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Join us for BLACK MEDIA STARTUPS, a solutions-focused dialogue that will prepare aspiring and current entrepreneurs to launch and grow businesses.

You’ll learn from the experiences of African American journalists who have founded startups, discover resources available for early stage entrepreneurs, gain a deeper understanding of challenges unique to people of color and strategies for overcoming them.

Andaiye Taylor, a 2014 Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism Fellow, former director of content marketing at and founder of Brick City Live (

Kelly Virella, an award-winning reporter, former Silicon Valley technologist and founder the soon-to-launch, long-form magazine Longview

Linda Villarosa, a former New York Times and Essence magazine editor and writer, director of the Journalism Program at City College and founder of the CCNY-Amsterdam News Urban Digital Media Lab (

Chris Rabb, an adjunct professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business, 2014 Philadaelphia TEDx speaker, 2013 Knight Foundation BMe Leadership Award recipient and author of Invisible Capital: How Unseen Forces Shape Entrepreneurial Opportunity (

The Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism ( is pleased to co-host this event with the New York Association of Black Journalists ( Attendees will have the opportunity to network and give a 60-second pitch about their own projects.

This event is free. RSVPs are required. Once we reach our maximum number of RSVPs, names will be added to a waiting list.

Doors Open: 6:30
Speaker Presentations and Q&A: 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Food and Networking: 8:15 pm - 9 pm