"When President Barack Obama became the first black president, African-Americans owned very few commercial television stations in the United States. Obama pledged to encourage more diversity inbroadcast media ownership.
Two years before Obama was first elected to the White House, there were only 18 full-power TV stations owned by African-Americans. This total represented just 1.3% of all such stations in the country.
By the end of his first term in office, those 18 had declined to only five stations. And as of the end of 2013, the number has fallen all the way to zero".
In 2006 Viacom shut down the UPN network. UPN programming was geared towards Black Issues Television.
As of 2013 these figures painted a very dismal picture of the ownership of black owned media. But there is a glimmer of hope from Cathy Hughes, owner of TV 1, Oprah Winfrey owner of OWN, and Armstrong Williams owner of WEYI MBC & WWMBCW TV. As we move forward it's only normal that "Self Identification/Self Representation" is important.
What I mean by this is Black American must see themselves on television and being owners of television stations. Positive media for us represents Equal Opportunities for us as well. We start out on television and as we continue our goal is to own television, whereby portraying more positive imagines.