Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Ebony Anderson-Brown

Ebony Anderson Brown
Creator and founder of HangTime Magazine and HangTime and Friends podcast, Ebony Anderson-Brown. Photo provided by Ebony Anderson-Brown.

This week’s featured media mogul is content creator and artist with an entrepreneurial spirit, Ebony Anderson-Brown. Ebony is the founder/editor-in-chief of HangTime Magazine + HangTime and Friends podcast, DJ and photographer. Learn more about Ebony’s creative journey below.

You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?

“I always had an interest in media and journalism, mainly because I was able to mix my passion for writing and photography together. Media and journalism especially piqued in my interest when I was in high school because I discovered that I could have a career in it.”

How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?

“I was always involved with the school newspaper and yearbook committees. But outside of school, I also loved creative writing. In elementary school, my poem ‘Heaven,’ was published in a book called, “Brilliance,” along with several other talented students across the United States. Aside from poetry, there was screenplay writing, songwriting, and short stories. In high school, a lot of my experiences and outside interests influenced my writings. There was this screenplay writing workshop my mother enrolled me in, and soon I discovered that I didn’t have to write extravagant novels, I could write short films and TV shows. While interning at The New-York Historical Society I was inspired by the artifacts and paintings to incorporate history with teen drama in my short stories. I did a lot of experimenting up until I started college. 

My professional media career began while I was earning my Bachelors in Media & Communications at The City College of New York. You could say that I tired myself out all throughout my college years and not just because of the intensity of my coursework, but the number of extracurricular activities I was involved in on and off-campus, and various internships I secured, but I enjoyed every moment of it. During all of this, I had a blog and radio show called, Unrated Ebony, where I would play music by people no one has ever heard of and interview artists I met on campus or at a music venue. I felt like what I was doing was bigger than me, and so I wanted to make it into a magazine. Something that can reach everyone around the world, and that’s when HangTime comes into the picture.”

Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“HangTime Magazine is a magazine, website, podcast, the list can go on because, since 2015, HangTime’s main purpose was to highlight independent artists and all their talents. We thrive to help creatives discover, connect, and create with who and whatever is out there. As we continue to grow, another element would be added making it even greater than what it originally was.

Before we only had one audience, music lovers. They just loved music, listening to it, sharing it with their friends, or playing it themselves. Soon we discovered another audience and it was the artists themselves. Our content has developed and changed over time based on the people looking at our work.”

So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?

“Building a team. Doing all of the work by yourself can feel lonely. I personally felt so good and proud of myself knowing there are others who want to do the work and see the growth.”

What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?

“Just do it! It sounds cliche, but I found myself asking so many friends or mentors how they were able to do it, and they would all give this elaborate story then end with they didn’t know…they just did it. No one is ever going to have the right or wrong answer, and sometimes the work we put out won’t always look that great, but if you just keep working at it, you’ll only get better.”

Connect with Ebony Anderson-Brown on Instagram and Twitter! Stay connected with HangTime Magazine across social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To purchase HangTime Magazine’s latest issue click HERE. To support HangTime Magazine visit their patreon HERE.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Zayna Allen

Zayna Allen
Zayna Allen, producer and media host extraordinaire. Photo provided by Zayna Allen.

This week’s featured media mogul is none other than Zayna Allen. If Ryan Secrest had an African-American daughter it would be Allen! As the host and producer over at BoldTV, host of hit All Jersey Radio show “Tea Time w/ Zayna The Brand”, associate producer for the Social Push Club and correspondent for Black Girls in Media Inc., Zayna isn’t just a brand she’s THE BRAND! If that wasn’t enough you may also recognize Zayna from her cover of BlackGirlsRock! 2019.

You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?

“Ryan Seacrest was my inspiration. I remember seeing him on American Idol when I was younger and I thought he was cool but as time went on, I kept seeing him more and more on different shows and I would see his name at the end of certain shows with producer credits. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be him. People overlook Ryan Seacrest and his success because they only give him credit for being an American Idol host. Do some research, you’d be surprised.”

