BSN Awards Gala 2008 is Coming

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November 21st from 6PM to 11 PM at Nubian Heritage, located at 2037 Fifth Avenue at 126th Street and Fifth Avenue in Harlem, The Black Star News Annual Awards Dinner comes alive!

Every year, The Black Star News, hosts its Annual Awards dinner to recognize individuals who, through exemplary work, inspire young people in our community to aim high in life.

This year, The Black Star News Annual Awards Dinner comes alive November 21st, from 6PM to 11 PM November 21, from 6PM to 11 PM at Nubian Heritage located at 2037 Fifth Avenue at 126th Street and Fifth Avenue in Harlem.

Past honorees have included Bill and Camille Cosby, who provided seed money to launch The Black Star News more than a decade ago; Gil Noble, host of ABC’s “Like it is” program; pioneer filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles; The New York Jet’s coach, Herman Edwards; Grammy-nominated singer Amiel Larrieux; New York City councilmember Charles Barron; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of The Children’s Defense Fund; Gary Byrd, radio journalist; and many others.Last year’s awardees included Columbia University Senior Vice President, La-Verna Fountain; District Council 37, New York’s largest public employees union Executive Director, Lillian Roberts; New York Daily News columnist Errol Louis; New York-1 News reporter, Dominic Carter; Tony Herbert, Founder of The Professionals Network and Urban Community Council, Michelle Mitchell, Founder of The Phenomenal Women Group, Phil Andrews of Power Networking Business Card Exchange, and several other business owners and writers.

This year’s Awards Dinner will maintain its tradition of cocktail hour for networking, followed by dinner and awards presentations. Live entertainment will also be provided.

Last year, the Black Star News Awards Gala garnered 150 esteemed guests, including friends and relatives of honorees.

Individual tickets are $100 per person.  Contact The Black Star News to secure your place or for table information.  

Those interested in attending, please contact The Black Star News at or 212-481-7745 no later than October 29, 2008.

Join the Black Star News for a wonderful evening of celebration and affirmation.

About The Black Star News

Company Background

The Black Star News was founded in 1997 with capitalization from Bill and Camille Cosby, to fill a void in the African American, Caribbean and African print markets left by the demise of The City Sun, a decades-old weekly known for its investigative reporting, hard-hitting exposés as well as its entertainment, lifestyle, and sports sections. 

The Black Star News addresses the major issues affecting the African American, African and Caribbean communities, often scooping major news before the metropolitan area's other weeklies and daily newspaper. The paper has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post for its news scoops. The paper is also balanced by weekly entertainment, lifestyle and movie, book, music and restaurant reviews.  

The Black Star News covers every borough in the New York metropolitan area, surrounding towns in New Jersey, national and international news.

Black Star Newss up-to-the-minute coverage of Presidential Election 2008 has been a vital source of information to the public.

Milton Allimadi, Founder and Publisher

Milton Allimadi received his training at Columbia University’s world-renowned Graduate School of Journalism. After brief stints at the Journal of Commerce and The Wall Street Journal, Allimadi reported for The New York Times as a metro news stringer. It was at the country’s paper of record he gained invaluable experience as a reporter. 

Allimadi’s passion for community-based and investigative news reporting took him to the legendary City Sun, an African American weekly newspaper published by the late Andrew Cooper, who also served as a mentor. At the City Sun, Allimadi regularly reported on and exposed corporate and local government corruption, police brutality as well as civil injustices, developing a reputation as hard-nosed reporter. In late 1996, The City Sun closed as a result of Cooper’s failing health conditions. Allimadi vowed to continue the legacy of The City Sun. 

In 1997, Allimadi founded The Black Star News with financial support from Bill and Camille Cosby. His commitment to delve deeper into the political, economic and social issues affecting African and Caribbean immigrants as well African Americans inspired the inception of The Black Star News – a publication that prides itself as the voice for these underrepresented groups.

Today, the news content and quality of The Black Star News are highly respected, having broken several news scoops and exclusives, later picked up by the city’s dailies. 

Additionally, The Black Star News has garnered several awards from the Independent Press Association. The paper’s reporting has been nationally recognized by such media outlets as The New York Times,  The Wall Street Journal, New York Press,  New York Post,  New York Observer, CNN Financial News as well as Brills’ Content Magazine.

Targeted Audience/Circulation

There are currently more than 3 million African Americans and Caribbean and African immigrants in the New York metropolitan area. The Black Star News targets young readers ages 16-24 with music, movie and book reviews, as well as profiles of performance artists. 

The newspapers’ mature readers ages 25-plus are attracted by the Black Star’s political coverage, investigative news reports,  trend-spotting feature articles, editorials, opinion article from scholars such as Professor Manning Marable of Columbia university, and national/international news reports.

50,000 copies of the newspaper are printed weekly; there are 500,000 average hits per month on the website, Taking into consideration a pass-along factor of 2.5, the average for African American weeklies, the estimated readership is over 200,000. 

80% of The Black Star News is distributed on newsstands throughout the New York metropolitan area and downtown New Jersey; 20% is distributed at no charge at banks, restaurants, schools and hospitals. The newspaper is also promoted through daily advertisements on WWRL radio in New York City. 

The Black Star News
New York’s Leading Investigative Newspaper
“Speaking Truth To Empower”

11 Broadway, Suite  519
New York, N.Y. 10004
Phone: 212-481-7745

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