Mentzer Media Services, Inc.
Date Expended = 09/19/2012      Amount Expended = $2052020.00
Purpose: Media Buy

CITIZENS UNITED POLITICAL VICTORY FUND – C00295527
View    Download   filed 09/21/2012 – 24 HOUR NOTICE

  1. Supports Candidate: Mitt Romney (P80003353) 
Office Sought: President, US District
Payee: Strategic Media Placement Inc.
Date Expended = 09/17/2012      Amount Expended = $17770.00
Purpose: Radio Advertisement Media Buy in New York and Florida. Ad airs 9/21 to 9/26.

2. Supports Candidate: Mitt Romney (P80003353) 
Office Sought: President, US District
Payee: Strategic Media Placement Inc.
Date Expended = 09/18/2012      Amount Expended = $2230.00
Purpose: Radio Advertisement Media Buy in New York and Florida. Ad airs 9/21 to 9/26.

3. Opposes Candidate: Barack Obama (P80003338) 
Office Sought: President, US District
Payee: Strategic Media Placement Inc.
Date Expended = 09/17/2012      Amount Expended = $17770.00
Purpose: Radio Advertisement Media Buy in New York and Florida. Ad airs 9/21 – 9/26.

It should be noted that Rep. Allen West is reviled by many and the House Majority PAC spent nearly $115,000 in campaign ads against him:

HOUSE MAJORITY PAC – C00495028
View    Download   filed 09/21/2012 – 24 HOUR NOTICE

Opposes Candidate: Allen B. West (H8FL22038) 

Office Sought: House of Representatives, Florida District 18
Payee: Waterfront Strategies
Date Expended = 09/20/2012      Amount Expended = $114782.05
Purpose: Television Advertising

I am curious to know why Citizens United would make a buy in New York, considering the state is safely locked up by President Obama, unless, these ads will be run upstate New York, that has swung Republican. In any case, it’s an interesting buy, nonetheless. Florida continues to be in play.