About Us

 

Founded in 1997 BSN has scored several news scoops --including a major Wall Street scandalat Morgan Stanley; a corrupt lawyer who fleeced money from Holocaust survivors; and many more-- that have won it media coverage including on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, The New York Post, Newsweek, The New York Times magazine, New York Observer, The Village Voice, and Brill's Content magazine. Please become a part of The Black Star News family today.

Milton Allimadi, Publisher and Editor-in chief
Milton@blackstarnews.com

Milton Allimadi, Publisher and CEO, has a degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia. He started his journalism career as an intern for The Journal of Commerce, and later The Wall Street Journal. He was a freelance reporter for The New York Times and later became deputy editor of The City Sun. He co-founded The Black Star News in 1997 with some savings and with seed money from Camille and Bill Cosby. When he’s not reading newspapers, surfing the net or writing, he’s probably jogging, reading a book, catching a movie or traveling to a beach somewhere.

Allimadi also hosts a free weekly workshop called "Guerrilla Journalism" in Brooklyn for anyone who wants to learn how to tell their story -- he advocates 'Community Empowerment Journalism'. He is a regular panelist on Gary's Byrd's 'Obama Watch' program on WLIB radio 1190AM every Sunday at 9:30PM and is a co-host/producer on 'AfroBeat' Radio every Saturday at 4PM on WBAI radio 99.5 FM

Deardra Shuler, Entertainment Editor                                                                                                                                  writspirit@aol.com

Deardra Shuler is the Entertainment Editor for the Black Star News.  Her beat covers interviews with people of note, celebrities, theatre and book reviews, as well as art, etc.  She presently hosts her own show Topically Yours on  the BlakeRadio Network.  Ms. Shuler has produced concerts in Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall and is the the author of a short story featured in Arielle Ford’s book “Mystical Souvenirs.”  Deardra aided the “Beyond the Tears” 2007 Humanitarian Awards Show at the Apollo Theatre honoring Winnie Mandela. She is the former Editor of several New York minority newspapers and is the former PR Chairman of the FESPACO Film Festival in Quagadougou, Burkina Faso.  She is a  member of the National Congress of Black Women, A Circle of Sisters, African American Women in Cinema, and the National Black Journalist Association.  A Program Manager and producer, she produces other shows on BlakeRadio.com, Rainbow Soul.

Helese Smauldon, Music & Theater Writer

helese.smauldon@gmail.com

Ten years ago Helese landed in NYC from SC to attend Marymount Manhattan College and studied Theatre for 1 year. She then pursued music in the tough world of the underground scene of NYC. As a singer she performs in various venues, and created Helese TALKS! in 2007. It started as a local Brooklyn television show covering local events and has since expanded to a YouTube channel and a blog. She now blogs about several aspects of life, personal and public. She joined the Black Star News family as a young and fervent talent plucked from obscurity by Milton Allimadi himself. She covers much the same subject matter for the site as she does her blog. Helese also models, writes poetry and song lyrics.

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Ocen Allimadi, Music Editor:
ocen@blackstarnews.com


Ocen Allimadi loves global music. “Music is the window to the world’s cultures,” he says. “Whenever I travel to a country for the first time, the first thing I do is listen to and study the music.” Ocen studied music in London and is currently working on a degree in History of Black People in The Atlantic World—he’s also polishing up his French to prepare for more travel in the French-speaking world. He’s worked at the Sound Arts Studio in London, a community-based center, helping youngsters record their demos. He’s been a music producer and DJ since the late 90s.

 

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