How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?

“I attended the illustrious Delaware State University where I majored in TV, radio and film production. From there I interned at WBOC TV in Salisbury, Maryland in their newsroom. When I graduated college in 2016 I had about a 7-month time frame where I didn’t work in media at all but the following January I was a speaker for a Martin Luther King Day celebration in my town and the producer who was filming the event asked me to join his team as an on-air host for different events and that’s where I truly got my start.”

Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“Zayna The Brand is all that I am. I do not have just one title. People mostly see me as just an on-air correspondent, but there’s so much more to me. I have modeled, I am a producer, director, production manager, and radio show host. My goal for Zayna The Brand is to end up owning a production company under the name. I want to be able to create content for women of color and hire women of color. I have seen so many companies that have a target audience but have not a single individual from that demographic working for them. I want to change that, I want women of color to have a voice and to be the voice.”

So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?

“My proudest personal media moment so far was definitely when I was able to secure the opportunity of being a red carpet correspondent for BET’s Black Girls Rock 2019! It was an amazing experience and honestly, I am so grateful for the amount of black girl magic I was able to soak up that night.”

What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?

“DO NOT GIVE UP! It is hard! Especially when you are trying to do this completely on your own. I was the only person in my circle of friends and in my family wanting to pursue media so I didn’t have anybody introduce me to anyone or was able to get a job for me because they knew someone. I had to build relationships for myself and it is a very tedious and trying process but I promise it is worth it in the end! All your hard work will definitely pay off. Just keep going.”

Connect with Zayna Allen on Instagram! To view Zayna’s video reel click HERE or continue below.

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Media Mogul In The Making: Meet Amber Corrine

Amber Corrine of Backstage Chat
Amber Corrine, creator of Backstage Chat. Photo captured by Stone Walker.

This week’s featured media mogul is none other than Amber Corrine, contributor writer for HipHopDX and creator of Backstage Chat. You may also recognize Amber from Fuse TV’s Let’s Talk (Future Black History panel) special on YouTube.

You are a multi-talented individual dipping and dapping in a bunch of other expressive fields. So, what was it about journalism or media that piqued your interest?

“Connecting PEOPLE is honestly what piqued my interest. Telling stories and covering events from my point of view is always something I take pride in. I like to be that connection from audience to spotlight. Also showing other girls and boys who look like me that they can do what I am doing gives me motivation to keep going.”

How did you get your start in the media field? Did you study communications in college? Internships? Hobby writing?

“My passion for music is what ultimately got me started, but as an aspiring singer. It really started in high school where I would record everyday with my digital camera. I found a passion for editing and videography. When I got to college I became more interested in the background work like writing articles and conducting interviews. I took all kinds of courses to just sharpen my skills. I had one internship writing for an online Hip Hop magazine that quickly opened doors for so many more opportunities. It has just been gradual progress. Every year I’m doing something new and exciting. I’m getting my Masters now in Mass Communications because I have some other avenues I want to explore.”

Tell us about your platform. What’s your mission/goals? Who’s your audience?

“My platform is really my name and how I represent myself. All of my ventures tie into mu platform. The mission of my platform is to deliver uniquely produced media, inspire women and men to chase their dreams, and be as transparent as I can be about the obstacles that come with this position. It may look like a fun job but it isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.”

So far throughout your career, what has been your proudest personal media moment?

“My proudest media moment has been covering Rolling Loud NYC. Only because I did it without any other team members. I found out a week before the event that I would be covering it for HipHopDX, I booked my hotel and made magic happen with just my camera and I. I always wanted to attend Rolling Loud, and the first time I went, I worked it. I was super proud for holding it down.”

What advice would you give aspiring mediapreneurs looking to enter the field?

“I would say make sure you have an idea of what you are getting into, no matter the genre of media you pursue. Be professional and most importantly stick to your guns! Learn how to say no and mean it, and know your worth.”

Connect with Amber Corrine on Instagram and Twitter! Check out Backstage Chat on Instagram.

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