Black News Channel (BNC), the nation’s fastest growing news network, will premiere an all-new prime time program, AMplified with Aisha Mills, on September 20.
Political pundit and LGBTQ+ trailblazer Aisha Mills will unmask and examine the nation’s top headlines, shining a spotlight on the personal side of the politics and policies influencing Black America. From social justice to structural reform, voting rights to corporate accountability, Mills will educate and entertain viewers with insights on the ground game of politics and the inner workings of our legislative process.
“The social and political landscape in America can be treacherous to navigate, and our goal is to ‘AMplify’ the voices and experiences of those on the front lines of today’s most pressing issues and impactful movements,” said Mills. “As a Black woman and a leader within the LGBTQ+ community, I have a personal connection to BNC’s mission and I am excited to explore, examine and illuminate truths that empower our audience.”
As BNC continues to strengthen and expand its offerings, AMplified will offer unique coverage and viewpoints often missing from prime time news. Mills will conduct in-depth interviews, inspire dialogue and engage in spirited debates that unpack the fundamentals of our legislative process and amplify the stories of Black and Brown communities.
“Aisha brings an extraordinary amount of experience and perspectives to BNC,” said Vickie Burns, SVP of Content for BNC. “AMplified will create a space for her to connect with thought leaders and policymakers on major issues that unfortunately do not receive the attention they deserve within mainstream media.”
For more than 20 years, Mills has been a nationally respected voice for progressive policy and politics. She was recently a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics where she hosted a weekly seminar on identity politics and the demographic revolution underway in which people of color will soon be the majority of the population. Previously, she was the first Black woman to serve as President & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a national LGBTQ+ organization that has helped elect hundreds of LGBTQ+ leaders to office. Prior to Victory, she served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, the largest progressive think tank in the country. Mills has also advised and helped to elect dozens of Members of Congress as Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and Regional Finance Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
AMplified will air weeknights at 7:00 PM ET, in between The World Tonight with Kelly Wright and Nayyera Haq and Black News Tonight with Marc Lamont Hill. Information on BNC’s complete programming lineup is available here.
BNC is the nation’s fastest growing news network* and the only provider of 24/7 multiplatform programming dedicated to covering the unique perspectives, challenges and successes of Black and Brown communities. Available on most major cable and satellite systems and accessible on more than 200 million connected devices and OTT platforms, BNC and BNC GO provide in-depth analysis and viewpoints that illuminate, contextualize and celebrate people of color and their experiences. BNC’s commitment to truth and inclusivity is evident in its authentic, unbiased and unapologetic mission to inform, entertain and empower viewers. Please connect with us at bnc.tv and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
*Based on a 12-month time period, BNC’s distribution increased 1,800% from initial launch to current status.
Blacks pay higher security deposits, more application fees
Renters of color pay security deposits more often than white renters, and the deposits they pay are typically $150 higher.
Black and Latinx renters report submitting more applications than white and Asian American and Pacific Islander renters. The typical white or Asian American and Pacific Islander renter submits two applications, while the typical Black or Latinx renter submits three.
Renters of color pay higher security deposits, more application fees
Results from Zillow’s Consumer Housing Trends Report show renters of color typically submit more applications — and pay more in application fees — before they secure a place to live than white renters do. Renters of color also typically pay a higher security deposit when they move in.
The U.S. rental market is as competitive as it’s been in decades, with the national vacancy rate lower than at any time since 1984.ii Rent prices have skyrocketed, up a record 17% in just the past year, prompting some priced-out renters to look for a more affordable home when their lease expires. About 9 in 10 renters paid a security deposit last year, with the typical deposit coming in at $700. A higher share of renters of color paid a deposit (93%) than white renters (85%), and the median amount paid by renters of color was higher, too — $750, compared to $600.
“Rents grew more last year than any year on record, forcing many renters to look for a more affordable option. About 2 in 5 renters who moved in the past year said a rent hike influenced their decision to move,” said Manny Garcia, population scientist at Zillow. “Renters typically do not have much of a financial cushion, and the cost of finding a new place to live can be an expensive burden. Regrettably, renters of color are especially likely to experience rising rents, and when they shop for a new rental, generally report higher upfront costs, restricting the mobility that is often held up as a benefit of renting.”
A $750 security deposit represents a significant amount of a typical renter’s wealth. Zillow’s research indicates a typical renter holds $3,400 total across savings, checking, retirement and investment accounts. More than one-third (38%) of renters surveyed say they couldn’t cover an unexpected expense of $1,000.
In addition to facing higher and more frequent security deposits, renters of color report submitting more applications and paying higher fees for those applications than white renters. In 2021, 61% of all renters applied for two or more properties — an 11-point increase from 2019 and five points higher than in 2020, likely owing to the tight rental market. The typical white or Asian American and Pacific Islander renter submits two applications, while a Black or Latinx renter typically submits three. More than one-third of renters of color submit five or more applications during their home search: that’s true of 38% of Black and Latinx renters, 33% of Asian American and Pacific Islander renters, and only 21% of white renters.
