With AOL’s Huff Purchase, What Happens To Black Voices?

on Tuesday, Feb. 8th

It’s one of those rare days on which the tech press and the mainstream press are completely saturated with coverage of the same story…so naturally Turnstyle can’t hold back from weighing in on AOL’s purchase of the Huffington Post.

A less ubiquitous angle version of the story than speculation that the deal will turn all of HuffPo into a cesspool of banality, thus tanking both businesses,  is the question of what will happen to some of the sites AOL has acquired that are meant to serve audiences of color.

Preceding the big announcement, the Huffington Post quietly announced that Angela Burt-Murray, head honcho for its GlobalBlack project targeting black audiences, had left the site, which was developed in partnership with BET co-founder Sheila Johnson. Huff is not saying what will happen to GlobalBlack, or sites like AOL’s BlackVoices and AOL Latino, which were “mysteriously omitted” from a graphic depicting its coterie of sites.

Murray too has refrained from comment about her departure.


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