With a median rental application fee of $50, the cost can add up quickly if renters need to apply for several properties. The burden is often greater for renters of color, who report paying a higher median application fee than white renters, on top of usually needing to apply to more rentals. Among renters who paid an application fee for the home they rent, the typical white renter reports paying $50, while a typical Black renter paid $65, a typical Latinx renter paid $80 and a typical Asian American and Pacific Islander renter paid $100.
The higher fees and number of applications for renters of color are likely partially attributable to their age, income and geography. The typical renter of color is two years younger than the median white renter, meaning two fewer years of potential income growth. White renters are also more likely to rent in rural markets and the Midwest, both of which are generally less expensive. Asian American and Pacific Islander and Latinx renters, in particular, are more likely to rent in the West, which includes many of the country’s most expensive and competitive rental markets.
Expanding access to credit could help improve outcomes for Black and Latinx renters. Nearly half of white renters (46%) say they were completely certain they would qualify for a rental, compared to 38% of Latinx renters and 34% of Black renters. Credit checks are part of many rental applications, and Black and Latinx adults are more prone to being credit invisible and more often live in counties with higher levels of credit insecurity.
Renters looking to reign in application fees may have options. For a flat $29 fee, renters can use Zillow’s online rental application to apply through Zillow for an unlimited number of participating properties within 30 days. The online application includes a credit report and background check, which saves landlords time while screening prospective tenants and provides them with the information needed to feel confident about each applicant. Renters can also offer additional context and explain any negative items on their rental and credit history.
Selma, Texas #1 for African Americans
If you live in the Bexar Metro area consider moving to Selma.
Over one in every 10 people in San Antonio is African American. However, the US Census only documents individuals who responded to the mailed survey during the pandemic. Since 2017 to 2021, over 30,000 new black people moved to San Antonio. These numbers can be deceiving if you don’t understand the geographical overview of the city.
Selma is also the highest average individual income out of the 14 cities. At $44.704, Selma has the highest average monthly personal income at $3,884.
Selma Texas has risen from third to first place in percentage (24.7%) of blacks. Converse, Texas (22.2%) has stayed the same in ranking at number two, while Live Oak, Texas (18.6%) has jumped ahead of Lackland Air Force Base (18.5%) to grab the #3 spot. San Antonio’s percentage dropped from 9th to 10th percent for the Bexar County metro area. Across all areas of the county, there has been an overall growth of 12% in African Americans.
Bexar Metro Black Populations
Blavity Inc. Moves Nation’s Largest Black Tech Conference, AfroTech to Austin, TX
Blavity Inc., the diversified digital media company behind AfroTech, 21Ninety, Travel Noire, Shadow and Act, and Blavity News, announced the relocation of the AfroTech Conference – the nation’s largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders – to Austin Texas. AfroTech 2022 will take place November 13-17, 2022 at the Austin Convention Center and surrounding venues located in the heart of Austin.
AfroTech Conference 2022 will be filled with the signature pillars you’ve come to know from AfroTech – exclusive programming, the world’s top Black innovators, sought-after networking, and for the first time, a new live music series extension all with the mission to bring Black disruptors together for connection, career development, and entertainment.
“After 2 years in the Metaverse we are thrilled to be back together in person in Austin. As our attendees have continued to grow from 650 attendees at our Inaugural AfroTech to 20,000 annual participants, we searched for a host city that is accessible to our diverse audience and provides the infrastructure for the vibrant experiences and connection we craft for our attendees. Austin is that home. I can’t wait to see everyone in person in November to learn, make connections and revel in the Black excellence that has become a hallmark of our AfroTech experiences” says CEO, Morgan DeBaun.
Blavity has made incredible investments in the leadership of our AfroTech team to ensure they are building a best-in-class experience for their community. Jeanne Procope, the VP of Conference Operations & Strategy, joins the team with 15+ years of experience in the conference & events business and reports into an expanded organization under Gautam Ranji, Blavity Inc. Chief Operating Officer, who has led the operational and strategic vision for Viacom, CBS, and Hearst.
To purchase your tickets for the 2022 AfroTech Conference, please visit https://www.experience.afrotech.com/afrotech-conference and to stay up to date on speaker and entertainment announcements, follow @afro.tech on Twitter.
ABOUT BLAVITY INC.
Blavity Inc. is a technology and news media company, founded in 2014 around a simple idea: enable Black millennials to tell their own stories. Today, we are home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving Black millennials & gen-z through original content, video and unique experiences. The company has grown into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 100 million millennials per month through our growing brand portfolio which includes: Blavity News, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, Shadow & Act, and Blavity TV.
Journalists interested in covering the event may apply for credentials here. Please note, an application does not guarantee entry.